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The Social Utility of Firearms

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 19:00
Looking down the wrong end of a telescope gives you an entirely mistaken perspective on the universe. The Los Angeles Daily News allowed Tim Rutten to publish an opinion piece (The dangerous illusion of Americans and their guns, May 30, 2014) that displayed just such an inverted perspective on the topic of the social utility of guns in American society.
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Georgia Expands Guns in Public Places

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 19:00
Bars, houses of worship, and other public establishments are wrestling with what to do about a new law in Georgia that starting on Tuesday dramatically will expand gun-permit holders' right to carry weapons where people congregate.
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Man Charged in BP Agent Brian Terry Murder Jailed Until Trial

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 19:00
A man has been ordered jailed until his trial on charges that he was involved in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death exposed the botched federal gun sting known as Operation Fast and Furious.
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Pennsylvania: Senate Could Consider Pigeon Shoot Ban as Early as Tomorrow

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 16:15
The Pennsylvania Senate returns to session tomorrow, Sunday, and may consider and vote on House Bill 1750, legislation that would ban pigeon shooting in the Commonwealth.  It is critical that you contact your state Senator immediately and urge him or her to vote against the criminalization of this traditional shooting sport.
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Pennsylvania: Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Expands to Utah

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 08:00
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced this week that Pennsylvania has entered into an agreement with Utah to grant reciprocity to Pennsylvania carry permit holders.  Pennsylvania will, in turn, recognize carry permits issued to residents of Utah.
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Arizona: US Forest Service to Temporarily Prohibit Recreational Shooting in Parts of Coronado National Forest

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 17:23
Yesterday, the U.S. Forest Service announced that beginning on July 1, 2014, the Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District, will close Ash and Hunter Canyons to all recreational shooting for the duration of one year.  This ban on recreational shooting comes with very little advance notice, and no prior consultation with the NRA to prevent a closure.  Your NRA is now committed to working with the Sierra Vista Ranger District to formulate a cohesive solution and limit the prohibition on recreational shooting as much as possible.
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Missouri: Pro-Gun Bills Awaiting Governor’s Consideration

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:33
Currently sitting on Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) desk is Senate Bill 656 and Senate Bill 745, pro-gun legislation supported by the NRA.
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Bill Passes with Language Delaying Funding of U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 19:00
On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed the State Foreign Operations bill, containing language prohibiting funds to be used for the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty prior to a full ratification of the treaty by the U.S. Senate.
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Important Update on the Obama Administration's Proposed Ban on the Domestic Sale of Ivory and Importation of Elephant Trophies

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 19:00
In recent Grassroots Alerts, we addressed the Obama administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States (click here to see the initial alert).  The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and the illegal trade of ivory.  However, banning lawfully-owned domestic ivory will have no impact on elephant poaching in Africa.  On the contrary, such a ban would affect only honest, law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless.
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Media Promotes Bloomberg Propaganda

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 19:00
A free press is a good thing for America to have. A more competent free press that doesn’t parrot and exaggerate anti-gun propaganda would be even better.
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Hickenlooper Re-Reverses Himself on Colorado’s Magazine Ban

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 19:00
Colorado’s Gov. John Hickenlooper, who recently expressed misgivings about signing the state’s 15-round magazine limit into law, now says he supports it again.
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Court Finds that Terrorist Watchlist Lacks Constitutional Safeguards

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 19:00
Gun owners wary of government overreach in the name of “public safety,” take heed.
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Federal Court in Colorado Upholds Magazine Ban and Background Check Requirement

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 19:00
This week, Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado issued a decision in the NRA-supported case of Colorado Outfitters Assoc. v. Hickenlooper.  The case seeks to invalidate the burdensome magazine ban and so-called "universal" background check law passed in Colorado last year.
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Economic Impact of Hunting and Target Shooting in America

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 19:00
Economic Impact of Hunting and Target Shooting in America
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Obama’s Biggest Disappointment? Guns

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 19:00
In a statement made at a townhall meeting in Mineapolis President Obama claimed his biggest disappointment was not winning passage of new restrictions on our Second Amendment rights. The NRA rejected Mr. Obama’s assessment. “Last year, the Senate wisely rejected President Obama and Michael Bloomberg’s  gun control agenda because nothing in it would have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy,” said Catherine Mortensen, NRA spokeswoman. “The president needs to stop playing politics and start addressing his failed policies.”
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Cleveland's new gun proposals are just tough talk until legal shootout settles debate

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 19:00
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson as once again proposed new gun restictions for the city. But it's hard to see how his latest set of gun proposals is more than just tough talk. Many of his proposals appear at odds with state law, including a requirement that gun owners tell cops when they sell or transfer a firearm. Ohio's top court has shot down the city's past gun-control ordinances that contradicted new state laws created by our conservative pro-gun legislature.
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Pennsylvania: Senate Committee Amends Pigeon Shooting Ban into House Bill 1750

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 17:05
Unfortunately, today the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to amend a ban on pigeon shooting into House Bill 1750 by a 10 to 4 vote.  It is now critical that you contact your state Senator and urge him or her to oppose and vote against HB 1750!  HB 1750 could be considered by the full Senate any day now.
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Motel guest shoots armed robber, The Clarion Ledger, Jackson, Miss. 06/20/14

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 19:00
An armed citizen was outside a Motel 6 in Jackson, Miss. when a man approached and asked for a cigarette. When the armed citizen declined the man, the man drew a gun and stated “Betcha ain’t got one of these.” The armed citizen responded by drawing his own gun and firing at the robber, striking him in the chest and causing him to flee. The criminal was discovered a short time later while seeking medical attention. 
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Chicago unanimously passes strict gun sale laws; sales to be recorded

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 19:00
The Chicago City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that would place strict limits on gun stores, forcing them to video-record sales and restrict gun buyers to one purchase a month in a city plagued with violence.
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