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One of the many things we have learned during the last year-plus
under the specter of COVID-19 and general unrest in some parts
of America is that Americans will not sit idly by and presume the
government will be their only line of defense if they feel their
safety is in jeopardy. It seems like every month has seen a new
record for the sale of firearms since the start of 2020, and last
year's totals absolutely decimated the old record for annual sales.
This all happened in spite of some states with anti-gun governors
moving to try to shut down gun stores as " non-essential, " or when
those states that mandate their own intrusion into firearm transactions
slowed down the processing of required paperwork due to selfimposed staff shortages or closed offices.
Several states responded to these problems by passing legislation
that ensured the Second Amendment would not fall victim to similar
emergencies in the future.
Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming all passed
bills that seek to ensure that the Second Amendment is not suspended during a declared state of emergency. These states enacted
protections for law-abiding gun owners during such times, as well as
for gun stores, ranges and other entities that engage in the lawful
selling or servicing of firearms, components or accessories.
Governors Burgum, Gordon, Justice and Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) all
deserve the thanks of the pro-2A community for signing all of these
bills, as do those legislators who supported their passage.
There are still opportunities remaining for states to continue the
push to advance our rights protected under the Second Amendment,
as several states remain in session as we go to print. Stay tuned.

Photo by Angela Talley

PROTECTING THE 2A DURING
STATES OF EMERGENCY

Ray Stevens
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RA Country is always excited to
introduce our members to new
country artists, but we also have a great appreciation and the utmost respect for classic country. When we
had the opportunity to interview an icon who has won multiple Grammy Awards and been inducted into the Nashville
Songwriters Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame,
we immediately jumped at it. This month's featured artist
is unlike any other, in part because of his varied talents.
Ray Stevens is a singer-songwriter, comedian, solo artist,
producer, music arranger and even television host. NRA
Country's Vanessa Shahidi was honored to recently ask the
multi-platinum-selling artist a few questions.

iStock photo by shaunl

VS: Mr. Stevens, where did you get your appreciation
for the great outdoors?
RS: I joined the Boy Scouts and loved camping and all that
it entailed.
VS: Who taught you how to shoot?
RS: I taught myself and have learned from friends who are
marksmen.
VS: What is your favorite firearm?
RS: I have several, but I especially like a .22 Colt revolver
with an interchangeable magnum cylinder.

IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

March 1-31 2021
Lewis Tucker, Sr., Oxford, CT (from: Shirley Tucker); Lana J. Johnson, Tell City, IN (from: Ronald
Johnson); Carl Moore, Billings, MT (from: Theodore Moore); Donna Hill, Springwater, NY (from:
Springwater Rod & Gun Club); Bob Moore, Wayland, NY (from: Springwater Rod & Gun Club);
Chet Pierce, Geneseo, NY (from: Springwater Rod & Gun Club); Hellen Christensen, Strathmore, CA
(from: Five Dogs Creek Cowboy Family); Duane J. La Fortune, Mound, MN (from: Nancy La Fortune).
April 1-30 2021
Greg Garner, Fredericksburg, VA (from: Elaine A. Garner); Herbert A. Stockschlaeder, Eden, NY
(from: Diana & George Graovac); Michael J. Morin, Mission, TX (from: Carol S. Morin);
Gerardo Pareja, Hialeah, FL (from: Migdalia Pareja); Paul Morris, Fremont, NE (from: Elkhorn
Valley Rifle Club), Matt Rosson, Attalla, AL (from: Barbara Bice), Ed Schneider (from: Springwater
Rod & Gun Club); Lana Johnson, Tell City, IN (from: Ronald Johnson); Danny Roth, St. Mary,
MO (from: Carl & Linda Jokerst); Karen Snowman, Cohocton, NY (from: Springwater Rod & Gun
Club); Brett Chapin, Midland, MI (from: C. J. Hartung); Myron E. Kelsey (from: Howard Kelsey).

VS: What are you currently working on?
RS: I recently built and perform in a dinner/showroom
in Nashville called CabaRay. I have a new recording
studio and just finished a four-CD set of songs. I'm also
redesigning and remodeling a great house, and at 82 years
old, that's about all I have time for!
Be sure to catch all the news and announcements about
Ray Stevens on Facebook and raystevens.com.
NRA Country is a lifestyle and a bond between the
country music community and hard-working Americans
everywhere. It's powered by pride, freedom, love of
country, respect for the military, and the responsibilities of
protecting the great American life. Visit nracountry.com
and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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