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

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

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

Take action on this alert by clicking here.
Not a GOA member yet?  Make sure to join Gun Owners of America!

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


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

Take action on this alert by clicking here.
Not a GOA member yet?  Make sure to join Gun Owners of America!

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


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


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

Not a GOA member yet?  Make sure to  join Gun Owners of America!

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.

Join the conversation and check out our latest meme on Facebook andInstagram. And make sure to Like and Share it!

Bloomberg Sycophants Spring an Ambush in the U.S. House


Bloomberg Sycophants Spring an Ambush in the U.S. House
– And VA Secretary Shinseki gets dumped

“A growing number of lawmakers from both parties [have called] for the resignation of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.” — Los Angeles Times, May 29, 2014

Not a GOA member yet?  Click here to join Gun Owners of AmericaAnd click here to take action on this alert.

UPDATE:  VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday morning.  GOA thanks those of you who contacted your legislators over the past couple of weeks in response to our earlier email alert.  In the end, over 20 Representatives and Senators called for the ouster of Shinseki — who, in addition to the recent scandals, has overseen an agency that has disarmed more than 175,000 military veterans.

GUN CONTROL VOTE IN HOUSE:  Disciples of anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg staged an ambush in the House of Representatives on Thursday.  And 76 Republicans fell right into the trap.

The vote was on a Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Peter King (R-NY) amendment to the Commerce-Justice-Science funding bill.  Both Representatives hold an “F” rating with Gun Owners of America.

Their amendment would add an additional $19.5 million to pay states to turn in more names to the federal gun-ban (NICS) list.

Already, more than 175,000 law-abiding veterans have lost their Second Amendment rights this way.  And, in states like New York, this money will pay to strip Americans of their constitutional rights, merely because they consult a psychiatrist and are prescribed a therapeutic drug.

The amendment was sprung so that GOA had only a few hours to send a letter to the Hill, and no time to send out a new alert to its members — although we told you earlier this week that Bloomberg and Obama minions were renewing efforts to exploit the recent California tragedy and pass gun control.  NRA took no public position at all on the legislation.

Despite the short turn-around time, GOA did manage to get a Facebook alert out to its members.

If you haven’t “liked” GOA’s Facebook page, please go here right now and do so. Don’t wait any longer, as you are missing very informative articles and critical alerts!

In the end, the Thompson-King amendment passed by a vote of 260-145.  That’s the bad news.

The good news is that the battle has just begun.  The bill now goes to the Senate, and will ultimately be shelved in favor of a massive government-wide funding bill — called a “continuing resolution” or CR.

Hence, there is still a possibility that we can get the Thompson-King amendment removed from the final CR.

That being said, the loss hurts.

Bloomberg can now spend weeks bragging that he has “crushed” the gun lobby, and this will give impetus to allow him to raise more money.

But when it comes to gun rights issues, the 76 Republicans who went wobbly will be defined almost exclusively by their vote for this anti-gun amendment.

The GOP could take a lesson from Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 “ground game” playbook.  As odious as Obama is to those who love the Constitution, he reached out to each of the major constituencies of the Democratic Party and gave them a reason to vote for him.  As a result, he won.

The 76 Republicans are hardly going to get Bloomberg’s endorsement for betraying their supporters.  And they have angered the Second Amendment community in a way that may take a long time for them to repair.

ACTION:  Write your Representative.  Thank him if he voted right and opposed the Thompson-King amendment.  If he voted wrong, let him know what you think about that.

Take Action and use the GOA Engage site, the correct letter will automatically be chosen.

GOA Calls for Resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

GOA Calls for Resignation of
VA Secretary Eric Shinseki
“The most recent reports now list that number [of disarmed veterans] around 175,000.” — Human Events, March 23, 2014

Not a GOA member yet? 
Click here to join Gun Owners of America! Andclick here to send your pre-written letter to your Senators and Reprentative.

Within the past week, Gun Owners of America received an e-mail from a member being treated by the VA (Department of Veterans Affairs).  The member was also receiving Social Security benefits, and Social Security had appointed a guardian to manage his financial affairs. 

The member wrote us because the VA, based on the Social Security guardian, was moving to take his guns away. 

Although it is Standard Operating Procedure for the VA to appoint its own guardians and use this to justify its gun ban on more than 175,000 veterans, it now appears to us that the VA is searching for new “gun ban excuses” to strip even more veterans of their constitutional rights. 

Which brings us to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.  It appears that the Obama administration is so busy using the VA to strip veterans of their gun rights that it doesn’t have time to provide them with medical treatment. 

Shinseki was dragged before a Senate hearing Thursday to explain massive waiting lists for treatment.  High level executives at the VA ignored warnings that these lists existed, and agency officials issued falsified letters to conceal them.  Altogether, these delays may have resulted in the deaths of 40 or more veterans at the Phoenix location alone.  The scandal has now spread to at least 10 states, and seems to reflect an endemic problem with the VA.

Shinseki’s response?  He is pushing an Inspector General investigation which will be completed in August.  But even liberal Democrats have questioned how many veterans will die between now and then as a result of the department’s misplaced priorities. 

As a result, the American Legion has called to Shinseki’s removal. 

Why does this matter to gun owners? 

The answer is this:  The VA appears to be too busy with gun bans to do its job. 

“We’ve known that combat veterans are being systematically stripped of their rights for some time now,” says Dan Cannon, the founder and editor of “There have been numerous reports of veterans losing their gun rights due to seeking counseling or help with depression, PTSD, or for simply not having their financial affairs in perfect order.”

We’re sure that the Obama administration will counter that it doesn’t take much time at all to take away a veteran’s constitutional rights.  But no matter how many personnel or how much time it takes to promote Obama’s anti-gun agenda, it is too much!

This is another example of a phenomenon which is pervasive in the Obama administration:  Politics over performance. 

And it’s not going to stop until someone loses his job for pursuing Obama’s anti-gun agenda, at the expense of his department’s mission. 

ACTION: Write your Senator and Representative. Encourage them to stand for the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding veterans by demanding VA Secretary Eric Shinseki’s resignation.

Time to Repeal Gun-Free Zones!

Time to Repeal Gun-Free Zones!

“It really doesn’t matter, when somebody shows up at a place, why they’re trying to kill people,” Erich Pratt, the group’s director of communications, told MSNBC. “The important thing is that people be able to protect themselves.”

Not a GOA member yet? Click here to join Gun Owners of America! And  click here to take action on today’s alert.

Yesterday’s tragic shooting at Ft. Hood raises the question once again: How many more lives must perish before Congress repeals the ban on service members carrying guns?

We now know that Ivan Lopez, an Iraq War veteran, brought a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun onto Ft. Hood yesterday and killed three other people, before killing himself.

Fox News reports that the rampage ended when a female MP drew her weapon, causing Lopez to take his own life.

It was previous base shootings like this one that prompted Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) to introduce H.R. 3199 last year, a bill to repeal the ban on carrying firearms on military bases.

 Click here to send a message to your Representative and insist that he cosponsor H.R. 3199!

Rep. Stockman blasted the glaring double-standard that keeps our servicemen disarmed.

“Why are civilians at a restaurant allowed to defend themselves but soldiers trained in firearms aren’t?” Stockman asked.  “Why can’t we extend common sense gun laws like open carry to our soldiers?”

Ret. Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford — who survived the 2009 Ft. Hood shooting, despite being shot 7 times by Nidal Hasan — shocked an MSNBC host today when he said “I think more guns” is the answer.  

“Had it been where other service members [had] guns or weapons on them at that time,” Sgt. Lunsford said, “I don’t think [Lopez] would have reacted the way that he was reacting.”

It is imperative that gun owners urge their Representatives to cosponsor H.R. 3199.  Every time we repeal another gun-free zone, we take away another killing zone that the Left can use to clamor for gun control.

  Click here to send a message to your Representative and insist that he cosponsor H.R. 3199!

To be sure, the political Left has spent the entire day trying to exploit this tragedy in hopes of resurrecting calls for gun control.

Should we ban those on anxiety meds?  How about servicemen with PTSD?  What about just anyone who is seeking psychiatric counseling?

These are the questions that MSNBC hosts have raised today.  But over and over again, even their own liberal guests continue to shoot down the idea that society can accurately predict which non-violent individuals are likely to commit violence in the future:

* Former FBI agent and criminal profiler, Clint Van Zandt:  “There is no real litmus test for who’s going to commit violence.”

* NBC reporter Jim Miklaszewski:  “[Psychologists] saw no sign of likely violence or suicidal tendencies from [Ivan] Lopez.”

* Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil, a NYU professor:  “PTSD by itself, it doesn’t make people violent.”

So even though gun grabbers are trying to use tragedies like this to expand gun laws — making them even more draconian — the dirty little secret among the “intelligencia” is that background checks are doomed to fail:

* Remember Adam Lanza at Newtown, Connecticut?  He stole his firearms from his mother, whom he murdered.

* Or how about the Clackamas Mall shooter?  He stole his AR-15, just as Lanza (one week later) would steal his firearms.

* Then there was the James Holmes at the Aurora theater in Colorado.  He passed two background checks.

* Or how about Jared Loughner in Tucson, Arizona?  He passed a background check.

No wonder that America’s police officers, by a 2-to-1 margin, support concealed carry as the answer to large scale shootings — as compared to expanding mental health checks for gun buyers.  (See page 6.)

“Saving lives by allowing trained soldiers to carry firearms should be an easy fix,” said Rep. Stockman.  “No reasonable person can oppose that.”

ACTION:  Urge your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 3199, the Safe Military Bases Act; and thank those who already have.  By using the GOA Engage feature — and inputting your address — the appropriate message will be selected, based on whether your Rep. has cosponsored the bill.


Rep Bentivolio, Kerry L. [MI-11]

Rep Bishop, Rob [UT-1]

Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26]

Rep Farenthold, Blake [TX-27]

Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1]

Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4]

Rep LaMalfa, Doug [CA-1]

Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1]

Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22]

Rep Posey, Bill [FL-8]

Rep Stockman, Steve [chief sponsor]

Rep Stutzman, Marlin A. [IN-3]

Rep Weber, Randy K. Sr. [TX-14]

P.S. It’s time to put an end to the dangerous gun ban on military bases.  Click here to help GOA reach out to more gun owners so we can increase the pressure on politicians in Washington.

Will New Jersey Governor Sign a Gun Control Bill?

Will New Jersey Governor Sign a Gun Control Bill?
Take the GOA poll and send a message to Gov. Christie

Not a GOA member yet? Click here to join Gun Owners of America!

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie might soon face a monumental decision over a gun control bill that could land on his desk — and this comes as he ponders whether to throw his hat into the ring for a presidential run.

A bill to limit magazine capacity from 15 rounds to 10 rounds — and to instantly turn hundreds of thousands of Garden State citizens into criminals — is currently working its way through the state legislature.

It has already passed the House and is expected to pass the Senate, as well. More on this story below, along with information on the GOA Poll Question that will generate results from you all — results which GOA will send to Gov. Christie.

But first, there is monumental news from a state that borders New Jersey, and it has many observers wondering if the oncoming electoral tsunami in November might take out sitting Democrats and Republicans all across the country.

Tea Party write-in candidate defies the establishment

Both Republicans and Democrats alike were “stunned” when a write-in candidate trounced the establishment picks for their respective parties in a Pennsylvania senate race last week.

Out of more than 22,000 votes cast, Tea Party Republican Scott Wagner garnered 10,654 write-in ballots (or 48 percent), reducing the mainstream Republican and Democrat candidates to just 27 percent and 26 percent of the vote.  This marks the first time in Pennsylvania history that a write-in candidate has won a state senate seat.

“It takes a huge volunteer effort to run against one’s own party, and this recent coup shows that the angst against tone deaf Republican establishment types is substantially growing,” said GOA’s Erich Pratt in a column this week.

“Observers are starting to publicly ask if the Pennsylvania tsunami might have ‘national implications’ that should worry the establishment of both parties,” Pratt said.

Go here to read the entire article.

New Jersey Governor Christie facing big choice over gun control

An anti-gun bill is working its way through the New Jersey legislature and may soon be sent to Republican Governor Chris Christie for his consideration.

Assembly Bill 2006 passed the Assembly by a 46-31 vote last week and is now expected to pass the Democrat-controlled legislature in upcoming days.

This would put Governor Christie in a quandary, as he is seen as eyeing the GOP nomination for President, but within a Party that leans heavily to the right on gun issues.

A.B. 2006 would change the definition of a “large capacity ammunition magazine” from the allowable 15 rounds to 10 rounds.

Click here to take the Poll Question: “Should Governor Christie veto A.B. 2006?”

How Gov. Christie acts on this legislation could have a huge bearing on his viability in a Republican presidential primary.

Given that Gov. Christie is, most likely, considering a presidential run, gun owners all across the country have a legitimate stake in communicating with him on this issue.

And that is why Gun Owners of America is requesting the following two action items.

(1) ACTION for citizens outside of NJ: GOA has set up a Poll Question which simply asks:  Should Governor Chris Christie veto A.B. 2006 — a bill that will limit magazine capacity from 15 rounds to 10 rounds, and instantly turn hundreds of thousands of New Jersey citizens into criminals?

No matter where you live, GOA would encourage you to distribute this alert and then to cast your vote — as we will make the poll results available for the Governor and his staff.

(2) ACTION for NJ citizens: In addition to taking the poll, please use the pre-written letter below to help direct your comments to Governor Chris Christie. You can use his webform at:

Or, you can call him at: 609-292-6000.

—– Pre-written letter —–

Dear Governor Christie:

I urge you to veto Assembly Bill 2006, should it make its way to your desk.

The legislature has no business limiting the ability of citizens to protect themselves. And to be sure, A.B. 2006 is a severe restriction on my Second Amendment rights.

This bill would limit magazine capacity from 15 rounds to 10 rounds — and instantly turn hundreds of thousands of Garden State citizens into criminals.

If my life is on the line, why should you tell me how many rounds of ammunition I can use? You wouldn’t dare subject the police to a 10-round magazine limit — and with good reason.

A study of the NYPD found that their cops (in 2000) fired an average of 16 shots per incident when facing armed attackers. And another study of self-defense cases over a five-year period, in the NRA’s Armed Citizen, revealed that citizen-defenders faced multiple attackers 36% of the time. The threat of multiple attackers — who are impervious to pain because of illegal substances they’ve taken — all underscore the danger of limiting my ability to defend myself.

Banning the tens of millions of standard-capacity magazines that are already in circulation won’t keep them out of dangerous hands, but it will make people like me less safe.



GOA: Your Activism is Making a Huge Difference!

Your Activism is Making a Huge Difference!

– GOA’s message drowning out the Bloombergs & Piers Morgans

“Rather than present credible data to counter GOA, [] defers to talk of clouds and bunnies, while resorting to nothing more than cumulus fluff.” — Gun rights author, David Codrea, reporting how a Bloomberg hit piece on GOA fell flat (February 20, 2014)


Not a GOA member yet? Click here to join Gun Owners of America!


“I laugh at your foolishness,” said a editorialist recently, when commenting on efforts by Gun Owners of America to help stop the anti-gun amnesty bill.

Bloomberg’s hatchet man, Francis Wilkinson, just can’t understand why gun owners would be concerned about legalizing millions of anti-gun voters who broke the law to get here.

In his February 19 editorial, he ridicules GOA (and you) for thinking this could be an “electoral threat” to gun rights.

But as David Codrea writes at

The major problem with Wilkinson’s snottiness is that’s all he’s got. GOA refers people to data compiled by the Pew Research Center, which shows overwhelming preference among “unauthorized immigrants” for the Democrat party. They can also point to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s political advocacy that all illegal aliens “have earned the right to be citizens.”

It must irritate the Left to the Nth degree that groups like GOA are able to reach hundreds of thousands of grassroots gun owners and to mobilize them on key issues.

No wonder the Left has tried to get the IRS to harass conservative organizations like GOA or to place “monitors” in media newsrooms. The Left does not have the total grip they once had (ages ago), and it drives them crazy.

But thanks to your activism — especially in response to our recent alerts that were aimed at Republicans — the congressional leadership has halted plans for pushing the anti-gun amnesty bill.

It truly is a result of your activism, because your voice has been able to drown out a media Siren Call that, if left unrebutted, would continuously seduce congressmen into doing its bidding. So thank you all for staying involved.

And speaking of activism … there’s some more good news.


Some of you have asked us to fix the “submit” button in our Legislative Action (Engage) Center — as it seemed to suggest that a pre-written letter would be sent off to your congressman, prior to your being able to read it.

While that was never the case, the “submit” feature was confusing. So we addressed this problem.

Now when you go to the Engage Center — after clicking on the Take Action button — you will notice that the button below your address says: “Continue on to Write a Letter.”

Clicking that button will bring up a pre-written letter that can be amended by you, the activist, or sent “as is.” As many of you know, you were always able to preview and edit the prewritten letter. But now, it is no longer confusing.

Problem solved!


Well, it looks like CNN’s Piers Morgan is calling it quits.

According to the London Times, “Piers Morgan has admitted defeat in the nightly ratings battle and plans to step down from his CNN show.”

But who is the formidable foe that has now handed him his defeat?

Morgan blames “dwindling viewing figures and an anti-gun campaign that alienated a vast swath of his audience had led him to conclude that his show had ‘run its course.’”

How ironic that Morgan blames an “anti-gun campaign” for doing him in. Anyone who has seen his program more than once or twice knows that HE WAS THE ONE who was drumming the anti-gun campaign. He never gave the issue a rest, as he continuously distorted facts and insulted opponents who were clearly more knowledgeable than he was.

The Examiner had this to say on Sunday about Morgan’s downfall: “Cited by more than a few of his critics, one of the better example[s] was when Morgan invited Larry Pratt, the executive director of the Gun Owners of America, to argue the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Many of you may remember the two fierce debates that took place between Pratt and Morgan over a year ago.

During their first face-off, Piers quickly ran out of arguments and resorted to name-calling and insults –– saying, among other things, that Pratt was an “idiot” and an “unbelievably stupid man.”

But Morgan’s lack of factual data was plainly obvious. Said one reporter, who watches for media bias: “Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America (GOA) deserves credit for going on the CNN Piers Morgan program … and calmly and rationally taking the arrogant British host completely apart [and] debunking every tired liberal claim about ‘gun control.’”

You can watch those two debates between Pratt and Morgan here and here.

While we are sure that many in the gun-owning community won’t be missing Piers once he steps down, he won’t be missing us either — but for a different reason.

He will still continue to receive GOA newsletters and receive informative gun-related stories and statistics, given the fact that a GOA member gave Mr. Morgan a gift GOA membership after the first debate with Larry Pratt.

Who knows, maybe once Morgan retires, he’ll have more time to read our newsletters!