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So you say you want a revolution…

First, let’s be clear that this is about perceptions. The BLM vs. Cliven Bundy story isn’t about who’s in the right or who’s in control; it’s about who appears  to be in the right and about who appears to be in control.

A little background first. Cliven Bundy is a rancher who lives outside of Mesquite, Nevada. His family has been ranching on that land since before Nevada became a State. The Bureau of Land Management, BLM, claims control of the land the Bundys graze their cattle on. Bundy’s position, in a nutshell, is “I was here first”. But like I said, the right or wrong of the arguments isn’t anywhere near as important as public perception.

The BLM has been arguing with Bundy over grazing fees for two decades now. Note that I said arguing and not doing X, Y, or Z. So right away, who looks to be in the weaker position? Not Cliven Bundy. Now, over 20 years later, the BLM is attempting to flex its atrophied muscles to intimidate the Bundys into paying the fees. Remember that this is about perception. That last sentence can be called hyperbole, but that is the perception and the BLM should have realized it before this fiasco began. Instead of sensibly, and quietly, folding, they raised when the other guy was showing a pair of kings. Bundy called them and raised them several thousand protesters, the Internet, and Militia. It’s that last part that really stings now that the BLM has pulled back. It appears that the Obama administration retreated in the face of armed opposition. That’s never a position a government wants to find itself in because appearances matter.

Now turn your attention further east. In the State of Connecticut, Governor Dannel Malloy rammed through an “assault weapon” ban following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. His incorrect perception was that there would be widespread public support for his law and that gun owners would be cowed into compliance. But that didn’t happen. Instead, gun owners in his State ignored him and his law. The response from Hartford has been indignant sputtering and empty threats. So rather than appearing strong, Malloy’s government appears to be quite the opposite. And as is the case with the BLM, it appears that he’s backing down in the face of armed opposition.

This same tale is playing out in neighboring New York as well. There, Governor Andrew Cuomo also rammed through a draconian gun ban with the expectation that the rabble would quietly obey. As I write this, the deadline for registering or surrendering an “assault weapon” has passed. But in New York, the problem is much bigger than it is in Connecticut. A million NY gun owners may have chosen defiance over compliance. While the pundit class saw a political victory for the Governor, gun owners in NY perceived weakness. In the face of growing opposition from citizens and local law enforcement, Coumo should have backed down. Why support a law that you can’t enforce? Instead, he doubled down and forced his SAFE Act through. And now he’s stuck defending a position he should have abandoned. The perception is that he’s weak. He’s about to have a million felons on his hands and he doesn’t have a plan to deal with them.

Anti-gun politicians like Dannel Malloy, Andrew Cuomo, and Barack Obama have overplayed their hands. They believed their own narrow minded “moms” and ignored conditions on the ground. They foolishly staked out indefensible positions; whether on legislation or grazing fees and land control. They’ve converted a letter writing opposition into armed opposition. And rather than responding forcefully to that armed opposition, as any prince worth his salt should, they blinked.

The anti-gun Left hoped for revolutionary change in America. They hoped to end the American tradition of an armed citizenry. They hoped to overcome it with a powerful and dynamic State enforcing its will on knuckle-dragging gun owners. They hold similar dreams to remake American traditions of land and business ownership. And they thought that their revolutionary dreams were finally about to come true. What they missed was the importance of perception. The public never viewed them as strong enough to accomplish those goals. So their attempts to do so appear to be driven by a weak desire to save face, not by the kind of political power they imagined themselves to possess.

They’re getting a revolution all right; but not the one they hoped for.

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California: Legislative Update for the Week of April 7

From NRA-ILA:

California: Legislative Update for the Week of April 7

Posted on April 11, 2014

This week, several anti-gun bills passed in their respective committees while two pro-hunting bills also passed in their respective committees.

On Tuesday, anti-gun Assembly Bill 2305 passed in the Assembly Public Safety Committee by a 5 to 2.   AB 2305 would significantly expand California law by imposing criminal liability if an individual unknowingly carries a firearm on or about his or her person.   More importantly, AB 2305 directly conflicts with constitutional protections for carrying a firearm for self-defense as recently confirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  AB 2305 is now awaiting its third reading on the Assembly floor with no date yet scheduled for its consideration.

Also on Tuesday, pro-hunting Assembly Bill 1709 passed unanimously in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee.  AB 1709 would revise the eligibility age to purchase a junior hunting license to include minors that are 16 and 17 years of age.  Under current law, minors over the age of 15 are not authorized to purchase the affordable junior hunting licenses.  AB 1709 has been referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee and a hearing date has not yet been scheduled.

On Wednesday, the following bills passed in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and now await their third reading on the Assembly floor:

Anti-Gun Bills:

Assembly Bill 1609 would impose unnecessary limitations on the transfer of firearms by law-abiding citizens, requiring that all transfers be completed through a California gun dealer, regardless of the circumstances.  AB 1609 passed in committee by a 12 to 5.

Assembly Bill 1964 would remove existing exemptions for all single-shot pistols, other than those with a break top or bolt action, from California’s roster of “not safe” handguns.  AB 1964 passed in committee by a 12 to 5.

Assembly Bill 2310 would reenact provisions authorizing a city prosecutor or city attorney in specified counties to file an action for unlawful detainer to abate a nuisance caused by any illegal conduct involving firearms or ammunition.  AB 2310 passed unanimously in committee.

Pro-Hunting Bill:

Assembly Bill 2105 would require the state Department of Fish and Game to authorize a non-profit organization designated by the department to assist in the sale of Nelson bighorn ram tags and to retain five percent of the amount of the sale price of the tag, plus any applicable credit card fees, as a reasonable vendor fee.  AB 2105 passed unanimously in committee..

Please call AND e-mail your Assemblyman and urge him or her to OPPOSE AB 2305, AB 1609, AB 1964 and AB 2310 and SUPPORT AB 1709 and AB 2105.

Contact information for your Assemblyman can be found here.

Please forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners and sportsmen in California and urge them to call AND e-mail their Assemblyman also.

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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 21, No. 15 04/11/2014

From NRA-ILA

NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 21, No. 15 04/11/2014

Contact Your Senators and Representative to Stop Proposed Semi-Auto Firearm Importation Ban

We recently reported that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), sponsor of the federal “assault weapon” and “large” magazine “ban” of 1994-2004, is asking President Barack Obama to direct the BATFE to reinterpret a provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to prohibit the importation of various semi-automatic firearms and their parts.

In a letter to Obama, the text of which was included in an article published by the Daily Caller, Feinstein said that, “at a minimum,” the BATFE should:

prohibit importation of all semiautomatic rifles that can accept, or be readily converted to accept, a large capacity ammunition magazine of more than 10 rounds . . . . prohibit semiautomatic rifles with fixed magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds, prohibit the importation of the frame or receiver of any prohibited rifle . . . . prohibit the practice of importing assault rifles in parts …. prohibit the use of a “thumbhole” stock . . . . and prohibit the importation of assault pistols.

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Holder Floats Taxpayer-Funded “Smart” Gun Research

This week, Attorney General Eric Holder testified on Capitol Hill that what America needs at this pivotal moment in its history is to spend $2 million for “smart” gun technology, as part of a $382 million expenditure on what the Obama administration calls “gun safety.”

Translation: Federal “universal” background checks, “assault weapon,” and “large” magazine legislation was defeated in the Senate and not voted upon in the House of Representatives last year, and gun control supporters need something else to talk about.

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New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They’re on the City’s Payroll

Some of New York’s most strident gun control advocates have rushed to the defense of an unwitting traveler who was arrested at an airport for a technical violation of a draconian gun law.  Has a new era of sanity arrived in the Big Apple?  Not really.  This defendant happens to be an NYPD officer who is alleged to have violated India’s strict firearm regulations.

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NRA Opposes Administration’s Plan to Broaden Reach of Mental Health-Related Gun Bans

On Monday, NRA filed formal comments in oppositionto a plan by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to expand the categories of persons prohibited under federal law from acquiring or possessing firearms because of having been “adjudicated as a mental defective” or “committed to a mental institution.”  The proposal is commonly referred to by its BATFE docket number, 51P.

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Nervous About November: 82 Anti-Gun House Democrats Ask Obama to Expand Import Ban

On Wednesday, 82 members of the United States House of Representatives sent President Barack Obama a letter asking him to have the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) expand its ban on the importation of semi-automatic firearms and parts for such firearms.

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Outrage of the Week: Zero-Tolerance Policies Now Exploited by Enterprising Bullies

There is a long history of school administrators behaving like bullies when enforcing the irrational zero-tolerance policies that have ensnared scores of students.  A recent case out of Vernon, N.J., however, suggests that the hysterical enforcement of these policies in some schools has reached a level where an actual peer bully can exploit zero-tolerance to torment a victim.

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Another Reason to be Concerned about Obama’s Surgeon General Nominee

On Thursday, the anti-gun American College of Physicians (ACP) came out for the entire gun control agenda being pushed at the national level, adding to the suspicion that Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama’s nominee for Surgeon General, would do the same if confirmed to the post.  To the many newspaper editors who have suggested medicine has nothing to do with gun control, and NRA has no place opining on who gets named as America’s “Top Doc,” we say: “We told you so.”

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The Latest on the Obama Administration’s Proposed Ban on the Domestic Sale of Ivory and Importation of Elephant Trophies

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, but this proposed ban on legally owned ivory sold domestically will have no impact on poaching of elephants and the illegal ivory trade.  On the contrary, this ban will only affect honest law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless. Please see this New York Times article highlighting the broad spectrum of people who will be harmed by the ban.

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BATFE Publicly Confirms Administration’s Ammunition Import Ban

On Monday, BATFE issued a “special advisory”indicating the agency’s official position on 5.45×39 7N6 ammunition.  The advisory states that “the ammunition is ‘armor piercing’ under [federal law] and is therefore not importable.”  We previously reported on our efforts to determine BATFE’s official position on this issue.

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With Congress in Recess, Please Contact Your Lawmakers and Tell Them to Oppose Import Bans

For the next two weeks, Congress will be out on a District Work Period.  During this time, your U.S. senators and House members will be back home in their respective states and districts.  This is a great opportunity for you, as a constituent, to contact your lawmaker to personally voice your strong opposition to proposed bans on importing certain semi-automatic firearms and on the domestic sale of ivory and importation of elephant trophies.

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Attend the NRA Firearms Law Seminar at NRA’s Annual Meetings in Indianapolis!

The 17th Annual Firearms Law Seminar will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014, as part of the NRA Annual Meetings. The gold standard in firearms CLE classes, this day-long seminar provides legal instruction for practicing attorneys and all others having an interest in Second Amendment law.

Topics to be discussed include gun trusts, current law suits across the country, recent changes in Illinois law, Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine laws, federal and state firearms disqualifications and the restoration of rights, working with firearms ranges, and legal ethics.

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Special Guest to Appear at the 2014 NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop In Indianapolis!

In recent weeks, we have been promoting your attendance at the annual NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop being held in conjunction with NRA’s Annual Meetings in Indianapolis. The Workshop, all materials, and continental breakfast prior to the Workshop are absolutely FREE!

The thrust of this Workshop will be to provide you with the tools and training to become an event more effective activist this election season.

We are extremely pleased to announce a special guest who will be speaking about his own, unique transformational journey from NRA-ILA grassroots activist to a leading Second Amendment State Senator in Indiana, Sen. Jim Tomes.

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COLORADO: Bill to Repeal Restrictions on Rifle and Shotgun Purchases Passes House and Heads to Governor

FLORIDA: Report on Legislative Committee Action Monday 3/10/14 through Thursday 3/14/14

ILLINOIS: House Passes Legislation to Prevent the Destruction of Firearms

KANSAS: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Passes State Legislature, Sent to Governor

KENTUCKY: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Goes to Governor

LOUISIANA: Gearing Up for 2014 Elections

LOUISIANA: House Approves NRA-Backed Restaurant Carry Bill by Overwhelming Vote

LOUISIANA: House Committee to Consider Gun Control Measure Next Week

MARYLAND: Hunter Protection Bill Sent to Governor

MARYLAND: General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

MINNESOTA: Suppression of Political Speech Legislation a Major Threat to Minnesotans

MISSOURI: House Committee Hears Pro-Gun Legislation

MONTANA: Gearing Up for 2014 Elections

NEBRASKA: Emergency Powers Legislation Passes Select File in Senate

NORTH CAROLINA: Gearing Up for 2014 Elections

NORTH CAROLINA: Richard Childress Invites You to Defend America

OKLAHOMA: Three Important Pro-Gun Bills Still Awaiting Consideration

TENNESSEE: Governor Signs Hunter Protection Bill; Senate and House to Consider Pro-Gun Legislation

TENNESSEE: Legislative Update from Nashville

TENNESSEE: House Subcommittee to Hear Park Carry Bill Early Next Week

VIRGINIA: Governor Returns NRA-Opposed Amendment on Firearm Records Legislation

WASHINGTON: Gearing Up for 2014 Elections

WISCONSIN: Two Pro-Gun Bills Signed into Law Today

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Sometimes they’re a little too honest

Though, honesty is the best policy…

Anti-gun groups self identify as a coalition of “gun rights prevention groups”.

H/T: Reason.com

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CA Alert: Pro-hunting bill to be heard today

 From NRA-ILA:

California: Pro-Hunting Bill to be Heard April 8th (Today)

Posted on April 7, 2014

Call members of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee Immediately

Tomorrow, Today, the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee is scheduled to hear Assembly Bill 1709, a pro-hunting bill.

AB 1709 would revise the eligibility age to purchase a junior hunting license to include minors that are 16 and 17 years of age.  Under current law, minors over the age of 15 are not authorized to purchase the affordable junior hunting licenses.

This important pro-hunting bill will help promote youth hunting in California by extending the junior hunting license eligibility to persons under the age of 18 and will provide more young people with an opportunity to participate in hunting activities, and to take advantage of special opportunities offered to junior hunters through hunting and wildlife programs.

Using the contact information provided below, please call AND e-mail members of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee urging them to SUPPORT AB 1709.


Assembly Committee of Water, Parks and Wildlife:

1020 N Street, Room 160

Phone: (916) 319–2096

Fax (916)319-2196

Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-63) Chairman

Assemblymember.rendon@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2063

Fax (916) 319-2163

Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (R-5) Vice Chairman

Assemblymember.bigelow@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2005

Fax (916) 319-2105

Assemblymember Travis Allen (R-72)

Assemblymember.allen@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2072

Fax (916) 319-2172

Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-39)

Assemblymember.Bocanegra@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2039

Fax (916) 319-2139

Assemblymember Brian Dahle (R-1)

Assemblymember.Dahle@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2001

Fax (916) 319-2101

Assemblymember Paul Fong (D-28)

Assemblymember.Fong@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2028

Fax (916) 319-2128

Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-11)

Assemblymember.Frazier@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2011

Fax (916) 319-2111

Assemblymember Beth Gaines (R-6)

Assemblymember.Gaines@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2006

Fax (916) 319-2106

Assemblymember Mike Gatto (D-43)

Assemblymember.Gatto@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2043

Fax (916) 319-2143

Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez (D-51)

Assemblymember.Gomez@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2051

Fax (916) 319-2151

Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-80)

Assemblymember.Gonzalez@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2080

Fax (916) 319-2180

Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-21)

Assemblymember.Gray@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2021

Fax (916) 319-2121

Assemblymember Jim Patterson (R-23)

Assemblymember.Patterson@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2023

Fax (916) 319-2123

Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez (D-52)

Assemblymember.Rodriguez@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2052

Fax (916) 319-2152

Assemblymember Mariko Yamada (D-4)

Assemblymember.Yamada@Assembly.ca.gov

(916) 319-2004

Fax (916) 319-2104

 

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CA Alert: Anti-Gun Legislation Moving in Sacramento

From NRA-ILA:

Anti-Gun Legislation Moving in Sacramento

Posted on April 6, 2014

Please contact members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee

 This Tuesday, April 8, anti-gun Assembly Bill 2305 is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee.  AB 2305 would significantly expand California law by imposing criminal liability if an individual unknowingly carries a firearm on or about his or her person.  AB 2305 improperly seeks to bypass a recent decision by the California Court of Appeals.  Also, it fails to advance any legitimate public safety interests and will result in inadvertent criminal liability for law-abiding citizens.  More importantly, AB 2305 directly conflicts with constitutional protections for carrying a firearm for self-defense as recently confirmed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

AB 2305 is being pushed by Los Angeles prosecutors in an effort to circumvent the recent California Court of Appeals decision in People v. Pellecer, 215 Cal.App.4th 508 (2013).  That case specifically held that individuals should not — and cannot – be held liable for unlawfully carrying items properly stored in a backpack or purse, instead of carried directly on their person.  In the Pellecer case, an individual was wrongly charged with carrying a knife in his backpack.  AB 2305 would end-around that decision, and go so far as to apply the expanded carry prohibitions to firearms.

Using the contact information provided below, please call AND e-mail members of the Assembly Public Safety Committee urging them to OPPOSE AB 2305.

Assembly Public Safety Committee:

Tom Ammiano (D-17), Chairman

Phone: 916-319-2017

Fax: 916-319-2117

E-mail: assemblymember.ammiano@assembly.ca.gov


Melissa Melendez (R-67), Vice Chairman

Phone: 916-319-2069

Fax: 916-319-2167

E-mail: assemblymember.melendez@assembly.ca.gov

Reginald Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D-59)

Phone: 916-319-2059

Fax: 916-319-2159

E-mail: assemblymember.jones-sawyer@assembly.ca.gov

Bill Quirk (D-20)

Phone: 916-319-2020

Fax: 916-319-2120

E-mail: assemblymember.quirk@assembly.ca.gov

Nancy Skinner (D-15)

Phone: 916-319-2015

Fax: 916-319-2115

E-mail: assemblymember.skinner@assembly.ca.gov

Mark Stone (D-29)

Phone: 916-319-2029

Fax: 916-319-2129

E-Mail: assemblymember.stone@assembly.ca.gov

Marie Waldron (R-75)

Phone: 916-319-2075

Fax: 916-319-2175

E-mail: assemblymember.waldron@assembly.ca.gov

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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 21, No. 14 04/04/2014

From NRA-ILA

NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 21, No. 14 04/04/2014

Bloomberg’s Publicity Hounds Howl for Attention Following Ft. Hood Crime

The day after a soldier armed with a handgun murdered three, wounded 16, and killed himself on Ft. Hood, in central Texas, Michael Bloomberg’s two anti-gun groups–Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and Moms Demand Action–issued a joint press release admitting, “we don’t know all the details.” This did not stop them, however, from offering “spokespeople available for comment and TV interviews (from NYC, DC and via satellite).” Knowledge of details—and facts–have never stood as an impediment for anti-gun groups to start prescribing their usual remedies.

If the anti-gunners appeared to be hungry for the media’s attention, it was for a reason. As detailed elsewhere in this Alert, polls conducted by Rasmussen Reports have found that support for gun control has decreased 22 percent since December 2012. Additionally, Bloomberg is no longer mayor of New York City and therefore can no longer use that office’s bully pulpit to lecture America on his tiresome views about gun control.

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Obama Administration’s Latest “Executive Action” Aims to Curb Ammo Imports

The NRA is aware of BATFE’s recent actions to restrict importation of 5.45 x 39 ammunition.  According to information BATFE provided to NRA, these actions are based on BATFE’s determination that the availability of a handgun in this caliber triggers so-called “armor piercing” ammunition provisions of federal law, which generally prohibit manufacture and importation.

NRA strongly disagrees with BATFE’s view of this matter, and we have long sought clarity on BATFE’s widely-varying approach to this issue.  We have attended meetings with BATFE, submitted written comments, and issued FOIA requests, all in an attempt to better understand the process by which BATFE exercises its considerable discretion under this broadly-worded federal law.  We have also worked with members of Congress to draft legislation to simplify the underlying federal statute and remove BATFE’s broad discretion in this area.

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Contact Your Senators to Stop Feinstein’s Proposed Semi-Auto Firearm Importation Ban

As we recently reported, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), sponsor of the federal “assault weapon” and “large” magazine “ban” of 1994-2004, is asking President Barack Obama to direct the BATFE to reinterpret a provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to prohibit the importation of various semi-automatic firearms and their parts.

In a letter to Obama, the text of which was included in an article published by the Daily Caller last Thursday, Feinstein said that, “at a minimum,” the BATFE should:

prohibit importation of all semiautomatic rifles that can accept, or be readily converted to accept, a large capacity ammunition magazine of more than 10 rounds . . . . prohibit semiautomatic rifles with fixed magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds, prohibit the importation of the frame or receiver of any prohibited rifle . . . . prohibit the practice of importing assault rifles in parts …. prohibit the use of a “thumbhole” stock . . . . and prohibit the importation of assault pistols.

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The Latest on the Obama Administration’s Proposed Ban on the Domestic Sale of Ivory

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, but this proposed ban on legally owned ivory sold domestically will have no impact on poaching of elephants and the illegal ivory trade.  On the contrary, this ban will only affect honest law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless. Please see this New York Times article highlighting the broad spectrum of people who will be harmed by the ban.

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In Final Farewell Piers Morgan Calls For Total Gun Ban

After months of ranting and raving about “universal” checks, bans on semi-automatic rifles, and bans on standard-capacity ammunition magazines designed for defensive purposes, Piers Morgan ended his last TV show last Saturday by advocating an end to civilian ownership of all firearms. Lecturing Americans one last time, Morgan said “guns belong on a military battlefield. . . . Not in the hands of civilians.”

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Rasmussen Polls: Important Findings for Both Sides in Gun Control Debate

Polls of likely voters, conducted by Rasmussen Reports over the last 15 months, have been trending significantly against gun control supporters, but also serve as a warning to those who believe the Second Amendment is safe from further erosion.

First, the bad news for gun control supporters. Since December 2012, support for stricter gun control has dropped by about 22% among likely voters.

Readers may recall the alarming situation in January 2013, when Vice-President Joe “Two Blasts” Biden was heading up a task force to rubber stamp the gun control schemes that President Obama wanted. Gun control supporters at that time believed they had the momentum necessary to achieve “universal checks,” as well as a new and more severe ban on “assault weapons” and “large” magazines.

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Chris W. Cox Calls Anti-Gun Sportscaster’s Bluff

Sportscaster Bob Costas, the armchair intellectual and wanna-be political commentator who was harshly criticized for injecting his personal opinions about gun control during a sports broadcast in 2012, has again tried to attract attention to himself at the expense of what he calls “the gun culture.”

On NBC Late Night, Costas said America is “a culture where people who are angry are more apt to weigh in, or people who have an extreme view are more apt to weigh in, and they have more ways to do it.”

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Special Guest to Appear at the 2014 NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop In Indianapolis!

In recent weeks, we have been promoting your attendance at the annual NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop being held in conjunction with NRA’s Annual Meetings in Indianapolis. The Workshop, all materials, and continental breakfast prior to the Workshop are absolutely FREE!

The thrust of this Workshop will be to provide you with the tools and training to become an event more effective activist this election season.

We are extremely pleased to announce a special guest who will be speaking about his own, unique transformational journey from NRA-ILA grassroots activist to a leading Second Amendment State Senator in Indiana, Sen. Jim Tomes.

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Attend the NRA Firearms Law Seminar at NRA’s Annual Meetings in Indianapolis!

The 17th Annual Firearms Law Seminar will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014, as part of the NRA Annual Meetings. The gold standard in firearms CLE classes, this day-long seminar provides legal instruction for practicing attorneys and all others having an interest in Second Amendment law.

Topics to be discussed include gun trusts, current law suits across the country, recent changes in Illinois law, Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine laws, federal and state firearms disqualifications and the restoration of rights, working with firearms ranges, and legal ethics.

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Attend the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis

Please join NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox, and our nation’s top Second Amendment leaders in government, the media, and the entertainment industry, as we build our battle plan for defending freedom and defeating Barack Obama’s gun control agenda at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum. The Leadership Forum is one of NRA’s premier events of the year.

This year’s speakers include: Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana; Governor Mike Pence of Indiana; Senator Marco Rubio of Florida; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky; Senator Dan Coats of Indiana; former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum; conservative talk radio host Mark Levin; Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri; Milwaukee County, WI Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., and more.

The NRA-ILA Leadership Forum will take place on Friday, April 25, at 1:00 p.m., (doors open at 11:30 a.m.), at the Lucas Oil Stadium.

Don’t miss this exciting event! Tickets are only >0 each (a real bargain!) and seats are still available. Please reserve your seats NOW, by clicking “Read More” below.

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COLORADO: Bill to Repeal Restrictions on Rifle and Shotgun Purchases Passes House and Heads to Governor

CONNECTICUT: Attention Connecticut Gun Owners and Sportsmen – Next Round of Anti-Gun Law Provisions Take Effect on April 1

CONNECTICUT: Important Gun Rally at the Capitol This Saturday

FLORIDA: Report on Legislative Committee Action Monday 3/10/14 through Thursday 3/14/14

GEORGIA: Historic Victory for the Second Amendment

INDIANA: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Legislation into Law

IOWA: Encourage Senate to Consider and Pass Pro-Firearms Legislation

KANSAS: Legislature to Consider Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill

KANSAS: Senate to Consider Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill Tomorrow

KENTUCKY: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Goes to Governor

LOUISIANA: Gearing Up for 2014 Elections

MAINE: “Constitutional Carry” Dies in Senate

MICHIGAN: Bill to Repeal State Ban on Short-Barreled Rifles and Shotguns Signed into Law by Governor Snyder

MINNESOTA: Your Immediate Action Needed to Stop Suppression of Political Speech, Anti-Gun Language to Now be Considered in Finance Bills

MINNESOTA: Suppression of Political Speech Legislation a Major Threat to Minnesotans

MONTANA: Gearing Up for 2014 Elections

NEBRASKA: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill into Law

NEBRASKA: Critical Emergency Powers Legislation Passes General File in Senate

NORTH CAROLINA: Gearing Up for 2014 Elections

OHIO: Suppressor Bill Passes House, Goes to Senate

OKLAHOMA: Two Important Pro-Gun Bills Pass Senate Committee, Sent to Senate Floor

OKLAHOMA: Senate Committee Passes Right to Keep and Bear Arms Provision

PENNSYLVANIA: Firearms Preemption Bill Stalled in House

TENNESSEE: House Committee Passes Pro-Gun Bills

VIRGINIA : Two More Positive Bills Signed into Law

WASHINGTON: Gearing Up for 2014 Elections

WEST VIRGINIA: Two Remaining NRA-Backed Bills Signed by Governor

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NRA-ILA Alert: Magazine confiscation begins in San Francisco on Monday

From NRA-ILA:

California: San Francisco Magazine Confiscation Begins on Monday, April 7 Protect Yourself and Your Property!

Posted on April 4, 2014

Last November, San Francisco politicians enacted an ordinance banning the possession of magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds (so-called “large-capacity” magazines).  This ordinance will make illegal magazines possessed by a vast majority of San Francisco gun owners, and criminalizes the transportation of these magazines through the city.

The ordinance takes effect on Monday, April 7.

While this ordinance will not prevent violent crime or mass shootings, it sadly does limit the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners to choose to use these magazines to defend themselves and their families.  As most gun owners already know, magazines holding more than ten rounds are standard equipment for many popular pistols and rifles.  These standard capacity magazines are possessed by millions of law-abiding Americans for a variety of lawful purposes, including self-defense.  San Francisco’s magazine prohibition affects lawful gun owners’ ability to defend themselves, especially in situations potentially requiring more than ten shots.  Since this ordinance does not provide for an exemption for self-defense, you should carefully consider your best alternative options.

Although legal challenges are still pending that may ultimately result in this ordinance being struck down, San Francisco residents and those who drive through the city need to know their rights to avoid being prosecuted for violating this counterproductive new ordinance.

The unfortunate reality in San Francisco, Sunnyvale, New York, Colorado, Connecticut and other places where ill-conceived gun laws are turning honest citizens into criminals, is that gun control laws are fostering an environment of non-cooperation between police and law-abiding citizens who would otherwise be happy to assist police in their investigations.  Sadly, good citizens who are put at risk by laws that deprive them of their Second Amendment rights now need to also know and exercise their Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights.

Compliance Options

 The San Francisco ordinance prohibits the possession of “large-capacity magazines” anywhere “in the City and County of San Francisco.”  This ordinance was to take effect on December 7, 2013, with a ninety-day window to begin complying with the ordinance.  After the NRA filed a lawsuit challenging the ordinance, the City agreed to push the enforcement date back by an additional thirty days until April 7.

 So law-abiding gun owners residing in San Francisco now have until Monday, April 7 to comply with the City’s magazine ban or risk running afoul of the law.

 Anyone who fails to comply is subject to criminal misdemeanor penalties, including fines and jail time.  If you still possess any magazines over ten rounds after April 7, do not attempt to surrender them to law enforcement, as that could subject you to arrest and prosecution. Contact an attorney.

 Possession by Police Officers’ of Personally-Owned Magazines Is Also Banned

The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office has interpreted this ordinance to exempt only official duty magazines when possessed by off-duty law enforcement officers.  There is no exception in the San Francisco ordinance for the many magazines that are personally-owned by active law enforcement officers, nor for retired officers.

Police officers working in or traveling through San Francisco (perhaps en route to one of the several shooting ranges in the area) also face potential criminal liability if they enter the city with magazines holding over ten rounds that were not issued to them for official duty purposes.

What is Considered a “Large Capacity Magazine”

San Francisco’s definition of a “large-capacity magazine” is identical to that found in California Penal Code section 16740.  This includes any ammunition feeding device with the capacity to accept more than ten rounds.  There are three notable exceptions:

  1. Any feeding device that has been permanently altered so that it cannot hold more than ten rounds;
  2. Any .22 caliber tube ammunition feeding device; and
  3. Any tubular magazine that is contained in a lever-action firearm.

This definition is applicable whether the magazine is assembled or disassembled.  There are also several uses and categories of individuals that are exempt from the magazine ban.  Those exemptions can be viewed here.

You can store your magazines outside of San Francisco.  Be aware, however, that storing your magazines with friends or family outside of San Francisco may qualify as an “unlawful transfer” under state law.  Renting a storage unit or safe-deposit box in your name for storing the banned magazines may be the best option – at least for now.

Know Your Rights, and Assert Them!

Every gun owner who travels in and around San Francisco should beware if they possess magazines that hold over ten rounds.  The San Francisco magazine ban does not exempt visitors to the city or even those just passing through, even if the magazine is in a locked container.  If you are stopped by police and found in possession of a banned magazine, you may be criminally liable.

Residents and those traveling through the city should be prepared in the event police question you about the way you store your firearms or magazines in your home or car.  Typically, police ask questions about whether there are any firearm in your home or car, what type of magazines you may have, how those magazines are stored and who has access to them.

Even if they don’t have a search warrant, police officers are trained to get you to make incriminating statements or admissions that will give them grounds for a warrant or a search.  To learn more about this police practice, readProtect Yourself! California’s Politicized Gun Confiscation Program Threatens Uninformed Gun Owners.  In Section V of this memorandum, the firearms law attorneys at Michel & Associates explain how the police utilize “knock and talks” to try to get incriminating information from uninformed gun owners.  To access this document click here.

If the police knock on your door, try not to talk to them!  Unless they have a search warrant, try not to even open the door.  Instead, provide the officers with this flyer, and tell them that you assert your right to remain silent and want to have an attorney present (actually say those words).

  • Do not “consent” to a search of your person, possessions, car or home.  Insist on a search warrant.  If they don’t have a warrant, refuse the search entirely and close the door.
  • If they have a search warrant, let them in, stand back and say nothing except that you want to call your lawyer.
  • Consult a lawyer immediately. Ask to make a phone call for this purpose.

 For more information and materials on protecting and asserting your Fourth and Fifth amendment rights, visit HERE.

 Status of Legal Challenges

Lawsuits supported by the NRA against San Francisco and Sunnyvale seeking to overturn these magazine bans were filed shortly after the ordinances passed.

Lawyers with Michel & Associates sought preliminary injunctions in court to prevent both Sunnyvale and San Francisco from enforcing these laws while the cases are litigated.  In late February, the U.S. District Court denied the injunction request in the San Francisco case.  On March 5, the U.S. District Court denied plaintiffs’ request for an injunction to stop the Sunnyvale magazine possession ban from going into effect.  Plaintiffs appealed later that same day.

On March 5, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was asked to enjoin the law from taking effect.  On March 6, the courtdenied the request for an emergency stay while the underlying dispute is litigated on appeal.

On March 10, an emergency request that the ordinance be enjoined was filed with a Supreme Court Justice who handles such motions in the Ninth Circuit.  Statistically speaking, these emergency requests are rarely granted, and Justice Kennedy denied the emergency request.  It is not surprising that Justice Kennedy did not grant this very rarely issued extraordinary relief.  As the courts themselves make clear, this type of denial is not a reflection on the merits of the underlying appeal, which is still going forward in the Ninth Circuit.

Now the first legal brief is currently due in early May, and law enforcement and civil rights groups are already lining up to support us in that effort to stop these infringements on Second Amendment rights.

Nonetheless, as a result of these rulings, the magazine possession bans are in effect as of March 6 in Sunnyvale, and April 7 in San Francisco.  This important Second Amendment issue now continues on appeal and may ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Since the Sunnyvale case is already on appeal, the San Francisco case was temporarily dismissed.  But it will be re-filed upon conclusion of the Sunnyvale litigation.

Help Stop These Laws from Passing in Other Jurisdictions

Let us know if you hear of things pending in your city!  With your help, we can defeat these proposals before they become law.

The anti-Second Amendment crowd has made clear its intention of continuing to push anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s agenda throughout California.  Sunnyvale’s Mayor claims that residents from several neighboring cities, including Mountain View and Los Altos, have already reached out to him to push the same or similar measures in their cities.  Former state Assemblywoman Sally Lieber claims the campaign for gun control in Mountain View has already begun.  And the City of Los Angeles has been considering, among other measures, a magazine ban for some time now.

You can assist in the fight to defend gun owners’ rights in California courts by donating to the NRA Legal Action Project today.  For a summary of some of the many actions the NRA has taken on behalf of California gun owners, including the tremendous recent victory in the Peruta case, click here.

Second Amendment supporters should be careful about supporting litigation efforts promised by other individuals and groups without access to the necessary funding, relationships, firearm experts and experienced lawyers on the NRA’s national legal team. The NRA’s team of highly regarded civil rights attorneys and scholars has the resources, skill, and expertise to maximize the potential for victory.

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So, I couldn’t find footage of Leland Yee doing the perp walk…

But I did find this:

I think that the artist really captured “Shrimp Boy’s” essence, don’t you?

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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 21, No. 13 03/28/2014

From NRA-ILA

NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT: Vol. 21, No. 13 03/28/2014

FBI Arrests Anti-Gun California Senator on Firearm Trafficking Charges

Being good Americans, we take the position that anyone who is arrested and charged with multiple crimes is innocent until proven guilty. That’s more than California state senator Leland Yee (D) has done for gun owners in the past. In August 2012, Yee said “no one will convince me it’s anything other than a joke to say that having multiple clips and semi-automatic weapons that can shoot 100 or more bullets at a time is necessary in this state or in this country, it’s ridiculous.”

Now, Yee has other things with which to concern himself, and none is a joking matter.

The San Jose Mercury-News reports that “Yee now is accused of consorting with notorious felons, accepting money for his cash-strapped political campaigns in exchange for favors and promising undercover FBI agents he could deliver connections to international gun runners.” Additionally, he “is depicted in a startling, 137-page FBI affidavit of repeatedly offering to broker illegal firearms sales in exchange for campaign contributions,” and he is “linked to a host of wrongdoing to pad his political war chest, charged with seven felonies in a case with two dozen defendants accused of everything from money laundering to murder-for-hire.”

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Watch the Latest NRA-ILA Grassroots News Minute

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Chris W. Cox Goes On Air with Megyn Kelly: Click Here to Watch the Fox News Video

The White House backs away from Obama’s anti-gun surgeon general nominee. NRA-ILA Chief Lobbyist, Chris W. Cox, goes on air to explain why the nomination is in jeopardy.

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Click Here to Watch Former NRA President David Keene on Fox Business

Former NRA President David Keene on smart guns, gun control and the Surgeon General nominee.

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“News” Magazines Pretend Murthy Confirmation is a Public Health Imperative

Defensive gun uses far outnumber suicides with guns and the availability of guns has no effect on suicide rates. Nevertheless, from time to time over the last 28 years, gun control supporters have tried to discourage people from owning guns by suggesting that gun suicides outnumber defensive gun uses.

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Contact Your Senators to Stop Feinstein’s Proposed Semi-Auto Firearm Importation Ban

As we reported last week, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), sponsor of the federal “assault weapon” and “large” magazine “ban”  of 1994-2004, is asking President Barack Obama to direct the BATFE to reinterpret a provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to prohibit the importation of various semi-automatic firearms and their parts.

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The Latest on the Obama Administration’s Proposed Ban on the Domestic Sale of Ivory

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, but this proposed ban on legally owned ivory sold domestically will have no impact on poaching of elephants and the illegal ivory trade.  On the contrary, this ban will only affect honest law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless. Please see this New York Times article highlighting the broad spectrum of people who will be harmed by the ban.

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Outrage of the Week: RI State Senator tells Second Amendment Supporter to “Go *Bleep* Yourself”

This week’s outrage comes to us by way of Rhode Island; from the Rhode Island State House, as a matter of fact.  It was there, at the State House, that State Sen. Josh Miller (D-Cranston, Warwick) had one of those defining moments.  Something along the lines of Michael Dukakis and the tank ad, or Howard Dean and the infamous scream.  Only this was different, in that it was disgraceful–not only to Sen. Miller, but to his office and the people he serves.  And, it offers insight into the kind of politician, and person, Miller is.

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For Gun Controllers Honesty is NOT the Best Policy

Last Friday, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) expressed to the audience of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher that he hopes the Democratic Party come outs, not just in favor of more gun control, but against the Second Amendment itself.   This is merely the latest episode of an elected official pulling back the curtain on the extreme contempt with which some politicians view the Second Amendment.

The exchange took place during a lengthy discussion on gun control between Maher and his three guests.  After lamenting that the Democratic Party was not anti-gun enough, Maher asked Ellison, “Then why doesn’t your party come out against the Second Amendment? It’s the Problem.”  Ellison responded by stating, “I sure wish they would. I sure wish they would.”

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U.S. Supreme Court Gives Broad Reading to Federal Firearm Prohibition for “Domestic Violence”

Since 1996, the so-called “Lautenberg Amendment” (named for its sponsor, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ)), has banned the acquisition or possession of firearms by anyone convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.”  Applicable crimes are limited to those that have “as an element, the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon” and that are committed by persons with a specified relationship to the victim, such as a current or former spouse or a parent.   The prohibition applies no matter when the offense occurred and can include convictions that predated the 1996 law.

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CLICK HERE to Enter the Ruger NRA Giveaway!

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Attend the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Indianapolis

Please join NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox, and our nation’s top Second Amendment leaders in government, the media, and the entertainment industry, as we build our battle plan for defending freedom and defeating Barack Obama’s gun control agenda at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum. The Leadership Forum is one of NRA’s premier events of the year.

This year’s speakers include: Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana; Governor Mike Pence of Indiana; Senator Marco Rubio of Florida; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky; Senator Dan Coats of Indiana; former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum; conservative talk radio host Mark Levin; Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri; Milwaukee County, WI Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., and more.

The NRA-ILA Leadership Forum will take place on Friday, April 25, at 1:00 p.m., (doors open at 11:30 a.m.), at the Lucas Oil Stadium.

Don’t miss this exciting event! Tickets are only >0 each (a real bargain!) and seats are still available. Please reserve your seats NOW, by clicking “Read More” below.

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UPDATED: Special Guest to Appear at NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop In Indianapolis!

In recent weeks, we have been promoting your attendance at the annual NRA-ILA Grassroots Workshop being held in conjunction with NRA’s Annual Meetings in Indianapolis. The Workshop, all materials, and continental breakfast prior to the Workshop are absolutely FREE!

The thrust of this Workshop will be to provide you with the tools and training to become an event more effective activist this election season.

We are extremely pleased to announce a special guest who will be speaking about his own, unique transformational journey from NRA-ILA grassroots activist to a leading Second Amendment State Senator in Indiana.

Sen. Jim Tomes (R-49) served as the NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator (EVC) in IN-8 from 1994 until 2004. He was also an original founder and director of the “2nd Amendment Patriots”. In 2000, the “2nd Amendment Patriots” received the NRA-ILA Volunteer Organization of the Year Award.

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Attend the NRA Firearms Law Seminar at NRA’s Annual Meetings in Indianapolis!

The 17th Annual Firearms Law Seminar will be held on Friday, April 25, 2014, as part of the NRA Annual Meetings. The gold standard in firearms CLE classes, this day-long seminar provides legal instruction for practicing attorneys and all others having an interest in Second Amendment law.

Topics to be discussed include gun trusts, current law suits across the country, recent changes in Illinois law, Stand Your Ground and Castle Doctrine laws, federal and state firearms disqualifications and the restoration of rights, working with firearms ranges, and legal ethics.

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CONNECTICUT: Attention Connecticut Gun Owners and Sportsmen – Next Round of Anti-Gun Law Provisions Take Effect on April 1

FLORIDA: Report on Legislative Committee Action Monday 3/10/14 through Thursday 3/14/14

GEORGIA: Historic Victory for the Second Amendment

INDIANA: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Legislation into Law

KANSAS: Senate Committee Passes Comprehensive Pro-Gun Bill

KENTUCKY: Pro-Gun Bills See Flurry of Action in Last Days of Session

LOUISIANA: Gearing Up for 2014 Elections

MAINE: “Constitutional Carry” Dies in Senate

MICHIGAN: Bill to Repeal State Ban on Short-Barreled Rifles and Shotguns Signed into Law by Governor Snyder

MICHIGAN: Senate Judiciary Committee Passes County Concealed Weapons Licensing Board Legislation

MINNESOTA: Your Immediate Action Needed to Stop Suppression of Political Speech, Anti-Gun Language to Now be Considered in Finance Bills

MONTANA: Gearing Up for 2014 Elections

NEBRASKA: Legislature Passes Pro-Gun Legislation

NORTH CAROLINA: Gearing Up for 2014 Elections

PENNSYLVANIA: Firearms Preemption Bill Scheduled for Possible House Floor Vote on Monday

TENNESSEE: House Committee Passes Pro-Gun Bills

VIRGINIA: McAuliffe Vetoes Uncontroversial Gun Bill

WEST VIRGINIA: Governor Signs Important Pro-Gun Bill into Law

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