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Grassroots Alert: Vol. 25, No. 18 5/11/2018

Hard Times for Dick's as Second Amendment Supporters Respond to Company’s Anti-Gun Bent
HUNTING  NEWS  
Hard Times for Dick's as Second Amendment Supporters Respond to Company’s Anti-Gun Bent
We have recently been reporting on the bizarre anti-gun activism of one of the nation’s larger firearm retailers, Dick’s Sporting Goods and its affiliated Field & Stream stores. First, the company announced it would stop selling most centerfire semi-automatic rifles at its stores, carry only limited capacity magazines for semi-automatic guns, and ban firearm sales to certain legally eligible adults. It then took the further step of declaring it would destroy its inventory of the newly-restricted firearms at company expense. And if that weren’t enough, the news also recently broke that the company had hired expensive D.C. lobbyists to push for gun control measures on Capitol Hill.  
The NRA Sues New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State Department of Financial Services Over Alleged Attack on First Amendment Rights
NEWS  LEGAL & LEGISLATION  
The NRA Sues New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York State Department of Financial Services Over Alleged Attack on First Amendment Rights
NEW YORK CITY—The National Rifle Association of America (“NRA”) today announced that it filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and DFS Superintendent Maria T. Vullo alleging violations of the NRA’s First Amendment rights.   Filed on May 11, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, the lawsuit claims that Cuomo, Vullo, and DFS engaged in a “campaign of selective prosecution, backroom exhortations, and public threats” designed to coerce banks and insurance companies to withhold services from the NRA.  The NRA argues that such tactics vastly overstep DFS’s regulatory mandate, and seek to suppress the speech of Second Amendment supporters and retaliate against the NRA and others for their political advocacy. The lawsuit seeks millions of dollars in damages to redress harms inflicted by the DFS campaign.
Anti-Gun Democrat Proposes Banning Semi-Autos and Going After
NEWS  
Anti-Gun Democrat Proposes Banning Semi-Autos and Going After "Resisters"
The headline of the USA Today op-ed said it all. Anti-gun Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) last week advocated for legislation to ban an as-yet undetermined class of semi-automatic firearms and to “go after resisters” who refuse to relinquish their lawfully-acquired firearms.  Lest anyone mistake his intentions, Swalwell followed up with a lengthy NBC News interview this week in which he made clear that his own proposal is a departure from prior gun bans that allowed those who obtained the firearms when they were lawful to keep them. Swalwell said that after thinking “about the different ways to address it … I concluded the only way to do this is to get those weapons out of our communities.” 
Sorry, Alyssa, But We're Glad We Came
NEWS  
Sorry, Alyssa, But We're Glad We Came
You likely recall we mentioned a new anti-gun organization recently formed, which was billed as the brainchild of actress Alyssa Milano.  You may also recall that we reported her group, NoRA, had made the vaguely threatening proclamation, “We’re going to show up at the NRA convention in Dallas and make them wish they stayed home.” So, what happened?
FBI Acknowledges Life-Saving Potential of Armed Citizens
NEWS  GUN LAWS  
FBI Acknowledges Life-Saving Potential of Armed Citizens
“Armed and unarmed citizens engaged the shooter in 10 incidents. They safely and successfully ended the shootings in eight of those incidents. Their selfless actions likely saved many lives. The enhanced threat posed by active shooters and the swiftness with which active shooter incidents unfold support the importance of preparation by law enforcement officers and citizens alike.”
Swiss Gun Rights Supporters Refuse to Capitulate to International Gun Controllers
NEWS  
Swiss Gun Rights Supporters Refuse to Capitulate to International Gun Controllers
As NRA-ILA reported on April 27, peaceful Switzerland is in the crosshairs of international and domestic gun control advocates who are intent on abolishing the idyllic nation’s tradition of an armed citizenry. Using the 2017 changes to the European Firearms Directive as justification, these foreign and home-grown forces are attempting to burden the tranquil republic with gun controls the Swiss people have continually rejected. However, as was pointed out in a recent Bloomberg article, many Swiss citizens are refusing to take this assault on their inalienable rights and national sovereignty lying down.
To November and Beyond!
NEWS  TAKE ACTION  
To November and Beyond!
On May 5th, 175 pro-Second Amendment patriots packed a meeting room in Dallas’s Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to learn what more they can do to be a force multiplier in this year’s elections, and to learn from the next generation of Second Amendment leaders on how to further engage college and high school students in our efforts. 
VIDEOS
Watch: Chris W. Cox at the 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum
Watch: Chris W. Cox at the 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum

"The NRA is the only organization in America that gets blamed for crimes our members don't commit."

Watch: Wayne LaPierre at the 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum
Watch: Wayne LaPierre at the 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum

"Prohibition of our rights won’t solve the problem."

Watch: President Donald J. Trump: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum
Watch: President Donald J. Trump: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum

"Thanks to your activism and dedication you have an administration fighting to protect your Second Amendment."

Watch: Vice President Mike Pence: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum
Watch: Vice President Mike Pence: 2018 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms WILL NOT be infringed!"


STATE GRASSROOTS ROUND-UP

Colorado Colorado
Colorado: Legislature Adjourns from Legislative Session
Colorado: Gun Control Legislation Dies in Senate Committee
Kansas Kansas
Kansas: Pro-Gun Legislation Dies as Legislature Adjourns
Oklahoma Oklahoma
Governor Fallin Vetoes Important Self-Defense Bill
Oregon Oregon
Oregon: NRA Files Comments Against Firearm Ban Initiative
Rhode Island Rhode Island
Rhode Island: House Judiciary to Consider Fix To Last Year's Domestic Violence Bill
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.