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Illegal mayors against guns

illegal mayors against gunsDecember 4th, 2013Article originally written on NY Post.They call themselves Mayors Against Illegal Guns. But apparently not all of them are against all illegal activity.MAIG was co-founded in 2006 by Michael Bloomberg and his counterpart in Boston, Thomas Menino.But come January, the two men will be out of office. When they depart, attention will likely focus on some of their less well-known members — and that could be a problem.The latest of the legally challenged is Mayor Gordon Jenkins of Mo…

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Anaheim school apologizes for making girl remove NRA T-shirt

anaheim school apologizes for making girl remove nra t-shirtOctober 4th, 2013Article originally written on NRA-ILA Website.A high school student who grabbed a National Rifle Assn. T shirt in her hurry to find something to wear to school was confronted by campus officials who forced the student to remove her shirt or face disciplinary action , the girl's parents said.Haley Bullwinkle complied with the demand, took off the white T shirt in the health office and put on a school shirt that officials at Canyon High in Anaheim gave her, but came ho…

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NRA threatens suit over California gun bill

nra threatens suit over california gun billOctober 3rd, 2013Article originally written on The Washington Times.The National Rifle Association plans to sue the state of California if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a bill restricting the sale of some commonly used hunting rifles, raising the stakes as the deadline approaches for the governor’s decision.“Our right to keep and bear arms has never been as seriously threatened in California as it is today,” said the NRA Institute for Legislative Action in a Tuesday website post. “After years of increm…

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NRA, fearing gun registry, joins ACLU in opposing NSA phone records sweep

nra, fearing gun registry, joins aclu in opposing nsa phone records sweepLeaders of the National Rifle Association plan to press members of Congress in the coming weeks to block the National Security Agency’s controversial program to collect records of Americans’ phone calls, arguing that the surveillance efforts can be used as a “backdoor” to construct a national gun registry.“We will be up there and we will be making our feelings known,”  David Keene, a member of the NRA’s executive board who served until this spring as the group’s president, told NBC News. “O…

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Horses and Cows Breathing Easier After College Cancels Firearm Safety Classes

horses and cows breathing easier after college cancels firearm safety classesSeptember 9th, 2013Article originally written on NRA-ILA.As the saying goes, there must be something in the water.A popular firearm safety class taught by NRA Certified Firearm Instructors at Pierce College, part of the Los Angeles Community College District, has been nixed for purely ideological reasons, and because--well, you will just have to see for yourself.The Los Angeles Daily News reports that the cancellation of an NRA Basic Pistol Course was achieved by the district's hasty adoption of…

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NRA backs lawsuit against US surveillance

nra backs lawsuit against us surveillanceAugust 6th, 2013Article originally written on Reuters.(Reuters) - The National Rifle Association said on Wednesday it supports a lawsuit brought by civil rights groups to strike down the U.S. government's broad telephone surveillance program, citing potential violations of gun owners' privacy rights.In a brief backing the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit against senior U.S. government officials, the NRA said the collection of vast communications threatens privacy and could allow the gove…

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New Bill to triggure huge tax increase on Ammo and Guns

new bill to triggure huge tax increase on ammo and gunsAugust 27th, 2013Article originally written on Fox.A pair of Democratic lawmakers are proposing steep new taxes on handguns and ammunition, and tying the revenues to programs aimed at preventing gun violence.Called the “Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act," the bill sponsored by William Pascrell, D-N.J., and Danny Davis, D-Ill., would nearly double the current 11 percent tax on handguns, while raising the levy on bullets and cartridges from 11 percent to 50 percent."This bill repres…

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Wayne LaPierre: Canada’s roadmap for your rights

wayne lapierre: canada’s roadmap for your rightsAugust 20th, 2013Article originally written on The Daily Caller.As stunning revelations from the deepening scandals at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continue to draw headlines, it is clear that the targeting of groups for their belief in the sanctity of the U.S. Constitution could easily spread to Americans who cherish the Second Amendment.Lost in much of the media coverage of IRS bullying tactics against “tea party” and “patriot” groups is the substance and breadth of the intrusion of fede…

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The check-box felon

the check-box felonAugust 15th, 2013Article originally written on Washington Times.Politicians scared of legal guns lost their attempt to disembowel the Second Amendment, but they’re not giving up. President Obama and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York City are in the gun-control game for the long haul, advocating reforms that sound like common sense until they become law.A “straw purchase” case that goes before the Supreme Court in October will be an important test. When someone who is ineligible to own a gun…

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Florida sheriffs say Keep Stand Your Ground as written

florida sheriffs say keep stand your ground as writtenAugust 12th, 2013Article originally written on News Press.The Florida Sheriffs Association is no longer neutral on the state's controversial "stand your ground" law.Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the new president of the association, announced Friday that members agreed earlier this week without opposition to support the law "as currently written.""Our current judicial system is comprised of multiple checks and balances to ensure fair and equitable application of all laws, including 'stand your…

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Federal Court in Illinois Throws Out Brady Campaign Supported Lawsuit

federal court in illinois throws out brady campaign supported lawsuitAugust 6th, 2013Article originally written on NRA-ILA.On Wednesday, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a lawsuit supported by the Brady Campaign against the online gun classifieds website, Armslist, LLC.Armslist is a website that provides firearm owners and prospective buyers with a venue to advertise sale or want advertisements for firearms in a manner similar to newspaper classified ads.  Armslist otherwise takes no part in any firearm transactions …

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majority of Americans support controversial stand your ground laws

majority of americans support controversial stand your ground lawsAugust 3rd, 2013A majority of Americans support controversial “stand your ground” laws, according to a new poll, but their views are sharply divided along racial lines.Voters back the self-defense laws 53 percent to 40 percent, according to a new poll from Quinnipiac, but when broken down by race, black and white voters have opposite views. White voters support such laws in their state 57 percent to 37 percent, while black voters oppose the laws 57 percent to 37 percent. Hispanic voters are spli…

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Criticize the Obama administration, pay a terrible price

criticize the obama administration, pay a terrible priceAugust 2nd, 2013.Article originally written on The Daily Caller.President Barack Obama’s condescending commencement address urging Ohio University graduates to reject voices warning Americans of “tyranny” is an Obama-in-your-face reference to NRA and a host of groups his bureaucrats are trying to crush with their abuse of executive power.Specifically, Obama signaled what he sees as dangerous political speech in his May, 2013 address:“Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly…

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Bryant, lawmakers, NRA want to join gun lawsuit

bryant, lawmakers, nra want to join gun lawsuitAugust 1st, 2013JACKSON, Miss. — A posse of state officials and gun advocates has asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to let them file briefs in support of the state's open-carry law.The court had not ruled Tuesday on the requests by Gov. Phil Bryant, about 80 lawmakers, the National Rifle Association and others. Their motions included arguments supporting the law.A brief has not yet been filed with the high court by those who challenged the open-carry law, including Hinds County District Attorn…

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Licensed to Carry

licensed to carryJuly 31st, 2013Article originally written on The National Review.Perhaps the most boring thing that gun-controllers throw at advocates of the right to bear arms is the assertion, almost guaranteed to rear its doltish head in any conversation about the Second Amendment, that it is easier in the United States to own and operate a gun than it is to own and operate a car. This contention most often takes the form of a rhetorical question. “Every state requires its residents to pass a test in order t…

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Gov Scott on safe ground with Stand Your Ground

gov scott on safe ground with stand your ground Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t want to change Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law, and public opinion polls and even Democrats indicate the Republican might be on safe political ground.The self-defense law became central to the nation’s political debate over guns after a jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in last year’s shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old from Miami Gardens.A group of liberal-leaning protesters has occupied the governor’s office lobby calling fo…

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Fargo mayor distancing himself from Bloomberg’s gun control group

fargo mayor distancing himself from bloomberg’s gun control groupJuly 26th, 2013Article originally written on Grand Forks Herald.FARGO – A pro-gun control group of mayors started by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has scheduled an event in Fargo on Monday, but Bloomberg himself is not expected to attend.Neither is Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker, who said he’s gotten nothing but flak from the tri-state area since announcing his membership in Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns group years ago.“I’ve never resigned, but I’m not an active member either. So …

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Why Gun Owners Are Right to Fight Against Gun Control

why gun owners are right to fight against gun controlJuly 22nd, 2013Article originally written on Reason.com.In April, the Senate rejected the Toomey-Manchin gun control proposal. In the wake of its defeat many asked why gun owners and their organizations resisted so limited a measure. Granted, it would have had little but symbolic benefit. Its core was to require background checks at gun shows (which Bureau of Justice Statistics concluded involved a whole 0.8 percent of crime guns) and on Internet gun sales (a miniscule proportion, most of which …

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Man accused of illegally firing shotgun cites Biden’s advice

man accused of illegally firing shotgun cites biden’s adviceJuly 19th, 2013A Washington state man who fired a shotgun to scare away possible car prowlers from his property was arraigned Wednesday for illegal discharging of a firearm, and he cited Vice President Joe Biden’s public advice about shooting such weapons in the air in his defense.Fifty-two-year-old Jeffery Barton pleaded not guilty, Koin.com reports:Deputies have been investigating whether a large teen party that got out of control at a neighbor’s home may have been linked to the shooting. Howe…

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Obamas BATFE pick is sent to full Senate

obamas batfe pick is sent to full senateJuly 16th, 2013Article originally written on The Washington Post.The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to send President Obama’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to the Senate floor for a final vote.If B. Todd Jones is confirmed, it would be the first time in seven years that the agency that regulates firearms and investigates gun and explosives crimes has had a permanent director.The 10 to 8 party-line vote by the Senate panel came after a months-l…

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General Assembly overrides governors veto of concealed carry bill

general assembly overrides governors veto of concealed carry billJuly 10th, 2013Article originally written on http://www.chicagotribune.comSPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers made Illinois the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms in two quick votes Tuesday that formalized the deepening rift between Gov. Pat Quinn and the legislature.The House and Senate voted to override Quinn's amendatory veto of a legislative compromise aimed at satisfying a federal court deadline for legalizing some form of public possession of firearms. Illinois was the last state without…

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Historic recall effort reflects Colorados passions about guns

historic recall effort reflects colorados passions about gunsJuly 9th, 2013Article originally written on LA Times.COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Snug against the Rockies, this conservative bastion is home to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Pikes Peak, scores of evangelical churches and soon, perhaps, the most significant gun control fight in the country.Unless a judge steps in, John Morse, the Democratic president of the Colorado Senate, faces an unprecedented recall attempt arising from the sweeping gun laws passed after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Mors…

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Quinn writes stricter rules into concealed carry bill

quinn writes stricter rules into concealed carry billJuly 5th, 2013Article originally written on The Chicago TribuneGov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday made sweeping changes to a bill that would allow concealed guns to be carried in public, writing in tougher regulations he deemed "common sense" amid staunch criticism from lawmakers who say they are poised to overturn his efforts when they return to Springfield next week.Flanked by gun control advocates during a veto ceremony, Quinn argued the legislation lawmakers sent him would harm public safet…

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Case Against Student Who Wore NRA T-Shirt to School Dismissed

case against student who wore nra t-shirt to school dismissedJuly 3rd, 2013On June 27th, in a positive resolution to a case which has captured the attention of advocates for First and Second Amendment rights, the case against 14-year-old Logan Middle School Honor Student Jared Marcum of Logan, W.V., was dismissed with prejudice.  Marcum had been charged with obstructing an officer following an incident stemming from a Logan Middle School faculty member's reaction to Marcum wearing to school an NRA t-shirt featuring the words "Protect Your Right" and …

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Suit Filed to Strike Down New Yorks "SAFE" Act

suit filed to strike down new yorks June 28th, 2013Article originally written on NRA-ILA.On February 28, NRA President David Keene addressed a rally gathered in Albany, N.Y. to protest the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms (SAFE) Act, telling the crowd of more than 10,000, “We’ll help you overcome these statutes in court.” On March 21, the NRA made good on that promise, assisting the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, the Westchester County Firearm Owner Association, the Sportsmen’s Association for Firearm Educatio…

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Both sides reloading for state gun law fight

both sides reloading for state gun law fightJune 26th, 2013Article originally written on The Times Union.AlbanyTop law enforcement officials have filed court affirmations in support of New York's new gun control law, the SAFE Act as state lawyers moved to dismiss a federal challenge to the law brought by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard and a top State Police lawyer all filed sworn statements as part of over 100 pages filed by Attorney Gene…

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New taxes penalize gun owners, threaten Second Amendment

new taxes penalize gun owners, threaten second amendmentJune 25th, 2013Article originally written on The Washington Times.Liberals are trying every tool at their disposal this year to go after guns. They have failed on Capitol Hill to restrict the Second Amendment, so they are moving through the states to enact their agenda.The latest maneuver is to hike the tax on guns and ammunition to dissuade the law-abiding from buying firearms. It’s the perfect storm of liberalism — more revenue for a bigger government and fewer people keeping and bearing arms.…

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Michael Bloomberg gun control group site registered to NYC

michael bloomberg gun control group site registered to nycJune 24th, 2013Article originally written on Politico.The name “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” is well known as Mike Bloomberg’s gun-control arm, which he spends his personal fortune through on ads. Yet the group’s website is registered to, and handled by, official city government servers and staffers.Domain names for MAIG were registered in 2006 by the New York City Department of Information and Technology, and have remained on official city web servers ever since.Yet the group’s “action fund,” t…

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How to Arm the Citizenry

how to arm the citizenry June 21st, 2013Article originally written on The National Review.Kyle Coplen may not be a sidesaddle gunslinger — the 29-year-old got his master’s in public administration from the University of Houston this spring — but he can handle a weapon. And he is working to make sure you can, too.Coplen is the founder and head of the Armed Citizen Project (ACP), a Houston-based nonprofit that trains single women and residents of crime-ridden neighborhoods in firearms use — and then arms the…

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Paying the Price on Privacy

paying the price on privacyJune 20th, 2013Article originally written on USA News"You just worry that you're going to see searches of the databases and an expansion for purposes that were not intended when the information was collected," theorized Chris Calabrese, an American Civil Liberties Union privacy lobbyist.Interestingly, those were concerns raised in April, two months ago, during the debate over the expansion of background checks for all commercial gun sales and the fear that the government would create a national …

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Biden vows to ‘beat the gun lobby’ by passing stronger laws, touts administrative progress

biden vows to ‘beat the gun lobby’ by passing stronger laws, touts administrative progressJune 19th, 2013Article originally written on http://www.washingtonpost.com/WASHINGTON — A scrappy Vice President Joe Biden vowed Tuesday to “beat the gun lobby” by ultimately passing stronger firearm laws and said some lawmakers who voted against background checks have privately told him they want another chance.With President Barack Obama away in Europe, Biden held a White House event to announce progress on executive orders to reduce gun violence while stressing the need for congressional acti…

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Nevada Gov Brian Sandoval vetoes bill mandating background checks on all in-state gun sales

nevada gov brian sandoval vetoes bill mandating background checks on all in-state gun salesJune 14th, 2013CARSON CITY, Nevada — Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed a bill Thursday that would have required a background check almost any time a firearm changes hands in Nevada, carrying through on his earlier promises to kill legislation that attracted interest in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting and a rampage at a Nevada restaurant in 2011.In his veto message, Sandoval said the universal background checks provision "imposes unreasonable burdens and harsh penalties upon law-abiding Neva…

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Gun homicides: NH over New York City any day

gun homicides: nh over new york city any dayJune 13th, 2013Article originally written on unionleader.com/New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending millions to attack Sen. Kelly Ayotte for opposing gun-control legislation Bloomberg likes. Bloomberg says tougher gun laws will reduce gun homicides. Has he ever compared his city’s gun murder rate with New Hampshire’s?New York City’s gun homicide rate has fallen to 4 per 100,000, very good for a large American city. Boston’s rate is 6.2, Washington, D.C.’s 19, and New Orl…

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Anti-Gun Researchers Saddling Up to Ride Again

anti-gun researchers saddling up to ride againJune 11th, 2013Article originally written on NRAILA.orgWith the racetrack dust having barely settled after this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and with the final leg of the Triple Crown--the Belmont Stakes--scheduled for this weekend, we can't help but marvel at the incredible ability of a horse, with 120 pounds on its back, to sustain better than a 35 mph pace over up to 1½ miles, often topping 40 mph in the home stretch. But no matter how big an appetite the world's fa…

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Guns and Grade-School Panic

guns and grade-school panicJune 10th, 2013The article was originally written on townhall.comThe specter of school shootings has brought a too-typical staple to local newspaper sections: the boys disciplined at (or suspended from) grade school for bringing a toy gun or anything resembling a gun. The Washington Post just found the latest wild overreaction, from Calvert County, Md., a blue state that's cracked down on gun rights. "A kindergartner who brought a cowboy-style cap gun onto his Calvert County school bus…

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The Dishonest Gun-Control Debate

the dishonest gun-control debate May 6th, 2013The gun-control debate is one of the most dishonest arguments we have in American politics. It is dishonest in its particulars, of course, but it is in an important sense dishonest in general: The United States does not suffer from an inflated rate of homicides perpetrated with guns; it suffers from an inflated rate of homicides. The argument about gun control is at its root a way to put conservatives on the defensive about liberal failures, from schools that do not teach to police …

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12 GOP senators back Rand Paul on gun-control filibuster

12 gop senators back rand paul on gun-control filibusterApril 8th, 2013Article originally written on Politico.Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s threat to filibuster any new gun restrictions is gathering steam, as a dozen of his Republican colleagues have now signed onto his plan.The Kentucky Republican and Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) first wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid late last month to warn him of their intention to try to tie up the Senate if, as planned, Reid moved forward with legislation that would expand background chec…

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Support for stricter gun control wanes

support for stricter gun control wanesMarch 26th, 2013Article originally written on NRA ILA.Soon after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced an assault weapons ban would not be part of a gun control bill, a new CBS News poll shows support for stricter gun control laws overall has dropped since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Currently, support for stricter gun control laws stands at 47 percent today, down from a high of 57 percent just after the shootings. Thirty-nine percent want those laws…

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Stage set for Senate gun control debate

stage set for senate gun control debateMarch 22nd, 2013Senate Democrats said Thursday they will take up gun control immediately after a two-week Easter vacation, and said the bill they’ll bring to the chamber floor will include universal background checks for all firearms sales and a crackdown on gun trafficking and straw purchases.The background checks are the biggest sticking point — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he will include a strict measure written by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, rather than wait for a …

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Cox: A universally bad idea

cox: a universally bad ideaMarch 20th, 2013Will trampling the rights of law abiding gun owners really do anything to help keep our children safe? Will piling unnecessary weight on a federal regulatory system that's already drowning help keep guns out of the wrong hands? The answers, of course, are "no" -- which is why a so called "universal background check" system should be dismissed by any lawmaker who is serious about protecting constitutional freedom and improving public safety.A mandate for truly "universal" backgrou…

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NRA opposes UN arms treaty

nra opposes un arms treatyMarch 18th, 2013Article originally written on The Washington Post.The National Rifle Association, which is battling a raft of gun control measures on Capitol Hill, also has an international fight on its hand as it gears up to oppose a U.N. treaty designed to restrict the flow of arms to conflict zones.Negotiations open Monday in New York on the Arms Trade Treaty, which would require countries to determine whether weapons they sell would be used to commit serious human rights violations, terroris…

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NRA Recruits YouTube Gun Enthusiast for Minority Ad Campaign

nra recruits youtube gun enthusiast for minority ad campaignMarch 7th, 2013Article originally written on http://www.usnews.comThe National Rifle Association is reaching out to one minority group in a new slew of ads that encourage blacks to own firearms.The NRA is working to expand its appeal to minorities, with Internet gun enthusiast Colion Noir leading the charge.Noir will make appearances on NRA News in upcoming months, making the case for why the black community is highly susceptible to gun violence and why they should protect themselves not with ju…

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Universal Background Checks Explained

universal background checks explainedFebruary 5th, 2013President Obama is saying that 70% of NRA members support "universal background checks."  I assure you, that simply is not true!It appears he is citing a poll question from one of NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg's phony polls of people who "self-identify" as NRA members. The question was whether they would support "A proposal requiring all gun sellers at gun shows to conduct criminal background checks of the people buying guns." People could easily have assumed that "all seller…

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Obama Willing to Use Executive Orders on Guns

obama willing to use executive orders on gunsJanuary 15th, 2012Article originally written on The Washington Times.WASHINGTON — President Obama this week will embrace a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence that will call for major legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases and lay out 19 separate actions the president could take by invoking the power of his office, lawmakers who were briefed on the plan said Monday. Lawmakers and other officials said that the president could use a public event as soon as Wednesday t…

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Statement From the NRA Regarding Todays White House Task Force Meeting

  statement from the nra regarding todays white house task force meeting January 11th, 2013Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again. We attended today's White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal pr…

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Obama Attacks Second Amendment While Ignoring Good Guys with Guns

obama attacks second amendment while ignoring good guys with gunsJanuary 10th, 2012As a member in good standing in the "Support the United States Constitution Second Amendment"' club,  I (The Gun Show Monster) finds the latest attempts of the administration to take advantage of a terrible tragedy to further their far left political agenda  a disgrace.. Obama buddy, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's famous quote to  "Don't waste a serious Crisis" seems to hit close to home at the White House as President Obama and his trusty side kick Joe Biden&n…

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Obama is at it again - Gun Control for All

obama is at it again - gun control for allJanuary 3rd, 2013Article originally written on The Washington Times.The national debate over gun control may have been pushed to the back burner in favor of the “fiscal cliff” battle, but President Obama remains committed to confronting the issue no matter the resistance from gun owners and the National Rifle Association.In a rare appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Mr. Obama expressed strong support for a reinstatement of the federal ban on assault weapons, outlawing high-…

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Feinstein Goes For Broke With New Gun-Ban Bill

feinstein goes for broke with new gun-ban bill Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)—author of the federal “assault weapon” and “large” ammunition magazine ban of 1994-2004—has announced that on the first day of the new Congress—January 3rd— she will introduce a bill to which her 1994 ban will pale by comparison. On Dec. 17th, Feinstein said, “I have been working with my staff for over a year on this legislation” and “It will be carefully focused.” Indicating the depth of her research on the issue, she said on Dec. 21st that she had p…

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Fury After Paper Publishes Names Addresses of Legal Pistol Owners in New York

fury after paper publishes names addresses of legal pistol owners in new yorkDecember 27th, 2012Article originally written on The Blaze.A map for Westchester county is also visible on the site.Unlike with the above map, however, on the Journal News website, you can click on any one of the dots and get the full name and exact address of the permit holder.AMI Global Security, which published an article condemning the “massive privacy breach” that is “meant to intimidate the lawful” and “abrogate the Bill of Rights,” collected a few of the first comments:“If the h…

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Sen Feinstein suggests national buyback of guns

sen feinstein suggests national buyback of gunsDecember 26th, 2012Article originally written on The Examiner. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said that she and other gun control advocates are considering a law that would create a program to purchase weapons from gun owners, a proposal that could be compulsory.“We are also looking at a buy-back program,” Feinstein said today in a press conference. “Now, again, this is a work in progress so these are ideas in the development.”Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., already discussed the possibili…

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New York: Cuomo Says He’ll Outline Gun Proposal Next Month

new york: cuomo says he’ll outline gun proposal next monthArticle originally written on the New York Times.December 24th, 2012Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday that he had started discussions with leaders of the State Legislature about new gun control measures, and that he planned to propose a package of gun legislation in his State of the State address on Jan. 9. “There’s a big difference of opinion on these issues,” Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said in an interview on an Albany radio station.The New York Assembly, controlled by Democrats, has voted for a …

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NRA chief urges armed guards in every single school - dismisses calls for gun control

nra chief urges armed guards in every single school -  dismisses calls for gun controlNational Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre on Friday dismissed calls for increased gun control in response to the Connecticut school shooting, calling instead for Congress to support a plan putting armed police officers in "every single school" in America. In an impassioned speech, marking the NRA's first in-depth public comments since the Newtown tragedy, LaPierre pointed the finger not at gun proliferation but violent video games, the media and the absence of armed guards at schools. He arg…

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Texas town allows teachers to carry concealed guns

texas town allows teachers to carry concealed gunsDecember 20th, 2012Article originally written on USA Today.HARROLD, Texas (AP) — In the tiny Texas town of Harrold, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school — mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons.The nearest sheriff's office is 30 minutes away, and people tend to know — and trust — one another. So the school board voted to let teachers bring guns to school."We don't have money for a security guard, but t…

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NRA Breaks Silence

nra breaks silenceDecember 18th, 2012Click here for the original press release.NRA STATEMENTThe National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters – and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown.Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting.The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributi…

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NRA Goes Dark On Social Media Following School Shooting

nra goes dark on social media following school shootingDecember 18th, 2012Article originally written on December 18th, 2012!The National Rifle Association has embraced a new, simple social media policy in the days following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting: don't use it.The NRA's Twitter account has been mute since early Friday morning, before the mass murder in Newtown, Conn. It has disabled comments on Google+ and YouTube updates, which stopped late last week. The official NRA Facebook account has not only stayed quiet, it has completely …

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NRA laid groundwork against new gun laws

nra laid groundwork against new gun lawsDecember 18th, 2012Article originally written on CNN Money.A cacophony of calls to change gun laws has emerged after last week's tragedy in Connecticut, and the National Rifle Association has kept quiet.But no one expects silence from the NRA once President Obama or members of Congress make any move to change the laws.For years, the well-known gun rights advocate and lobbying group has laid the ground work to ward off any move to change national gun policy, spending millions of dolla…

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Florida: Right-to-Carry permits to hit 1 million next week

florida: right-to-carry permits to hit 1 million next weekTALLAHASSEE — Sometime next week in Florida, somebody will become the state's 1 millionth holder of a concealed weapons permit, solidifying the state's No. 1 standing in the nation in that category.Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam deemed that was worthy of a news conference Wednesday, flanked by U.S. and state flags."I've been asked about our licensing responsibilities as much as any other topic," Putnam said when asked why he touted the 1 million mark. No doubt, it proves the…

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Victory for Self-Defense and the Second Amendment

victory for self-defense and the second amendmentDecember 11th, 2012 Originally written on the NRA-ILA website. Fairfax, Va. – The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled today that Illinois' total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home or business is unconstitutional. The case involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and a trained gun owner, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in both Utah and Florida. The National Rifle Association is funding this case. The Illinois State …

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MILLER: Thwarting global gun grabbers

miller: thwarting global gun grabbersNovember 29th, 2012Article original written on The Washington Times.The United Nations is pushing gun control on a global scale, and President Obama is on board. Just a few hours after re-election was assured, the president’s representative cast a vote for the Arms Trade Treaty at a U.N. committee meeting. The loosely drafted agreement doesn’t go after guns directly, but the language enables activist judges to get creative in restricting Americans’ exercise of their Second Amendment rights. A fi…

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Cox: Gun owners enter the fight of our lives

cox: gun owners enter the fight of our livesNovember 15th, 2012Originally written on The Daily Caller.The NRA has been saying all along that Barack Obama would unleash an assault on our Second Amendment freedoms if he won a second term. It sure didn’t take long for him to prove us right. Just hours after Obama won re-election last Tuesday, his administration endorsed a new effort by the global gun grabbers at the United Nations to draft a gun ban treaty early next year. The official starting point for the new talks is last year’s …

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Obama Wins - US backs new UN arms treaty talks

obama wins - us backs new un arms treaty talksNovember 8th, 2012The article was originally written on Reuters.U.N. delegates and gun control activists have complained that talks collapsed in July largely because Obama feared attacks from Republican rival Mitt Romney if his administration was seen as supporting the pact, a charge Washington denies.The month-long talks at U.N. headquarters broke off after the United States - along with Russia and other major arms producers - said it had problems with the draft treaty and asked for more …

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Louisiana: Gun rights amendment passes easily

louisiana: gun rights amendment passes easilyNovember 7th, 2012Article originally written on The Advocate Louisiana voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a proposed constitutional amendment that gives the state the strongest gun laws in the nation, according to nearly complete state elections office returns.With just shy of 100 percent of the vote in, Amendment 2 was passing 1,237,596 or 74 percent to 428,906 or 26 percent in a state where gun rights have some of the greatest protections in the U.S.“This is a truly histo…

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NRAs most targeted effort ever threatens Obama

nras most targeted effort ever threatens obamaNovember 05, 2012Article originally written on The Washington Examiner.Spurred on by President Obama's debate pledge to push for an assault weapons ban and possibly limits on handgun ownership, the National Rifle Association is ending the presidential campaign season with its most "targeted" election effort in its 141 years. NRA officials told Secrets that they've expanded their campaign against Obama in some cases by over 500-times what the Second Amendment lobby did in the 2010 electio…

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Illinois: Preckwinkle backs off bullet tax

illinois: preckwinkle backs off bullet taxNovember 1st, 2012Article originally written on the Chicago Tribune.Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday dropped plans for a 5-cent bullet tax but still wants to charge a $25 tax on every gun purchase.A compromise was negotiated over several days with commissioners John Fritchey and Edwin Reyes, both Chicago Democrats, who had balked at the guns and ammunition taxes.In exchange for their support, Preckwinkle agreed to create a $2 million fund to combat gun violen…

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NRA: Gun laws ring hollow with voters

nra: gun laws ring hollow with votersArticle originally written on USA Today.October 28. 2012 - What does USA TODAY's Editorial Board have in common with the majority of Americans?Not much, apparently, when it comes to effective public policy and sound politics.This newspaper bemoans a lack of debate over firearms ownership in this election, ignoring a fact that even most politicians now recognize. The vast majority of Americans treasure their constitutional freedom, and they don't trust politicians who meddle with it.Most candidat…

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NRA to Fight Proposed Obama Administration Ban on Recreational Shooting on Public Lands

nra to fight proposed obama administration ban on recreational shooting on public landsFriday, November 18, 2011 Fairfax, VA -- The National Rifle Association (NRA) will fight the proposal by the Obama administration and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to drastically restrict recreational shooting opportunities on public lands. The NRA is particularly concerned about the stated motive of this action. A spokesman for the BLM told U.S. News and World Report that the proposed ban was being enacted in response to "urbanites" who "freak out" when they hear shooting on public lands. Th…

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Wisconsin Governor Signs NRA-Backed Castle Doctrine into Law

wisconsin governor signs nra-backed castle doctrine into lawThursday, December 08, 2011 Fairfax, Va. - Governor Scott Walker has signed Wisconsin Castle Doctrine legislation into law. This common-sense measure strengthens the right of law-abiding citizens to use force, including deadly force, against an attacker in their homes, businesses or motor vehicles. It also strengthens protection from civil lawsuits by an attacker or attacker's family when justifiable defensive force is used. "Gov. Walker and Wisconsin lawmakers know that law-abiding citizens…

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Twelve Big Wins for Gun Owners

twelve big wins for gun owners Friday, November 18, 2011 The final conference report on the combined Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science (CJS) and Transportation/Housing/Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bills—also known as the “Mini-Bus,” was passed by both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate,  and has been signed into law.  One of the most important ways that Congress has protected the Second Amendment is through a number of general provisions included in various appropriations bi…

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Second Amendment Litigation

second amendment litigationNRA Files Appeal of Ruling on Handgun Sales Age Limits On Sept. 29, a federal judge in the Northern District of Texas decided in favor of the federal government in a case brought by the NRA challenging the federal restriction on the purchase of handguns by 18-20 year old adults. The case is far from over, as the NRA has already filed an appeal. In the case, Jennings v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the NRA and a group of responsible young adults argued that since 18…

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NRA Files Protest Letter in Opposition of BLMs Resource Management Plan for Recreational Shooting Ban

nra files protest letter in opposition of blms resource management plan for recreational shooting banWednesday, October 26, 2011 The National Rifle Association has filed a letter protesting the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final resource management plan for Ironwood Forest National Monument that will close the entire monument to recreational shooting. The NRA and many of its Arizona hunters and shooters were deeply engaged in the planning process when the draft plan for the monument was released for public comment in 2007. Closure of the monument to recreational shooting was protest…

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NRA-Backed Amendment to Prohibit Funding of "Gun-Walking" Programs Passes Unanimously in US Senate

nra-backed amendment to prohibit funding of Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Today, an NRA-supported amendment offered by U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex.) to prohibit funds from being used by the Department of Justice to conduct "gun-walking" programs similar to the now-infamous "Fast and Furious" operation was passed in the Senate with unanimous, bipartisan support (99-0).  Specifically, the amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill states that:  "No funds made available under this Act shall be used t…

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US House Committee Advances National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act

us house committee advances national right-to-carry reciprocity act Friday, October 14, 2011   This week, the House Judiciary considered amendments to H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill, and defeated all anti-gun amendments offered in an effort to weaken or gut the legislation. The legislation is an important pro-gun reform that will provide for the recognition of carry permits in all states that issue permits. (For detailed information on the legislation, click here.) The bill, as originally written, was successfully amended at th…

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National Right-to-Carry Bill Under Attack

national right-to-carry bill under attackFriday, September 23, 2011 As we reported last week, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security recently held a hearing on H.R. 822, the "National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011."This critically important bill, introduced earlier this year by Congressmen Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and cosponsored by more than 240 of their colleagues, would enable millions of permit holders to exercise their right to sel…

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NRA Granted Intervenor Status in Wolf Delisting Challenge

nra granted intervenor status in wolf delisting challengeTuesday, September 20, 2011The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been granted intervenor status by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in the legal challenge to the delisting of wolves from the Endangered Species Act in Montana, Idaho and portions of Oregon, Utah and Washington State. Anti-hunting groups continue to fight the NRA’s efforts to defend the interests of its members and the hunting community.“Being granted intervenor status is of paramount importance to the future of wildlife cons…

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House Crime Subcommittee Holds Hearing on National Right-to-Carry Bill

house crime subcommittee holds hearing on national right-to-carry billFriday, September 16, 2011On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security held a hearing on H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.The bill, introduced earlier this year by Congressmen Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) and cosponsored by more than 240 of their colleagues, would enable millions of permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside their home states.S…

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Hearing Scheduled for HR 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011

hearing scheduled for hr 822, the national right-to-carry reciprocity act of 2011Friday, September 09, 2011For months we have been reporting on a critically important bill:  H.R. 822—the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.  This vital NRA-backed legislation, introduced earlier this year by Congressmen Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) will enable millions of permit holders to exercise their right to self-defense while traveling outside their home states. Thanks to much hard work and action taken by NRA and our members, H.R…

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Heads Roll In Wake of BATFE “Fast and Furious” Scandal

heads roll in wake of batfe “fast and furious” scandalFriday, September 02, 2011In the latest development in the on-going Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) “Fast and Furious” scandal, the Department of Justice announced this week the appointment of U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota B. Todd Jones to serve as Acting Director of BATFE, replacing Kenneth Melson. The DOJ also announced that Dennis Burke, U.S. attorney for the district of Arizona, has resigned.  And theWall Street Journal …

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US Senate Stands with NRA in Strongly Opposing UN Gun Control Efforts

us senate stands with nra in strongly opposing un gun control effortsFriday, July 22, 2011For nearly 20 years, the NRA has worked tirelessly to oppose any United Nations effort to undermine the constitutional rights of law-abiding American gun owners.  The latest attempt by the U.N. and global gun banners to eliminate our Second Amendment freedoms is to include civilian arms in the current Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which will be finalized next year.In order for any treaty to take effect, however, it must be ratified by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate.   To…

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NRA Supports Lawsuit Challenging the Obama Administrations Multiple Sales Reporting Requirement

nra supports lawsuit challenging the obama administrations multiple sales reporting requirementNRA is fully funding and supporting a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's demand that Federal Firearms License holders report multiple sales of certain long guns in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. The lawsuits filed assert that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lacks statutory authority to demand these reports.NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox has long expressed skepticism for the motivation and the timing of this BATFE effort. "This is a bait-an…

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Gun Rights In Primetime

gun rights in primetimeNRA members are rightfully concerned about the protection of gun rights and the longevity of the shooting sports. We know the successes we have enjoyed in the past are due in no small part to our strength in numbers. Furthermore, the key to maintaining and building on our past victories is not only to sustain, but to also grow the size of our organization. To that end, NRA tries to provide and promote opportunities for people to get involved in the shooting sports.The media, anti-gun groups and …

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Obama Justice Department Orders Gun Registration

obama justice department orders gun registrationFierce Battle Over Gun RightsWatch the latest video at video.foxnews.com…

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NRA-ILA Legal Update August 2011

nra-ila legal update  august 2011Introducing the NRA-ILA Legal Update!To give NRA members and gun owners the latest information on Second Amendment cases filed or supported by the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (www.nraila.org), NRA-ILA is pleased to announce a new online newsletter, the NRA-ILA Legal Update.Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, holding that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms, hundreds of Second Amendment cases have been…

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UK Mayhem Leaves Disarmed Citizens at the Mercy of Criminals

uk mayhem leaves disarmed citizens at the mercy of criminalsBy now you have seen the headlines and images of destruction: the rioting, looting, violent assaults, and arson.  London and other UK cities look like war zones and their citizens are afraid to venture out, because the danger is very real.  It's a view of the temporary breakdown of society.  It is gut check time; a time when the concept of being able to defend oneself gives way to the stark reality that few viable options to do so exist. Gun laws in the UK are among the most …

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House Committee Passes Amendment to Defund Illegal Obama Firearm Sales Reporting Requirement

house committee passes amendment to defund illegal obama firearm sales reporting requirementToday, during consideration of the FY 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill, pro-gun U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) offered an amendment to prohibit the use of funds for a new and unauthorized multiple sales reporting plan proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Amendment was passed by a vote of 25-16. The Rehberg Amendment, which was strongly supported by NRA, will defund the Justice Department’s controversial and illegal move requiring fed…

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New NRA Life of Duty Program Honors and Assists Those Who Put Themselves in Harm’s Way

new nra life of duty program honors and assists those who put themselves in harm’s wayFAIRFAX, VA – The National Rifle Association (NRA) recently announced the launch of a bold program created exclusively for America’s military and law enforcement personnel. Called “NRA Life of Duty,” the initiative encompasses a new class of sponsored NRA membership, a state-of-the-art online network and a digital magazine—designed for those who make their living defending the American way of life.At NRALifeOfDuty.tv, those who wear a uniform and carry a firearm can find news, discussion and sup…

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NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre Stands Up for American Gun Owners at United Nations

nra executive vice president wayne lapierre stands up for american gun owners at united nationsNRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre drew a line in sand on behalf of American gun owners at the United Nations Thursday. LaPierre spoke to the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Preparatory Committee, the group drafting an international treaty that will supposedly control all non-nuclear arms, worldwide, including civilian firearms. He told the audience of delegates from approximately 150 UN member states that the NRA would vehemently oppose any UN treaty that in any way re…

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BATFE Will Take Step Towards National Gun Sales Registration; NRA Will Take BATFE To Court

batfe will take step towards national gun sales registration; nra will take batfe to courtOn Monday, July 11, the Obama administration announced that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will soon begin requiring firearm dealers in the southwestern border states to file “multiple sale” reports on detachable-magazine rifles larger than .22 caliber. Under the plan, each dealer will be required to report, to the BATFE, any sale of two or more such rifles to a single individual with a period of five business days.The administration’s decision, supposedly aime…

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Holder: "I frankly don't know"

holder: (Friday, May 06, 2011) - According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Project Gunrunner program was intended to stop the alleged flow of guns to criminals in Mexico.  That didn't happen.  Instead, the program may have facilitated the illegal smuggling of thousands of those guns, some of which actually turned up at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in December 2010.  As the probe into Project Gunrunner heats u…

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