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  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

    4/5/2008





    With the Democratic Presidential nomination process turning into what would have been an unthinkably close race only a few months ago, we continue to see the political contenders pulling out all of the rhetorical stops to distinguish themselves as the "candidate of choice" for their constituency. We also continue to see the candidates test the limits of credibility in the process.


    [SIZE=+1]Update on D.C.'s "Voluntary" Gun Search Program:[/SIZE]

    On March 14, we reported on Washington, D.C.'s so-called "Safe Homes Initiative"--an ill-advised proposal aimed at reducing the District's high rate of gun crime. Under the controversial plan, officers would show up at a residence and ask parents and guardians to allow "voluntary" searches of their homes and childrens' (or other relatives') bedrooms, to look for firearms. These searches would be done without notice or warrants.
    In the weeks since it was announced, there has been much public outcry over the program's proposed methods.


    [SIZE=+1]Outrage Of The Week: "Safest for everybody?" Pizza Hut punishes employee for defending himself[/SIZE]


    "The incident wasn't something quick and simple. ... It was a long ordeal.my life was, without a doubt, in danger."
    On the night of March 27, 2008, Pizza Hut deliveryman James Spiers of Des Moines, Iowa was delivering pizzas--just as he had many times before over the past 10 years. He walked into an apartment complex thinking he was making another routine delivery, but found himself in a battle for his life: he had been set up by a "customer" who had lured him into the complex by pretending to order the pizza over the phone, but who had an armed accomplice waiting in ambush.


    [SIZE=+1]Setting The Stage Locally For A New, Broader "Assault Weapons" Ban Nationwide:[/SIZE]

    If you don't live in a state that has an "assault weapon" ban, that issue might be off your radar screen these days. After all, the federal ban--on standard-capacity magazines and semi-automatics with a certain combination of cosmetic features--has been defunct for nearly four years.
    But anti-gun politicians and news media at the state level are ginning up for a 2009 campaign to enact a ban like that proposed by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), because they know that both of the front-runners for the Democrat Party presidential nomination would sign such a ban into law in a New York minute.


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    [SIZE=+1]New Grassroots Alert Feature: Poll of the Week![/SIZE] Tell us what you think! NRA-ILA is excited to launch a brand new weekly feature for our subscribers. Beginning this week, the Grassroots Alert will include a weekly three-question poll that will help us better understand how you, our readers, feel about current events, politics, and the direction of our cause and our country.










    [SIZE=+1]ILA Dinner and Auction At Annual Meetings:[/SIZE]


    The Institute for Legislative Action will hold its Second Annual Dinner and Auction in conjunction with the NRA Annual Meetings in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday evening, May 16th.


    [SIZE=+1]Stop BATFE Abuses -- Urge Your Congressman To Cosponsor H.R. 4900:[/SIZE]

    Continuing concern about the treatment of firearm dealers by BATFE has caused members of the U.S. House of Representatives--with NRA-ILA's full support--to push for new and improved reform legislation. That push has taken the form of H.R. 4900 -- the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act."

    [SIZE=+1]Grassroots Minute Video:[/SIZE]

    To view this week's "Grassroots Minute" video, please click here:

    mms://media.streamtoyou.com/nra/2008/ilamin040408.wmv.

    STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates)
  2. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

    4/12/2008





    When it comes to the Second Amendment, it's somehow appropriate that Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is running on a platform of "change." Because when it comes to his rhetoric on the issue of gun rights, "change" is an apt description.
    Last month, we reported on Obama's hypocrisy. We detailed his advocacy of a law to forbid federally licensed gun dealers from legally selling constitutionally-protected products (firearms) in huge geographical areas, without holding purveyors of pornography to the same standard.
    Last week, we reported on Obama's attempt at reassuring pro-gun voters by telling them, "I have no intention of taking away folks' guns," then telling the Pittsburgh Tribune "I am not in favor of concealed weapons," and that he favors ".reasonable, thoughtful gun control measure.."


    The NRA Family Mourns the Passing of Charlton Heston:

    On Saturday, April 5, Charlton Heston passed away. With his passing, NRA lost a past President, dear friend, and fearless advocate, while America lost a great patriot and the Second Amendment, a faithful friend.
    Charlton Heston was a great man and an American icon. He will truly be missed.
    Two resolutions honoring Mr. Heston--H.Res. 1091 by Congressman Don Young (R-AK), and S.Res. 512 by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)--were introduced this week in the two houses of Congress.
    To read NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre's statement on Mr. Heston's passing, please click here: www.nraila.org/News/Read/NewsReleases.aspx?ID=10850.


    [SIZE=+1]Recent House Action:[/SIZE]

    This week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of an NRA-ILA-backed amendment to H.R. 2016, the "National Landscape Conservation System Act." The amendment will preserve hunting and fishing on public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, and protect sportsmen's access for hunting, fishing and recreational shooting on certain public lands. The amendment was adopted by a 416-5 vote.


    [SIZE=+1]California Supreme Court Strikes Down Prop H:[/SIZE]

    The California State Supreme Court has turned down San Francisco's appeal on whether Proposition H, the draconian gun ban proposed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, violates California law. This exhausts all possible avenues for appeal by the Board of Supervisors. Proposition H would have banned the manufacture, distribution, sale and transfer of firearms and ammunition within San Francisco. NRA-ILA was the lead organization fighting this ban.


    [SIZE=+1]Outrage Of The Week:[/SIZE]

    This week's outrage comes from North Carolina, where an East Wake High School principal, acting with the support of the area superintendent, stopped the school's Marksmanship Team from participating in a decades-old tournament, less than one day before the competition.


    [SIZE=+1]ILA Dinner and Auction At Annual Meetings:[/SIZE]

    The Institute for Legislative Action will hold its Second Annual Dinner and Auction in conjunction with the NRA Annual Meetings in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday evening, May 16th.


    [SIZE=+1]Stop BATFE Abuses -- Urge Your Congressman To Cosponsor H.R. 4900:[/SIZE]

    Continuing concern about the treatment of firearm dealers by BATFE has caused members of the U.S. House of Representatives--with NRA-ILA's full support--to push for new and improved reform legislation. That push has taken the form of H.R. 4900 -- the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act."


    [SIZE=+1]Grassroots Minute Video:[/SIZE]

    To view this week's "Grassroots Minute" video, please click here:

    mms://media.streamtoyou.com/nra/2008/ilamin041108.wmv.


    STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates)
  3. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

    4/19/2008





    [FONT=verdana, arial,

    helvetica, sans-serif]As this unusual campaign season has unfolded, we've seen the candidates ratcheting up their politically expedient rhetoric in an attempt to distinguish themselves as the "candidate of choice" for every constituency, while testing the far reaches of credibility in the process. We've heard blatantly anti-gun politicians claim to be supportive of the Second Amendment. We've seen hypocrisy, and we've heard double-speak and insults to our intelligence. When it comes to campaign rhetoric on the Second Amendment, we've seen a change in the way many anti-gun politicians campaign. Rather than talk openly about their desire to ban guns, register gun owners, and regulate firearms sales, anti-gun politicians talk about their "support" for sportsmen. Rather than admit they oppose the individual right protected by the Second Amendment, they claim they "support firearm ownership for hunting." [/FONT]



    [SIZE=+1]Debating Their Position On Guns:[/SIZE]

    Speaking of "the most anti-gun candidate," lately it's becoming more and more difficult to keep track of which candidate is most deserving of that title.
    As Democratic Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama squared off at the Democratic debate in Philadelphia this week, moderator Charlie Gibson, from ABC News, opened debate on the gun issue by stating, "Both of you, in the past, have supported strong gun control measures. But now when I listen to you on the campaign, I hear you emphasizing that you believe in an individual's right to bear arms. Both of you were strong advocates for licensing of guns. Both of you were strong advocates for the registration of guns." (Sound familiar?) "Why don't you emphasize that now, Senator Clinton?"


    [SIZE=+1]Wal-Mart To Create Gun Buyer Database:[/SIZE]

    Recently, Wal-Mart joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a gathering of Bloomberg's anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, to announce a series of changes to the way in which Wal-Mart handles firearm transactions. At the press event, J.P. Suarez, chief compliance officer for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said: "The costs are, we think, part of what it takes to be responsible." Suarez also added, "This is not a signal that we're getting out of firearms."


    [SIZE=+1]ILA Dinner and Auction At Annual Meetings:[/SIZE]

    The Institute for Legislative Action will hold its Second Annual Dinner and Auction in conjunction with the NRA Annual Meetings in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday evening, May 16th.


    [SIZE=+1]Stop BATFE Abuses -- Urge Your Congressman To Cosponsor H.R. 4900:[/SIZE]

    Continuing concern about the treatment of firearm dealers by BATFE has caused members of the U.S. House of Representatives--with NRA-ILA's full support--to push for new and improved reform legislation. That push has taken the form of H.R. 4900 -- the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act."

    STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates)
  4. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

    5/3/2008



    Time For Public Comment On
    New Rules For Guns In National Parks



    [FONT=verdana, arial,

    helvetica, sans-serif]On April 30, the U.S. Department of Interior, through the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, issued a proposed rule to amend the current strict regulations on firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges. NRA-ILA led the effort to amend the existing policy regarding the carrying and transportation of firearms on these federal lands. The public has until June 30 to comment on the proposal, and NRA-ILA strongly urges members to file comments in support. [/FONT]

    New York City Lawsuit Against America's Firearm Industry Blocked:

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has delivered a major blow to New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's lawsuit aimed at bankrupting the firearms industry, by ruling on April 30 that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) of 2005 blocks the city's lawsuit against a host of gun makers and distributors.

    Renewed Attack on Privacy of Gun Buyers:

    This week, anti-gun U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) registration legislation that would invade the privacy rights of law-abiding gun owners.

    NRA Intervenes In Lawsuit To Defend Wolf Delisting:

    NRA moved today with other sportsmens' organizations to intervene in a federal lawsuit with significant implications on the hunting community. Radical anti-hunting groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed suit to overturn the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to remove the northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf from the Endangered Species List. This delisting is a long-overdue decision that would finally allow Montana, Wyoming and Idaho to manage wolves through regulated hunting.

    Outrage Of The Week: Anti-Gun Political Correctness Runs Amok On Campus:

    This week's outrage comes courtesy of Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO where 40 faculty members submitted an open letter in opposition to the establishment of a firearm safety and awareness group on campus. The faculty members claimed that the group, Gun Awareness and Marksmanship Education (G.A.M.E), would only contribute to the "cycle of violence in the world." They further stated that "The chartering of G.A.M.E on the campus of Saint Louis University, we believe, is not in keeping with the Jesuit and Christian values of loving and forgiving one another in a world full of hatred and violence."

    ILA Dinner and Auction At Annual Meetings:

    The Institute for Legislative Action will hold its Second Annual Dinner and Auction in conjunction with the NRA Annual Meetings in Louisville, Kentucky on Friday evening, May 16th.

    Plan To Attend Free Louisville Grassroots Workshop!

    The NRA-ILA Grassroots Division will host its FREEGrassroots Workshop in conjunction with NRA's Annual Meetings in Louisville. This Workshop has been a regular part of NRA's Annual Meetings for more than a decade. At this event, you will hear from NRA officers, NRA staff, and your fellow NRA members on what you can do in your own community to ensure victory for the Second Amendment in this year's elections.

    Additional Grassroots Event Planned For Louisville!

    In addition to the FREEGrassroots Workshop being held in conjunction with NRA's Annual Meetings in Louisville, the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division is holding an additional FREE Special Session in Louisville.

    Volunteers Needed for 2008 NRA Annual Meetings:

    The 2008 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits will be an exciting weekend as thousands of NRA members will come together May 16-18, 2008, in Louisville, KY. You can contribute to the success of our meeting by participating as an Annual Meeting Volunteer.

    Stop BATFE Abuses -- Urge Your Congressman To Cosponsor H.R. 4900:

    Continuing concern about the treatment of firearm dealers by BATFE has caused members of the U.S. House of Representatives--with NRA-ILA's full support--to push for new and improved reform legislation. That push has taken the form of H.R. 4900 -- the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act.

    Help Protect Your Right to Self-Defense!

    Last month, Florida became one of a handful of states to enact a law to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners to keep a firearm in their vehicle for personal protection. Unfortunately, this law is facing opposition by large corporate giants such as Disney, Walmart, Publix, and several others. They have even filed a federal lawsuit to try to overturn this important self-defense law. NRA is committed to fighting for the rights of gun owners in Florida and across the country but we can't fight these attacks alone! We need your help to ensure that all the hard work by the pro-gun community, and all that was accomplished in Florida, isn't defeated by those who want to destroy our rights. Please consider making a contribution TODAY and join NRA in protecting the Second Amendment! To contribute, please click
    here.


    STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates)
  5. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

    5/11/2008

    Make Your Voice Heard
    On Right-to-Carry in Our National Parks!




    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]As we reported last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior has issued a proposed rule to eliminate the prohibition on Right-to-Carry in national parks and wildlife refuges. The National Rifle Association led the effort to change this policy and we are very close to winning this important battle. However, the new rules cannot take effect until after a period of public comment. Our opponents will take advantage of this time to try to convince the Secretary of the Interior to reverse his decision. NRA members must take action now so that the anti-gunners are not allowed to sway this process. [/FONT]




    Non-Partisan Voter Registration Drive To Commence In Louisville:

    In addition to the myriad other activities that will occur next week during NRA's Annual Meetings in Louisville, NRA-ILA's Grassroots Division will be kicking off the Association's largest voter registration drive ever.


    Not Content With Crushing Second Amendment, Bloomberg Disregards The First:

    A story in today's New York Sun, (http://www2.nysun.com/new-york/gag-on-2nd-amendment-is-citys-aim-in-gun s-suit/) demonstrates that gun-hating Mayor Michael Bloomberg's disdain for the Constitution isn't just limited to his abhorrence of the Second Amendment.


    ILA Dinner and Auction At Annual Meetings:

    The Institute for Legislative Action will hold its Second Annual Dinner and Auction in conjunction with the NRA Annual Meetings in Louisville, Kentucky next Friday evening, May 16th.


    Last Call To Register For Louisville Workshop!

    This is the last call to register for the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division's FREEGrassroots Workshop being held next week at NRA's Annual Meetings in Louisville. This Workshop has been a regular part of NRA's Annual Meetings for more than a decade. At this event, you will hear from NRA officers, NRA staff, and your fellow NRA members on what you can do in your own community to ensure victory for the Second Amendment in this year's elections.


    Special Session Event Planned For Louisville!

    In addition to the FREE Grassroots Workshop being held in conjunction with NRA's Annual Meetings in Louisville, the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division is holding an additional FREE "In Their Own Words" Special Session in Louisville.
    Grassroots Minute Video: To view this week's "Grassroots Minute" video, please click here: mms://media.streamtoyou.com/nra/2008/ilamin050908.wmv.


    Stop BATFE Abuses -- Urge Your Congressman To Cosponsor H.R. 4900:

    Continuing concern about the treatment of firearm dealers by BATFE has caused members of the U.S. House of Representatives--with NRA-ILA's full support--to push for new and improved reform legislation. That push has taken the form of H.R. 4900 -- the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act."


    Help Protect Your Right to Self-Defense!

    Last month, Florida became one of a handful of states to enact a law to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners to keep a firearm in their vehicle for personal protection. Unfortunately, this law is facing opposition by large corporate giants such as Disney, Walmart, Publix, and several others. They have even filed a federal lawsuit to try to overturn this important self-defense law. NRA is committed to fighting for the rights of gun owners in Florida and across the country but we can't fight these attacks alone! We need your help to ensure that all the hard work by the pro-gun community, and all that was accomplished in Florida, isn't defeated by those who want to destroy our rights. Please consider making a contribution TODAY and join NRA in protecting the Second Amendment! To contribute, please click here.


    STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates)
  6. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

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    Dear Fellow NRA Member,
    In honor of NRA's upcoming annual meeting and his keynote address to our annual banquet on Saturday May 17, Glenn Beck is holding "Gun Rights Week" on both his radio and T.V. shows.
    These shows will be broadcast on the Premiere Radio Network's 280 stations from 9 a.m. to noon, Eastern, and on CNN Headline News Network every night at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    Each day, Glenn will feature a new gun rights segment on his shows. I'll be his guest on Tuesday, and NRA-ILA's Chris Cox will be the featured guest on Wednesday. And each day for the rest of the week, there will be another firearm freedom expert talking to Glenn and millions of his listeners.
    The toll free call-in number for Glenn's radio show is 1-888-727-BECK. So if you have a question or comment about the elections, Right-to-Carry, crime, the Supreme Court Heller case, Castle Doctrine, or any Second Amendment issue, CALL!
    For more information on broadcast times, stations and special guests, visit www.GlennBeck.com and click the "radio" or "T.V." banners. Glenn will also be providing transcripts and video links to all the interviews and segments in his free daily email newsletter, which you can sign up for on his site.
    As one more favor to me, be sure to tell every gun owner you know about these important broadcasts. Please take a moment today, while you're sitting at your computer, to forward this e-mail to your contact list.
    Also, be sure to keep your eyes on the national news this Friday between 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern, when NRA kicks off our weekend-long event with our Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum.
    Confirmed speakers include Kentucky Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo, T.V. personality Ollie North, political strategist Karl Rove, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senator Mitch McConnell, Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, Governor Mike Huckabee, Governor Mitt Romney, and John McCain.
    Over 10,000 NRA members will attend, making this the largest political event in NRA's history.
    All the major national news outlets will have cameras and reporters on hand to cover this event. Live, for over four hours on Friday afternoon-and in thousands of broadcast hours, and electronic and print pages to follow-NRA and our election-year defense of Second Amendment will dominate the news.
    Thanks again for your support of NRA and thanks for helping spread the word about these important broadcast events!
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    [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]It’s time once again for the NRA’s Annual Meetings & Exhibits, and NRANews.com wants to give you a front-row seat for all of the action! [/FONT]​


    [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Our coverage from Louisville begins Thursday, May 15, with a live edition of “Cam and Company” from the floor of the Kentucky Expo Center, beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific. Tune in to www.nranews.com[/FONT]​

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    [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Friday[/FONT] [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]3 to 6 p.m. Eastern: Join us for a special broadcast of “Cam and Company” live from Louisville.[/FONT] [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Saturday[/FONT] [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Saturday morning, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern: Don’t miss our live, anchored coverage of the Annual Meeting of Members.[/FONT][FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Saturday afternoon, 3 to 6 p.m. Eastern: Catch our special live broadcast of “Cam & Company” from the floor of the exhibit hall.[/FONT][FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Saturday evening, 8 to 11 p.m. Eastern: Don’t miss our live, anchored coverage of the NRA Members Banquet, where radio and TV personality Glenn Beck will deliver the keynote address![/FONT][FONT=Arial, sans-serif]If you miss any of our live shows, don’t forget that you can always catch the replay either on NRANews.com or Sirius Satellite Radio (sirius.com) Patriot Channel 144, which will carry a rebroadcast of each day’s show from 9 p.m. to midnight Eastern. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]There’s no way we can bring you everything the Annual Meetings & Exhibits have to offer, but it’s our goal to make NRANews.com the next-best thing to being in Louisville. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]So tune in to “Cam and Company” and “The Daily News With Ginny Simone” for interviews with NRA board members, attendees, firearms manufacturers, Second Amendment scholars and more! [/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Just log in to www.nranews.com to join the excitement, the fun and the celebration of Freedom! [/FONT]

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    [FONT=Arial, sans-serif]Cam Edwards[/FONT]
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  8. kwflatbed

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    5/18/2008

    Louisville Grassroots Workshop Tremendous Success!

    NRA Members Ready To Take Action This Election Season

    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]This morning, 180 staunch, pro-gun patriots attended the NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop, held in conjunction with NRA's Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Ky. Though most attendees were home state Kentuckians, NRA members represented states from across the country. Diversity in geography notwithstanding, all were united in the singular mission of learning what more they could do in their local communities to elect pro-gun lawmakers to office this year-and they weren't disappointed!
    Virtually all of NRA's national officers addressed the attendees, including: NRA EVP Wayne LaPierre; NRA President John Sigler; ILA Executive Director Chris Cox; First Vice President Ron Schmeits; and Second VP David Keene.
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    Speak Up Now on Guns in Parks!

    As we've reported over the last two weeks, the U.S. Department of the Interior has issued a proposed rule to eliminate the prohibition on Right-to-Carry in national parks and wildlife refuges. The National Rifle Association led the effort to change this policy and we are very close to winning this important battle.
    However, the new rules cannot take effect until after a period of public comment. Our opponents will take advantage of this time to try to convince the Secretary of the Interior to reverse his decision. NRA members must take action now so that the anti-gunners are not allowed to sway this process.

    Outrage of the Week Update - School Reconsiders Shooting Competition Ban:

    A North Carolina school district is backing off a decision that prevented a group of young sportsmen and women from participating in the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Hunter Education Tournament.

    STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates)
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    5/23/2008

    New York City's Reckless Lawsuit Heads to Trial



    "I have made many errors and I'll make many in the future."
    -- U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein

    On Wednesday, activist U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein announced he would allow New York City's lawsuit against Adventure Outdoors, a Georgia gun store, to continue. Adventure Outdoors is one of three remaining defendants in the case, which began in 2006 with "sting operations" by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's investigators, which have brought rebukes from both federal and state officials for their potential interference with ongoing investigations.


    Speak Up Now On Right-To-Carry In National Parks:

    As we've reported over the last few weeks, the U.S. Department of the Interior has issued a proposed rule to eliminate the prohibition on Right-to-Carry in national parks and wildlife refuges. The National Rifle Association led the effort to change this policy and we are very close to winning this important battle.
    However, the new rules cannot take effect until after a period of public comment. Our opponents will take advantage of this time to try to convince the Secretary of the Interior to reverse his decision. NRA members must take action now so that the anti-gunners are not allowed to sway this process.

    Energy At NRA Annual Meetings Bodes Well For Success:

    Following up on the report on the May 16 Grassroots Workshop that was held in conjunction with NRA's Annual Meetings in Louisville, Ky., here are some additional highlights from that meeting.

    Outrage Of The Week:

    Breaking the law? No problem, just write a new one!

    This week's outrage comes to us courtesy of Chicago alderman Richard Mell (D-33). It seems the gun-owning alderman found himself afoul of a registration law that he himself helped pass.

    Grassroots Minute Video:

    To view this week's "Grassroots Minute" video, please click here:

    mms://media.streamtoyou.com/nra/2008/ilamin052308.wmv



    ALEC Task Force Adopts Model "Campus Personal Protection Act":


    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is an organization comprised of public and private sector members (largely made up of state legislators and corporate/association government affairs representatives) from all 50 states that share common support for free market principles and individual liberties.

    Stop BATFE Abuses -- Urge Your Congressman To Cosponsor H.R. 4900:

    Continuing concern about the treatment of firearm dealers by BATFE has caused members of the U.S. House of Representatives--with NRA-ILA's full support--to push for new and improved reform legislation. That push has taken the form of H.R. 4900-- the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act."

    STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates)
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    5/31/2008


    Outrage Of The Week

    This week's outrage comes to us from Winchendon, Massachusetts where, in yet another case of "zero-tolerance" enforcement defying common sense, fourth-grader Bradley Geslak was suspended from Toy Town Elementary School for bringing a Memorial Day souvenir to school.

    Speak Up Now On Right-To-Carry In National Parks:

    As we've reported over the last few weeks, the U.S. Department of the Interior has issued a proposed rule to eliminate the prohibition on Right-to-Carry in national parks and wildlife refuges. The National Rifle Association led the effort to change this policy and we are very close to winning this important battle. ​
    However, the new rules will not take effect until after a public comment period. Our opponents will take advantage of this time to try to convince the Secretary of the Interior to reverse his decision. NRA members must take action now so that the anti-gunners are not allowed to sway this process.


    Stop BATFE Abuses -- Urge Your Congressman To Cosponsor H.R. 4900:

    Continuing concern about the treatment of firearm dealers by BATFE has caused members of the U.S. House of Representatives--with NRA-ILA's full support--to push for new and improved reform legislation. That push has taken the form of H.R. 4900-- the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act."


    STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates)
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    6/7/2008


    [SIZE=+1]On The Second Amendment, Don't Believe Obama![/SIZE]



    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]The presidential primary season is finally over, and it is now time for gun owners to take a careful look at just where apparent nominee Barack Obama stands on issues related to the Second Amendment. During the primaries, Obama tried to hide behind vague statements of support for "sportsmen" or unfounded claims of general support for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. [/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]But his real record, based on votes taken, political associations, and long standing positions, shows that Barack Obama is a serious threat to Second Amendment liberties. Don't listen to his campaign rhetoric! Look instead to what he has said and done during his entire political career.[/FONT]


    NRA Wins Again In Pennsylvania Court:

    This week, a Pennsylvania court sided with NRA and issued a permanent restraining order against two of the city of Philadelphia's municipal gun control measures enacted in April. The measures, banning so-called "assault weapons" and restricting handgun purchases to one per month, violate Pennsylvania's state preemption laws, passed by the state legislature to maintain uniformity of gun laws.

    UPDATE: Gun Store Avoids Trial In Reckless N.Y.C. Lawsuit:

    On June 2, a Georgia gun dealer facing a lawsuit by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg decided to avoid an ambush at trial and head straight for an appeal. The case is one of several that began in 2006 with "sting operations" by Mayor Bloomberg's investigators, that have brought rebukes from both federal and state officials for their interference with ongoing investigations.

    "Baghdad, D.C."?

    We've often reported on the quandary the leaders of our nation's capital face. They govern a city that has had an outright ban on handguns for more than three decades, yet they're constantly looking for panaceas for the District's high rate of gun crime. How ironic it is, that a city that should be an anti-gunner's utopia is constantly plagued with high levels of gun violence. Burying their heads in the sand, these leaders continue to try to avoid the unavoidable: Criminals don't obey the law and have ignored the gun ban since its inception.
    Enter yet another doomed-to-fail attempt at a remedy-the so-called "Neighborhood Safety Zone" (NSZ).

    More Proof That Americans Believe The Second Amendment Guarantees An Individual Right To Keep And Bear Arms:

    Once again confirming what we already know, a recent Harris poll (taken May 5,-May 12, 2008) found that, by a margin of more than two-to-one, U.S. adults believe that the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees an individual's Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

    Seeking Nominations For 2007 NRA-ILA Volunteer Awards:

    The "Jay M. Littlefield Memorial NRA-ILA Volunteer of the Year Award" is an annual honor that recognizes an NRA member who demonstrates exceptionally meritorious activism in defense of our Second Amendment rights. Similarly, the "NRA-ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year Award" is bestowed upon a group that has gone above and beyond the call of duty in defending our freedom over the past year.

    Speak Up Now On Right-To-Carry In National Parks:

    As we've reported over the last few weeks, the U.S. Department of the Interior has issued a proposed rule to eliminate the prohibition on Right-to-Carry in national parks and wildlife refuges. The National Rifle Association led the effort to change this policy and we are very close to winning this important battle.

    Stop BATFE Abuses -- Urge Your Congressman To Cosponsor H.R. 4900:

    Continuing concern about the treatment of firearm dealers by BATFE has caused members of the U.S. House of Representatives--with NRA-ILA's full support--to push for new and improved reform legislation. That push has taken the form of H.R. 4900-- the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act.

    Grassroots Minute Video: To view this week's "Grassroots Minute" video, please click here: mms://media.streamtoyou.com/nra/2008/ilamin060608.wmv.


    STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates)
  12. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

    6/11/2008

    Massachusetts: Emergency Powers Legislation

    Stalled in Senate Committee!

    Please Contact Members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee Today!
    S.1401, "An Act Prohibiting the Confiscation of Lawfully Owned Firearms During a State of Emergency", sponsored by State Senator Richard T. Moore (Worcester and Norfolk), is being held up in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. S.1401 would protect our Second Amendment rights by prohibiting any government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful sale, possession, transfer, transport and carry of firearms during a state of emergency, such as occurred in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

    Please contact the members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee TODAY and urge them to support S.1401.
    Members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee:

    State Senator Steven C. Panagiotakos (D-1st Middlesex)
    (617) 722-1630
    Steven.Panagiotakos@state.ma.us

    State Senator Stephen M. Brewer (D-Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire & Franklin)
    (617) 722-1540
    Stephen.Brewer@state.ma.us

    State Senator Harriette L. Chandler (D-1st Worcester)
    (617) 722-1544
    Harriette.Chandler@state.ma.us

    State Senator Robert A. Antonioni (D-Worcester & Middlesex)
    (617) 722-1230
    Robert.Antonioni@state.ma.us

    State Senator Edward M. Augustus, Jr. (D-2nd Worcester)
    (617) 722-1485
    Edward.Augustus@state.ma.us

    State Senator Steven A. Baddour (D-1st Essex)
    (617) 722-1604
    Steven.Baddour@state.ma.us

    State Senator Susan C. Fargo (D-3rd Middlesex)
    (617) 722-1572
    Susan.Fargo@state.ma.us

    State Senator Michael W. Morrissey (D-Norfolk & Plymouth)
    (617) 722-1494
    Michael.W.Morrissey@state.ma.us

    State Senator Marc R. Pacheco (D-1st Plymouth & Bristol)
    (617) 722-1551
    Marc.Pacheco@state.ma.us

    State Senator Pamela P. Resor (D-Middlesex & Worcester)
    (617) 722-1120
    Pamela.Resor@state.ma.us

    State Senator Brian A. Joyce (D- Norfolk, Bristol & Plymouth)
    (617) 722-1643
    Brian.A.Joyce@state.ma.us

    State Senator Susan C. Tucker (D-2nd Essex & Middlesex)
    (617) 722-1612
    Susan.Tucker@state.ma.us

    State Senator Dianne Wilkerson (D-2nd Suffolk)
    (617) 722-1673
    Dianne.Wilkerson@state.ma.us

    State Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-1st Middlesex & Norfolk)
    (617) 722-1639
    Cynthia.Creem@state.ma.us

    State Senator Karen Spilka (D-2nd Middlesex & Norfolk)
    (617) 722-1640
    Karen.E.Spilka@state.ma.us

    State Senator Michael R. Knapik (R-2nd Hampden & Hampshire)
    (617) 722-1415
    Michael.Knapik@state.ma.us

    State Senator Bruce E. Tarr (R- 1st Essex & Middlesex)
    (617) 722-1600
    Bruce.Tarr@state.ma.us
  13. kwflatbed

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    6/14/2008


    [SIZE=+1]Really, Don't Believe Obama![/SIZE]
    [SIZE=+1](And Here Are The Citations)[/SIZE]



    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Last week's Grassroots Alert story on Barack Obama entitled "On The Second Amendment, Don't Believe Obama!" received a great deal of attention. Amazingly, some people still don't believe Obama is radically anti-gun, and some have gone so far as to claim that NRA was actually misrepresenting Obama's anti-gun positions. Well, sometimes the truth hurts, and for those who continue to believe that Obama is a friend of gun owners, here is the proof he most definitely is not. [/FONT]


    Are You A Poacher If You Support The Right To Self-Defense?

    One of the most basic rights we as lawful Americans enjoy is the right to defend our families and ourselves. The right to self-defense should not end simply because one crosses an invisible boundary line and enters a national park or wildlife refuge.
    This is the current, dangerous situation that will continue to exist, however, if you don't take action right now.

    Anti-Gunners Use Specter Of Defeat To Rally Supporters:

    While no one knows exactly how the Supreme Court will rule on the Heller case this month, one thing is certain-the Court's ruling will not mark the end of our battle, but rather, a new beginning.

    Ohio Expands Right to Self-Defense:

    This week, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland (D) signed NRA-backed "Castle Doctrine" legislation into law to expand the self-defense rights of law-abiding citizens. SB 184, sponsored by State Senator Steve Buehrer (R-1), protects the rights of innocent victims to defend themselves from criminal attack, while expanding the rights of concealed-carry permit holders.

    NRA Thanks U.S. House and Senate Leaders for Including "Open Fields Initiative" in 2008 Farm Bill:

    NRA leaders today thanked U.S. Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Pat Roberts (R-Kans.) and John Thune (R-S.D), as well as Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), ranking member of the House Committee on Agriculture, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Reps. Jerry Moran (R-Kans.) and Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) for their instrumental support in including the "Open Fields Initiative" language into the House and Senate passed 2008 Farm Bill. The original bills, SB 1502 and HR 2473, make up the Voluntary Public Access and Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program to increase public access to private hunting grounds.

    Proposal To Increase Hunting At Wildlife Refuges:

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to add one wildlife refuge to the list of refuges opened to hunting and to increase hunting at six other refuges.

    Stop BATFE Abuses -- Urge Your Congressman To Cosponsor H.R. 4900:

    Continuing concern about the treatment of firearm dealers by BATFE has caused members of the U.S. House of Representatives--with NRA-ILA's full support--to push for new and improved reform legislation. That push has taken the form of H.R. 4900-- the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act.

    Seeking Nominations For 2007 NRA-ILA Volunteer Awards:

    The "Jay M. Littlefield Memorial NRA-ILA Volunteer of the Year Award" is an annual honor that recognizes an NRA member who demonstrates exceptionally meritorious activism in defense of our Second Amendment rights. Similarly, the "NRA-ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year Award" is bestowed upon a group that has gone above and beyond the call of duty in defending our freedom over the past year. Nominations for the 2007 honors should be submitted to: NRA-ILA Volunteer Awards, c/o Katrina Ruminski, NRA-ILA Grassroots Division, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA, 22030. Nominations may also be faxed to Katrina at (703) 267-3918, or e-mailed to kruminski@nrahq.org. All nominations must be submitted by NRA members in good standing and be accompanied by a one-page description of why the nominee is deserving. Winners will be selected by NRA-ILA staff and will be acknowledged at this Fall's NRA Board of Directors Meeting. The deadline for submissions is July 14, 2008.

    Grassroots Minute Video: To view this week's "Grassroots Minute" video, please click here:

    mms://media.streamtoyou.com/nra/2008/ilamin061308.wmv.

    STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates)
  14. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

    6/22/2008


    Brady Adds To Post-Heller Agenda

    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Last week, when Brady Campaign's president, Paul Helmke, told ABC News that the group expects the Supreme Court to issue a pro-Second Amendment ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller, he tried to put his best anti-gun spin on things, saying "this could be good from the standpoint of the political-legislative side." [/FONT]


    Time Is Running Out To Protect Your Right To Self-Defense:

    One of the most basic rights we as lawful Americans enjoy is the right to defend our families and ourselves. The right to self-defense should not end simply because one crosses an invisible boundary line and enters a national park or wildlife refuge.
    This is the current, dangerous situation that will continue to exist, however, if you don't take action right now.

    [​IMG] New "I'm a Bitter Gun Owner and I Vote!" Yard Signs Available Now:

    By now, you've all heard the Obama "bitter" quote: "And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." And it probably struck a nerve with you. Well, we've created a new yard sign that will send a message from all of you "bitter" gun owners to Obama this election season: Our "I'm a Bitter Gun Owner and I Vote!" yard sign.

    Proposal To Increase Hunting At Wildlife Refuges:

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to add one wildlife refuge to the list of refuges open to hunting and to increase hunting at six other refuges. Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota will be opened to migratory bird and big-game hunting. Hunting opportunities will be expanded to include migratory birds and upland game at the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota and the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. The Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin will be opened to big-game hunting. Hunting at the Bayou Cocodrie, Tensas River, and the Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuges will be enhanced with the addition of land to these Louisiana refuges. The Upper Ouachita will be opened to turkey hunting. The Stillwater Wildlife Management Area, Nevada will be closed to hunting because the land will revert back to management by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Service no longer has authority to manage Stillwater.

    Comments are being accepted until July 10. The rule can be found at

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-12193.pdf.

    Please support the Fish and Wildlife Service's continued efforts to open and expand hunting programs on wildlife refuges by submitting comments on this rule.

    Stop BATFE Abuses -- Urge Your Congressman To Cosponsor H.R. 4900:

    Continuing concern about the treatment of firearm dealers by BATFE has caused members of the U.S. House of Representatives--with NRA-ILA's full support--to push for new and improved reform legislation. That push has taken the form of H.R. 4900-- the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act."

    Seeking Nominations For 2007 NRA-ILA Volunteer Awards:

    The "Jay M. Littlefield Memorial NRA-ILA Volunteer of the Year Award" is an annual honor that recognizes a NRA member who demonstrates exceptionally meritorious activism in defense of our Second Amendment rights. Similarly, the "NRA-ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year Award" is bestowed upon a group that has gone above and beyond the call of duty in defending our freedom over the past year. Nominations for the 2007 honors should be submitted to: NRA-ILA Volunteer Awards, c/o Katrina Ruminski, NRA-ILA Grassroots Division, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA, 22030. Nominations may also be faxed to Katrina at (703) 267-3918, or e-mailed to kruminski@nrahq.org. All nominations must be submitted by NRA members in good standing and be accompanied by a one-page description of why the nominee is deserving. Winners will be selected by NRA-ILA staff and will be acknowledged at this Fall's NRA Board of Directors Meeting. The deadline for submissions is July 14, 2008.

    Grassroots Minute Video:

    To view this week's "Grassroots Minute" video, please click here: mms://media.streamtoyou.com/nra/2008/ilamin062008.wmv.

    STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates)
  15. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

    6/26/2008



    Supreme Court Declares That the Second Amendment
    Guarantees an Individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms


    Thursday, June 26, 2008

    Fairfax, VA - Leaders of the National Rifle Association (NRA) praised the Supreme Court's historic ruling overturning Washington, D.C.'s ban on handguns and on self-defense in the home, in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller.
    "This is a great moment in American history. It vindicates individual Americans all over this country who have always known that this is their freedom worth protecting," declared NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre. "Our founding fathers wrote and intended the Second Amendment to be an individual right. The Supreme Court has now acknowledged it. The Second Amendment as an individual right now becomes a real permanent part of American Constitutional law."
    Last year, the District of Columbia appealed a Court of Appeals ruling affirming that the Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms, and that the District's bans on handguns, carrying firearms within the home and possession of functional firearms for self-defense violate that fundamental right.
    "Anti-gun politicians can no longer deny that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right," said NRA chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox. "All law-abiding Americans have a fundamental, God-given right to defend themselves in their homes. Washington, D.C. must now respect that right."


    Click here to read the opinion (1 MB, PDF format)

    -NRA- Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military.
  16. Big.G

    Big.G In Tactical Mode....

    NRA Files Second Amendment Cases in Illinois, California

    Fairfax, Va., June 27-Following up on yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment protects a private right to possess firearms that is not limited to militia service, the National Rifle Association of America today filed five lawsuits challenging local gun bans in San Francisco, and in Chicago and several of its suburbs.

    “The Supreme Court held yesterday that the Second Amendment right is exercised individually and belongs to all Americans,” said NRA chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox. “These lawsuits will ensure that state and local governments hear those words.”

    The San Francisco lawsuit challenges a local ordinance and lease provisions that prohibit possession of guns by residents of public housing in San Francisco. NRA is joined in that suit by the California Rifle and Pistol Association and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

    The Chicago case challenges a handgun ban nearly identical to the law struck down yesterday in Washington, D.C. The other Illinois suits challenge handgun bans in the suburban towns of Evanston, Morton Grove and Oak Park.

    All five suits raise the issue of the application of the Second Amendment against the states through the Fourteenth Amendment, known in constitutional law as “incorporation.” Because Washington, D.C. is not a state, incorporation was not specifically addressed in yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, but the decision did repeatedly equate the Second Amendment to the First and Fourth Amendments, which have applied to the states for 80 years.

    “In Washington, D.C. or in any state, whether you live in the housing projects or a high end suburb, you have the right to defend yourself and your family at home,” Cox concluded. “These laws all deny that right, and NRA will not rest until they are all struck down.”

    -NRA-
    Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military.
  17. BB-59

    BB-59 MassCops Member

    Lets just see how this effects people in the City of Boston. Getting a Class A there is like hitting powerball.
  18. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

    6/28/2008

    Victory In The Supreme Court!

    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]On June 26, 2008, the Supreme Court affirmed, in a 5-4 decision, the ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that the Second Amendment protects a pre-existing, private, individually-held Right to Keep Arms and to Bear Arms, without regard to a person's relationship to a militia. The narrow ruling should be a reminder about the importance of this presidential election. As the Wall Street Journal noted, "With the next President likely to appoint as many as three Justices, the right to bear arms has been affirmed but still isn't safe." [/FONT]


    NRA Files Second Amendment Lawsuits In Illinois And California Following Supreme Court Ruling:

    Following up on yesterday's Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment protects a private right to possess firearms that is not limited to militia service, the NRA today filed five lawsuits challenging local gun bans in San Francisco, and in Chicago and several of its suburbs.

    Obama Tries To Move Forward By Backpedaling:

    By now we all know where presidential nominee Barack Obama stands on the Second Amendment. During the primaries, Obama tried to hide behind vague statements of support for "sportsmen" or unfounded claims of general support for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. But don't listen to his campaign rhetoric! His real record, based on votes taken, political associations, long-standing positions, and his own words, shows that Barack Obama is a very serious threat to our Second Amendment liberties

    Time Is Running Out To Protect Your Right-to-Carry: Comments MUST Be Received By Monday!

    One of the most basic rights we as lawful Americans enjoy is the right to defend our families and ourselves. The right to self-defense should not end simply because one crosses an invisible boundary line and enters a national park or wildlife refuge.

    New "I'm a Bitter Gun Owner and I Vote!" Yard Signs Available Now:

    By now, you've all heard the Obama "bitter" quote: "And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." And it probably struck a nerve with you. Well, we've created a new yard sign that will send a message from all of you "bitter" gun owners to Obama this election season: Our "I'm a Bitter Gun Owner and I Vote!" yard sign.


    Proposal To Increase Hunting At Wildlife Refuges:

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to add one wildlife refuge to the list of refuges open to hunting and to increase hunting at six other refuges.



    Seeking Nominations For 2007 NRA-ILA Volunteer Awards:

    The "Jay M. Littlefield Memorial NRA-ILA Volunteer of the Year Award" is an annual honor that recognizes a NRA member who demonstrates exceptionally meritorious activism in defense of our Second Amendment rights. Similarly, the "NRA-ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year Award" is bestowed upon a group that has gone above and beyond the call of duty in defending our freedom over the past year.


    STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates)
  19. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

    7/5/2008


    Heller Decision Ramps Up Media's Anti-Gun Hysteria




    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]For years, anti-gunners have claimed that there's a gun-related epidemic in our country, and for once, they're right. It's not gun-related crime though. An epidemic is something that is common and spreading rapidly; gun-related crime has been diminishing for 15 years. [/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]What is common and spreading now is a condition one could call "anti-gun anxiety," or AGA. Apparently, it has been brought on by the U. S. Supreme Court ruling in Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear handguns and other arms, and that the right existed before the Constitution was written and is not conditioned on a person's relationship to a militia. [/FONT]

    NRA Lawsuits In Illinois And California Having Effect:

    As we reported last week, in the wake of the historic Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess firearms that is not limited to militia service, the NRA filed five lawsuits challenging local gun bans in San Francisco, and in Chicago and several of its suburbs.


    [​IMG] New "I'm a Bitter Gun Owner and I Vote!" Yard Signs Available Now:

    By now, you've all heard the Barack Obama "bitter" quote: "And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." This offensive and misguided quote probably struck a nerve with you. Well, we've created a new yard sign that will send a message from all of you "bitter" gun owners to Obama this election season with our own slogan: "I'm a Bitter Gun Owner and I Vote!"

    Proposal To Increase Hunting At Wildlife Refuges:

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to add one wildlife refuge to the list of refuges open to hunting and to increase hunting at six other refuges.

    Seeking Nominations For 2007 NRA-ILA Volunteer Awards:

    The "Jay M. Littlefield Memorial NRA-ILA Volunteer of the Year Award" is an annual honor that recognizes a NRA member who demonstrates exceptionally meritorious activism in defense of our Second Amendment rights. Similarly, the "NRA-ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year Award" is bestowed upon a group that has gone above and beyond the call of duty in defending our freedom over the past year.

    Stop BATFE Abuses -- Urge Your Congressman To Cosponsor H.R. 4900:
    Continuing concern about the treatment of firearm dealers by BATFE has caused members of the U.S. House of Representatives--with NRA-ILA's full support--to push for new and improved reform legislation. That push has taken the form of H.R. 4900-- the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act."

    Grassroots Minute Video: To view this week's "Grassroots Minute" video, please click here: mms://media.streamtoyou.com/nra/2008/ilamin062708.wmv. ​

    STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates)
  20. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

    7/9/2008



    Department of the Interior Extends Deadline for Comments Regarding Right-to-Carry in National Parks and Wildlife Refuges Until August 8

    Like a quarterback taking a knee in the fourth quarter, two of Congress's most ardent opponents of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms are trying to run out the clock on efforts to enhance your right to self-defense in our national parks and wildlife refuges.
    For two months, we have been asking NRA members and gun owners to submit comments in support of allowing law-abiding citizens to carry their legally-owned firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges -- and tens of thousand of you have done so. The deadline to submit comments expired on June 30 -- or so we thought.
    Rather than closing the proscribed comments period as scheduled and moving toward finalizing this federal regulation, U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) and U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona), succeeded in delaying the implementation of the final rule by bullying the Department of the Interior (their respective congressional subcommittees have oversight of national parks) to extend the deadline for comments an additional 30 days! In a letter to Secretary Kempthorne, Senator Akaka and Representative Grijalva asked that the public comment period be extended, citing the recent decision in the District of Columbia v. Heller.
    In truth, however, now that the Supreme Court has affirmed that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right, it is more important than ever that we move toward final resolution on this matter and extend the most basic right of self-defense to law-abiding citizens visiting national parks and refuges.
    The goal of their strategy is clear. Extending the public comment period amounts to a blatant and intentional stalling tactic; further pushing back resolution on this matter, possibly until after the election, into a new Administration. This needless extension will also allow opponents of carrying guns in national parks (like the Humane Society of the U.S. and the National Parks Conservation Association) to rally their troops to express their opposition to this commonsense proposal.
    While we disagree with the decision to extend the comments period on this issue, it is now more important than ever that we give the anti-gunners what they profess to want-additional comments. Gun owners, Right-to-Carry permit holders, and all Second Amendment supporters must deluge the Department of the Interior with comments in support of this proposal! The new deadline for submitting comments is August 8, 2008.

    Please submit your comments on-line at:
    http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=SubmitComment&o=090000648066022a

    Or in writing to:
    Public Comments Processing
    Attn: 1024-AD70
    Division of Policy and Directives Management
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222
    Arlington, VA 22203

    Please act today and forward this message and request to your family, friends, and fellow firearm owners!
    --NRA-ILA
  21. Big.G

    Big.G In Tactical Mode....

    I submitted a comment right after the D.C. v. Heller decision was released.
  22. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

    7/12/2008


    Post-Heller Congressional Action On
    "Second Amendment Enforcement Act"


    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]As mentioned in last week's edition of our Grassroots Alert, following the Supreme Court's favorable Heller decision, city officials in Washington, D.C. have been planning to obstruct D.C. citizens from exercising their right to keep and bear arms, despite the Supreme Court's clear statements. And some in Congress are planning to do something about it. [/FONT]
    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif]On Thursday, Representative Mark Souder (R-Ind.) introduced H. Res. 1331, a rule to govern House consideration of a modified version of H.R. 1399--the "District of Columbia Personal Protection Act." [/FONT]

    Department Of The Interior Extends Deadline For Comments On Right-To-Carry In National Parks:

    For more than two months, we have been asking NRA members and gun owners to submit comments in support of allowing law-abiding citizens to carry their legally-owned firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges -- and tens of thousand of you have done so. The deadline to submit comments expired on June 30 -- or so we thought.

    Outrage Of The Week:

    This week's outrage comes to us courtesy of the fringe animal "rights" group known as the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance (NJARA).
    We've reported before on animal "rights" groups that try to push their agenda via "educational materials" that are foisted upon our school systems. The propaganda usually consists of the same, radical, scare tactics and lies we've seen time and again and come to expect. This time, however, the NJARA has served up a version that, even by current standards, is utterly ridiculous.

    Stop BATFE Abuses -- Urge Your Congressman To Cosponsor H.R. 4900:

    Continuing concern about the treatment of firearm dealers by BATFE has caused members of the U.S. House of Representatives--with NRA-ILA's full support--to push for new and improved reform legislation. That push has taken the form of H.R. 4900-- the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act."

    New "I'm a Bitter Gun Owner and I Vote!" Yard Signs Available Now:

    By now, you've all heard the Barack Obama "bitter" quote: "And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." This offensive and misguided quote probably struck a nerve with you. Well, we've created a new yard sign that will send a message from all of you "bitter" gun owners to Obama this election season with our own slogan: "I'm a Bitter Gun Owner and I Vote!"

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    New NRA T-Shirts Available NOW! As mentioned in the story above, we know that by now you've probably heard the Barack Obama "bitter" quote. Well, in addition to the new yard sign we designed, we've created a way for all of you "bitter" gun owners to wear your message to anti-gun politicians seeking your vote this election season: A new "I'm a Bitter Gun Owner and I Vote!" T-shirt, and our re-designed "I'm the NRA and I Vote" T-shirt!

    Grassroots Minute Video:

    To view this week's "Grassroots Minute" video, please click here:

    mms://media.streamtoyou.com/nra/2008/ilamin071108.wmv.

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  23. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

    7/14/2008

    URGENT: Governor Patrick Attacks Law-abiding Gun Owners by Proposing Sharp Increases in Licensing Fees!
    Please Contact Your Legislators Today!
    Yesterday, Sunday July 13, Governor Deval Patrick (D) filed a special appropriations bill for the 2008 fiscal year. Within this bill, which has yet to receive a bill number, sections 24-27 will drastically increase certain firearm license fees.

    Sections 24 & 25 will increase state licensed firearm dealer’s fees from $100 for three years to $250. Then within that three-year period, licensed dealers will be charged an additional $100 inspection fee per year. This tactic would turn a $100 three-year dealer's license into a $450 three-year license.

    Section 26 would increase a resident License to Carry fee from $100 for six years to $200 for six years and Section 27 would increase a non-resident License to Carry fee from $100 for one year to $250 for one year.

    Please contact your state legislator TODAY and respectfully request that he or she oppose any attempt to increase firearm license fees in the Governor’s Appropriations Bill.

    You can find contact information for your state legislator by clicking here.
  24. Big.G

    Big.G In Tactical Mode....

    Wtf?!?!?!
  25. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed Subscribing Member MC1+MC2 +MC3 91K+Poster

    7/16/2008


    URGENT: Governor Patrick’s Anti-Gun Bill Heads to Committee!




    Please Contact the Members of the Committee Today!




    Yesterday, the Governor's appropriations bill was assigned a number H.4971 and was referred to the House Committee on Ways & Means. As reported earlier this week, sections 24-27 will drastically increase certain firearm license fees.
    Sections 24 & 25 will increase state licensed firearm dealer's fees from $100 for three years to $250. In addition, licensed dealers will be charged an additional $100 inspection fee per year during each of the three years. This proposed bill would turn a $100 three-year dealer's license into a $450 three-year license.
    Section 26 would increase a resident License to Carry fee from $100 for six years to $200 for six years and Section 27 would increase a non-resident License to Carry fee from $100 for one year to $250 for one year.

    Please contact the members of the House Committee on Ways & Means TODAY and respectfully request that he or she oppose any attempt to increase firearm license fees in the Governor's Appropriations Bill.

    You can find contact information for the members of the committee by clicking here.

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