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PHOTO BY PAUL DE LA CERDA

C

Granger
Smith Is
NRA Country

ountry artist Granger Smith continues to reinvent the face of traditional country
music. His consistency in providing powerful, heartfelt, blended hits have
made him a fan and critic favorite over the years. His ninth studio album, "Dirt Road
Driveway," debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Country chart and went on to become the
bestselling independent country album in digital sales of 2013.
nra Country's Vanessa Shahidi recently talked with Smith about his love of all
things outdoors.
VS: How would you spend a week off in Mother Nature?
GS: This time of year I would head to the Rockies. Pack in, take a six-day trail, turn
off the phone and soak up the mountain air. Can I have an elk tag in this scenario, too?
VS: What is your favorite personal firearm?
GS: For sentimental reasons, I love my Remington 870 12-ga. Wingmaster. It's been
part of the family since before I was born.
VS: Please share your favorite hunting trip memory.
GS: The one that comes to mind is my first buck. I was about 13 years old hunting

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty
To Enter Into Force December 24

A

merican gun owners are set to receive a proverbial lump of coal this
Christmas. On Sept. 25, a handful of countries declared their ratification
of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (att), raising the number of countries
that have done so to more than 50. The threshold is significant, as the att "enters
into force" 90 days after 50 countries have ratified it. This means that the treaty is
binding on the initial group of countries to ratify it starting on Dec. 24, and
binding on later adopters 90 days after they submit ratification. As of press time,
121 countries have signed the treaty, with 54 of those having ratified it.
The treaty will not be binding on the United States after it enters into force ...
or at least not officially. In order for the u.s. to ratify the treaty, it would need to be
consented to by two-thirds of the Senate. Thus far, nra has succeeded in ensuring
significant Senate opposition to the treaty. However, this does not mean that the att
does not pose a threat to American gun owners.
A goal of the United Nations, and international governance more broadly,
is to establish "international norms" in an array of policy areas. The att is the
u.n.'s avenue for furthering these norms in the realm of arms control. In fact, in a
document outlining the treaty's signature and ratification procedures, the u.n. refers
to the treaty's requirements as "basic norms."
The right to keep and bear arms is a right shared by all peoples. Unfortunately,

with my dad in northwest Texas.
Opening morning, we didn't see
anything. By sundown, a nice 10-point
appeared in the brush. Dad whispered
the two words that can be the most
exciting and most terrifying words a
young hunter can hear, "Take him." The
buck ran about 10 yards and dropped.
It was a perfect heart shot and a perfect
memory that I carry with me still today.
nra Country is a lifestyle and a bond
between the country music community
and hard-working Americans
everywhere. It's powered by pride,
freedom, love of country, respect for
the military, and the responsibilities of
protecting the great American way
of life. For more information visit
www.nracountry.com, follow on Twitter
@nraCountry, and nra_Country on
Instagram and Pinterest.
the explicit protection of that right,
expressed in the United States by the
Second Amendment to the Constitution,
is decidedly not an international
norm. Countries who fail to meet
the international norms outlined in
the treaty, regardless of whether they
ratify it, could face foreign pressures to
conform. Further, Barack Obama or a
future anti-gun president could use att
and international norms compliance to
rationalize enacting gun control policies
through executive actions, especially in
the import and export realms.
The threat posed by the att, much like
the concept of international law itself, may
seem more nebulous than threats posed
by domestic legislation or administrative
regulation. It is no less real, however, and
will require constant vigilance on the part
of gun owners, especially as countries
begin to implement the treaty and give
substance to its hazy language.

Milan Turk, New Canaan, CT; Mark Loyd, Saint Louis, MO; Penn Rooker, Kennesaw, GA; George Elgin, Fort Myers, FL; James MacDonald, Sarasota, FL; Loren Rice, West Lake Hills, TX; Lee
McGill, Denver, CO; Mial Shauberger, Lawrenceburg, IN; Richard Swenson, Las Vegas, NV; Richard Thevenet, Lenox, MA; Albert Amado, Tucson, AZ; Walter Davis, Conroe, TX; Davidson's,
Prescott, AZ; Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc., Southport, CT; Google, Inc., Mountain View, CA; Brownells, Inc., Montezuma IA; Cape Radiology Group, Cape Girardeau, MO; and Remington
Arms/Freedom Group, Madison, NC.

IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS
(August 26, 2014 - September 25, 2014)

David L Weist, Silver City, NM (from Laura Weist); Kenneth Naylor, Tilden, TX, (from Janice Naylor); M.R. Mahaffey, Osage, IA (from Elaine Mahaffey); R. Douglas Pinkney, Mansfield, PA (from Janice
Pinkney); Kenneth Princiotta, Princeton Junction, NJ (from Marion Princiotta); Don Moore, Smithville, MO (from Vicky Moore and Dale Moore); Donald Briggs, Jr., Mayville, NY (from Janice & Steve
Bittinger and Gary's Carstar); Telford (Ted) Proffer, Jr. Vassar, MI (from Albert Hess); Thomas Golba, Temperance, MI (from Keith & Carol Taylor, James & Esther Suszka and Thea & Stanley Kirkwood);
William Schwartz, Pittsburgh, PA (from E.K. Landefeld); Merlyn Duncan, Toulon, IL (from Bert & Donna Sweat); William Northrop, Plymouth, MA (from Laura & Robert Jed); Jim Groseclose,
Ellensburg, WA (from Gloria Sharp); Bill Randall (O-Dark-30), Okanogan, WA (from Richard & Bonnie Coppock); Everett Vannier, Council Bluffs, IA (from Kim Schlatz); James Shaw, (from Chickasaw
Shooting Sports Ass'n); Woody Dixon, (from White Oak Shooting Club, Inc.); George Bragg, (from Dundee Sportsman's Club); Michael Saporito, Winter Springs, FL (from Seminole County Gun and
Archery Ass'n); Richard Davis, Modesto, CA (from Modesto Rifle Club, Inc).

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