Concealed carry permits growing, as is hope for increased safety

Firearm use, especially concealed carry use, is becoming a growing trend in Nebraska.According to "Firearms in Nebraska," a March 2016 Legislative Research Office report for the Nebraska Legislature, the total active conceal carry permits in the state grew from more than 12,500 in 2012 to more than 37,500 in 2015.

Self-Pitying Anti-Gun Doctor Provides a Step-by-Step Lesson in How Not to Succeed in Government

It may well be that Winslow has the qualifications and background to succeed in the public medical field. He might even have still found himself quietly tucked away somewhere else within the vast government medical bureaucracy, had he simply waited out the news cycle and bided his time. Instead, he decided to further insult the president and reaffirm his opposition to Americans’ Second Amendment rights in the pages of the Washington Post. This shows not only arrogance and bad judgment, it show a remarkable lack of class and ingratitude for being given a chance that most people will never get.

Fake News on Gun Confiscation

A member of the group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) recently penned a newspaper opinion piece on the upcoming deadline for recertifying handgun licenses in New York State. Titled, “Gun recertification a step for safety, not confiscation,” the writer ridicules New York State handgun owners as being “‘up in arms’ again over the fact that they have to recertify” their eligibility to possess a handgun. For “too many gun owners,” he adds, “any gun safety legislation is wrong, viewed as the camel’s nose in the tent of gun confiscation.” He concludes by expressing his disgust at what he calls “…the mindless fealty to the NRA and its affiliates’ spin that all gun laws are unconstitutional and will lead to confiscation. There are 300 million guns in our country; do the math. No one is coming for your guns.”  Every person is entitled to his or her own opinion, of course, but facts are a different matter. 

L.A. County Issues Carry Licenses to the Well-Connected, Skirts Own Policies

With 42 states and the District of Columbia now recognizing the Right-to-Carry, California’s retrograde may-issue Carry Concealed Weapon licensing regime is atypical. However, a recent state audit of three of California’s CCW license issuing authorities shows that Los Angeles County does operate much like another large jurisdiction, New York City, when it comes to granting licenses. That is, licenses are reserved for the well-connected and officials don’t bother to follow the rules when issuing them.  

Survey: NRA and the Right to Bear Arms Strongly Associated with American Patriotism

The NRA prides itself on being “freedom’s safest place,” and its members exemplify what is best about our beloved country. A pair of recent national surveys on patriotism bears out what many instinctively understand: that for those who embrace traditional American values, the NRA remains an important cultural touchstone in its own right. Meanwhile, the surveys also show Americans strongly embracing the right to keep and bear arms, including younger adults for whom other traditional aspects of patriotism are less central to their identity.

Control of Virginia's Legislature Comes Down to Drawing Lots

After winning the Virginia governor’s race and flipping more than a dozen seats in the House of Delegates from red to blue last month, Democrats are hoping for one more reason to celebrate—but it’ll come down to a random draw.

NRA-ILA 2017 Year in Review

Here is a summary of the top stories brought to you in 2017 via the NRA-ILA Grassroots Alert.  As we move into critically important election year of 2018, we must continue to ensure we're prepared to meet the great opportunities and challenges before us. We will continue to provide you with information in future Alerts to ensure you have the information necessary to protect and advance your rights.

Washington: Anti-Gun Legislators Announce 2018 Agenda and Pre-File Bills

Even though the 2018 legislative session doesn’t convene until January 8th, anti-gun legislators have already announced their gun control agenda and have pre-filed restrictive firearm related legislation in Olympia.  In addition to two sweeping gun control bills carried over from the 2017 session, anti-gun legislators also aim to dismantle Washington’s state preemption law and ban certain firearm accessories and modifications.

Ohio: Self-Defense Bill to be Heard in Committee

This week, there will be two important committee meetings taking place. Tomorrow, December 12, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be a discussing any possible amendments and/or testimony for any of the bills that are listed on the agenda, including Senate Bill 180.  On Wednesday, December 13, a substitute bill will be released in the House Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations, addressing the same issue as SB 180 as well as some other Second Amendment related issues.