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he NRA-ILA partnered with The Association of New
Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs in a lawsuit against the state of
New Jersey for infringing on our members' right to carry.
New Jersey's may-issue statute requires that people justify
their need to carry. And even though the Supreme Court said
that self-defense is " the central component " of the Second
Amendment, the desire to defend yourself is insufficient
justification under New Jersey law. This makes it all but
impossible for law-abiding gun owners to receive a permit,
which is required to lawfully carry a handgun in New Jersey.
One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit is a firearms instructor
with a current federal and New Jersey firearms retail license.
But when he went to submit his application for a permit at
his local police department, he was told not to even bother
because it would just be denied for lacking a justifiable need.
" That is egregious but pretty common in New Jersey, " said
Michael Jean, NRA-ILA Director of Litigation. " The Supreme
Court said that the Second Amendment 'takes out of the hands
of government ... the power to decide on a case-by-case basis
whether the right is really worth insisting upon.' But that's what
officials in New Jersey do when they reject applicants who they
believe haven't justified their need to exercise their rights. This
lawsuit's aim is to put an end to that. "
The case is Mazahreh v. Grewal, and was filed in the U.S.
District Court for the District of New Jersey. The Coalition of
New Jersey Firearm Owners also joined the lawsuit.

More NICS Records

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ovember 2020 saw, among other things, another new
firearm background checks record.
The FBI NICS office conducted 3,626,335 total
background checks in November, which is always a busy
month with elections, Black Friday, and holiday deals to be
had. Even the year-to-date streak of record numbers and
reported inventory shortages around the country could not
hamper the demand for background checks. November 2019
was beaten by more than a million checks.
Checks were down on Black Friday compared to 2019...
but still high enough to be the fourth-busiest day in the
history of NICS. There were 186,645 checks this Black Friday,
and that would not include any firearms ordered online that
day-which would have to be shipped to a federally licensed
dealer who would then complete the background check.
Black Friday may have been slower than last year, but the first
two full weeks of November ranked, in order, as the fourth
and eighth busiest weeks for the NICS office. Ever.
Every month in 2020 has set a new record, and the yearto-date number of background checks is already 26% higher
than the previous annual record total. The NICS office had
run 35,758,249 checks through the end of November 2020.
It ran 28,369,750 checks all of last year.
Obviously, 2020 has been quite a year for Americans
exercising their Constitutional rights, and we don't even have
the final annual numbers as we go to press. Those come
out around the time new members of Congress take their
oath of office. We expect that these legislators will see the
importance of the Second Amendment as demonstrated by
the sheer number of Americans exercising their right.
But, if they do not, your NRA will be ready.

Photo by Mark Mercury

NRA Challenges New Jersey's
Restrictive Carry Law

Michael Austin
Is

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hree things NRA Country loves
are our brave service members,
first responders and of course
country music. When we discovered
Michael Austin-a U.S. Air Force veteran, retired deputy
sheriff and current country artist-we knew he fit the NRA
Country brand. His newest single, which he co-wrote, is called
" God, Guns and Country Music " and celebrates what he
believes in as an American patriot. Austin even recites the 2nd
Amendment at the beginning of the song. With a bold sound
influenced by the legends of Outlaw Country, Americana and
Rock, Austin achieved chart success in over 25 countries with
his debut CD " Neon Halo. " He won over fans on Season 4 of
NBC's " The Voice " and recently completed 21 concert dates
with NRA friend Ted Nugent. NRA Country's Vanessa Shahidi
caught up with Michael Austin to ask him a few questions and
learn more about the talented artist.
VS: Do you have a favorite personal firearm?
MA: I love my SIG Sauer P226. My father gave it to me when I
started at the Sheriff's Academy and it led me to earning the
Top Gun Award at graduation. It was the same gun he carried
as a deputy and just an all-around great gun.
VS: What was it like to share the stage with Ted Nugent?
MA: Being on tour with Uncle Ted will cause anyone to step
up their game. He always talks about being filled with the
Spirit of the Wild. It's contagious and was a rush when he
called me blood brother. It was amazing to hear him say my
name and how he was proud to share the stage with me as a
red-blooded American patriot.
VS: You've served our country in the Air Force and as a
deputy sheriff. Tell us what you've seen that makes you
proud to be an American.
MA: I've had an amazing journey, both serving overseas and
then here in the United States. I saw teamwork at its finest.
I saw heartbreak at the loss of a teammate, partner, brother
or sister who believed, like me, that this country was worth
laying it all on the line for. It didn't matter where you were
from. By the time you all came together, it was about where
you would go as a team.
Visit MichaelAustinLive.com to learn more about the
talented artist and his latest release, " God, Guns and Country
Music " from his album Good Life.
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 life. Visit nracountry.com and follow us on
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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