Tuesday, July 5, 2022

“I Did That!” Biden’s Gas Crisis Creates Public Safety Crisis

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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS VOLUME 29, NUMBER 25

 
NEWS  
"I Did That!" Biden's Gas Crisis Creates Public Safety Crisis
The Biden Administration is serious about making it more difficult for responsible citizens to exercise their gun rights, which is hardly surprising from the most anti-Second Amendment president in history. What is less obvious is the effect President Biden's other policy decisions have had, directly or indirectly, on making communities less safe.
 
A Century of Opposition to New York's Sullivan Law
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A Century of Opposition to New York's Sullivan Law
On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down New York's discretionary carry licensing regime as a violation of the Second Amendment right to bear arms in the NRA-backed case NYSRPA v. Bruen. The law at issue was the modern version New York's Sullivan Law, which was enacted in 1911. Named for notorious Tammany Hall political boss "Big" Tim Sullivan, the law imbued bribery and favoritism into the licensing process and empowered those with racial, ethnic, or other prejudice to prevent those they disfavor from exercising their Second Amendment rights.
 
California Leaks Personal Data of Carry Permit Holders
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California Leaks Personal Data of Carry Permit Holders
On Monday June 27, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the launch of the California Department of Justice (DOJ)'s Firearms Dashboard Portal. The data tool was designed to give granular firearm transaction and Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit holder data to anyone visiting the DOJ's website. However, astute users quickly realized that the dashboard could be used to access the personally identifying information of California CCW holders - including date of birth, full name, and address.
 
NRA-ILA Asks Court to Stop the California DOJ From Releasing Gun Owners' Personal Information After Massive Data Leak.
LEGAL & LEGISLATION  
NRA-ILA Asks Court to Stop the California DOJ From Releasing Gun Owners' Personal Information After Massive Data Leak.
Earlier this week, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced that he would be releasing firearms data via the California DOJ's Firearms Dashboard Portal. That data contained gun owners' names, dates of birth, gender, race, driver's license numbers, addresses, and criminal history. Today, NRA-ILA asked a federal judge to stop the DOJ from violating gun owners' privacy rights and releasing any more data.
 
SCOTUS Reverses and Remands Two NRA-ILA Backed Magazine Cases
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SCOTUS Reverses and Remands Two NRA-ILA Backed Magazine Cases
One week after our landmark victory in NYSRPA v. Bruen, the Supreme Court issued orders in two other NRA-ILA backed cases. Those cases, ANJRPC v. Bruck and Duncan v. Bonta, challenge New Jersey and California laws that ban magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP

California California
California: Legislature Passes and Newsom Signs Anti-Gun Bills
Delaware Delaware
Delaware: Gov. Carney Signs Anti-Gun Bills & General Assembly Adjourns
New Jersey New Jersey
New Jersey: Despite Historic Supreme Court Ruling Gun Bills Advance in Trenton
New York New York
New York: Majority Democrats Vote in Lockstep to Defy the United States Supreme Court
North Carolina North Carolina
North Carolina: Carry Permit Training Bill Going to Senate Floor
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Friday, June 24, 2022

FOIA HB 980 Subcommittee Meeting July 26, 2022

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Thursday, June 9, 2022

Returning from the Libertarian National Convention

Libertarian Party

Robert,

A little over a week ago, 36 delegates and myself returned from the Libertarian National Convention in Reno, Nevada. I would like to start by thanking each and every delegate for investing their personal time, money, and energy into traveling at a time when costs are high and patience low. It was not an easy journey, but I appreciate our delegates for working to represent Virginia.

A new Libertarian National Committee was elected as were new members of the Judicial Committee. Amongst them heralds our very own Andrew Watkins, who is now the Region 5 representative. I ask you to join me in wishing him luck while serving in a thankless and often tumultuous position. I believe Andrew will represent us well in the coming term.

I would not be doing justice as your Chair if I did not acknowledge the tension at the convention or the diversity of our state delegates. Our delegation represented our state. This means Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Northern Virginia. It also means Central Virginia, Roanoke, and the Appalachian Mountains. I had many requests during convention and upon return asking what I will do to stop the clear divide in our representation.

I have no intention of silencing someone in our state party simply because we disagree.

I will always advocate for debate and conversation. I will always fight to represent a silenced candidate (even if it’s NOTA). I have certainly shouted at my fair share of protests and quietly communicated to form political alliances. I expect and encourage every Virginian to do the same.

Now is the time to become active within your communities and show them what being a Libertarian truly means. 

  • Begin outreach efforts and work on single-issue alliances in your region. 
  • Start a membership drive.
  • Do an organized volunteer effort in your community.
  • Remind your City and Town Councils what liberty means.

For some, this means homeschooling your children. For others, it’s proudly taking your AR-15 to the shooting range. From Pride festivals to homesteading, fight for your freedoms in a way that makes sense to you and your affiliate. Don’t allow disagreements in advocacy distract you from our unity against the ever-growing omnipotent state.

I believe bigotry is irrational and repugnant, but moreso, I believe in Virginia. We are the bedrock of liberty and freedom. It is time to stand up together and say no more to the government.

We must become ungovernable. We must reclaim liberty in Virginia.

In liberty,

Holly Ward
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Monday, June 6, 2022

Take Action to Stop Extreme Gun Control Package

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NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS VOLUME 29, NUMBER 21

 
Take Action to Stop Extreme Gun Control Package
NEWS  
Take Action to Stop Extreme Gun Control Package
Late last week, the House Judiciary Committee rammed through an extreme package of gun control measures on a party-line vote. If this terrible legislation becomes law, tens of millions of law-abiding gun owners would be turned into felons and their lawfully-acquired property would be subject to confiscation by federal agents. Nancy Pelosi plans to bring this to the U.S. House floor for a vote this week. 
 
New York Times: Gun Control Less Popular Than Advertised
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New York Times: Gun Control Less Popular Than Advertised
By now you've seen the claim countless times. According to gun control advocates and their media lapdogs, some 90-percent of Americans support the criminalization of private firearm transfers – misleadingly termed by its proponents as "universal background checks." In a rare instance of journalistic integrity, the New York Times has published an article debunking this bogus gun control talking point.
 
Gun Control is About Stripping Rights NOT Stopping Crime
NEWS  
Gun Control is About Stripping Rights NOT Stopping Crime
Economics has a concept called "revealed preference." The gist is that a person's observed actions reveal more about their preferences than what a person might profess to prefer. As applied to anti-gun politicians, despite all the noise they might make about stopping the criminal misuse of guns, their actions reveal that their policies are designed to attack the rights of law-abiding Americans.
 
Biden Pushes 9mm Handgun Ban, Harris Wants to Ban Common Semi-autos
NEWS  
Biden Pushes 9mm Handgun Ban, Harris Wants to Ban Common Semi-autos
If anyone was still questioning the Biden-Harris administration's devotion to banning and confiscating law-abiding Americans' firearms, all doubt was erased this weekend.
 
The NRA Opposes Laws to Judicially Nullify Second Amendment Rights
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The NRA Opposes Laws to Judicially Nullify Second Amendment Rights
As they unfailingly do, gun control proponents are using emotionally-charged moments of national tragedies to try to advance their pre-existing agenda to ban firearm ownership, or some portion of it, in whatever ways they can. Reports indicate that the leading proposals being considered by Congress concern what is commonly called "red flag" or "extreme risk protection order" legislation. The real purpose of these laws, however, is simply to empower judges to nullify Second Amendment rights with the stroke of a pen.

STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP

Delaware Delaware
Delaware: Gov. Carney Announces Gun Ban Package
Georgia Georgia
Save the Date for the GA NRA State Conference on June 25th!
Iowa Iowa
Iowa: General Assembly Adjourns from 2022 Legislative Session
Michigan Michigan
You are Invited to the NRA-ILA 2022 Michigan Political Update Meeting on June 7th!
North Carolina North Carolina
North Carolina: Gov. Cooper Calls for Gun Ban
Texas Texas
Governor Abbott Calls for Special Legislative Committees to Study Issues Related to School Shootings
Virginia Virginia
Virginia: Budget Passes Without Northam's $27 Million Anti-Gun Proposal
Wisconsin Wisconsin
You're Invited! NRA Wisconsin State Conference on June 18th!
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