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West Virginia: Attorney General Patrick Morrisey Continues his Leadership on the Second Amendment

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:00:00 GMT

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey continued to lead legal efforts to support your Second Amendment rights by filing an amicus curiae, or "friend of the court," brief with a bipartisan coalition of 21 state Attorneys General across the country.  This brief urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to declare unconstitutional a Maryland law forbidding the possession, sale or transfer of certain firearms.

Pawn store customer fells armed robber, WISH, Indianapolis, Ind. 11/18/14

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A man entered Cash America Pawn in Indianapolis, Ind. pulled a hood over his head, drew a gun, and attempted to rob the store. A customer responded by drawing a gun and shooting the criminal, killing him. Following an investigation, police revealed that the deceased robber was a suspect in other robberies.

Gun-control groups pressure New Jersey to enforce unusual gun law

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Gun-control groups in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. are urging a New Jersey court to make the state enforce an unusual law, one that could ultimately ban sales in the state of all handguns that don’t embrace some sort of smart technology.

California: Sunnyvale gun law up in the air in federal appeals court

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Reviewing another round in the gun rights battle, a federal appeals court offered few clues Monday on whether it will uphold a Sunnyvale law banning possession of large capacity ammunition magazines.

21 states want a court to overturn Maryland’s semi-auto ban

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The law, signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley in May 2013, is among the nation’s strictest gun-control measures, banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition and most semi-automatic rifles, while also mandating fingerprinting and training for some new gun buyers. Violation of the law carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.

Oregon lawmakers work to restrict private transfers

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Democrats in the Oregon Legislature say the outlook to expand background checks on gun purchases is better in 2015 than it has been in years, thanks to Senate seats they picked up in the Nov. 4 election and passage of an initiative with similar provisions in Washington.

Can California ban gun stores from advertising handguns on their signs?

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

I blogged last week about Tracy Rifle & Pistol LLC. v. Harris (E.D. Cal.), a case in which I’ve been hired to consult, and which the California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, The Calguns Foundation, and Second Amendment Foundation are supporting. The case is a First Amendment challenge to Cal. Civil Code § 26820 (which was first enacted 1923, but is still being enforced today):

Illinois: Lake County concealed carry informational session

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a Concealed Carry informational session on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus, Building C, Auditorium located at 19351 W. Washington Street, Grayslake, Illinois 60030 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Texas: Right-to-Carry bills filed for legislative session

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

It's among the most controversial bills prefiled in the upcoming state legislative session, the possibility of allowing open carry of sidearms. Governor-elect Greg Abbott has already gone on record that he would sign such a bill if and when it makes it through the state house and senate.

Florida poised to let hunters use suppressors

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

When the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission meets Thursday in Key Largo, the state's rule-makers for hunters and anglers are expected to lift a 57-year-old ban on silencers, noise-suppressing devices that can be attached to the barrel of a rifle or pistol to muffle the "bang."

Armed woman says 'It's about protecting yourself'

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Being attacked by four men while working as an unarmed security guard, spending years in an abusive marriage, and then a burglary at her home taught Kim Bartlett a thing or two about staying safe.A gun, and knowing how to use it, is the answer for her.

Why more women are looking to carry

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Women across the country are carrying more than just their purses these days by deciding to pack a pistol with them too.11.1 million people in the U.S. are licensed to carry concealed and a growing number of them are women.

Louisiana AG joins effort to deem Maryland's gun restrictions unconstitutional

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has joined 20 other state attorneys general in opposing Maryland's Firearm Safety Act of 2013, which Caldwell says restricts gun rights.

California: Ruling could make permits easier to get

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A federal court ruling that could make it easier to carry a concealed gun in California won’t affect how Riverside and San Bernardino counties handle requests for concealed firearms permits, sheriff’s officials in both counties insist.But a gun rights group contends that the ruling, centered on concealed permit rules in San Diego County, also is proof that Inland counties aren’t following the law.

Women ‘want to be able to protect themselves’

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Frank Batten, the firearms instructor and certified trainer for Deep River Outfitters, said his goals for any concealed carry or firearms safety class is to educate, equip and train.As do all instructors, he keeps up with changes in the law via a state website.His classes are sometimes all male, sometimes male and female, and some classes are specifically for women.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 45 11/14/2014

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:23:00 GMT

Marine stops home invader, KPRC, Houston, Texas, 11/10/14

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Dan Reynolds, a former Marine, was at home in Harris County, Texas when he heard the sound of glass breaking. Reynolds responded by retrieving a shotgun and going towards the noise. When Reynolds came upon a man climbing through a window, he fired at him, striking the criminal in the chest and halting the intrusion. 

Please Take Action – Ask Congress to Protect the Interests of Law-Abiding Gun Owners and Sportsmen Today

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

As Congress considers budget legislation, the NRA respectfully urges that the interests of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen be protected from the ongoing attacks of the anti-gun Obama Administration.

FBI: Just-released figures for 2013 show a decrease in violent crimes and property crimes

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The FBI released Crime in the United States, 2013 today, which shows that the estimated number of violent crimes in 2013 decreased 4.4 percent when compared with 2012 figures, and the estimated number of property crimes decreased 4.1 percent.

Florida: Could amendment on gun sales background checks be on the way?

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Voters in the state of Washington sidestepped NRA-friendly politicians on Election Day and approved a measure that requires background checks on all gun sales.A similar amendment could make its way to Florida, says Patti Brigham, who leads the League of Women Voters' gun safety committee.

Gun background checks: Nevada is next target state

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Backers of a Nevada measure to require criminal background checks of gun purchasers, similar to Washington’s Initiative 594, have submitted 246,674 signatures to get the Silver State to vote in 2016 on closing the “gun show loophole.”

Marijuana cards, gun ownership combination remain a legal risk

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

As the use of marijuana gains acceptance for both recreational and medicinal use, owners and buyers of firearms should be aware that the federal government still doesn’t believe the two should mix, according to authorities in both fields. They add that the chance of prosecution for a federal felony, while not highly probable, is nothing to take lightly.

New York: Buffalo to seize guns from families following owners' funerals

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A plan by police in Buffalo, N.Y., to begin confiscating the firearms of legal gun owners within days of their deaths is drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates.The plan is legal under a longstanding, but rarely enforced state law, but gun rights advocates say, with apologies to onetime NRA spokesman Charlton Heston, it is tantamount to prying firearms - some of which may have substantial monetary or sentimental value - from the cold, dead hands of law-abiding citizens.

Record-Level of Support for Guns in the Home

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

For decades, anti-gun groups have been trying to scare Americans into getting rid of their guns, with the claim that you’re more likely to have a problem if you have guns in your home, than if you don’t.  But whatever they’ve been doing all these years apparently hasn’t been working.  Not only have Americans been acquiring guns at record levels, Gallup recently reported that 63 percent of Americans now believe that having guns at home makes them safer, nearly double the percentage reporting the same belief 14 years ago.

FBI: U.S. Murder Rate Fell Again in 2013 (and Other Bad News for Gun Control Supporters)

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

All categories of violent and property crime declined from 2012 to 2013, the FBI has announced, in conjunction with the release of its annual crime report for 2013. 

Pro-Second Amendment Ruling Stands--Ninth Circuit Rejects Attempts by California AG and Brady Campaign to Meddle with Peruta Decision

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

As we’ve been reporting, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed gun owners a tremendous victory in February by recognizing the Second Amendment protects a right to bear arms outside the home.  The decision also invalidated the San Diego County Sheriff’s policy of issuing concealed carry permits only upon a showing of extraordinary need for self-protection that would distinguish the applicant “from the mainstream.”

Anti-gun School Administrators Dishonor Veterans on Their Day

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Eau Claire Area School District set a new low for the actions of anti-gun school administrators Tuesday when they put a halt to what had been a Veterans Day tradition in the Wisconsin city.  The school district barred a local veterans group, the Patriotic Council, from conducting their traditional Veterans Day program on school grounds because it includes veterans carrying rifles and a 21-gun salute with blank ammunition.

Colorado: Lead Ammunition Ban Defeated

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 22:25:00 GMT

Today, during the scheduled Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting, the Commission members voted against a proposal that would have banned the use of lead ammunition for your sporting purposes.  This misguided proposal was offered due to an emotional reaction, not one based on sound science and biological data.

Michigan: Update on Pro-Gun Legislation in Lansing

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:00:00 GMT

Today, the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on Senate Bills 964, 965, 966 and 979, the Senate components of the Air Gun Reclassification Package, and Senate Bills 789 and 790, comprehensive concealed carry licensing reform.  

Pennsylvania: State Legislature Holds Leadership Elections

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:35:00 GMT

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania legislature returned to Harrisburg to vote on its new leadership positions for the 2015-2016 session.  On November 4th, Republicans expanded their existing majorities in both legislative chambers: now 30-20 in the state Senate and 119-84 in the state House of Representatives. 

Michigan: State Senator Mike Green Receives NRA-ILA Defender of Freedom Award

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 14:35:00 GMT

Today, state Senator Mike Green (SD-31) received the Defender of Freedom Award from the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action in recognition of his tireless efforts to defend liberty and protect the interests of law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen in Michigan.

ALERT: Governor Scott reduces cost of Lifetime Sportsman's License for Floridians 21 years old and younger

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to offer Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses for Florida children and young adults at a greatly reduced cost. The license now costs up to $1000 but from Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 2014, the price will be reduced to $500 for Florida residents who are 21-years-old and younger. The lifetime license covers saltwater and freshwater recreational fishing, hunting and most associated permits. To view the executive order, click HERE.

ALERT: Governor Scott reduces cost of Lifetime Sportsman's License for Floridians 21 years old and younger

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to offer Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses for Florida children and young adults at a greatly reduced cost. The license now costs up to $1000 but from Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 2014, the price will be reduced to $500 for Florida residents who are 21-years-old and younger. The lifetime license covers saltwater and freshwater recreational fishing, hunting and most associated permits. To view the executive order, click HERE.

ALERT: Governor Scott reduces cost of Lifetime Sportsman's License for Floridians 21 years old and younger

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Today, Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to offer Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses for Florida children and young adults at a greatly reduced cost. The license now costs up to $1000 but from Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 2014, the price will be reduced to $500 for Florida residents who are 21-years-old and younger. The lifetime license covers saltwater and freshwater recreational fishing, hunting and most associated permits. To view the executive order, click HERE.

Human sacrifices for gun control

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A new memoir by Brian Aitken, The Blue Tent Sky: How the Left's War on Guns Cost Me My Son and My Freedom, tells such a story of injustice halted, often at excruciating, but always highly readable, length. It's the story of a man who meant no harm to anyone, who was doing his best to obey a picayune regulation, and who by most evidence was not even really violating the picayune regulation—New Jersey's Graves Act (which imposes certain mandatory sentences on certain gun-related crimes)—for which he was sentenced to seven years in prison, three of them mandatory without parole.

California can't challenge ruling on concealed guns, court says

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Relaxed rules for carrying concealed guns in public may not be challenged by California state officials or advocacy groups, a federal appeals panel decided Wednesday.

Washington: Gun rights activists plan I-594 protest at Capitol

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Gun rights activists plan to bring their firearms to the Capitol next month to engage in civil disobedience by violating the new background check law that they despise.

Ohio: Gun law overhaul could go to Kasich

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In the few weeks remaining in the legislative session, lawmakers may send Gov. John Kasich a bill eliminating the legal duty of Ohioans to retreat from danger before using deadly force to protect themselves.

Michigan bills loosen regulations on air guns

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Michigan lawmakers are passing legislation intended to loosen regulations on BB and pellet guns.The National Rifle Association says Michigan has outdated and "unduly burdensome" restraints on the purchase and possession of most air guns. Backers of an eight-bill package say it would bring Michigan in line with federal standards.

Colorado: An Attack on Your Hunting Heritage is Set to Take Place Tomorrow

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:40:00 GMT

Tomorrow, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will be meeting in Burlington to discuss a list of hunting-related issues, with a potential ban on lead ammunition being one of the main topics.  Lead ammunition used by hunters has not been scientifically proven to cause health problems for wildlife populations or pose health risks to humans. 

Colorado: An Attack on Your Hunting Heritage is Set to Take Place Tomorrow

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 13:40:00 GMT

Tomorrow, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will be meeting in Burlington to discuss a list of hunting-related issues, with a potential ban on lead ammunition being one of the main topics.  Lead ammunition used by hunters has not been scientifically proven to cause health problems for wildlife populations or pose health risks to humans. 

Bull's-eye: NRA won 91% of races, crushing Bloomberg's gun grab

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:00:00 GMT

In its best election in over a decade, the National Rifle Association scored a 91.2 percent win rate in the House and Senate races it jumped into, and also found the bull’s-eye in state races, according to the Second Amendment group.

California: One Step Closer to Shall Issue!

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A monumental February 14, 2014 ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the NRA sponsored case of Peruta v. San Diego County found that the San Diego County Sheriff’s policy of refusing to issue licenses to carry firearms in public unless an applicant could demonstrate a special need beyond the right of self-defense was an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment. NRA News has produced a great video and America’s First Freedom magazine also published an enlightening article about the case.    

Orthodox Jewish N.J. Shooting Club Challenges OU & RCA on Gun Control

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A New Jersey shooting club that caters to the needs of Orthodox Jewish gun owners is challenging two major Jewish organizations in an effort to get the Orthodox community to become more accepting of the idea of gun ownership. Golani Rifle and Pistol Club was established in 2003 to enable people who desire an extra level of personal protection, as well as those who enjoy shooting for sport, to improve their marksmanship skills and participate in gun club events, usually closed to observant Jews because they tend to be held on Shabbos.

Washington: Gun show sales appear to rise after passage of I-594

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Voter approval of universal background checks for gun transfers on Nov. 4 appeared to spur a bit more buying of firearms at gun shows over the weekend, according to gun show operators opposed to Initiative 594’s provisions.

Gun control measure could be headed for Nevada ballot

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Nevadans for Background Checks collected about 250,000 signatures, according to Kayla Keller, a spokeswoman for the group. It currently takes 101,667 signatures from registered Nevada voters to qualify an initiative for the ballot.

Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh challenges state gun law

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Pittsburgh is defending its local gun laws by suing Pennsylvania over a newly passed state law that the city contends could open it up to lawsuits from the National Rifle Association.

Alabama: Voters Come Out In Strong Support Of Alabama's Hunting Heritage and Second Amendment Rights

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:42:00 GMT

Sportsmen and Second Amendment supporters in Alabama have reason to celebrate after voters ratified the NRA-backed Right to Hunt and Fish state constitutional amendment by an overwhelming 80 percent on Election Day.  Thank you to all who supported the NRA’s efforts to pass this meaningful pro-hunting amendment. 

Iowa: Proposed Firearms Ban Defeated

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:23:00 GMT

Thanks to your help, a proposed ordinance to ban carrying of weapons on city property was defeated in Tama on Monday, November 3.  The city council voted 3-0 to remove this proposal from its agenda, preventing a second reading and vote.  

Ohio: Senate Civil Justice Committee to Hold Hearings on Three Pro-Gun Bills This Week

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:11:00 GMT

This Wednesday, November 12, the Ohio Senate Civil Justice Committee will hold its additional testimony hearings on House Bill 234 and Senate Bill 338 and its first sponsor hearing on House Bill 203.

"It's the Second Amendment, stupid"

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:00:00 GMT

As Democrat postmortem sets in and gun control proponents grasp for ways to explain the political beating they took on November 4, the explanation is already evident to voters -- "It's the Second Amendment, stupid."

NRA-ILA Legal Update | November 2014

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Washington: I-594 supporters will make push in Olympia for stronger gun laws

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Gathering Wednesday morning at The Edgewater hotel in Seattle, where only hours before supporters cheered the passage of I-594, advocates for stronger gun laws said in a news conference they will bring more proposals to next year’s legislative session.

Why the NRA is so powerful, in 1 chart

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Gallup has long asked Americans whether they thought having a gun in their home would make their home "safer" or "more dangerous." In 2000, 35 percent of Americans thought it would make them safer. Today, that number is at 63 percent.

Proposed ordinance would require L.A. residents to lock up handguns

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A newly proposed Los Angeles city ordinance would require residents to secure handguns when they aren’t being used, either by storing them in a locked container or disabling them with a trigger lock.

New York: Voters spoke out loudly against controversial gun control law

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

To understand the impact that a gun control law passed last year had on this week’s general election, look at the numbers.Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo introduced and signed into law the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act — within a period of 24 hours — in January 2013. While he won re-election Tuesday without breaking much of a sweat (52 percent against Rob Astorino’s 39 percent, according to unofficial figures), his support evaporated in parts of the state where people more strongly oppose the legislation.

UK: Doctors told to report on gun owners’ mental state

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Owners of shotguns and other firearms are to have medical files permanently marked. If they develop health conditions which could lead to a gun being used, either against others or themselves, or not kept safely, doctors would have to inform the police. The tightening of the gun laws — being discussed by police, the Home Office and medical bodies — is opposed by many doctors who fear it will compromise patient confidentiality.

Washington: Gun sales in Spokane soar after I-594 passes

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Several gun shops in the area have experienced a spike in gun sales. In fact, sales at one shop have surged 25 percent in the last few weeks. Normally at this time of year, gun shops see record sales for hunting gear."The attitude is, 'I need to buy it before I can't,'" said gun store owner Robin Ball.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 44 11/07/2014

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:28:00 GMT

Mississippi Overwhelmingly Approves NRA-Backed Amendment 1

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:23:00 GMT

On Tuesday, voters exhibited a firm commitment to preserving the Magnolia State's strong sporting traditions by ratifying NRA-supported Amendment 1 by a convincing 88 percent of the vote.  Amendment 1 establishes an individual constitutional right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife. Mississippi becomes the 18th state to add this important safeguard into the state's constitution.

Mississippi Overwhelmingly Approves NRA-Backed Amendment 1

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:23:00 GMT

On Tuesday, voters exhibited a firm commitment to preserving the Magnolia State's strong sporting traditions by ratifying NRA-supported Amendment 1 by a convincing 88 percent of the vote.  Amendment 1 establishes an individual constitutional right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife. Mississippi becomes the 18th state to add this important safeguard into the state's constitution.

Gun Control Loses, Second Amendment Wins Big In The Midterms

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 10:00:00 GMT

One might well call it a clear denial of reality by vanquished liberals grasping for any hint that their agenda even barely survived the Republican tsunami — “it” is this wildly celebratory article on theatlantic.com boldly declaring victory for advocates of gun control in America. Given the title of the post — “The Gun Control Movement Is Learning How To Win” — you might conclude that anti-gun forces scored big in their efforts to restrict private gun ownership…that the NRA was totally humiliated on Tuesday and sent packing by gun grabbers. But when you read the article….

Second Amendment Prevails Over Cash-Flush Anti-Gun Candidates

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT

Despite the lavishing of funds on anti-gun candidates and statements by anti-gunners that this would be the year they would mount a head-on challenge against the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA), when the smoke cleared, candidates supporting the rights of gun owners were the clear winners.Breitbart News reported "The Second Amendment crushed gun control candidates in Senate and gubernatorial races around the country," and added that while gun-control PACs donated heavily to anti-gun candidates, "The Second Amendment trumped their endorsement and their money."

Supreme Court Grants BATFE Broad Leeway on "Straw Purchase" Rules in Abramski v. United States

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On June 16, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Abramski v. United States. The ruling seemingly allows the government to require virtually any information it wants from a person buying a firearm from a federally licensed dealer, whether or not that information has any relationship to public safety or the policies of federal law. 

Sharply Divided Connecticut Bar Members Vote to Abandon Brady Campaign's Anti-gun Litigation Effort

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lawyers are generally required to be admitted to the bar association of a given jurisdiction (and to pay bar dues) before being allowed to practice in that locale. The overarching purpose of bar associations is to maintain the integrity, trust, and quality of the legal profession, and more broadly, to promote justice and the rule of law. Bar associations pursue these goals by, for example, establishing minimum standards of knowledge or competence for entering the profession, rules of professional ethics and conduct, continuing education requirements and opportunities, and free or affordable legal aid programs. Experienced, knowledgeable attorneys are rarely in complete agreement about the meaning or application of the law itself, much less politics or social policy, so when a bar deviates from its inward focus on the legal profession to an outward focus on social engineering, controversy is certain to result. The reputation of the legal profession itself is also bound to suffer.

Bloomberg’s wasted millions

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Mike Bloomberg put $50 million into Tuesday’s elections, and he doesn’t have much to show for it. Someone, perhaps the Koch brothers, ought to treat him to a Big Gulp. The onetime mayor of New York City organized a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, meant to rival the National Rifle Association, and with a lot more money. The new group was supposed to put gun control on the front burner. Instead, the gun-control candidates got scorched on the back burner.

Election Eve Dump: Justice Department Turns Over 64,280 pages of Claimed ‘Executive Privilege’ Operation Fast and Furious Documents

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Last night, in response to an Order from a Federal judge, the Department of Justice turned over 64,280 pages of documents that were withheld from Congress after President Obama asserted Executive Privilege on the eve of a contempt citation for Attorney General Eric Holder in June 2012. The sheer volume of last night’s document production—which consists entirely of documents that the Justice Department itself acknowledges are not covered by Executive Privilege—shows that the President and the Attorney General attempted to extend the scope of the Executive Privilege well beyond its historical boundaries to avoid disclosing documents that embarrass or otherwise implicate senior Obama Administration officials.

Voters Come Out in Strong Support of America's Hunting Heritage and Second Amendment Right

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On Tuesday, voters in Alabama, Mississippi and Maine came out in full support of protecting America’s hunting heritage and Second Amendment rights. The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) led the way to enshrine the Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife in the state constitutions of Alabama and Mississippi and worked with a coalition of sportsmen’s groups to protect hunters in Maine from extreme anti-hunting groups who aimed to ban traditional bear hunting methods in the state.

NRA-PVF Achieves Historic Election Victories, While Anti-Gun Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is Proven to be a Political Liability

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The NRA would like to congratulate pro-Second Amendment candidates across the country who won significant victories in their respective states and districts in Tuesday’s historic elections.  And the NRA would like to congratulate YOU--our members--for the role YOU played in achieving those victories!

Voters Show Strong Support for America’s Hunting Heritage and Second Amendment Rights

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On Tuesday, voters in Alabama, Mississippi and Maine came out in full support of protecting America’s hunting heritage and Second Amendment rights. The NRA Political Victory Fund led the way to enshrine the Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife in the state constitutions of Alabama and Mississippi and worked with a coalition of sportsmen’s groups to protect hunters in Maine from extreme anti-hunting groups who aimed to ban traditional bear hunting methods in the state.

DOJ Uses Election Eve to Obscure Fast and Furious Document Dump

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On November 3, the day before the midterm elections, the Department of Justice released over 64,000 pages of materials pertaining to BATFE’s Operation Fast and Furious, to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Some, including former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson who helped break the Fast and Furious story, have suggested that the timing of the document dump was cynically calculated to ensure the release of the documents would not receive adequate press coverage.

2014 "Firearms Law and The Second Amendment Symposium" a Great Success

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The 2014 "Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium" was held on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at the University of Baltimore in Maryland.

Challenge to New York City Gun Regulations Emerges from Limbo

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In April 2013, NRA state affiliate New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) filed suitin the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York challenging the constitutionality of Title 38 of the Rules of the City of New York.  The case is now pending as NYSRPA v. City of New York. The suit states that the rules infringe upon the Second Amendment by denying the right to possess and carry a firearm for personal defense, as well as by prohibiting residents from practicing at a firearms range or participating in shooting events located outside the borders of the City of New York. The plaintiffs asked the court in June 2013 to prohibit enforcement of the challenged rules while the case was decided, but that September, the court ruled the case would be put on hold until potentially relevant issues were decided in another case, Osterweil v. Bartlett. 

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Florida's Patient Privacy Law

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In a victory for gun owners who simply seek medical care, not political philosophy, from their doctors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has upheld the NRA-supported Florida’s Firearm Owner’s Privacy Act. This law was passed after an escalating series of events in which patients were harassed or denied access to services because they refused to be interrogated by their doctors about their ownership of firearms. The case, Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida, vindicated Florida’s attempt to protect patients from being forced to divulge personal information that is irrelevant to their own medical treatment.

Chicago Taxpayers Again Forced to Reimburse NRA for Legal Fees

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

For the second time in as many years, Chicago taxpayers will be forced to foot the bill for their politicians’ insistence on pursuing unconstitutional gun control. In early July, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ordered Chicago to pay $940,000 to the NRA.

Delaware Supreme Court Sides with Public Housing Tenants on the Right to Bear Arms

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On March 18, the Delaware Supreme Court struck a blow for gun rights, and against economic discrimination, when it struck down a Wilmington Housing Authority policy that restricted the rights of public housing tenants to bear arms where they live. The court ruled in the case of Jane Doe v. Wilmington Housing Authority that under the state’s constitutional right to arms provision, policies restricting residents from carrying firearms in common areas and requiring tenants to produce paperwork attesting to their lawful ownership of firearms were not permissible.

Connecticut Case Seeks to Overturn Firearm and Magazine Bans

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

While the state of Connecticut ponders how to  handle the owners  of thousands of unregistered semi-automatic firearms and magazines in the state, an important NRA-backed case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s firearm and magazine bans is making its way through the federal courts.

NRA Supports Two Concealed Carry Cases in Illinois

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In recent years the Land of Lincoln has been host to some of the nation’s most important battles for the Second Amendment, including McDonald v. City of Chicago, Shepard v. Madigan, and Moore v. Madigan. This trend continued with two new Illinois cases, one challenging the state’s concealed carry licensing practices in federal court (Illinois State Rifle Association v. Grau), the other challenging them in state court (Illinois Carry v. Illinois Department of State Police).

Challenge to New York City Gun Regulations Emerges from Limbo

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In April 2013, NRA state affiliate New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) filed suitin the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York challenging the constitutionality of Title 38 of the Rules of the City of New York.  The case is now pending as NYSRPA v. City of New York. The suit states that the rules infringe upon the Second Amendment by denying the right to possess and carry a firearm for personal defense, as well as by prohibiting residents from practicing at a firearms range or participating in shooting events located outside the borders of the City of New York. The plaintiffs asked the court in June 2013 to prohibit enforcement of the challenged rules while the case was decided, but that September, the court ruled the case would be put on hold until potentially relevant issues were decided in another case, Osterweil v. Bartlett. 

NRA Continues Efforts to Protect Privacy and Curb Runaway Data Collection

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Americans are justifiably proud of our military, intelligence, and law enforcement forces.  Their bravery, dedication, and sacrifice help keep this nation safe and free.  They have the gratitude of the NRA, its members, and the American people.

U.S. District Court Upholds Colorado Gun Control Laws, Reads AR-15s and their Magazines Out of the Second Amendment

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On June 26, Colorado gun owners were dealt a setback in the form of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado’s decision in Colorado Outfitters Association v. Hickenlooper . The court upheld the state’s 2013 gun control laws prohibiting private firearm transfers without government approval and banning magazines with a capacity of greater than 15 rounds. 

Court Declares District of Columbia's Ban on Bearing Arms Unconstitutional

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On July 26, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia handed down its decision in Palmer v. District of Columbia. In keeping with a string of recent right to carry victories in the federal courts, the ruling struck down D.C.’s total ban on the carrying of firearms outside the home for self-defense. 

Two Gun Bills the New Republican Congress Should Consider

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Now that Republicans are in full control of Congress, there are a couple of firearms related bills that I would like to see debated. The first would fix the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986 (FOPA), making it clear henceforth that the law’s “safe passage” provision applies to airports as well as to highways. Earlier in the year, I noted that the states of New York and New Jersey have managed to exempt themselves from FOPA’s remit, thereby preventing Americans who rely upon JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports from traveling with their guns.

Second Amendment crushes gun control candidates in midterm elections

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

As the election returns came in on November 4 one thing was evident—the Second Amendment crushed gun control candidates in Senate and gubernatorial races around the country.

New York: SAFE Act opponents declare victory

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Opponents of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act gun control law have been agitating for more than a year now and while their anger over the measure didn’t turn the governor out of office, they did point to some upstate GOP Senate victories as proof that unhappiness with the law remains strong, especially upstate where there are a lot of hunters, and people who resent no longer being able to buy assault style weapons.

New York: Gun groups tout SAFE Act anger in election wins

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Gun-rights groups said they were able to make gains in the state Legislature, even though they were unable to defeat Gov. Andrew Cuomo.The gun-control law championed by Cuomo last year angered upstate voters, and gun-rights groups claimed victory in some races that were pivotal for control of the Senate.

Mississippi Voted to Amend Its Constitution and Hunters Will Love It

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:00:00 GMT

Election Day was a victory for the Republican Party, but it also produced mostly positive results for hunters. Two states strengthened the rights of hunters and one rejected new hunting restrictions.

Charles C. W. Cooke: It’s the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Stupid

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:00:00 GMT

Over at Breitbart, Awr Hawkins suggests that “the Second Amendment crushed gun control candidates in Senate and gubernatorial races around the country.”

Second Amendment Crushes Gun Control Candidates in Midterm Elections

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:00:00 GMT

As the election returns came in on November 4 one thing was evident—the Second Amendment crushed gun control candidates in Senate and gubernatorial races around the country.

After Making a Big Campaign Promise to Gun Owners, Texas’ New Governor-Elect Just Made It Clear He Intends to Keep It

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Texas appears to be in line to become the newest open carry state. 

GOP inching toward control of Colorado Senate, House

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:00:00 GMT

Control of the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives rests in a few key races that are still too close to call.

So much for the claim that “Nine out of 10 Americans support [expanded] background checks”

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:00:00 GMT

It is frequently claimed that 90 percent of Americans support the expanded background check bills that are being considered before different legislatures, though other surveys indicate thatsupport for the actual bills is below 50 percent.

NRA-Political Victory Fund Achieves Historic 2014 Midterm Election Victories

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:00:00 GMT

The National Rifle Association would like to congratulate pro-Second Amendment candidates across the country who won significant victories in their respective states and districts. The NRA scored impressive wins in hotly contested races and played a pivotal role in increasing pro-gun majorities in both chambers of Congress. 

Election eve surprise: DOJ belatedly releases Fast & Furious documents

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Justice Department sent Congress 64,280 pages of documents it had previously withheld from the botched Fast and Furious gun-walking operation on Tuesday, in a move Republicans said was an admission by President Obama that he overstepped his legal bounds.

Alabama: Voters approve right to bear arms state amendment

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Alabama voters have approved a constitutional amendment to make gun ownership a fundamental right.

Alabama: Voters approve hunting and fishing amendment

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A constitutional amendment to strengthen hunting and fishing rights in Alabama has been ratified by voters.

Mississippi: Hunting and fishing amendment given overwhelming support

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Louis Starks said he had heard very little fanfare about making hunting and fishing in Mississippi a right protected by the state’s constitution.But Starks said he wasn’t surprised the proposal received overwhelming, statewide support from voters.

Chris W. Cox discusses Election Day 2014

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:00:00 GMT

Earlier today, NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris W. Cox sat down with Cam Edwards to discuss the 2014 midterm elections.

Restaurant owner fights off pair of robbers, KTVI, St. Louis, Mo. 11/02/14

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A pair of armed men entered Elicia’s Pizza in St. Louis, Mo. and attempted to rob the restaurant. The owner, a Right-to-Carry permit holder, retrieved a firearm and fired at the criminals, striking one, and prompting them both to flee. The wounded robber did not make it far, and was captured by police a short time later.

Stand in line to vote or stand in line to register your guns

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The future of our Second Amendment rights comes down to one day— Election Day—Tuesday, November 4.Tuesday’s elections are the most important of our lifetime. Our fundamental right to keep and bear arms has never been in greater jeopardy. This election cycle, we face the best organized and most well-funded attack on our freedom since our forefathers put pen to paper to ensure our Second Amendment rights.

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