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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

NRA Responds to Significant Second Amendment Victory






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NRA Responds to Significant Second Amendment Victory
Federal judge orders D.C. officials to stop enforcing provisions that bar most residents from carrying firearms 


Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association (NRA) today responded to an order issued by a federal judge in Grace and the Pink Pistols v. District of Columbia that instructed D.C. officials to stop enforcing provisions of the city's code that barred most D.C. residents from carrying firearms for self-protection. 
"Today's order is a victory for Second Amendment rights and has real implications for the safety of law-abiding citizens," said Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action. "The Supreme Court has held that the Second Amendment protects the core right of self-defense in the home, but as the District Court today reaffirmed, that right is just as important to ordinary citizens commuting to work or shopping for groceries in an unsafe neighborhood."
In the ruling issued today, Judge Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia concluded that the district's law is likely unconstitutional and that the plaintiffs who are challenging it in court would be severely harmed if the district were allowed to continue to enforce its ban while the lawsuit went forward. The judge held that the district's "overly zealous . . . desire to restrict the right to carry in public a firearm for self-defense to the smallest possible number of law-abiding, responsible citizens" unconstitutionally flouted the Second Amendment.
In 2008, the Supreme Court struck down a D.C. law banning most citizens from possessing handguns at all, reasoning that such a ban was flatly inconsistent with the individual right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment. The district continued to enforce its ban on carrying firearms in public even after that ruling, however, and a federal district court struck that separate ban down in 2014. The district responded by enacting a new "licensing" scheme that only allowed its residents to carry firearms in public if they could show a specific, documented need for self-defense—for example, by proving that they had been attacked or were receiving death threats. The city issued a minuscule number of licenses, and the scheme had the practical effect of a full ban.
"Legislation that restricts the law-abiding does nothing to reduce crime and is unconstitutional. The NRA is glad that fact was recognized in federal court today," concluded Cox.
The ruling prohibits law enforcement from enforcing the concealed carry ban temporarily while the constitutionality of the ban continues to be argued in court. The NRA will continue to support this suit financially.


Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates 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 armed services. Follow the NRA on social at Facebook.com/NationalRifleAssociation and Twitter @NRA.


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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

NRA- ILA - Politifact - Hillary statement on guns FALSE




In Case You Missed It

72% of Voters Disagree with Hillary Clinton

It's no secret that Hillary Clinton has made gun control, particularly the NRA-backed Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), a linchpin of her campaign. However, in true Hillary fashion, her claims that the PLCAA provides broad immunity for law abiding firearms manufacturers and retailers simply aren't true. Politifact rated her repeated assertion that gun manufacturers and sellers are "the only business in America that is wholly protected from any kind of liability" as false. Her claims that American voters stand with her are equally untrue. In fact, a new poll released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) finds the exact opposite to be true – 72% of voters agree that the PLCAA should be kept, including a majority of voters who supported President Obama in the 2012 election.   


By the Numbers

ü  72% of voters disagree with a centerpiece of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

ü  Seven of 10 American voters do not believe that crime victims should be able to sue firearm manufacturers and retailers when their product is lawfully made and sold but used illegally to commit a crime.

ü  Support for the NRA-backed Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) spans political parties and all U.S. geographic regions.

ü  A majority (53%) of respondents who cast a vote for President Obama in the last election support the PLCAA.

ü  56% of non-gun owner respondents support the PLCAA.



          


Catherine Mortensen
Media Liaison
National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

NRA Statement on US Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

SCOTUS Nomination: Merrick Garland
"With Justice Scalia's tragic passing, there is no longer a majority of support among the justices for the fundamental, individual right to own a firearm for self-defense. Four justices believe law-abiding Americans have that right – and four justices do not. President Obama has nothing but contempt for the Second Amendment and  law-abiding gun owners. Obama has already nominated two Supreme Court justices who oppose the right to own firearms and there is absolutely no reason to think he has changed his approach this time. In fact, a basic analysis of Merrick Garland's judicial record shows that he does not respect our fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. Therefore, the National Rifle Association, on behalf of our five million members and tens of millions of supporters across the country, strongly opposes the nomination of Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court." Chris W. Cox, executive director, NRA-ILA

ü Merrick Garland's record on the Second Amendment is unacceptable to anyone who respects the U.S. Constitution and an individual's fundamental right to self-protection.

ü He is the most anti-gun nominee in recent history. This should come as no surprise, given President Obama's disdain for the Second Amendment.

ü He has consistently shown a complete disregard of the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

ü Garland's history of anti-Second Amendment rulings support the conclusion that were he to be confirmed he would vote to overturn Heller.
o   In 2007, he voted to give D.C. a second chance to have its handgun ban upheld after a three-judge panel struck it down. At the time, this was the most significant Second Amendment case in America.

o   In 2004, Garland voted against rehearing another Second Amendment case (Seegars v. Gonzales), effectively casting a vote against the individual right to keep and bear arms.

o   Justice Scalia was the author of Heller v McDonald. Heller affirmed that the Second Amendment is an individual right. The Heller decision stands in the way of gun-control supporters' ultimate goal of banning and confiscating guns.

o   If Heller is overturned, the Second Amendment for all intents and purposes would cease to exist.

o   In 2000, Garland voted in favor of the federal government's plan to retain Americans' personal information from gun purchase background checks despite federal laws prohibiting national firearm registration and requiring the destruction of these records.

o    Judge Garland weighed in on several significant firearms-related cases, including Parker, Seegars, NRA v. Reno,. He voted against the rights of firearm owners on each occasion.
ü The examples of Garland's disdain for the right to keep and bear arms go on and on, including  in a major case upholding the then-existing Clinton "assault weapons" ban against a constitutional challenge

ü It's almost certain that Garland agrees with Hillary Clinton when she said "the Supreme Court is wrong" that the Second Amendment protects an individual right.

ü In his nomination, President Obama has again placed partisanship and antagonism towards gun owners above the higher callings of his office.

ü If Garland is confirmed, Obama would be taking America back in time to an era where Supreme Court justices uphold the anti-gun policies of the president. Obama is hoping Garland will overturn the Supreme Court precedent that stands in the way of confiscatory gun control, like the gun ban and confiscation programs implemented in Australia.





Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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Friday, February 26, 2016

NRA - ILA - NRA Backed Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act passes House






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NRA-Backed Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act Passes House
Fairfax, Va.— The National Rifle Association applauds the passage of H.R. 2406, the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. Introduced by Representative Robert Wittman (R-VA 1), the SHARE Act provides enhanced access to public lands while limiting punitive regulations promoted by "animal rights" extremists.
"The SHARE Act will strengthen America's hunting, fishing, and sport shooting heritage now and in the future," said Chris Cox, executive director of NRA's Institute for Legislative Action. "There will be more resources available for public ranges, more hunter access to public lands, and more opportunities for Americans to enjoy the great outdoors."
In addition to allowing law-abiding gun owners increased access to carry firearms on land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, the SHARE Act also protects the use of traditional ammunition and requires that U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management management plans to facilitate hunting, fishing, and shooting. Finally, the bill would more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms and ammunition for hunters and law-abiding gun owners.
"On behalf of our 5 million members, we would like to thank Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI 1), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA 1).  We also appreciate the hard work of Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT 1), Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX 32) and the lead sponsors of the bill: Reps. Robert Wittman (R-VA 1), Tim Walz (D-MN 1), Jeff Duncan (R-SC 3), and Gene Green (D-TX 29) on moving this legislation through the House," concluded Cox.
The NRA would also like to thank Safari Club International, the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation and other groups that worked hard to rally support for the legislation.
The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate, where a similar package (the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2015) has already advanced from the Committees on Energy and Natural Resources and Environment and Public Works.
~NRA~
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates 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 armed services. Follow the NRA on social at Facebook.com/NationalRifleAssociation and Twitter @NRA.




Contact information: Lars Dalseide, NRA-ILA (National Rifle Association of America. Institute for Legislative Action), 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030