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July 25, 2014

US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of the State of Florida and Law-Abiding Gun Owners Over Activist Doctors and the Gun Control Lobby

The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has ruled that doctors do not have the right to ask patients if they own a firearm when unnecessary to a patient's care. This ruling is a significant defeat for the gun control lobby and its allies. The Florida chapters of the American Academies of Pediatrics and American College of Physicians, along with a number of other groups and individuals backed by the anti-gun community, filed this lawsuit against the State of Florida after Governor Rick Scott signed a bill backed by the National Rifle Association in 2011.

July 24, 2014

NRA Helps Illinois Gun Owners and Scores Major Victory for Fair Play

Fairfax, Va. – Earlier this year, the National Rifle Association (NRA) sponsored litigation against the state of Illinois for its unconstitutional system of denying concealed carry licenses without any notice or opportunity to be heard.  

July 23, 2014

National Rifle Association’s Freedom Action Foundation Announces 2014 “Trigger the Vote” Voter Registration Campaign

Honorary Chairman Chuck Norris Will Lead the Campaign to Defend our Freedom  Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association’s Freedom Action Foundation (NRA-FAF) announced the kickoff of its 2014 “Trigger the Vote” voter registration campaign, and also unveiled its captivating new ad, “Father and Son,” which can be viewed here. 

July 11, 2014

NRA Backs Bill Protecting Lawful Ivory Owners from Far Reaching Ban

Fairfax, Va. – The NRA is supporting a bill introduced in the U.S. House and Senate that protects firearms owners and sportsmen from a federal ban on the sale and trade of objects containing lawfully imported elephant ivory. Representative Steve Daines (R-MT) has introduced H.R. 5052 in the U.S. House. Representative Jeff Miller (R-FL) is an original cosponsor of the House bill. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate, S2587.

July 10, 2014

NRA Statement on Sportsmen's Bill

Fairfax, Va. – Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action issued the following statement today:

July 7, 2014

City of Chicago Ordered to Pay NRA's Legal Fees - Again

$1.5 Million and Counting – The Taxpayer’s Burden of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s and the City of Chicago’s Refusal to Recognize Second Amendment Rights 

June 25, 2014

Michigan Governor Signs Bill to Expand Youth Firearms Safety Training

Fairfax, Va. – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law a bill that expands firearms safety training opportunities for Michigan youth. House Bill 5085, which takes immediate effect as Public Act 201 of 2014, corrects an unduly burdensome restraint on youth firearm education by reasonably expanding the class of individuals who are allowed to supervise and instruct Michigan’s youth in the safe use of pistols.

June 24, 2014

Michigan Governor Signs NRA-Backed Bills Protecting Gun Owners' Privacy

Fairfax, Va. – Today, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law an NRA-backed package of bills aimed at protecting gun owners’ privacy by making firearms records confidential.  The Firearms Records Confidentiality Package, comprised of Senate Bills 49, 834 and 881 and House Bills 4155, 5325 and 5328, passed in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support. Under the new laws, firearms records would not be subject to requests under the Freedom of Information Act and would only be available to law enforcement officials for proper investigatory purposes.

April 16, 2014

NRA's Annual Meetings & Exhibits 2014: Stand and Fight

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits sponsored by MidwayUSA will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana from April 25-27, 2014.

April 8, 2014

NRA Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Hero Otis McDonald

Otis McDonald, gun rights activist and civil rights hero, passed away Friday at the age of 80 in his hometown of Chicago. As many of you will remember, McDonald was the lead plaintiff in McDonald v. Chicago – an historic Second Amendment case that liberated Chicago residents from the city’s oppressive gun ban in 2010. The National Rifle Association extends our heartfelt condolences to the family of this courageous man.

April 4, 2014

Otis McDonald, Famous for Role in McDonald v. Chicago, Passes

Gun rights activist Otis McDonald has passed away. He was 80. McDonald was the lead plaintiff in McDonald v. Chicago – a historic Second Amendment case that defined the scope of gun rights in relation to states. The National Rifle Association would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of this civil rights hero.

April 2, 2014

Mississippi Gives Sportsmen a Tax Holiday

Fairfax, Va. –Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law an NRA-backed bill creating an annual tax-free weekend every September for individual sales of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment, and certain hunting supplies. Senate Bill 2425 passed both the Senate and the House with strong, bipartisan support. The final vote in the Senate was 39 to 11. The final vote in the House was 102 to 16.  

March 28, 2014

Michigan Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill Into Law

Fairfax, Va. – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed an important pro-gun bill into law, which repeals the previous state ban on the private ownership of short-barreled rifles and shotguns. Senate Bill 610 earned bipartisan support clearing the House by a vote of 103 to 6, and the Senate by a vote of 36 to 2.

March 25, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Signs NRA-Backed Bill Expanding Gun Rights

Fairfax, Va. – Today, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed into law a measure bringing Charleston and three other cities in the state into uniformity with the rest of the state’s gun laws. Senate Bill 317 passed the West Virginia House of Delegates by a vote of 92-5 after passing the state Senate unanimously.

March 21, 2014

Georgia Lawmakers Send Comprehensive Gun Bill to Governor

Fairfax, Va. – Lawmakers in Georgia gave final passage last night to H.B. 60, the most comprehensive pro-gun reform bill in state history. The NRA-backed bill cleared both chambers with bi-partisan support. The bill passed the House by a vote of 112-58 and the Senate by a vote of 37-18. Lobbyists for gun control, who fought hard against this law, drew a line in the sand early on by boldly proclaiming, "If we can stop the gun lobby in a state like Georgia, we can stop the gun lobby anywhere." Thanks to the hard work of NRA members in Georgia, along with their elected representatives, the efforts of these radical gun ban supporters failed. The bill now heads to Governor Nathan Deal’s desk for his expected signature.

March 20, 2014

Mississippi Lawmakers Send NRA-Backed Bill to Governor's Desk

Fairfax, VA – The Mississippi House of Representatives has taken final action on the NRA-supported H.B. 314 which implements several important protections for law-abiding gun owners, clearing the way for the bill to go to Governor Phil Bryant for his signature.  The measure received broad bi-partisan support in both state legislative chambers passing the House 103-18, and the Senate by a vote of 40-11.

March 19, 2014

NRA Victorious Against Wilmington Housing Authority

Fairfax, Va. – Yesterday the Delaware Supreme Court found in the case Jane Doe v. Wilmington Housing Authority that the Wilmington Housing Authority’s (WHA) gun ban amongst its tenants, which denied these public housing residents their fundamental Second Amendment rights, is unconstitutional. The National Rifle Association has supported this suit since it was filed in 2010 through two federal courts and the state Supreme Court to defend the Right to Keep and Bear Arms of all Delawareans.

March 12, 2014

Governor Butch Otter Signs New Campus Safety Law in Idaho

Fairfax, VA – Governor Butch Otter has signed into law Senate Bill 1254, a bill aimed at improving safety on state college and university campuses. The National Rifle Association backed this bill and led a strong grassroots campaign to pass it.

March 5, 2014

NRA Response to Facebook Policy Change

The NRA enjoys 150 times more support on Facebook than Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns. That’s why Bloomberg and the gun control groups he funds tried to pressure Facebook into shutting down discussion of Second Amendment issues on its social media platforms. Bloomberg failed. NRA members and our supporters will continue to have a platform to exercise their First Amendment rights in support of their Second Amendment freedoms. – Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA Institute for Legislative Action.

February 25, 2014

NRA Strongly Opposes Proposed New IRS Rules

Fairfax, VA – The National Rifle Association this week submitted formal comments in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued by the Internal Revenue Service on November 29, 2013, entitled "Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organization on Candidate-Related Political Activities." 

February 18, 2014

Virginia Senate Passes Important Sunday Hunting Legislation

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association thanks the Virginia Senate for passing House Bill 1237 today by a bipartisan 28-11 vote. This important piece of legislation, which passed the Virginia House of Delegates by a bipartisan 71-27 vote on January 28, allows Sunday hunting on private lands with written permission from the landowner.

February 13, 2014

NRA-Backed Case A Benchmark Win in 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Fairfax, VA – The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit today ruled in favor of the right of law-abiding citizens in California to carry a firearm outside the home for self-defense. California law allows local governments to issue concealed and open carry permits, but generally prohibits the carriage of handguns in public places. The San Diego County Sheriff’s office further restricts gun permits only to law-abiding citizens who can prove “good cause,” meaning they have to show they faced a specific threat to their safety above what the general public faces.

February 12, 2014

NRA's Annual Meetings & Exhibits 2014

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits will be held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana from April 25-27, 2014.

February 10, 2014

NRA Backs Legal Effort to Protect 2nd Amendment Right in NJ

Will Submit Amicus Brief in John M. Drake, et. al. v. Edward A. Jerejian, et. al. The National Rifle Association announced today that it intends to file an amicus brief in a case that would help protect the rights of New Jersey’s law-abiding gun owners to carry handguns outside of their homes for self-defense.

February 5, 2014

NRA Applauds House for Promoting & Protecting Hunting Rights

Fairfax, VA - The National Rifle Association praises members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to pass H.R. 3590, the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. The measure, which passed with broad bipartisan support by a vote of 268 to 154, promotes and protects the rights of hunters in a variety of critical ways.

January 6, 2014

U.S. District Court Strikes Down Chicago's Unconstitutional Ban on Firearms Sales

Today, Judge Edmond E. Chang of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, ruled that the City of Chicago's ordinance banning virtually all sales and transfers of firearms inside city limits violates the Second Amendment and is therefore unconstitutional. In his ruling, Judge Chang noted the Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms" includes the right to acquire firearms.

December 3, 2013

NRA Statement on the Reauthorization of the "Undetectable Firearms Act", HR 3626

With the expiration of the so-called Undetectable Firearms Act (UFA) rapidly approaching on December 9th, misinformation over this issue and NRA’s position on it has unfortunately reached a heightened level.  We would like to make our position clear.  The NRA strongly opposes ANY expansion of the Undetectable Firearms Act, including applying the UFA to magazines, gun parts, or the development of new technologies.  The NRA has been working for months to thwart expansion of the UFA by Senator Chuck Schumer and others.  We will continue to aggressively fight any expansion of the UFA or any other proposal that would infringe on our Second Amendment rights.

October 29, 2013

Statement from Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, on Sen. Durbin's Stand Your Ground Hearing

Fairfax, VA - Stand Your Ground laws have been signed by governors in 20 states, including eight democratic governors, two of whom – Kathleen Sebelius (D-KA) and Janet Napolitano (D-AZ) – were appointed to cabinet positions by President Obama. If Sen. Durbin is truly interested in making Americans safer, he should compel Attorney General Eric Holder to testify over what Mayor Rahm Emmanuel called the federal government’s “horrible” effort of prosecuting criminals with firearms in Chicago – America’s murder capital in Durbin’s home state.

October 22, 2013

Democratic Senators Oppose U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Fairfax, Va. – Today, four members of the U.S. Senate sent a letter to President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations with the clear message that the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty will not be ratified. Earlier this year, the U.N. adopted and President Obama directed Secretary Kerry to sign this treaty, which does not exclude civilian arms from its scope and therefore directly threatens the Second Amendment.

October 15, 2013

Bipartisan Members of Congress Oppose U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Fairfax, Va. – Today, a bipartisan group of 50 members of the U.S. Senate and 181 members of the U.S. House sent a clear message to President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and the United Nations that the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty will not be ratified. Earlier this year, the U.N. adopted and President Obama directed Secretary Kerry to sign this treaty, which does not exclude civilian arms from its scope and therefore directly threatens the Second Amendment.

October 10, 2013

Texas State Senator Glenn Hegar Receives NRA-ILA Defender of Freedom Award

Fairfax, Va. – Texas State Senator Glenn Hegar (R – Katy) received the Defender of Freedom Award from the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action in recognition of his outstanding legislative accomplishments in support of the Second Amendment. He was presented the award at the Houston Gun Collectors Association meeting Wednesday night.

October 3, 2013

Faced With NRA Legal Action Canyon High School and Orange Unified School District Issue Apology to Student Who Wore NRA T-Shirt

Haley Bullwinkle, a sophomore at Canyon High School in Orange, California, and her parents have received an unconditional apology from Michael Christensen, the Superintendent of Schools, Orange Unified School District, for the school’s indefensible actions after attorneys from the National Rifle Association contacted the school district.  Ms. Bullwinkle was ordered to change her NRA shirt by a school staff member and was referred to the school counseling office by a security officer after her t-shirt was deemed to depict violence. 

September 25, 2013

Obama Administration Signs United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

Fairfax, Va. – Today, Secretary of State John Kerry signed the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty on behalf of the Obama administration. The National Rifle Association strongly opposes this treaty, which is a clear violation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

September 10, 2013

Second Amendment Rights Prevail in Colorado

Fairfax, Va. – A historic grassroots effort by voters in Colorado’s Senate Districts 11 and 3 has resulted in the recall of Colorado Senate President John Morse (D) and Senator Angela Giron (D). The people of Colorado Springs and Pueblo sent a clear message to their elected officials that their primary job is to defend our rights and freedoms and that they are accountable to their constituents – not the dollars or social engineering agendas of anti-gun billionaires.

September 9, 2013

Major Milestone for Families Afield—1 Million New Hunters!

This impressive number demonstrates that interest in hunting remains high, and that what’s needed to spark a lifelong passion for hunting is a proper introduction enabled by state regulations. With success in hand, Families Afield’s call to action is this: If your state offers an apprentice hunting license, make it a point to bring a newcomer along this hunting season; or if you’ve never gone hunting before, seek out a mentor and give it a try.

September 3, 2013

22 States Join the National Rifle Association in Supreme Court Fight for the Second Amendment Rights of Young Adults

Fairfax, Va. – Twenty-one state attorneys general have co-signed an amicus brief filed by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange in support of the National Rifle Association’s challenge against a federal law that restricts the sale of handguns to young adults aged 18 – 20. The case, National Rifle Association of America, Inc., et. al. v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, et al., seeks to end the federal prohibition of young adults to purchase handguns from federally licensed dealers.

August 30, 2013

NRA Supports Successful Appeal in Mississippi

Fairfax, Va. – Important legislation passed earlier this year, and backed by National Rifle Association, will go into effect immediately due to a significant ruling by the Supreme Court of Mississippi on Thursday. The Supreme Court granted the appeal sought by state Attorney General Jim Hood (D) and determined that a Hinds County Circuit Court Judge incorrectly found House Bill 2 to be “vague and unconstitutional.” The Supreme Court vacated the Circuit Court’s order which had prevented the law from taking effect. HB 2 is now the law of the land in Mississippi.

July 10, 2013

NRA Fights Hurdles in Illinois' Slow Progress Towards Concealed Carry

Fairfax, Va. -- Illinois may have finally joined the ranks of every state in the nation by passing a concealed carry law yesterday -- yet many challenges remain. One of the more serious barriers is that residents are being forced to wait even longer for their right to self defense and for their Second Amendment rights to be recognized and upheld.

June 28, 2013

Common Sense Prevails in West Virginia

Common sense has prevailed. Criminal charges have been dropped against West Virginia teen Jared Marcum, who was suspended from his school and arrested when he refused to remove his National Rifle Association shirt. This case demonstrates the lengths to which anti-gun advocates will go to promote their agenda – not only attacking the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, but also the First Amendment rights of those who support and value their Right to Keep and Bear arms. The National Rifle Association will continue our fight for our members and for all lawful gun owners in this country.

June 21, 2013

NRA Supports Successful Maryland Plaintiffs

Fairfax, Va. –Plaintiffs in Maryland, supported by the National Rifle Association, will successfully be concluding a lawsuit against the Maryland State Police. Law-abiding Marylanders were waiting months to obtain firearms they had purchased for self-defense, a clear infringement of their fundamental Second Amendment rights. Several of these individuals who were purchasing firearms for self-defense – as well as the Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore, Maryland Licensed Firearms Dealers Association, and Maryland Shall Issue – filed suit in state court with support from the NRA to mandate the State of Maryland stop violating the fundamental Right to Keep and Bear Arms of its citizens.