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IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

ince the Communist revolution in 1959, civilian rearm ownership in Cuba has been illegal. However, many Cubans have long found ways to arm themselves in spite of the ban. In response to this reality, the Castro government declared a two-month amnesty, starting in February of this year, during which Cubans can register illegally possessed arms. According to the Associated Press, citizens who pass aptitude and psychological tests will be allowed to register and keep their guns—at least for the moment. However, it seems unlikely that the government, long headed by dictator Fidel Castro and his brother Raul, will approve a license for anyone who has ever shown any resistance to their ironsted rule. Gun control has a long history in Cuba, all of it designed to protect the government in power. In the waning years of the pre-Castro Cuban Republic, President Fulgencio Batista clamped down on rearm ownership in his doomed e ort to hold on to power. Batista rst ordered gun registration, then followed up with a ban on the civilian ownership of “military” caliber handguns. He later added strict regulations on shotguns and ri es. But Batista’s mistrust of guns in the hands of Cuban citizens paled in comparison to

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Communist Regime Declares Gun Amnesty

what happened after his fall from power. Batista was overthrown on Jan. 1, 1959, and it was reported that on Jan. 2, Castro’s militia—armed with guns Batista had declared illegal—entered police precincts and con scated gun registration lists. Those lists were used to track down guns in the possession of “enemies of the revolution.” Those guns were con scated, even if that meant killing those who objected to the seizures. Castro’s forces proceeded to largely disarm the people. After that, only those in the military and state security agents were legally armed. Of course, it’s likely Castro himself would not have been approved for a rearm license under the Batista regime. The same would apply to his bloody henchman, Che Guevara—who, in spite of his murderous record, frequently appears on T-shirts worn by uninformed Americans. When Fidel Castro was once asked about his con scation policies depriving people of needed arms, he replied, “ Armas, para qué?” (“Guns, what for?”) It would be gratifying if the Cuban people could now freely ask, “ Registro, para qué?” (“Registration, what for?”) But, of course, the Castro regime knows too much about the danger an armed citizenry poses to them.

(December 1, 2009-January 11, 2010) Wallace G. Brown, Charlevoix, MI (from: Nancy Brown); Robert Fuller, Bristol, VA (from: Linda Fuller); Russell K. Gri th, Halibut Cove, AK (from: Mary Ann Gri th); Andrew L. Palmer, Chester, NY (from: Edith Palmer); Jerry Phillips, Jonesboro, AR (from: Betty Phillips); Michael McNaught, Meriden, KS (from: Christopher McNaught); Wayne Hish, Fairbury, IL (from: Greg Hish); Paul Lemmer (from: Matt Weeks); Joseph Burkhardt (from: Thomas Bykowicz); Ronald Todd Chamlee (from: W. L. Reynolds III); Barney G. Benton, Sunrise Beach, MO (from: James Elsensohn and Mark Shellenberg); John Flannagan (from: B.P.C.R., Inc.); Richard Kohler, William Lemke, C. J. Lepard, Phil Berni, Bobby Williams and Dave Loew (from: Sandusky County Sportsman’s Club); Kyle Stefko (from: Dundee Sportsman’s Club); Jack George (from: St. Joseph Ri e & Pistol Club); Rube Gibson Jr. (from: The Woods Pond Rod and Gun Club); Paul Lantto (from: Mid-Continent Gun Club); Bernard Blackowicz, Dave Wood, Adeline Borst, and Rex Brown (from: Hamburg Rod & Gun Club, Inc.); Reed Near (from: Las Vegas Sail and Power Squadron); Ellis Wolfe (from: Forsyth Ri e & Pistol Club)

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(The following have contributed $1,000 or more to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action during December 1-31, 2009.) David Sipos, Youngsville, LA; Robert English, Sands Point, NY; Richard Pauli, Anchorage, AK; Bruce Farrell, Ballwin, MO; Michael O’Toole, Seattle, WA; F. L. Adams, Laguna Beach, CA; Robert Kerbell, Eau Claire, WI; Patrick Tooman, Clarkston, MI; Bruce Vernon, Bull Valley, IL; Brian Spaulding, North Augusta, SC; Vic Tinsley, Fort Worth, TX; Thomas Archipley, Okemos, MI; Sandusky County Sportsman’s Club, Gibsonburg, OH; Brownells, Montezuma, IA; Forsyth Ri e & Pistol Club, Forsyth, MT; Diablo Rod & Gun Club, Concord, CA; Shoshone Wilderness Productions, Inc., Corvallis, MT; Universal Coin & Bullion, Ltd., Beaumont, TX; The Rosenkranz Foundation, New York, NY

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American Hunter - April 2010
Contents
Says You
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
Bloomberg to Obama: Take “Federal Action”
First Light
Know-How
Gundogs
Gobblers in Paradise
New Guns and Gear Preview
Members’ 2009 Photo Album
Reflections on Turkey Madness
Hornady Superformance
Federal Premium HW 20-Ga.
Gear
Political Report
ILA Report
Member Info & Benefits
Regional Report
NRA Board Spotlight
NRA Woman’s Voice
Member’s Hunt
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American Hunter - April 2010 - Contents
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American Hunter - April 2010 - Says You
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American Hunter - April 2010 - Armed Citizen
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American Hunter - April 2010 - Standing Guard
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American Hunter - April 2010 - President’s Column
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American Hunter - April 2010 - Bloomberg to Obama: Take “Federal Action”
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American Hunter - April 2010 - Political Report
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American Hunter - April 2010 - Regional Report
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