Weekly Spotlight 11/7-11/13/22
Election Recap: Pro-Second Amendment Candidates Backed by USCCA-FSL Secure Midterm Victories
After a number of close midterm races this week, we are very pleased to see that USCCA-FSL-supported candidates secured hard-fought victories. In the final weeks leading up to the election and with the support of thousands of supporters across the country, USCCA-FSL launched a high six-figure paid digital campaign nationally and in several key races for the House and Senate encouraging responsible gun owners to make their voices heard at the polls. We are proud to have played a role in a number of these successful races and congratulate these defenders of the Second Amendment:
- Ted Budd for Senate, North Carolina
- Anna Paulina Luna for Congress, FL-13
- Eli Crane for Congress, AZ-02
- Kevin Kiley for Congress, CA-03
- Wesley Hunt for Congress, TX-38
Thanks to important investments by the USCCA-FSL and other groups in key congressional races, we were able to successfully engage voters ahead of the election who wanted their right to self-defense upheld in Congress. Budd, Luna, Crane, Kiley and Hunt are all fervent supporters of the Second Amendment and will be critical voices in the fight to pass important legislation, like National Concealed Carry Reciprocity, in Congress next year. It’s more critical than ever that we have lawmakers in Washington who will fight back against anti-gun agendas that do nothing to help communities be safer, and instead, hurt law-abiding gun owners.
Leading up to the elections, House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik said that National Concealed Carry Reciprocity would be one of many Second Amendment-focused bills that a Republican Congress would look to move forward in its first 100 days. Now, with what will likely be a new Republican majority, it is our hope that Congress will focus its sights on passing this legislation to help law-abiding Americans protect themselves and their loved ones at all times.
Fortunately, with new leadership in the U.S. on the horizon, there will be stronger checks and balances involved in the creation of our nation’s policies. There will also be more meaningful oversight of critical agencies like the ATF and the IRS where unelected government regulators have been allowed to operate the last two years with little accountability.
As we head into 2023, we look forward to seeing all of our USCCA-FSL-backed candidates using their pro-Second Amendment voice to inform important policy decisions related to gun rights. As we’ve seen in recent years, millions of gun owners across the country are choosing to be their family’s first line of defense – and now we look forward to Congress standing up for their fundamental rights.
USCCA-FSL will remain engaged in advocating on behalf of everyday American gun owners, providing our supporters with the latest information and ensuring political leaders in Washington D.C. work for us.
OTHER NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:
- The Wall Street Journal: Judge Issues Second Ruling Blocking Parts Of New York’s New Gun Law
A federal judge issued a second ruling against New York’s new gun-control law and blocked its prohibitions on carrying concealed firearms in parks, bars and houses of worship. U.S. District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby in Syracuse said in a 184-page ruling that many aspects of New York’s law placed an unconstitutional burden on gun rights protected by the Second Amendment. He issued a preliminary injunction that barred the state from enforcing an array of restrictions and rules, including ones that required gun-permit applicants to demonstrate good moral character and provide information about their family members and social-media accounts.
The national gun rights group suing the state to get rid of Connecticut’s assault weapons is now asking a judge to repeal the law immediately. The National Association for Guns Rights filed a federal lawsuit in September, seeking to get rid of a ban on assault weapons in the state. Earlier Friday, they filed what’s called a preliminary injunction, asking the judge to immediately stop the state from enforcing the assault weapons ban while the case is ongoing.
You will be able to carry a firearm in any Alabama state park without a permit next year, according to a statement from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR). The department said it will follow the State of Alabama’s law when it comes to its firearm policy. “The State Park firearms policy is consistent with current Alabama law,” said Billy Pope, ADCNR’s director of communications and marketing. “The State Parks firearms rule will change on January 1, 2023 when the new Alabama law goes into effect and will not require written permission or a concealed carry permit for handguns.”