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Charlie T Waite

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  1. While Alabama has advanced a permitless carry bill for the first time ever from a house committee, permitless carry bills are also making progress over in Louisiana. Yesterday, the Louisiana Senate passed Senate Bill 118. Today, the Louisiana House Criminal Justice Committee is hearing two different permitless carry bills. With these bills moving, both Louisiana and Alabama have the opportunity to become the 21st state to recognize a law-abiding adult’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense without having to first apply for government permission. Will Alabama take this spot or will it
  2. Tomorrow, the House Community and Regional Affairs Committee is scheduled to consider pro-self-defense legislation, House Bill 11. Please contact members of the committee and ask them to support HB 11. House Bill 11, sponsored by Rep. George Rauscher (R-9), cleans up current law to allow for the defensive display of a firearm against a potential threat. This measure will help law-abiding individuals possibly dissuade imminent violence or attack by allowing them to exclaim or display their possession of a firearm. Self-defense situations are never cut and dried; passing HB 11 aids
  3. DATE: April 28, 2021 TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends FROM: Marion P. Hammer USF Executive Director NRA Past President SB-1884, the Preemption Enforcement bill has passed both the House and Senate and is now on the way to the Governor for his signature. This bill stops anti-gun governments and subdivisions of government from trying to scam plaintiffs in lawsuits over the entity's violation of state law. The Senate bill was sponsored by Sen. Ray Rodrigues (R).
  4. Today, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee passed Constitutional Carry Legislation, House Bill 596, as well as concealed carry clarification measure, House Bill 124. Yesterday, the Senate passed their own version of Constitutional Carry Legislation, Senate Bill 118, by a 27 to 11 vote. Please contact your State Representative and ask them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 118, House Bill 596, and House Bill 124. Also, please ask your Representative to OPPOSE House Bill 55. Constitutional Carry Legislation, Senate Bill 118 and House Bill 596 remove the requirement for law-
  5. President Joe Biden has frequently made clear his intent to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), and now it seems some members of Congress are looking to follow suit. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) reintroduced H.B. 2814, a bill designed to achieve Biden’s goal of eliminating the PLCAA. The last version of the bill was titled the “Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act.” Speaking in 2019 about the bill’s previous iteration, Schiff said, “The gun industry should not enjoy special privileges and protections. … This bill would pierce the gun indust
  6. Before the election, Joe Biden refused to answer whether he’d support rigging the U.S. Supreme Court by adding new justices. In 1983, he called court packing “a bonehead idea” that endangered the independence of the judiciary. Now, it seems the septuagenarian commander-in-chief may have had a change of heart. In one of his recent executive actions (one of almost 50 issued in his first 100 days), Biden directed the formation of a commission to study “the Court’s role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Co
  7. What I find amazing is how some jump to a conclusion that things will not be done in a proper way without knowing or asking for all the facts. They just jump right in with what is and is not allowed assuming the rest of us are not going to do the right thing. Makes me wonder if that is where they go and so assume that is what everyone else does; why else would they not wait until ask? Also, Yohanaqua, I got the humor and reference of your comment right off the bat; I also appreciated it.
  8. Monday, April 26, 2021 - 12:50 pm BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum today signed a proclamation designating North Dakota as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary State,” reinforcing the state’s support for the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Burgum signed the proclamation during a ceremonial signing with legislators for several bills approved this session to protect the rights of North Dakotans to possess and carry firearms. “Both the U.S. Constitution and North Dakota Constitution recognize our citizens’ inalienable right to keep and bear arms, and design
  9. BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today is hailing the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a Second Amendment right-to-carry case challenging New York State’s restrictive gun control law, declaring that a favorable ruling in this case will almost certainly impact challenges to similar laws in other states, which SAF and others are contesting. The case is known as NY State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett. It is the first time in more than a decade the high court has accepted a Second Amendment case for review since the 2010 case of McDonald v. City of Chicago,
  10. According to an ATF document leaked to AmmoLand News, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) can legally obtain information from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for civil or criminal enforcement. The monitoring of NICS isn’t for prohibited people. It is for monitoring people that are not prohibited from buying a firearm, but the ATF suspects MIGHT be committing a crime in the future. Someone buying too many guns in the ATF’s or FBI’s eyes could be placed on the list. The person being monitored will NOT be notified of the surveillance. T
  11. For the first time in more than a decade, the U.S. Supreme Court will take a Second Amendment case, this one dealing with the right to carry a concealed handgun for personal protection outside the home, possibly setting the stage for a major upheaval of restrictive gun control laws in several states dealing with the right to bear arms. Watch for the gun prohibition lobby to begin a feverish push for expansion of the high court. Legislation was introduced recently to add four seats, but a new Fox News poll released Monday shows a majority of registered voters are against packing the court.
  12. SAN FRANCISCO (April 26, 2021) — Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of a reply brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in McDougall v. County of Ventura, which challenges the County’s orders that shuttered firearm and ammunition retailers and banned travel to stores in other counties under its COVID-19 orders in 2020. The brief can be viewed at FPCLegal.org. FPC’s brief begins by noting that “every case upholding the restrictions Defendants cite has been reversed by the Supreme Court of the United States,” and that the Court “spotlighted these cases as illus
  13. Once predominantly farmland and pastures, Loudoun County, Virginia, is now home to planned communities filled with countless government contractors and bureaucrats. It also regularly has the highest median income of all counties in the nation. The county Board of Supervisors enacted gun control as soon as the anti-gun legislature in Richmond authorized such local efforts. The county school board has been mired in self-made controversy, but the latest Loudoun County incident is a direct attack on the Second Amendment. Claire Gallagher, a social science teacher at Tuscarora High School in L
  14. Today the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear an NRA-backed case challenging New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime. This sets the stage for the Supreme Court to affirm what most states already hold as true, that there is an individual right to self-defense outside of the home. This case challenges New York’s requirement that applicants demonstrate “proper cause” to carry a firearm. New York regularly uses this requirement to deny applicants the right to carry a firearm outside of their home. The NRA believes that law-abiding citizens should not be required to prove they a
  15. Fairfax, Va. - The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action North Dakota State Director Brian Gosch joined Gov. Doug Burgum at a ceremonial bill signing today for a number of NRA-backed bills including House Bill 1498, legislation that allows law-abiding North Dakotans to stand their ground. "Thanks to Gov. Burgum, law-abiding North Dakotans will now have the ability to defend themselves and their families when away from the home," said Brian Gosch, NRA-ILA's North Dakota state director. "It's a commonsense law that puts the rights for the people above the rights of the
  16. Today, unconstitutional anti-gun legislation has been sent to the desk of Governor Jay Inslee for his consideration. It is important that all NRA Members and Second Amendment supporters immediately contact Governor Inslee and urge him to VETO House Bill 5038. Senate Bill 5038 makes it a crime to openly carry, on the person or in a vehicle, a firearm or other “weapon” if you are at or within 250 feet of a “permitted demonstration” in a public place. Even if you leave your firearm locked in the trunk of your car, it is considered "open carry" under this bill and you will be guilty of
  17. Fairfax, Va. - The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, in partnership with its state affiliate, the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs (ANJRPC), asked the Supreme Court of the United States on Monday to hear their challenge against New Jersey’s prohibition on magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. “The fact that magazines holding 10 or more rounds of ammunition are standard in many of the most common firearms in America, and that millions of Americans own these kinds of magazines and hundreds of millions of them are in c
  18. In his first week in office, President Joe Biden (D) signed a stack of 22 executive orders. By mid-March, he had signed more than 50. Just before this went to print, four Democrat senators, led by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), sent a letter to Biden asking him to take executive action on guns. Gun-control groups, and the politicians who side with them, see their chance and they are impatient. The drumbeat from the mainstream media has been particularly incessant. They want to know when Biden will move against American citizens’ Second Amendment rights. Meanwhile, as this was being w
  19. The U.S. Supreme Court decided April 26 that it will hear its first Second Amendment case that deals specifically with firearms in more than a decade. The case itself challenges New York’s onerous requirements to lawfully carry a firearm; specifically, restrictions that residents applying for their Second Amendment rights must demonstrate “proper cause” to do so—a barrier the state routinely uses to deny applicants a right that is supposed to be free from arbitrary restrictions imposed by the government. The brief challenges the constitutionality of New York’s practice based on the
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