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Chicago students trash Walmart during walkout over gun violence

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 18:10
Chicago police are trying to identify the dozens of students from Simeon Career Academy who they say took part in a vandalism spree while they were supposed to be protesting guns.
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Kroger censors gun magazines

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 18:09
Kroger confirmed that it will stop selling assault rifle-themed publications, while noting it would continue to sell other gun magazines.
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Resident objects to gun-toting school mascot

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 18:08
“If they see a statue with a gun they’re going to think, ‘Okay, that’s appropriate, we can do that to our other schools,’” said Linda Virissimo, who lives in San Diego. “If other kids see that they’re going to think that’s okay for their schools to have a gun, but it’s not.”
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Student with ‘Trump’ flag assaulted by mob during National School Walkout

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 18:07
A student at a Minneapolis high school was assaulted by a mob of students after he carried a pro-Trump flag during the National School Walkout on Wednesday, police said.
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California High School Teacher On Leave After Questioning Walkout

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 17:10
A Rocklin High School teacher is on paid administrative leave over her views about the national school walk out. The teacher says all she did was open up a debate about the politics of the protest in her classroom.
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The Science of Gun Policy

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:48
The Rand Corporation, a “research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier, and more prosperous,” released an ambitious review of existing firearms-related research earlier this month. This was the culmination of two years and a million dollars of effort.  The “Rand researchers evaluated thousands of studies to assess the available evidence for the effect of 13 common gun policies on a range of outcomes…” 
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Disgust With Hollywood’s Antigun Activism Unifies Americans in Nationwide Poll

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:45
Based on the results of a Zogby Analytics poll released earlier this month, Second Amendment supporters may have a counter-intuitive message for virtue-signaling Hollywood heavyweights pledging their support for restrictive firearm laws: keep up the good work!  Gun control is gaining renewed social currency in some circles in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. tragedy. Hollywood, to no one’s surprise, has eagerly jumped on the bandwagon, with stars, starlets, and studio honchos displaying their usual self-importance and grasping desire for the spotlight. 
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Bloomberg Gun Control Shill Targets Sportman’s Warehouse for Selling a Bolt Action .22

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:41
On March 2, gun control über matron Shannon Watts issued a tweet taking the online retailer Sportsman’s Warehouse to task for making a certain firearm available to adults as young as 18. No doubt Watts hoped to shock her Twitter followers with the gun’s supposedly menacing appearance.   The rifle she depicted, however, was a Ruger bolt action .22 rimfire, a platform that has safely introduced untold numbers of preteens to the fundamentals of marksmanship and firearm safety, including through programs at summer camps, scouting organizations, and even some public schools. 
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Delaware: Radical Gun Control Legislation to be Heard in the House

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:36
On Tuesday, March 20, the Delaware House will consider anti-gun legislation, House Bill 330
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Minnesota: Two Anti-Gun Measures Proposed in the Legislature

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:12
Your NRA-ILA has learned that Senator Paul Anderson and Scott Jensen plan on proposing two gun control measures that only seek to further burden the right of law-abiding gun owners.
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Louisiana: Egregious Anti-Gun Bills Brewing in 2018 Session

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:08
As the Louisiana Legislature begins its 2018 Session, several overreaching gun control bills have been filed that infringe on your Second Amendment rights and your right to self-defense.
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Kansas: Multiple Anti-Gun Amendments Defeated in the Senate

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:01
Yesterday, the Kansas Senate voted down numerous anti-gun amendments to self-defense legislation, House Bill 2042. 
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Justice Department wants to boost ATF budget to shorten wait for NFA processing

General Gun News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:00

As the Justice Department moves to regulate bump stocks like machine guns, it’s also proposing to shorten the wait time to transfer such items.

For “combating violent crime,” the Justice Department proposed increasing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ budget in Fiscal Year 2019 by $13.2 million “to ensure timely execution of National Firearms Act transfers.”

The proposal would also boost ATF’s NFA branch with 25 new positions, according to ATF’s request. The goal is process applications for items like machine guns, silencers, short barreled rifles or shotguns, and firearms deemed Any Other Weapon within 90 days.

According to ATF data, wait times for NFA items vary depending on the item but the agency currently puts average processing time at nine months, or about 270 days. That figure falls within ballpark estimates generated by NFA groups using aggregated data.

The ATF has tried to address the backlog with new funds multiple times, but never referred to it as specifically addressing “violent crime,” according to a review of budget proposals available on the Justice Department’s website.

For FY2018, ATF sought an additional $4 million specifically for “expediting NFA applications.” Last year, the agency reorganized the branch to improve performance by creating a dedicated body to focus entirely on consumer requests and another on law enforcement.

Gun control supporter Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who advocates for legislation to ban firearms dubbed “assault weapons,” called making NFA transfers a priority “unconscionable.” She suggested the money should be directed toward hiring more agents or the federal background check system.

But gun rights advocates disagree. “ATF is overwhelmed with NFA paperwork,” Lawrence Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, told ABC News. He argued the backlog has been a “significant problem” and that ATF has been chronically understaffed.

The total number of NFA items circulating in the U.S. is north of 5.2 million, according to the most recent ATF data. But the majority of the items are silencers, since there’s a finite number of machine guns circulating in the U.S., which makes them both scarce and expensive. Federal law prohibits transferring ownership of machine guns registered after May 19, 1986, to civilians.

The processing time has increased alongside the number of applications filed and items manufactured each year. From 2006 to 2016, the number of NFA forms processed increased by 813 percent. And the number of NFA items increased 78 percent in 2016, jumping from 1.4 million to 2.5 million.

Yet, advocates on both sides of the issue have agreed on re-classifying bump stocks as machine guns after a gunman used the device to spray bullets into a crowd on the Las Vegas strip last October, killing 59 people and injuring some 850 others. Bump stocks mimic the performance of a machine gun — since the device allows users to repeatedly pull the trigger of a semi-auto rifle with little effort — the ATF ruled the item did not fit the legal definition of machine gun.

Earlier this month, the Justice Department, operating under the directives of President Trump, proposed regulations to re-define bump stock devices as machine guns. The president said during a meeting with lawmakers last month: “You put it into the machine gun category, which is what it is. It becomes essentially a machine gun. It’s going to be very hard to get them.”

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Vermont Action Alert

Government News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:36

The Vermont General Assembly’s House Judiciary Committee this week considered state legislation that, among other things, could ban semi-automatic firearms and certain ammunition magazines as well as start a 10-day waiting period for the purchase of a firearm. Vermont is one of the five safest states in the nation…without unneeded gun control laws on the […]

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Attend NRA-ILA Grassroots Leadership Conference in Dallas!

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:34
Join NRA-ILA staff during NRA's Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Dallas, Texas for a FREE briefing on NRA-ILA’s Grassroots Programs and campaign efforts, with a special concentration on our collegiate outreach. Attendees of all ages are welcome to learn more about what the NRA-ILA is doing to reach out to College Students and how you can help in your local community.
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Indiana: Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:25
On Wednesday, March 14th, the Indiana Legislature adjourned sine die from its 2018 Legislative Session.
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New Jersey: Gun Owner Rally in Trenton on March 26

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:20
Garden State NRA members and gun owners are invited and encouraged to attend a morning rally in Trenton on March 26.
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Register for the 2018 National Firearms Law Seminar—Friday, May 4 in Dallas!

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 13:04
Please join us for the Annual National Firearms Law Seminar to be held on Friday, May 4, 2018 as part of the NRA Annual Meetings. The gold standard in firearms law classes, this all-day seminar provides legal instruction for attorneys and all others interested in Second Amendment law. CLE credit for all states is available.
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Colorado: Monday Hearing Scheduled for Gun Bills in Senate Committee

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:55
On Monday, March 19, the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee is scheduled to consider two gun bills.
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Florida Alert: Gun Bill Causing Financial Losses for those Under 21

NRA-ILA News - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:43
As previously reported, the passing of the Florida gun control bill was so orchestrated by Republicans that as soon as Governor Scott signed the bill into law, FDLE quickly shut down the background check system for hours to update the system to accommodate the new gun control provisions.  They did this with no prior notice to dealers.
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