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Old 03-16-2008, 02:56 PM   #26
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I always loved politics in Wyoming...even the democrats know when to be conservative:
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WYOMING: Governor Signs Emergency Powers Bill! On Friday, March 7, Governor Dave Freudenthal (D) signed House Bill 57 into law. Sponsored by State Representative Allen Jaggi (R-18), HB 57 will prevent government authorities from confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens, during a state of emergency such as occurred in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This legislation will prevent the state of Wyoming from restricting the possession, transfer, sale, transport, storage, display, or use of firearms or ammunition during a declared state of emergency. Please contact Governor Freudenthal and thank him for protecting our Second Amendment rights. The Governor can be reached by phone at (307) 777-7434 or visit http://governor.wy.gov/contact-dave/default.html to send email. Thank you to all the NRA members who answered the call to action in support of this important pro-gun measure. Without you, passage of this bill would have been impossible.

"Castle Doctrine" Legislation Signed! In a message posted on his website on Thursday, March 13, Governor Dave Freudenthal (D) announced that he has signed House Bill 137, introduced by State Representative Lorraine Quarberg (R-28), otherwise known as the Castle Doctrine measure. While the bill was stripped of its "no duty to retreat in a public place" provision, the version that was sent to the Governor's desk did keep the "no duty to retreat inside one's home" language as well as the provision that individuals whose homes are unlawfully entered cannot be held civilly liable if they use deadly force to defend their home, self or family. According to the Governor's message, "the notion of a 'castle doctrine' is that a person's home is his or her castle and he or she is entitled to defend it, its contents and his or her family." We will continue to pursue the full definition of Castle Doctrine in the future. This is a huge step in the right direction towards restoring the right to self-defense in Wyoming and we want to thank all of the NRA members and pro-gun supporters who were so instrumental in moving this bill forward
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good to see, I dont read all the way threw this stuff most of the time.
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They are trying it again in AZ.

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Fairfax, Va.-Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in District of Columbia v. Heller, a case the Court has stated is "limited to the following question: Whether Washington, D.C.'s bans [on handguns, on having guns in operable condition in the home and on carrying guns within the home] violate the Second Amendment rights of individuals who are not affiliated with any state-regulated militia, but who wish to keep handguns and other firearms for private use in their homes."
The case came before the Supreme Court on appeal by the District of Columbia, after a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit declared the city's gun bans unconstitutional. The panel's decision was upheld by the full Court of Appeals.
The Court of Appeals decision--consistent with the views of the Framers of the Bill of Rights, respected legal commentators of the 19th century, the Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Cruikshank (1876), numerous court decisions of the 19th century, the Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Miller (1939), the position of the U.S. Department of Justice, and the vast majority of Second Amendment scholars today-concluded that "the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. That right existed prior to the formation of the new government under the Constitution and was premised on the private use of arms for activities such as hunting and self-defense, the latter being understood as resistance to either private lawlessness or the depredations of a tyrannical government (or a threat from abroad)."
In today's argument, the Justices aggressively questioned advocates for all sides, including Walter Dellinger for the District, Solicitor General Paul Clement for the Department of Justice, and Alan Gura for the plaintiffs challenging D.C.'s law.
While it would be a mistake to predict the outcome of a case from questions at oral argument, some justices' questions clearly suggested where they stand-as when Chief Justice John Roberts, questioning the District's Dellinger, scoffed at the idea that a citizen awakened by an intruder in the middle of the night could "turn on the lamp . pick up [his] reading glasses," and disengage a trigger lock. Dellinger back-pedaled from D.C.'s longstanding position that its laws prohibit self-defense, claiming that D.C. actually supports citizens having functional firearms for defense.
Justices extensively questioned all three attorneys on the meaning and effect of the Second Amendment's "militia clause," with Dellinger taking the extreme position that unless a state "had attributes of [a state] militia contrary to a Federal law," the Second Amendment would have no effect as a restraint on legislation. Several justices seemed to disagree strongly with that view, with Justice Antonin Scalia noting that even if the militia clause describes the purpose of the Second Amendment, it's not unusual for a law to be written more broadly than necessary for its main purpose.
Justice Anthony Kennedy questioned the attorneys very actively, especially on the importance of self-defense in the Founding era. Justice Kennedy suggested that even the Supreme Court's 1939 Miller decision-which gun control advocates have often wrongly cited as protecting only a "collective" right-was "deficient" and may not have addressed the "interests that must have been foremost in the Framers' minds when they were concerned about guns being taken away from the people who needed them for their defense."
Plaintiffs' attorney Gura-in addition to responding to many hypothetical questions-noted that the Second Amendment was clearly derived from common law rights described by Blackstone and other 18th Century commentators. Although the militia clause "gives us some guide post as to how we look at the Second Amendment," Gura said, "it's not the exclusive purpose of the Second Amendment."
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox (who both attended the arguments) commented, "Washington, D.C.'s ban on keeping handguns and functional firearms in the home for self-defense is unreasonable and unconstitutional under any standard. We remain hopeful that the Supreme Court will agree with the overwhelming majority of the American people, more than 300 members of Congress, 31 state attorneys general and the NRA that the Second Amendment protects the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms, and that Washington, D.C.'s bans on handguns and functional firearms in the home for self-defense should be struck down."
Amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court in support of the Court of Appeals' decision included those by the National Rifle Association and the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund; Vice-President **** Cheney (in his capacity as President of the Senate) and Members of Congress; the state attorneys general; and noted Second Amendment scholars. All the briefs in the case are available at www.nraila.org/heller.

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Old 03-19-2008, 05:05 PM   #31
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Here is another court decision:

http://www.allsafedefense.com/news/CopsDontProtect.htm


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The Right to Self-Defense
Monday, July 18, 2005
By Wendy McElroy
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,162325,00.html

On June 27, in the case of Castle Rock v. Gonzales, the Supreme Court found that Jessica Gonzales did not have a constitutional right to police protection, even in the presence of a restraining order.

By a vote of 7-to-2, the Supreme Court ruled that Gonzales has no right to sue her local police department for failing to protect her and her children from her estranged husband.

The post-mortem discussion on Gonzales has been fiery but it has missed an obvious point. If the government won't protect you, then you have to take responsibility for your own self-defense and that of your family. The court's ruling is a sad decision, but one that every victim and/or potential victim of violence must note: calling the police is not enough. You must also be ready to defend yourself.

In 1999, Gonzales obtained a restraining order against her estranged husband Simon, which limited his access to their children. On June 22, 1999, Simon abducted their three daughters. Though the Castle Rock police department disputes some of the details of what happened next, the two sides are in basic agreement: After her daughters' abduction, Gonzales repeatedly phoned the police for assistance. Officers visited the home. Believing Simon to be non-violent and, arguably, in compliance with the limited access granted by the restraining order, the police did nothing.

The next morning, Simon committed "suicide by cop." He shot a gun repeatedly through a police station window and was killed by returned fire. The murdered bodies of Leslie, 7, Katheryn, 9 and Rebecca, 10 were found in Simon's pickup truck.

In her lawsuit, Gonzales claimed the police violated her 14th Amendment right to due process and sued them for $30 million. She won at the Appeals level.

What were the arguments that won and lost in the Supreme Court?

Winners: local officials fell back upon a rich history of court decisions that found the police to have no constitutional obligation to protect individuals from private individuals. In 1856, the U.S. Supreme Court (South v. Maryland) found that law enforcement officers had no affirmative duty to provide such protection. In 1982 (Bowers v. DeVito), the Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit held, "...there is no Constitutional right to be protected by the state against being murdered by criminals or madmen."

Later court decisions have concurred.

Losers: anti-domestic violence advocates and women's groups, such as the National Association of Women Lawyers, failed to establish that restraining orders were constitutional entitlements. If they had succeeded, the enforcement of such orders would have been guaranteed by due process. Failure to enforce them would have been grounds for a lawsuit against the police, a precedent that local officials feared would flood them with expensive litigation.

Public analysis of Rock v. Gonzales has been largely defined by these two opposing positions.

A third position cries out: Given the court's position that the police are not obliged to protect us, responsible adults need the ability to defend themselves. Thus, no law or policy should impede the access to gun ownership.

Responsible adults — both male and female — have both a right and a need to defend themselves and their families, with lethal force if necessary. If domestic violence advocates had focused on putting a gun in Jessica's hand and training her to use it, then the three Gonzales children might still be alive. After all, Jessica knew where her husband was. Indeed, she informed the police repeatedly of his location.

Of course, the Gonzales case — in and of itself — presents difficulties for the use of armed force by private citizens. Would the same police who believed Simon Gonzales was not dangerous have believed Jessica to be justified in picking up a gun to protect her children from him? Would the police have charged her for use of a weapon? Regardless, these sticky debates would probably be taking place in the presence of three living children and not three dead ones.

Nevertheless, most anti-domestic violence advocates strenuously avoid gun ownership as a possible solution to domestic violence. Instead, they appeal for more police intervention even though the police have no obligation to provide protection.

When groups like the National Organization for Women (NOW) do focus on gun ownership, it is to make such statements as, "Guns and domestic violence make a lethal combination, injuring and killing women every day."

In short, NOW addresses the issue of gun ownership and domestic violence only in order to demand a prohibition on the ability of abusers — always defined as men — to own weapons.

That position may be defensible. But it ignores half of the equation. It ignores the need of potential victims to defend themselves and their families. Anti-domestic violence and women's groups create the impression that guns are always part of the problem and never part of the solution.

The current mainstream of feminism — from which most anti-domestic violence advocates proceed — is an expression of left liberalism. It rejects private solutions based on individual rights in favor of laws aimed at achieving social goals. A responsible individual holding a gun in self-defense does not fit their vision of society.

In the final analysis, such advocates do not trust the judgment of the women they claim to be defending. They do not believe that Jessica Gonzales' three children would have been safer with a mother who was armed and educated in gun use.

The clear message of Gonzales bears repeating because you will not hear it elsewhere. The police have no obligation to protect individuals who, therefore, should defend themselves. The content of state laws does not matter; by Colorado State law, the police are required to "use every reasonable means to enforce a protection order." The Supreme Court has ruled and that's that.

In the wake of Gonzales, every anti-domestic violence advocate should advise victims — male or female — to learn self-defense. They should lobby for the repeal of any law or policy that hinders responsible gun ownership.

The true meaning of being anti-domestic violence means is to help victims out of their victimhood and into a position of power.
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Old 04-05-2008, 03:15 PM   #32
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Not really a gun control policy...but a stupid policy in relation

Friday, April 04, 2008

“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.

Spiers soon found himself trapped in a hallway with a gun to his head, his assailant demanding money. “Without a doubt,” he said, “my life was in extreme danger.”

The thug (who, not surprisingly, has a long list of prior arrests) thought he had the upper hand. Fortunately, Mr. Spiers has a valid concealed carry permit, and was carrying a pistol for personal protection at the time of the attack. He struggled with his attacker and managed to draw his own firearm. He shot the assailant, who fled the scene but was later arrested after he sought medical treatment.

Unfortunately, that’s not the end of the story. As a result of his actions, Mr. Spiers, a single father trying to make an honest living, was suspended from his job by his employer, Pizza Hut. That’s right. A man who, as a result of doing his job, was forced into a life-threatening situation, defended himself, and whose actions helped take a career criminal off the street, was deprived of his livelihood. Pizza Hut suspended James Spiers for defending his life.

Vonnie Walbert, vice president of human resources at Pizza Hut, said, “We have a policy against carrying weapons. We prohibit employees from carrying guns because we believe that that is the safest for everybody.”

“Safest for everybody?” This inane policy certainly makes things safer for criminals, like the one who attacked Spiers. But it does nothing to aid the safety of Pizza Hut’s employees. Every night, hardworking deliverymen and women must do their job in potentially dangerous areas. In fact, their jobs are statistically among the most dangerous in the nation. Yet Pizza Hut would deprive them of self-protection.

Thankfully, people are taking notice. Spiers has said that he has been “overwhelmed by support from people who cheered what happened,” including Iowa state senator Brad Zaun (R-32), who noted, “If I was in a situation to protect my family, protect myself, to continue being a father, I would’ve done the same thing. What I want everybody to know…is that there [are] people out there supporting this man and his right to defend himself. I’m going to be watching Pizza Hut.”

To voice your outrage over Pizza Hut’s disciplinary decision, please contact the Corporate Offices by phone at (800) 948-8488, or by e-mail at this webpage: http://www.pizzahut.com/contactus/Co...m.aspx?l1=2024.

This corporate policy is outrageous.
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Old 04-05-2008, 08:58 PM   #33
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Sent my email on this, although I am sure it will not make a difference.
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So did I. I did not like Pizza hut pizza anyway. I wonder how many other pizza places have a similar policy? I will look into this.
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:25 AM   #35
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No like I needed another reason to NOT shop at Wal-Mart, but here is one anyway. I will never set foot in another Wal-Mart, unless it is with a can of gasoline and a match, lol.

http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Fe...d.aspx?id=3846
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LOUISIANA: Right-to-Carry Reform Moves to Senate Floor! On Thursday, April 24, the Senate Committee on Transportation, Highways & Public Works unanimously passed out Senate Bill 51. This NRA-backed measure would affirm law-abiding Louisianans' right to transport and store lawfully owned firearms in private motor vehicles, even when parked on property controlled by a business or by their employer (as long as the car or truck remains locked while parked in such areas). The full Senate will consider the measure next week. Please contact your State Senator and urge him or her to support SB 51! Contact information for your State Senator can be found by clicking here.
Plan for Red River National Wildlife Refuge Includes Hunting: The Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a draft plan for the Red River National Wildlife Refuge, a unit of the North Louisiana Complex. Plans to expand current hunting opportunities are included in the Service's proposal for managing the refuge over the next 15 years. Comments will be accepted until May 14th and can be sent via electronic mail to: tina_chouinard@fws.gov. The plan is available for review at http://southeast.fws.gov/planning, or may be mailed to Tina Chouinard, Natural Resource Planner, Fish and Wildlife Service, 6772 Highway 76 South, Stanton, TN 38069.
MARYLAND: Maryland State Police Seeking to Retool Ballistic Imaging Program! The Maryland State Police have quietly drafted new regulations on the state's ballistic imaging program, the Maryland Integrated Ballistics Identification System (MD-IBIS). By eliminating the crime scene references, the database may "be searchable for comparison purposes to shell casings that are NOT from crime scenes." In 2005, the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division called for the scrapping of the program after it stated it found the program to be an ineffective tool for law enforcement and "has not met the expectations and does not aid in the Mission statement of the Department of State Police" and costing the taxpayers of Maryland over $2.5 million dollars. Now, the Maryland State Police are looking to expand this program with no cause and clarification for the changes. In March 2008, the National Academy of Sciences released a report that concluded, "that a national reference database of ballistic images should not be established" because, among other things, "[T]he validity of the fundamental assumptions of uniqueness and reproducibility of firearms-related toolmarks has not yet been fully established." Please continue checking your email and www.NRAILA.org for further updates on this issue.
MASSACHUSETTS: Amendment Filed to House Budget to Reduce Firearm License Fees! State Representative George Peterson (R-9th Worcester) has filed an amendment to the House FY2009 Budget regarding Firearms License Fees. This amendment reduces the current license fees for a License to Carry Firearms/Firearm Identification Card from $100 to $40. The current fee structure is excessive and amounts to a tax on the Second Amendment rights of the citizens to own firearms---and those who cannot afford the fees are forced to give up their rights in the Commonwealth. Please contact your State Legislators and ask them to support State Representative Peterson's FY2009 House Budget amendment. To contact your State Legislators please click here.
Emergency Powers Bill Heads to Senate Floor!S.1401, "An Act Prohibiting the Confiscation of Lawfully Owned Firearms During a State of Emergency," has been passed by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security and will now head to the Senate floor for consideration. 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. Please continue to contact your State Senator today at (617) 722-1455 and respectfully urge him or her to support S.1401. You can find your State Senator and his or her contact information by clicking here.
MICHIGAN: Registration Reform Assigned to Senate Committee! House Bill 4490 sponsored by State Representative Paul Opsommer (R-93) and House Bill 4491 introduced by State Representative Joel Sheltrown (D-103) have passed the House and have been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. A hearing date has not been scheduled yet. The bills would repeal the required "safety inspection" for newly obtained handguns. Michigan law requires anyone who comes into possession of a pistol to take it to the police or sheriff's department for a safety inspection. The requirement of a safety inspection is a burdensome waste of time for law-abiding gun owners and the bills will end that inconvenience. Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to support these necessary pieces of legislation. For committee member contact information please click here.
MISSOURI:"Gun Rights Rally" Comes to Missouri! On Tuesday, April 29, the annual "Gun Rights Rally" will be held in the capitol, 1st floor rotunda in Jefferson City, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Please don't miss this opportunity to join with fellow NRA members and other law-abiding Missouri firearm owners as we continue our efforts to protect and further enhance our Right to Keep and Bear Arms! Together we have made great strides in the ongoing battle to protect our freedoms, but there is still a lot of work to be done. You can help assist in this effort by participating in the rally. Transportation has been arranged from both the Kansas City and St. Louis areas. For more information and complete rally details, please visit www.missouricarry.com/news2.htm.
Important Second Amendment Measures Pass Missouri House! This week, the Missouri House of Representatives passed both House Bill 1383 and House Bill 2034. HB1383 would protect a law-abiding gun owners right to keep a firearm locked in a vehicle in a public parking lot. HB2034, a range protection measure, would ensure that current and future generations of gun owners would have adequate ranges where they can practice safe and responsible firearm use. Both bills now head to the Senate for consideration. Please keep checking your email and www.NRAILA.org for further updates on these important measures.
NEW YORK: Anti-Gun Bills Head to Senate Committee! After a week of scheduled leave for spring break, the Senate came back to work this past Monday. As we reported last week, there were several anti-gun bills that passed out of the State Assembly, and they will more than likely now be heard in the Senate Codes Committee. AB 6525A would create new requirements and liability for gun dealers. AB 9819A, would seek to ban the sale of semi-automatic handguns not equipped with so-called "microstamping" technology. AB 7331 would expand the ban on so-called "assault weapons." AB 3451 would expand the ballistic imaging program. AB 2772 would ban certain .50 caliber firearms. AB 829 would require "childproof" firearms. AB 76 would require mandatory storage. AB 3447 would ban frangible ammunition. Please contact your State Senator today at (518) 455-2800 and respectfully urge him or her to vote "NO" on these NRA-opposed measures. To find your State Senator, click here.
Youth Mentor Hunting Program Passes Senate!On Tuesday, April 8, the New York State Senate passed Senate Bill 1284, the Youth Mentor Hunting Program. S1284 creates a youth hunting mentor program, allowing individuals ages 14 and older to hunt with a licensed mentor, age 21 or older. Assembly Bill 733A, the companion measure to S1284, still needs our support. AB733A will allow individuals ages 14 and older to hunt with a licensed mentor. Both of these measures are important in further securing the right to hunt in New York. Please call your State Assembly Member today at (518) 455-4100 and respectfully urge him or her to support Assembly Bill 733A. To find your Assembly Member, please click here.
Hunting Under Discussion in the Management Plan for Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge: Staff of the Iroquois NWR, a 10,000-acre refuge between Buffalo and Rochester, is launching the first stage in the process of developing a 15-year management plan for the refuge. The first stage is to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider. The public is invited to comment until April 30, 2008. It is important for the refuge staff to hear from hunters because the refuge is open to waterfowl, big game, small game, and turkey hunting. We want to ensure that those hunting opportunities are included and enhanced in the new management plan. Comments can be sent to northeastplanning@fws.gov. Include "Iroquois NWR CCP/EA" in the subject line. Information about public meetings to be held can be found at http://www.fws.gov/northeast/iroquois. You may also call Thomas Roster, Project Leader, at (585) 948-5445.
NORTH CAROLINA: Wesley Chapel Hunting Hearing Postponed! After being rescheduled twice, the Wesley Chapel town council has again pushed a hearing back on a proposed ordinance dealing hunting in Wesley Chapel. This proposed ordinance would severely restrict our Second Amendment and hunting rights by restricting the discharge of firearms within 450 feet of any dwelling, building, or field containing livestock; effectively preventing the discharge of any firearm in most areas of Wesley Chapel. While the ordinance includes certain exemptions, it is unnecessary, as truly reckless behavior is already considered illegal or otherwise already adequately regulated under state law. While a date has not been set for the hearing, we will keep you informed of the any updates. Please keep checking your email and www.NRAILA.org.
OHIO: "Castle Doctrine" Legislation Heads to House for Consideration! Senate Bill 184, Ohio's "Castle Doctrine" legislation has now been referred to the House Criminal Justice Committee and is awaiting a hearing date. SB 184, sponsored by State Senator Steve Buehrer (R-1), would help restore the fundamental right of self-defense. This legislation would restore the right of individuals to respond with force in defense of their lives and family, and immunize the victim from civil lawsuits by criminals or the criminal's family. Please contact your State Representative TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to vote for this important piece of legislation when it comes before them. To find contact information for your State Representative, please click here.

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OKLAHOMA: Right to Hunt Legislation Passes House, Heads to Senate! By an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 97 to 2, the House of Representatives approved SJR38, authored by Senate Co-Pro Tem Glenn Coffee (R-30) and State Representative Randy Terrill (R-53). SJR38 provides language to amend Oklahoma's state constitution to protect our right to hunt and harvest game. If passed by the Senate, this amendment will be placed on the ballot and submitted for approval by the voters in this November's General Election. Please contact your State Senator and strongly encourage him or her to protect Oklahoma's time-honored hunting heritage by voting for SJR38 in its current form. To find contact information for your State Senator please click here.
PENNSYLVANIA: Lower Chichester Township Tables Anti-Gun Ordinance! This week, the Board of Commissioners of the Lower Chichester Township decided to table a proposed anti-gun ordinance. This ordinance would have required a buyer, seller, owner, tenant, or applicant to disclose whether there are or presumably will be any firearms, handguns, rifles, shotguns, ammunition, and gunpowder present prior to the sale or lease of any property. All parties involved (applicant, seller, buyer, owner and/or tenant) would be required to send law enforcement a copy of the "application" detailing the type and number of firearms, and the type and amount of any ammunition or gunpowder. Any violation of the ordinance would be subject to a penalty. This ordinance is in direct violation of Pennsylvania's state preemption law. Thank you to all of the NRA members who contacted their commissioner and/or attended the meeting in opposition to this ordinance. Please continue to check www.NRAILA.org for further updates on this issue.
Hunting Under Discussion in the Management Plan for Erie National Wildlife Refuge:Staff of the Erie NWR, an 8,800-acre refuge 35 miles south of Lake Erie in northwestern PA, is launching the first stage in the process of developing a 15-year management plan for the refuge. The first stage is to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider. The public is invited to comment until April 30, 2008.It is important for the refuge staff to hear from hunters because the refuge is open to waterfowl, big game, small game, and turkey hunting. We want to ensure that those hunting opportunities are included and enhanced in the new management plan. Comments can be sent to northeastplanning@fws.gov. Include "Erie NWR CCP/EA" in the subject line. Information about public meetings to be held can be found at http://www.fws.gov/northeast/erie. You may also call Thomas Roster, Project Leader, at (585) 948-5445.
RHODE ISLAND: Fee Increase to be Discussed in House Committee! On Thursday, May 1, the Rhode Island House Finance Committee heard testimony on House Bill 7247. H7247 will implement a steep increase (over 50%) in fees for resident pistol permit holders. Out-of-state permit holders would also see a sharp increase in fees with this bill, as well as a decrease in the length of permit duration from four years to one year. Please contact the members of the House Finance Committee and respectfully urge them to oppose H7247. For committee member contact information please click here.
"Microstamping" Legislation Heard in Senate Committee! This week, the Senate Committee on Judiciary heard testimony over Senate Bill 2720. S2720 would ban the sale of semi-automatic handguns not equipped with so-called "microstamping" technology. Microstamping is an unproven technology that would require identifying marks to be etched into the firing pin and breech face of a firearm in such a manner that these marks are transferred to the cartridge case upon firing. The technology can easily be defeated with common household tools, has no public safety value, and will add substantially to the cost of the firearm. It is critical that the members of the Senate committee hear from the pro-gun community in Rhode Island. For contact information for the Senate Committee on Judiciary, please click here. Please also, contact your State Senator today and urge them to oppose any attack on your Second Amendment rights. You can find your State Senator here.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Right to Hunt Amendment Still Needs Work! NRA continues to work with key State Senators in Columbia to fix H 3202, the Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment. Originally, this legislation would have allowed South Carolina voters to vote on an amendment to the South Carolina Constitution that would have recognized the Right to Hunt and Fish for future generations. This version included two of the most important protections--protecting the right to hunt species "traditionally pursued," and the right to use "traditional methods" for taking game. In the senate, however, these critical points were removed through amendments. Negotiations have led to a new version, which does protect hunting wildlife "traditionally pursued," but still falls short of protecting "traditional methods." The only way to ensure hunting is fully protected in the Palmetto State is if H 3202 includes language that protects "traditional methods" used for taking game. Please contact your State Senator and respectfully urge him or her to work with NRA to ensure H 3202 includes specific protections for hunting game "traditionally pursued," as well as for using "traditional methods" for taking game. To find your State Senator please click here.
VIRGINIA: Rifle Hunting Ban in Charles City! The Charles City County Board of Supervisors voted 2 to 1 to ban the use of centerfire rifles for deer hunting throughout the county. This politically motivated rifle ban was approved despite testimony from NRA and many hunters who opposed the prohibition. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries had previously told the supervisors that there was no reason to restrict rifle hunting in the county. Rifle hunting had been allowed for two years and there were no safety incidents associated with it. Neighboring counties with far greater population densities have traditionally allowed rifle hunting without safety problems. This ban will hurt hunting opportunities and deer management practices detrimentally. NRA-ILA will continue to work to ensure that science, not politics and emotion, dictates hunting regulations in the Commonwealth. Hunters in other jurisdictions should remain vigilant and be prepared to help protect our hunting heritage as this ill-conceived policy threatens to spread elsewhere.
Plan To Attend Virginia Conservative Leadership Conference This Weekend! Virginia NRA Members are encouraged to attend the upcoming Virginia Conservative Leadership Conference (VCLC) in Richmond. The event will be held tomorrow, Saturday, April 26, at The Greater Richmond Convention Center, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
A veritable "who's who" of the Virginia Conservative movement will be attending and presenting at the 2008 VCLC. Speakers will include Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, Senator Ken Cuccinelli, former Governor Jim Gilmore, NRA-ILA Director of Federal Affairs Chuck Cunningham, and many more (for a complete listing of speakers, please click here).
The action-packed agenda features 11 relevant, informative sessions throughout the day, focusing on conservative issues important to all Virginians. The event will culminate with a 6:00 p.m., "Reagan Banquet," featuring keynote speaker Attorney General Bob McDonnell.
VCLC 2008 is co-sponsored by NRA and 26 leading conservative organizations.
For additional information, or to register for the conference, please visit VCLC online at www.virginiaconservative.org/.
We hope you make plans to attend VCLC 2008!
WASHINGTON: BLM Preparing Rules for Target Shooting in Recreation Area: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Border Field Office, is seeking public comments on a proposal to implement additional rules for target shooting at Fishtrap Lake Recreation Area, a 9000-acre area 30 miles southwest of Spokane near the town of Sprague. This action is being prompted by complaints from local residents and livestock grazing lessees. A scoping notice that provides background information and outlines the preliminary issues and alternatives identified by BLM can be found at www.blm.gov/or/districts/spokane/plans. Click on "Scoping Letter" for information about the management alternatives the BLM is proposing. Public comments are being sought until May 6, 2008 and may be submitted via email to Scott_Pavey@blm.gov or via postal mail to the BLM Border Field Office, ATTN: Scott Pavey, 1103 N. Fancher Road., Spokane Valley, Washington, 99212-1275. If you have any questions regarding this proposal, please feel free to call 509- 536-1200. It is imperative that those who recreational shoot in the Fishtrap Lake Recreation Area make your views known to BLM.
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"Controversial Gun Program "Searching" For Opportunities"

If you value your freedoms read that link in post 36...coming soon from the "Senator Begich" campaign...Mark supports the "incidental findings and voluntary search" laws.
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which is why I am glad is is leaving the moa, and I will not be voting him into the senate. he needs to go back to his hole in the ground and stay out of government, for the sake of the people.
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OUR RIGHT-TO-CARRY IS UNDER ATTACK!

DATE: April 29, 2008
TO: USF & NRA Member and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer
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NRA Past President

In the fight for your firearms freedom, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation were determined to kill Florida's HB503, the bill that protects your right to keep a firearm in your vehicle for personal protection. They even threatened the Legislature and the Governor with a lawsuit. The Legislature was not intimidated -- they passed the bill. Governor Charlie Crist (R) was not intimidated -- he signed it into law. They stood up for you. They stood up for law-abiding gun owners and your self-defense rights against the big business bullies that were trying to eliminate them.

Six days after Governor Crist signed the bill into law, the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation rushed into federal court and filed a frivolous lawsuit to try to have the new law overturned. They had already bragged to the media that they would spend huge amounts of money to fight to negate your constitutional and statutory rights.

On April 16 the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported: "The Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Retail Federation are ready to pay a legal tab they expect to total at least $250,000 to counter what they term an assault on private property rights."

They are relying on Disney, Publix, Walmart and other anti-gun corporate giants to fund their assault on the Legislature, Governor Crist, and on our right-to-carry.
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Time For Public Comment On
New Rules For Guns In National Parks

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.
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 on states not listed below.)
ALABAMA: "Handgun Permit Confidentiality" Passes House! House Bill 700, "Handgun Permit Confidentiality" legislation, has already passed the House and on Tuesday, April 29, it had its second reading in the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. HB700 would restrict public access to the records of concealed handgun permit holders and prohibit their publication. It is imperative that you contact your State Senator in support of HB700 today! Your State Senator can be reached at (334) 242-7800. To identify your State Senator, or for more contact information, please click here.
ARIZONA: Two critical Right-to-Carry Bills Stuck in Senate! House Bill 2389, clarifies where an individual may carry a firearm visibly or concealed in a mode of transportation other than public transit. House Bill 2634 would allow for a person whose civil rights have been restored to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm with certain restrictions. Please contact the members of the Senate Rules Committee today and respectfully urge them to support these critical measures! For committee member contact information please click here.
Also, this week House Bill 2629, which clarifies how and when a firearm may be displayed for defensive purposes, passed out of the Committee of the Whole and will now likely be heard on Third Reading early next week in the full Senate. Please contact your State Senator today and respectfully urge them to support this important right to self-defense measure. You can find your State Senator by clicking here. Finally, earlier this week, Governor Janet Napolitano (D) vetoed House Bill 2630, which would have reduced the penalty for carrying a concealed handgun without a permit to a petty offense.
Join NRA Board Member at Luncheon and Book Signing! You are cordially invited to an event with NRA Board Member Grover Norquist. Grover will be in Tucson, Arizona on Monday, May 5th, at the Doubletree Inn, for a luncheon and book signing of his new book, "Leave us Alone: Getting the Government's Hands off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives." Please call Paula Maxwell at (520) 321-1492 for more information.
In addition, former NRA president Sandra Froman will be the keynote speaker at the Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association's Annual Banquet and raffle. The event will take place tomorrow, Saturday, May 3, 2008 at El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th Street in Phoenix. For tickets and more information, please e-mail president@asrpa.com, call (602) 524-4437, or visit the ASRPA website at www.asrpa.com.
Forest Service Plan Designates OHV Use in Kaibab National Forest:The Forest Service is accepting public comments until May 9th in advance of preparing a proposal for the management of off-highway vehicle (OHV) use in the Kaibab national Forest. Game retrieval off-road will be allowed with certain restrictions. Electronic comments can be posted at the Forest's website: http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/kai/travelmanagement/index.shtml or to the Williams Ranger District, 742 South Clover Road, Williams, AZ 86046-9122. You may contact Linda Martin, Travel Management Team Leader, at (928) 635-5614, or by e-mail at lindamartin@fs.fed.us. In order to assure that sportsmen's interests are anchored in this planning process, it is important that hunters take the time to submit comments.
CALIFORNIA: Attention California Gun Owners: Make Your Voice Heard and Help Fight the Assault on Ammunition Sales! The California Assembly is currently considering a bill (Assembly Bill 2062) that, if passed, will have dire consequences for California's law-abiding gun owners. As scheduled, AB2062 will be heard on Wednesday, May 7 in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This egregious attempt to water down your rights as law-abiding gun owners would require all gun owners to obtain a permit to buy handgun ammunition and would impose severe restrictions on the private transfers of handgun ammunition. Under AB2062, it would be unlawful to privately transfer more than 50 rounds of ammunition per month, even between family and friends, unless you are registered as a "handgun ammunition vendor" in the Department of Justice's database. Please make your voice heard to today to stop these attacks on your Second Amendment rights. To find out what you can do to help, please click here.
Management of Public Lands Under Review in California: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is beginning to revise the Caliente Resource Management Plan (RMP) that guides the management of approximately 600,000 acres of public land within Kings, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare, Ventura, and western Kern counties. Hunting and recreational shooting are allowed on these lands. The current RMP was completed in 1997. A copy is available for reference at: www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/bakersfield/Programs/planning/rmpcontents.html. The public is invited to submit ideas on how these public lands should be managed and used into the future. Comments may be submitted via email by sending them to: cacalrmp@ca.blm.gov, or by mailing them to: RMP Revision, Bureau of Land Management, 3801 Pegasus Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Comments will be accepted through May 5. In order to assure that sportsmen's interests are anchored in this planning process, it is important that hunters and recreational shooters take the time to submit comments.
COLORADO: Prairie Dog Hunting Ban Defeated!Thanks to your calls and attendance at last week's meeting of the Colorado Wildlife Commission in Junction City, a proposed ban on prairie dog hunting was defeated by a 9 to 0 vote ensuring that the necessary hunting of these animals can continue. While radical anti-hunting/animal rights groups targeted prairie dog hunting as cruel, it is a traditional sporting activity and necessary management tool, especially for ranching interests in the state. Please call Commission members and thank them for protecting your right to hunt. You can reach the members of the Commission at (303) 297-1192.
DELAWARE: "Landowner Liability Protection Act" Delayed in Committee!As we reported last week, House Bill 341, "Landowner Liability Protection Act," was scheduled for a vote in the House Housing & Community Affairs Committee, but was delayed because of opposition from the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association. HB341 would ensure that landowners who allow public hunting access incur no liability for property damage or personal injuries caused by hunters -- regardless of whether the damage occurs on or off the landowner's property. If HB341 is not enacted, landowners will continue to deny access to hunters for fear of being sued. Please contact the members of the House Housing & Community Affairs Committee TODAY and respectfully urge them to support this crucial piece of legislation. To find contact information for the committee members, please click here.
FLORIDA: Management Plan for Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge is Opened for Comments: The Fish and Wildlife Service has drafted a 15-year management plan for the 21,500-acre Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Deer and feral hog hunting is provided on the refuge. The four management alternatives would either maintain hunting opportunities at current levels or expand those opportunities to turkey hunting. It is important to the future of hunting on this refuge that hunters in the community and in the state review the draft plan and submit comments to Cheri Ehrhardt, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, PO Box 6504, Titusville, FL 32782 or e-mail to LakeWoodruffCCP@fws.gov. The plan can be viewed at http://fws.gov/southeast/planning. Comments are due by May 23.
GEORGIA: Still No Action Taken on Critical Self-Defense Bill! In April, the Georgia legislature passed House Bill 89 and sent it to Governor Sonny Perdue (R) for his consideration. This NRA-supported measure makes numerous improvements to Georgia's Right-to-Carry laws and represents the most comprehensive pro-gun reform measure to pass in nearly 20 years. Unfortunately, Governor Perdue has yet to sign this important legislation into law. Please continue contacting Governor Perdue and respectfully urging him to sign this important legislation at (404) 656-1776 or via email by clicking here. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is looking into the amount of support for this important bill, so please click here to find out how you can make your voice heard TODAY!
ILLINOIS: Anti-Gun Bill Heads to Full Senate! On Thursday May 1, the Illinois House of Representatives passed House Bill 5191. This dangerous bill would create a new path that the anti-gun community could take in order to revoke FOID cards from gun owners with children. Your FOID card could be revoked if a minor is able to gain access to your firearm on more then one occasion, or if the government has decided (with little opportunity for a challenge) that your child has met the basic criteria for a severe or major mood disorder or severe conduct disorder, in which case your FOID card would also be revoked. Much of this revocation process can be based on allegations that may not be supported by independent judicial findings, or "documented" cases where the FOID Card holder is unable to challenge or appeal the "documentation". HB5191 will now head to the State Senate and we must let our opposition be known. Please call your State Senator and urge him or her to defeat this outrageous bill. You can find the contact information for you State Senator by clicking here.

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IOWA: Iowa Legislative Wrap-Up On Friday, April 26, the Iowa General Assembly adjourned for the 2008 legislative session. Unfortunately, with this being an election year, legislators chose not to move forward on two important pro-Second Amendment and hunting-related bills. On a positive note, Senate File 2230 passed the General Assembly and was signed by Governor Chet Culver (D). SF2230 authorizes the issuance of non-resident turkey and deer hunting licenses to people with physical disabilities or a terminal illness.
LOUISIANA: State Legislature Faces Important Decisions in Coming Days! This past week, the Louisiana state legislature discussed three important pro-gun bills. Senate Bill 142, the NRA-backed Right-to-Carry permit confidentiality bill, was reported out of the Senate Judiciary B Committee and now heads to the full Senate for consideration. House Bill 199, Louisiana's "Campus Carry" bill, would allow Right-to-Carry holders to protect themselves on college and university campuses and removes the state "gun-free school zones" for permittees. HB199 will now be heard in by the full House. Also, Senate Bill 51, which would clarify that current state law allowing Louisianans the right to protect themselves and to possess lawfully owned firearms in their private motor vehicles would supercede policies adopted by business owners or employers prohibiting the transportation or storage of guns in locked cars and trucks parked in their parking lots. SB51 has yet to be voted on in the Senate. It is imperative that we protect the future of Louisiana's right-to-carry laws. Please contact the members of the state legislature TODAY and urge them to support this important pro-Second Amendment bills. To find contact information for the members of the State House and Senate, please click here.
Plan for Red River National Wildlife Refuge Includes Hunting: The Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a draft plan for the Red River National Wildlife Refuge, a unit of the North Louisiana Complex. Plans to expand current hunting opportunities are included in the Service's proposal for managing the refuge over the next 15 years. Comments will be accepted until May 14th and can be sent via electronic mail to: tina_chouinard@fws.gov. The plan is available for review at http://southeast.fws.gov/planning, or may be mailed to Tina Chouinard, Natural Resource Planner, Fish and Wildlife Service, 6772 Highway 76 South, Stanton, TN 38069. In order to assure that sportsmen's interests are anchored in this planning process, it is important that hunters take the time to submit comments.
MICHIGAN: Registration Reform Assigned to Senate Committee! House Bill 4490 sponsored by State Representative Paul Opsommer (R-93) and House Bill 4491 introduced by State Representative Joel Sheltrown (D-103) have passed the House and have been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee. A hearing date has not been scheduled yet. The bills would repeal the required "safety inspection" for newly obtained handguns. Michigan law requires anyone who comes into possession of a pistol to take it to the police or sheriff's department for a safety inspection. The requirement of a safety inspection is a burdensome waste of time for law-abiding gun owners and the bills will end that inconvenience. Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and respectfully urge them to support these necessary pieces of legislation. For committee member contact information please click here.
MISSOURI: Shooting Range Protection Legislation Needs Support in Senate! On Wednesday, April 30, the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, Parks & Natural Resources Committee passed House Bill 2034. HB2034 is a much needed proposal that would greatly enhance Missouri's shooting range and game preserve protections. If enacted, this important measure will go a great distance in protecting the future of sport shooting in the Show-Me-State. The full Senate could take action on HB2034 as soon as Monday, May 5. Please contact your State Senator and strongly encourage him or her to protect sport shooting and vote for HB2034! To find your State Senator please click here.
NEBRASKA: Nebraska Primary Elections, Tuesday, May 13! Tuesday, May 13 is Primary Election Day in the Cornhusker State. Please be sure to go to the polls and "Vote Freedom First." For candidate ratings and endorsements, please call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683) or visit www.NRAPVF.org. For more information about voting in Nebraska, please click here. Remember to Vote Freedom First on Tuesday, May 13!
NORTH CAROLINA: Management Plan for Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge is Opened for Comments: The Fish and Wildlife Service has drafted a 15-year management plan for Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, a 8,400-acre refuge that spans Anson and Richmond Counties, NC. Deer, feral hog, turkey and small game hunting is provided on the refuge. The three management alternatives would either maintain hunting opportunities at current levels or expand those opportunities. It is important to the future of hunting on this refuge that hunters in the community and in the state review the draft plan and submit comments to Jeffrey Bricken, Refuge Manager, Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, 5770 US Highway 52 North, Wadesboro, NC 28170. The plan can be viewed at http://southeast.fws.gov/planning and comments may be e-mailed to Jeffrey_bricken@fws.gov. Comments are due May 22.
RHODE ISLAND: Anti-Gun ("Microstamping")Bills Being Heard in Committee! After being pulled from the agenda of the House Judiciary Committee, House Bill 7834 has been referred to the House Finance Committee. HB7834, the "microstamping" proposal would ban the sale of semi-automatic handguns not equipped with so-called "microstamping" technology. HB7834's Senate companion bill, Senate Bill 2720, is being held up for further study in the Senate Committee on Judiciary. Please contact the members of the House Finance Committee as well as the members of the Senate Committee on Judiciary IMMEDIATELY and respectfully urge them to oppose H7834 and S2720 respectively! For committee member contact information please click here.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Right to Hunt Amendment Still Needs Work! NRA continues to work with key State Senators in Columbia to fix H 3202, the Right to Hunt and Fish Constitutional Amendment. Originally, this legislation would have allowed South Carolina voters to vote on an amendment to the South Carolina Constitution that would have recognized the Right to Hunt and Fish for future generations. This version included two of the most important protections--protecting the right to hunt species "traditionally pursued," and the right to use "traditional methods" for taking game. In the Senate, however, these critical points were removed through amendments. Negotiations have led to a new version, which does protect hunting wildlife "traditionally pursued," but still falls short of protecting "traditional methods." The only way to ensure hunting is fully protected in the Palmetto State is if H 3202 includes language that protects "traditional methods" used for taking game. Please contact your State Senator and respectfully urge him or her to work with NRA to ensure H 3202 includes specific protections for hunting game "traditionally pursued," as well as for using "traditional methods" for taking game. To find your State Senator please click here.
WASHINGTON: BLM Preparing Rules for Target Shooting in Recreation Area: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Border Field Office, is seeking public comments on a proposal to implement additional rules for target shooting at Fishtrap Lake Recreation Area, a 9000-acre area 30 miles southwest of Spokane near the town of Sprague. This action is being prompted by complaints from local residents and livestock grazing lessees. A scoping notice that provides background information and outlines the preliminary issues and alternatives identified by BLM can be found at www.blm.gov/or/districts/spokane/plans. Click on "Scoping Letter" for information about the management alternatives the BLM is proposing. Public comments are being sought until May 6, 2008 and may be submitted via email to Scott_Pavey@blm.gov or via postal mail to the BLM Border Field Office, ATTN: Scott Pavey, 1103 N. Fancher Road., Spokane Valley, Washington, 99212-1275. If you have any questions regarding this proposal, please feel free to call 509- 536-1200. It is imperative that those who recreationally shoot in the Fishtrap Lake Recreation Area make your views known to BLM.
WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia Primary Elections, Tuesday, May 13! Tuesday, May 13 is Primary Election Day in West Virginia. Please be sure to go to the polls and "Vote Freedom First." For candidate ratings and endorsements, please call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683) or visit www.NRAPVF.org. For more information about voting in West Virginia, please click here. Remember to Vote Freedom First on Tuesday, May 13!
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Dang it Moose. Just when I thought you and I would never agree on anything you had to go and post this thread.
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Dang it Moose. Just when I thought you and I would never agree on anything you had to go and post this thread.
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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.
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.
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CALIFORNIA: Dangerous Anti-Gun Bills Moving Forward in Senate! Three anti-gun bills are making their way through the California Senate and it is imperative that you voice your opposition to them. Assembly Bill 2062 was passed by the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, June 17. The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee for its consideration. AB2062, among other things, would make it a crime to privately transfer more than 50 rounds of ammunition per month, even between family and friends, unless you are registered as a "handgun ammunition vendor" in the Department of Justice's database. Assembly Bill 2235 has been assigned to the Senate Public Safety Committee and is scheduled to be heard next Tuesday, June 24. This legislation would prohibit the sale of handguns other than "owner-authorized" (or "smart") handguns-- that is, handguns with a permanent, programmable biometric feature that renders the firearm useless unless activated by the authorized user. No proven, viable handgun of this type has ever been developed. Also scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday is Assembly Bill 2948, a dangerous bill that would ban the sale of firearms and ammunition on the property or inside the buildings that comprise the Cow Palace. Please contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Senate Public Safety Committee TODAY and urge them to oppose these anti-freedom bills. Contact information for both committees can be found here.
The Six Rivers National Forest near Redwood, CA is hosting a public workshop on June 28th for a final review of the inventory maps of roads within its Trinity and Mad River Ranger Districts. This is part of the Forest Service's process in developing travel management plans for off-highway vehicle (OHV) use within Six Rivers. The plan will designate what roads will be remain open to OHV use. Closure of certain roads could affect hunter access and game retrieval. It is important that all who use these roads attend this workshop. It will take place at the Six Rivers National Forest Headquarters, 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA, and will be open house style and informal. No formal presentations are scheduled. People are invited to come in any time during these 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. workshops. Forest employees will be present to meet with the public one-on-one to collect additional information and answer questions. Please refer to the information posted at http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sixrivers/projects/ohv/ or you may call Six Rivers National Forest at 707-442-1721.
KENTUCKY: Please Submit Your Application Today for a Kentucky NRA Specialized License Plate! The Kentucky specialized NRA license plate provides an ideal opportunity to showcase your pride as an NRA member and your steadfast dedication to preserving our cherished Second Amendment freedom. Your support of this program will help ensure hunting and shooting traditions in the Bluegrass State for generations to come. The Kentucky Department of Motor Vehicles will only produce the plates if it receives at least 900 applications for the NRA license plate. The initial application fee is $28.00. For information on where to send your payment and where to submit your application, please click here.
GEORGIA: The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will prepare a management plan for the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex. The 56,000-acre Complex is comprised of a chain of refuges that together span a 100-mile coastline. Deer hunting is allowed on a number of the refuges that make up the Complex. The Service is asking for suggestions and information on the scope of the issues to consider in the planning process. Comments must be submitted by July 3. An open house will be held during the scoping phase. Questions and comments should be directed to Jane Griess, Project Leader, at 912-652-4415, or at savannahcoastalccp@fws.gov. If you hunt on any of the refuges within the Complex, it is important for you to participate in the planning process to secure hunting opportunities for the future.
LOUISIANA: The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will prepare a management plan for the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Ouachita Parish, LA. The 4,500-acre Refuge is three miles north of Monroe. Resident game and migratory game bird hunting occur on the refuge. The Service is asking for suggestions and information on the scope of the issues to consider in the planning process. Comments must be submitted by Monday, June 23. An open house will be held during the scoping phase. Questions and comments should be directed to Tina Chouinard, Natural Resource Planner, at 318-305-0643, or at tina_chouinard@fws.gov. If you hunt this Refuge, it is important for you to participate in the planning process to secure hunting opportunities for the future.
MASSACHUSETTS: Emergency Powers Legislation Stalled in Senate Committee! 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. Contact information can be found by clicking here.
MICHIGAN: Post-Purchase "Safety Inspection" Repeal Package Moving Closer to Law This week, the Michigan Senate unanimously approved Senate Bills 370 and 371. These important bills remove the cumbersome post-purchase "safety inspection" on handguns. The bills now move to the House for approval, but they have not yet been scheduled for a committee hearing. The House companion bills, House Bills 4490 and 4491 have already passed the House and are waiting a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please continue checking your email and www.NRAILA.org for updates.
NEW JERSEY: One-Gun-A-Month Bill to be Heard in Assembly! On Monday, June 23 the New Jersey General Assembly is scheduled to vote on A339, a bill that will impact sportsmen and target shooters, restricting law-abiding citizens from purchasing more than one handgun per 30-day period. This gun-rationing scheme falsely assumes that criminals follow the law by submitting the proper paperwork and purchasing firearms from licensed dealers, and that those law-abiding citizens who purchase more than one-gun-a-month are gun traffickers! Please contact your Assembly members TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose limiting your Second Amendment rights. Contact information for your Assemblymembers can be found by clicking here. Also, please contact Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts (D-5) IMMEDIATELY and respectfully urge him to HOLD A339! Speaker Roberts can be reached by phone at (609) 292-7065, via fax at (856) 742-1831, or email asmroberts@njleg.org.
Bow Hunting Bill Heads to Assembly Floor! A595, a pro-hunting bill that changes the perimeter for bow and arrow hunting around occupied buildings, was approved on Friday, June 13 by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Sponsored by Assemblywoman Marcia Karrow (R-23) and Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose (R-24), A595 reduces the buffer around occupied buildings from 450 to 150 feet. The legislation also requires bow hunters to obtain explicit written consent from the owner of the property prior to hunting. The bill now heads to the General Assembly for a full vote. Please contact Assemblywoman Karrow at (973) 300-0200 or (973) 584-4670and Assemblywoman McHose at (908) 782-5127 and thank them for their work and staunch support in preserving New Jersey's hunting heritage.
NEW YORK: Please Contact Your State Senator Today to Oppose the Governor's Anti-Gun Package! In the closing days of the legislative session, negotiations are taking place between Democratic Governor David Patterson's Administration and legislative leaders on numerous proposals, including the Governor's gun control package. This package targets law-abiding gun owners and licensed gun dealers. The NRA strongly opposes this measure. Two areas that we specifically oppose are those that would implement more requirements for pistol license applicants without making licenses more accessible to those who qualify. The plan would also require licenses for employees of gun stores and grant the State Police broad authority to impose regulations on licensed dealers and gunsmiths. To view a copy of the press release on Governor Paterson's website, please click here. It is imperative that NRA members contact their State Senators TODAY and respectfully urge them to oppose this measure! Please contact your State Senator today through the Senate switchboard at (518) 455-2800. To find your State Senator, please click here.
NORTH CAROLINA: Important Bill Needs Your Attention Today! NRA has been working with legislators in Raleigh on Senate Bill 2081, a bill that would make critical changes to North Carolina law in order to get the Tar Heel State in compliance with the federal "NICS Improvement Act," which was signed into law in January of this year. NRA is currently neutral on S 2081, but we have been working closely with State Senator Tony Rand's (D-19) office, as well as other interested parties, to ensure the legislation is crafted appropriately. The bill has already been amended to address several areas of concern raised by NRA, and we will continue to work with Senator Rand and others to make sure S 2081 has no significant problems for law-abiding gun owners. Please contact your State Senator and urge him to work with NRA to make sure S 2081 does not adversely affect our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Please also take the time to contact your State Representative with the same message. Both can be reached by phone at 919-733-7928.
OHIO: Buckeye State Expands Right to Self-Defense! On Wednesday, June 11, Governor Ted Strickland (D) signed Senate Bill 184, NRA-backed "Castle Doctrine" legislation. Please be aware that this law will not take effect for ninety days. This bill protects the rights of innocent victims to defend themselves from criminal attack while expanding the rights of concealed-carry permit holders. Also included in SB 184 are several pro-gun provisions that make Ohio's concealed carry laws more "user friendly". Among these revisions are important provisions allowing people without a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) to legally transport firearms in an automobile, and allowing license holders to pick up or drop off students in school safety zones. The bill also requires awards of legal fees to gun owners who get court orders to have firearms returned to them, decriminalizes concealed carry in privately owned parking garages, allows permit holders to carry a firearm in an unlocked glove compartment or center console and removes the written test requirement for renewal of a concealed handgun license.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Governor Vetoes Tax Holiday for Firearms! On Wednesday June 10, Governor Mark Sanford (R) vetoed S 1143, a bill that among other things would have allowed for a "tax holiday" from the sales for any firearm sold during a predetermined 48 hour window. S 1143 simply treats firearms the same as many other commercial products, while providing a needed commercial boost to legal gun dealers all across South Carolina. This bill will be heard in the House of Representatives sometime next week in an attempt to overturn the Governor's veto. Please contact your State Representative and urge him or her to vote for this important piece of legislation. You can find contact information for your State Representative by clicking here.
UTAH: Utah Primary Elections, Tuesday, June 24! Tuesday, June 24 is Primary Election Day in Utah. Please be sure to vote Freedom First. For candidate ratings and endorsements, please call the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683) or visit www.NRAPVF.org. For more information about voting in Utah, please click here. Remember to Vote Freedom First on Tuesday, June 24!
WASHINGTON: Montesano Mayor Stands-Up and Vetoes Attack on Concealed Carry! In a victory for Montesano's law-abiding gun owners, Montesano Mayor Ron Schillinger vetoed an ordinance banning the carrying of concealed firearms in the city's parks, even by licensed Right-to-Carry permit holders. Please contact Mayor Schillinger, TODAY and thank him for opposing this violation of state law and unjust and unwarranted attack on our right to self-defense and Second Amendment freedoms. Mayor Schillinger can be reached by phone at (360) 249-3021, ext. 102 or via email at mayor@montesano.us.
Seattle Mayor Brazenly Attacks Right-to-Carry! In a knee-jerk reaction to a recent shooting, Mayor Greg Nickels signed an executive order on Monday, June 9 prohibiting firearms at Seattle Center, parks, community centers, and city-owned buildings. This ban, which includes Right-to-Carry permit holders, does not require review by the City Council and directs that a plan be drawn-up in 30 days to establish the prohibition. Mayor Nickels' ban is a clear violation of Washington State's preemption statutes, which say that only the State Legislature can enact laws pertaining to firearms. It is important that NRA members, Right-to-Carry permit holders, firearm owners, and anyone interested in the rule of law respectfully make their voice heard against this unlawful proposal. Please contact Mayor Nickels, write a letter to your local newspaper(s), call in to radio talk shows, and urge your legislators to speak out against this unwarranted attack on law-abiding gun owners. For contact information, please click here.
WEST VIRGINIA: Ranson City Considering Ban on Your Right-to-Carry! The Ranson City Council is considering an ordinance to ban the possession or carrying of concealed firearms on all "public property." The City Council tabled the ordinance earlier this month during first reading, but it may come up again at the council's next meeting on July 1. This move is in blatant violation of West Virginia's preemption statutes. The next City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 1 at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 312 S. Mildred St. It is critical that the council members know that West Virginia's law-abiding gun ownerswill not tolerate illegal and unjust attacks on our Second Amendment freedoms. Please make plans to attend this important meeting and make your voice heard during public comment time. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mayor David Hamill TODAY and respectfully urge him to oppose this violation of state law and this unjust and unwarranted attack on our right to self-defense and Second Amendment freedoms. Mayor Hamill can be reached by phone at (304) 725-1010. Please also contact the members of the City Council who originally voted for the ordinance and respectfully ask them to reconsider this illegal measure. Contact information can be found here.
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does anyone even read the Washington post anymore? there all crazy


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Earlier this week, NRA-PVF released a series of radio and television spots to educate gun owners and sportsmen about Barack Obama's longstanding anti-gun record. In response to the NRA-PVF ads, a clearly panicked Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) are doing everything they can to hide Obama's real record by mounting a coordinated assault on the First Amendment.
They have gone to desperate and outrageous lengths to try to silence your NRA by bullying media outlets with threats of lawsuits if they run NRA-PVF's ads. They have sent intimidating cease and desist letters to cable operators and television stations, threatening their FCC licenses if they run the ads.
Factcheck And Brady Campaign Share Same Sugar Daddy -- FactCheck and Brady Campaign in Bed with Annenberg Foundation:FactCheck supposedly exists to look beyond a politician's claims. Ironically, in its analysis of NRA materials on Barack Obama, these so-called "FactCheckers" use the election year campaign rhetoric of a presidential candidate and a verbal claim by one of the most zealous gun control supporters in Congress to refute facts compiled by NRA's research of vote records and review of legislative language.
Outrage Of The Week: This week's Outrage comes to us courtesy of U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) who recently lashed out at Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin (R) while trying to muster support for anti-gun Presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Hastings has a well-deserved reputation for opening his mouth and speaking his mind. But this week, when he opened his mouth, he put his foot into it. Way into it.
America's Largest and Most Radical Hunting-Ban Group Endorses Barack Obama--It's Just One More Association With Radicals That He Can't Run From:While Barack Obama lies to America's gun owners and hunters about his longstanding public record in support of legislation stripping Americans of essential liberties, his so-called friends are thwarting his campaign of deception. The Humane Society Legislative Fund, the political arm of the radical Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), is the most recent to foil Obama's best laid plans after giving him the organization's unequivocal endorsement. This should be a resounding wake-up call to America's millions of hunters.
2008 Gun Rights Policy Conference: This year's Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 26, 27, & 28, at the beautiful Sheraton Crescent hotel. The theme of this year's conference is "Elect Freedom!" Time Is Running Out To Register To Vote!One of the simplest, yet most important, things gun owners can do this election season is ensure they are currently registered to vote. Our vote is our voice; if we don't use it, we will lose it! We can't afford to let others decide for us who will represent our interests in Washington or in the state legislatures. Many states voter registration deadlines expire 30 days prior to Election Day (November 4th), so time is running out!
Absentee Voting: Bank Your Vote-Assist On Election Day!With more states than ever allowing early and absentee voting, it is critical that those pro-gun voters who think there may even be a chance they won't be able to vote in person on November 4th, ensure they vote via absentee ballot. By banking your vote prior to November 4th, not only will you avoid potentially long lines, but you will also be freed up to assist with the Election Day activities of pro-gun candidates in your area!
New NRA T-Shirts vailable NOW! 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 Obama and all of the other legislators 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!
"I'm A Bitter Gun Owner And I Vote!" Yard Signs Available Now: 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!"
STATE ROUNDUP (please click to see any updates on states not listed below.)
ARIZONA: Maricopa County to Discuss Shooting Range! The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will be holding two public meetings to discuss the naming of the Buckeye Hills Public Shooting Range, the first of which will be held on September 26 at the Buckeye Public Library in the conference room at 310 N. 6th Street in Buckeye at 1:15 p.m. The Board of Supervisors will consider the naming the shooting range the "Joe Foss Public Shooting Range", a tribute to the former President of NRA and great American hero who rose to fame as a top Marine ace in World War II, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and former Governor of South Dakota. Joe Foss retired to Scottsdale where he founded the Foss Institute, which remains active today. There has been some resistance relating to this nomination, which is why it's vital that NRA members attend the meetings and express their support. If you can't make the meeting on the 26th, the second public meeting will be held a the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department located at 234 N. Central Ave., Suite 6400 on October 21st at 8:45 a.m.
ILLINOIS: Show Your Support for the Second Amendment! Pro-gun activists continue their efforts to add Lake County to the growing list of Illinois counties that have passed a resolution supporting the Second Amendment. Currently, 85 of the state's 102 counties have passed such resolutions. The Lake County Board has considered the resolution in the past, but has yet to take final action. While the resolution is not on the Board's agenda, a strong showing from the pro-gun community on October 14 could lead to it being added. The meeting is scheduled to start at 9:00 AM, but the pro-gun community is being encouraged to show up early. Please make plans to arrive early to get through the security checkpoint. The meeting will be held at 18 N. County St., 10th floor, in Waukegan. Please make plans to attend this important meeting! You can also contact members of the County Board to urge their support of this Pro-Second Amendment Resolution. For a list of Board Members, along with contact information, please click here. For additional information on this effort throughout Illinois, click here.
KENTUCKY: Management Plan Being Written for Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge. The Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will begin writing a 15-year plan for the management of Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is about 8,500 acres with an approved acquisition boundary of approximately 18,000 acres that extends along the East Fork of the Clarks River from just south of Benton, northwest to within five miles of Paducah. The federal agency is inviting the public to submit comments on how they want to see the Refuge managed in the future. Because hunting is allowed, it is important that hunters get involved in the planning process to ensure that hunting is protected and enhanced in future years. You may submit your comments to Tina Chouinard, Natural Resource Planner, at tina_chouinard@fws.gov. For further information, you may call 731-780-8208. The deadline for comments is October 14th.
NEW JERSEY:D.C. v. Heller Attorney Stephen Halbrook to Keynote New Jersey State Association Banquet on Saturday, October 11! Stephen Halbrook, author of the U.S. Supreme Court brief for Vice President **** Cheney and over 300 members of Congress in the D.C. gun ban case, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC) combined Annual Meeting Banquet and Friends of NRA Dinner & Auction on Saturday, October 11 starting at 6:00 p.m. ANJRPC is the official NRA State Affiliate in New Jersey (www.anjrpc.org). The festivities are guaranteed to be lively as Attorney Halbrook shares his unique perspective on Second Amendment advocacy and the Heller case. The auction portion of the banquet will feature collectible merchandise, and half the proceeds will be donated back to New Jersey shooters by the NRA Foundation. Autographed copies of Attorney Halbrook's latest book, The Founders' Second Amendment, will be available. Banquet seating ($40 per ticket) is open to the public on a first come, first-served basis. Prepay for a ticket to ensure that seats are still available and that the event is not sold out (contact Lisa Caso at lisa@casosguns.com or 201-424-5536). The event will be held at the Gran Centurians, 440 Madison Hill Road, Clark, NJ 07066. 732-382-1664 http://www.thegrancenturions.com/index2.htm. For additional details, click here.
NEW YORK: Sportsmen's Association for Firearms Education Inc. 2008 Right-to-Carry Conference and Rally Please join the Sportsmen's Association for Firearms Education Inc. (S.A.F.E.) for its "2008 Right-to-Carry Conference & Second Amendment Rally." It will be held on Sunday, October 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (doors open at 12:00 noon) at the Sheraton Long Island Hotel located at 110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway in Smithtown, NY (on Motor Parkway on the North side of LIE between exits 53 & 55). Special guests will include Wayne R. LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President; Ron Schmeits, NRA First Vice President; David Keene, NRA Second Vice President; David Kopel, Research Director of the Independent Institute; Jim Fotis, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Alliance of America; and John L. Cushman, S.A.F.E. President and Founder, and NRA Board Member. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the latest information about Right-to Carry both nationally and locally, as well as meeting and networking with fellow sportsmen and women concerned about their civil rights and how to protect them. Valuable prizes in drawings will be awarded to attendees. Admission and parking are free, and the event is open to your family and friends.
SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina Recognizes Right to Carry Permits! The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has added Virginia, Florida and Kentucky to the list of states whose valid Right to Carry (RTC) permits will now be recognized in South Carolina. These additions are due to the passage of H 3212, the RTC reciprocity reform legislation NRA promoted during last session. It is our hope that even more states will be added to the list, and we anticipate other states will also add South Carolina to their lists of RTC permits they will recognize, if they have not done so already.
TENNESSEE: Please Submit Your Application Today for a Tennessee NRA Specialized License Plate! The Tennessee specialized NRA license plate provides an ideal opportunity to showcase your pride as an NRA member and your steadfast dedication to preserving our cherished Second Amendment freedoms. Your support of this program will help ensure hunting and shooting traditions in the Volunteer State for generations to come. The NRA has begun collecting applications for specialized NRA license plates in Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Revenue, Vehicle Services will only produce the NRA license plates if it receives a minimum of 1,000 applications. The application fee is $35.00. Upon receiving the 1,000 applications prior to June 30, 2009, the National Rifle Association will submit a check for $35,000 to the Department of Revenue, Vehicle Services. If you are interested in becoming one of the first NRA supporters in the State of Tennessee to receive a specialized license plate, please click here for information about the application.
VIRGINIA: 130,000 Additional Acres of Wilderness Proposed for the George Washington National Forest (GWNF): The Forest Service is in the process of writing a new forest plan for the GWNF. Public workshops are being held and public comments are being accepted while the plan is being developed. The plan will be released down the road for formal public comment. Of importance is a proposal to designate 130,000 acres of forestlands as wilderness. This is in addition to 42,000 acres of existing wilderness and thousands of other acres under limited management. Wilderness designation severely limits the management, restoration, and improvement of wildlife habitat. Under wilderness designation, these lands will lose their habitat value over time. Loss of habitat leads to loss of wildlife diversity and shrinking populations. That "perfect storm" translates into lost hunting opportunities. Public roads that access designated "wilderness" areas will be closed to mechanized or motorized vehicles and equipment.
If you hunt in the GWNF, it is critical that you communicate with the Forest Service about what you want, or don't want, changed from the way the GWNF is currently managed. Comments should be addressed to: George Washington Plan Revision, George Washington & Jefferson National Forests, 5162 Valleypointe Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24019. Information about the planning process can be found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/gwj.
WASHINGTON: Washington State Has Lead Ammunition in the Crosshairs! We have recently sent you alerts about a Draft Lead Chemical Action Plan (CAP) that the state's Department of Ecology has released for public comment. We encourage you to read and comment on this document because it covers lead ammunition. Here is the NRA's view: Page 208 of the CAP states, "Products that do not need lead and directly expose wildlife include wheel weights, small fishing weights, and some ammunition." NRA infers from this that if the CAP suggests some ammunition "does not need lead" then such ammunition should be banned and made from alternative materials. The plan includes a cost analysis of banning lead shot. If a ban is not a consideration then why is the Department of Ecology analyzing the cost of such action? Recommendation 9 on Page 235 of the CAP calls for a phase out of lead shot. "Phase out" sure sounds like "ban" to the NRA. While it cannot be proven at this time, NRA can just about guarantee that lead ammunition bans are on the minds of many people involved with the CAP project. Please take the time to read the CAP and provide your comments to the Department of Ecology and to Governor Chris Gregoire (D) by Monday, October 6. The CAP can be viewed by visiting here. Respectfully let the Governor know that there is no adequate substitute for lead ammunition and that any affects on humans and wildlife do not justify a ban as recommended by her Department of Ecology. Governor Gregoire can be reached by phone at (360) 902-4111, by fax at (360) 753-4110, or click here to send e-mail.
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Interesting read on some stats from Austraila after their gun ban.

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Since Australia's gun ban, armed robberies increase 45%

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Since Australia banned private ownership of most guns in 1996, crime has risen dramatically on that continent, prompting critics of U.S. gun control efforts to issue new warnings of what life in America could be like if Congress ever bans firearms.
After Australian lawmakers passed widespread gun bans, owners were forced to surrender about 650,000 weapons, which were later slated for destruction, according to statistics from the Australian Sporting Shooters Association.

The bans were not limited to so-called "assault" weapons or military-type firearms, but also to .22 rifles and shotguns. The effort cost the Australian government about $500 million, said association representative Keith Tidswell.

Though lawmakers responsible for passing the ban promised a safer country, the nation's crime statistics tell a different story:


Countrywide, homicides are up 3.2 percent;

Assaults are up 8.6 percent;

Amazingly, armed robberies have climbed nearly 45 percent;

In the Australian state of Victoria, gun homicides have climbed 300 percent;

In the 25 years before the gun bans, crime in Australia had been dropping steadily;

There has been a reported "dramatic increase" in home burglaries and assaults on the elderly.

At the time of the ban, which followed an April 29, 1996 shooting at a Port Arthur tourist spot by lone gunman Martin Bryant, the continent had an annual murder-by-firearm rate of about 1.8 per 100,000 persons, "a safe society by any standards," said Tidswell. But such low rates of crime and rare shootings did not deter then-Prime Minister John Howard from calling for and supporting the weapons ban.
Since the ban has been in effect, membership in the Australian Sporting Shooters Association has climbed to about 112,000 -- a 200 percent increase.

Australian press accounts report that the half a million-plus figure of weapons turned in to authorities so far only represents a tiny fraction of the guns believed to be in the country.

According to one report, in March 1997 the number of privately-held firearms in Australia numbered around 10 million. "In the State of Queensland," for example, the report said only "80,000 guns have been seized out of a total of approximately 3 million, a tiny fraction."

And, said the report, 15 percent of the more than half a million guns collected came from licensed gun dealers.

Moreover, a black market allegedly has developed in the country. The report said about 1 million Chinese-made semi-automatics, "one type of gun specifically targeted by the new law," have been imported and sold throughout the country.

Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said the situation in Australia reminds him of Great Britain, where English lawmakers have passed similar restrictive gun control laws.

"In fact, when you brought up the subject of this interview, I didn't hear you clearly -- I thought you were talking about England, not Australia," Pratt told WorldNetDaily. "It's hard to tell the difference between them."

Pratt said officials in both countries can "no longer control what the criminals do," because an armed society used to serve as a check on the power and influence of the criminal element.

Worse, Pratt said he was "offended by people who say, basically, that I don't have a right to defend myself or my family." Specifically, during debates with gun control advocates like members of Handgun Control, Inc. or similar organizations, Pratt said he routinely asks them if they're "against self defense."

Most often, he said, "they don't say anything -- they just don't answer me. But occasionally I'll get one of them to admit it and say 'yes.'"

Pratt said, based on the examples of democracies that have enacted near-total bans on private firearm ownership, that the same thing could happen to Americans. His organization routinely researches and reports incidents that happen all over the country when private armed citizens successfully defend themselves against armed robbers or intruders, but "liberals completely ignore this reality."

Pratt, who said was scheduled to appear in a televised discussion later in the day about a shooting incident between two first graders in Michigan on Tuesday, said he was in favor of allowing teachers to carry weapons to protect themselves and their students on campus.

Pratt pointed to the example of a Pearl, Mississippi teacher who, in 1997, armed with his own handgun, was able to blunt the killing spree of Luke Woodham.

"By making schools and even entire communities 'gun free zones,' you're basically telling the criminal element that you're unarmed and extremely vulnerable," Pratt said.

Pratt also warned against falling into the gun registration trap.

"Governments will ask you to trust them to allow gun registration, then use those registration lists to later confiscate the firearms," he said. "It's happened countless times throughout history."

Sarah Brady, head of Handgun Control, Inc., issued a statement calling on lawmakers in Michigan and in Washington to pass more restrictive gun access laws.

"This horrible tragedy should send a clear message to lawmakers in Michigan and around the country: they should quickly pass child access prevention or 'safe storage' laws that make it a crime to leave a loaded firearm where it is accessible by children," Brady said.

Brady also blamed gun makers for the Michigan shooting.

"The responsibility for shootings like these do not stop at the hands of the gun owner," Brady said. "Why are ... gun makers manufacturing weapons that a six-year old child can fire? This makes no rational sense. When will gun makers realize that they bear a responsibility to make sure that their products do not mete out preventable deaths, and that they do not warrant nor deserve special protection from the law to avoid that burden? Instead of safeguarding the gun makers, we should be childproofing the guns."

In contrast to near-complete bans in Australia and Great Britain, many U.S. states have passed liberal concealed carry laws that allow private citizens to obtain a permit to carry a loaded gun at all times in most public places. According to Yale University researcher John R. Lott, formerly of the University of Chicago and a gun control analyst who has conducted the most extensive study on the impact of concealed carry laws in the nation's history, the more liberal the right to carry, the less violent crime occurs.

Lott, who examined a mass of crime data spanning decades in all 3,200-plus counties in the United States, concluded that the most important factor in the deterrence of violent crimes were increased police presence and longer jail sentences. However, his research also demonstrated that liberal concealed carry laws were at the top of the list of reasons violent crime has dropped steadily since those laws began to be enacted by state legislatures a decade ago.

The Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, a division of Handgun Control, Inc., disagreed with Lott's findings, as well as the overall assumption that a reduction in the availability of guns in society reduces violent crime.

"Using violent crime data provided by the FBI, the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence determined that, on average over a five-year period, violent crime dropped almost 25 percent in states that limit or prohibit carrying concealed weapons," the Center said. "This compares with only a 11 percent drop in states with lax concealed carry weapons (CCW) laws. Moreover, states with some of the strongest laws against concealed weapons experienced the largest drops."

Without naming its source, the Center also claimed "a prominent criminologist from Johns Hopkins University has stated that Lott's study was so flawed that 'nothing can be learned of it,' and that it should not be used as the basis for policy-making."

In his most recent research, Lott noted a few examples of mass shootings in schools when teachers who were armed, albeit illegally, were able to prevent further loss of life among students indiscriminately targeted by other students with guns.

Ironically, both Lott and Handgun Control acknowledge that the reams of gun control laws on the books in Washington and in all 50 states have been ineffective in eradicating mass shootings or preventing children from bringing weapons to school. However, Lott's research indicates the criminal element has been successful in obtaining weapons despite widespread bans and gun control laws, while HCI continues to push for more laws that further restrict, license or eliminate handguns and long guns.

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