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  • ACTION NEEDED: Make Some Noise about the SHUSH Act!

  • We are Within Striking Distance of Getting Concealed Carry Reciprocity

  • Support for Reciprocity Hits New Milestone

  • GOP Representatives Sticking to Their Guns

  • Gun Banners Trying to Hijack the Tragedy in Virginia

  • We’re So Close to Repealing Another Gun Ban

  • Hunting Under Attack in the U.S. Senate

  • Stop Schumer Gun Control!

  • Trump Signs GOA-Backed Repeal of Social Security Gun Ban

  • GOA Celebrates Another Huge Gun Rights Victory

  • Should the UN Dictate Your Right to Own a Gun?

  • I Need Your Help in Congress

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GOA News

  • Rand Paul Gun Rights
  • The Truth About Reciprocity
  • GOA Helps Hunters
  • Everytown Takes Victory Lap
  • Gun Measure Passes House

Rand Paul Pushes for Gun Rights in Health Bill

"“There is nothing to prevent the national health database for being trolled for PTSD, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s. (This means, of course, that many seniors could forget about passing on their guns as an inheritance to their children and grandchildren.)”

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[Video] The Truth About Concealed Carry Reciprocity

Your right to defend yourself shouldn't end when you travel. Check out the video below, then take action for reciprocity

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GOA helps hunters as PSAPs removed from FDA Reauthorization Act

“There’s a pretty good chance that these hunting devices would fall within Warren’s definition of ‘over-the-counter hearing aid.’ Which would mean that a new federal bureaucracy would be in charge of regulating hunting,” -- Erich Pratt

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Everytown Takes Victory Lap as Paul Ryan Lets National Reciprocity Stall

"...Gun Owners of America reported that it had 199 co-sponsors by June 21, 2017. Yet Second Amendment supporters have seen no action on the bill from Ryan or Congressional leadership."

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Pro-Second Amendment Measure Passes House Through FDA Funding Bill

Gun Owners of America criticized the Democrats’ legislation on the issue, Bearing Arms reported, saying in a letter back in May, “There’s a pretty good chance that these hunting devices would fall within Warren’s definition of ‘over-the-counter hearing aid.’"

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Look At Who Else Is Converting, Too

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Gun Owners Foundation


* Dr. Gary Kleck. A criminologist at Florida State University, Kleck began his research as a firm believer in gun control. But in a speech delivered to the National Research Council, he said while he was once "a believer in the 'anti-gun' thesis," he has now moved "beyond even the skeptic position." Dr. Kleck now says the evidence "indicates that general gun availability does not measurably increase rates of homicide, suicide, robbery, assault, rape, or burglary in the U.S."1

* James Wright. Formerly a gun control advocate, Wright received a grant from President Carter's Justice Department to study the effectiveness of gun control laws. To his surprise, he found that waiting periods, background checks, and all other gun control laws were not effective in reducing violent crime.2

Wright says at one time, "It seemed evident to me, we needed to mount a campaign to resolve the crisis of handgun proliferation." But he says, "I am now of the opinion that a compelling case for 'stricter gun control' cannot be made."3

* Every scholar who has "switched" has moved away from the anti-gun position. Dave Kopel, an expert in constitutional issues and firearms research, categorically states that, "Every scholar who has 'switched' has 'switched' to the side that is skeptical of controls. Indeed, most of the prominent academic voices who are gun control skeptics -- including law professor Sanford Levinson and criminologists Gary Kleck and James Wright -- are people who, when they began studying guns, were supporters of the gun control agenda."4

* Florida opponent of concealed carry admits the error of his ways: The state of Florida passed its concealed carry law in 1987 over vocal opposition from gun rights opponents. They claimed that once the state passed its carry law, the Sunshine State would become the Gunshine State, and that people would be shooting each other in the streets. It was a cute jingle, but it was totally false. FBI reports show that the homicide rate in Florida, which in 1987 was much higher than the national average, fell dramatically during its first 15-years in operation -- eventually putting the Florida rate below the national average.

Florida State Representative Ron Silver, who was the leading opponent of the law before it passed, graciously admitted several years later that he had been wrong. "There are lots of people, including myself," Rep. Silver said, "who thought things would be a lot worse as far as that particular situation [carry reform] is concerned. I'm happy to say they're not."5

* Texas cop becomes a convert: Texas passed a concealed carry law in 1995, and subsequently saw the state's murder rate drop 34 percent in the ensuing five years.

One of the chief opponents of the Texas law was Senior Cpl. Glenn White, who is president of the Dallas Police Association. White lobbied against the law in 1993 and 1995 because he thought it would lead to wholesale armed conflict. He admits, though, "All the horror stories I thought would come to pass didn't happen. No bogeyman. I think it's worked out well, and that says good things about the citizens who have permits. I'm a convert."6

Senior Cpl. White has joined the growing ranks of police officers who favor the right of citizens to carry firearms concealed. In a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Chiefs of Police, almost 70 percent of the officers polled agreed that "a national concealed handgun permit law [for private citizens] would reduce rates of violent crime."7

* Nationally syndicated columnist "sees the light." Mike Royko: "It pains me to say this, but the NRA seems to be right: The cities and states that have the toughest gun laws have the most murder and mayhem" (The Washington Times, September 13, 1993).


1Gary Kleck, speech delivered to the National Research Council, quoted in Don B. Kates, Jr., "Scholars' ignorant bias causes anti-gun sentiments," Handguns (June 1991), pp. 12-13.
2"Gun Critic Shifts His Position," The Denver Post (November 28, 1985).
3James D. Wright, "Second Thoughts About Gun Control," The Public Interest, 91 (Spring 1988):23, 25.
4Dave Kopel, "Guns, Germs, and Science: Public Health Approaches to Gun Control," 84 The Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia (June 1995): 272.
5Clayton E. Cramer and David B. Kopel, "'Shall Issue:' The New Wave of Concealed Handgun Permit Laws" (1994), p. 14.
6Scott Parks, "Charges Against Texans with Gun Permits Rise; Law's supporters, foes disagree on figures' meaning," Dallas Morning News (December 23, 1997).
7National Association of Chiefs of Police, 15th Annual National Survey of Police Chiefs & Sheriffs (2002), Question 10.

Self-Defense Corner

  • Minor Stops Potential Attacker
  • Gun Beats Knife
  • Cop Shoots Attacker
  • Car Thief Shot
  • Stand Your Ground

17-Year-Old Girl Fends Off Would-Be Attacker

Around 5 a.m. Monday morning, 17-year-old Kimber Wood received a phone call from her boyfriend and her parents, warning her of a man on the run from Spokane, WA Sheriff’s deputies.

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Police: Robbery Suspect with Knife Shot Multiple Times by Homeowner

Rancho Cucamonga Police confirm that a robbery suspect with a knife was shot multiple times Saturday by a homeowner with a gun.

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Off-Duty Officer Shoots And Kills Man Who Was Stabbing Woman

An alert off-duty police officer stopped a stabbing a few weeks ago after being alerted of a domestic dispute nearby.

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Would-be car thief with box cutter shot by car's owner

A man who attempted to steal a car on Thursday night is now in the hospital after being shot by the car's owner. 

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New Stand Your Ground Law used in Marion shooting

The Marion Police Department charged Matthew Boleyn, 37, with Disorderly Conduct and Criminal Mischief 4th degree on July 12.

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