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rankie Ballard is on the rise with his current
album "Sunshine & Whiskey," featuring smashes
"Helluva Life" and "Sunshine & Whiskey." The talented
singer-guitarist moved to Nashville in 2009 from Battle
Creek, Mich., to pursue a career in music. He drew on
his working-class values, performing every chance he
could and honing his guitar and songwriting skills. A
road warrior, Ballard has previously opened for Jake
Owen, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and
longtime idol Bob Seger. For tour dates and more, check
out FrankieBallard.com.
nra Country's Vanessa Shahidi recently talked with Frankie about his love of all
things outdoors.
VS: How would you spend a week off in Mother Nature?
FB: "I would love to spend a week on a working ranch, mending fences,
branding calves, chopping wood."
VS: What is your favorite personal firearm?
FB: "M1 Garand."
VS: Please share your favorite outdoor or hunting trip memory.
FB: "I used to go out to my buddy Big Al's camp in Michigan for deer
hunting and turkey hunting. My best memories of those times were
going back to the camp after the hunt to have some drinks, eat, play
guitar, spend some vbt-Valuable Bro Time."
nra Country is a lifestyle and a bond between the country music community
and hardworking Americans everywhere. It's powered by pride, freedom, love of
country, respect for the military, and the responsibilities of protecting the great
American life. For more information, visit www.nracountry.com, follow on
Twitter @nraCountry, and find us at nra_Country on Instagram and Pinterest.

IN MEMORY NRA-ILA
CONTRIBUTIONS

(November 29-December 22, 2014)
PHOTO COURTESY OF FRANKIE BALLARD

Frankie Ballard is
F

House Committee Report
Faults FDIC For Participation
In Operation Choke Point

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n May, we reported on a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
exposé that substantiated improper activities by the Department of Justice
(doj) under the guise of Operation Choke Point. The committee report concluded
that the true goal of the operation was to "choke out" legitimate industries that
regulators considered objectionable, including firearm and ammunition sales.
A new report by the committee, "Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's
Involvement in 'Operation Choke Point,'" makes equally damning findings about
the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (fdic). According to the report, fdic officials
"targeted legal industries" and deliberately portrayed disfavored business types as
"high-risk" to send a "message" to banks about the regulatory consequences of
dealing with them.
The report cites several examples of firearm and ammunition businesses that
have suffered the ill effects of banks being effectively forced to drop lawful and
well-performing clients. "The experience of firearms and ammunition dealers-
one of the most heavily regulated businesses in the United States-is a testament to
the destructive and unacceptable impact of Operation Choke Point," it states. The
animosity of federal regulators toward firearm and ammunition sellers was so well

Ivan Settle, Tucson, AZ (from Karen Settle);
Nobuke Rhodes, Napa, CA (from Frank Rhodes);
James D. Baker, Titusville, FL (from Madeline Baker);
John Hartnett, Earleville, MD (from Lois Hartnett);
William Crow, Mesa, AZ (from Gwen Crow);
Dann Dalton, Germantown, OH (from Kelly Dalton);
Clarence Reinhart, Alpine Way, WY (from Reinhart
Family); Brian Bucy, Imlay City, MI (from Cheryl Smith);
E. Gene Davis, (from Inez & Lyle Davis); John "Jack"
C. Ford, Hilliard, FL (from Bonnie Mandelkorn);
Mark Lemanski, (from William "Bo" Waldie);
Roger Richard Orin Wotton, Lebanon, NH (from Mr.
and Mrs. Greg Brun); J. R. Parker, Longview, TX, (from
J. E. Tejcek); Deceased Members of the Dundee
Sportsman's Club (from Dundee Sportsman's Club).

IN HONOR CONTRIBUTIONS
(November 29-December 22, 2014.)
Jim McMillin, Madisonville, TX (from June Bills)

ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(The following contributed $1,000 or more
to the nra Institute for Legislative Action
during November 29-December 22, 2014.)
Charles Coleman, Chattanooga, TN; Larry
Addington Estate, Berea, KY; David Levy, Fort
Washington, PA; Tim Schneider, Houston, TX;
Paul Kuzman, Kalamazoo, MI; R. Callan, Tucson,
AZ; Lee-Ann Ledbetter Burgess, Norman, OK;
David Zell, Atlanta, GA; Philip Voght, Centerville,
OH; Ruth Brewer, Platteville, CO; Victor Tate, Bozeman,
MT; Christopher Hazelwood, Brownwood, TX;
Vernon Wander, Waubun, MN; Karen Lien,
Perkasie, PA; Cape Radiology Group, Cape
Girardeau, MO; Sturm Ruger & Company Inc.,
Southport, CT; National Association of Sporting
Goods Wholesalers Inc., Atlanta, GA; Sauk Trail
Gun Collectors Inc., Edelstein, IL; and Remington
Arms/Freedom Group, Madison, NC.

understood that at least one private
producer of compliance and risk
management training software for bank
employees included a related warning
within its program. Ludicrously and
without justification, it advises, "Arms
and Ammunition Dealers are identified
as higher-risk businesses because they
have a higher risk of being associated
with terrorism and terrorist acts."
House Oversight and Government
Reform Committee Chairman Darrell
Issa, r-Calif., is to be commended on
exposing the corruption of Operation
Choke Point. Internal investigators at
doj and fdic are even now pursuing
formal inquiries into the program.
Hopefully this will lead to more
transparency and accountability. It
should also be a recurring theme in
vetting Eric Holder's replacement as
u.s. attorney general.

IL A G rassro o ts: ( 8 0 0 ) 3 9 2 - 8 6 8 3 * N R A- I L A : ( 703) 267-1170 * NR A- I L A web s i te: w w w. nr aila. org
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