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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT
Vol. 18, No. 29***** 07/15/11
*Five Big Wins for Gun Owners in House Spending Votes
Click here to vote in this week's poll. This week, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee approved amendments blocking the use of federal funds to implement two controversial schemes by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and it rejected amendments proposing two of gun control groups’ other top priorities.* In addition, the full House adopted a provision protecting gun possession on Army Corps of Engineers land.
First, on Wed. July 13, by a vote of 25 to 16, the committee approved Rep. Denny Rehberg’s (R-Mont.) amendment to the 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies appropriations bill, prohibiting the BATFE from requiring firearm dealers in states bordering Mexico to file reports on certain rifle sales. The Justice Department had announced earlier in the week that the BATFE would soon begin requiring dealers to file the reports on individuals who buy two or more detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifles larger than .22 caliber within a period of five business days.
“For more than a decade, efforts to track rifle purchases and create a national gun registry have failed to gain support in Congress, so the ATF is working to implement these regulations using rules written by unelected bureaucrats,” Rep. Rehberg said. "I'm going to keep this government accountable to the people."**
BATFE WILL TAKE STEP TOWARDS NATIONAL GUN SALES REGISTRATION; NRA WILL TAKE BATFE TO COURT:* On Monday, July 11, the Obama administration announced that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will soon begin requiring firearm dealers in the southwestern border states to file “multiple sale” reports on detachable-magazine rifles larger than .22 caliber. Under the plan, each dealer will be required to report, to the BATFE, any sale of two or more such rifles to a single individual with a period of five business days.
NRA EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT WAYNE LAPIERRE STANDS UP FOR AMERICAN GUN OWNERS AT THE UN:* NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre drew a line in sand on behalf of American gun owners at the United Nations Thursday. LaPierre spoke to the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Preparatory Committee, the group drafting an international treaty that will supposedly control all non-nuclear arms, worldwide, including civilian firearms. He told the audience of delegates from approximately 150 UN member states that the NRA would vehemently oppose any UN treaty that in any way restricts American gun owners’ rights. (To watch the speech, please click here.)
LaPierre made the position of NRA and American gun owners clear. “The NRA will fight with all of its strength to oppose any ATT that includes civilian firearms within its scope,” he stated emphatically.*
NEW NRA LIFE OF DUTY PROGRAM HONORS AND ASSISTS THOSE WHO PUT THEMSELVES IN HARM’S WAY:* NRA recently announced the launch of a bold program created exclusively for America’s military and law enforcement personnel. Called “NRA Life of Duty,” the initiative encompasses a new class of sponsored NRA membership, a state-of-the-art on-line network and a digital magazine—designed for those who make their living defending the American way of life.
Another Way To Get Involved--Join NRA’s Facebook And Twitter Groups:* Internet social networking has exploded in recent years, and websites such as Facebook and Twitter attract millions of users.* This on-line community fosters a connection between its users, and allows distribution of user-generated content (like pictures, profiles, music, video, and text).*
STATE ROUNDUP* (Please note the only items listed below are those that have had recent action.* For other updates on state legislation, please go to the state legislation section at NRA-ILA ::
, and check each week’s issue of the Grassroots Alert.)
For additional information, please click on the links provided.
Hunting Opportunities to be Expanded on National Wildlife Refuges in Eight States
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is proposing to open Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota to deer and turkey hunting for the first time, while expanding hunting activities at nine other refuges in eight states. These states include: Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Minnesota, Iowa, Utah and Texas.* If approved, the proposal would provide additional public hunting opportunities in fulfillment of the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997.
Please let the Service hear your voice of support for this rulemaking.* To comment on the proposed hunting rule changes online, or to read the full text of the rule go to Regulations.gov
Comments can be submitted by clicking on the orange box in the upper right-hand corner of the page.* The comment period closes August 4, 2011.