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NRA-ILA: Obama Administration to Sign U.N. Arms Trade Treaty “In the Very Near Future”

NRA-ILA reports that the Obama Administration is expected to sign the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty soon after it is opened for signature on June 3.

On April 2 the United Nations General Assembly voted 153-4 to pass the Arms Trade Treaty, with the United States voting in favor and several countries abstaining. According to a May 16 Amnesty International article, a senior US diplomat, Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Countryman, has confirmed the U.S. government will be quick to sign the new treaty. In the article, Countryman said that the United States would sign the ATT “in the very near future.”

Steve Sanetti, President of the NSSF; the shooting sports trade organization.

Does the NRA Support or Oppose Universal Background Checks?

What’s the real story? Will the NRA oppose universal background checks? Or will they allow that legislation to prevent worse bills from going through Congress? I have heard multiple sources say different things and it caused me concern over what is actually the case. On Tuesday, NBC News reported the NRA would not oppose a “background check deal—if Democrats cede a tough records fight.” Evidently the NRA told some members of Congress they would not campaign against the bill. In the same article, however, the head of the NRA-ILA, Chris Cox, was quoted saying, “we do not take positions on hypotheticals. We will make our position known if and when legislation is introduced… To be clear, the National Rifle Association does not support legislation that would criminalize otherwise lawful transfers of firearms between law-abiding Americans.” After reading the article, I began to wonder how its author could make such a claim. The official statement was the NRA would oppose universal background checks, yet the author stated the exact opposite, citing mysterious unnamed “aides familiar with the stalled negotiations.”


Getting Connected: The NRA on Social Media

In today’s world, social media rules. The quickest and easiest way to get in touch or stay in touch with friends, public figures, or groups that interest you is by following them on any number of social media outlets. Want to know when a group is having an event? Check Facebook. Want to hear what a public figure thinks about a current event? Check Twitter. Want to watch an informative video about a product you just bought? Check YouTube. On the business side of things, more and more customer service actions are handled through social media sites. So, it is important to use these new channels to stay up-to-date in what is happening in the firearm community. The National Rifle Association has a vast presence on social media. The NRA’s multiple accounts fit into any niche you care about. If you are a hunter, but don’t want to hear all about legal mumbo-jumbo, you can follow NRA’s hunting profiles, but not the NRA-ILA. If you’re a woman, you can follow the NRA’s Womens’ Network to get information relevant to you.  And since it’s social media, you make the decisions on what content you get to read and respond to. Here is a list of all of the different NRA groups you can “Like” or “Follow” on Facebook or Twitter.


Gun Companies Under Fire: What’s Their Next Move?

Firearms makers and gun-accessory manufacturers are certainly facing a hostile Senate and federal administration, but the battles aren’t all on the national stage. Several state governments are also making life difficult for firearms businesses, forcing gun and accessory makers in those states to consider moving their operations to friendlier locations.

Ladies, now is the time to back the NRA.

“I am Proud to say I am Part of the American Gun Culture” —The NRA Women’s Network

Previous to Feinstein’s reintroduction of the Assault Weapons Ban and the Newtown shootings, the media reported an overwhelming number of women newly entering the shooting sports. Now however, I keep reading stories from a poll in Wisconsin reporting women are “overwhelmingly opposed” to concealed carry. Another article written by Jessica Pieklo referred to the newly formed organization, One Million Moms for Gun Control and says, “What may be most interesting in this recent spat of polling is that this gender gap existed well before Newtown and while the original assault weapons ban was in place. In addition, while the NRA may be trying to push the idea that women members matter, the reality is it’s an organization largely hostile to women. And women know this.”

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Bury the Hatchet: It’s Time to Support the NRA-ILA

If you’re like me, you’ve probably found some campaign, speech, or stance by the NRA disagreeable. Maybe you thought the organization was filled with Fudds that didn’t care about your AR-15s. Maybe you were upset they supported some political candidate you opposed. Regardless of the reason, the NRA rustled your feathers and you haven’t supported them since. Now all gun owners and pro-Second Amendment believers are dropped into a debate that puts us against the media and current administration to fight for our rights. Perhaps it’s time we bury the metaphorical hatchet and join our collective strengths with the NRA in order to protect the right to protect ourselves.

Mitt Romney at campaign stop

Sit Down: Mitt Romney and the NRA-ILA

By Chris Cox, NRA-ILA

This year’s election is going to define the future of our freedom, perhaps more than any other in our history. For gun owners, there are a number of areas crucial to the survival of our Second Amendment rights. That’s why I took the time to visit with Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, to find out precisely where he stands on the issues of concern to gun owners.