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February 3, 2012

MAIG Super Bowl Super Stunt

Vitriolic anti-gun mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NYC) and his gun control group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), are paying for their 30 seconds of fame.  According to a New York Times piece, Bloomberg will join his gun-grabbing cohort, Mayor Tom Menino of Boston (D), in a Super Bowl-themed ad calling for more gun control laws.
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February 3, 2012

Firearms Law Seminar

The 15th Annual Firearms Law Seminar will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012, as part of the NRA Annual Meeting. The gold standard in firearms CLE classes, this day-long seminar provides legal instruction for practicing attorneys who represent firearms owners, licensed dealers and gunsmiths, attorneys wishing to expand their practice to such clients, and others having an interest in Second Amendment law.
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February 3, 2012

Holder Testifies on “Fast and Furious,” Calls for more gun control

On Thursday, February 2, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding his role in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' gun running operation known as “Fast and Furious.”
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February 1, 2012

We Must Stand Together to Fight Attacks on Our Rights

Some people just can't stand the thought that anyone anywhere owns, shoots or can stand the sight of guns. In Britain, the London city government announced a few months ago that the very sight of firearms is so injurious to the mental health of young people that it was excluding young people from a program that gave free tickets to Olympic shooting events this summer.
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February 1, 2012

National Right-to-Carry Passes U.S. House

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the ongoing effort to fully vindicate the fundamental, individual right to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense took a major step forward with passage in the U.S. House of H.R. 822, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.” 
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February 1, 2012

Senator Schumer Holds Hearing on Registration and Rights Denial Bill

On Nov. 16, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism held a hearing on Sen. Charles Schumer’s, D-N.Y., s.436, dubbed by anti-gunners as the “Fix Gun Checks Act.” But rather than “fix” the current National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the legislation would eliminate private sales and gun shows as we know them, and expand the range of persons prohibited from owning firearms.
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February 1, 2012

All of Nothing Election for the Second Amendment

We need to look no further than the unconstitutional registration-based gun bans in Washington, D.C. and Chicago to understand that gun-owner databases are always the precursor for confiscatory bans on firearms.
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February 1, 2012

The Elections of 2012: How Will We Stem the Gun-Ban Tide?

While Americans sat down to Christmas dinner, an earthquake off Sumatra sent a tsunami racing across the ocean faster than a 747, and carrying more energy than 1,500 Hiroshima bombs.
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January 27, 2012

Outrage of the Week: Politician Attacks Sheriff’s Support of Self-Defense

During an Oct. 31 press conference following the attempted rape of a woman walking her dog by a convicted felon, Spartanburg County, S.C., Sheriff Chuck Wright didn’t mince words. “It’s too bad someone with a concealed weapons permit didn’t walk by. That would fix it,” Wright said. Wright then repeatedly told his constituents “I want you to get a concealed weapons permit.”  To hammer the point home he held up a fanny pack, saying, “They make this right here where you can conceal a small pistol in them.”
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January 24, 2012

2012 NRA-ILA Dinner and Auction

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to bid on one-of-a-kind guns, gear and hunts.
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January 20, 2012

NRA Will Appeal Texas Concealed Handgun Case

NRA will appeal yesterday’s decision by a federal court in Texas, which held that the Second Amendment doesn’t protect any right to keep or bear arms outside the home.
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January 20, 2012

Chicago: Challenge to Ban on Guns Outside the Home Goes Forward

On January 19, a federal judge in Chicago allowed NRA-supported plaintiffs to move ahead with a challenge to that city’s laws that ban anyone from possessing or carrying a handgun except in his or her home, and that ban possession or carriage of a long gun anywhere outside his or her home or place of business.The case, Benson v. City of Chicago, challenges several of the anti-Second Amendment restrictions that were enacted days after the city’s handgun ban was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Other issues contested in the case include the city’s ban on nearly all firearm transfers and on the operation of gun stores, as well as its law that allows each Chicago license holder to keep only one “assembled and operable” firearm within the home.
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January 20, 2012

Rumor Alert: The Vehicle Gun Theft “Epidemic”

Long before Al Gore “created” the Internet, gun owners were busy perfecting grassroots networking.  Today, gun owners have an almost unlimited number of ways to spread information crucial to our community. And, while the Internet is certainly an indispensible tool for protecting our rights, an unfortunate side effect has been the fast and easy spread of rumors.The latest of these, appearing on Internet message boards and in emails, warns of a growing trend of gangsters marking the license plates or wheels of vehicles parked at shooting clubs, gun stores, ranges and gun shows. According to the rumor, the thieves later spot or follow the marked vehicles and break into them to steal guns while their owners are elsewhere.
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January 17, 2012

From Hope and Change to Hate and Fear

President Barack Obama has certainly changed the tone in Washington. What used to be a town well-known for partisan bickering has been transformed into a 24/7 hate fest. Obama may bemoan the rancor in Congress every time the cameras are rolling, but make no mistake, this acidic atmosphere is by his own design.
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January 13, 2012

Second Amendment Weekend at Cabela’s in Dundee, MI

Join NRA-ILA Headquarters staff February 10-11th, 2012, for a weekend of important grassroots education for gun owners. 2012 is undoubtedly the most critical election year ever for our Second Amendment rights and we must redouble our efforts to guarantee victory on Election Day.  Please make plans to attend NRA-ILA’s FREE Grassroots Workshop and NRA University to learn what you can do to become a better activist in the fight to protect and promote the Second Amendment!
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January 13, 2012

Gun Control Activists Fire Squib Loads

On Monday, Josh Horwitz of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence—previously known as the National Coalition to Ban Handguns— penned an item for the very left-leaning Huffington Post website, deriding media reporters for writing articles that say gun sales are booming.
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January 13, 2012

Federal Court Upholds Obama/Holder Gun Registration Scheme; Congressional Action Needed

Moments before this alert was to go out, a federal district court in Washington, D.C. issued a ruling upholding an Obama administration policy that requires federally licensed firearms retailers in states bordering Mexico to report multiple sales of semi-automatic rifles.  The case was brought by two NRA-backed firearms retailers and by the National Shooting Sports Foundation acting on behalf of its affected members.  Plaintiffs plan to appeal immediately—but in the meantime, your help is urgently needed in seeking congressional action to end this illegal policy.
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January 6, 2012

Rumor Alert: Veterans’ Health and “Sporting Purposes”

Among the thousands of questions NRA-ILA answers every month by email, phone and letter are scores that begin “This guy told me he heard …” Unfortunately, all too often this is the telltale sign of one of the rampant rumors that circulate around campfires or gun store counters, and especially on the Internet.  Three of the most recent top rumors involve veterans’ gun rights, the status of the “sporting purposes” test for firearms importation, and new restrictions on gun shows.
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January 6, 2012

Get Involved In This Year’s Elections

NRA, along with America’s gun owners and Second Amendment supporters, have long been anticipating the 2012 elections—discussing, planning, preparing to ensure that our nation heads in the right direction of protecting freedom and our Second Amendment rights. Now is the time to put those plans into action, and with the help of the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division, we are confident in victory for 2012!
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January 6, 2012

Record NICS Checks in 2011

In January, the FBI reported that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) performed a record number of background checks in 2011. Over 99 percent of NICS checks are firearm-related.
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January 6, 2012

Holder to Testify on “Fast and Furious” Before House Committee

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced this week that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will testify on Feb. 2 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about his role in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ now-infamous “Operation Fast and Furious.”
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January 5, 2012

Obama to Congress: I'll decide what's constitutional

Election season is here, and you might think President Obama would be going out of his way to show voters that he can be trusted with the powers of the presidency. But you would be wrong. Just a few days before Christmas, Obama served notice to all Americans that he will continue to abuse executive privilege by seeking new ways to vilify gun owners and further his anti-gun agenda.
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January 4, 2012

Exploding the Myths About National Right-to-Carry

Here at NRA-ILA, we fly in a constant headwind of disinformation. Anti-gun groups generate outlandish claims on a daily basis and the biased media parrot their propaganda without question. We are constantly correcting the lies, misstatements and half-truths that our political opponents strew in our path.
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January 4, 2012

Why You Should Be Furious About Fast & Furious

Following is a chronological presentation of the Fast & Furious scandal from the beginning to present day. Please read every word. It’s likely you’ll get Furious quite Fast.
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January 4, 2012

Fast & Furious Right From The Source

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox (center) meets with Sen. Charles Grassley (l.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (r.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to discuss the investigation these two distinguished lawmakers have spearheaded into the “Operation Fast and Furious” fiasco.
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January 1, 2012

The Billionaire Versus We, The People

With the toxic combination of Barack Obama holding onto the vast executive power of his presidency to abuse our freedom and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s personal declaration of war on the NRA, the nation’s gun owners are facing an unprecedented assault on the Second Amendment.
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January 1, 2012

Obama Steals Power

For our fragile republic, the emerging autocracy of President Barack Obama presents the gravest danger to our individual liberty in our lifetimes. A single word serves to define the rogue rule of the Obama regime: Lawless.  
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January 1, 2012

The Importance of the 2012 Election

As I travel around the country I run into a lot of people, including some NRA members, who seem to believe that in light of the Heller and McDonald decisions, the Second Amendment is safe regardless of whether or not Barack Obama wins a second term next fall. Nothing could be further from the truth.
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December 28, 2011

Exploding Myths About National Right to Carry (HR 822)

H.R. 822 is a good bill. It enhances Americans’ right to self-defense by enabling millions of permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside their home states. It would allow any person with a valid state-issued concealed firearm permit to carry a concealed firearm in any state that issues concealed firearm permits, or that does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms for lawful purposes.
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December 22, 2011

Firearm Accident Fatalities at an All-Time Low

Data recently released by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that in 2008, the number and per capita rate of firearm accident deaths fell to an all-time low. There were 592 firearm accident deaths (0.19 such accidents per 100,000 population) in 2008, as compared to 613 accidents (.20 per 100,000) in 2007. In 2008, the chance of a child dying in a firearm accident was roughly one in a million.
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December 20, 2011

Obama Administration Endangered Lives to Justify Gun Control

In all of my years fighting on behalf of the National Rifle Association to defend the Second Amendment, I never thought I would see a White House so vehemently opposed to gun ownership that it would be willing to arm violent criminals and endanger American lives in pursuit of a gun control agenda.
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December 15, 2011

A Visit with Senator Orrin Hatch

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox, Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, along with NRA President David Keene, recently met with Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in his office on Capitol Hill. Senator Hatch has been a prominent pro-gun leader since his election in 1976. As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Senator Hatch was the author of the seminal 1982 Committee report entitled "The Right to Keep and Bear Arms," one of the many works that earned him the title "Mr. Constitution" in the Senate.
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December 6, 2011

Gun ban lobby growing increasingly impatient with Obama

Ever since Attorney General Eric Holder stated in 2009 that the Obama administration would work to reinstate Bill Clinton’s so-called “assault weapons ban,” Jesse Jackson and the gun-control lobby have grown increasingly impatient. It isn’t enough that President Obama promised the Brady Campaign that he would work “under the radar” to enact their gun-control agenda. Jackson and his allies want the president to begin his war on the Second Amendment right now.
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November 28, 2011

Illinois Must Legalize Concealed Carry

In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote, "No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms." On July 8th, these formidable words rang true in Wisconsin as Governor Scott Walker signed a bill into law, making the State of Wisconsin the 49th state to legalize concealed carry.
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November 22, 2011

Political Report: Obama Campaign Starting Its 2012 Enemies List

We are now less than one year away from the presidential election of 2012. And we are not the only ones keeping track. At the White House, the deal-making is over and the campaigning has begun. The president has sworn off compromise and negotiation. Now he is telling Congress that it is his way or the highway, in a transparent effort to fire up his dissatisfied political base.
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November 22, 2011

It Will Never Happen Here

The rioting in England last August should serve as a reminder to gun owners not to take their Second Amendment rights for granted. Not long ago, the British enjoyed much the same access to firearms that we enjoy today, but all that has changed. That's why I've asked my friend and longtime NRA-ILA supporter David Rooney, a former British citizen and maker of fine precision rifles, to share his personal story of how the gun owners of Great Britain were divided and conquered.
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November 17, 2011

Suppressors-Good for Our Hearing . . . and The Shooting Sports

It's time that policymakers--legislators, wildlife commissioners and gun club board members--move to eliminate the laws, regulations and policies that discourage or prohibit suppressor use. In addition to decreasing the incidents of permanent hearing loss, it will help keep the shooting sports alive and well by decreasing the calls to close shooting areas and hunting lands. Suppressors may not be for everyone, but that's the best aspect of freedom--it is your choice.
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November 7, 2011

Let's honor our veterans by protecting their Second Amendment rights

This Friday, as we honor the courage and sacrifice of our U.S. military veterans, we should also be mindful of a terrible injustice that too many of them are forced to endure when they come home from the field of battle: the loss of their Second Amendment rights.
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November 2, 2011

Gun Rights On The March

Even as our nation seems to be at a political impasse on so many issues, gun rights are moving forward in the states with bipartisan support.
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November 2, 2011

Poltical Report: Hunting Season: A Win for Some is a Win for All

It`s that time of year. For many of us, hunting seasons are well under way, while others among us are doing our last-minute scouting, sighting in our rifles one last time, or packing and repacking bags for long-awaited trips to new hunting grounds. No matter what you hunt or where you hunt it, the rituals of preparing for the seasons are both timeless and a marker of time`s passage.
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