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Monday
Jan142013

NRA Predicts Assault Weapons Ban Won't Pass Congress

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- No matter what kind of recommendations Vice President Joe Biden's group makes to the president to curb gun violence, National Rifle Association President David Keene says a possible renewal of the assault weapons ban won't get through Congress.

Interviewed on CNN's State of the Union Sunday, Keene said the latest push by gun control advocates to reinstate a law against assault rifles and high-volume magazines, like the ones found on the Newtown, Conn., shooter, is doomed to fail on Capitol Hill.

The NRA made its own recommendation a week after 20 children and six adults died at the hands of a lone gunman, proposing armed guards and cops at every school in the nation.

Keene said limiting the availability of high-powered arsenals won't reduce gun deaths, telling State of the Union it would be far better to treat the mentally ill and restrict their access to weapons.

The Biden group could give President Obama a long series of recommendations, including universal background checks.  But the vice president has already indicated it will go far beyond the few steps the NRA proposed.

As for the talks Biden held with NRA officials last week, Keene dismissed them as nothing more than lip service, contending the White House already knows what it has in mind to curb gun sales, which the group likens to gutting Second Amendment rights.

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Monday
Oct082012

NRA Jumps Into 2012 Race, Attacking Obama in TV Ads

NRA Political Victory Fund(FAIRFAX, Va.) -- After the National Rifle Association endorsed Mitt Romney for president last Thursday, the group aired its first TV ad of the 2012 election season attacking President Obama.

The new ad accuses Obama of “chipping away at your rights, chipping away at your freedom.” The NRA’s political arm, NRA Political Victory Fund, said it would spend about $1.5 million this week to air the ad in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Wisconsin, all critical battlegrounds. The group said it planned to air TV ads in swing states through Election Day.

When asked for the grand total the NRA-PVF planned to spend on ads, NRA-PVF spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said, “as much money as our members send us.” The group said it would focus on targeted online advertising, in addition to television. NRA-PVF previously aired ads in January and February that attacked Obama for the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation, Arulanandam said.

In the new TV ad, a narrator says:  “Mountains of debt, threats to our sovereignty, chipping away at your rights, chipping away at your freedom. And now, they’re attacking our Second Amendment rights, but you can stop them right now. Defend freedom, defeat Obama.”

The mention of “sovereignty” refers to a proposed United Nations arms treaty the NRA fears will impose “burdensome” reporting requirements on civilian sales and gifts of guns. The Obama administration had entered into talks on the treaty, but those talks broke down in July, with the U.S. and other weapons-exporting nations saying more time was needed to reach agreement.

The ad could be seen on YouTube last Thursday, but NRA-PVF had not announced its plans to air it on TV. It began airing in Ohio Monday morning, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political advertising.

As for Romney, he has said he does not support any new gun laws.

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Monday
Apr092012

Romney to Address NRA Weeks After Revealing He’s a Gun Owner

Richard Ellis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney will address the National Rifle Association‘s annual meeting later this week, a speech that comes at a crucial time for the candidate who is working to appeal to the conservative base of his party as he inches closer to clinching the Republican nomination.

Romney, who tells voters on the campaign trail that he believes “we have all the laws we need” in regard to gun control, revealed for the first time just over a month ago that he owns two shotguns.  When asked about his stance on gun control during a town hall meeting in Columbus, Ohio, in February, Romney said, “I believe in the second amendment, I’ll protect the second amendment.  I have guns myself.”

The admission came after years of varied remarks on his own hunting experience.

During a virtual debate with the Boston Globe in 2007, Romney was corrected when he claimed to own a gun that he later clarified actually belonged to one of his five sons.

“I have a gun of my own.  I go hunting myself.  I’m a member of the NRA and believe firmly in the right to bear arms,” said Romney, to which the interviewer corrected him, “Ah, excuse me, but isn’t that son Josh’s gun?”

Romney responded, “Um, well, yes, but so what?  He has several guns out at our vacation place in Utah, and I use them from time to time.”

Also in 2007, Romney explained during an interview exactly what kind of hunting he likes.

“I’m not a big game hunter.  I’ve always been, if you will, a rodent and rabbit hunter all right, small varmints if you will,” he said.

And earlier this year, during a Fox News debate, Romney was asked whether he has hunted in the years since 2007, to which the candidate responded, “I’m not going to describe all of my great exploits.  But I went moose hunting actually.  Not moose hunting, I’m sorry, elk hunting with friends in Montana.  I’ve been pheasant hunting.”

Romney’s speech to the NRA, scheduled for Friday, April 13, will not be his first.  The candidate addressed the association in 2008 and 2009.  Romney also sent a short video message to the annual meeting in 2011.

Former senator Rick Santorum and former speaker Newt Gingrich are also expected to attend the NRA meeting this week.

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Friday
Jan132012

Rick Perry’s Morning at the Gun Range and Five Guys

Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images(RIDGELAND, S.C.) -- In between campaign stops Friday morning, Texas Gov. Rick Perry squeezed in some time for a little target practice at a local gun range and a bite at Five Guys. Clad in his navy-blue “Perry President” fleece jacket, black ear protection and plastic glasses, Perry shot two weapons: a Ruger SR9 and a Palmetto State Armory AR-15.

“Seven yards,” Perry told an employee when asked how far to set the target distance at the Palmetto State Armory Shooting center. He later expressed some disappointment with his shots, saying, “some pulling it off to the side.”

“Sweet shooting little piece of equipment,” Perry told reporters as he showed off his target sheet, which he signed with the phrase: “To Palmetto State Armory. Freedom! Rick Perry” before heading to a Five Guys nearby for a cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, mayonnaise and mustard, a meal he ate after bowing his head for a blessing with his state chairman Katon Dawson and Rep. Mick Mulvaney.

The Texas governor, a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights who often jokes that his idea of gun control is to “use both hands,” revealed that he normally shoots a pistol but often goes to LaRue’s Tactical in Austin to hit the shooting range.

“When I’m home I do more of the -- I shoot more pistol, just we live pretty close to a pistol range,” Perry said. “I’ll go out to LaRue’s and shoot their weapons out there.”

Perry has cited shooting at the gun range as his form of golf and often boasts of the time he shot a coyote trying to attack his daughter’s dog while he was out for a jog.

Asked by a reporter who he was thinking about while shooting, Perry stayed mum, only responding: “Not you.”

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Tuesday
Jul262011

Congress Moves ahead on Gun Legislation 

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON ) -- It’s already written in the Constitution's Second Amendment, and now Congress is addressing new legislation that will revise regulations regarding citizens' right to bear arms.

If passed, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity bill would increase the number of legally-owned handguns on American streets and lower the conceal-and-carry restrictions on those weapons.

The new bill would make it legal across all states for out-of-state visitors to conceal and carry firearms, so long as they are permitted to do so in their home states. This would essentially make the conceal-and-carry laws of California, Illinois, and New York obsolete.

As the law stands now, a gun owner who is legally licensed to carry a firearm in New Jersey, for example, is not legally allowed to carry that weapon once he or she crosses a bridge to New York City.

Like most proposed bills to Congress, this one is not without controversy.

The Police Foundation insists the bill has the potential to endanger the lives of police officers, who would have trouble identifying legitimate gun permits from fraudulent ones.

Still the bill -- which benefits gun manufacturers as well as the diverse interests of sportsmen and gun enthusiasts -- is likely to be passed, scoring another victory for one of its main supporters, the National Rifle Association.

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Thursday
Oct282010

Friendly Fire: Republicans Fume at NRA's Endorsement of Democrats

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- National Republicans are furious with the National Rifle Association, their natural ally, for endorsing 58 incumbent Democrats who support gun rights. With Republicans aiming to win control of the House, some are promising retribution for the NRA next year.

“In about a week, the NRA will find themselves on the bad sides of a few dozen new Republican members of Congress. They have put their credibility – and also that of their members – on the line for the sake of ingratiating themselves with a bunch of liberal Democrats who are about to lose, and lose badly,” said one senior GOP operative who requested anonymity to speak freely.

Republicans need to pick up 39 seats to take control of the House.

The NRA has a policy of endorsing the incumbent in a race where two candidates are equally pro-gun. When there are more Democrats, as there currently are, it’s a policy that befuddles Republicans, who would be even more gun-friendly if they took control of the House.

The NRA has already gotten a fair amount of flak from conservatives this year. First, the organization worked with Democrats to carve out an exclusion in campaign finance legislation Democrats were pushing. The legislation ultimately died in the Senate, but the NRA’s endorsement made Republican’s party line against it more difficult in the House.

“When you lie down with the dogs, you might get fleas,” House Minority Leader John Boehner told reporters in June when asked about the deal between Democrats and the NRA.

The situation has not gotten any better as Boehner has a majority in his sights and Republicans are expected to win a majority in the House and the NRA has continued to endorse some Democrats in key Congressional districts.

Second Amendment issue groups to the right of the NRA say that the most important vote a House member took in the last Congress was the first one – when they voted for speaker.

“The gun agenda was DOA once when Nancy Pelosi became speaker,” said Larry Pratt of the Gun Owners of America, a group that with 300,000 members is much smaller than the NRA, which has more than four million. But Gun Owners of America is a favorite of staunch conservatives lawmakers. They have not endorsed any Democrats this year.

In three races where conservative Democrats could have vied for  the Gun Owners endorsement, he said the group decided against endorsing either candidate.

An NRA endorsement is still extremely important in much if not most of the country. It might be the single most important endorsement a candidate can get. The NRA’s willingness to endorse outside the Republican party, however, might be why its endorsement still carries so much weight. It is  not a strictly partisan organization.

Pratt said he expects that if Republicans win the House, that influence could fade a bit as Republicans think back to the election.

“They are not going to have the same open door on capitol hill that they might have expected in the past,” he said.

A request for comment from the NRA has not yet been returned.

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