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Virginia: Virginia Beach City Council Draft 2015 Legislative Agenda to Include Anti-Gun Legislation Recommendation

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:55:00 GMT

At their October 21 meeting, the Virginia Beach City Council is expected to consider and may vote to include recommendations to the Virginia General Assembly that they pass legislation in 2015 requiring victims of crime to report lost or stolen firearms within 48 hours of discovery of the loss or crime.

Armed mother defends home from intruder, WKMG, Orlando, Fla. 09/26/14

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Lizette Rosario was inside her home in Orange County, Fla. when her son alerted her to an attempted break-in. Rosario retrieved a 9mm pistol and went to confront the intruder, who fled behind a shed in the yard. With the help of her son, Rosario was able to hold the man until police could arrive.

California: Three More Anti-Gun Bills Signed into Law Today and One Anti-Gun Bill Vetoed

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On the final day of Governor Jerry Brown’s deadline to act on pending legislation, he signed into law three more anti-gun bills and vetoed one anti-gun bill.

NRA launches new round of anti-Bloomberg ads

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The advertising war over gun control is about to escalate.On Tuesday, the National Rifle Association will begin airing an emotional, 30-second commercial featuring a Colorado crime victim who had been assaulted in her apartment by a stranger. In the ad, Kimberly Weeks said she once had been afraid of owning a gun. That changed, she said, after enduring two hours of "evil" at the hands of her assailant.

Colorado's Second Amendment wildfire

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Last year, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut, the Obama administration and then-New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg worked to put together a "coalition of the willing" to join them in a war on the Second Amendment and hit upon Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper as a likely recruit.

Data divulges racial disparity in Chicago’s issuance of gun permits

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In Chicago's South Side earlier this month, a 16-year-old boy was shot dead, the seventh person killed this year in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.The boy was able to give his name and reportedly pleaded with the responding police officers, "Please don't let me die."If you live in 60624, the ZIP code where the shooting took place, you don't expect your streets to be safe. In the last 30 days, that neighborhood has recorded more homicides, robberies, assaults, thefts and narcotics charges combined than any other ZIP code in Cook County when measured on a per capita basis. Its population is 98 percent black and averages a median income just above the poverty line.It also is one of the ZIP codes that registers the fewest active concealed carry firearms permits per capita in the county, according to concealed carry numbers obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by The Washington Times.

New Jersey: Jersey City to only buy guns from 'socially responsible' manufacturer, officials say

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A Pennsauken-based weapons and ammunition supply company is set to win a $500,000 contract to provide firearms and ammo to Jersey City police under new rules that Mayor Steve Fulop has said will help "shape the dialogue" on gun control nationwide.

Changes to New Hampshire’s concealed carry license application trigger concern from gun rights activists

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Department of Safety is reissuing the state’s concealed carry gun license application for the second time in two months after complaints from gun rights activists prompted the department to withdraw some of the changes it made to the form this summer.

California: One More Day to Urge Governor Brown to Veto Anti-Gun Bills

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Governor Brown has until tomorrow, Tuesday, September 30 to sign or VETO four anti-gun bills.  Please call, e-mail and fax the Governor today and tomorrow respectfully urging him to VETO the four pending anti-gun bills below.  He can be reached at (916) 445-2841, by e-mail here (https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php).

Will jihad-style attack boost 'bring gun to work' laws?

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Vaughan Foods Chief Operating Officer Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff's deputy, used his personal handgun that he brings to work to stop a beheading attack by recently converted Muslim Alton Nolen on Friday in Oklahoma.

A prosecutor’s war on a mom

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Apparently NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t the only official involved in the Ray Rice saga who’s reversed course.Jim McClain, chief prosecutor for New Jersey’s Atlantic County, has now done a full 180 in a case in which he tried to throw the book at a young, single working mother.

New Jersey prosecutor fumbles justice

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Justice isn’t always blind, and prosecutors are sometimes so dazzled by a high-profile defendant they lose sight of their responsibility to lock up a menace to society and cut a break to someone who makes an honest mistake.

Obama's UN speech reveals why Arms Trade Treaty is so dangerous

Mon, 29 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, President Obama said that all nations “must meet our responsibility to observe and enforce international norms.” What he meant by that wasn’t exactly clear, starting with what those norms are, and who gets to define them. But that kind of thinking on the president’s part is precisely why the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is so bad for the United States.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 38 09/26/2014

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 11:58:00 GMT

Mississippi: Governor Phil Bryant Urges Mississippians to Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day. Sportsmen are Encouraged to Support Amendment 1 on November 4

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:35:00 GMT

Governor Phil Bryant (R) issued a press release today encouraging Mississippians to celebrate “National Hunting and Fishing Day” this Saturday, September 27.

Colorado: Bloomberg Already Sets His Sights on Next Year’s Legislative Session

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:32:00 GMT

Those who support the Second Amendment and the individual liberties protected by our Bill of Rights won’t soon forget the all-out assault waged against their freedoms during the 2013 legislative session.

Presence of Armed Citizen Prevented More Death Says Oklahoma County Sheriff

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:00:00 GMT

Earlier today, police reported that two women were brutally attacked in Oklahoma City on Thursday at their workplace. One of those women died, her head severed from her body in the gruesome assault. The other woman survived, her attacker having been stopped by a citizen carrying a concealed handgun. Without the weapon, Traci Johnson might be laying in the morgue instead of recovering at the same hospital where her attacker is being treated today.

Pennsylvania: Final Vote in State House on Firearms Preemption Enforcement Bill Postponed

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:35:00 GMT

Because of a religious holiday, Rosh Hashanah, on Wednesday, the state House of Representatives adjourned before business was concluded for the day and before a final vote was taken on House Bill 1243.  The House will reconvene on Monday, October 6, when they are expected to vote on final passage of HB 1243.  Once passed, it will be sent to the state Senate for its consideration.

Hawaii: Federal Court Ruling Overturns Certain Firearm Permit Laws

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:27:00 GMT

Last week, a federal judge overturned Hawaii’s current law which bars legal immigrants from applying for a firearm permit.  This ruling came after an Australian citizen, who is a permanent resident living in Honolulu, filed for relief from state laws restricting him from obtaining a firearm permit.

Feinstein: Everybody's Wrong About My Gun Ban

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Here’s a lesson for California voters:  When electing a person to represent you in Congress, remember that blind zealotry and self-righteousness are a poor substitute for level-headedness and humility. 

The NRA Petitions for Much-Needed Structure on Important Fish and Game Committee

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

To prevent continued procedural abuses by a government body involved in crafting hunting policy, the NRA has petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission (CFGC) to establish and publish rules for the way its Wildlife Resources Committee (WRC) conducts business.  The Safari Club International and the National Shooting Sports Foundation also have submitted letters expressing concern about the issues raised in the NRA’s Petition.

California: Fate of Four Anti-Gun Bills Still Pending with Governor Brown

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

There are still several days for law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen to call, fax and e-mail Governor Brown respectfully urging him to VETO the four pending anti-gun bills below.  Please contact Governor Brown immediately on this critical issue.  He has until Tuesday, September 30, to make his decision to sign or veto these bills.  He can be reached at (916) 445-2841, by e-mail here (https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php).

D.C. Council Passes Concealed Carry Bill that Nobody Wants

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On Tuesday, the D.C. City Council unanimously passed an emergency bill that created a highly-restrictive “may-issue” concealed carry licensing system in the District.  The law will be in effect for only 90 days, presumably to give the council more time to develop a permanent law and to wait for further developments in the case that overruled the District’s total ban on carrying a firearm in public for self-defense. 

Heckuva Job, Hick

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

D.C. journalists called the latest Quinnipiac University poll results in Colorado’s tight gubernatorial race a “shocker.” But it’s a surprise only if you’ve been hopelessly trapped in a Beltway echo chamber.

New Jersey: How Philadelphia woman's N.J. gun case could affect up to 100 similar cases

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In response to the much-scrutinized case of a Philadelphia mother facing criminal weapons charges for unwittingly violating New Jersey laws, the state Attorney General stepped in today and clarified the law, potentially changing the outcome of similar cases statewide.

Bill Clinton: America has 'bought the NRA's theory'

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Bill Clinton addressed a number of crime and justice issues during a sweeping talk with CNN on Wednesday, including taking on the National Rifle Association and its pro-gun policy.

Bloomberg can’t find enough anti-gun candidates to support

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Former New York Mayor MichaelR. Bloomberg’s gun control group announced a round of candidate endorsements this week, but his plan to pour $50 million into gun control efforts appears to be struggling to find campaigns to back in nationally watched races.

U.N. says Arms Trade Treaty to enter into force on Dec. 24

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A global Arms Trade Treaty to regulate the $85 billion industry and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers and criminals will come into force on Dec. 24 after the 50th country ratified the agreement on Thursday, the United Nations said.

Good Guy with a Gun Prevents Second Beheading in Oklahoma Business

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

On September 26, an armed company owner intervened in an attack by shooting a former employee who had already beheaded one worker and was stabbing another.

Shaneen Allen to Avoid Prison as New Jersey AG Revises Sentencing Guidance for Gun Law Violations

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In a stunning outbreak of sanity in the Garden State, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain has reversed his earlier decision to seek prison time for Shaneen Allen, a single mother from Philadelphia who was facing felony prosecution for misunderstanding concealed carry reciprocity rules.

Venezuelan President Announces $47 Million for Civilian Disarmament Centers

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

It’s what happens to gun owners and freedom when a lawless, leftwing, socialist president who doesn’t like America, who uses the power of his office to intimidate his political opponents, and who will do nearly anything to preserve his power gets elected.  On Sunday, Nicholas Maduro, the president of Venezuela, announced that he will spend $47 million for 60 civilian disarmament centers, where people can turn in their privately owned guns.  Venezuela banned the commercial sale of guns in 2012, and Maduro--continuing the fundamental transformation of the country begun by his predecessor, Hugo Chavez--now says “We are building peace from within, and for that, you need disarmament.”

The N.J. Star-Ledger Advocates Mandatory Gun Turn-Ins

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Echoing a desire repeatedly mentioned by President Obama, last week the New Jersey Star-Ledger’s editorial board declared its support for Australian-style gun controls, most notably mandatory gun turn-ins.  The comments come following the passage of A2895 in the New Jersey State Assembly, which would require the state to have a minimum number of voluntary gun turn-ins each year, using forfeiture funds and private donations.  While conceding that their wish is unlikely to come true, the board insists that unless the voluntary turn-ins are made mandatory, “don’t expect it to make much of a difference.”

New York Times Mischaracterizes New FBI Report

Fri, 26 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Things have sure changed at the New York Times.  In 1863, the newspaper used a Gatling gun to scare off a mob of draft protestors.  Today, it can’t resist the temptation to put an anti-gun spin on things any chance it gets.

Clerk fends off trio of armed robbers, WKYC, Cleveland, Ohio 09/23/14

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A trio of masked and armed robbers entered a Marathon gas station in Canton, Ohio and fired at the clerk on duty. The clerk was struck in the legs, but managed to retrieve a gun and return fire, striking two of the criminals and prompting them all to flee. Police later found the two wounded thieves, who died a short time later. 

New Jersey: A.C. to allow Phila. woman carrying gun to avoid jail

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

After a review by the state attorney general, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday that it would allow a Philadelphia woman charged last year with illegally bringing into New Jersey a gun that was legally registered in Pennsylvania to enter a pretrial-intervention program and avoid jail time.

Ohio: Opponents of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson's gun laws say ordinances would not survive court challenge

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Opponents of sweeping Cleveland gun laws proposed by Mayor Frank Jackson told members of City Council's Safety Committee Wednesday that many of the ordinances do not adequately target the criminal contingent, unnecessarily duplicate state law and almost certainly would not survive a court challenge.

How Bloomberg's million-dollar desire for gun control is backfiring

Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

With the midterms just over a month away New York City’s former mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending at least $50 million to make his gun-control agenda part of this election. His gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety has endorsed more than 100 federal and state candidates. They are also running television commercials, holding events and pushing their studies into the newsrooms of a mostly favorable press.

Michigan: Senate Passes Air Gun Reclassification Package

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:50:00 GMT

Today, the Michigan Senate passed five bills that together have been referred to as the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  Senate Bills 963, 964, 965 & 966 all passed by a unanimous 38 – 0 vote.  Senate Bill 979, which protects air gun possession and use from overzealous local regulation, passed by a 28-10 vote.  This important legislative package seeks to achieve pragmatic and much-needed reform by redefining the term “firearm” in the Michigan Code to exclude devices that propel a projectile by gas, spring or air. 

California: Governor Brown has Six More Days to Decide Fate of Anti-Gun Legislation

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Governor Jerry Brown has until Tuesday, September 30 to sign or veto the four pending anti-gun bills below.  It is CRITICAL that you call, e-mail AND fax Governor Brown TODAY respectfully urging him to VETO these anti-gun bills.  He can be reached at (916) 445-2841, by e-mail here (https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php).

D.C. Council votes, reluctantly, to allow public to carry concealed weapons

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The D.C. Council voted Tuesday to grant residents and visitors the ability to carry concealed firearms in public, but the bill would establish a regulatory structure that could make it difficult for gun owners to secure a permit.

Sheriff's comments criticizing Md. gun laws go viral

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis makes no bones about his views on the stringent gun laws Maryland passed last year and thanks to his recent comments that got wide attention, he's gained some supporters.

Hawaii latest state to have gun restrictions on legal immigrants overturned

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A federal judge has overturned a Hawaii law barring legal immigrants from applying for a firearm permit, the latest in a wave of rulings against similar laws across the country.

Venezuela’s Maduro launches $47M plan to disarm civilians

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Venezuelan government is investing $47 million to build dozens of new disarmament centers for civilians to surrender their weapons, President Nicolas Maduro announced Sunday.

Pennsylvania: Gun Control Amendment Fails in Pennsylvania House Vote

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:00:00 GMT

Today, state Representative Mark Keller’s amendment to House Bill 1243, strengthening firearm preemption to provide consistency for Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state, passed in the state House of Representatives by a 143 to 54 vote.   In addition, state Representative Steven Santarsiero’s anti-gun amendment mandating the expansion of so-called “universal” background checks to ALL firearms purchases -- including rifles and shotguns -- was defeated by a 132 to 64 vote.   HB 1243, as amended, will be now be voted on the House floor tomorrow for its third consideration and final passage.

Pennsylvania: Firearms Preemption Offered as an Amendment to HB 1243

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:15:00 GMT

Today, attempts will be made to amend critical firearms preemption language into House Bill 1243 on the Pennsylvania House floor.  The amendment, filed by state Representative Mark Keller (R-86), would strengthen and provide consistency in Pennsylvania’s firearm and ammunition laws throughout the state.  To date, nearly fifty municipalities have enacted illegal local gun control ordinances including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster, Reading and the state capital of Harrisburg.  Enough is enough.

Store manager uses gun to defend employees, KPRC, Houston, Texas, 09/20/14

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A man armed with a gun entered Burt’s Meat Market in Houston, Texas and demanded money from the teenage clerk on duty. When the clerk didn’t produce the money fast enough, the criminal fired a shot. Store manager J.L. Nickel, who was in a nearby office, became aware of the robbery, retrieved a gun and fired at the robber. One of Nickel’s shots struck the thief, prompting him to flee. 

Bloomberg group launches midterm campaign for gun control

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The gun-control group started this year by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is making its first significant political investments of the midterms — announcing endorsements in more than 100 federal and state contests and launching television commercials in two states.

Representative pushes to regulate homemade guns

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A House Democrat is pushing legislation to regulate homemade guns.Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) says his bill is necessary in large part because of the proliferation of 3-D printer technology, which allows virtually anyone to build a firearm in their own home.

How common are school shootings?

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Groups like Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety argue that our nation’s schools are dangerous, claiming that there have been 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre in December 2012 in an infographic that went viral earlier this summer. But a closer look at their numbers revealed that they artificially inflated the statistic by including suicides, accidents, incidents related to criminal activity (e.g. - drug dealing or robbery), and incidences that took place outside of school hours or were unconnected to members of any school community. Moreover, half of those incidences took place on college campuses. Since Sandy Hook, actual number of K-12 school shootings in which the shooter intended to commit mass murder has been ten—a far cry from the “one school shooting per week” that President Obama claimed back in June.

D.C. Council to vote on gun law nobody seems to like

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The D.C. Council is poised to pass legislation Tuesday allowing the carrying of concealed firearms in public, but virtually no one involved is happy about it — not the lawmakers voting for it, not the attorney who brought the lawsuit forcing them to do it, and not the federal agency charged with protecting the president and foreign dignitaries.

South Carolina: Increased gun sales create good problem for wildlife agency

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A bump in gun sales partly based on the fear that restrictions could be placed on firearm ownership translated into a $3.4 million jump in federal excise taxes flowing into the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ coffers in 2014.

Maryland: Public comment sought on expanded Sunday hunting

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it's accepting public comment through Nov. 3 on a proposal to expand Sunday hunting opportunities in western Maryland.

Australia: An assault on our right to self-protection

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In legal terms, Australians have a right of self-defence. While some states rely on the common law and others have it enshrined in statute, the right itself is never questioned. Moreover, juries consistently refuse to convict those charged with serious offences whenever self-defence is made out.What we don’t have is the practical ability to exercise that right.

New Jersey: Senate to Vote on Flawed Bill that Could Imprison Gun Owners TODAY

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:35:00 GMT

Today, the New Jersey Senate is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 516.  This legislation seeks to increase the penalties applied when a minor gains access to a firearm.  So-called “safe storage laws” are inherently misguided as they render firearms useless for self-defense by making them inaccessible when seconds matter. 

Mississippi: Join House Speaker Philip Gunn at an Event Near You

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:07:00 GMT

This week, Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn will conduct a listening tour across the state, seeking input on a wide range of issues from concerned citizens, including Mississippi gun owners and sportsmen.  Speaker Gunn is a staunch and outspoken supporter of our Second Amendment rights and the state's rich hunting heritage.

NRA Tries to Sink Michelle Nunn With Bloomberg Tie

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:00:00 GMT

The NRA on Monday will begin airing advertisements in Georgia trying to tether the former New York City mayor with Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn, to whom Mr. Bloomberg has donated $5,200, the maximum amount allowed by an individual. 

NJ Editorial Advocating Mandatory Gun "Buybacks"

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:00:00 GMT

In case you had any doubts about the steps gun control proponents would take given the opportunity, this editorial from the Star Ledger advocating MANDATORY gun "buybacks" (confiscation) should put them to rest.

Both sides in gun control issue prepare for legislative battles

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Twenty months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., some would say little has changed when it comes to guns in America.Others would say everything has.

Arizona: Court balks at representation in gun-rights cases

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A state appeals court has ruled that judges cannot appoint lawyers at taxpayer expense to represent people applying to restore their right to possess firearms after they’ve undergone court-ordered psychiatric treatment.

N.J. police officers, residents weigh in on toy gun ban

Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The ban, introduced by Police Lt. James Sarkos to Atlantic City Council, prohibits the sale, possession or use of any imitation firearms, except for non-firing antiques and film prop guns.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 37 09/19/2014

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:47:00 GMT

Oregon: UPDATE on Lead Ammo Survey Hearings

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:21:00 GMT

As anticipated earlier this spring, the lead ammunition issue has arrived in Oregon.  This week, the Oregon House Interim Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources met to discuss the ongoing Lead Ammunition Survey.

Colorado: Recount Finalized on Castle Rock Open Carry Vote

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:50:00 GMT

Yesterday, the official results were released following a recount of the Castle Rock special election.  Last month, your NRA reported on the unofficial results here.  Both Referendum A, which prohibits the town manager from banning the open carrying of firearms in public parks, and Referendum B, which requires a town vote before local officials are allowed to alter gun laws in Castle Rock, were confirmed as passed.

Intruder on federal probation stopped by resident, KTLA, Los Angeles, Calif. 09/16/14, Post-Periodical, San Fernando, Calif. 09/16/14

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

A man on federal probation entered a home in Van Nuys, Calif. and attacked the homeowner. The homeowner retrieved a handgun and shot the criminal, halting the altercation. Following a hospitalization to treat the gunshot wound, the intruder was charged with assault with a deadly weapon. 

Colorado: Expanded Hunting Opportunities Offered in Plan for San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a plan that would guide management of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex for the next 15 years.  The refuge complex is located in the San Luis Valley, a high mountain basin located in Alamosa, Rio Grande and Saguache Counties, Colorado.  Totaling about 106,000 acres, the complex is an important stopover for numerous migratory birds.   

USA FREEDOM Act Would Curtail Government Surveillance Programs

Fri, 19 Sep 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.

D.C. Council Thumbs Nose at Federal Court and Gun Owners, Proposes Restrictive “May-Issue” Concealed Carry Licensing Regime

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

In response to the District’s ban on carrying handguns being declared unconstitutional in July, this week the D.C. Council released a bill to create a licensing system to carry a concealed pistol.  While the Council claims that the bill is intended to comply with Judge Frederick J. Scullin’s opinion holding D.C.’s ban to be unconstitutional, a closer inspection of the bill reveals that the practical effect of the bill may be very similar to the District’s current outright ban on carrying firearms.  

Colorado: Expanded Hunting Opportunities Offered in Plan for San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a plan that would guide management of the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex for the next 15 years.  The refuge complex is located in the San Luis Valley, a high mountain basin located in Alamosa, Rio Grande and Saguache Counties, Colorado.  Totaling about 106,000 acres, the complex is an important stopover for numerous migratory birds.   

‘Compelling need’ for a gun in D.C.

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The terrorists of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, prey on weakness, like Islamic terrorists everywhere. They abuse women, behead children and play the coward’s game, killing behind a mask. Australian police have broken up a scheme in Australia to embroider barbarism with savagery.

Onerous BATFE rules threaten to put gun dealers out of business

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Doug Stockman always has had a passion for firearms, so 20 years ago he made a business out of it.Today, his shop, SSG Tactical, is one of the largest gun dealers in Virginia, with 10 employees, training classes and concealed-carry fashion bags.

Guns are 2014′s hottest campaign accessory

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

So far this election, we've seen candidates shoot drones, televisions, elephant pinatas, Obamacare and targets that were metaphors for Obamacare in campaign ads. One candidate threatened to shoot those who tried to come into his home. Other candidates have brought guns to rallies, raffled them off to supporters or challenged their opponents to debates of accuracy at the shooting range.

Canada: Stephen Harper reassures gun owners in pep talk to Conservatives

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Harper also reached out to gun owners, apparently alluding to a recent decision by the RCMP to ban a previously legal rifle, the Swiss Arms Classic Green carbine.Harper said it’s completely unacceptable that owners of the weapons should be subject to an “arbitrary stroke of a bureaucrat’s pen.”

Why public health needs a new gun doctrine

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

I am a public health professional, educated at the vaunted Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Hygiene and Public Health. I like guns, and I believe the Second Amendment clearly secures the rights of individuals to own firearms.You read that correctly. I am a public health professional.And I like guns.This make me a heretic in American public health, where embracing firearms and the rights of gun owners is a gross violation of orthodoxy.

NBC Offers Repellent Advice on Appeasing Home Invaders

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Americans have a constitutional right to armed self-defense, but they have other choices as well.  The University of Colorado, for example, last year offered the students it sought to disarm with statewide legislation other “crime prevention tactics.”  Options for female students facing rapists included passive resistance,” biting, and self-degradation.  According to one proponent of the bill to ban the lawful carrying of firearms on campuses, such threats are “why we have the whistles.” 

Saving the Champagne: Anti-Gunners Not Celebrating AWB Anniversary

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Last weekend marked the 10-year anniversary of the federal “assault weapon” and “large” magazine bans’ expiration. True to form, gun control supporters reacted by mischaracterizing what the bans did and by attempting to conceal their plans for future restrictions. For those keeping track, the bans were imposed on September 13, 1994, and expired 10 years later.

Time Comes Out for Banning Private Sales…Again

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

With apologies to popular songwriter Paul Simon, Time magazine is apparently “still crazy after all these years.”  Crazy about gun control, that is.

Candidates from both parties packing heat in campaign ads

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Guns are becoming the prop of choice in campaign ads around the country this midterm year.Take it as another sign that the Obama administration’s gun control push is running aground: Firearms have become this year’s go-to accessory for candidates of both parties seeking to advertise their toughness and willingness to fight.

D.C. leaders will propose ‘concealed carry’ law to address federal judge’s gun ruling

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

D.C. gun owners could begin applying to carry concealed weapons within weeks under emergency legislation announced Wednesday in response to a federal judge’s ruling in July that the city’s firearms law was unconstitutional.

Kopel: New anti-gun strategies

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

To mark the tenth anniversary of the expiration of the federal ban on so-called assault weapons, the anti-gun lobbies made a surprising announcement: They are not attempting to push for a new ban. This is a smart decision, because there is more than one way to shrink the American gun culture. The “assault weapon” prohibition campaign of the last quarter-century was the most successful effort in American history to ban large numbers of guns. But, ultimately, it proved more harmful than helpful to the politicians who supported it and the groups that promoted it.

NRA Goes Big In Key Senate, Governor's Races

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:00:00 GMT

The National Rifle Association has reserved $11.4 million for its initial fall advertising campaign and will begin airing its first TV commercials Wednesday in three Senate races crucial to determining which party controls the chamber next year.

California: Governor Brown Needs to Hear Your Opposition to Four Pending Anti-Gun Bills

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Governor Jerry Brown has until the end of this month to sign or veto the anti-gun bills below.  It is vital that you call, fax AND e-mail Governor Brown DAILY respectfully urging him to VETO these anti-gun bills.  Governor Brown can be reached at (916) 445-2841, by fax at (916) 558-3160 or by e-mail here (https://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php).

Obama administration forcing new gun buyers to declare race, ethnicity

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that critics say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling.

D.C. Council, mayor crafting bill governing gun carry outside the home

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The D.C. Council and mayor are collaborating on an emergency bill that would regulate residents’ ability to carry legally registered guns outside their homes.

N.J. GOP Assembly leader Bramnick calls for lesser punishments for some gun crimes

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Republican Assembly leader wants to give prosecutors more discretion in cases where someone is charged with transporting a handgun into New Jersey that is legally owned in another state.

Prosecutor seeks time to rethink position on Shaneen Allen gun case

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain told a judge his office is reviewing its position in the case of a Philadelphia mother facing prison time for bringing her legally owned gun into New Jersey.

Fact Checker: Are gun-background-check claims true?

Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Last month, a group launched a signature drive for the "Background Check Initiative." It would allow Nevada voters on the 2016 ballot to decide whether all gun sales should require background checks.

More review sought in N.J. gun case

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Following extensive criticism over denying a Philadelphia woman a chance to avoid a prison sentence for illegally bringing her registered gun into New Jersey last year, the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office has asked a Superior Court judge for more time to review the case.

Turn-in legislation passes New Jersey Assembly

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The state Assembly passed a bill today that would expand gun buyback programs across New Jersey in an effort to curb the number of firearms on the streets.

Online ammo retailers targeted in lawsuit by gun ban group

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is filing a lawsuit against online retailers that allegedly sold ammunition to James Holmes, the suspect accused of the Aurora theater killings.

Limits on Doctors: Guns in Home Not Relevant

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:00:00 GMT

In late July, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an injunction in the "Docs vs. Glocks" case that, for a time, allowed doctors to ask people whether they had guns in their homes.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 36 09/12/2014

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:20:00 GMT

Oregon: Informational Hearing Scheduled to Discuss Lead Ammunition Survey on Tuesday

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:26:00 GMT

Earlier this summer, your NRA-ILA reported on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s plan to survey hunters on the use of lead ammunition.  Earlier this week, the Oregon House Interim Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources posted its agenda for Tuesday, September 16, including a portion dedicated to discussion on the Lead Ammunition Survey.

NRA Files Letter of Opposition to Harry Reid's Attempt to Silence Free Speech

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

As we reported last week, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been aggressively pushing "Senate Joint Resolution 19," a proposed "amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections." 

Missouri teachers can become armed safety officers under new law

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

More Missouri teachers could carry concealed weapons under a measure state lawmakers approved late Wednesday that also bans local laws against open carry of guns.

Finally waving the white flag on the assault weapons ban

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The Center for American Progress is waving a white flag on banning assault weapons in a study out Friday titled “Assault Weapons Revisited.” CAP authors Arkadi Gerney and Chelsea Parsons argue that gun control advocates should quit seeking to prohibit assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle and instead focus their energies on expanding background checks and firearms licensing laws.

One percenters' gun control would mean 'handgun registration' for Washington State

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Initiative-594, the universal background check initiative being bankrolled by millionaires and billionaires in Washington state, will lead to "universal handgun registration" if passed.

15-year mandatory minimum federal sentence for possessing shotgun shells (no shotgun) almost 20 years after past felonies

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

From today’s United States v. Young (6th Cir. Sept. 11, 2014)

Rice, Allen Cases Show Danger of Unchecked Prosecutorial Discretion

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

The year 2014 has gone from bad to worse for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. In February, he was involved in an ugly confrontation with his then-fiancée (and now wife) Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City hotel casino.  A security camera captured the incident, which ended with Rice hauling the unconscious Palmer out of the elevator.

Prohibitionists Give up on Semi-Auto Bans? Not So Fast

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

For the last 25 years, banning so-called “assault weapons” has been at the forefront of the anti-gun agenda.  However, in recent days, an article from ProPublica and a “study” from The Center for American Progress indicated that the gun control establishment is shifting away from advocating for semi-auto bans and towards background checks/registration.  The “coincidence” of these publications appearing days apart hints at what might be public relations scheming, rather than a genuine shift in viewpoint.

Harvard: Millions of Dollars More For Gun Control

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 GMT

Harvard University’s School of Public Health is set to receive a $350 million donation to study “gun violence” and other “complex health threats challenging the U.S. and the world,” CNN reports.  The donation, the largest ever received by the university, is being made by the Morningside Foundation, run by the descendants of Hong Kong real estate tycoon T.H. Chan, for whom the school will be renamed.

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