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The FBI performed a record-breaking 3.7 million firearm-related background checks last month. According to an April news release from Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting (SAAF), March 2020 estimates of firearm sales show an increase of over 85% from March 2019 – single handgun sales jumped by 91%, and single long-gun sales increased by over 73%.
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In recent years, the Bay State’s two highest-ranking public officials have been at war with the Second Amendment. In 2016, Attorney General Maura Healey (D) unilaterally perverted a state law that had been on the books for 18 years in order to prohibit thousands of legal semi-automatic firearms. In 2018, Governor Charlie Baker (R) undermined the government’s system of checks
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Gun owner licensing and registration, “universal” background checks, and restrictions on the sale of ammunition. Gun owners have been told again and again that these are sensible measures that empower the government to ensure that firearms don’t end up in the wrong hands. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear that when governments are incapable or unwilling to perform the
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DATE:     April 12, 2020 TO:       USF & NRA Members and Friends FROM:   Marion P. Hammer   USF Executive Director   NRA Past President   It is often said that history repeats itself.  Some have recently drawn parallels between entering World War II and the ravages it brought upon this nation, with the horrendous Coronavirus
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  On April 10th, Governor Ralph Northam signed into law the anti-gun bills passed by the General Assembly. They will take effect on July 1st. Despite concerns that he would make amendments to criminalize gifting or loaning firearms or eliminate the carry permit exemption for handgun rationing, he did not. The bills that received amendments
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 Suit is Among Many filed in Fight Against Gun Store Closures During COVID-19 Pandemic  Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association (NRA) and other pro-Second Amendment organizations filed a lawsuit in New Mexico today challenging anti-gun Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s use of emergency powers and her COVID-19 statewide order to shut down firearm retailers and ranges.  
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Today, NRA-ILA and our state affiliate, the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, filed a Lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico, challenging anti-gun Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s use of emergency powers and her COVID-19 statewide order to shut down firearm retailers and ranges.  We are working with the Second Amendment
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This week, the Illinois State Police (ISP) filed emergency rules that extend the expiration date of current FOID cards and CCL licensees during the Covid-19 outbreak.  The new rules are as follows from ISP’s Facebook page. FOID card holders, who submit their renewal application will remain valid during the duration of the state’s disaster proclamation
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Yesterday, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders officially dropped out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Despite early successes in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, Sanders failed to put up much of a fight against Joe Biden after the latter convincingly won South Carolina. And so, for the second campaign in a row, he
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Gun owners in Illinois with looming expiration dates no longer need to worry about immediately renewing their Firearm Owner Identification card or Concealed Carry License, the Illinois State Police announced. State police filed emergency rules that took effect Thursday to provide relief to FOID card holders and CCL during the coronavirus pandemic. The rules that
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Today is Friday, April 10, the 101st day of 2020. There are 265 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 10, 1912, the British liner RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage. On this date: In 1815, the Mount Tambora volcano on the Indonesian island of
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The intensity has bled over into the Wisconsin high court itself. In recent years, one justice was accused of physically assaulting another; Republicans engineered the removal of the long-serving liberal chief justice; and campaigns have seen allegations of sexual misconduct and religious bigotry. Meanwhile, the stakes continue to get higher. The high court has played
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On April 2, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation announced that it had received 25,468 background checks for gun sales in the previous week — a 227% increase from the same time frame in 2019. It’s indicative of a trend as old as the United States — in times of crisis, be it financial, political, health-related
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At the White House coronavirus task force press briefing on April 7, President Donald Trump distorted the facts about the person he dismissed as the chief watchdog for spending under the new pandemic relief legislation and the Wisconsin election, which took place as scheduled despite the coronavirus outbreak: The president suggested he removed Glenn Fine
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(RNS) — In the midst of one plague, we are sowing the seeds of another. As our nation struggles to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, gun sales are surging. Such sales are always seasonal, but according to the FBI’s analysis of data from licensed gun stores, Americans bought 1 million more guns last month than are
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Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association on Wednesday applauded U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith’s proposal to expand hunting and fishing opportunities nationwide by 2.3 million acres. This expansion would be the largest in modern history and brings the total expansion of hunting and fishing opportunties under
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As COVID-19 diagnoses surpasses 400,000 cases, U.S. hospitals are concerned about capacity. There are not enough ventilators, beds or frontline clinical staff to handle the impending tsunami of intensive care unit patients. Meanwhile, U.S. unemployment counts have continued to multiply, exceeding 10 million in the past 30 days.  Many are worried about each of these
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