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  1. Urge Your State Representative to Vote Yes on Concealed Carry Enhancement Legislation, House Bill 1450
  2. BELLEVUE, WA – A U.S. District Court Judge in North Carolina has ruled that plaintiffs in a case challenging last year’s “temporary suspension” of accepting and processing pistol purchase permits allegedly due to the COVID-19 outbreak and state of emergency declared by Gov. Roy Cooper, may pursue damage claims and associated claims for declaratory relief and attorney’s fees. The case is known as Stafford v. Baker. On March 24, 2020, Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker “announced a temporary suspension in the acceptance and processing of PPP applications, through April 30, 2020, citing
  3. Firebrand freshman Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-3rd District) is fighting back against claims she has a “gun fetish” for sitting in on a House Natural Resources Committee hearing via Zoom from her Colorado district office with a pair of modern sporting rifles and a pistol on a shelf in the background. Anti-gun California Rep. Jared Huffman was quoted by the Washington Post declaring, “If somebody wants to have a shrine to their gun fetish as a Zoom backdrop in their private life, they can do that. But this is our hearing room, and at some point we will get past the COVID epide
  4. Three years ago last Sunday, a gunman opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17. The deadliest high school shooting in U.S. history mobilized students and others to demand sane national gun policy, only to be thwarted by an obstinate Republican Party in the thrall of the National Rifle Association. If the Biden administration and the new Democrat-dominated Congress do nothing else in the coming two years, it’s crucial they institute universal background checks and other rational reforms. Ironically, universal backgroun
  5. Anti-gun politicians on Capitol Hill have sent a letter to President Joe Biden demanding that he get to work on his gun control agenda, starting with appointing a permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The letter, signed by California’s Dianne Feinstein, Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, and several other lawmakers, urges Biden to “quickly nominate” someone “who is committed to increasing public safety, working with federal partners to investigate domestic terrorists, providing robust oversight of the firearms industry, and tackling our nation’s gun viole
  6. Judge Merrick Garland, who’s been tapped by Joe Biden to be the next Attorney General, told a Senate confirmation panel on Monday that there’s “room” for Biden’s anti-gun policies to be enacted into law, and if confirmed he’ll work with the administration to carry out its gun control agenda. Garland was asked by Sen. Mike Lee of Utah about Biden’s plan to ban AR-15s and other commonly-owned modern sporting rifles and whether he thought such a ban would be legal. While Garland avoided a straight answer, he made it clear that he’ll be a rubber stamp for whatever policies Biden pursues
  7. RALEIGH, NC (February 20, 2021) — This week, Federal District Court Judge Louise Flanagan of the Eastern District of North Carolina ordered that FPC’s lawsuit against Wake County, North Carolina Sheriff Gerald M. Baker can proceed. The opinion in Stafford v. Baker can be found at FPCLegal.org. As part of FPC’s nationwide efforts to address closures and shut-downs during the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Organization filed the lawsuit last March in response to Baker’s decision to shut down his firearm permit processing, refusing new applications for pistol purchase permits an
  8. MONTPELIER, VT (February 22, 2021) — Today, FPC condemned the Vermont Supreme Court for issuing a ruling upholding the State’s ban on common firearm magazines using faulty logic and propaganda. The opinion in State v. Misch, issued last week, and FPC’s brief arguing why the ban is unconstitutional can be found at FPCLegal.org. Vermont law defines a “large-capacity” firearm magazine as a magazine with a capacity of more than 10 rounds for a long gun or more than 15 rounds for a handgun. As FPC argued in our brief, those magazines are both constitutionally protected and effective tools of s
  9. The 2021 fight for Constitutional Carry in the Volunteer State begins today. Your NRA-ILA is working hard with pro-gun lawmakers and Governor Bill Lee to pass House Bill 786 /Senate Bill 765, legislation that will expand self-defense options for law-abiding citizens. Sometimes called permitless carry, Constitutional Carry would ensure that no honest, hard-working Tennessean is ever left defenseless while waiting for government permission or wading through red-tape. House Bill 786 is scheduled to be considered by the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday. Please contact m
  10. Today, the Washington Court of Appeals struck two firearms-storage ordinances under the state’s preemption law in an NRA-ILA case. The City of Edmonds passed two ordinances that required firearms be locked at all times within the home, and imposed liabilities on gun owners if their firearms were ever accessed by a prohibited person. Edmonds passed these unlawful ordinances despite the state’s clear preemption statute. Edmonds is not the only city in the Evergreen State that the NRA has had to sue for violating the preemption statue. Last October, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled
  11. Today, the House passed House Bill 1369 by a vote of 65-31 and sent it on to the Senate for further consideration. Please contact your state senator and ask them to promptly support HB 1369. House Bill 1369 allows any law-abiding adult who is legally eligible to obtain a carry permit, to carry a handgun without first having to obtain government permission. This ensures that citizens have their right to self-defense without government red tape or delays. It does not affect previously issued carry permits, and allows citizens who still wish to obtain a permit in order to carry in othe
  12. Following a year filled with the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread civil unrest, Americans are in no rush to enact further gun controls. According to data from a January Gallup poll, 42 percent of Americans are satisfied with the current gun control laws. The poll also found that 9 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with current firearms laws, but want them to be made less strict. Therefore, according to the survey, a majority of Americans (51 percent) either want gun control laws to remain the same or to be made less restrictive. Sensing a dearth of popular support for their gun contro
  13. Last week, anti-gun legislators filed bills to require registration for many common semi-automatic firearms, ban many firearm modifications, and increase the fee and red tape to apply for a FOID. Please contact your state representative and ask them to OPPOSE House Bills 3212, 3222, and 3245. House Bill 3212 bans, among other things, “any other device, part, or combination of parts that is designed to and functions to substantially increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm above the standard rate of fire for semiautomatic firearms that is not equipped with that device, pa
  14. Tomorrow, February 22nd, the House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs is hearing House Bill 534 House Draft 1, to improve the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones. Please consider submitting testimony in favor of HB 534 HD 1 through the Hawaii Legislative website. For help creating an account and submitting testimony, click here. House Bill 534, as amended in House Draft 1, clarifies when the use of force for self-defense is justified. It states that citizens may defend themselves, their “legally occupied dwelling or motor vehicle,” and othe
  15. FAIRFAX, Va. - The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action applauds a decision by the Washington Court of Appeals today that upheld the state's preemption law and struck down a pair of local ordinances that restricted the right of law-abiding gun owners. "Today's ruling is an important victory for the people of Washington," said Lars Dalseide, NRA Washington state spokesman. "Hopefully jurisdictions like Edmonds will realize that violating the Washington State Constitution is neither legal nor in the best interest of personal protection." The case, Bass v. City
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