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NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s Testimony Before the US Senate

Below is the text of NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s testimony before the United State Senate at its “What should America do about gun violence?” hearing last week.

County Sheriffs of Colorado Oppose New Anti Gun Law

The County Sheriffs of Colorado have opposed the introduction of new anti gun laws, calling the anti-gun reaction after Sandy Hook “hasty.”

Senator Chuck Grassley Discusses Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Guns – Video Clip

Below is a video clip in which Cam Edwards interviews Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley about the ongoing Senate Judiciary Committee hearings about so-called “assault weapons” in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings.

Pro Gun Rights Letter to President Obama from 77 Members of Congress

As reported, a letter signed by 77 members of Congress and addressed to President Obama points out the flawed approach that is being undertaken by the president in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings.  A couple of noteworthy paragraphs:

Update: New Location for Anti-Gun Rally in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago this Sunday

SPECIAL ALERT – NEW LOCATION FOR RALLY: GLENVIEW GUN CONTROLLERS PLAN RECRUITMENT AND ORGANIZATION RALLY The ISRA has been notified that the location of this event has been moved due to “anticipated larger attendance”. The new location is the Glenview Police Station, 2500 East Lake Avenue, Glenview, IL 60026. The gun control movement is on a roll in the northern suburbs. They will be holding a rally to recruit and organize new gun grabbers into their campaign to take your … Continued

Rabbi Jen Feldman’s Misguided Push for Gun Control Laws

Rabbi Jen Feldman of the Kehillah Synagogue in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, recently spoke out in favor of anti gun laws.  Some of the Rabbi’s statements, other statements from related individuals, and my responses, follow:

Second Amendment Foundation Says Foes of Self Defense Should Give Up Their Guns, Guards First

Below is a news release from the Second Amendment Foundation. It addresses an issue that I have also discussed both in the past as well as more recently, which is the hypocritical manner in which anti-gun politicians try to deny ordinary citizens the right to keep and bear arms for self defense, while still keeping their own armed bodyguards:

Take 1 Minute to Tell All of Your Representatives to Support Gun Rights – Thanks to Ruger

Ruger has created a nice webpage that will allow you to inform the President, Vice-President, your Senators, Representative, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State-Level Elected Officials, and State Attorney General that you support gun rights and believe that the passage of anti-gun laws is misguided.  I encourage everyone to spend a minute doing so.  The web page can be seen here. Then, click here to see other steps that you can take to protect our gun rights.

Cam Edwards from NRA News on Media Misinformation – January 7, 2013

In an effort to combat anti-gun biases in the mainstream media, Cam Edwards from NRA News breaks down and rebuts media misinformation – NRA News – January 7, 2013:

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Gun Control Alchemy” by Prof. Nicholas J. Johnson

I would like to point out an excellent article entitled Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Gun Control Alchemy.  This article was written by Nicholas J. Johnson, who is a Professor of Law at Fordham University. My thanks to the reader who pointed out this excellent article to me.

Contact Your Congressman to Cosponsor H.R. 35 – The Safe Schools Act of 2013

Congressman Steve Stockman has introduced H.R. 35, the Safe Schools Act of 2013 — a bill to allow principals, teachers, and staff to possess firearms in order to defend their students:

Illinois Residents: LATE BREAKING ALERT – NEXT VOTE ON SEMI AUTO BAN WILL TAKE PLACE SUNDAY

Below is another urgent alert from the Illinois State Rifle Association.  I would encourage all Illinois gun owners to act now:

Gun Control Fact Sheet from Gun Owners of America

Below is the Gun Control Fact-Sheet, created by Gun Owners of America. The original can be found here.  Mar 2004 Gun Control Fact-Sheet 2004 / From Gun Owners Foundation by Gun Owners Foundation 8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102 Springfield, VA 22151 1. Highlights * Guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense. Law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year—or about 6,850 times a day.(1) This means that each … Continued

Urgent – Take Action to Protect Our Gun Rights NOW

Those opposed to gun rights are attempting to take advantage of the the the Sandy Hook School Shooting and resulting public sentiment to enact anti-gun laws. While those of use who are knowledgeable about firearms know

ISRA Action Alert on Concealed Carry and Shepard/Moore v. Madigan

Below is an action alert from the Illinois State Rifle Association, concerning concealed carry and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Shepard/Moore v. Madigan:

Bob Costas and Jovan Belcher

I was getting ready to write an article about the statements made by Bob Costas about the Jovan Belcher murder/suicide, in which Mr. Costas blames guns

My Response to the Anti-Gun Editorial “Guns are not toys”

The Daily Barometer published an editorial entitled “Guns are Not Toys,” which is little more than anti gun propaganda.  Quotes from that editorial and my response can be seen below.

Gun Rights for Convicted Felons? – Part 2

Back in 2008, I wrote a brief article entitled “Gun Rights for Convicted Felons?”  In that article, I noted that a US Federal law (and various state laws) prohibit anyone convicted of a felony from possessing firearms*, and stated that

Iowa: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Holds Up Two NRA-Priority Gun Bills

Below is an NRA announcement concerning two important pro-gun bills for Iowa.  I would encourage everyone who lives, works, or is otherwise involved with Iowa to take action:

A Self Defense Gun Case from my Law Practice

As I’ve mentioned, I am an attorney who practices in the Quad Cities area of Illinois and Iowa, with a large percentage of my practice comprising criminal defense cases.  That practice has prevented me from updating this website for some time, however I remain committed to gun rights in both my personal and professional life.  I recently had the honor of representing a woman named Judy, who used her gun to defend herself, her sister, and her sister-in-law after they … Continued

(Almost) the Right Response to a Tragedy

Motivated in part by the assassination attempt on Gabrielle Giffords, the Texas legislator is considering a bill that would grant expanded concealed carry rights to certain state officials.  While this is a far better reaction than those that historically follow a high profile gun-related crime, it still leaves much to be desired:

Armed Store Manager Fatally Shoots an Armed Robber

As reported, the manager of a convenience store used his gun to stop an armed robber:

ACLU of South Dakota Stands Up for Gun Rights

I’ve previously mentioned how the National ACLU is, much to my dismay, anti-gun.  However, some state chapters of the ACLU have been known to stand up for gun rights.  Recently, the ACLU of South Dakota has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn a South Dakota law that unfairly (and unconstitutionally) restricts concealed carry permits:

Attend Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD) 2011!

Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day, the annual event sponsored by the Illinois State Rifle Association, will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2011.  I firmly intend to be there this year, and encourage everyone else to attend as well.  IGOLD 2011 details can be seen below:

Concealed Carry Permit Holder Fends Off 3 Robbers

As reported, a man used his lawfully carried handgun to stop a trio of robbers:

NRA Response to Justice Bryer’s Anti Gun Statements – Video Clip

United States Supreme Court Justice Bryer recently stated that he believed that the founders of this county would have allowed gun control.  Given that Justice Bryer voted against gun rights in D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago, I can’t say I was too surprised to hear that statement.  However, I find myself in great disagreement with the idea that the framers of the constitution would have supported gun control.  The video clip shown below has an excellent discussion of … Continued

IL Supreme Court Tells Appellate Court to Reconsider “Assault Weapon” Ban Lawsuit

Back in 2006, Cook County, IL (which includes Chicago and its surrounding suburbs) enacted a ban on s0-called “assault weapons“.  This ban is both vague and ambiguous, unreasonably restricting the right to keep and bear arms, while also making it difficult to impossible for gun owners to know what exactly they may lawfully own. The Illinois State Rifle Association sued, and the Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled that this case needs to be reconsidered, in light of the pro-gun-rights US … Continued

President Obama’s Latest Anti-Gun Nominee: Andrew Traver for the BATFE

As I’ve discussed before, President Obama is about as anti gun as it gets.  He was endorsed by the Brady Campaign, and chose gun rights opponent Joe Biden to be his vice president.  Since taking office, he has nominated anti gun individuals such as Attorney General Eric Holder, Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano, and State Department official Harold Hongju Koh to key positions within his administration.  This trend continues with Obama’s nomination of Andrew Traver to head the … Continued

NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Responds to Mexican Ambassador’s Anti-Gun and Anti-NRA Remarks

I’ve previously discussed the ongoing drug cartel violence in Mexico, and the unreasonable attempts to blaming American gun owners for that situation. Recently, the Mexican ambassador has rekindled the debate, blaming the NRA and law abiding gun owners for that country’s internal violence and drug cartels. In the video clip below, Wayne LaPierre discusses the situation:

Big Pro Gun Victories in the November 2010 Elections!

The results from the November 2, 2010 election were quite favorable towards gun rights.  Below is a press release from Gun Owners of America which discusses the victories:

A Word from Otis McDonald

Below is a video clip by Otis McDonald, the plaintiff in the McDonald v. Chicago case which led to the end of the Chicago handgun ban.  In this video clip, he discusses gun rights, the upcoming election, the McDonald v. Chicago case, and more. He also endorses Bill Brady for IL Governor: