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  1. With control of the House, Senate, and White House as a backdrop, Biden administration officials in their meeting with gun control advocates conveyed confidence about enacting gun control legislation through legislative and executive actions that in the past had not gotten the votes. On Wednesday, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice and White House Public Engagement Director and Senior Advisor Cedric Richmond held a virtual meeting with leaders of gun control groups, including Gifford’s Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, and Brady, during which they discussed gun violence in Ame
  2. Ever had a politician call you for advice on a gun bill? I have, and I’m just a regular person from the burbs. I don’t have a prestigious job, money, or special political training. I don’t even like politics. How did I get into a position of influence, and more importantly, how can you? Like gun training, political advocacy begins with changing your personal narrative from one of helplessness to one of empowerment. Politics isn’t something that happens to you. You can influence and control it — sometimes in small ways, sometimes in big ways. Effective political advocacy is a skill, w
  3. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has introduced a bill that would strip individuals who are merely suspected — not convicted — of domestic terrorism of their Second Amendment rights. Subjects of a terrorism investigation would be reported to the FBI’s NICS background check system, allowing delays of gun purchases of up to 10 days and a court could stop the sale entirely. The Terror Intelligence Improvement Act would: - Consolidate all federal terrorism investigation intelligence under the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), strengthening the FBI’s capabilities and making sure dangerous i
  4. The moment the Georgia runoff elections were over, anti-gun groups began salivating. They had their guy in the White House, a majority in the House, and a tie in the Senate with Democrats holding the tiebreaker. They were never going to get a better opportunity to cram gun control down America’s throat than this. Then the inauguration came and went, and while President Biden signed a flurry of executive orders, absolutely none of them had anything to do with gun control. Anti-gunner started to get antsy. Well, it seems their wait is soon to be over. White House Press Secret
  5. Yesterday, the Maryland House of Delegates voted to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of House Bill 4 after deferring the vote earlier in the week. Previously, on February 9th, the Senate voted to override the veto of Senate Bill 208. This law goes into effect in 30 days. Senate Bill 208 and House Bill 4 ban the sale or transfer of long guns between private individuals without first paying fees and obtaining government permission. Firearm transfers such as loans and gifts between friends, neighbors, or fellow hunters, are not exempted. Research shows such proposals have no impact on vi
  6. On Tuesday, February 16 at 1:00pm, the Senate Judiciary Committee will consider a measure that cleans up New Hampshire’s handgun purchase process, bringing it in line with the same process used for long guns in the Granite State. Please contact committee members and politely ask them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 141. Senate Bill 141 resolves New Hampshire’s longstanding problem with delays during handgun purchases, by abolishing the “state gun line” system that the State Police currently use for handgun purchases. Instead, the process for purchasing a handgun would now mirror buying a l
  7. Today, February 12th, Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed HB 60 into law. The NRA would like to thank Governor Cox for his strong commitment to the Second Amendment and the rights of law-abiding citizens. “There is no reason a law-abiding person should have to ask for permission to carry a firearm for self-defense,” said Jason Ouimet, executive director, NRA-ILA. “The passage of this bill demonstrates Utah's commitment to protecting the Second Amendment rights of its citizens.” “We thank Gov. Cox, Rep. Brooks, and all who supported this important bill,” Ouimet concluded. Be sure to con
  8. It’s 2021, and with new state legislative sessions underway, several states are renewing discussions of guns on college campuses. In Montana, H.B. 102 would, in part, “[prohibit] the Montana University System and Board of Regents from infringing on constitutional rights… .” Basically, it would legalize campus carry for those of legal age who have permits. The bill saw broad support from a majority-Republican legislature. It quickly cruised through the House and Senate, and is expected to be signed by Gov. Greg Gianforte (R). Local news outlets reported that the Montana Board of Regents is
  9. Leaders of notable anti-gun groups indicate President Joe Biden is likely to take executive action against your Second Amendment rights soon, after meeting with White House officials virtually on February 10. Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts said the group is “confident” Biden will use executive action to enact gun-control measures in the “near future.” “We are pleased that the administration recognizes the gravity of this issue and look forward to continued discussion with and actions by the administration to begin confronting the ever-present threat of gun violence,” said K
  10. BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today confirmed it will extend and expand its “2nd Amendment First Responder” campaign for a record-breaking sixth week, beginning Monday, Feb. 15. “The public response to our 60-second message has been simply phenomenal,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “We’re adding air time across a dozen networks with an additional 91 spots. By the end of next week, our ad will have been seen 439 times by tens of millions of viewers who are obviously embracing our message.” Noting that SAF is the only national gun righ
  11. With the U.S. Senate split 50-50, the chances of gun control legislation passing through the normal legislative process are slim at best. Unfortunately, there are a couple of legislative tricks that anti-gun Senators could use to get around the fact that 60 senators are needed to close off debate and approve bills. In a newly released interview conducted by the Las Vegas Sun in January of 2020, then-candidate Joe Biden said he planned on using “must pass” legislation as a vehicle for his gun ban; attaching it as an amendment to a budget authorization bill, for instance. Connecticut S
  12. I’ve long said that the Holy Grail for gun rights on the state level is constitutional carry. If you hit that point in a given state, you’ve probably achieved almost everything there is to achieve. Of course, there are states with constitutional carry where there’s still plenty of work to do, but if they can pass constitutional carry, it seems likely that such work can be accomplished soon enough. Regardless, there’s now one more state embracing constitutional carry. Residents of Utah will soon be able to carry concealed guns without a permit. Governor Spencer Cox (R.) will
  13. House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) presented five gun control bills on Wednesday. One of the bills, according to The Hill, is the Handgun Trigger Act, which aims to encourage the development of “smart-gun technology,” which would only allow authorized gun owners to fire the weapon. Another bill, the Gun Trafficking Prevention Act, seeks to make the purchasing of a gun for an unauthorized person a felony instead of a misdemeanor. Maloney also proposed the Firearm Risks Protection Act, which requires gun owners to obtain liability insurance.
  14. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that senior members of the Biden adminstration, including domestic policy advisor Susan Rice, met with gun control groups like Brady and Everytown for Gun Safety this week as they gameplan their first moves against the Second Amendment and legal gun owners. As Townhall’s Katie Pavlich reports, Psaki didn’t delve into the specifics of the conversation, but made it clear that gun control is coming. “Yesterday, senior members of his [Biden’s] team, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice [and] White House Public Engagement Director Cedric Richm
  15. WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 10, 2020) — Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of an important amicus brief with the Georgia Court of Appeals in McBrayer, et al. v. The Governors Ridge Property Owners Association, Inc., et al. The brief, authored and filed by UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh and Georgia attorney Darren Summerville, with the help of UCLA law student Madison Way, is available at FPCLegal.org. The Governors Ridge Property Owners Association brought a nuisance action against the owner and operators of an OB-GYN clinic, arguing that the clinic was a nuisanc
  16. Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bill 2310 with a vote of 15-0. It allows those who have already taken online firearms training prior to January 1st, 2021, to use it towards their carry permit application for a limited amount of time. HB 2310 previously passed the House with an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 81-17. Please contact your state senator and ask them to SUPPORT HB 2310. House Bill 2310, sponsored by Delegate Chris Runion (R-25), allows individuals who completed online firearms training prior to January 1st, 2021, but were prohibited from appeari
  17. Yesterday, the House Public Policy Committee heard House Bill 1369, to improve the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their loved ones. Please ask your state representative to SUPPORT this critical bill that improves self-defense in Indiana. 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 al
  18. DATE: February 11, 2021 TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends FROM: Marion P. Hammer USF Executive Director NRA Past President On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, the House Criminal Justice Committee heard and PASSED HB-259 sponsored by Rep. Jayer Williamson (R) & Rep. Cord Byrd (R) The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Alexander Andrade(R), Tommy Gregory (R), Fred Hawkins (R), Ralph Massulo, Jr. (R), Spencer Roach (R), Anthony Sabatini (R), Jason Shoaf (R), Tyler Siroi
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