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NRA New Posts: May 17, 2013
New Posts: May 17, 2013
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New Jersey: Gun Control Package Advancing in Trenton
The state Senate approved several gun control measures on Monday, May 13, and the New Jersey Assembly has placed them on their calendar for consideration this Monday, May 20 at 1:00 pm. The Assembly floor agenda is subject to change. The remaining bills passed in the Senate on May 13 may require action in Assembly committees before they can be taken up on the Assembly floor. As of today, the Assembly is currently scheduled to consider the following bills, among others:

Maryland: Governor Signs Sweeping Gun Control Bill into Law
Yesterday, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D) signed into law sweeping gun control legislation, Senate Bill 281. Reported by NRA-ILA throughout the session here, S.B. 281 faced strong opposition by the people of Maryland throughout the legislative process. This sweeping anti-gun legislation will take effect on October 1, 2013.

Vermont: 2013 Legislative Session Adjourns
State lawmakers wrapped up their 2013 legislative session earlier this week in Montpelier with good results for Vermont NRA members. Several anti-gun bills were introduced in Vermont this year, but none of them advanced beyond committee. NRA members did a tremendous job of contacting their state legislators to express concerns about legislation that would attack the Second Amendment, and your telephone calls and e-mails made the difference.

Maine: Your Action is Needed to Halt Attacks on the Second Amendment
The Maine Joint Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee has been holding work sessions on numerous bills that, if passed and enacted into law, would severely restrict your Second Amendment rights. Three anti-gun bills are expected to be considered on the Senate floor as early as next week. We need you to contact your state Senator NOW in opposition to the following bills:

Colorado: Attend an Important Forum on Colorado’s Assault on the Second Amendment this Tuesday
This Tuesday, May 28, the Independence Institute is hosting a forum at the Freedom Financial Expo Center to discuss the assault that took place during the 2013 legislative session on your Second Amendment rights.

Five reasons the NRA won the recent gun control debate that have nothing to do with politics
As an NRA leader who's worked there for over two decades told me, "I think our volunteers' passion and intensity cannot be matched. You can't pull a switch; your grassroots has to have sustainability and you have to train people. We might be happy with a recent legislative victory, but we examine why we won, we evaluate what we need to do better, and get our volunteers geared up for the next battle." But how do they foster that culture, that fervor?

The AP and the NRA
We have just gone through a period when scorn was heaped on the NRA for opposing new gun rules out of the very same logic that compels reporters to react so strongly against the AP subpoena. The NRA will not abide an infringement on anyone's legitimate right to bear arms, and it fears what could come of enhanced state power. Like the reporters, it casts a jaundiced eye on the reassurances of government. What they are to the First Amendment, it is to the Second.

Toomey is open to reviving plan to criminalize private transfers
Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) hasn't given up on his bill to expand background checks for gun purchases, he said Thursday, signaling more willingness to return to the plan than he had publicly shown before."If we could find a way to bring some more folks on board, then of course it would be worth bringing it up again," Toomey said in an interview.

Mike & Connecticut governor talk guns
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy stopped by City Hall Wednesday and held a closed door strategy session on gun control with Mayor Bloomberg.Following the meeting, Malloy said three objectives should be pursued to reverse last month's setback, when the Senate voted down a bill to significantly expand background checks for gun purchases.

Concealed carry rules for Illinois emerge but face uncertain fate
A measure spelling out who can carry concealed handguns and where they can carry them emerged Thursday after months of contentious negotiations, a system with one set of rules for violence plagued Chicago and another for the rest of Illinois.Though the attempt at a compromise cleared its first hurdle in the Senate, it faces considerable opposition from gun rights advocates who derided it as an effort to greatly restrict where guns could be carried for self defense and argued that it gave too much leeway to law enforcement in denying permits."You put lipstick on a pig, and it's still a pig. That's what this is," said Todd Vandermyde, the National Rifle Association's Illinois lobbyist.

Maryland: Governor signs gun control bill with fingerprint licensing
Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a gun control measure on Thursday to give Maryland some of the nation's tightest gun laws and the National Rifle Association plans to challenge it in court.

California: Assembly advances bill to ban hunters using lead ammunition
Legislation that would make California the first state to ban the use of lead ammunition in hunting has cleared the state Assembly.The bill from Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Rendon of Lakewood would require hunters to use non lead ammunition.

NRA Supports Lawsuit Against Gun Control in Colorado
Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association is proud to support a lawsuit filed today in federal court by 54 Colorado county sheriffs, the firearms industry trade association, several firearms retailers, individuals with disabilities and other parties which challenges the State of Colorado’s recently enacted gun control laws.

Obama Administration to Sign U.N. Arms Trade Treaty "In the Very Near Future"
As we reported last month, on April 2, the United Nations General Assembly voted 153-4 to pass the Arms Trade Treaty, with the United States voting in favor and several countries abstaining. The vote in the General Assembly pushed the treaty process forward after negotiations twice failed to deliver on the goal of developing the treaty by consensus. The Obama Administration is expected to sign the treaty soon after it is opened for signature on June 3.

Confiscate! Confiscate! Confiscate!
Hell hath no fury like an anti-gunner who doesn't get her way on gun control.

NRA Succeeds Because of its Human Resources
Far too many ignorant and politically motivated observers wrongly attribute NRA's recent victories in Congress, as well as our past successes, to NRA's perceived financial might (which is dwarfed by that of billionaire anti-gun zealots like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg). Of course, financial resources, when spent wisely, are certainly crucial to any organization's success. However, what makes NRA successful is our extraordinary grassroots efforts--and more specifically, those of our members and volunteers who typically make the difference between legislative success or failure through their continued activism.

Country Star Kevin Fowler is an NRA Supporter
Rising country music star Kevin Fowler was the opening act for the "NRA Country Jam" at this year's NRA Annual Meetings in Houston. Fowler is an unabashed supporter of NRA and the Second Amendment, and he'll gladly let you know that, graphically and in no uncertain terms. Fowler recently weighed in on the gun control debate during an exclusive interview with TheBlaze.
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