On January 15, 2021, the National Rifle Association announced it would be "dumping New York" and reincorporating in Texas. This is an historic move for NRA, which has been incorporated in New York since its 1871 founding. If you haven't been following events that led to this decision, you can read the letter from NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre to NRA members here, and find further details at nra.org/forward.
The presidential inauguration is days away and, unsurprisingly, the incoming administration has made no attempt to disguise its contempt for the Constitution and the Second Amendment rights protected therein. President-elect Joe Biden has nominated anti-gun judge Merrick Garland for Attorney General, which coincidentally follows a year in which an unprecedented number of Americans have exercised their gun rights. NRA-ILA is on top of all of the latest maneuvers in the anti-gun playbook, so check in regularly to see how you can help fight measures inevitably intended to strip you of rights endowed by your creator.
Meanwhile, undeterred by the agenda of incoming lawmakers, Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) has reintroduced a bi-partisan Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Read the details here.
Speaking of motivations, it won’t be long before ammunition purchases become a target by these same lawmakers, and Americans are responding by continuing to purchase and hoard ammo at an astounding rate—when they can find it. While saving enough ammo for protection of self and loved ones is indeed wise, there are physical and mental benefits to spending a little of those savings once in a while. Editor in Chief Ann Y. Smith outlines why it might be healthy to break open the ammo piggy bank, even in these most unusual times.
Switching gears, “Don’t knock it ‘till you try it” is one of those clichés that’s rooted deeply in truth, and nowhere is that more true than with hunting. There are a lot of cultural myths about hunting—all rooted in emotion and ignorance—and those myths can fool you into thinking that hunting just isn’t for you. If, however, you have a kernel of curiosity about trying out this ancient method of putting food on the table, you can expect a few (happy) surprises. Read three of them in this story by Executive Editor Wendy LaFever.
CrossBreed Holsters announced last week that is has expanded its operations in Springfield, Missouri, which will allow them to add more jobs to its workforce, and also focus on more innovative products. We can’t wait to see what comes out of the factory in 2021, considering that so many of its current product lineup is ideal for women. One of our favorites answers one of the core questions of off-body concealed carry: Must I buy a dedicated holster purse, or can I buy a holster and move it from purse to purse? As this video from our friends at CrossBreed shows, the Purse Defender is a concealed-carry holster that transforms any bag into a CCW purse.
Finally, the NRA is as only as strong as its membership—more than 5 million—comprised of many patriots who volunteer thousands of hours of their time to grassroots efforts in their individual states. While these dedicated members all deserve our undying gratitude, NRA-ILA has announced the winner of the 2019 Jay M. Littlefield Memorial NRA-ILA Volunteer of the Year Award, in recognition of the individual member for his meritorious defense of the Second Amendment. Read about the winner here.