Month: December 2020

The National Rifle Association and other supporters of Second Amendment gun rights have hailed a recent decision by the Trump administration to reverse course on planned guidance regarding pistol-stabilizing braces. The initial guidance – proposed via the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) – could have effectively banned the braces, which resemble
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A lone hashtag might not look very mighty, but when used en masse, the symbols can become incredibly powerful activism tools. Over the past two decades — largely since product designer Chris Messina pitched hashtags to Twitter in 2007 — activists have learned to harness the symbols to form online communities, raise awareness on pressing
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Industry adjustments: The pandemic has triggered the largest revision to the value of the oil industry’s assets in at least a decade, as companies sour on costly projects amid the prospect of low prices for years. Oil-and-gas companies in North America and Europe wrote down roughly $145 billion combined in the first three quarters of
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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under pressure from dozens of congressmen, withdrew guidance on a proposed regulation that gun industry leaders warned would cost them billions. The ATF’s decision to pull its regulation regarding pistol braces follows a cooperative effort from 90 House of Representatives members who demanded the regulatory agency cease
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FILE — Sen. Bob Ballinger is shown in this file photo. Republicans in the Arkansas Legislature introduced a “stand-your-ground” self-defense bill Wednesday, vowing to enact the measure in 2021 after past efforts failed in the face of law enforcement opposition. The legislation, Senate Bill 24, proposes to eliminate language from the state’s criminal codes requiring
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On December 23rd, ATF posted a document to its website indicating that its recently published Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with “Stabilizing Braces” is withdrawn. The withdraw notice indicates that “[u]pon further consultation with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, ATF is withdrawing, pending further Department of Justice review,
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A kindred spirit can be found in the hardcore QAnon conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene, the representative-elect from Georgia’s 14th congressional district. She said in a written statement, “Not only do I support members of Congress carrying a firearm, I believe every American has that right. I will work every day to end ALL gun
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Sixteen Republican attorneys general are supporting the National Rifle Association in its lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James, who earlier this year filed a case seeking to dissolve the organization because of alleged self-dealing by the organization’s leadership. The NRA’s lawsuit accuses James of defamation and violating its rights to free speech, claiming
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On the Eleventh & Twelfth Days of Christmas, Anti-Gun Reps Gave to Thee: Semi-Auto & Magazine Bans  We’ve reached the end of NRA-ILA’s countdown of the legislative lumps of coal that anti-Second Amendment lawmakers in Texas are leaving in gun owners’ stockings this year.  But with more than two months to go before the bill introduction deadline on March 12, you can bet there’ll be more radical gun control to come in the new year! Thank
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The National Rifle Association, currently locked in a legal battle with the New York State attorney general’s office, gained an ally in Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who announced Tuesday that her office is leading a multistate coalition supporting the National Rifle Association in a lawsuit against New York Attorney General Letitia James. The NRA
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James’s Republican counterparts Tuesday filed an amicus brief in federal district court in Albany challenging the state’s legal efforts. “The New York Attorney General cannot be allowed to wield the power of her office to discriminate against the NRA simply because she does not like its members’ political views, advocacy or defense of a constitutional
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Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has scheduled a news conference today to announce her intervention in a lawsuit in New York state against the National Rifle Association over the non-profit gun lobby’s corrupt practices. Really. Here’s a summary of what the lawsuit is about from the attorney general of New York. Letitia James, when she filed
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The nearly $2.5 trillion spending bill passed by Congress on Monday includes $10 million for “gender programs” in Pakistan, sparking backlash amid ongoing economic hardship caused by lockdowns and associated pandemic policies. “Of the funds appropriated under title III of this Act that are made available for assistance for Pakistan, not less than $15,000,000 shall
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FAIRFAX, Va. — An important piece of NRA-backed legislation passed the Ohio legislature on Friday and is on Gov. Mike DeWine’s desk awaiting his signature. Senate Bill 175 strengthens Ohio’s self-defense laws by removing an individual’s duty to retreat. “Ohio law should favor victims of crime rather than the criminal, as it does now. When a crime occurs, a victim has milliseconds
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Former Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt sought to ding rival GOP gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli’s conservative credentials with an attack over his record on gun control — and his ability to hold a firearm — Tuesday. “Jack, your shooting stance is about as cockeyed as your Second Amendment record,” Steinhardt said, lampooning his primary opponent’s
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