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State Right-To-Carry
Recognition Laws Bolster
National Movement

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top priority for gun-rights supporters at the federal
level is national Right-to-Carry reciprocity legislation.
On Jan. 4, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) introduced
H.R. 38, or the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. The legislation
would ensure that Right-to-Carry permit holders could carry
throughout the country, and that their permits would be
recognized by every state. 
Important federal legislation like H.R. 38 often has a
political tipping point, where such legislation is enacted once
the change it would bring about is already the status quo in
enough states. At present, 20 states grant outright recognition to Right-to-Carry permits from all other states. Moreover,
three additional states allow law-abiding nonresidents to carry
regardless of whether they have a Right-to-Carry permit.
The more states that enact outright-recognition legislation,
the more outright recognition becomes the national standard
for the Right to Carry. This, in turn, will help to move the ball
forward on federal national Right-to-Carry legislation that
will ensure law-abiding citizens from across the country are
able to carry for self-defense in the remaining intransigent
jurisdictions such as New York and California.
Outright-recognition legislation can have even broader implications for the fight to protect the Second Amendment, as it further acculturates society to lawful individuals carrying a firearm
for self-defense. Consider how attitudes around handguns have
changed since the Right-to-Carry movement began in Florida in
1987. That year, a Gallup poll asked survey takers " Do you think
there should or should not be a law that would ban the possession of handguns, except by the police and other authorized
persons? " Forty-two percent of respondents answered in the
affirmative and only 50 percent outright opposed such a measure. In October 2020, Gallup asked the same question. A mere
25 percent of 2020 respondents favored a handgun ban, while a
whopping 74 percent opposed a prohibition.
As Americans become more accustomed to carrying a
firearm for self-defense, become aware of a friend or family
member that does so or notice that an increase in the exercise
of the Right to Carry does not increase violent crime, their
broad attitudes on gun control shift. Outright-recognition
legislation helps to continue this process by further protecting
and encouraging the exercise of the Right to Carry.
It is essential that all gun owners work together to enact
pro-gun measures like outright-recognition legislation. While the
immediate benefits of a given policy might not accrue to every
individual gun owner, gun-rights supporters should know that
their hard work will always pay intangible and practical dividends
down the road.

IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS
January 1 - 31, 2021

Less Osborne, Walnut Creek, CA (from: Gene Osborne); John Albritton (from: Anonymous
Donor); Max John Kilgore, Wolf Lake, IN (from: Colette Kilgore); Robert Hoyt Johnson,
Battle Creek, MI (from: Gary & Lynn Davenport); Captain James C. Rogers (from: Elizabeth
Ratledge); Max E. Clements, Wesley Chapel, FL (from: Lynn Clements); Blaire Mathews,
Coldwater, MI (from: Yearling Well Drilling); Daniel Lendvay, High Falls, NY (from: Wawarsing
Rod and Gun Club); John A. Del Savio, Saratoga Springs, NY (from: Monday Shooting Shack
Club); Michael Berta, Modesto, CA (from: Modesto Rifle Club); Ron Kendall, Modesto, CA
(from: Modesto Rifle Club); John Horton, Modesto, CA (from: Modesto Rifle Club); Jim Laird,
Modesto, CA (from: Modesto Rifle Club); Jerome Willis, Modesto, CA (from: Modesto Rifle Club).
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standing guard

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Don't go on TV lamenting another tragic, violent crime-unless
you do your damn jobs, enforce the laws on the books and take
the criminals off the streets.
Don't give us your hollow, empty rhetoric and sound
bites-because we're on to you. We don't believe you. You're
not honest. Because you would deny us our most basic,
fundamental right to stay alive.
As NRA members, we are all still united by a single promise. It's a promise we first made when we were kids: " I pledge
allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the
Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible,
with liberty and justice for all. " Don't let the chaos of current
events tarnish the majesty of its meaning.
We don't promise to try when it's convenient, we pledge
our allegiance. Not to who's powerful or popular, but to the
flag of the United States of America. And not just to its stars
and stripes, but to the republic for which it stands. Which isn't
one faction, but one nation. Not under tyranny, but under God.
Not divided, but indivisible. With liberty and with justice, not
for a few, but for all!
You and I have now come to a point in time when the full
weight of that promise rests squarely on our shoulders. Joe
Biden, Kamala Harris and their allies in Congress are publicly
vowing to flat-out decimate the Second Amendment and
destroy the promise of liberty and freedom that is America.
They don't want to simply regulate your gun rights, or chip
away at your freedom around the edges. They want to register,
ban and confiscate your firearms.
At the same time, they're making it easier for violent criminals to run wild and have their way with innocent, law-abiding
citizens. These are the stakes, and they couldn't be higher.
I know many of you are beaten down by the seemingly
endless stream of struggles the past many months have
presented. And I know the vultures in the media are working
overtime to convince Americans the Second Amendment's days
are numbered-that our children and grandchildren will never
know the freedom and opportunity that you and I enjoy today.
But I say they're wrong. And I say that with full confidence
because of NRA members like you.
Never forget that the power of your voice resonates far and
wide, carrying the weight of millions of NRA members and tens
of millions more Americans who support our cause and look
to us for leadership. There is no more unstoppable force in the
history of American politics than NRA members.
I know that because I've lived it-up close and personal-
over the past 40 years. And I can tell you, beyond the shadow
of a doubt, our freedom-hating enemies know it too. When we
Stand and Fight, freedom flat-out wins.
So from where you sit right now, I'm asking you to fight.
Fight by recruiting your fellow freedom-loving patriots across
this nation to join the National Rifle Association of America.
Fight like your very right to survival is on the line. Fight with
the same patriotic spirit our Founders fought with when they
established the greatest nation on earth.
Let history remember that when Joe Biden, Charles
Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and their billionaire backers tried to
destroy our freedom-you were there and you fought back.
You stood in the breach. You defended America and
our Constitution.
And you were the reason
our Second Amendment rights,
our American values and our
freedom not only survived, but
thrived, for decades to come!
April 2021

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