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Iowa: Voice Your Support for Second Amendment Legislation in the 2015 Session

NRA ILA News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:00
The NRA has been working with state legislators to file pro-gun legislation for the upcoming session, ensuring your Second Amendment rights are protected and even restored.  In the past, pro-gun bills have failed to advance in the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee, however, its new chairman, Senator Steve Sodders, has stated that he is open to hearing your opinion on legislative priorities for 2015.

Michigan: With Only Three Days Left in the Legislative Session, Pro-Gun Bills Need Your Help in Lansing!

NRA ILA News - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 08:50
We are now down to the final days of the 2013-2014 legislative session and multiple pro-gun bills still require action and need passage.  Senate Bills 789 and 790 are still awaiting a vote on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives.  Even though nearly all stakeholders have agreed that SB 789 represents good public policy and raises no public safety concerns, some state government bureaucrats are opposing these bills for one reason—money.  

Bad Medicine for Gun Owners: Confirmation Vote Looms for Obama’s Anti-gun Surgeon General Nominee

NRA ILA News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:00
As we began reporting earlier this year, President Obama has nominated anti-gun activist Vivek Murthy for the post of U.S. Surgeon General.  Particularly given the president’s determination to reinvigorate taxpayer-funded gun control propaganda under the guise of public health research, confirmation of Dr. Murthy would pose a serious threat to the rights of gun owners.  Dr. Murthy’s résumé of partisan activism on behalf of gun control, in which he specifically leveraged his status as a doctor, is detailed at length in a letter NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox sent on Tuesday to Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.), reasserting NRA’s opposition to his nomination.

Polls Find Broad Increase in Support for the RKBA

NRA ILA News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:00
Support for the right to keep and bear arms has sharply increased, and support for restricting gun ownership has sharply decreased, over the last two years, according to the results of a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Wisconsin Police Chief Badgers Residents to Forego Second and Fourth Amendment Rights

NRA ILA News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:00
Perhaps inspired by the recent introduction of surprise home inspections of gun licensees in the UK, Beloit, Wisc., Police Chief Norm Jacobs issued a press release on December 1, urging city residents to volunteer for warrantless police searches of their homes for firearms.

Washington State Gun Control Activists Vow More Legislation

NRA ILA News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:00
In Washington State, gun control activists are already vowing that the recently-passed anti-gun Initiative 594 is just their first step toward dismantling gun rights.  In fact, they are promising to dump more anti-gun bills at the legislative session next month.

House Committee Faults FDIC for Participation in Operation Choke Point

NRA ILA News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:00
In May, we reported on a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee exposé that substantiated improper activities by the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the guise of Operation Choke Point.  While DOJ insisted that the operation was meant to protect the soundness of America’s financial system by targeting fraudulent businesses, the committee report concluded that the true goal of the operation was to “choke out” legitimate industries that regulators considered objectionable.  Among others, these included firearm and ammunition sales.

Poll finds that more Americans back gun rights than stronger controls

NRA ILA News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:00
Two years after the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a majority of Americans say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns than for the government to limit access to firearms, a Pew Research Center survey conducted this month found.

Wisconsin: Beloit gun search offer withdrawn

NRA ILA News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:00
Amidst backlash from the public, the Beloit Police Department withdrew its offer to inspect homes for illegal firearms about a week after it announced the program.

U.S. senator wants toy guns to be painted bright colors

NRA ILA News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 19:00
A U.S. senator from California suggests that Cleveland police might have known then that the airsoft pellet gun was not a deadly weapon – and would not have fired on the 12-year-old Tamir, killing him. Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to consider requiring all toy guns, including B.B. and rubber pellet guns, be painted brightly or carry noticeable fluorescent strips.

Ohio: Major Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Passes and Sent to Governor

NRA ILA News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 07:00
Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives voted to concur on House Bill 234 by a 72 to 21 vote after it passed in the state Senate by a 24 to 6 vote on Tuesday.  HB 234 has been sent to Governor John Kasich (R) for his consideration.  

Veteran's .45 frightens off thieves, The Gaston Gazette, Gaston County, N.C. 12/05/14

NRA ILA News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:00
Sixty-eight-year-old disabled veteran Joseph Sapienza was at home in Gastonia, N.C. when he heard a suspicious noise at his front door. Sapienza retrieved a .45-caliber pistol, placed it in a holster attached to a walker he uses to get around, and opened the door. There were two masked men on his porch attempting to get inside. Recalling what happened next, Sapienza told a reporter, “When they saw the .45, one ran one way up the street, and the other went the other way.” Sapienza believes he may have been targeted by the criminals because of his disability. 

How to prove a 'special' danger to get a gun carry permit in D.C.

NRA ILA News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:00
When I was last at the D.C. police headquarters, they explained to me that I can't apply for a gun carry permit just because I need to defend myself in a city with high crime. I had to prove a “special” danger, according to the new law. So that's what I set out to do.

Growing public support for gun rights

NRA ILA News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:00
For the first time in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys, there is more support for gun rights than gun control. Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership.

Gun-control advocates are seriously losing public opinion

NRA ILA News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:00
For the first time since Pew began asking the question two decades ago, a majority of Americans now say that gun rights are more important than gun control — a striking shift in public opinion over both the last generation and just the last few years. As recently as December 2012, in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., shooting, 51 percent of people surveyed by Pew said it was more important to control gun ownership than protect the rights of gun owners.

Ohio Senate approves new rules for Right-to-Carry permits, hunting with suppressors

NRA ILA News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:00
The Ohio Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would make major changes to the state's rules for issuing concealed-weapons permits, including reducing training requirements and expanding recognition of out-of-state licenses.

Should all convicted felons be banned from having guns? Missouri Supreme Court hears case

NRA ILA News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:00
A convicted drug felon believes a constitutional amendment approved by voters in August means he can have a gun — but it will be up to the Missouri Supreme Court to decide if he’s right.

Piers: I was 'too aggressive' on gun control

NRA ILA News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:00
Former CNN host Piers Morgan admitted he was "too aggressive" on gun control and "didn't listen to the other side as much as I should have done" during an interview with the Fox News Channel's "Kelly File."

Lawmakers push to revive failed gun control legislation

NRA ILA News - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 19:00
Gun control advocates in Congress are looking to revive failed legislation strengthening background check regulations.A handful of Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday they plan to push once again for universal background checks on all gun sales in the new Congress, even though they recognize it will be an uphill battle with Republicans taking majority control.
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