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Gun Control Loses, Second Amendment Wins Big In The Midterms

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 05:00
One might well call it a clear denial of reality by vanquished liberals grasping for any hint that their agenda even barely survived the Republican tsunami — “it” is this wildly celebratory article on theatlantic.com boldly declaring victory for advocates of gun control in America. Given the title of the post — “The Gun Control Movement Is Learning How To Win” — you might conclude that anti-gun forces scored big in their efforts to restrict private gun ownership…that the NRA was totally humiliated on Tuesday and sent packing by gun grabbers. But when you read the article….
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Second Amendment Prevails Over Cash-Flush Anti-Gun Candidates

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 00:00
Despite the lavishing of funds on anti-gun candidates and statements by anti-gunners that this would be the year they would mount a head-on challenge against the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA), when the smoke cleared, candidates supporting the rights of gun owners were the clear winners.Breitbart News reported "The Second Amendment crushed gun control candidates in Senate and gubernatorial races around the country," and added that while gun-control PACs donated heavily to anti-gun candidates, "The Second Amendment trumped their endorsement and their money."
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Supreme Court Grants BATFE Broad Leeway on "Straw Purchase" Rules in Abramski v. United States

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 19:00
On June 16, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Abramski v. United States. The ruling seemingly allows the government to require virtually any information it wants from a person buying a firearm from a federally licensed dealer, whether or not that information has any relationship to public safety or the policies of federal law. 
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Sharply Divided Connecticut Bar Members Vote to Abandon Brady Campaign's Anti-gun Litigation Effort

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 19:00
Lawyers are generally required to be admitted to the bar association of a given jurisdiction (and to pay bar dues) before being allowed to practice in that locale. The overarching purpose of bar associations is to maintain the integrity, trust, and quality of the legal profession, and more broadly, to promote justice and the rule of law. Bar associations pursue these goals by, for example, establishing minimum standards of knowledge or competence for entering the profession, rules of professional ethics and conduct, continuing education requirements and opportunities, and free or affordable legal aid programs. Experienced, knowledgeable attorneys are rarely in complete agreement about the meaning or application of the law itself, much less politics or social policy, so when a bar deviates from its inward focus on the legal profession to an outward focus on social engineering, controversy is certain to result. The reputation of the legal profession itself is also bound to suffer.
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Bloomberg’s wasted millions

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 19:00
Mike Bloomberg put $50 million into Tuesday’s elections, and he doesn’t have much to show for it. Someone, perhaps the Koch brothers, ought to treat him to a Big Gulp. The onetime mayor of New York City organized a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, meant to rival the National Rifle Association, and with a lot more money. The new group was supposed to put gun control on the front burner. Instead, the gun-control candidates got scorched on the back burner.
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Election Eve Dump: Justice Department Turns Over 64,280 pages of Claimed ‘Executive Privilege’ Operation Fast and Furious Documents

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 19:00
Last night, in response to an Order from a Federal judge, the Department of Justice turned over 64,280 pages of documents that were withheld from Congress after President Obama asserted Executive Privilege on the eve of a contempt citation for Attorney General Eric Holder in June 2012. The sheer volume of last night’s document production—which consists entirely of documents that the Justice Department itself acknowledges are not covered by Executive Privilege—shows that the President and the Attorney General attempted to extend the scope of the Executive Privilege well beyond its historical boundaries to avoid disclosing documents that embarrass or otherwise implicate senior Obama Administration officials.
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Voters Come Out in Strong Support of America's Hunting Heritage and Second Amendment Right

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 19:00
On Tuesday, voters in Alabama, Mississippi and Maine came out in full support of protecting America’s hunting heritage and Second Amendment rights. The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) led the way to enshrine the Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife in the state constitutions of Alabama and Mississippi and worked with a coalition of sportsmen’s groups to protect hunters in Maine from extreme anti-hunting groups who aimed to ban traditional bear hunting methods in the state.
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NRA-PVF Achieves Historic Election Victories, While Anti-Gun Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is Proven to be a Political Liability

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 19:00
The NRA would like to congratulate pro-Second Amendment candidates across the country who won significant victories in their respective states and districts in Tuesday’s historic elections.  And the NRA would like to congratulate YOU--our members--for the role YOU played in achieving those victories!
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Voters Show Strong Support for America’s Hunting Heritage and Second Amendment Rights

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 19:00
On Tuesday, voters in Alabama, Mississippi and Maine came out in full support of protecting America’s hunting heritage and Second Amendment rights. The NRA Political Victory Fund led the way to enshrine the Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife in the state constitutions of Alabama and Mississippi and worked with a coalition of sportsmen’s groups to protect hunters in Maine from extreme anti-hunting groups who aimed to ban traditional bear hunting methods in the state.
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DOJ Uses Election Eve to Obscure Fast and Furious Document Dump

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 19:00
On November 3, the day before the midterm elections, the Department of Justice released over 64,000 pages of materials pertaining to BATFE’s Operation Fast and Furious, to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  Some, including former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson who helped break the Fast and Furious story, have suggested that the timing of the document dump was cynically calculated to ensure the release of the documents would not receive adequate press coverage.
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2014 "Firearms Law and The Second Amendment Symposium" a Great Success

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 19:00
The 2014 "Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium" was held on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at the University of Baltimore in Maryland.
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Eleventh Circuit Upholds Florida's Patient Privacy Law

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:00
In a victory for gun owners who simply seek medical care, not political philosophy, from their doctors, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has upheld the NRA-supported Florida’s Firearm Owner’s Privacy Act. This law was passed after an escalating series of events in which patients were harassed or denied access to services because they refused to be interrogated by their doctors about their ownership of firearms. The case, Wollschlaeger v. Governor of Florida, vindicated Florida’s attempt to protect patients from being forced to divulge personal information that is irrelevant to their own medical treatment.
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Chicago Taxpayers Again Forced to Reimburse NRA for Legal Fees

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:00
For the second time in as many years, Chicago taxpayers will be forced to foot the bill for their politicians’ insistence on pursuing unconstitutional gun control. In early July, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ordered Chicago to pay $940,000 to the NRA.
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Delaware Supreme Court Sides with Public Housing Tenants on the Right to Bear Arms

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:00
On March 18, the Delaware Supreme Court struck a blow for gun rights, and against economic discrimination, when it struck down a Wilmington Housing Authority policy that restricted the rights of public housing tenants to bear arms where they live. The court ruled in the case of Jane Doe v. Wilmington Housing Authority that under the state’s constitutional right to arms provision, policies restricting residents from carrying firearms in common areas and requiring tenants to produce paperwork attesting to their lawful ownership of firearms were not permissible.
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Connecticut Case Seeks to Overturn Firearm and Magazine Bans

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:00
While the state of Connecticut ponders how to  handle the owners  of thousands of unregistered semi-automatic firearms and magazines in the state, an important NRA-backed case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s firearm and magazine bans is making its way through the federal courts.
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NRA Supports Two Concealed Carry Cases in Illinois

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:00
In recent years the Land of Lincoln has been host to some of the nation’s most important battles for the Second Amendment, including McDonald v. City of Chicago, Shepard v. Madigan, and Moore v. Madigan. This trend continued with two new Illinois cases, one challenging the state’s concealed carry licensing practices in federal court (Illinois State Rifle Association v. Grau), the other challenging them in state court (Illinois Carry v. Illinois Department of State Police).
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Challenge to New York City Gun Regulations Emerges from Limbo

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:00
In April 2013, NRA state affiliate New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) filed suitin the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York challenging the constitutionality of Title 38 of the Rules of the City of New York.  The case is now pending as NYSRPA v. City of New York. The suit states that the rules infringe upon the Second Amendment by denying the right to possess and carry a firearm for personal defense, as well as by prohibiting residents from practicing at a firearms range or participating in shooting events located outside the borders of the City of New York. The plaintiffs asked the court in June 2013 to prohibit enforcement of the challenged rules while the case was decided, but that September, the court ruled the case would be put on hold until potentially relevant issues were decided in another case, Osterweil v. Bartlett. 
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NRA Continues Efforts to Protect Privacy and Curb Runaway Data Collection

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:00
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.
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U.S. District Court Upholds Colorado Gun Control Laws, Reads AR-15s and their Magazines Out of the Second Amendment

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:00
On June 26, Colorado gun owners were dealt a setback in the form of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado’s decision in Colorado Outfitters Association v. Hickenlooper . The court upheld the state’s 2013 gun control laws prohibiting private firearm transfers without government approval and banning magazines with a capacity of greater than 15 rounds. 
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Court Declares District of Columbia's Ban on Bearing Arms Unconstitutional

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 19:00
On July 26, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia handed down its decision in Palmer v. District of Columbia. In keeping with a string of recent right to carry victories in the federal courts, the ruling struck down D.C.’s total ban on the carrying of firearms outside the home for self-defense. 
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