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NRA Elections 2012

Knox Endorses  Heil in NRA Elections

     As magazines containing ballots for the 2012 NRA Board of Directors Election have been arriving in people’s mail boxes over the past week (if you got a ballot, you’re eligible to vote – if you didn’t you aren’t) I have been receiving requests for guidance as to which candidates I feel are worth supporting.
This year I am only endorsing one candidate, Maria Heil, and asking voting members of NRA to cast ballots with only Mrs. Heil’s name marked.  While I do not know Mrs. Heil personally, she comes highly recommended by friends whose opinions I deeply respect.  I think Mrs. Heil would be a diligent worker for our rights as gun owners – and as NRA members – within the Board of Directors.  I believe she would bring some much-needed new energy to the board.
     While there are several incumbent directors up this cycle who I think have done a good job of serving the members, I am disinclined to offer endorsements.  I believe all of those good directors will easily win reelection without my help – or yours – and every vote cast for someone else dilutes any vote cast for Maria Heil.  This technique is called “Bullet Voting” – voting for only one or a few candidates rather than an entire slate.  The 25 candidates with the highest number of votes win seats.  Since there are only 31 candidates running, attempting to vote for a full slate invariably boosts the chances of another candidate bumping your favorite out of a seat.  Just one vote difference can cost a seat.

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Dave Vann

Would the Real Dave Vann Please Stand Up…

By Jeff Knox

I wasn’t surprised to see the name David Vann in one of David Codrea’s always excellent Gun Rights Examiner columns. Dave Vann has been a good friend and fellow freedom fighter for decades. But then I read David Vann’s suggestions for responding to the threat of campus shootings and I knew there was something very wrong in the world. This Dave Vann was advocating for the banning of all handguns, because they’re “made to kill people.”

Obviously this was a different Dave Vann. This Dave Vann is not a retired police officer with an addiction to advanced firearms training and a deep abiding interest in, and knowledge of, firearms, criminology, US History, and the Constitution. This Dave Vann is a creative writing teacher in San Francisco who has written a somewhat sympathetic book about the 2008 Northern Illinois University murderer, and is so mistrustful of his fellow US citizens that he spends most of his time in New Zealand. (Someone might wish to educate Mr. Vann about the widespread gun ownership in that island nation.)

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Issa Threatens BATFE Head With Contempt Citation

Issa Threatens BATFE Head With Contempt Citation

Congressman Darrell Issa (R. CA) threatened Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives has threatened acting head Kenneth E. Melson with a contmpt citation for his failure to comply with a Congressional subpeona. 

“Let me be clear … we are not conducting a concurrent investigation with the Department of Justice, but rather an independent investigation of the Department of Justice – specifically, of allegations that the reckless and inappropriate decisions of Department officials have created a serious public safety hazard.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in a letter yesterday to ATF Acting Director Kenneth E. Melson, threatened to bring contempt charges against him for refusing to produce documents subpoenaed by the committee last month. The subpoena was issued in response to ATF and DOJ officials stonewalled the “Project Gunwalker” investigation.

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NRA 2011 Board Elections

NRA Board Endorsement

Each year 25 of the 75 regular director seats comes up for election to 3-year terms along with the 76th director, who voters attending the Annual Meeting select for a one-year term.

There is little chance of any injection of new blood in this year’s election. The candidate list is a bit larger than usual, but it includes 26 incumbent directors, including the current 76th director, vying for the 25 seats. The Nominating Committee nominated all 25 of the current 3-year directors plus an additional six candidates. Additionally, six more candidates nominated exclusively by petition of the members. Historically we can expect that at least 23 of the 25 incumbents will win reelection. Since the NRA uses a cumulative total election – the 25 highest total vote getters win – the real race is always between candidates at the bottom of the list.

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“Gunwalker” Scandal Widens

ATF Scandal Widens

“Project Gunwalker” may have strolled from Arizona to Texas.
The gun that was used by a smuggler to kill ICE Agent Jaime Zapata
last month in Mexico has been traced to a Texas gun shop, where it was
purchased by suspected gun traffickers who had reportedly been under
ATF surveillance for over a year.

According to an affidavit in the arrest of alleged straw purchasers,
Otilio and Ranferi Osorio, and Kelvin Morrison, they had previously
sold 40 guns to a federal agent, but had not been arrested.

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DOD and ATK Back Down

ATK and DOD Reverse Course

Military Brass Destruction (again) Halted

The on-again, off-again program to destroy once-fired brass appears to be off with strong statements by both DOD and ATK that the apparent revival of the program was based on dated information and reaffirming the company’s commitment to the Second Amendment and its civilian customers.  The Defense Department meanwhile responded the halt in shipping brass into surplus channels was merely a review.
Small arms cartridge cases are identified as a sensitive Munitions List item and were held pending review of the policy relating to the category of items in which cartridge cases were included. Upon review, the Defense Logistics Agency has determined the cartridge cases could be appropriately placed in a category of government property allowing for their release for sale.
ATK responded to MSSA’s queries here:
and DOD Responded to NRA queries here:
Thanks to Ammoland for helping us stay current.

Immediate action needed!

Halt destruction of military brass!

The following important release from our good friend Gary Marbut needs your immediate attention.  Once-fired military brass is being destroyed again and this time the enemy is in our own industry.  ATK Techsystem, manufacturers of powder and ammunition is buying up brass from base commanders and destroying it to keep it off of the civilian market.

This scheme is going to need consumer response and congressional intervention to stop it.

Please help to spread the word.  Repost this article and link back to it at, and contact friendly Senators and Representatives asking that they join efforts to require the DOD to sell brass for reloading rather than burning tax dollars to shred it.  Thanks to our good friend Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Assocation.

Military Cartridge Brass Destruction 2010 – Round 2


Gary Marbut, President, Montana Shooting Sports Association

The cure that was arranged by Montana Senators Baucus and Tester to fix the intended military destruction of once-fired cartridge brass last year appears to be suffering from a fatal end-run.

Interested persons will remember that a year ago, helpful intervention by Montana’s senators persuaded the Department of Defense to rescind a fresh DoD directive to military installation commanders requiring them to destroy once-fired brass prior to selling it at auction into the civilian marketplace for ammunition reloading and other purposes.

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Iowa – Continued

The Iowa Controversy

By Jeff Knox

(Manassas, VA, January 15) The Iowa Legislature started their brief 2010 election year session last Monday and fortunately, as of Friday, January 15th, NRA had still not filed their concealed carry reform bill.  The NRA proposal first surfaced last November as a revolting collection of sloppily worded amendments to Iowa’s atrocious weapons laws. Thanks to the efforts of rights groups, including The Firearms Coalition and, NRA made several revisions, improving their first proposal, yet still falling far short of a good bill.  NRA’s current offering could be a barely tolerable fallback, assuming a good bill wasn’t possible, but the current political situation argues for stronger demands.  While the latest version has a number of very good provisions, it also contains things that simply shouldn’t be there.  It boils down to something simple: how much poo should Iowa GunVoters eat? Continue reading Iowa – Continued

Money to Shooting Programs

NSSF Awards $109,500 in Grants to
Colleges to Promote Recreational Shooting

NEWTOWN, Conn. — With an increasing number of college students taking up target shooting at competitive and club levels, the National Shooting Sports Foundation is providing $109,500 in support to ensure that even more young men and women have the opportunity to give shooting a try.

NSSF is awarding the grants through its new Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative, which was launched earlier this year to raise awareness about shotgun, rifle and handgun shooting at the college level and to provide assistance for the development of shooting clubs and varsity teams.

“NSSF is making these grants available in response to a growing interest in the shooting sports on campuses across the country,” said Zach Snow, NSSF’s senior shooting promotions coordinator. “Graduates of scholastic shooting programs like the NSSF-developed Scholastic Clay Target Program want to continue participating in their favorite sport when they go off to college, and once there they’re eager to introduce new friends, classmates and faculty to this lifetime activity. At the same time, collegiate shooting programs help create a positive image for the shooting sports and firearms ownership.”

Grants were issued to 16 colleges and universities, from prominent Harvard to smaller schools like Fort Hays State University in Kansas, with awards ranging from $4,000 to $7,500 per school. Some colleges will use their grants as seed funding to launch new shooting clubs and teams; other schools will use their funds to expand existing programs and publicize them on campus by developing Web sites and hosting “fun shoots.”

Colleges requested grants through an application process with NSSF, which evaluated the proposals and made the awards.

The grant recipients are as follows:

Bethel University, McKenzie, TN — $7,500
Program: Implement a new shooting team and promote safety and responsibility in the shooting sports (participation requirements include passing the hunter safety course); and promote the sport to the public.

Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. — $7,500
Program: Expand the university’s shotgun club; add a shotgun sports Web page to the school’s club sports directory; establish one competitive squad to represent the club at larger competitions; increase club participation to 50 members; and compete at the ACUI Nationals.

Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO — $7,500
Project: Expand the shooting club, hosting trial shooting to introduce students and faculty to shotgun sports; add a competitive team; host a tournament; and develop a Web site to raise awareness about the club.

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO — $7,500
Project: Have the Shotgun Sports Project educate students and faculty about firearms safety and the shooting sports; promote intercollegiate competitions; and promote Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative to other colleges and assist them with getting a club started.

Fort Hays University, Hays, KS — $,7,500
Program: Establish an ambassador squad to promote the shooting team and engage other students wanting to try shooting; host an intercollegiate event inviting all college shooting teams from the Midwest region; and provide positive exposure for the shooting sports on campus.

Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA — $7,500
Program: Increase shooting opportunities for the target shooting club, which provides future attorneys, legislators and public servants with an understanding of firearms and the shooting sports; field intercollegiate team; and assist with coordinating the New England Collegiate Shotgun Championships.

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA — $7,500
Program: Revive the Harvard Shooting Club, founded in 1883, and which has been dormant since 2003; raise awareness of the shooting sports within Harvard community and general public; and host firearms education events on campus.

Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI — $7,500
Program: Develop a marksmanship club that will endorse shooting as a legitimate sport; introduce college students and area residents to shooting; provide competitive opportunities to stimulate interest and improve skills; and host youth hunter safety courses.

Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL — $7,500
Program: Develop a new shooting program and participate in intercollegiate competition; promote gun safety on campus; and develop a sporting clays, skeet and trap club Web site.

Northeastern University, Boston, MA — $7,500
Program: Develop a new shooting program with goal of 25 to 50 active shooters; conduct safety classes for new and current shooters; train shooters in all shotgun sports activities; and compete in the New England Collegiate Shotgun Championships and ACUI Nationals.

Salem State College, Salem, MA — $7,500
Program: Develop a new shooting program; participate in league shooting with other college teams; and compete in New England Collegiate Shotgun Championships and ACUI Nationals.

Schreiner University, Kerrville, TX — $7,500
Program: Strengthen the Schreiner Sport Shooting Society by hosting an introductory day for students and faculty interested in learning more about the shooting sports; survey participants to gain feedback; and compete in the ACUI National Clay Target Championship and at the NSSA World Skeet Championship.

Southeastern Illinois College, Harrisburg, IL — $7,500
Program: Recruit new shooters to the varsity shotgun team (many team members are enrolled in Game Preserve/Shooting Complex Management); provide scholarship assistance for new team members; and compete in ACUI Nationals.

Trinity University, San Antonio, TX — $4,000
Program: Host an educational clinic and fun shoots to introduce students and faculty members to the shooting sports and recruit new members to the club. Trinity plans to compete at the ACUI National Clay Target Championship with twice the number of shooters that attended last year.

University of Arkansas — Fort Smith — $4,000
Project: Expand the air rifle team; increase participation at both intercollegiate and intramural levels; create a club Web site to promote the club; and retain competitors by providing top-notch equipment to compete at NCAA level.

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT — $4,000
Program: Expand shooting sports club with clinics and shooting “fests”; and compete in intercollegiate tournaments.

Participation in college shotgun sports has grown remarkably in recent years. Between 2006 and 2009, the annual ACUI Intercollegiate Clay Target Championships has seen a 40 percent increase in participation, with 37 schools and 337 clay target shooters competing in last spring’s championship. Much of the increase can be directly attributed to high school students graduating from programs like the NSSF-developed Scholastic Clay Target Program and 4-H, and then continuing to compete in college.

For more information about NSSF’s Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative visit or contact Zach Snow at

About NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 5,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to

NRA Iowa Explanation


From:  NRA-ILA Research & Information Division


Re:        Iowa Right to Carry and NICS Improvement Amendments Act Compliance Draft

This memorandum is a section-by-section explanation of the above-referenced draft.

724.4C – This is a new section that would create the aggravated misdemeanor of going armed whiled under the influence of alcohol or illegally used or possessed controlled substances.  Current law prohibits the issuance of a permit to acquire handguns or to carry weapons to a person who is “addicted to the use of alcohol.” IA ST 724.8, .15.  These prohibitions, however, are both under-inclusive and over-inclusive.  They are under-inclusive because they do not reach the situation of a person who is not actually an alcoholic but who causes a risk to public safety by handling a firearm while impaired by alcohol.  They are over-inclusive because they would prohibit an alcoholic who is not drinking and is responsibly managing his condition from exercising a fundamental right.  The proposed section more adequately and fairly addresses the public safety concern posed by firearms and alcohol. Continue reading NRA Iowa Explanation