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Photo courtesy Sporting Shooters Ass'n of Australia

This scene was the result of gun
control in Australia in 1996 when its
people were forced to hand over all
semi-auto rifles, including .22s, and all
pump shotguns to the government for
destruction.

n The

NRA passed Stand-Your-Ground
laws and Castle Doctrine laws
enabling you to save your life by
lawful self-defense against criminals
and criminal intruders. In 2005, the
NRA helped enact the nation's first
Stand-Your-Ground law in Florida.
Today there are 27 states with similar
laws and another seven states have
Stand-Your-Ground laws in practice-
either through case law, precedent
or jury instructions.
n The NRA fought again and again to
save gun shows.
n The NRA defeated, in states from
New York to California, so-called
"micro-stamping" laws.
n The NRA killed the Obama administration's Operation Choke Point.
n The NRA got preemption bills
passed to stop attacks on gun-owner
rights by local anti-gun politicians.
Incredibly, from 1981 through 1991,
the NRA helped bring the number of
states with firearm preemption laws
to 41. Today, there are 45 states that
limit the authority of municipalities
to regulate firearms and ammunition.
n The NRA eliminated the federal
Assault Weapons Ban of 1994
in 2004, and is fighting new
attempts to arbitrarily ban popular
semi-automatic firearms today.
Thanks to NRA lobbying, since
1994, the number of states that have
range protection laws has risen from
eight to 48.
Today there are 22 states that have
enshrined the right to hunt in their
constitutions, with most of them adopting language developed by the NRA.
Together we stopped the government from ever again confiscating
your firearms during times of emergency as they did in New Orleans
after Hurricane Katrina, where they
went into citizens' homes when there
was a complete breakdown of police

protection, confiscated their firearms
and left them completely defenseless in the chaos and darkness. Now,
thanks to the NRA, emergency-powers
laws prohibit government entities,
whether state or local, from suspending our right to keep and bear arms
during a declared state of emergency.
Since Katrina, NRA has passed such
protections in 33 states.
It's hard to overemphasize the
importance of the NRA-backed Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act
(PLCAA). President George W. Bush
signed the PLCAA into law in 2005.
The PLCAA prevents firearms manufacturers and dealers from being held
liable for illegal misuse of their products-criminals need to pay for their
crimes, not the manufacturer that
made and sold a legal product. This
bill literally saved the American firearms industry from certain bankruptcy.
All of that just touches on the victories for your rights the NRA has been
instrumental in achieving legislatively.
The NRA has, meanwhile, been busy
growing the shooting sports. The NRA
now sanctions more than 12,000 shooting tournaments and sponsors more than
50 national championships each year.
Just consider a few numbers:
n NRA state associations and local
clubs: over 12,000
n NRA target-shooting tournaments
annually: over 12,000
n NRA certified instructors and range
safety officers: 112,000
n Individuals attending NRA firearm
courses annually: over 800,000
n NRA Law Enforcement firearm
instructors: over 12,000
n NRA certified competitive shooting
coaches: 5,000
With that taste of what your NRA
has done over the last three decades
and more, now we need to look to the
future.
AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

NOVEMBER 2019

The Future Of Your Freedom
On May 20, 2016, the NRA
endorsed Donald J. Trump for
president of the United States. The
reason for our early endorsement
was due to the extreme gun-control
stance of Hillary Clinton. In the 2016
presidential election, the NRA spent
more than $60 million in support of
Donald Trump, more than any other
independent group in that election,
and three times what it spent in the
2012 presidential election.
As a result of going all-in to back
President Trump, we now have a solid
pro-Second Amendment majority on
the Supreme Court with the addition
of Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil
Gorsuch. President Trump has also
filled the U.S. Court of Appeals with, as
this was being written, 43 judges and
the U.S. District Courts with 83 judges.
With this in mind, ask yourself what
the value of your NRA membership
card is. Then ask yourself where we
would be today if America didn't have
the NRA. Finally, realize that we need
to come together as never before in
this 2020 election cycle.
As NRA members, we know that no
one should have to face evil with their
bare hands. We know that government protects only what it wants to
protect. We know the elites are always
protected. We know the NRA is about
you and every other citizen's Second
Amendment rights.
By God, we believe in the unique
benefits of American freedom. We
do this because we know all of our
freedom can be wiped out in a historical blink. If the current leaders of the
Democratic Party win the Senate in
2020, the first thing they'll do is toss
out the filibuster rule so they can get
their way. If they also hold the House
and take the White House-I'm only
taking them at their word here-then
they'll come after your guns.
This is why we need patriots like
you to step forward now. We need
more members. Who will stand up
for you if not the NRA? In the future,
generations will look back and thank
you for standing tall for their freedom.

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