American Rifleman - November 2009 - (Page 16)

SPECIAL FEATURE ILA STORY Photo Illustration by John Claman [ I 16 N OVEMBER Though just a few issues grab the headlines, the NRA ghts—and wins—many other battles to protect gun owners’ rights. The Power of the Purse ] Political battles over health care, economic recovery and other issues dominate the headlines. And while Congress has taken on a few highpro le gun issues—especially interstate Right-to-Carry, Right-to-Carry in national parks, and the battle to reform gun laws in Washington—your NRA-ILA has worked behind the scenes to protect and advance the interests of gun owners in many other areas. Though some bills have come to a vote and others haven’t, all of them provide opportunities to expand our freedoms on the national level. 2009 WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG f I could use one word to describe the political mood in Washington right now, it would be “intense.” In an annual ritual nearly as predictable as the Cherry Blossom Festival, but a lot less pleasing to look at, Congress passes a dozen bills each year to fund federal agencies in the appropriations process. And every year, the NRA-ILA works to protect and improve important legislative provisions, known as “riders,” that are included in these “must pass” bills. On July 30, 2009, the House of Representatives completed the last of its 12 appropriations bills for 2010. The Justice Department bill alone had 11 pro-gun riders—ranging from a 30-year ban on centralization of gun dealers’ transaction records, to a ban on denying federal rearms licenses to small, inactive dealers, to a provision that protects importation of historic “curio or relic” rearms. And despite howls of protests from gun ban groups and their lawyers, the bill even includes the Tiahrt Amendment, which protects gun owners’ privacy and police o cers’ safety by blocking inappropriate disclosure of rearms trace data. In the Defense Department bill, a long-standing rider prevents the destruction of surplus rearms such as M1 Garand ri es, M14 ri es and M1911 pistols. This year, in the wake of a defense agency’s short-lived decision to destroy spent cartridge cases red in http://WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - November 2009

American Rifleman - November 2009

Contents
From The Editor
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
Fighting The Good Fight
Readers Write
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
Loading Bench
A Perfectly Delightful Cartridge: 7x57 mm Mauser
A Step Apart: The Browning Maxus
Triggernometry 101
A “Clean” Barrel
Hunting With Modern Semi-Automatic Rifles: The AR Afield
Remington’s Model 10: “The Other Trench Gun”
Exploded View: ArmaLite M-15 A2 Carbine
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Political Report
NRA-ILA Report
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
Programs & Services
I Have This Old Gun

American Rifleman - November 2009

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