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June 8, 2012

Let's Keep the Good News Coming

We're not saying that things are going so well that Lady Luck is trying to tell us to run out and buy a lottery ticket. But there has been some good news lately.  Pro-Second Amendment Gov. Scott Walker's seven-percentage-point victory in the recent recall elections in Wisconsin--a great victory for gun owners in its own right--calls into question Mr. Obama's ability to win that state, which he carried by 13 percentage points in 2008. And a recent poll shows that Gov. Mitt Romney and the president are virtually tied in Michigan, a state President Barack Obama previously won by 16 percentage points. And nationally, Gov. Romney has narrowed the gap with Obama in recent polls.
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June 8, 2012

Oral Arguments Presented in Illinois Carry Case (Shepard v. Madigan)

Oral arguments took place today in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Shepard v. Madigan.  The case involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and a trained gun owner with no criminal record, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in both Utah and Florida.  The National Rifle Association is funding this case.  The Illinois State Rifle and Pistol Association is a co-plaintiff in this case.
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June 7, 2012

Rep. Don Young Gets Answers from BATFE on Dealer Inspections

Over the past few months, there has been a flurry of reports from Alaska gun dealers that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives inspectors had improperly requested that Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) allow their firearms transaction records to be removed from the business or copied.U.S. Rep. (and NRA board member) Don Young (R-Alaska) sent a letter to BATFE, questioning this practice and challenging the agency to provide a written response on a number of key issues.
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June 1, 2012

Note to "Media Matters": Integrity Matters

With many independent voters still undecided in the presidential election, May 30th was as good a time as any for Media Matters and the Violence Policy Center to try to push those independents toward the groups' own fringe territory.
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June 1, 2012

U.S. Investigators Not Alone in Condemning "Fast and Furious"

Today, the Los Angeles Times reports that U.S. congressional investigators seeking information on the "Fast and Furious" debacle are not alone in condemning this now-infamous program.
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June 1, 2012

Rumor Control--We Give You the Truth About the Shotgun Ban

NRA-ILA has received many inquiries about blog posts concerning a proposed shotgun import ban, and about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' solicitation of public comments about this issue.
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June 1, 2012

After 13 Years, Ninth Circuit Nordyke Ruling Allows Gun Shows On Alameda County Fairgrounds

On June 1, 2012 an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its ruling in Nordyke v. King.
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May 29, 2012

The Truth About the Shotgun Ban

NRA-ILA has received many inquiries about blog posts concerning a proposed shotgun import ban, and about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ solicitation of public comments about this issue. While this outrageous proposal goes to show the Obama administration’s anti-gun agenda, it is not breaking news.
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May 25, 2012

Celebrating Memorial Day

This weekend, our country will celebrate Memorial Day.  We'll cook out, relax, and visit with friends and family.  But this holiday weekend is about more than barbeques, swimming pools, and family get-togethers.  As we celebrate the Memorial Day weekend, let us keep in mind what we are "celebrating"--those who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that Americans, and people around the world, would be able to reap the benefits of freedom. 
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May 25, 2012

Tester-Moran Amendment to Block Use of Taxpayer Money to Lobby for UN Gun Ban Passes by Voice Vote

As we reported last week, every gun owner concerned about the future of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms should be aware that the United Nations and the global gun eradication movement are attempting  to eliminate our Second Amendment freedoms by drafting a U.N. Arms Trade Treaty.  This treaty would cover tanks, helicopters, and other heavy weapons but could also include civilian rifles, shotguns and handguns.  The treaty's language will be finalized by the U.N. this July during a four week conference.
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May 25, 2012

Dust Off the Old Stuff--VPC Tries to Revive "Guns and Cars" and "Consumer Products" Nonsense

In the 1990s, it was common for anti-gun activists to predict that firearm-related deaths--suicides, murders, self-defense shootings by private citizens, shootings by law enforcement officers, and accidents combined--would soon outnumber motor vehicle accident deaths.
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May 22, 2012

June 2012 Political Report: "National Carry Bills Introduced In U.S. Senate"

There's no better time to reflect upon the sacrifices the members of our Armed Forces have made in protecting our freedoms. To me, the best way to honor those noble sacrifices is to vigorously advance our freedoms. 
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May 22, 2012

June 2012 Standing Guard: "Reject The U.N.'s Gun-Ban Fantasy"

The moment President Obama reversed the Bush administration’s opposition to U.N.-mandated international gun control, he placed Second Amendment freedom in immediate danger.
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May 22, 2012

June 2012 America's 1st Freedom Cover Story: "THE POWER IS IN YOUR HANDS

The hour is at hand. The most dangerous election of our lifetime is looming. Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre tells you why the NRA wants to ensure that you are … ALL IN!
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May 18, 2012

House Leadership Demands Cooperation from Holder on "Fast and Furious"

On May 18, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), joined House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in sending a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder demanding full cooperation with the ongoing Congressional investigation into the infamous "Fast and Furious" operation, and the tragic death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
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May 18, 2012

LEGO Gun Book Causes Online Tizzy

Parents preoccupied with creating a conflict-free Utopia for their kids would seem to have little to fear from a Danish toy maker, an ingenious and enterprising British youth, and a small San Francisco publishing company.  Yet this trio causes much handwringing in the May 16th edition of "The Mommy Files," an online parenting blog published by the San Francisco Chronicle.
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May 11, 2012

Media Matters Doesn't Really Matter

The group Media Matters for America hates NRA.  Few organizations have more strongly proclaimed their disdain for our right to keep and bear arms and self-protection.
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May 11, 2012

How Many Anti-Gun Activists Does it Take . . . ?

. . . to sort simple statistics incorrectly?  The answer is, "Just a handful of busy beavers at the Violence Policy Center (VPC)."  In April, VPC posted a press release on its website titled "Massachusetts Has Lowest Gun Death Rate in Nation," the gist of which is that states with lower gun ownership and stronger gun control laws had the lowest rates of gun-related death in 2009, and vice versa. VPC said that the the five states with the lowest firearm-related death rates were Massachusetts, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut (which have relatively less gun ownership) and the five with the highest rates were Louisiana, Alabama, Montana, Wyoming and Mississippi (which have relatively higher gun ownership). The "strong" state-level gun laws VPC had in mind were "assault weapon" bans, purchase permits, and restrictive open and concealed carry laws.
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May 8, 2012

Statement from Chris W. Cox on Richard Mourdock's Significant Win in the Indiana U.S. Senate Primary Election

Thanks to your votes, Richard Mourdock has won the Republican primary election for U.S. Senate in Indiana defeating 36-year incumbent, Sen. Richard Lugar.  Since the 1990s, Sen. Lugar has become notorious for his zealous support of gun control schemes and his fervent anti-gun positions. 
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May 4, 2012

U.S. House Oversight Committee Makes Case for Contempt of Congress in "Fast and Furious" Investigation

Back in February, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) promised to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if Holder didn't hand over Justice Department documents that had been subpoenaed as part of an ongoing investigation into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives' now-infamous "Operation Fast and Furious" gun-walking operation.
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May 4, 2012

Election Day Advice from an Unlikely Source— or a likely source, depending on your viewpoint

This week, the Wednesday Journal unintentionally gave flawless advice to the Second Amendment's supporters about who to vote for in this year's presidential election, and why.
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May 4, 2012

Statement from NRA on Self-Defense Laws

The National Rifle Association always has, and always will, advocate the passage and preservation of self-defense laws.  The alternative leaves the innocent in danger.
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May 1, 2012

Update on Right-to-Carry Reciprocity in New Mexico

In response to several inquiries, it is important to clarify information relating to the Department of Public Safety’s audit of other states’ concealed carry statutes.
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April 27, 2012

Senator Heller Steadfastly Opposes Nomination of Anti-Gun Judge

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-Nev.) recently opposed the nomination of Clark County District Judge Elissa Cadish for the federal bench, citing his concern over her anti-gun leanings.
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April 27, 2012

Rumor Control -- S.1813, Highway bill

Reports have been circulating regarding S. 1813--a highway bill recently passed by the U.S. Senate.  The story goes that this bill would allow the IRS to seize your passport and your guns if you owe more than $50,000 in back taxes. The claims are totally bogus.
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April 27, 2012

Harvard History Prof. Needs History Lesson

Thirty-five words acknowledging the good uses and potential uses of guns, in an article of 7,729 words, is not necessarily better than nothing. The article, "Battleground America: One Nation Under the Gun," written by Harvard University history professor Jill LePore and published in the April 23 issue of The New Yorker, begins with 545 words dedicated to shootings at schools and ends with another 583 words in the same vein. Buried somewhere in the middle, LePore acknowledges that a gun "can be used to hunt an animal or to . . . prevent a crime. Enough people carrying enough guns, and with the will and the training to use them, can defend a government or topple one."
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April 27, 2012

Another Way to Get Involved--Join NRA's Facebook and Twitter

Online social networking has exploded in recent years, and websites such as Facebook and Twitter have attracted millions of users.  This online community fosters a connection between its users and allows distribution of user-generated content such as pictures, profiles, music, videos, and text. 
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April 27, 2012

NRA investigating story concerning Bank of America

On April 19, McMillan Group International, a well-respected manufacturer of precision rifles, rifle stocks and accessories, reported that Bank of America had asked McMillan to close...
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April 22, 2012

The Movement To Torch The United States Constitution

Did you know South Africa has a constitution that’s far superior to our own? That’s what one U.S. Supreme Court justice, as well as a plethora of shadowy activist groups working behind the scenes to effect change, believe.
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April 22, 2012

May 2012 Political Report: "Obama Budget Spells Out Anti-Gun Agenda"

The fine print of President Obama's budget is a forecast of the attacks on our rights that would come in a second Obama term.
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April 22, 2012

May 2012 Standing Guard: "Gun-Banners Lead Obama Re-Election"

For anyone who doubts President Barack Obama’s dedication to a second-term all-out war on the Second Amendment, say just one name—Mayor Rahm Emanuel—the new boss of Chicago machine politics, tapped as the star co-chair for Obama’s re-election campaign.
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April 20, 2012

So Much for the Feinstein-Calderón "Spillover" Theory

Since the first few weeks of the Obama administration, America has been periodically told that the "lack" of U.S. gun control laws, particularly the now-defunct federal "assault weapon" ban of 1994-2004, is directly responsible for violence committed by Mexican drug cartels, and that the same violence will "spill over" into the United States.
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April 20, 2012

This Year's Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum a Great Success!

Last weekend, 73,740 NRA members--an all-time record--gathered in St. Louis to celebrate the Second Amendment and American values at NRA's 2012 Annual Meetings and Exhibits.
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April 20, 2012

Anti-Gunners' Hate Machine in High Gear

On April 13-15th, NRA held its annual convention in St. Louis, Mo.  More than a dozen of the nation's most prominent political leaders spoke at our Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum, including Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich.  As if on cue, our opponents hit the internet with a degree of venom that surprised even those of us who have tracked their most outlandish comments over the years.
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April 13, 2012

EPA Again Denies Ammo Ban Petition

On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency denied for the second time a petition by the Center for Biological Diversity and other anti-hunting groups asking the EPA to impose a nationwide ban on the use of ammunition containing lead. The petition was essentially a repetition of a similar petition submitted by the CBD in 2010. The EPA found that the new petition was “almost identical” to the earlier petition, had no “substantive difference,” and “contains no new information” as compared to the earlier petition.
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April 13, 2012

Old Habits Die Hard at NBC

Only two weeks ago, NBC was caught having deceptively edited a 911 tape from the controversial Zimmerman/Martin shooting in Florida.  This week, NBC accused Remington Arms Company of manufacturing unsafe firearms—specifically its immensely popular Model 870 and Model 1100 shotguns. Gun owners will also remember the hatchet job that NBC did on the Remington Model 700 bolt-action rifle in 2010.
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April 13, 2012

Hunger Games Star Chides PETA

Gun owners and hunters are all too familiar with Hollywood elites disparaging or mis-representing firearm ownership in the U.S., so when stars of the silver screen make comments that resonate with the millions of American gun owners and hunters, it’s worth highlighting. Louisville, Kentucky native, Jennifer Lawrence, who stars in the smash hit move, Hunger Games, most likely caused some ears in Tinsel town to perk up with some of her recent comments.
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April 13, 2012

NRA Members “All In” for 2012 Elections

Over 160 pro-gun patriots rolled up their sleeves and went to work at today's NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop, titled “Grassroots Campaigning in a National Election Year”.  The event was held in conjunction with NRA's Annual Meetings & Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri. Though most attendees were home state Missourians, NRA members were represented from states from across the country. Diversity in geography notwithstanding, all were united in a single mission--learning what they can start doing TODAY to ensure a victory for gun owners in November!  
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April 6, 2012

Violence Policy "Center"? More like Violence Policy Joke

We got a good laugh out of handgun eradication activist Josh Sugarmann's latest blog post on the left-wing, America-hating Huffington Post website, his 113th so far.
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April 6, 2012

Canada Finally Abolishes Ridiculous Long-Gun Registry

This week, the Canadian Senate voted 50-27 to abolish their useless long-gun registry. The passage of Bill C-19 means that registration records for seven million ordinary long guns are to be destroyed.
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