American Rifleman - May 2010 - (Page 12)

OFFICIAL JOURNAL SPECIAL REPORT standing guard By Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President “W What The NRA Does For You hat’s the NRA done for me?” That question was recently posed by a young man at an airport. He recognized me and struck up a conversation about gun control. I asked him if he was an NRA member and he said, “No.” That’s when he hit me with, “What’s NRA done for me?” As NRA members, we’ve all heard that question—especially from casual gun owners who enjoy the bene t of our success— and I guess your reaction is the same as mine: It’s worth a thoughtful response. Before I answered, I wanted to know more about him—always a key to confronting a lack of knowledge or misconception. Did he believe in the Second Amendment? “You bet.” Did he believe in the right to carry? “Absolutely. I have a permit.” The right to armed self-defense? “Of course.” Was he a collector? “Yes.” Semi-automatics? “Everybody should own an AR.” the case pending before the same court challenging Chicago’s ban and demanding that the Right to Keep and Bear Arms apply to state and local governments. The NRA grassroots e ort that re-elected President George W. Bush centered on the importance of his high court appointments. Without that total commitment, the court would surely have been dominated by Al Gore’s and John Kerry’s gun-ban appointees. Beyond the high court, in broad strokes, here’s what the NRA has achieved for my airport inquisitor based on his interests: He exercises the right to carry and he can thank the NRA for his “shall-issue” permit. Since 1987, that right has been extended to 40 states with 36 states issuing permits to all quali ed applicants. If this young man had carried or even possessed a rearm in a national park before Feb. 20, 2010, it would have been a crime. Thanks to the NRA and our friends prevented the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission from outlawing handgun ammunition as a “hazardous substance” in the home. As to where a rearm can be used in lawful self-defense, the NRA has been responsible for Castle Doctrine laws enacted in 24 states, many replacing laws that required potential victims of violent crime to run away when confronted with deadly force outside their homes. We’ve already preserved the rights of employees in 12 states who wish to keep lawful rearms locked and properly stored in their vehicles. Among the citizen safeguards in the landmark 1986 McClure-Volkmer Act, known as the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, is a provision protecting gun owners traversing any state with properly stored rearms. Previous to that, gun owners traveling through states like New Jersey were subject to felony prosecution for illegal possession for transporting a gun in their vehicle. That law reformed the worst provisions of the Gun Control Act of 1968 and curbed massive abuse of power against gun owners, licensed dealers and collectors. That brings me to how my young inquirer obtains his rearms. From dealers? At gun shows? From other lawful individuals? Were it not for the NRA, all of those sources would have been closed down long ago. Through enactment of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in 2005, Congress e ectively slammed the door on scores of big city lawsuits designed to put federally licensed gun dealers and manufacturers out of business. We have held the line against Brady Campaign and Violence Policy Center legislation intended to close gun shows nationwide. As for criminalizing now-lawful intrastate sales between individuals— the goal of the Brady Campaign—we Continued on p. 87 As NRA members, we share a sense of pride in what our members and dedicated sta have accomplished. Was he a target shooter? He proudly corrected me. “A precision shooter.” A hunter? “Yes.” Just then he was called to board his plane. So I knew I had to answer that question in print for his bene t and for your use. First and foremost, he can thank the NRA for our 35 years supporting the superb scholarship and practical legal experience that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2008 de nitive ruling declaring the Second Amendment to protect an individual constitutional right. That case struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns and the ban on any armed self-defense in the home. It wouldn’t have happened without the NRA. That goes for in Congress, citizens can now possess and carry rearms in federal parklands in conformity with the laws of the state. As for today’s array of handgun designs and models available to consumers, our friend can thank the NRA for defeating every national scheme to ban pistols and revolvers—from so-called concealable “Saturday Night Specials,” to handguns with polymer frames, to semiautomatics capable of using “high capacity magazines,” to handguns in small or large caliber, to handguns not possessing built-in “smart gun” technology. Then there is the question of ammunition. The NRA Institute for Legislative Action’s rst decisive victory in 1977 For news about legislation and your NRA, visit:, and 12 M AY 2010 WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG http://WWW.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of American Rifleman - May 2010

American Rifleman - May 2010
Editor’s Letter
Armed Citizen
Standing Guard
President’s Column
One On One With Ted Nugent
Readers Write
News, Notes and Ephemera
Questions & Answers
American Marksman: A First-Timer’s Guide To 3-Gunning
Bushmaster ACR: A Transformative Firearm
Coming To America: Para USA Goes Beyond Innovation
The 2010 Golden Bullseye Awards
Magnum Maximization: Ruger’s Extra-Capacity .327 Revolvers
NRA LED: A Half Century Of Service
Annual Meetings
Dope Bag: Data & Comment
Political Report
ILA Report
Regional Report/Member Info & Benefits
I Have This Old Gun

American Rifleman - May 2010