Indiana: Pro-Gun Legislation Takes Effect Tomorrow

Tomorrow, July 1, Senate Bill 229 goes into effect.  As previously reported, SB 229 protects law-abiding gun owners from becoming unintentional felons by allowing legally possessed firearms to be locked in a vehicle, out of plain sight, while parked on school property. 

The Social Utility of Firearms

Looking down the wrong end of a telescope gives you an entirely mistaken perspective on the universe. The Los Angeles Daily News allowed Tim Rutten to publish an opinion piece (The dangerous illusion of Americans and their guns, May 30, 2014) that displayed just such an inverted perspective on the topic of the social utility of guns in American society.

Georgia Expands Guns in Public Places

Bars, houses of worship, and other public establishments are wrestling with what to do about a new law in Georgia that starting on Tuesday dramatically will expand gun-permit holders' right to carry weapons where people congregate.

Pennsylvania: Senate Could Consider Pigeon Shoot Ban as Early as Tomorrow

The Pennsylvania Senate returns to session tomorrow, Sunday, and may consider and vote on House Bill 1750, legislation that would ban pigeon shooting in the Commonwealth.  It is critical that you contact your state Senator immediately and urge him or her to vote against the criminalization of this traditional shooting sport.

Pennsylvania: Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Expands to Utah

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced this week that Pennsylvania has entered into an agreement with Utah to grant reciprocity to Pennsylvania carry permit holders.  Pennsylvania will, in turn, recognize carry permits issued to residents of Utah.

Arizona: US Forest Service to Temporarily Prohibit Recreational Shooting in Parts of Coronado National Forest

Yesterday, the U.S. Forest Service announced that beginning on July 1, 2014, the Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District, will close Ash and Hunter Canyons to all recreational shooting for the duration of one year.  This ban on recreational shooting comes with very little advance notice, and no prior consultation with the NRA to prevent a closure.  Your NRA is now committed to working with the Sierra Vista Ranger District to formulate a cohesive solution and limit the prohibition on recreational shooting as much as possible.

Bill Passes with Language Delaying Funding of U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

On Tuesday, June 24, 2014, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee passed the State Foreign Operations bill, containing language prohibiting funds to be used for the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty prior to a full ratification of the treaty by the U.S. Senate.

Important Update on the Obama Administration's Proposed Ban on the Domestic Sale of Ivory and Importation of Elephant Trophies

In recent Grassroots Alerts, we addressed the Obama administration's proposal to ban the trade and sale of legally owned ivory within the United States (click here to see the initial alert).  The NRA supports efforts to stop poaching and the illegal trade of ivory.  However, banning lawfully-owned domestic ivory will have no impact on elephant poaching in Africa.  On the contrary, such a ban would affect only honest, law-abiding Americans by making their possessions valueless.

Media Promotes Bloomberg Propaganda

A free press is a good thing for America to have. A more competent free press that doesn’t parrot and exaggerate anti-gun propaganda would be even better.

Federal Court in Colorado Upholds Magazine Ban and Background Check Requirement

This week, Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado issued a decision in the NRA-supported case of Colorado Outfitters Assoc. v. Hickenlooper.  The case seeks to invalidate the burdensome magazine ban and so-called "universal" background check law passed in Colorado last year.