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ARVGC Concealed Carry Class - January 17th, 2015
Concealed Carry Class
Class starts at 8AM SHARP
First Assembly of God Russellville
Highway 7 North, across from Goodyear
 

ARVGC Christmas Party - January 24th, 2015
Arkansas River Valley Gun Club Annual Christmas Party
More information to follow
Club furnishes all meat, please bring a nice side dish or desert  

ARVGC February Club Meeting - February 3rd, 2015
ARVGC February Business Meeting

Meeting starts at 7PM sharp.

Folks that like to eat usually arrive around 6PM or so.

You are not required to purchase a anything if you just attend the business session.  

Jones Mountain Work Day
Click HERE to view the recent Work Day at our Jones Mountain Property.

 

Marking the Range Property
Click HERE to view what it takes to mark our Jones Mountain Property.

 

Road Work - Jones Mountain Range
Click HERE to see latest pictures of the road work.

 

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR)
Washington, D.C. Office:
255 Dirksen Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-0403
Phone: (202) 224-2353
Fax: (202) 228-0908

Little Rock Office:
500 Clinton Avenue, Suite 401
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201-1745
Phone: (501) 324-6336
Fax: (501) 324-5320

Web: http://pryor.senate.gov  

Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)
Washington, D.C. Office:
320 Hart Senate Office Building,
District of Columbia 20510-0404
Phone: (202) 224-4843
Fax: (202) 228-1371

Little Rock Office:
1401 West Capitol Avenue, Plaza F
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: (501) 372-7153
Fax: (501) 372-7163

Web: http://boozman.senate.gov  

Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR 3rd District)
Washington, D.C. Office:
1508 Longworth House Office Building
District of Columbia 20515-0403
Phone: (202) 225-4301
Fax: (202) 225-5713

Rogers Office:
3333 Pinnacle Hills
Suite 120 Rogers
Arkansas 72758
Phone: (479) 464-0446
Fax: (479) 464-0063

Web: http://womack.house.gov  

Michael Lamoureux
Senator Michael Lamoureux
208 Craigwood Circle
Russellville, 72801
Phone: (479) 968-7300
E-Mail: Michael.Lamoureux@senate.ar.gov

 

Representative Andrea Lea
Representative Andrea Lea
P. O. Box 1342
Russellville, AR 72811
Phone: 479-967-4922
E-Mail: andrea.lea@arkansashouse.org  


      

 Gun Shows
Little Rock, AR - Dec 27-28
Little Rock State Fairgrounds Hall of Industry
2600 Howard St
RK Shows
Phone: 563-927-8176  


      

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Our Mission

To Provide a safe and organized shooting environment for the citizens of the Arkansas River Valley and the surrounding areas. We are one of the oldest NRA sanctioned shooting club in Arkansas.

New 2012 Membership Application Online
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 Current "Firearms in the News" items

A glimpse inside Washington's gun culture after Initiative 594
On Saturday morning, I found myself surrounded by knives, guns and ammo. Lots and lots of it.

Santa Gives Child An AR-15 Rifle In Latest Ad From Canada's Gun Lobby
Canada's answer to the NRA is celebrating Christmas this year with an ad that features Santa giving a child the same weapon used in the Sandy Hook school shooting. The image has been shared this week from the National Firearms Association's Facebook page and by its executive vice president Shawn Bevins on Twitter. The "no compromise" slogan positioned beside Santa is a longstanding NFA tagline ...

Sandy Hook families sue gun manufacturer
NEW YORK – The maker of the military assault rifle used to kill dozens at a Connecticut elem ...

Sandy Hook families' suit against gun maker will test federal law
The lawsuit filed Monday by victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, seeking to hold liable the manufacturer of the Bushmaster AR-15 used in the massacre, will test the 2005 federal law designed to protect gun companies by using an exemption normally applied to car accident cases.

Feds drop gun-sales charges against former Police Explorer
CONCORD — Federal prosecutors have dismissed three gun charges against former Portsmouth Police Explorer Johnathon Irish, who has in turn pleaded guilty to two remaining charges that admit he lied to a federal investigator and made a false claim while obtaining a gun part.

Outdoors: Firearm related terms educate readers
From time to time this column has featured simple facts about outdoor-related topics, such as facts about wildlife or names of wildlife young. Today we will tackle a few firearm-related facts, supplied by the National Rifle Association and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Glock vs. Smith & Wesson: A Shootout for the Pentagon's New Pistol Contract
Firearm makers are mobilizing for the U.S. Army's imminent competition to replace the Beretta M9

Hatfield gun shop owner reacts to arrest of suspected burglar
HATFIELD TWP. Tim Dell, owner of Dell’s Firearm Specialists Inc. in Hatfield Township, was undoubtedly happy when he learned Nov. 10 that a 33-year-old Lansdale man, Andrew Rocco, had been arrested and was being charged with breaking into the gun shop in the early morning hours of June 2 and stealing three weapons that he later sold on the street.

Police to seize guns from families following owners' funerals
A plan by police to begin confiscating the firearms of legal gun owners within days of their deaths is drawing fire from Second Amendment advocates.

Gun laws vary state by state
More companies, many in the food business, are asking customers to keep guns out of stores. A brief history of gun laws and guns in public places.

    

 NRA-ILA News

U.S. Appeals Court rules on firearms prohibitions
In the first legal ruling of its type, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati on Thursday deemed unconstitutional a federal law that kept a Michigan man who was briefly committed to a mental institution decades ago from owning a gun.

Second Amendment and people who had been committed to a mental institution 28 years ago
Under federal law, people who have been involuntarily “committed to a mental institution” — however long ago — are barred from possessing guns. Congress agreed that people with long-past mental problems might now be sane, and thus not especially dangerous, and provided for a means to apply for restoration of gun rights. But then in 1992 Congress ordered ATF not to spend any money applying the restoration program. And while it provided, in 2007, that people could get their rights restored by applying to a state that has a qualifying program for evaluating applicants’ mental fitness, many states have no such program.

Gun advocates again lobby so students can carry firearms on Indiana college campuses
Another gun battle may be looming at the Capitol, this time involving firearms on campus.Gun advocates again hope to prevent state colleges and universities from restricting students who want to bring licensed handguns on campus.

A deeper look at claim Georgia leads the nation in school shootings since Sandy Hook
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the Everytown for Gun Safety findings when they were first released last week.But a follow-up story noted concerns that PolitiFact found in previous Everytown school shooting report, centered on the group’s overly broad definition of a school shooting.

Australia: Lindt cafe hostages, like the rest of us, denied the practical right to self-defence
Legally, Australians have a right to self-defence.What we don't have is the practical ability to exercise that right. Owning any object for the purpose of self-defence, lethal or non-lethal, is a criminal offence. Those trapped within the Lindt cafe were left helpless, as carrying items for self-defence is not allowed under State law. What's worse, the offender possibly knew it.

Autistic Child Can Now Hunt Because of Suppressor
My name is xxxxxx, I am a Florida licence holder xxxxxx, a full time Florida resident, and an avid hunter and fisherman. Other then that I'm just a regular guy no one has heard of, but most importantly I am a father.

Targeting 'assault weapons' again
The 1994 federal law banning "assault weapons" was a high point of the gun control movement and Bill Clinton's presidency. Signing the bill, he said it was the beginning of "our effort to restore safety and security to the people of this country." But something happened that he and his allies had not predicted: nothing.

Australia a 'nation of victims', deadly Sydney siege unlikely in Texas, says pro-gun senator Leyonhjelm
Australia is a "nation of victims" with citizens unable to properly protect themselves with weapons, pro-gun crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm has said.

Australia: Gunman illegally possessed firearm
The man who took 17 people hostage in a cafe in Sydney on Monday was carrying an illegally owned firearm, Australian police have said.

NRA-Endorsed Martha McSally Scores a Major Victory Over National Gun Control Groups
The National Rifle Association would like to congratulate Martha McSally on her victory in the race for Arizona’s Second Congressional District. Americans For Responsible Solutions (ARS) spent over $2 million in AZ-2, their top priority race – four times as much as they spent in any other race this cycle. This result caps off a long list of stunning defeats in the 2014 midterm elections for anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg and other gun control groups.

Virginia: Governor McAuliffe Announces Next Grab for Your Gun Rights
Under the guise of “public safety,” Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) announced Monday his push for a package of gun control measures during the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly in his latest misguided attempt to erode the rights of law-abiding citizens.

Florida Alert: Time Running Out to Get Lifetime Sportsman's License at 1/2 Price
Time is running out to get in on the super special 1/2 price deal on the Lifetime Sportsman's License.  There are only 14 more days left and the deal ends.  In November, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lower the price for a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old to $500 rather than the normal price of $1,000 for limited time during the Holidays. This special price is for a limited time only (Nov. 24th - December 31, 2014.)

Virginia: Republicans dismiss McAuliffe gun-control proposals as political posturing
Republican reaction to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to limit who can own a gun in Virginia ranged from icy to dismissive, while gun-control activists applauded his outspokenness on the polarizing issue.

Pennsylvania: New law triggers war of words over firearms
The battle concerns state Act 192, which became law last month. Under the act, any Pennsylvanian legally permitted to own a gun can sue a Pennsylvania municipality over a gun ordinance — even if the plaintiff doesn’t live there.

Wisconsin: Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Metro Transit gun ban
A Dane County judge dismissed a gun rights group’s lawsuit against the city of Madison on Monday, saying a Metro Transit policy barring guns on buses does not violate Wisconsin’s concealed carry law.

Sandy Hook families' suit against gun maker will test federal law
The lawsuit filed Monday by victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, seeking to hold liable the manufacturer of the Bushmaster AR-15 used in the massacre, will test the 2005 federal law designed to protect gun companies by using an exemption normally applied to car accident cases.

Second Amendment protects dirk knives and police batons
So holds the Connecticut Supreme Court, in the just-released State v. DeCiccio. Here’s an excerpt of the reasoning as to police batons, which also applies in large measure to dirks, and which, I would argue, should apply to stun guns and Tasers (paragraph break added).

Michigan lawmakers OK looser air gun rules
Michigan would loosen licensing restrictions on air guns and limit local governments' ability to set their own regulations, except when BB, pellet and paintball guns are being used by those less than 16 years old, under legislation lawmakers approved Tuesday.

Proposed Closures to Recreational Shooting in Las Vegas-Pahrump Area of Nevada
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) to guide future management of 3.1 million acres of public land by the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices in southern Nevada.  The RMP will affect where recreational shooting will be allowed in the planning area.

Proposed Closures to Recreational Shooting in Las Vegas-Pahrump Area of Nevada
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) to guide future management of 3.1 million acres of public land by the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices in southern Nevada.  The RMP will affect where recreational shooting will be allowed in the planning area.

Proposed Closures to Recreational Shooting in Las Vegas-Pahrump Area of Nevada
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) to guide future management of 3.1 million acres of public land by the Las Vegas and Pahrump Field Offices in southern Nevada.  The RMP will affect where recreational shooting will be allowed in the planning area.

Senate confirms gun-control advocate as Surgeon General
The Senate's 51-43 vote confirming Massachusetts physician Vivek Murthy as the next surgeon general marks the end of a protracted fight over gun control and Murthy's views on it. Murthy, who will be the first Indian-American surgeon general to serve in the U.S., waited more than a year for Senate confirmation after the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups threatened to throw their resources against members supporting his nomination. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid determined earlier this year that he couldn't put his red-state members in that position before the 2014 midterm elections and shuffled Murthy to the back of the nominations pile.

Why gun-control advocates lie about guns
Angered by the news that American voters are now more supportive of the Second Amendment than they have been in two decades, the New York Daily News’s Mike Lupica used his weekend column to vent. Over the course of 900 words, Lupica lambasted the public for continuing “to protect gun nuts,” chided the “mouth-breathing” NRA for its murderous myopia, and contended emotively that “there are no words” available to describe the horror of “a recent poll that says a majority of Americans believe it is more important to protect the right to own guns than it is for the government to limit access to guns.”

Families of Newtown shooting victims sue gunmaker, seller
The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher wounded two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.

Virginia: McAuliffe announces package of gun proposals
Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday announced a series of election-year gun proposals, including initiatives to reinstate the one-gun-a-month limit on handgun purchases and to close the so-called “gun show loophole.”

Australian anti-gun group urges review of 'watered down' laws
A black market in illegal weapons in Australia and a strong right-to-arms lobby are undermining some of the toughest gun laws in the world, an anti-gun group said on Tuesday, after a deadly siege at a Sydney cafe by a man with a shotgun.

Florida Petition Challenges Vote Allowing Noise-Supressors
Hunters had reason to celebrate last month when Florida lifted its ban on silencers, but Chuck O’Neal saw cause for alarm.  O’Neal, Seminole County hiking enthusiast Peri Sedigh and Central Florida paddleboarder Timothy Orrange Jr. attached their names this week to a petition challenging the unanimous vote by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission to lift a longtime ban on noise-suppressing devices for firearms.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 48 12/12/2014


Iowa: Voice Your Support for Second Amendment Legislation in the 2015 Session
The NRA has been working with state legislators to file pro-gun legislation for the upcoming session, ensuring your Second Amendment rights are protected and even restored.  In the past, pro-gun bills have failed to advance in the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee, however, its new chairman, Senator Steve Sodders, has stated that he is open to hearing your opinion on legislative priorities for 2015.

Michigan: With Only Three Days Left in the Legislative Session, Pro-Gun Bills Need Your Help in Lansing!
We are now down to the final days of the 2013-2014 legislative session and multiple pro-gun bills still require action and need passage.  Senate Bills 789 and 790 are still awaiting a vote on the floor of the Michigan House of Representatives.  Even though nearly all stakeholders have agreed that SB 789 represents good public policy and raises no public safety concerns, some state government bureaucrats are opposing these bills for one reason—money.  

Poll finds that more Americans back gun rights than stronger controls
Two years after the mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn., a majority of Americans say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns than for the government to limit access to firearms, a Pew Research Center survey conducted this month found.

Wisconsin: Beloit gun search offer withdrawn
Amidst backlash from the public, the Beloit Police Department withdrew its offer to inspect homes for illegal firearms about a week after it announced the program.

U.S. senator wants toy guns to be painted bright colors
A U.S. senator from California suggests that Cleveland police might have known then that the airsoft pellet gun was not a deadly weapon – and would not have fired on the 12-year-old Tamir, killing him. Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to consider requiring all toy guns, including B.B. and rubber pellet guns, be painted brightly or carry noticeable fluorescent strips.

Bad Medicine for Gun Owners: Confirmation Vote Looms for Obama’s Anti-gun Surgeon General Nominee
As we began reporting earlier this year, President Obama has nominated anti-gun activist Vivek Murthy for the post of U.S. Surgeon General.  Particularly given the president’s determination to reinvigorate taxpayer-funded gun control propaganda under the guise of public health research, confirmation of Dr. Murthy would pose a serious threat to the rights of gun owners.  Dr. Murthy’s résumé of partisan activism on behalf of gun control, in which he specifically leveraged his status as a doctor, is detailed at length in a letter NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox sent on Tuesday to Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.), reasserting NRA’s opposition to his nomination.

House Committee Faults FDIC for Participation in Operation Choke Point
In May, we reported on a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee exposé that substantiated improper activities by the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the guise of Operation Choke Point.  While DOJ insisted that the operation was meant to protect the soundness of America’s financial system by targeting fraudulent businesses, the committee report concluded that the true goal of the operation was to “choke out” legitimate industries that regulators considered objectionable.  Among others, these included firearm and ammunition sales.

Polls Find Broad Increase in Support for the RKBA
Support for the right to keep and bear arms has sharply increased, and support for restricting gun ownership has sharply decreased, over the last two years, according to the results of a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Wisconsin Police Chief Badgers Residents to Forego Second and Fourth Amendment Rights
Perhaps inspired by the recent introduction of surprise home inspections of gun licensees in the UK, Beloit, Wisc., Police Chief Norm Jacobs issued a press release on December 1, urging city residents to volunteer for warrantless police searches of their homes for firearms.

Washington State Gun Control Activists Vow More Legislation
In Washington State, gun control activists are already vowing that the recently-passed anti-gun Initiative 594 is just their first step toward dismantling gun rights.  In fact, they are promising to dump more anti-gun bills at the legislative session next month.

Ohio: Major Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Passes and Sent to Governor
Yesterday, the Ohio House of Representatives voted to concur on House Bill 234 by a 72 to 21 vote after it passed in the state Senate by a 24 to 6 vote on Tuesday.  HB 234 has been sent to Governor John Kasich (R) for his consideration.  

Veteran's .45 frightens off thieves, The Gaston Gazette, Gaston County, N.C. 12/05/14
Sixty-eight-year-old disabled veteran Joseph Sapienza was at home in Gastonia, N.C. when he heard a suspicious noise at his front door. Sapienza retrieved a .45-caliber pistol, placed it in a holster attached to a walker he uses to get around, and opened the door. There were two masked men on his porch attempting to get inside. Recalling what happened next, Sapienza told a reporter, “When they saw the .45, one ran one way up the street, and the other went the other way.” Sapienza believes he may have been targeted by the criminals because of his disability. 

Growing public support for gun rights
For the first time in more than two decades of Pew Research Center surveys, there is more support for gun rights than gun control. Currently, 52% say it is more important to protect the right of Americans to own guns, while 46% say it is more important to control gun ownership.

Gun-control advocates are seriously losing public opinion
For the first time since Pew began asking the question two decades ago, a majority of Americans now say that gun rights are more important than gun control — a striking shift in public opinion over both the last generation and just the last few years. As recently as December 2012, in the immediate aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., shooting, 51 percent of people surveyed by Pew said it was more important to control gun ownership than protect the rights of gun owners.

Ohio Senate approves new rules for Right-to-Carry permits, hunting with suppressors
The Ohio Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would make major changes to the state's rules for issuing concealed-weapons permits, including reducing training requirements and expanding recognition of out-of-state licenses.

Should all convicted felons be banned from having guns? Missouri Supreme Court hears case
A convicted drug felon believes a constitutional amendment approved by voters in August means he can have a gun — but it will be up to the Missouri Supreme Court to decide if he’s right.

Piers: I was 'too aggressive' on gun control
Former CNN host Piers Morgan admitted he was "too aggressive" on gun control and "didn't listen to the other side as much as I should have done" during an interview with the Fox News Channel's "Kelly File."

Lawmakers push to revive failed gun control legislation
Gun control advocates in Congress are looking to revive failed legislation strengthening background check regulations.A handful of Democratic lawmakers said Tuesday they plan to push once again for universal background checks on all gun sales in the new Congress, even though they recognize it will be an uphill battle with Republicans taking majority control.

How to prove a 'special' danger to get a gun carry permit in D.C.
When I was last at the D.C. police headquarters, they explained to me that I can't apply for a gun carry permit just because I need to defend myself in a city with high crime. I had to prove a “special” danger, according to the new law. So that's what I set out to do.

Delaware: DNREC Advisory Council Defeats Hunting License Fee Increase
Last night, the Wildlife and Freshwater Fish Advisory Council for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) voted 5-4 against increasing hunting license fees in The First State.

John Lott: Media Matters, the facts and me
With just one telephone call this year, Erik Wemple of the Washington Post was able to convince Media Matters to let me respond to their attacks on me in the comments section of their website — after they ignored my emails, telephone calls, numerous tweets and posts for seven years.

Pew Poll: Support for Gun Rights Exceeds Gun Control
In a Pew Research poll released Wednesday, 52 percent are in support of the protection of gun rights and 46 percent support gun control. This is the first time in two decades that Pew has found more support for gun rights than gun control.

Florida lawmaker files bill to allow firearms on university campuses
A Florida lawmaker has filed a bill that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of state colleges and universities.

Connecticut: Second Circuit to hear oral arguments on gun lawsuit
The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday will hear oral arguments in the case of Shew vs. Malloy, a legal challenge to the key provisions of Connecticut's post-Newtown gun control legislation.

Man told to remove NRA hat at polling place sues
A Douglas County man is suing the county and election officials, saying his civil rights were violated when a poll worker asked him to remove his National Rifle Association hat when he went to vote.

Nevada: Secretary of State Certifies Petitions for Anti-Gun Initiative
Yesterday, the Secretary of State certified that the petitions submitted for an anti-gun initiative for the 2016 general election ballot are sufficient.

Delaware: DNREC Advisory Council on Wildlife Considers Hiking Hunting Fees TONIGHT
Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the Delaware Department of National Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is scheduled to hold a meeting and potentially a vote on increasing the fees for hunting licenses.

Michigan: Pro-Gun Bills Awaiting Votes
Last week, pro-gun bills received favorable action in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives.   The Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bills 5450, 5749 and 5750, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  These bills have been sent to the Senate floor for consideration and a vote.  Senate Bills 964, 965, 966 and 979, the Senate components to the Air Gun Reclassification Package, passed in the House Judiciary Committee. These four bills have been sent to the House floor for consideration and a vote. Senate Bills 789 and 790, comprehensive concealed carry reform, also passed in the House Judiciary Committee.

Pharmacist halts robbery, The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Cheyenne, Wyo. 12/09/14
A man with what looked like a real gun entered Medicap Pharmacy in Cheyenne, Wyo., pointed it at an employee, handed them a bag, and ordered them to fill it with Oxycodone and Percocet. Pharmacist Jackson Quick became aware of the robbery, and retrieved a gun. As Quick was making his way to another part of the store, ducked behind a counter, the criminal spotted him. Quick responded by standing up and firing at the criminal, striking him, and ending the robbery. The robber is expected to survive. Police have no plans to charge Quick. 

State lawmakers launch gun control coalition
State lawmakers have launched a nationwide non-partisan coalition to combat gun violence, in part because the Congress has failed to reform gun laws, members of the group said on Monday.

Nevada: Gun control initiative headed to Legislature
Petitions seeking to expand background check requirements for gun purchases and to allow the recreational use of marijuana are sufficient and will be submitted to the 2015 Legislature, Secretary of State Ross Miller said Monday.

Wisconsin: Beloit Police ask residents to volunteer to have their homes searched for guns
Police in Beloit are launching a new effort to reduce gun violence in which they're asking city residents to volunteer to have police search their homes for guns.Police Chief Norm Jacobs said he doesn't expect the phone to be ringing off the hook with requests for police to search their homes. He nevertheless hopes the program will encourage people to think about gun violence as an infectious disease like Ebola, and a home inspection like a vaccine to help build up the city's immune system.

Toy gun ban proponent planning boycott of companies that make replicas of the real thing
Frank Matthews says there's a big-picture goal tied to his call this week for a nationwide ban on sales of toy guns."My long-range goal for America is that she become a gunless society," said Matthews, president of the Outcast Voters League in Birmingham.

Canada: NDP caucus delivers needed reality check to pro-gun registry Mulcair
Ahead of last Saturday’s observance of the 25th anniversary of the Montreal massacre, federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair said that his party, if elected to government, would bring back the gun registry. Or at least that’s sort of what he said. He seemed a bit confused.

Washington: I-594 backers plan to ask Legislature for new gun laws
In what they vowed will be a long-term campaign, activists at a Thursday news conference at Plymouth Church in Seattle said they’ll push “evidence-based” policies to reduce gun violence — and hold legislators politically accountable if they don’t take action.But their agenda was questioned by a prominent gun-rights advocate, who accused gun-control opponents of overreach.

Pennsylvania: Kane refuses defense of bill threatening local gun laws
Attorney General Kathleen Kane has signaled she won't stand for the state in defense of a bill adopted this fall that expands the rights of groups like the National Rifle Association to challenge local gun ordinances in cities and towns across the state.

Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 47 12/05/2014


AP Reporter Grasps for Negative Spin on Gun Sales Surge
Last week, Associated Press reporter Matt Stroud incorrectly implied that the recent increase in firearm-related background checks run through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) frequently results in violent criminals beating the system and acquiring guns. 

Michigan: Update on Pro-Gun Bills this Week
This week, pro-gun bills received favorable action in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives. On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed House Bills 5450, 5749 and 5750, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  These bills have been sent to the Senate floor for consideration and a vote. 

Owner defends shop from pair of intruders, Alabama.com, Alabama, 12/02/14
The owner of a mechanic shop in Birmingham, Ala. was sleeping at his business after repeated burglary attempts, when a pair of criminals jumped a fence and came onto the property. The owner retrieved a gun, shot one intruder then slapped the other, causing both to flee. The wounded burglar was captured while seeking medical treatment at a local hospital.

Wayne LaPierre: When prosecution is persecution
Good and evil. Right and wrong.Those are two fundamental opposing concepts that define the nature of humankind.But for the gun-ban crowd, each and every one of them—when it comes to private ownership of firearms and armed self-defense, the very heart of the Second Amendment—there is no such conflict. In their lexicon, firearms in the hands of private citizens are inherently evil.

Ohio: Senate ready to push changes to gun laws
An Ohio Senate committee is scheduled to consider changes to gun bills relaxing some requirements for a concealed carry permit and letting hunters use silencers on their guns under certain conditions.

Texas lawmaker files 'Pop Tart gun' bill
If you think it's a half-baked idea to legally protect kids' rights to play with their food, think again, says one Texas lawmaker.Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, has filed a bill that would prohibit schools from punishing students who use their hands, playthings and, yes, even pastry items to mimic firearms. The proposed legislation also would protect students through the fifth grade who play with toy guns or draw or possess pictures of guns.

How skyrocketing gun sales are helping to conserve butterflies
The Karner blue butterfly is a tiny thing, with colorful wings that extend just an inch across and a life that rarely wanders more than 600 feet from where it began. Its caterpillars can only eat wild lupines — a flower that’s become less abundant in the wild because of development and habitat fragmentation. As a result, the Karner was named an endangered species in 1992. But Karner blues are getting help from an unlikely source: gun sales.

N.J. Attorney General Rejects Brady Campaign Bid to Trigger Handgun Ban
The Brady Campaign’s attempt to require “smart guns” in New Jersey recently hit a significant hurdle.  In November, Acting Attorney General John Jay Hoffman issued a report that concluded the allegedly available “smart gun,” the Armatix iP1, did not meet New Jersey’s legal definition of a “personalized handgun.”   A lawsuit filed in May by the Brady Campaign sought to force the attorney general to issue a report finding that the iP1 is a “personalized handgun” and would therefore trigger a more than decade old New Jersey law. 

Wishing You Safe and Smooth Holiday Travel
With the holidays upon us, NRA encourages travelers to be mindful of the gun laws of the jurisdictions they are traveling in, as well as those pertaining to the mode of travel.  To help ensure that gun owners are informed, we would like to remind travelers of some of the basic guidelines for traveling with firearms and of resources where they can obtain further information on this topic.

New Jersey: Attorney General Issues Report that Smart Gun Law is Not Triggered
New Jersey’s “Smart Gun” law, enacted in 2002, seeks to mandate the sale and manufacture of only “smart gun” technology in the Garden State.  When such technology, as defined by the law, is made commercially available in any state, this law is triggered and “smart guns” will be the only handguns allowed for retail sale in New Jersey.

Michigan: House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Pro-Gun Bills Tomorrow
Tomorrow, the Michigan House Judiciary Committee is expected to consider and vote on Senate Bills 964, 965, 966 and 979, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  

Bloomberg gun-control group targets more than 12 states
First up: Nevada, where election officials could certify this week that the group and its allies have collected enough signatures for a 2016 ballot initiative that would impose stricter background checks on people buying firearms from private sellers and at gun shows. Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety also is weighing similar background-check initiatives in Arizona and Maine.

D.C. concealed carry fight could provoke Congress, contempt of court
On Tuesday, the D.C. Council will consider a more permanent version of the emergency measure that revived the city’s long-standing concealed carry law. That bill turned D.C. into a “may-issue jurisdiction,” where authorities have discretion over who may carry and where they are allowed.

Unusual New Jersey firearm law doesn’t apply to ‘smart gun,’ AG finds
A handgun designed to work only when paired with an accompanying wristwatch is not a “personalized gun,” according to a recent report by the New Jersey Attorney General’s office.The determination on the Armatix iP1 pistol is bad news for gun-control groups hoping that the acting attorney general, John Jay Hoffman, would find the firearm fits the definition of a “personalized gun” under New Jersey law. Such a determination would put the state on the path to selling only guns with personalized technology within three years.

Obama’s feds hid key data to get Calif. lead ammo ban passed in backdoor gun control move
A pro-hunting group is up in arms after obtaining emails that it says indicate that a federal official withheld critical data on lead blood levels in the California condor until after gun control advocates in the California state legislature used the iconic bird’s plight to help push through a law last year to ban lead ammunition.

Ohio: Possible Votes Tomorrow on Two Pro-Gun Bills in Senate Civil Justice Committee
Tomorrow, December 3, the Ohio Senate Civil Justice Committee will hold additional testimony hearings on House Bill 234 and Senate Bill 338 with the possibility of a vote on them.

Florida Alert: Upgrade Hunting or Fishing License to Lifetime Sportsman's License
Last month, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lower the price for a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old for $500 rather than the normal price of $1,000 for limited time during the Holidays. SPECIAL UPGRADE OPPORTUNITY - If a person, age 5 to 21 years old already has a Lifetime hunting, freshwater fishing or salt water fishing license he/she can upgrade their Lifetime licenses to a Lifetime Sportsman's License.

Florida Alert: Upgrade Hunting or Fishing License to Lifetime Sportsman's License
Last month, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to lower the price for a Lifetime Sportsman's License for a 5 to 21 year old for $500 rather than the normal price of $1,000 for limited time during the Holidays. SPECIAL UPGRADE OPPORTUNITY - If a person, age 5 to 21 years old already has a Lifetime hunting, freshwater fishing or salt water fishing license he/she can upgrade their Lifetime licenses to a Lifetime Sportsman's License.

Validity of Nevada gun control initiative petitions challenged
A gun rights group wants Nevada’s elections chief to throw out a proposed 2016 ballot measure that would tighten background checks for anyone buying firearms from private sellers or gun show exhibitors.

Gun rights, even in New Jersey
I blogged in April about In the Matter of the Application by Michael McGovern, which offers some interesting (though non-precedential) views on New Jersey gun law. As I noted then, New Jersey requires a license to buy a handgun, and allows sheriffs to deny such licenses if the person was not of “good character and good repute in the community” or “where the issuance would not be in the interest of the public health, safety or welfare.” There is, however, an appellate review process.

Massachusetts: Homeless woman's stun gun spurs 2nd Amendment case
Jaime Caetano was beaten so badly by her ex-boyfriend that she ended up in the hospital. So when a friend offered her a stun gun to protect herself, she took it.Caetano, who is homeless, never had to use it but now finds herself at the center of a contentious Second Amendment case headed to the highest court in Massachusetts.

Oklahoma: Lexington City Council Attempting to Outlaw Discharge of Bows
The Lexington City Council will meet tomorrow, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Luther Dean Memorial Council Chambers of Lexington City Hall at 111 East Broadway Street to discuss a proposed anti-hunting ordinance.  Council members will discuss and act on an ordinance adding the discharge of a bow, crossbow, compound bow and recurve bow to “offenses against the peace.”  This ordinance could ban all bow hunting and target practice within Lexington corporate limits.  Lexington currently has an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of firearms.

Oklahoma: Lexington City Council Attempting to Outlaw Discharge of Bows
The Lexington City Council will meet tomorrow, December 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Luther Dean Memorial Council Chambers of Lexington City Hall at 111 East Broadway Street to discuss a proposed anti-hunting ordinance.  Council members will discuss and act on an ordinance adding the discharge of a bow, crossbow, compound bow and recurve bow to “offenses against the peace.”  This ordinance could ban all bow hunting and target practice within Lexington corporate limits.  Lexington currently has an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of firearms.

Michigan: Senate Judiciary Committee to Hear Pro-Gun Bills Tomorrow, House to Vote on SB 977
Tomorrow, the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to consider and vote on House Bills 5450, 5749 and 5750, part of the Air Gun Reclassification Package.  Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary Committee TODAY in support of HB 5450, HB 5749 and HB 5750.

Cupp: Let's focus on facts, not fear
What's the difference between a semi-automatic weapon and a fully-automatic weapon? What's the definition of an "assault weapon"? What features are cosmetic and which make a gun truly dangerous? Is there really such a thing as "high capacity ammunition"? You might not know the answers to these questions. But you'd expect the lobbyists, activists, pundits and politicians who advocate for gun control to, wouldn't you?

Black Friday's Boost to Firearm Ownership
Bad news for Michael Bloomberg: It turns out that Americans really like guns. While most of the focus for Black Friday is on the half-priced TVs, and Victoria Secret sales, a sizeable portion of Americans decided to head to their local gun store and pick up a new firearm.

‘New’ research on gun laws and crime was flawed
Christopher Ingraham’s “More Guns, More Crime” ignored research critical of a slightly updated, error-ridden paper by law professor John Donohue and two graduate students co-authors. Mr. Ingraham is simply wrong to claim they “now . . . added another full decade to the analysis.” Other already-published studies have considered the same recent data.

California: Fresno judge rejects delay to ending 10-day waiting period
Gun rights advocates intent on ending California’s 10-day firearm waiting period are hailing a decision by Fresno-based federal Judge Anthony W. Ishii that slaps down a delaying effort by state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

California: Attorney general appeals decision loosening concealed weapons rules
The California attorney general Wednesday asked a full federal appeals court to review a controversial gun case in hopes the court will overturn a ruling by a three-judge panel that would make it easier for someone to legally carry a concealed weapon in public.

Gunmaker Magpul finalizes departure from Colorado to protest anti-gun laws
Officials at Magpul Industries unveiled Wednesday its new facilities in Texas and Wyoming, making good on a vow to leave Colorado in response to the state’s sweeping gun control legislation.

Colorado panel keeps lead-based bullets
The chorus of voices seeking a ban on lead-based ammunition fell flat in Colorado.The Colorado Parks and Wildlife commission voted this month not to move forward on a citizen-raised proposal to prohibit lead ammunition for big-game hunting in Colorado.

California: Thank You from the NRA Here is what your Contributions Made Possible in 2014
As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, the NRA would like to thank its members and donors for their valuable contributions this year.  Without your continued support, the NRA would not be able to do what they do in the fight for your Second Amendment rights.  The NRA, its lobbyists, and its lawyers  have been heavily involved in a number of important legal and legislative battles, both in California and across the country, that are aimed at protecting, restoring, and expanding the gun rights of Californians.  Here is a summary of some of the more significant efforts your contributions made possible in 2014. The NRA graciously thanks you for your support!  If you would still like to contribute to these efforts, you can donate to the NRA Legal Action Project today!

California Attorney General Seeks En Banc Review of Ninth Circuit’s Denial of her Request to Intervene in Peruta Case
Today, November 26, California Attorney General (AG) Kamala Harris filed a request for en banc review of the Ninth Circuit’s denial of her request to intervene in the NRA supported case of Peruta v. San Diego, which produced a landmark decision striking down as a violation of the Second Amendment San Diego County Sheriff William Gore’s policy of refusing to issue licenses to carry firearms in public unless an applicant could demonstrate a special need for one.  The AG’s latest request comes after the Court denied the AG’s and several gun ban advocacy groups’ requests to join the case once they learned Sheriff Gore had decided not to further appeal the case.

D.C. inches closer to contempt ruling over concealed gun law
The D.C. Council plans, with a few modifications, to make permanent the same concealed carry regulations lawmakers passed on a temporary basis — despite the fact a federal judge is considering whether to hold the city in contempt over the law.

Florida: Gun bill could rekindle school safety debate
After the issue drew heavy debate during the 2014 legislative session, a House Republican is bringing back a proposal that could lead to some public-school employees or volunteers carrying guns on campus.

    

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