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Oklahoma: Show Your Support for Hunting in Lexington

The Lexington City Council will meet next Tuesday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the Luther Dean Memorial Council Chambers of Lexington City Hall at 111 East Broadway Street.  After discussion of a hunting ban at its last two meetings, as reported here, the City Council proposed to vote on a hunting ban within the Lexington city limits on November 4.  At this time, this issue is not on the agenda for November 4.  

Oklahoma: Show Your Support for Hunting in Lexington

The Lexington City Council will meet next Tuesday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the Luther Dean Memorial Council Chambers of Lexington City Hall at 111 East Broadway Street.  After discussion of a hunting ban at its last two meetings, as reported here, the City Council proposed to vote on a hunting ban within the Lexington city limits on November 4.  At this time, this issue is not on the agenda for November 4.  

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 43 10/31/2014

Alabama: Protect Our Hunting Heritage -- Vote YES on Amendment 5 on Tuesday

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day and the NRA is encouraging all Alabamians to vote YES on Amendment 5, the state constitutional amendment declaring and protecting an individual right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.  By enshrining this state constitutional right, Alabama would keep the existing fishing and hunting structure in place while protecting future generations of sportsmen from attacks initiated by well-funded anti-hunting extremists.

Alabama: Protect Our Hunting Heritage -- Vote YES on Amendment 5 on Tuesday

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day and the NRA is encouraging all Alabamians to vote YES on Amendment 5, the state constitutional amendment declaring and protecting an individual right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.  By enshrining this state constitutional right, Alabama would keep the existing fishing and hunting structure in place while protecting future generations of sportsmen from attacks initiated by well-funded anti-hunting extremists.

Maine: Protect Our Hunting Heritage—Vote NO on Question 1 on Tuesday

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day and the NRA Political Victory Fund is encouraging all Mainers to vote NO on Question 1, the anti-hunting ballot initiative that would outlaw three traditional methods of bear hunting in Maine: hunting with dogs, baiting and trapping.

Maine: Protect Our Hunting Heritage—Vote NO on Question 1 on Tuesday

Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day and the NRA Political Victory Fund is encouraging all Mainers to vote NO on Question 1, the anti-hunting ballot initiative that would outlaw three traditional methods of bear hunting in Maine: hunting with dogs, baiting and trapping.

Washington: State senator to reintroduce gun control bill in Olympia

State Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Seattle, whose district includes parts of south Snohomish County, for two years has sponsored a bill that would require that guns be safely stored, making it a crime if a person stores or leaves a loaded firearm in a place where a child under 16 could get it.It didn’t get out of committee in 2013 and didn’t get a hearing in 2014. She said Wednesday she’ll try again in 2015. The Legislature convenes in January.

Massachusetts: Struggle to regain gun license in Worcester becomes local man’s fight for Constitutional rights

Nine years after they were first stripped from him after his arrest for assault and battery, Raymond Holden is still fighting to get his guns and gun permit back. The journey has been paved with wins and losses in court, and while he does not say how much, the price tag has grown quite steep. He remains locked in a battle with the city and Police Chief Gary Gemme, who first suspended Holden's license in 2005, and revoked it in 2006.

3 robbed at gunpoint after N.C. state fair declares gun-free zone

Three people were reportedly robbed at gunpoint Saturday leaving the North Carolina State Fair after a judge ruled earlier this month that concealed weapons would not be permitted at the event.

South Africa: Stricter gun laws on the cards

The government wants to tighten the country’s gun laws, and amendments to the 2000 Firearms Control Act are expected to go before Parliament early next year. And the ANC is calling for the elimination of illegal guns.

Message from NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris W. Cox

Friends, the future of our Second Amendment rights comes down to one day— Election Day—Tuesday, November 4. Tuesday’s elections are the most important of our lifetime. Our fundamental right to keep and bear arms has never been in greater jeopardy. This election cycle, we face the best organized and most well-funded attack on our freedom since our forefathers put pen to paper to ensure our Second Amendment rights.

Halloween Horror: Desperate, Angry Activists Hope to Shame Pro-Gun Voters into Inaction

With Halloween upon us, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) decided to ratchet up the gore (and poor taste) in their latest series of anti-gun ads.  Mischaracterized by CSGV as public service announcements, the only service these grisly ads provide to the public is alerting the electorate to the gun control community’s increasingly angry, inflammatory, and judgmental tactics.

Must See Video! Vote, or Let Others Determine the Scope of Your "Rights"

As part of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' gun control-promotion tour, a cross-section of anti-gun activists, politicians, Obama administration representatives, and others of like mind gathered in Oregon recently to discuss “what we can do in the legislature next year.”  Topics discussed included “universal” background checks, gun registration, and a plan to sell “universal” checks with fake gun sportsmen in flannel shirts, in the style of John Kerry. 

You're Going to Vote; What More Can You Do?

In addition to casting your ballot on Tuesday, here are some additional steps you can take to help ensure the future preservation of our liberty: 

Arizona Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate Supports Colorado-Like Gun Control

Former Clinton White House Deputy Director Fred DuVal (D) is running for governor of Arizona, and if he wins, he will put his support behind the implementation of Colorado-like gun control.

Mississippi: NRA-ILA and State Legislative Leaders Urge Passage of Amendment 1 on November 4 to Establish a Constitutional Right to Hunt, Fish and Harvest Wildlife

Today at the State Capitol in Jackson, the Mississippi Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, led by House Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks Committee Chairman, Scott Bounds (R-Philadelphia) hosted a press conference to urge support for passage of NRA-backed Amendment 1 on November 4 -- a state constitutional amendment establishing an individual right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife.

New York Times Mocks NRA Ad in Which Rape Victim Advocates Self-Defense

The New York Times mocked an NRA ad that shows a rape victim speaking up for her right to bear arms for self-defense. 

Joni Ernst is right on guns

There is a new argument against Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst. To wit, that she should be excluded from the United States Senate because she just might shoot the parliamentarian the first time a procedural ruling goes against her.In a recently unearthed video from a 2012 National Rifle Association meeting in Iowa, Ernst explained her devotion to her Smith & Wesson 9 millimeter in particular, and to her gun rights in general. “I believe,” she said, “in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”

D.C. Attorney General to appeal concealed carry permits

D.C. is has been accepting applications for concealed handgun permits for about a week but that could soon end.News4's Mark Segraves is reporting D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan will appeal a judge’s ruling requiring the city to issue concealed carry permits. If successful, the District could take away any permits originally granted.

NRA demands Georgia county’s elections board reverse ban on pro-gun clothing

The National Rifle Association has written a letter demanding the board of elections in Douglas County, Georgia, reverse an informal ban on pro-gun clothing at the voting booth.

Alabama: Gun rights and hunting a major focus in upcoming general election

We are now just a week away from Alabama's general election.On the ballot are five amendments, two of which are related to guns, one for hunting and another for gun ownership.

New York: SAFE Act, part II a possibility

Potential changes to the state SAFE Act had residents and gun owners outspoken about its provisions at the Frewsburg American Legion on Monday night.The event was sponsored by the Shooters Committee On Political Education and featured presentations by Mike Benard of the Wayne County SCOPE chapter and Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R,C,I-Jamestown.

‘Lone Wolf’ terror attacks: We're sitting ducks and Americans with guns are last line of defense

The recent spate of “lone wolf” terrorist attacks both here and in Canada seem to have come out of nowhere. And it’s clear that they have left Americans and Canadians as sitting ducks.Simply by using the Internet, ISIS has encouraged “lone wolf” individuals. These “wolves” have initiated attacks on their own with no planning or coordination with others and without leaving a trail of clues about their intentions. Law enforcement authorities and our government are not well suited to defend against such individual terror strikes. As Israel has learned about such attacks, there are just too many targets to defend.So what can be done to protect public safety? When police and the military can’t be everywhere, the last line of defense is having more citizens carry guns.

Intruder twice thwarted by armed citizens, WFIE, Evansville, Ind. 10/24/14

Brian Hiner was at home in Butler County, Ohio when his dog alerted him to an intruder. Hiner retrieved a gun, went to investigate, and apprehended the home invader. When police arrived, they detained the intruder in a cruiser. However, the criminal managed to escape the vehicle, ran into a cornfield, and eventually invaded another house. 15-year-old Justin Kugler was at home at the time, and responded to the intrusion by retrieving a gun. When Kugler encountered the home invader he told him, “get out of the house or I'm going to shoot you.” Police recaptured the intruder outside the Kugler residence. When interviewed by a local media outlet, Kugler stated, “I feel pretty good about it that I could have saved other people's houses and their property.” 

Bloomberg PAC highlights gun control in Connecticut, Maryland

Gun control supporting candidates facing tight races for governor in Connecticut and Maryland are the beneficiaries of a last-minute ad buy from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Ohio: More than a dozen gun bills await lawmakers after election

A variety of gun bills are being shot out at the statehouse, all of them ready to be debated by lawmakers after the election next Tuesday.

Pennsylvania: Governor Tom Corbett Signs Firearms Preemption Legislation into Law

Today, Governor Tom Corbett (R) signed into law House Bill 80, the strongest firearms preemption statute in the country, at a public signing ceremony.  This critical pro-gun legislation strengthens the state firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania and allows citizens to seek legal remedies against localities whose gun control ordinances exceed state law.

Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594

A majority of Washington State’s 39 sheriffs have come out in opposition to anti-gun Washington State Ballot Initiative 594.  The sheriffs oppose I-594 because it will not make anyone safer, will strain scarce law enforcement resources, will criminalize the lawful behavior of millions of law-abiding gun owners in Washington and will be unenforceable.  

Former NY City mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending millions in an attempt to save faltering gubernatorial candidates in CT and MD

Former NY City mayor Michael Bloomberg is spending millions in an attempt to save faltering gubernatorial candidates in CT and MD who might not otherwise be in tight races but for their extremist anti-gun positions.

Washington State Sheriff Steve Mansfield says Initiative 594 will "chip away at our Constitutional Rights"

 As your sheriff, I can assure you my position in the past and today remains firm in the” law of the land” and support of our constitution.

Virginia: Expanded Hunting Opportunities in Draft Plan for James River National Wildlife Refuge

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft plan to guide management of the James River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for the next 15 years.  The 4,325-acre Refuge is located in Prince George County, Virginia, and is administered by staff at Eastern Virginia Rivers NWR Complex.  

Virginia: Expanded Hunting Opportunities in Draft Plan for James River National Wildlife Refuge

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft plan to guide management of the James River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for the next 15 years.  The 4,325-acre Refuge is located in Prince George County, Virginia, and is administered by staff at Eastern Virginia Rivers NWR Complex.  

Virginia: Expanded Hunting Opportunities in Draft Plan for James River National Wildlife Refuge

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft plan to guide management of the James River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for the next 15 years.  The 4,325-acre Refuge is located in Prince George County, Virginia, and is administered by staff at Eastern Virginia Rivers NWR Complex.  

Connecticut: Gun control opponents vow week of effort to defeat Malloy

Connecticut has no provision in its Constitution to recall elected officials, but critics of gun control say their chance to oust Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other political opponents will come on Election Day.

New York gun grabbing massive overreach

Gun control supporters scoff when Second Amendment defenders accuse them of advocating the confiscation of firearms. The pro-restrictions crowd claims that our elected officials aren’t really trying to do what the gun-control set would actually love them to do.Well, it’s happening. New York state is ground zero for gun grabbing, validating the worries of gun owners everywhere.

New York: Will SAFE Act affect DA races?

Republicans believe opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's SAFE Act could increase voter turnout and make local Democratic candidates for district attorney vulnerable in November.

Australia: Tasmanian firearm registry causing concern

The state’s peak farming body has warned that personal details on the state’s firearm registry, which Tasmania Police has consistently denied has been breached, could potentially be sighted by people with sinister motives.

Pennsylvania: Governor to Sign Firearms Preemption Bill Tomorrow

Tomorrow, October 28, Governor Tom Corbett (R) will sign House Bill 80 into law, strengthening Pennsylvania’s firearm preemption statute.  This bill takes effect in sixty days.  After four years of hard work, your NRA looks forward to this momentous event in a culmination of all the efforts that NRA members, Second Amendment supporters and Pennsylvania legislators finally accomplished.

References to Knives, Guns, Hunting — Even Fishing — Getting Chopped From Best-Selling Author’s Book on ‘Cooking Like a Pro.’

Best-selling author Tim Ferriss has what you might call a bone to pick. The matter involves one of his popular titles, “The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life.”

New York: With gun act, Cuomo alienates upstate New York constituency

In large stretches of upstate New York, it is the reason Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is deeply unpopular. To many voters in New York City and its suburbs, it is one of his crowning achievements.Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, made New York the first state to pass a broad package of new gun laws after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. Seizing a singular political moment, he called it the Safe Act, and he implored Congress to follow his lead.

Ex-CBS reporter on Fast and Furious media coverage

Sharyl Attkisson is an unreasonable woman. Important people have told her so.When the longtime CBS reporter asked for details about reinforcements sent to the Benghazi compound during the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack, White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor replied, “I give up, Sharyl . . . I’ll work with more reasonable folks that follow up, I guess.”Another White House flack, Eric Schultz, didn’t like being pressed for answers about the Fast and Furious scandal in which American agents directed guns into the arms of Mexican drug lords. “Goddammit, Sharyl!” he screamed at her. “The Washington Post is reasonable, the LA Times is reasonable, The New York Times is reasonable. You’re the only one who’s not reasonable!”

Cooke: Do black people have equal gun rights?

Conventional wisdom holds that firearms are the preserve of conservative white men. You would never know this at my local shooting range, which happens to be in a majority African-American area, and has a clientele that reflects that fact. There, as a white man, I’m often in the minority; just one more guy who likes to fire weapons — another person to chat to and share stories with. It is, I’d venture, how things should be.

Hunters spend more than they get credit for

Hey, hunters — you might not realize this, but you’re business tycoons!That’s right. If hunting were a corporation, it would occupy the 73rd spot on the Fortune 500 list of top U.S. businesses.According to a report compiled recently by the National Shooting Sports Association, hunters spent $38.3 billion on their favorite pastime in 2011, the last year for which complete figures were available.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 42 10/24/2014

Members of Congress Ask Inspectors General of DOJ, FDIC to Investigate Operation Chokepoint

Coalitions of congressional representatives have issued letters over the past two Thursdays requesting internal investigators at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to examine Operation Choke Point (OPC) and any officials and staff involved in the program.

Obama claims executive privilege over 15,000 Fast and Furious docs

The Obama administration is claiming executive privilege over more than 15,000 documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, including correspondence between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife, according to records received Wednesday night by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

New York: Controversy surrounds pistol permit application asking for Facebook information

There's a reason we create private passwords for our social media accounts: the information contained therein is private.We're often warned not to give out these passwords — but how do we react if the police ask for them? That's what appeared to have happened in Watervliet recently, where a form included in the city's pistol permit application included a blank line for applicants to fill-in "Facebook & Password."

Anti-NRA Ebola Theme Infects Media, Spreads Rapidly

In the weeks since we last reported on media attempts to tie NRA to the Ebola crisis because of our opposition to the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general, the anti-gun echo chamber has continued to promote this absurd line of argument.

Woman Posts Yard Sign to “Out” Neighbor as Concealed Carry Licensee

Few of the anti-gun movement’s positions are as self-defeating and mean-spirited as the impulse to “out” others for the choices they make about their Second Amendment rights.

Outgoing AG Eric Holder Cites as “Personal Failure” Lack of Additional Gun Control

As Eric Holder's disastrous reign as attorney general comes to a close, he counts among his and his anti-gun administration's biggest failures the inability to further restrict American's Second Amendment rights.

Backdoor gun control: D.C. sets impossible hurdles for carry permits

The District’s newly minted concealed carry laws require gun owners seeking permits to complete 18 hours of firearms training.One problem: As of Wednesday, the day before a court-ordered deadline for the permitting process to begin, no instructors had been approved to teach the compulsory course.

Washington: Ex-official may be charged with stealing gun-measure yard signs

A former Bellevue City Council member once called the city’s “last liberal” could be charged with stealing yard signs in a duel over competing gun-background-check initiatives.Police said Margot Blacker, who served on the Bellevue City Council from 1990 through 1997, told them she took signs advocating I-591, which is supported by gun-rights supporters, as retaliation for the theft of signs promoting I-594, a measure that would expand background checks.

Clerk defends himself from armed robbers, KBOB, Albuquerque, N.M. 10/21/14

A pair of armed robbers entered the Pajarito Corner Store in Albuquerque, N.M., and demanded cash. As the pair were leaving, the clerk went to lock the store’s door, at which point one of the criminals leveled a gun at him. The clerk responded by firing at the robbers, striking one and causing both to flee. The thieves fled in a vehicle, but were involved in an accident. Police caught up with the criminals, finding one dead and arranging for the other to be taken to a hospital. The surviving robber will be charged with murder in the death of his accomplice. 

Judge says Maine wildlife officials allowed to oppose bear-hunt restrictions

A judge on Wednesday refused to issue an emergency injunction aimed at stopping the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife from using its resources to campaign against a ban on baiting, trapping and using dogs to hunt bears.

Pennsylvania: Officials irked about state bill that could eliminate local gun laws

The Pennsylvania House's passage Monday of a controversial bill granting legal standing to the National Rifle Association to sue over local gun laws has put dozens of municipalities on notice.

Gun-control battle swings to Washington state

The center of the national debate over firearm background checks has, for the moment, moved to Washington state.Next month, residents of Washington state will get to vote on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online.

Va. Beach OK's gun agenda item, triggering dissent

The city's legislative agenda isn't normally all that controversial for residents. But an item about guns this year has gotten people talking.The proposal asks the General Assembly to consider requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms. Failure to do so within two days of realizing a gun has disappeared would result in a civil fine.

Tennessee: Residents petition for Farragut guns in parks ban to be lifted

Another effort to repeal Farragut's ban on guns in parks is underway. A change in state law in 2009 allowed handgun permit holders to carry their weapons into parks, but local governments could opt out. That's what Farragut decided to do and they've stuck with it when the issue came up again last year.

Pennsylvania: 2014 Legislative Session Ends With Victory

After four years of effort, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives finally passed critical firearms preemption legislation.  Yesterday, the state House voted to concur on the Senate amendments to House Bill 80 by an overwhelming 138 to 56 vote.  HB 80, when signed into law, will strengthen the state firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania.

Washington: Majority of Washington State Sheriffs Oppose I-594

A majority of Washington State’s 39 sheriffs have come out in opposition to anti-gun Washington State Ballot Initiative 594.  The sheriffs oppose I-594 because it will not make anyone safer, will strain scarce law enforcement resources, will criminalize the lawful behavior of millions of law-abiding gun owners in Washington and will be unenforceable.  Instead, I-594 would vastly expand the state’s handgun registry and force law-abiding gun owners to pay fees and get the government’s permission to sell or even loan a firearm to a friend or family member.

NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it

In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws.

How gun-control legislation is affecting this election

Many sheriffs in states that recently passed gun-control laws have signed letters saying they are opposed to the laws, saying the gun bans won’t make America safer. Some even say they won’t enforce these new laws. This has gotten some press. What hasn’t been reported is the very governors in New York, Connecticut and Maryland who signed those gun and magazine bans are also reluctant to enforce these laws. It seems they don’t want a political backlash. They don’t want journalists making martyrs out of otherwise law-abiding citizens who might be charged with felonies for doing what they’ve done all their lives. This is where politics runs into reality. It’s a collision voters need to hear more about.

Eric Holder: ‘I take personally as a failure’ the inability to pass gun control

If there’s one thing that Eric Holder regrets during his time as attorney general for the United States, it’s his failure to press through a Second Amendment crackdown on the heels of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, he said.

NRA-backed bill clears Pa. legislature; Corbett indicates he'll sign it

In the final minutes of the legislative session, the House on Monday approved a bill clearing the way for the National Rifle Association and other groups to sue local municipalities, among them Philadelphia, that enact ordinances stricter than state firearms laws.

Gun bill passed by House could lead to NRA lawsuit against Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh and other communities with firearms regulations could soon face lawsuits from the National Rifle Association and other groups.

Washington voters face rival measures on gun-sale background checks

Residents of Washington state will get to vote next month on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online. In fact, they’ll be able to vote on the issue twice.

Mental health issues put 34,500 on New York’s no-guns list

A newly created database of New Yorkers deemed too mentally unstable to carry firearms has grown to roughly 34,500 names, a previously undisclosed figure that has raised concerns among some mental health advocates that too many people have been categorized as dangerous.

New D.C. rules on carrying gun in public will be put to legal test next month

U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. was quick Friday to dismiss a last-ditch request for reconsideration of his July ruling to legalize carrying a gun in public in the District.

Gun-grabbers unite!

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, initially avoided then signed by the Obama administration (but not ratified by the Senate), has received the necessary 50 ratifications needed to advance to its next stage — a conference of signers.

Illinois: Threat of legal action prompts repeal of thumbprint rule for handgun purchases

An ordinance requiring a thumbprint to purchase a handgun within city limits has been repealed in the wake of possible legal action from the Illinois State Rifle Association.The Peoria City Council on Tuesday approved a measure that vacated portions of the deadly weapons ordinance without discussion.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 41 10/17/2014

Pennsylvania: Senate Passes Firearms Preemption Legislation, Also Votes to Ban Pigeon Shoots

After four years in the making, yesterday the Pennsylvania Senate finally voted to pass firearms preemption legislation in the form of an amendment to House Bill 80.  HB 80 passed by an overwhelming 34-14 vote.  This critical firearms preemption bill is not out of the woods yet, though.  We are down to the final hours of the 2014 legislative session, and your immediate action could make the difference to achieve this long-overdue measure.  The state House is expected to vote on HB 80 on Monday, October 20, and we need you to contact your state Representative today!

Hawaii: Please Join the Hawaii Republican Assembly for an Evening with NRA President, Jim Porter!

Please Join the Hawaii Republican Assembly for an Evening with NRA President, Jim Porter!  Please join the Hawaii Republican Assembly as they proudly present "An Evening with NRA President Jim Porter" in honor of our veterans and our Second Amendment rights.  

D.C. Council Moves Forward with Backward Concealed Carry Law

This week, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced that the District would soon begin accepting applications for licenses to carry a concealed pistol.  It’s questionable if many applicants will actually receive a license because of the nearly unfettered discretion given to the chief under the temporary law that is currently in effect.  That law has numerousproblems, yet the D.C. City Council appears to be intent on making the temporary law permanent.

D.C. to begin accepting first applications in decades for concealed-firearm permits

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier on Thursday said her department will begin accepting applications next week for the first public permits to carry concealed firearms in the nation’s capital in more than four decades.

D.C. police chief doesn’t want to release names of gun permit recipients

D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Thursday she does not support a proposal to publicly identify gun owners who are granted concealed carry permits, undercutting a nascent effort by some lawmakers to make the names available upon request.

Pennsylvania Senate approves bill to allow gun groups standing to sue municipalities

The state Senate approved a measure late Wednesday that would give gun groups -- including the National Rifle Association -- standing in court to sue municipalities that enact their own gun laws.

Documents Reveal Additional Victims of Fast and Furious in the U.S., Continued DOJ Cover-Up

Eric Holder may have announced his resignation as U.S. attorney general, but his legacy of mismanagement, incompetence, and the politicization of federal law enforcement will continue to plague Americans for some time to come.  That became even more evident this week with further revelations about Operation Fast and Furious based on information of which the Justice Department was presumably aware but withheld from the American people.

Crayon "Gun" Subjects 5-year-old to Suicide/Homicide Screening and Non-Violence "Contract"

E.R. Dickson Elementary School in Mobile, Ala., has introduced two new vocabulary words into their kindergarten curriculum:  homicide and suicide. Local media outlets report that a 5-year-old was forced to fill out a bizarre safety agreement and risk assessment questionnaire containing those words after making an innocent gesture with a crayon.

London Calling: UK Gun Owners Now Subject to Surprise Warrantless Firearm Storage "Inspections"

A new firearm policy from the United Kingdom Home Office, put in force on October 15, has accelerated the once-proud nation's devolution into a police state.  The Home Office's October 2014 "Guide on Firearms Licensing Law" adds a new rule allowing for police to conduct warrantless surprise inspections of a gun owner's firearm storage practices.  As bad as that is, what's far worse is that the President of the United States cites England's gun control policies as a model for America to follow.

Corps' Regulation Violates Core Right of Self-Defense

A federal regulation that banned the use of firearms by law-abiding citizens for self-defense purposes on property administered by, or subject to, the control of the Army Corps of Engineers violates the Second Amendment and is unconstitutional, according to a ruling this week by Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.  This decision, granting the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and granting a permanent injunction, follows an earlier ruling in January issuing a preliminary injunction. 

UN gun grab enters new and dangerous phase

Those wild and crazy bureaucrats on the banks of the East River are at it again. The United Nations – a bureaucracy so bloated and byzantine that it makes the United States Senate appear efficient by comparison – is poised to begin tossing legal monkey wrenches into international firearms transactions; and indirectly affecting firearms policies in the United States.

D.C. police chief to testify on concealed-carry bill

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier is scheduled to testify at a hearing on a bill that would allow District of Columbia residents and visitors to get concealed handgun permits for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Idaho Woman Wins: U.S. Army Corps Gun Ban Unconstitutional

 An Idaho woman who is barred from carrying a functional firearm for self-defense when she visits federal recreational facilities prevailed today with the ruling of an Idaho federal district court that the federal government ban on firearms violates the Second Amendment.  Elizabeth E. Morris of Nez Perce County is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, regularly carries a concealed weapon, and often seeks to recreate on lands managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Because Corps of Engineers regulations ban functional firearms, even while camped in tents, Ms. Morris is subject to criminal prosecution if she attempts to exercise her Second Amendment rights.  Alan C. Baker, a firearms instructor and a resident of Idaho’s Latah County, is a co-plaintiff in the suit, which was filed in August 2013 in Idaho federal district court.  The Corps of Engineers did not respond to requests from attorneys for Ms. Morris and Mr. Baker, Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF), seeking an exemption from its firearm ban, a ban that has not changed since the landmark Heller ruling.

District of Columbia: City Council to Consider “License to Carry a Pistol Amendment Act of 2014” Tomorrow

Tomorrow, October 16, at 10:30 a.m., the DC City Council will hold a public hearing to consider Bill 20-930, the “License to Carry a Pistol Amendment Act of 2014.”  Despite sounding like a step in the right direction, this act’s name is deceptive.  Its language is rife with bureaucratic hurdles, including long mandatory training requirements, as well as requiring applicants to undergo the already restrictive and burdensome process of registering a firearm in the District.

Charles C. W. Cooke: Another Brazen Lie from Moms Demand Action

Once again, Mom's Demand Action was caught in a lie. A recent Facebook post from the group shows a blatantly false meme intended to increase support for background checks.

Pennsylvania: In the Final Hours of the 2014 Legislative Session, the Fight for Firearms Preemption Legislation Continues

Unfortunately last night, a vote on state Senator Rich Alloway’s (R-33) preemption amendment was derailed on the Senate floor.  Attempts will be made again today to amend critical firearms preemption legislation into House Bill 1796, and it is critical that you continue to contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and urge him or her to vote for the Alloway amendment.  We are down to the final hours of the 2014 legislative session, and your action now could make the difference in achieving what the NRA has been seeking to pass for the past four years!

Washington measure to increase gun background checks bleeds support

A ballot initiative that would require background checks on all firearm purchases in Washington state, including sales at gun shows and online, has support from a majority of voters — but that majority is shrinking.

Washington: NRA donates $150K more in fight against I-594

The National Rifle Association has donated an additional $150,000 to its political action committee in Washington to fight a measure seeking universal background checks on gun sales and transfers.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to advocate for semi-auto ban

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is drawing on the support of families of mass-shooting victims to highlight the issue of gun control and assault weapons in his re-election bid against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

Pennsylvania: Senate Could Vote on Firearms Preemption as Early as Tonight

Your NRA-ILA has just learned that this evening, an amendment is going to be offered by state Senator Rich Alloway (R-33) to House Bill 1796 on the Senate floor.  This amendment would achieve what the NRA has been seeking to pass for four years, and would amend critical firearms preemption legislation into HB 1796.  It is critical that you contact your state Senator IMMEDIATELY and urge him or her to vote for the Alloway amendment.

Shooting the foot in Biden’s mouth

Joe Biden’s ability to say, unfiltered, whatever thought pops into his head is his charm. He’s everybody’s favorite crazy uncle. Barack Obama didn’t even mind when ol’ Joe once described him as “the first mainstream African-American [presidential candidate] who is articulate and bright and clean.”

Judge upholds concealed-gun ban at N.C. State Fair

Concealed-carry permit holders will not be able to bring their handguns into the N.C. State Fair when it opens Thursday, a Wake County Superior Court judge ruled Monday.

I-594 Unenforceable

I am Scott Brennan. I have been with your Sheriff’s Department for over 26 years. As the person who will have to enforce I-594 I have read it very carefully. Here is what it will mean to you. If passed I-594 covers ALL gun SALES and TRANSFERS (more on this later).

Money Pours Into Maine for Bear Hunting Vote

A ballot question that could ban the use of dogs, bait and traps for bear hunting in Maine has outside groups pouring money into the state on both sides of the issue.

Lott: The FBI’s bogus report on mass shootings

It’s disheartening to see the FBI used to promote a political agenda, but that’s what we got with the bureau’s release last month of a study claim to show a sharp rise in mass shootings, a la Newtown, Conn.

Joe Biden: ‘What we need is another Jim Brady’ to push gun-control measures

Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Friday the nation needs another high-profile, respected spokesman for gun control who is able to convince fearful members of Congress to buck the National Rifle Association and other organizations and vote for firearms restrictions.

D.C. mayor signs into law emergency legislation on new gun carry permits

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) on Friday signed into law emergency legislation allowing residents who are properly registered to seek permits to carry concealed firearms in the District.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 40 10/10/2014

 
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