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Anti-Gunners Ask Obama to Expand
Firearm Importation Ban
eizing on a similar theme, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and 82 members
of the U.S. House of Representatives sent letters to the president in March
and April asking him to direct BATFE to prohibit the importation of semiautomatic ﬁrearms and ﬁrearm parts that are currently legal for importation.
The letters asked for the ban to apply to semi-automatic riﬂes that can
accept or be readily converted to accept a magazine that can hold more than
10 rounds; semi-automatic riﬂes that have ﬁxed magazines that can hold
more than 10 rounds; pistol versions of both such riﬂes; and frames, receivers
and other ﬁrearm parts that could be used to assemble such ﬁrearms.
To comply with such a directive, BATFE would have to misinterpret the
law that provides for the importation of ﬁrearms "generally recognized as
particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes." Yet such
a move would not be unprecedented. Several times over the last 25 years,
BATFE has reinterpreted that law to ban ﬁrearms that previously had been
imported with the agency's approval.
In 1989, BATFE banned the importation of 43 makes and models of semiautomatic riﬂes. In 1993, it banned the importation of so-called "assault
pistols." In 1998 it banned the importation of semi-automatic riﬂes designed
to use detachable "large capacity" magazines.
To justify its 1989 ban, BATFE claimed that competitions based upon defensive shooting skills are not "sports." It also disregarded the dominance of semiautomatic riﬂes in other shooting sports and ignored the law's provision for
the importation of riﬂes that are "readily adaptable" to a sporting purpose (by
changing the barrel, stock, trigger, etc.). To achieve its 1993 ban, BATFE simply
ignored the Handgun Factoring Criteria the agency uses to assess the importability of handguns, under which the "assault pistols" were formerly importable.
BATFE based its 1998 ban on the fact that the federal "large" magazine ban
of 1994-2004 limited magazine capacity to 10 rounds. Yet it ignored the fact
that under the same law standard magazines holding more than 10 rounds
made before the law took eﬀect were still legal to import, buy, sell and possess.
Whether the "sporting purposes" test will survive the Supreme Court's 2008
decision in District of Columbia v. Heller remains to be seen, as the Court clearly
ruled that self-defense lies at the heart of the Second Amendment. Under the
indeterminate "sporting purposes" standard, imports of ﬁrearms and ammunition remain largely subject to the whims of the president and his BATFE.
IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS
(February 22 - March 22, 2014)
John Bradbury, Wilmette, IL (from Mary Bradbury); Bill Merritt, King City, CA (from
Kathy Merritt); Burd Bicksler, Yachats, OR (from Joan Bicksler); Donald Eddlemon,
San Antonio, TX (from Magali Eddlemon); Joe Purnell, Conneaut Lake, PA (from Mary
Purnell); Lloyd Barth, Maryland Heights, MO (from Alma Barth); John Thompson,
Wilmington, DE (from Peggy Thompson); Gerald Sipe, Fort Worth, TX (from Donna Sipe);
Otto Lindsay, Millwood, KY (from Mildred Lindsay); Robert Fisher, Saint Louis, MO (from
Julie Kreidler & John Riordan); Howard B. Brown, Corpus Christi, TX (from James Brown,
Sr.); Teresa Starnes, Winchester, KY (from P & S Productions, Inc.); William Romatzick
(from Bridgeport Riﬂe Club, Inc.); Richard Mott (from Mohave Arms Collectors Ass'n); Bert
McCoy, Fernley, NY (from Fernley Shooting Sports Ass'n, Inc.).
Joe Nichols is one of country music's most praised
traditional country artists. He has ﬁve #1 hits and eight
Top 10 singles to his credit, including the recent charttopper "Sunny and 75" as well as "Brokenheartsville,"
"Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Oﬀ," "The Impossible"
and "Gimmie That Girl," and Top 10 smashes like "If
Nobody Believed In You," "What's A Guy Gotta Do,"
"Size Matters" and "I'll Wait For You." The star has
earned multiple RIAA platinum and gold certiﬁcations
for his hit albums and singles. Nichols' current single
"Yeah," is the follow-up to his recent #1 gold-selling
smash, "Sunny and 75." Both songs appear on the new
He took a minute to chat with NRA Country's
Vanessa Shahidi about how he likes to spend his
rare time oﬀ.
VS: How do you ﬁt in your love for outdoors while
out on the road with your music?
JN: I like to play golf on occasion when I'm on the road.
It is so hard to get outdoors. We stay so busy!
VS: What's your favorite shooting sport or type of
JN: I like to shoot skeet. It is always a great time.
VS: If you had a week oﬀ and could get to spend it in
mother nature, how would you spend that time?
JN: I'd spend a week in a tent near a river so I could
enjoy the fresh air and ﬁshing.
VS: If you have a favorite personal ﬁrearm, what is it?
JN: My Desert Eagle .44.
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. For more information visit www.nracountry.com,
follow on Twitter @NRACountry,
and NRA_Country on Instagram.
(The following contributed $1,000 or more to the NRA Institute for Legislative
Action during February 22 - March 22, 2014.)
Jon Prun, Irvine, TX; Harvey Hamman, Saint Clair, MO; Chris Brooke, Zionsville, IN;
Stephan Ronan, Williamsville, NY; L. Geﬀert, Paradise, CA; Bill Heimanson, Studio City,
CA; David Levy, Fort Washington, PA; William Van Wagner, Southampton, MA; Timothy
Dermer, Mesa, AZ; Jennifer Pritzker, Chicago, IL; Walter Bryan, Garner, NC; Frederick
Witters, Frazier Park, CA; Gary Skinner, Delaware, OH; Paul Fry, Ortonville, MI; Donald
Frankhouser, Pinole, CA; John Layton, Crosse, WI; George Werner, Greenwood, IN; Kevin
Moore, Zanesville, OH; Kent McCue, Wasila, AK; John Vercel, Tucson, AZ; Donald Willett,
North Beach, MI; Chris Brown, Lighthouse Point, FL; Karen Lien, Perkasie, PA; Christopher
Price, Tallahassee, FL; Harold Cohon, Morton Grove, IL; Jeﬀ Adams, Boise, ID; Jesse
Trimble, Tallahassee, FL; John Layton, LaCrosse, WI; Davidson's, Prescott, AZ; Sturm, Ruger
& Co., Inc., Southport, CT; Cape Radiology Group, Cape Giradeau, MO; Pennsylvania Gun
Collectors Ass'n, Hopewood, PA; Brownells, Inc., Montezuma, IA; and Remington Arms/
Freedom Group, Madison, NC.
Photo Courtesy of Triple 8 Management
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