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Frankie Ballard is

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VS: How would you spend a week off in Mother Nature?
FB: "I would love to spend a week on a working ranch,
mending fences, branding calves, chopping wood."
VS: What is your favorite personal firearm?
FB: "M1 Garand."
VS: Please share your favorite outdoor or hunting trip memory.
FB: "I used to go out to my buddy Big Al's camp in Michigan
for deer hunting and turkey hunting. My best memories
of those times were going back to the camp after the
hunt to have some drinks, eat, play guitar, spend some
VBT-Valuable Bro Time."
NRA Country is a lifestyle and a bond between the country
music community and hard-working Americans everywhere.

Photo courtesy of Frankie Ballard

rankie Ballard is on the rise with his current
album "Sunshine & Whiskey," featuring smashes
"Helluva Life" and "Sunshine & Whiskey." The
talented singer-guitarist moved to Nashville in 2009
from Battle Creek, Mich., to pursue a career in music.
He drew on his working-class values, performing every chance
he could and honing his guitar and songwriting skills. A road
warrior, Ballard has previously opened for Jake Owen, Rascal
Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and longtime idol Bob
Seger. For tour dates and more, check out FrankieBallard.com.
NRA Country's Vanessa Shahidi recently talked with Frankie
about his love of all things outdoors.

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 and
Pinterest.

House Committee Report Faults FDIC for
Participation in Operation Choke Point

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n May, we reported on a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee exposé that substantiated improper activities by the Department
of Justice (DOJ) under the guise of Operation Choke Point. The committee
report concluded that the true goal of the operation was to "choke out" legitimate industries that regulators considered objectionable, including firearm and
ammunition sales.
A new report by the committee, "Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's
Involvement in 'Operation Choke Point,'" makes equally damning findings about
the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC). According to the report, FDIC officials "targeted legal industries" and deliberately portrayed disfavored business
types as "high-risk" to send a "message" to banks about the regulatory consequences of dealing with them.
The report cites several examples of firearm and ammunition businesses
that have suffered the ill-effects of banks being effectively forced to drop lawful and well-performing clients. "The experience of firearms and ammunition
dealers-one of the most heavily regulated businesses in the United States-
is a testament to the destructive and unacceptable impact of Operation
Choke Point," it states. The animosity of federal regulators toward firearm and
ammunition sellers was so well understood that at least one private producer
of compliance and risk management training software for bank employees
included a related warning within its program. Ludicrously and without justification, it advises, "Arms and Ammunition Dealers are identified as higher risk
businesses because they have a higher risk of being associated with terrorism
and terrorist acts."
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell
Issa, R-Calif., is to be commended on exposing the corruption of Operation
Choke Point. Internal investigators at DOJ and FDIC are even now pursuing
formal inquiries into the program. Hopefully this will lead to more transparency
and accountability. It should also be a recurring theme in vetting Eric Holder's
replacement as U.S. attorney general.
AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

MARCH 2015

IN MEMORY NRA-ILA
CONTRIBUTIONS

(November 29, 2014-December 22, 2014)
Ivan Settle, Tucson, AZ (from Karen Settle); Nobuke
Rhodes, Napa, CA (from Frank Rhodes); James D.
Baker, Titusville, FL (from Madeline Baker); John
Hartnett, Earleville, MD (from Lois Hartnett); William
Crow, Mesa, AZ (from Gwen Crow); Dann Dalton,
Germantown, OH (from Kelly Dalton); Clarence
Reinhart, Alpine Way, WY (from Reinhart Family); Brian
Bucy, Imlay City, MI (from Cheryl Smith); E. Gene Davis,
(from Inez & Lyle Davis); John "Jack" C. Ford, Hilliard,
FL (from Bonnie Mandelkorn); Mark Lemanski, (from
William "Bo" Waldie); Roger Richard Orin Wotton,
Lebanon, NH (from Mr. and Mrs. Greg Brun); J. R. Parker,
Longview, TX, (from J. E. Tejcek ); Deceased Members
of the Dundee Sportsman's Club (from Dundee
Sportsman's Club).

IN HONOR OF CONTRIBUTIONS
(November 29, 2014-December 22, 2014)
Jim McMillin, Madisonville, TX (from June Bills)

ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(The following contributed $1,000 or more to the
NRA Institute for Legislative Action November 29, 2014
to December 22, 2014.)
Charles Coleman, Chattanooga, TN; Larry Addington
Estate, Berea, KY; David Levy, Fort Washington, PA; Tim
Schneider, Houston, TX; Paul Kuzman, Kalamazoo, MI;
R. Callan, Tucson, AZ; Lee-Ann Ledbetter Burgess,
Norman, OK; David Zell, Atlanta, GA; Philip Voght,
Centerville, OH; Ruth Brewer, Platteville, CO; Victor Tate,
Bozeman, MT; Christopher Hazelwood, Brownwood,
TX; Vernon Wander, Waubun, MN; Karen Lien, Perkasie,
PA; Cape Radiology Group, Cape Girardeau, MO;
Sturm Ruger & Company, Inc., Southport, CT; National
Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers, Inc.,
Atlanta, GA; Sauk Trail Gun Collectors, Inc., Edelstein,
IL; and Remington Arms/Freedom Group, Madison, NC.

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