Exempt From Disclosure Rules, NRA Drops Opposition to Post-Citizens United Bill

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Yesterday, we reported that in response to pressure from the National Rifle Association and other groups, House Democrats decided to exempt the NRA and some other large organizations from the DISCLOSE Act, which will require corporate funders of campaign ads to attach disclosure messages to the ads.

It seems the NRA is satisfied — here’s a statement it just sent out:

STATEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION ON H.R. 5175, THE DISCLOSE ACT

The National Rifle Association believes that any restrictions on the political speech of Americans are unconstitutional.

In the past, through the courts and in Congress, the NRA has opposed any effort to restrict the rights of its four million members to speak and have their voices heard on behalf of gun owners nationwide.

The NRA’s opposition to restrictions on political speech includes its May 26, 2010 letter to Members of Congress expressing strong concerns about H.R. 5175, the DISCLOSE Act. As it stood at the time of that letter, the measure would have undermined or obliterated virtually all of the NRA’s right to free political speech and, therefore, jeopardized the Second Amendment rights of every law-abiding American.

The most potent defense of the Second Amendment requires the most adamant exercise of the First Amendment. The NRA stands absolutely obligated to its members to ensure maximum access to the First Amendment, in order to protect and preserve the freedom of the Second Amendment.

The NRA must preserve its ability to speak. It cannot risk a strategy that would deny its rights, for the Second Amendment cannot be defended without them.

Thus, the NRA’s first obligation must be to its members and to its most ardent defense of firearms freedom for America’s lawful gun owners.

On June 14, 2010, Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives pledged that H.R. 5175 would be amended to exempt groups like the NRA, that meet certain criteria, from its onerous restrictions on political speech. As a result, and as long as that remains the case, the NRA will not be involved in final consideration of the House bill.

The NRA cannot defend the Second Amendment from the attacks we face in the local, state, federal, international and judicial arenas without the ability to speak.  We will not allow ourselves to be silenced while the national news media, politicians and others are allowed to attack us freely.

The NRA will continue to fight for its right to speak out in defense of the Second Amendment. Any efforts to silence the political speech of NRA members will, as has been the case in the past, be met with strong opposition.

“The NRA will not be involved in final consideration of the House bill,” it can be inferred, is the organization’s way of saying that it won’t unleash its war chest and lobbying force against the bill as long as it remains exempt from the disclosure provision.

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Do not let this go. Tell the NRA to fight this bill. They can not just walk away from this. Call them today To contact NRA-ILA call 800-392-8683.


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Comment posted June 16, 2010 @ 4:36 pm

Can you imagine the complaints the Republicans would have if instead the AFL-CIO benefited from the loophole? This is really absurd. No huge group/ corporation should receive an 87 million dollar loophole.
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Comment posted June 17, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

How long till the NRA accepts an exemption for 2nd Amendment right infringements? How about the 3rd? How soon till we have to join the NRA or other Union to collectively bargain for the rights that we already have inalienably?

Shame on the NRA and shame on the Democrats for continuing to use back room deals to get legislation passed.


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I, for one, do not have to be a member of the NRA, to protest any bills to restrict the first amendment. The southern states, are different animals, and we will not abide by any laws, which will restrict or nullify the first or second amendment. We do not think the same way acorn people do.


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