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NRA GRASSROOTS year in review
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2007 2:53 PM
Subject: NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert: The Year In Review
NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert Vol. 14, No.
The Year In Review
Here are some of the top stories we brought you in the NRA-ILA
Grassroots Alert in 2007. With the 2008 election season just around
the corner, we must redouble our efforts to ensure we are prepared to
meet the opportunities and challenges we will face next year. We will
continue to provide you with information in future Alerts to ensure
our mutual success.
The U.S. Senate passes an amendment to S.A. 3, the "Legislative
Transparency and Accountability Act", removing an onerous proposal
that would have drastically limited the First Amendment rights of
Americans in the political process. Offered by Sens. Robert Bennett
(R-Utah) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the amendment removed language
that would have forced ordinary citizens to register with the federal
government as "lobbyists," with all the attendant restrictions, costs,
U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D) introduces S. 388-the Senate version
of H.R. 226, a national Right-to-Carry reciprocity bill that would
provide national reciprocity for state carry licensees by allowing any
person with a valid carry permit or license issued by a state to carry
a concealed firearm in any other state if they meet certain criteria.
The bill would not create a federal licensing system; it would simply
require the states to recognize each other's carry permits, just as
they recognize drivers' licenses.
Judge Carl J. Barbier, presiding over the U.S. District Court for the
Eastern District of Louisiana, grants NRA's motion for contempt
against New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and police chief Warren Riley for
"failure to provide initial disclosures and to compel answers to
discovery" during NRA's lawsuit against the City for its illegal gun
confiscation of law-abiding citizens following Hurricane Katrina in
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia's Circuit rules
that the Second Amendment is an individual right and concludes that
the District of Columbia's handgun ban is unconstitutional. According
to the majority opinion, "[T]he phrase 'the right of the
people'...leads us to conclude that the right in question is
A new look for the Grassroots Alert is rolled out, providing you with
more concise story summaries, along with the option to click the story
title if you wish to read the entire piece.
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt (R) and West Virginia Governor Joe
Manchin (D) sign NRA-backed "Emergency Powers" legislation in their
respective states to prevent state and local authorities from
confiscating lawfully owned firearms during declared states of
emergency, such as occurred in New Orleans following Hurricane
The Kansas State Senate overrides Governor Kathleen Sebelius's veto of
vital legislation that would allow law-abiding Kansans to protect
themselves outside their homes.
The Brady Center sends out a tasteless fundraiser asking for one
dollar for each of the Virginia Tech shooting victims.
The Fraternal Order of Police's (FOP) Chuck Canterbury and acting
BATFE Director Michael Sullivan note their support for keeping
sensitive gun trace data off limits to those who would use it to
foster an anti-gun agenda. Mayor Bloomberg would later label the
national FOP as a "fringe" organization.
The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit declines to review
the decision in Parker v. District of Columbia-thus paving the way for
the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case.
H.R. 2093, legislation restricting grassroots lobbying, is defeated.
The "Meehan-Shays amendment" would have defined communications by
organizations such as NRA, written with the intent of mobilizing
citizens to contact Congress, as "lobbying," subjecting those efforts
to onerous registration and reporting requirements for the first time
in American history.
The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passes H.R. 2640, the
"NICS Improvement Act," which makes needed, and long overdue,
improvements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons (R) signs the NRA-backed "Emergency Powers
Firearms Protection Act" into law.
In a temporary setback, anti-gun Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.),
Chairwoman of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations
Subcommittee, announces she will not include the "Tiahrt Amendment" in
the CJS appropriations bill. In doing so, Mikulski defies BATFE and
the FOP, choosing instead to do the bidding of New York City Mayor
Michael Bloomberg (R). The NRA-backed language is later reinstated in
an amendment by Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).
An amendment to prohibit the importation of polar bear trophies to the
U.S. is defeated in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Missouri Governor Matt Blunt signs into law two of NRA-ILA's top
legislative priorities. SB 62, Missouri's "Castle Doctrine" bill,
removes the "duty to retreat" for victims of criminal attack; while SB
225, the "Hunting Heritage Protection Areas Act," preserves important
wildlife habitat and hunting opportunities throughout the state.
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee votes to protect the "Tiahrt
Amendment," rejecting two separate amendments designed to strike or
gut the language, in the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations
bill for Fiscal Year 2008. This language maintains firearm trace
information within the law enforcement community and out of the hands
of politicians, trial lawyers and special interest groups.
Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty announces the city will appeal the
Parker ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
President George W. Bush issues an executive order directing Federal
agencies to work more diligently to facilitate the expansion and
enhancement of hunting opportunities and the management of game
species and their habitat.
The Culture and Media Institute (CMI) releases a report entitled "The
Media Assault on the Second Amendment," finding that in the first
seven months of 2007, the three major networks ran some 650 stories on
firearm-related homicides, yet only two covering the use of guns for
self-defense. Considering guns are used three to five times more
often for self-defense than to commit a crime, this disproportion is
NRA holds its first "Celebration of American Values" conference,
providing NRA members the opportunity to hear some of our nation's
most important leaders-including a number of 2008 Presidential
candidates-address Second Amendment issues. Hundreds attend and the
event is broadcast nationally by C-SPAN and receives heavy media
The U.S. Senate passes the Foreign Operations appropriations bill,
which includes an amendment by Senator David Vitter (R-La.) to prevent
any funding to foreign organizations that infringe upon the Second
Amendment rights of lawful American citizens. Any organization that
adopts a policy anathema to the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment
would no longer be eligible for U.S. financial assistance-including
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) dismisses the concerns
of gun owners and sportsmen in California and signs two anti-gun
pieces of legislation into law-a bill to outlaw the sale of all new
handguns that do not imprint identifying information upon cartridge
cases after firing, and a ban on the use of lead ammunition in areas
which are inhabited by California condors.
The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear the Washington, D.C. gun ban
"The Outrage of the Week" section of the Alert debuts with a story
about a 17-year old Olympic shooter who is charged for possessing two
unopened boxes of shells in her SUV that was parked in a school's
89% of NRA-PVF's endorsed candidates win their races on Election
In a video posted on YouTube, Democratic presidential hopeful John
Edwards notes his belief that owning a handgun is merely a privilege,
not a right.
H.R. 4900-the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2007"-is introduced in the
U.S. House of Representatives.
After months of careful negotiation, NRA's work with Senator Tom
Coburn (R-Okla.) pays off with passage of H.R. 2640-"The National
Instant Check System (NICS) Improvement Act." As we reported numerous
times, passage of this bill is a win for American gun owners.
In an astounding display of hypocrisy, Hillary Clinton issues a press
release assailing Barack Obama for his past support of "banning all
handguns," citing his position as one reason to "raise serious
questions about his electability."
NRA will be closed on Monday, December 31, and Tuesday, January 1.
Please have a safe and happy New Year!!!
NRA GRASSROOTS year in review
On Sun, 30 Dec 2007 05:05:51 -0800 (PST), trippin-2-8-track
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2007 2:53 PM
Subject: NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert: The Year In Review snip
....or, "Which Senate Repukes Must Be Removed in '08"
Even Pat Buchanan, as nutty as he is, is predicting that ALL OF THE
SENATORS the NRA fawns over in their article who are running this time
are OUT THE DOOR.
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