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POLITICAL REPORT
by

Chris W. Cox, nra-ila Exec. Director

Anti-Gunners Hope To Seize The Initiative
In The Battle For Your Rights

T

he 2014 elections were a huge win for the Second Amendment. Gun owners
played a key role in electing new pro-gun state legislators, governors,
congressional representatives and senators. Without that effort, we could have been
facing a nightmare combination of a President Barack Obama hell-bent on advancing
his extreme agenda-regardless of the Constitution-and weaker support in Congress
for our right to bear arms.
Instead, we have a chance to stop him from winning passage of new federal gun
restrictions, and the nra Institute for Legislative Action (nra-ila) will be at the
forefront of the fight to do just that. But even though we just completed an expensive
and hard-fought election, we already are facing huge challenges for 2016. Of course,
we have a presidential race coming, and our hard-won pro-gun leadership in the
u.s. Senate is threatened. Now, our opponents have embraced another way to attack
our rights-ballot initiatives-and they are pulling out all the stops to use this tool in
new and damaging ways.
In 2014, the pro-gun side won nearly every contested race. But there was one
exception. The voters of Washington state, after being bombarded with misleading
information, passed Initiative 594 (i-594). i-594 radically expands the requirements
for background checks to the point that even lending a gun to a friend for a few hours
is illegal without fees and government paperwork (and registration, in the case of
handguns). The people of Washington state are just starting to learn the real negative
impact of this ill-conceived proposal.
But our opponents are focusing on that victory as an opportunity and are looking
to expand that game plan to other states that have the ballot initiative process.
So, what is a "ballot initiative"? Simply put, it is a provision included in the
constitutions of 24 states that allows the voters-or more commonly, national
organizations that purport to represent the voters-to put a legislative proposal on the
ballot. The rules and procedures vary from state to state, but in general, supporters
of a proposal have a set amount of time to gather a specific number of signatures to
win inclusion of their proposal on the ballot. Those signatures must be verified as
authentic, and they must come from registered voters in that state.
Fourteen of the 24 states that have an initiative process provide that if the requisite
number of signatures are collected, the issue automatically goes on the ballot. The
remaining states provide that the legislature must first take action.

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A ballot initiative is what ushered in
the private transfer ban in Washington
state. And our opponents think they
have found a way to win when they
regularly fail to convince elected
legislators to do their bidding.
Anti-gunners know that legislators,
armed with accurate and reliable
information about firearm issues,
usually reject their radical agenda,
but uninformed-or, more accurately,
misinformed-voters are often more
vulnerable to emotional, but baseless,
arguments that are the stock and trade of
the anti-gun movement.
At the forefront of these campaigns
are the groups that billionaire former
New York City Mayor Michael
Bloomberg has funded with millions
of dollars. This past election, he spent
more than $50 million, and we can safely
assume he will spend even more in 2016.
We must be vigilant in gathering
information about the initiative process
in our states, and we must be aware of
the proposals that are being advanced
through this method. We have to be
on the lookout for people gathering
signatures. We have to know what the
issues really are and refuse to sign any
petition to put any anti-gun proposal
on the ballot. And we need to make
sure our friends, family and others are
fully informed about the truth of these
proposals and also know not to be too
quick to sign on the dotted line.
nra-ila is already chasing down the
information on proposed initiatives, and
will make that information known in
our magazines and on nraila.org.
This is the challenge we face. But it
is also our opportunity. If we all do the
work now, and over the next 18 months,
we can make a huge impact on the
future of our Second Amendment rights.
nra-ila is ready to do more than we
ever have, but we need the active help
of every gun owner in America. With
that support, we can win another huge
victory in November 2016.

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