Entries by NRA Institute for Legislative Action

Florida: The Truth about Open Carry — Erroneous Claims Exposed

Many folks remember that during the fight to pass Florida’s Concealed Carry law, the Florida Sheriffs Association opposed concealed carry.  They literally said they didn’t like “hidden guns.” At the time, open carry was legal in Florida and had been for decades.  They said if people were going to be allowed to carry guns, they […]

Schumer Puts Military at Risk by Playing Politics with Their Sidearms

In 1995, Bob Dole said of Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), “[t]he most dangerous place is between him and a camera.” Last Friday, Schumer publicly announced a plan to require bidders for a $580 million Department of Defense contract to supply the U.S. Army with handguns to submit to questioning regarding efforts to push a gun control […]

63% of Americans Blame Mental Health—Not Guns—for Mass Shootings​

In another hit to the prospects of gun controllers, this week the Washington Post published the findings of a recent survey conducted by the Post in conjunction with ABC News. The results show that Americans overwhelmingly understand high-profile shootings as pointing to a problem with the country’s mental health system, rather than a lack of gun […]

Florida Sheriffs Continue to Speak Out in Support of Open Carry [VIDEOS]

Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smithspoke passionately about the Open Carry bill (SB-300 by Sen. Don Gaetz) in Senate Criminal Justice Committee on 10/20/15.  Watch his testimony: Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel was represented at a press conference in support of the bill that was held in the Capitol 10/06/15. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has […]

Trustworthiness Issues? Politifact Calls Out Clinton Deception

That there are apparently still people (though, increasingly few) that find Hillary Clinton at all trustworthy is becoming more and more incredible. Late last week, Politifact took Clinton to task over comments she made about the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). According to Politifact, at a campaign event in Iowa, Clinton remarked […]

Clinton, O’Malley Say Americans Are Their Enemies

In the days since last week’s debate between candidates for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, some commentators have suggested that Americans have seen enough, that no additional Democrat debates are necessary. In one respect, those commentators are right. In just a few seconds during the debate, the two candidates who harbor the most extreme views […]

Poll: NRA Viewed Favorably, No New Gun Controls, and Right-to-Carry Makes Us Safer

Earlier this month, we brought attention to Hillary Clinton’s recent comments about how the U.S. Supreme Court was wrong in recognizing that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, and just how wildly of step her view is with that of the American people. Polling data released this week from […]

ACTION ALERT: Verizon Drops NRA Outdoor and Sportsman Channels

Act Now and Demand Access to the Best in Outdoor Television! Verizon Fios has dropped Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel – television networks geared to tell compelling outdoor lifestyle stories and strong advocates for all areas of the shooting lifestyle. The networks are home to many of the NRA programs including Friend of the NRA, […]

Israeli Minister: “Citizens trained to use weapons are a multiplying force in our battle against terrorism”

Recent reports out of Israel show that that Israeli civilians aren’t taking a recent spate of terrorist violence lying down, they are arming themselves to fight back. Further, the Israeli government is cooperating by taking measures to ensure that more citizens will have access to the tools necessary to protect themselves and their communities. In […]

Florida: Open Carry Bill Passes 1st House Committee

Tuesday, October 6, 2015,  the House Criminal Justice Committee held a hearing on  HB-163 by Rep. Matt Gaetz. The bill PASSED by a Vote of 8-4. HB-163 is a bill to allow persons with a Concealed Weapons & Firearms License to carry firearms concealed or openly. Sheriff Wayne Ivey (Brevard) and representatives of Sheriff Charlie […]

Florida State University President Thrasher Flip-flopped 4 times on Campus Carry

The media love to expose the underbelly of politicians whether it favors their own position or not.  Changing positions on issues only once apparently is acceptable but multiple times on the same issue rankles even the most understanding and tolerant person. It is particularly significant when someone who uses his/her position to expend state funds […]

Florida Sheriff: Campus Carry, Open Carry Part of Exercising 2nd Amendment

As support for Campus Carry by concealed weapons license holders who are over 21 years of age and support for Open Carry by concealed weapons license holders continues to grow, some Florida Sheriffs are speaking out on these important Second Amendment issues. The outstanding article below featuring Florida Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County signals […]

When Anti-Gunners Say ‘Gun Safety,’ They Don’t Mean It

In what can only be described as a blatant display of hypocrisy, two gun ban groups have started a petition to deny a federal grant for Project Childsafe, a gun safety program operated by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). This year, for the first time since Barack Obama’s 2008 election, the NSSF has won a […]

Gallup: More Americans Say Federal Government a Threat

The Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution is there for a simple reason: Our Founding Fathers wisely understood that even a national government of supposedly limited powers could overstep its bounds and infringe upon the rights of the people. In the landmark Heller decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that the Founders considered the Second […]