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OPENING SALVO
engaged in interstate commerce
in fi rearms. Th e FFA also forbade
fi rearms sales to persons who had
been convicted of a crime of violence.
Attorney General Cummings
wanted the FFA to include a national
gun registration, which he saw as
a step toward a restrictive national
gun-control system like Great Britain's.
Much to Cummings' annoyance,
the NRA kept registration out
of the FFA.
Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, formerly
the Supreme Commander of
the Allied Forces in Europe during
World War II, was the keynote
speaker at the NRA 1946 Annual
Meeting, and as president of the
United States, he sent the NRA laudatory
letters. But during President
Eisenhower's second term, in 1957,
the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division
of the Internal Revenue Service
proposed new gun regulations,
including mandates that fi rearm
dealers keep permanent records on
all handgun ammunition purchasers.
Led by Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.),
who later served on the NRA Board,
many Congress members objected,
and the fi nal regulations fi xed those
provisions the NRA considered most
objectionable.
In the mid-1960s, violent crime
rates were soaring. To defl ect criticism
about violence in movies and
television, the entertainment industry
and its political allies started
attacking gun ownership. Within the
NRA, there was a split about how to
respond. Some of the staff thought
that the anti-gun campaign was a
passing hysteria. Others recognized
that the gun-ban campaigns were a
permanent threat to the American
way of life.
After much internal contention,
the Institute for Legislative Action
was created in 1975, headed by Harlon
Carter. ILA established a permanent
NRA lobbying presence at both
the federal and state levels. Th en,
in 1977, the NRA offi cers who had
opposed involvement in gun-rights
activism announced that NRA headquarters
would be moved to Colorado
Springs, and that the NRA
would eschew all political activity.
Not only did they aim to eliminate
ILA, they wanted to depart from the
NRA's entire 20th-century history of
defending gun owners.
Th is attempted breach of NRA tradition
led to the " Revolt at Cincinnati. "
In a members' meeting that
lasted far into the night, the majority
of members ousted the offi cers who
had wanted to sideline the NRA politically,
elected new leadership and put
ILA on secure footing.
Gun-grabbers who have made
themselves staunch enemies of the
NRA are accurate in their complaints
that the association has been the
main obstacle to the enactment of
anti-gun legislation since its inception
and especially since the founding
of ILA. May it ever be so.
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