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NRA Legislative update

March 8, 2015

 

NEWS  LEGAL & LEGISLATION  
"Astroturf" in the Rose Garden? White House Insists “Everyone” Agrees, Ammo Ban is "Common Sense"

On Monday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that President Obama supports the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives'--which is to say, President Obama's--ongoing attempt to ban M855-type AR-15 ammunition. Obama "has long believed that there are some common sense steps that we can take," Earnest said. "[E]veryone should agree that if there are armor-piercing bullets available that can fit into easily concealed weapons, that it puts our law enforcement [officers] at considerably more risk."

 

LEGAL & LEGISLATION  NEWS  
Hundreds of Lawmakers Sign Letter Opposing Proposed Ban on AR-15 Ammunition

This week, in an overwhelming show of bipartisan opposition, 238 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter to the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, opposing the Obama Administration's attempt to ban commonly used ammunition for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15.  The NRA worked closely with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) to gather signatures on this critical effort.

 

LEGAL & LEGISLATION  NEWS  
Law Enforcement Officers Refute Obama Administration's Justification for Ammo Ban

Since announcing its proposed ban on commonplace 5.56 x 45 mm ammunition, the Obama administration has been careful to claim that this attack on gun rights is in the interest of law enforcement officer safety. On Monday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest continued this line of rationalization, stating: "This seems to be an area where everyone should agree that if there are armor-piercing bullets available that can fit into easily concealed weapons, that it puts our law enforcement at considerably more risk. So I'd put this in the category of common-sense steps that the government can take to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans while also making sure that our law enforcement officers who are walking the beat every day can do their jobs just a little bit more safely."

 

NEWS  LEGAL & LEGISLATION  
Anti-Gunners Lie to Promote BATFE Ammo Ban

Thanks to the BATFE's plan to ban M855 ammunition, affordable rounds for the AR-15 may have been hard to come by over the last week, but there sure wasn't a shortage of hogwash being thrown around by gun control supporters. On Fox News' "America's Newsroom," former Obama campaigner  claimed that M855 ammunition "has been used in every mass shooting we've had in the country over past years." Whether she lied deliberately or misspoke as a consequence of being excited about being on TV, we leave to readers to decide. However, we'll explain Clifton's error with the brevity it is due: That is absolutely untrue. Most of these events have not involved firearms even capable of using that round.

 

NEWS  
New Lawmakers Inform President of their Opposition to the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

On Monday, a group of 12 freshman Senators expressed their opposition to ratification of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in a letter to President Barack Obama.  Secretary of State John Kerry signed the UN ATT on behalf of the U.S. on September 25, 2013. In their letter, the new Senators cited an October 15, 2013 letter to the president signed by 50 Senators from the 113th Congress that outlined their concerns regarding the treaty in detail. Further the group wrote, “we pledge to oppose the ratification of this treaty, and we give notice that we do not regard the U.S. as bound to uphold its object and purpose.” Altogether, 55 Senators in the 114th Congress have made clear that they oppose the UN ATT.

 

LEGAL & LEGISLATION  
UPDATE: Status of National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Legislation

For the last couple of weeks, NRA has updated you on the status of all NRA-supported Right-to-Carry Reciprocity bills in both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House.  As NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said in his recent speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), “And it’s time for Congress to act. Pass National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity for the entire United States. Pass it today!”  Because of your calls, each of the NRA supported National Right-to-Carry bills have, for the second week in a row, seen an increase in cosponsorship.  Don't let up!  Please continue to contact your elected officials and urge them to cosponsor and support these important bills:

 

TAKE ACTION  LEGAL & LEGISLATION  
Attend the Firearms Law Seminar in Nashville

The 18th Annual National Firearms Law Seminar will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015 as part of the NRA Annual Meetings. The gold standard in firearms CLE classes, this day-long seminar provides legal instruction for attorneys and all others interested in Second Amendment law.  Topics to be discussed include current litigation across the country, self-defense laws, firearm forensics in the courtroom, updates on gun trusts, the restoration of rights, veterans' concerns, and representing FFLs during ATF audits.

 

TAKE ACTION  
Make Plans to Attend the Inaugural Second Amendment Youth Leadership Conference in Nashville!

The NRA-ILA Grassroots Division will be hosting the first ever Second Amendment Youth Leadership Conference during NRA’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits! Geared specifically toward the next generation of Second Amendment activists, this one-of-a kind event will be an exciting opportunity for college students to learn more about the Second Amendment and how to become a more effective advocate on their campus and in their community!  (The event is open to all interested attendees, but its focus will be on college students.)

VIDEOS

 

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre on Lou Dobbs: Obama, a U.S. President who hates the Second Amendment

Mar. 04, 2015 - 4:22 - NRA Executive V.P. Wayne LaPierre on President Obama’s push to ban common rifle ammunition.

 

'This President Hates Guns': NRA Vows to Fight Proposed Ammo Ban

Mar. 04, 2015 - 3:41 - NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox fired back at the White House's defense of a proposed ammunition ban on Fox News' The Kelly File.

 

Congress Speaks Out Against Obama's Proposed Ammo Ban

In this week's news minute from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, Jennifer Zahrn reports that 238 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter to the Obama Administration opposing its attempt to ban commonly used ammunition for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15.

 

LaPierre on Proposed AR-15 Ammo Ban: 'Obama Hates the 2nd Amendment'

Mar. 04, 2015 - 3:51 - Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association, appeared on "Varney & Co." to weigh in on President Obama using his executive authority to try and ban certain bullets for the AR-15 rifle.

STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP

Alabama
Alabama: 2015 Legislative Session is Now Underway

Arkansas
Arkansas: Shall-Certify Legislation IntroducedArkansas: Modified Campus Carry Bill Passes HouseArkansas: Pro-Gun Bills Progress in General Assembly

California
California: Committee Hearing Scheduled on a Bill to Ban the Sale and Possession of Legally-Owned Ivory

Colorado
Colorado: Bill to Repeal Arbitrary Magazine Ban to Be Heard in Committee Next Week

Iowa
Iowa: Strong Pro-Gun Omnibus Improvement Bills Overwhelmingly Clear Committee Hurdles

Kentucky
Kentucky: Pro-Gun Bills Pass House Committee, Head to House Floor

Maryland
Maryland: Gun Bill Day Testimony Still Being Accepted

Michigan
Michigan: Governor Snyder Signs CPL Reform Bills

Minnesota
Minnesota: Egregious Anti-Gun Bills Introduced

New Hampshire
New Hampshire: Hunting with Suppressor Bill Scheduled for Executive Session Tomorrow

New Mexico
New Mexico: House Approves Two Right-To-Carry Reform Bills

South Carolina
South Carolina: Pro-Gun Bills Advance out of Subcommittee

Washington
Washington: Two Anti-Gun Bills Stopped in Legislature

West Virginia
West Virginia: Misinformation about Permitless Carry Bill has Turned into Blatant Scare Tactics

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