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Bloomberg loses…again!

Voters Issue Another Rebuke to Bloomberg!
– Thanks to all of you who helped make it happen

This was a good week for liberty.

Why?  Because one of America’s most outspoken, pro-gun sheriffs defeated attempts by an anti-gun liberal Mayor who tried to take him out.

David Clarke, Jr., is the Sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. He is a true patriot and has run public service ads saying things like:

* “Simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option….  Consider taking a certified safety course in handling of firearms, so you can defend yourself until we get there.  You have a duty to protect yourself and your family.”

* “Wisconsin’s [concealed carry law] now gives you the same advantage that I have.  Now it’s the crook who has to wonder what you might do.  It can be a great equalizer….”

GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt personally awarded the “High Noon Award” to Sheriff Clarke last year for “standing for truth when others run, and for telling the truth even though politically incorrect.”

For all these reasons, it’s no wonder that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hates him so much.

Bloomberg, who is a billionaire, poured $150,000 into the sheriff’s race in Milwaukee, trying to unseat him in his primary this past Tuesday.

But Daddy Warbucks’ money couldn’t buy an election in Milwaukee County, as Clarke won by a comfortable 52-48 percent margin.

GOA’s Political Victory Fund rallied gun owners in the state of Wisconsin to contribute to Sheriff Clarke’s campaign.  And GOA’s Facebook page made gun owners around the country aware of this important race.

In other social media news from GOA:

* Missouri residents are demonstrating they know more than federal judges like Catherine Blake, who ruled that AR-15s are not constitutionally protected in Maryland and are “dangerous and unusual.”

Looting in Ferguson, MO

In the Ferguson, Missouri area, AR-15s have become one of the top sellers, as residents are rushing to protect themselves from potential violence and rioting.  Check out GOA’s latest video on protecting the firearms that the courts want to ban.

* Thousands of gun owners are LIKING and COMMENTING on the story published by WorldNetDaily.com which reported on how GOA recently reprimanded President Obama for his erroneous views on the 2nd Amendment and for his confusion of rights versus privileges.

Protect and Defend

Your Help Needed to Stop Further Infringements!

“Universal background checks would help Obama establish a universal gun registry.” — GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt, July 2014

There have been a lot of gun-related stories in the news recently.  For example, a Clinton appointee yesterday upheld Maryland’s draconian gun law, ruling that AR-15s and AK-47 style firearms are not constitutionally protected because they are “dangerous and unusual.”

Ironically, this judge’s ruling comes at a time when residents in Ferguson, Missouri, are using AR-15s to keep looters from burning down their stores.  (See the picture above.

Brady Background Checks a dismal failure 

Another big story that the liberal media pounced on was the death of James Brady last week.

Brady was critically injured during the failed assassination attempt on President Reagan’s life in 1981.  Brady survived the attack and pressed for a background check law that now bears his name.

While the anti-gun Left claims these Brady background checks have been a success, recent Justice Department reports show otherwise.

As this graphic shows, only 13 bad guys were actually taken off the streets for illegally trying to buy guns in one year.

Nevertheless, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats want to expand background checks to include all gun buyers — a scheme that would help this administration to establish an illegal gun registry.

Before departing for their August recess, Senator Reid promised he would schedule an upcoming vote on universal background checks — perhaps in the early fall.

Help GOA defeat universal registration

GOA recently alerted gun owners to this “universal registration” threat.  By now, GOA members should have already received this legislative update in their mailboxes.

GOA will be watching the Senate closely and will alert you to any movement on this front.  Click here to sign up for GOA’s email alerts.

 

Great news for gun owners across the country came out of an obscure Georgia runoff last night.

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Jody Hice Wins Runoff Election!
— Great news for gun owners across the country came out of an obscure Georgia runoff last night.
In the 10th Congressional District, Jody Hice handily defeated his opponent and will face nominal opposition in November.

Jody is a great friend of the Second Amendment, and thanks to the support of people like you, GOA was able to flood the airwaves and mailboxes with his pro-gun message.

Georgia’s 10th District had been represented by GOA Life Member Paul Broun, who was chairman of the U.S. House Second Amendment Task Force and a leading voice in protecting your gun rights.  That’s why when Mr. Broun stepped down, it was imperative that we fill his seat with someone who would step in and fight just as vigorously for the right to keep and bear arms.

Gun Owners of America was proud to support Jody Hice early on in his race because he is a tireless leader for gun owners in Georgia, and he is more than ready to fight against the gun grabbers in Washington, D.C.

Jody and his wife are both gun owners, and they know that the true meaning of the Second Amendment is not about hunting, but about your God-given right to defend your life from the tyranny of any aggressor.

We need principled individuals like Jody Hice safeguarding liberty in the halls of Congress, and your support of GOA helps to make that happen.

Just by chipping in $10 or $20, you will be part of GOA’s ability to help the best pro-gun candidates across the country.  Because no matter where you live in the country — even if it’s in the deepest of blue states — GOA’s candidates will be looking out for your gun rights.

GOA is making your voice heard this election cycle as we continue to show President Obama and Nancy Pelosi that we are sick and tired of their illegal gun control schemes.

Round One of the Fight over S. 2363 — the Harry Reid Preservation Act

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Round One of the Fight over S. 2363 — the Harry Reid Preservation Act

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The Senate floor battle has now opened on the fake “pro-gun” bill designed to reelect endangered anti-gun Democrats up in 2014 in pro-gun states.

That bill is S. 2363, sponsored by anti-gun crazy Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), with the chief cosponsors being endangered anti-gunners who are Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mark Udall (D-CO), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Al Franken (D-MN).

By now, even the dumbest Senators realize that this “sportmen’s” bill is nothing but a political ploy to keep Harry Reid (D-NV) and Obama’s cronies in power in the Senate. An article in The Hill newspaper made this clear yesterday:

“The legislation is meant to help several red-state Democrats in tough reelection races this year. Co-sponsors include four other Dems who, like Hagan, are facing difficult reelection races this year: Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Mark Udall (Colo.).”

The Senate yesterday overcame the first hurdle in moving to consider the bill. But thankfully, there are several Senators who wanted to offer good, pro-gun amendments to the bill.

Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) are all heeding GOA’s call to threaten dozens of tough pro-gun amendments to the bill.

Senator Cornyn is prepared to offer a GOA-supported amendment to allow national concealed carry reciprocity.

Senator Wicker has told us he wants to allow guns on the Army Corps of Engineers’ land.

Senator Lee has told GOA he wants to change the Senate rules to prohibit any anti-gun amendments in the Senate.

And Senators Cruz and Paul have “tons of amendments,” including reciprocity, a restoration of gun rights for 175,000 veterans, and a shutdown of Eric Holder’s Operation Choke Point program (that is designed to close gun stores by cutting off their credit).

This is exactly what GOA (and you, our activists) have been encouraging pro-gun Senators to do over the past week. But we believe that Reid will now “tree” the bill — a process used to block any amendments from being offered.

And we believe that, when they are shut out of offering amendments, many (if not all) Republicans will vote against cloture on the bill.

So ultimately, we still stand a good chance of success. Thank you all for your activism!

ACTION: Contact your Senators and urge them to vote for the Cornyn, Paul, Cruz, Wicker, and Lee amendments. And, if Harry Reid tries to shut out amendments, ask them to oppose cloture on the bill.

Reid derails appropriations process in order to avoid gun vote

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GOA Activists Help Rand Paul Put Harry Reid on the Defensive!
– Reid derails appropriations process in order to avoid gun vote


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If there is any doubt about the hatred that Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats hold for the Second Amendment, that hatred was made apparent last week.

To review the bidding: The Senate was slated, last week, to consider amendments to the giant appropriations bill funding the Justice and Commerce Departments.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) had submitted an amendment to prohibit Attorney General Eric Holder from continuing Operation Choke Point — a program designed to shut down gun stores by forcing banks to dry up their credit and to stop processing their credit card purchases.

You will remember that Gun Owners of America alerted you to the Paul amendment and urged you to take action in support of it.  And, wow, did your efforts make an impact!

GOA is very grateful to the thousands upon thousands of you who took action on that alert, urging Senators to support the Operation Choke Point amendment.

It got Harry Reid’s attention!

Faced with a tough vote for Democrats running for reelection in pro-gun states, Reid just pulled the bill from the floor. This means that the appropriations process will probably grind to a halt, and the government will, once again, be funded by a gigantic “continuing resolution” passed in September.

And, once again, the slimy Reid will blame Senate Republicans for his own actions in pulling the bill.

At this point, we are encouraging Senator Paul to add his Operation Choke Point defunder to every bill that comes to the Senate floor. If Democrats are unwilling to let Senators vote on the anti-gun actions of the lawless Obama administration, then Reid should not be able to pepper the floor with a succession of reelection ploys between now and November.

ACTIONContact your Senators and insist that they support Paul’s amendment to shut down Operation Choke Point.

Good News You Might Have Missed

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Good News You Might Have Missed
– And why you should be happy that GOA is under attack!

This has been an incredible month and we’ve seen some fantastic victories.

Some of the successes we’ve reported on already — like the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at the hands of GOA-supported Dave Brat. This week in Colorado’s 4th Congressional District, GOA-endorsed candidate Ken Buck won his primary by an astounding 20 points.

This is great news for gun owners across the country.

Gun Owners of America doesn’t look for candidates who will merely vote right, but do nothing else. We look for strong leadership qualities and the willingness to stand up to the powerful elite in Washington D.C.

Dave Brat and Ken Buck are those type of candidates.

But there are some other good news events that we want to make you aware as well.

Congrats to GOA members for making such a difference! 

First, you should be encouraged that your hard work has garnered the ire of anti-gunners who now have their sights set on the “increasingly powerful Gun Owners of America.”

Yes, this means that the Soros-funded Media Matters is now prepping for a hit piece on Larry Pratt and your GOA.

The Anti-gun Left is attacking GOA — THE CHIEF organization — that they described as being the number one reason that gun control didn’t pass last year.

But don’t worry.  GOA will answer their scurrilous charges, even as we stay on the offensive.  Stay tuned for more details.

GOA Comments lead to ATF backtracking

This month, GOA blasted a recent attempt by ATF to expand its “multiple sales” reporting requirements — which would have required the reporting of most rifle sales whenever any FFL sold more than one firearm to anyone within a five day period.

In official comments submitted to the Bureau, GOA charged the ATF with attempting to create a national gun registry, “seeking to accomplish through back channels what it may not do directly.”

To that end, GOA demanded that ATF withdraw its regulations, given that it’s “a proposed regulation in disguise, [which] violates the statutory prohibition on the creation of a national gun registry.”

Within a week of GOA’s comments, ATF backed off from its surreptitious effort, returning its requirements to the status quo.

GOA victorious in the Supreme Court

We earlier reported on the disappointing outcome of the Abramski case, where (in the quest to fight “gun trafficking”) a former police officer was convicted of buying a handgun and selling it to his uncle, who was also approved by the NICS check.

But under the premise that “even a stopped clock is right twice a day,” the Supreme Court did hand down a very beneficial decision in the Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus case — a case where GOA had submitted an amicus brief!

This decision is extremely important for pro-gun supporters, as the net effect of the verdict means that anti-gun state bureaucrats will find it much harder to squelch GOA’s First Amendment speech.

Had the Court ruled against us, state agencies would have been permitted to determine alleged truth and falsity in the context of election campaigns, essentially giving the government the power to silence speech it does not like, thereby usurping the power of the people to decide for themselves in the democratic process.  That would have made it extremely difficult for GOA to hold public officials accountable.

 

 

 

GOA challenges Connecticut’s gun ban in court

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Larry Pratt’s debut opens in theaters! 
– GOA challenges Connecticut’s gun ban in court 


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Today is the day! GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt plays a cameo role in a movie that opens up in selected theaters across the country.

The movie is A Long Way Off, which is a 21st century version of the Prodigal Son story.  After getting beaten up, the Prodigal goes to Larry’s Gun Store to get a gun.

Larry Pratt is one of several celebrities in the movie.

“To further attract an expanded audience,” says WorldNetDaily, the movie “effectively integrate[s] non-actors actually playing themselves, including Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America (who appeared as a guest with Piers Morgan multiple times) playing himself as an owner of Larry’s Gun Shop.”

Other celebrity “non-actors” include Sean Hannity and Scott Rasmussen.

Check and see if the movie is playing near you.

GOA tackles the Connecticut gun ban

Gun Owners of America filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in late May, challenging the draconian Connecticut gun ban.

The Connecticut law — now infamous for making criminals out of hundreds of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens who have refused to register their weapons — bans so-called “assault weapons” and “large capacity magazines.”

In court, the district judge bought the old, tired arguments that the ban is necessary to protect the police and further public safety. Despite finding that the ban “substantially burdened” the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, he felt the burden was not unreasonable in light of the competing public interest.

Never mind that these arguments were rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court in the DC v. Heller case. As such, the district court used a judge-empowering “balancing test” to justify the ban.

But GOA’s brief argues, among other things, that the judicial standard of review for Second Amendment cases is the amendment’s text itself — “shall not be infringed.”

Click here to read the GOA brief.

And please help support our efforts to continue bringing cases like this one.

A picture is worth a thousand words in the Lone Star State

The battle in Texas is heating up over open carry, as residents continue to protest state law which still does NOT allow individuals to carry handguns openly.

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