November 6th, 2018

Vote This Election Day — Let Your Voice Be Heard

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Today is election day. Make sure you get out and vote. Let your voice be heard. These are challenging times for firearms owners. There are many groups and politicians in this country who want to ban all handguns, ban all semi-automatic rifles, and yes, even repeal the Second Amendment. If you believe in the Constitution, believe in the Second Amendment, it is vital that you get to the polls and cast your vote.

There are many other important issues at stake in this election — control of Congress, infrastructure spending, foreign policy, immigration policy, Federal Lands policies, and that’s just on the national level. State and local elections are important too. So be an involved citizen and exercise your right to vote.

Your Vote Is Your Voice

The NRA Institute for Legislative Action states: “Our Second Amendment rights are being threatened by the anti-gun forces like never before. If you have been following the news, more than likely you have seen the fervor with which our opponents are pushing their agenda.

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We need America’s Second Amendment supporters to speak out by using their vote on Election Day to reject this anti-freedom agenda and elect lawmakers to office who support the Second Amendment.”

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December 3rd, 2016

Black Friday 2016 — Most Gun Sales in One Day in U.S. History

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Photo courtesy BullocksGuns.com, Flint, MI.

More guns were sold on November 25, 2016 (Black Friday), than on any other day in the history of the United States (based on NICS numbers). According to the NRA Blog: “On Black Friday 2016, the FBI processed 185,713 background checks through their National Instant Criminal Background Check System, breaking last year’s record by about 400 checks. Leading up to November’s Presidential election, gun retailers nationwide reported record sales in the month of October.”

In fact 2016 has been a record-breaking year for U.S. gun sales so far. It looks like, if gun sales continue at the current pace, more guns will have been sold in 2016 than in any other year in American history. The question remains, will gun sales remain high with a Republican in the White House?

The continuing record-setting volume of gun sales after the November election surprised some experts, who opined that the Republican election victory would ease concerns about future gun control. Such fears certainly drove gun sales in the first three quarters of 2016 as most “experts” predicted that Hillary Clinton would be the next President, and that she would push for restrictive gun laws.

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Fast and Furious — FBI Processes Three NICS Checks Per Second
On Black Friday 2016, NICS Background Check processing topped Black Friday 2015 when the previous single-day record of FBI-processed gun transactions was set. In fact, so many Americans lined up to purchase firearms on Black Friday 2016 that the FBI was processing three background checks every second.

Think about that — three gun sales per second. That’s triple the normal rate of gun sales. The website The Blaze reported: “The typical Black Friday boom in gun sales doubles the number of background checks handled by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), from one per second on an average day to two per second.” On Friday afternoon November 25th, that figure had reached three checks per second.

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November 17th, 2016

Henry 1000-Man Shoot Is Big Success in Arizona

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One week after the November Election, Henry Repeating Arms and the NRA pulled off a remarkable display of support for the Second Amendment at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

On Monday, November 14th, 1000 proud shooters from 16 states stood side-by-side in a line spanning a mile and a half long. Under the supervision of NRA Rangemasters, the 1000 shooters simultaneously fired two shots from Henry Silver Boy .22 LR lever-action rifles.

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Anthony Imperato (shown above), President of Henry Repeating Arms, said: “The Henry 1000-Man Shoot was all that I had hoped it would be and more. Looking out at a sea of 1000 participants, their families, and 400 volunteers, was very emotional. There was a tremendous sense of patriotism and I’ll never forget it.”

The record-breaking event was a combined effort between Henry Repeating Arms and the NRA. Henry donated the 1000 commemorative .22 LR rifles. One million dollars is expected to be raised. All proceeds will support NRA initiatives, including Firearms Safety, Youth Shooting Sports, Disabled Shooting programs, Child Safety programs, and NRA efforts to protect Second Amendment rights.

Henry Repeating Arms 1000-man shoot Ben Avery Arizona NRA

Pete Brownell, first VP of the NRA and CEO of Brownells Inc., said the 1000-Man Shoot served as a statement that Americans would stand up for their freedoms: “As some of you may know, we made history last week,” Brownell told the crowd. Then he encouraged participants to go out and make their own history with the record-setting shoot.

Another 1000-Man Shoot in the Future?
Will there be another 1000-man shoot? Perhaps, but there are few other shooting facilities that can hold 1000 shooters in a single line. According to the NRA’s American Rifleman: “Henry’s Anthony Imperato wasn’t ready to look ahead to a repeat of such a massive undertaking, [but] the shoot was so well-received that it wouldn’t surprise him if follow-up events occur, first because of the fact that the 1,000 slots filled so quickly, and second because he has received so many requests for a similar event in other parts of the country.”

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November 1st, 2016

Why All Gun Owners Should Vote in the Upcoming Election

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The election is now just one week away. This is not just about who will become President. With Supreme Court appointments at stake, this election could have significant, long-term consequences for gun owners’ rights under the Second Amendment. We may be at an historic juncture in our nation’s history. If control of the U.S. House and Senate changes, and if anti-Second Amendment Supreme Court Justices are appointed, then things could change in very bad ways for the shooting sports. In the video below, National Shooting Sports Foundation President/CEO Steve Sanetti asks all gun owners to go to the polls armed with the facts. Exercise your right to vote. Remember, every vote counts.

Message from Steve Sanetti:

The lawful commerce in firearms and [your] rights … to enjoy the shooting sports are squarely at issue this year.

And this election is about far more than just the Presidential candidates. Control of both Houses of Congress, the Supreme Court, and all the important appointments and executive orders that the next President can make, are all at stake.

And your State and local elections can also affect your ability to enjoy your rights to manufacture, sell, own, and use firearms.

So please — don’t sit this one out. Your vote, and every vote, counts. Learn where all the candidates stand, talk to your family, your friends and your coworkers, and vote! This election is up to you, and America is counting on you!

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July 27th, 2016

Ruger Gives $4 Million to NRA-ILA and Pledges $1 Million More

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Ruger has donated $4,000,000.00 to the NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action), based on Ruger’s pledge to donate $2.00 for every new Ruger firearm sold between the 2015 and 2016 NRA Annual Meetings. Ruger called this the “2 Million Gun Challenge”.

Ruger met the challenge goal of selling two million new firearms, thereby generating a total donation of $4,000,000. Ruger CEO Mike Fifer and President Chris Killoy presented Chris Cox, NRA-ILA’s Executive Director, with a check for $4,000,000 at the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings in Louisville, Kentucky. Cox praised Ruger’s Challenge Program: “The funds raised from this program will help us in both our fight to protect America’s Second Amendment and our effort to educate voters and get them to the polls this crucial election year.”

During the challenge period, one of the largest distributors of Ruger firearms, Davidson’s / Gallery of Guns, also pledged to donate $1.00 for each new Ruger firearm sold through its distributorship. Davidson’s effort added more than $350,000 to the NRA-ILA cause.

Ruger 2 Million Gun Challenge Becomes 2.5 Million Gun Challenge

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Both Ruger and Davidson’s have pledged to extend the challenge period through the end of October, to ensure continued support up until the election. Ruger hopes to sell another 500,000 new firearms (by the end of October 2016) with a $2.00 donation per gun. If Ruger meets its challenge, that would generate another $1 million in NRA-ILA donations, for a total of $5,000,000 for the 2015-2016 period.

For more information on the Ruger 2.5 Million Gun Challenge, visit Ruger.com/2Million.

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April 15th, 2015

Allan Cors Elected President of NRA

Allan Cors Elected NRA PresidentAllan D. Cors of Naples, Florida was elected by the National Rifle Association Board of Directors as President of the 144-year-old Association. The election took place in Nashville, Tennessee following the 144th Annual Meeting of the NRA. A lifelong hunter and competitive shooter with a passion for collecting World War II military vehicles, Cors has served as president of the NRA Foundation and is a member of the NRA’s Executive Committee. He was a principal advocate for the establishment of the NRA’s Political Action Committee. Cors served as a counsel with the Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served as the director of government affairs and senior vice president at Corning for 34 years.

“I am humbled by the support of my fellow 5 million-plus NRA members and 75 board members. At a time when our country is disillusioned with government and its leaders, the public’s faith in the NRA has never been stronger,” said Cors. “This trust is a result of the NRA’s steadfast loyalty to upholding the Second Amendment and it is a testament to the diligence and prescience of Wayne LaPierre – a man who has dedicated his life to the NRA.”

Wayne LaPierre Retains Executive VP Post
The board of directors also re-elected Wayne LaPierre as NRA’s executive vice president. LaPierre has served in this leadership role since 1991 and has spearheaded NRA’s efforts to restore the relevance and sanctity of the Second Amendment. Upon his re-election, LaPierre reappointed Kyle Weaver to the position of executive director of NRA General Operations and Chris W. Cox to the position of executive director of NRA Institute for Legislative Action.

Pete Brownell Elected First VP, and Richard Childress Elected Second VP
Pete Brownell was elected NRA First Vice President. Brownell, who previously served as NRA Second VP, is also the current chairman of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW), an active member of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff Foundation Board, and vice chair of the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board. NASCAR legend Richard Childress of North Carolina was elected NRA Second Vice President, filling the spot formerly held by Pete Brownell.

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November 3rd, 2014

Election Day Is Tomorrow — Your Vote Counts

Around the nation, Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day. There are dozens of key Congressional seats up for grabs this year. In addition, important gun issues are on the ballot in many states. Remember, every vote counts — you can’t complain about local, state, and federal policies if you don’t bother to vote. We hope all our readers take the time to visit their local polling places tomorrow.

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If you want to learn more about the upcoming election, and research the positions of candidates on gun rights issues, visit the NSSF’s GUNVOTE website. This resource highlights key U.S. Senate and House of Representatives races. The NSSF Election Guide allows you to browse state-by-state. There’s also a handy page with links to directories of local polling places for every state. So — do your homework and cast your vote tomorrow!

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State Elections — Time of Reckoning for Hickenlooper?
In addition, the GUNVOTE site covers important Gubernatorial contests around the country. Here is a video about the Colorado Governor’s race. In 2013, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed tough anti-gun measures into law and has been trying to explain himself ever since. On Election Day, Colorado voters will decide whether Gov. Hickenlooper deserves another term in office.

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November 6th, 2012

Get Out and Vote Today… Your Vote Matters

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Today is election day. This election may be as important as any in our nation’s recent history. Big issues are at stake — the economy, taxation, health care, foreign policy, Second Amendment Rights, and the role of the Federal government. Whatever your political views, make your voice heard by voting. We don’t care how you do it — drive, bike, walk, share a ride… whatever it takes, but get to the polls today and Vote! If you think your vote doesn’t matter… watch the video below. Remember what Dwight D. Eisenhower said: “The future of this Republic is in the hands of the American voter.”

Finding Your Polling Place
If you don’t know your designated polling place, visit Google’s Polling Place Locator Page. This webpage accesses polling place venues nationwide, based on street address and zip code. Type in your home address (with zip code), and the Polling Place Locator finds your exact polling place, complete with a street map. This webpage includes a “Ballot Summary” so you can preview the candidates and ballot measures in your location.

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be. — Sydney J. Harris

The ballot is stronger than the bullet. — Abraham Lincoln

One who does not vote has no right to complain. — Louis L’Amour

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September 9th, 2012

NRA ILA Interviews Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney

2012 Vote ElectionChris Cox, Exec. Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), recently interviewed Gov. Mitt Romney, GOP Presidential candidate. Cox posed a number of questions relating to the Second Amendment and firearms regulations. We recommend that you visit NRAILA.org and read the Full Interview with Gov. Romney.

Here are sample Q&As from the NRA-ILA interview:

Chris Cox: First, let me start with the most basic question of all. In the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, and in the 2010 case McDonald v. City of Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court—by a 5-4 majority—held that the Second Amendment guarantees the fundamental, individual right of all law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms. Do you agree that the Second Amendment protects a fundamental, individual right to own and use firearms for all lawful purposes?

Gov. Mitt Romney: Absolutely, and I was pleased when the Court finally rendered a clear and concise decision on this critical issue. The Second Amendment is essential to our free society. I strongly support the right of all law-abiding Americans to exercise their constitutionally protected right to own firearms and to use them for lawful purposes, including self-defense; the protection of family and property; hunting and recreational shooting.

Chris Cox: Obviously, America’s 100 million gun owners are very concerned that their Second Amendment rights hang in the balance at the U.S. Supreme Court by just one vote. President Obama’s two nominees to the Court so far—Justices Sotomayor and Kagan—have a history of anti-gun opinions and activism. And some have predicted that if Barack Obama is re-elected, he may have the opportunity to nominate several more justices to the Court. As president, if you had the opportunity, what type of individuals would you nominate to the Supreme Court? And which of the justices currently serving on the Court would you consider to be the best models of your judicial philosophy?

Gov. Romney: Chris, I believe the next president could indeed have the opportunity to shape the Court for decades to come, and that’s a key reason why the tens of millions of Americans who support the NRA should support my candidacy. My view of the Constitution is straightforward: Its words have meaning. The founders adopted a written constitution for a reason. They intended to limit the powers of government. The job of a judge is to enforce the Constitution’s restraints on government and, where the Constitution does not speak, to leave the governance of the nation to its elected representatives[.]

CLICK HERE to Read Full Interview with Gov. Mitt Romney.

The 2012 Presidential race is shaping up as a close contest. With two months left before election day, many key “swing states” remain “too close to call”. Accordingly, experts believe that this election could go either way, meaning both Presidential candidates have a real chance to win in October. Some polls show President Obama maintaining a slight lead in the popular vote, while other forecasters predict Gov. Mitt Romney will secure enough Electoral College votes to win. In a tight election like this, your vote DOES matter. That’s why, no matter what your party affiliation, we encourage you to register and vote in the upcoming election.

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August 20th, 2012

Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan Supports Gun Rights

Congressman Paul Ryan hunterYou’ve heard by now that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has chosen Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate. Since Ryan’s selection as a VP candidate, the mainstream media has focused primarily on Ryan’s positions on government spending, health care policies, and debt reduction.

You may be wondering, where does Ryan stand on gun rights issues? In a nutshell, Ryan is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and he has lead efforts to protect the shooting sports and hunting. An avid hunter, Ryan is the former co-chairman of the bi-partisan Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus. Ryan has received an “A” grade from the NRA for his overall voting record. Among other things, Ryan has voted to protect the right of hunters to use traditional ammunition and to prohibit suing manufacturers and retailers for the criminal misuse of firearms. He has also supported a national cross-state standard for concealed carry. Here are highlights of Rep. Ryan’s voting record in Congress, on matters relating to hunting and gun rights:

  • Voted YES to protect the right of hunters to use traditional ammunition.
  • Voted YES to prohibit suing manufacturers and retailers for the criminal misuse of firearms.
  • Voted YES to decrease background check waiting period from 3 days to 1 day for a firearm purchase at a gun show.
  • Supported national cross-state standard for concealed carry.
  • Opposed the gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington, DC.
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August 4th, 2012

Video Reminds Gun Owners to Register and Vote

R. Lee Ermey Voter RegistrationHere’s a video featuring ‘Gunny’ R. Lee Ermey. This clip is entertaining to be sure, but it carries an important message — gun owners need to register to vote, and they must go to the polls on election day. Ermey explains: “This is a critical time for our nation, and too many people are sitting back to let others do the hard work. So it’s time for all of us to put some gas in it and persuade all eligible gun owners to register. That’s why I volunteered my time to film the ad shown here.” So if you haven’t registered to vote yet, do so as soon as you can. As Gunny Ermey says: “Now it’s your turn and I want to see results! NO EXCUSES. I expect 110% [effort] right now from everyone who values our freedoms!”

Video find by EdLongRange. We welcome reader submissions.
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November 4th, 2008

Election Day 2008 — Be Sure to VOTE TODAY!

Today is the day. Across the nation citizens will vote to determine the next President of the United States. And the Presidential race is not the only important election. Numerous key seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are up for grabs. Make no mistake about it… this is a very important election. Its outcome will have a significant effect on our domestic and foreign policies for years to come.

Vote 2008Whatever your political affiliation you owe it to yourself, and to your country, to exercise your right to vote. Sportsmen and gun owners can influence this election, particularly in key “swing states” such as Pennsylvania, Florida, and Ohio. If we, as gun owners, don’t get to the polling places and cast our ballots, we can expect greater challenges to our rights in the months and years ahead.

This is a critical election. Remember that in the D.C. v. Heller case, four out of the nine Supreme Court justices were essentially willing to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution. Yes, by one vote (5 to 4), we “won” the Heller case, but it is sobering to think the decision was that close. Keep that in mind as you determine who to vote for. The President appoints Justices to the Supreme Court. It is expected that at least two current high court Justices will retire within the next four years. Keep that in mind when you vote today. “Consider,” says Steve Sanetti, President of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, “that the next president could nominate as many as three Supreme Court justices, will appoint the next director of the ATF and will either support or resist U.N. gun-control efforts. Make no mistake, this is not the time for gun owners to take a back seat.”

Also remember that some of the worst gun regulations have started at the municipal and state levels. You must, therefore, pay close attention to state and local elections. Successful efforts to safeguard gun rights begin at the local level. In states like California and New York, we’ve seen that state politicians are more than willing to enact bad laws that violate the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. So… if you want to keep your Second Amendment rights, be sure to exercise another Constitutional right and VOTE!

Finding Your Polling Place
If you’re not sure about the location of your designated polling place, visit GoVote.org. That non-partisan website will identify your polling place, complete with a street map. Just type in your zip code or street address, and the right location will appear.

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September 20th, 2008

REPORT: Pennsylvania, Ohio Voters May Decide Election

The Presidential election is shaping up as a very close contest. Depending on which poll you read, McCain or Obama has a slight lead in the popular vote. What many voters (and most newscasters) forget is that we have an electoral college system. Each state delivers a certain number of electoral votes (usually, but not always, “winner take all”).

According to Electoral-vote.com, if the election were held today, Obama would capture 273 Electoral votes, compared to 265 for McCain. 270 votes are needed to win. The charts display predicted electoral vote outcomes in all 50 states.

But the race see-saws — just yesterday, McCain had the edge in electoral votes, 265 to 252. The difference was Pennsylvania. Interestly, Pennsylvania (21 Electoral votes), just yesterday was listed as “exactly even”, meaning it could swing Democratic OR Republican.

In the latest poll Pennsylvania is “Barely Democratic”. As goes Pennsylvania, so could go the Electoral College. Ohio is another key state. In recent Presidential elections, the result in Ohio nearly always predicted the eventual winner. Ohio is “Barely Republican” right now.

Message to Voters in Key ‘Swing’ States (Pennsylvania This Means You!)
Important states like Pennsylvania and Ohio could swing on a few thousand votes. Pennsylvania has a large population of shooters and hunters. If the hunters and sportsmen come out and vote in large numbers, this could determine Pennsylvania, and that, in turn could put McCain in the White House rather than Obama.

Other key states where the votes of hunters and outdoor sportsmen could shift the balance are: Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire. These states are now listed as “Barely Democratic” with a 3% margin of error in the polls. Quite literally, if hunters and shooters go to the polls in strength, a few thousand more Republican (red) votes could change the election. And consider this, if the tiny state of New Hampshire (whose motto is “Live Free or Die”) swings from “Barely Democratic” into the Republican camp, the loss of those four (4) electoral votes would drop Obama from 273 to 269 votes — below the 270 required to win.

LESSON: In the key states, hunters, shooters, and supporters of gun rights CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. If just one “Barely Democratic” state swings the other way, that could determine the outcome of the election.

The differences between the two Presidential candidates are great. The path this nation takes in the next four (or even eight) years will be very different depending on who sits in the Oval office. Will that be John McCain or Barack Obama? Pennsylvania shooters — it may be you who answer that question!

Charts syndicated via electoral-vote.com. Visit Electoral-Vote.com for daily updates.

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