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Includes ad hoc Internet groups, non-profit organizations.

National Pro-rights Sites

National Rifle Association (NRA)
http://www.nra.org/

NRA's site includes legislative updates, contact info for Congress and lots of great reference materials. The site is now divided into three sections: NRA HQ for Member Services, Safety and Marksmanship Training, Personal Safety, Hunting, NRA Live for News and Commentary including streaming audio and video, NRA ILA for Legislative Updates, State Firearms Laws, Interstate Transport, and reference material.

CLINTONGUNBAN.com
http://www.clintongunban.com/

NRA-ILA web site about the Bush and Clinton Federal so-called "assault-weapon" ban. See also the flash movie presentation "The truth about 'Assault Weapons'" at Flashbunny.org And also the Gun Owners of America Assault Weapons Ban Fact Sheet.


NRAWinningTeam.com
http://NRAWinningTeam.com/

Not sure the purpose of this page, but it seems to have a lot of useful information. "Created by and for NRA members -- the real winning team", it says.


Gun Owners of America
http://www.gunowners.org/

"Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue." Includes Alerts, Fact Sheets, Newsletters.


Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA)
http://www.ccrkba.org/
Second Amendment Foundation (SAF)
http://www.saf.org/

Craig Peterson has put CCRKBA/SAF online; great going Craig and crew! Writes Johann Opitz: "Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms: Offers the full text of How to Defend Your Gun Rights by Alan Gottlieb and David Kopel and The Journal on Firearms and Public Policy Volumes 5 and 6. Access to the searchable databases holding the organizations' publications; Supreme Court Cases since 1990; and all articles relating to the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Pointers to directories of files regarding the second amendment taken from archives."

SAF also has a web site devoted to U.S. v Emerson including the government's appeal. This is an important Second Amendment court case that could finally resolve our rights in the Supreme Court.


Firearms Coalition Online
http://www.nealknox.com/

Chris Knox makes the Firearms Coalition Online newsletters available by WWW. FCO is his version of the Neal Knox updates. Usually have lots of interesting and fresh gun rights info, including legislative updates.


Second Amendment Law Library
http://www.2ndlawlib.org/
(Constitution Society backup of Second Amendment Law Library at:)
http://www.constitution.org/2ll/2ll.htm

"Legal Scholarship on the Second Amendment." A great site collecting second amendment law review articles, other related articles, and links.


Second Amendment Legal Studies Association
http://www.SecondAmendmentLaw.com/

Promoting Second Amendment scholarship and debate in law schools, and legal research and scholarly works. "It is through robust, wide open debate that the true meaning of this important liberty is best shown." Some content is linked from Second Amendment Law Library.


The Lawyer's Second Amendment Society.
http://www.thelsas.org/
http://vikingphoenix.com/news/stn/2000/stn2000-006.htm

"The Lawyer's Second Amendment Society, Inc. is a network of attorneys and others dedicated to the preservation of the individual, inalienable right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights". Their web site includes Constitutional Documents, Second Amendment Legal discussions and analyses, posters, newsletter issues, etc.


The Journalist's Guide to Gun Policy Scholars and Second Amendment Scholars
http://www.gunscholar.org/

A guide to gun scholarship for journalists: "Featuring experts -- liberals, moderates, and conservatives -- whose research has led them to be skeptical of gun control". Compiled by Prof. Eugene Volokh, UCLA Law School.


CENTER-RIGHT
http://www.center-right.org/

Normally I don't include general political sites, but UCLA Professor Volokh has collected and authored some great scholarship on the Second Amendment. For example here's a local copy of his September 1998 U.S. Senate testimony on the Second Amendment. Volokh's site also includes links to his Constitutional Law class teaching notes such as: Sources on the Second Amendment and Rights to Keep and Bear Arms in State Constitutions and: The Second Amendment as Teaching Tool in Constitutional Law Classes

"CENTER-RIGHT is a free weeklyish electronic newsletter of centrist, conservative, and libertarian ideas.... CENTER-RIGHT is edited by Eugene Volokh, who teaches constitutional law and copyright law at UCLA Law School, and organized with the help of Terry Wynn and the Federalist Society."


National Center For Policy Analysis -- Crime and Gun Control
http://www.ncpa.org/pi/crime/crime.html

"The NCPA is a nonprofit public policy research institute. Our website offers a wealth of analysis, debate, and in-depth research from around the world." See the Self-Defense & Gun Control section for a good research collection. For example, See Brief Analysis No. 324, "Brief Analysis No. 324, "Texas Concealed Handgun Carriers: Law-abiding Public Benefactors," by H. Sterling Burnett.


Reason's Gun Page
http://www.reason.com/bi/guns.html

"A wealth of resources examining the war on firearms" from Reason Online, the online home of Reason Magazine, a thoughtful and influential libertarian political and cultural journal. "Reason has relentlessly challenged the misleading statistics, scare tactics, and dubious legal arguments used by gun control activists to advance their agenda."


The Center For The Study Of Crime
http://www.studycrime.org/

This is the first web site anywhere that specifically provides the type of training and information that will make all activists better and stronger activists! The Center For The Study Of Crime is not competing with other 2nd Amendment organizations -- we are complementing them. We are providing the training that will help any activist become more effective, without having to reinvent the wheel each time a new project or new issue is tackled.


Gun News Daily.com
http://www.gunnewsdaily.com/

'For all the latest "gun" news visit www.gunnewsdaily.com... This site sponsored and funded by the San Diego Rifle And Revolver Association as a service to all those who cherish their freedom.'


GunCite
http://www.guncite.com/

Gun Control and Second Amendment Issues.


Gunfacts.org
http://www.gunfacts.org/

Rapidly-indexed firearms rights quotes, statistics, law, links. "Speedy access to important, well sourced information that is helpful to the cause of preserving our right to keep and bear arms.... The right to defend one's self is a basic human right."


FlashBunny.org
http://www.flashbunny.org/

Excellent, short Flashmedia movies for educating people about arms rights and debunking gun control myths, including the so-called "ballistic fingerprinting" and "gun show loophole" and so-called "assault-weapon" lies.


Directed Fire
http://directedfire.com/

Information about protecting your self-defense rights, including Second Amendment Events, a way to get notified about shows, rallies, and other activities participate in.


Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Electronic Library
http://papers.ssrn.com/

Has both pro-rights and anti-rights academic research by folks such as John Lott, David Kopel, Phil Cook, others. For example search for the word "gun" or the author's name. You can also find full articles by their abstract number, such as Lott's "Multiple Victim Public Shootings, Bombings, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handgun Laws: Contrasting Private and Public Law Enforcement" and "Safe Storage Gun Laws: Accidental Deaths, Suicides, and Crime"


Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
http://www.jpfo.org/

"America's Most Aggressive Defender of Firearms Ownership."


AWARE
http://www.aware.org/

"AWARE's mission is to educate the public, organizations, and individuals about issues related to personal safety. AWARE is a source of training, information, and support for people, primarily women, learning how to cope with violence. AWARE training is focused on self-protection and self-defense skills that can enable women to avoid, resist, and survive situations ranging from low levels of aggression to extremely violent assault."


Women Against Gun Control Web Page
http://www.wagc.com/

"Women Against Gun Control is an organization committed to the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. We are dedicated to protecting every American's right to own and carry firearms."


Second Amendment Sisters
http://www.sas-aim.org/
http://www.2asisters.org/ (same site)
Second Amendment Sisters SAFER, or Second Amendment Freedoms for Everyone Rally in Washington D.C.
http://www.2asisters.org/SAFER/
Second Amendment Sisters State Chapters
http://www.2asisters.net/

Second Amendment Sisters is organizing Armed Informed Mothers' March, a counter-march to the Anti-Second Amendment Million Mom March scheduled for Washington D.C. on Mothers' Day May 14th, 2000. The Washington Post covered the Second Amendment Sister's counter-march.

Second Amendment Sisters again is organizing a counter-rally against the so-called "Million" Mom March this Mother's Day in Washington D.C. See their site for Rally information, flyers, travel info, etc. Please plan on attending in support of Arms Rights and the Second Amendment and against those who would take away our right to defend ourselves.


Mother's Arms
http://www.mothersarms.org/

"Mothers Arms is a non-profit organization created to inform, educate and support the development of self-reliant women nationwide who consider it a fundamental right and responsibility to protect their children, their property and themselves from human aggression and assault."


Law Enforcement Alliance of America
http://www.leaa.org/

"The Law Enforcement Alliance of America is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of law enforcement professionals, crime victims, and concerned citizens united for justice. Together, we fight for legislation at every level of government that reduces violent crime while preserving the rights of all citizens, particularly the right of self-defense. LEAA strives to keep political debate focused on criminal behavior and criminal punishment, and to communicate the shared opinion of the majority of law enforcement that gun control is not effective crime control."


Second Amendment Police Department
http://www.2ampd.net/

Their mission is: "To provide a political voice for American Police Officers who believe in personal freedoms, liberty and independence for ALL American Citizens".


Leroy Pyle's Paul Revere Network
http://www.paulrevere.org/

Leroy Pyle's Paul Revere Network includes a grassroots newsletter and other information.


Doctors for Integrity in Policy Research
http://www.dipr.org/

See also my research directory for some of Dr. Suter's work.


Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership
http://www.claremont.org/1_drgo.cfm

"Doctors for Responsible Gun a group of physicians, familiar with the use of medical statistics and quantitative has been formed to serve as an antidote to those who are twisting science to serve misguided ideological ends. It will turn the tables on those who would control crime by managing the lives of honest citizens, directing attention instead to the means of crime control that is suited to a free people: that is to say, controlling crime by controlling (i.e. incarcerating) criminals."


Doctors for Sensible Gun Laws
http://www.dsgl.org/

"Our mission is to educate our fellow doctors and their patients, the public, about gun laws that are counterproductive and the deceitful tactics of those who advocate gun control. We offer a healthy dose of common sense to the national gun debate by shedding light on what gun laws are sensible, and which ones most certainly are not."


Students for the Second Amendment
http://www.sf2a.org/

"Students for the Second Amendment is dedicated to the preservation and defense of our cherished freedoms enumerated in the Constitution of the United States. Especially that freedom which stands as the guarantor of all the others - the Second Amendment.

Students for the Second Amendment works on college and university campuses to bring the truth regarding our constitutionally protected rights to students who have been misled by the left-wing academic establishment."


Citizens of America
http://www.citizensofamerica.org/Default.htm

"COA is a non-profit organization with a single purpose. Every dollar received will go directly into COA's campaign to produce, distribute, and run extremely aggressive pro-firearm, pro-self-defense advertising that reaches ALL AMERICANS -- not just gun owners."


GunsSaveLives™
http://GunsSaveLives.com/

"The goal of the civic organization GunsSaveLives™ is to spread the facts that show firearms are beneficial. We believe that the basic human rights of self-preservation and bearing arms are absolute and inviolable."


Self-defense: a basic human right
http://www.a-human-right.com/

A discussion of the ethics and morality of self-defense.


Directed Fire
http://directedfire.com/

A campaign to educate our elected representatives about our Second Amendment rights. Has other simple but effective things we can each do to protect our rights, such as taking someone shooting and thereby diminishing their ignorance or fear of guns.


Amendment II Democrats
http://www.a2dems.net/

"Amendment II Democrats is currently a loose on-line confederation of progressive and moderate Democrats and like-minded individuals who are dedicated to fighting for a free and armed America where people are safe in their homes and communities and the Constitutional rights of all Americans are respected."


Second Amendment Committee
http://www.libertygunrights.com/

"The founder of the Second Amendment Committee, Bernadine Smith, is a political research writer and a gun rights activist. [...] In 1984 she formed the Second Amendment Committee which is a nationwide organization that provides information of benefit to those seeking a peaceful resolution to the gun crisis."


FundTheCause
http://www.FundTheCause.com/rkba

"By facilitating your monthly contributions to 2nd Amendment civil rights organizations you can make this happen. Register with FundTheCause and contribute as much as you like to" any of a dozen or so gun rights organizations.


www.awbansunset.com
http://www.awbansunset.com/

A grass-roots movement to end the so-called "Assault Weapon" ban of 1994. Here is a press release about the group's formation.


The Fifty Caliber Institute
http://www.fiftycal.org/

"The Fifty Caliber Institute is an national organization dedicated to the advancement of the .50 caliber shooting sports. FCI has a tradition of proud service to America's law enforcement and military services, helping to make our streets and nation safer. Drawing on top experts ranging from firearm manufacturers to aerospace engineers, FCI rebuts wild anti-gun claims with clear, documented facts."


rec.guns RKBA Homepage
http://www.recguns.com/rkba.html

The rec.guns RKBA Homepage has some nicely edited information on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

rec.guns FAQ Server (technical info)
http://www.recguns.com/

The rec.guns FAQ Server contains lots of good technical information about firearms and pointers to other resources. These pages are maintained by David M. Putzolu (and many other volunteers).


The American Shooting Sports Council
http://www.assc.org/

"The American Shooting Sports Council, Inc. (ASSC) is the firearm industry's trade association for legislative, legal and political issues. It is the only organization representing all segments of the firearm, ammunition, and shooting sports accessory industry. Its membership includes manufacturers, importers, wholesalers, retail dealers, sales representatives, trade and consumer publications, vendors and suppliers."

[Note: ASSC is the firearms industry trade association. In contrast, NRA is a user or consumer organization. The NRA no more represents firearms manufacturers than the American Automobile Association represents car manufacturers.]


American Firearms Industry Home Page
http://www.amfire.com/

"The World's Largest and Oldest Professional Firearms Retailers Association." This site includes technical and marketing information about firearms, and news and information about gun laws/control/rights.


Unofficial National Firearms Association (Canada) page
http://www.interlog.com/~remnevin/nfa/

"The United Voice of Canada's Firearms Owners," this page includes a position papers, newsletters, info on legislation, votes, etc.


The Canadian Firearms Home Page
http://teapot.usask.ca/cdn-firearms/homepage.html

This page is associated with the cdn-firearms mailing list. Includes Canada-specific and general arms rights info, links, and an ftp archive.


Union Citizen's Arms of Russia
http://www.samooborona.ru/

Union Citizen's Arms of Russia (Movement for right to carry firearm) is an organisation which will work in Russia for rights to carry firearms and own handguns.


Concealed Carry, Inc.
http://www.concealcarry.org/

"Concealed Carry, Inc. is dedicated to passing a Conceal Carry law in the 19 states that do not have one. We are starting with Illinois."


John Birch Society Gun Control Area
http://www.jbs.org/library/subject_gun_control.htm

Includes important material on gun control. Also includes pro-rights materials offered through an online store at: http://www.jbs.org/aobs/Department/gun_control.htm


Gun Owners Satellite Channel Association's The Shooting Express Network
http://www.gunownerstv.com/

Gun Owners Satellite Channel Association is creating The Shooting Express Network by buying sattelite time for firearms television programming. According to their web page they purchased and broadcast 24 hours of programming in May 1999. They're looking for memberships to fund more broadcasting, leading to a full time firearms channel.


National Center for Health Statistics
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/
Harvard Center for Risk Analysis
http://www.hcra.harvard.edu/

While not strictly speaking pro-gun organizations of course, their objective facts show that criminal use of firearms is not a leading cause of death. Heart disease, cancer, stroke and accidents are responsible for vastly more.

Anti-rights Sites

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence
http://www.bradycampaign.com/
The Legal Action Project of The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
http://www.gunlawsuits.org/
STOPtheNRA.com
http://www.stopthenra.com/site/PageServer
NRAblacklist.com
http://www.nrablacklist.com/

Formerly known as Handgun Control, Inc. and the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence (HCI & CPHV) this major anti-rights organization is now known as: The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, presumably divided into educational and lobbying branches. Also includes The Legal Action Project of The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which appears to be involved in anti-rights lawsuits.

Brady and MMM have spun of two incredibly stupid sites called STOPtheNRA.com and NRAblacklist.com. Both are accompanied by some hilarious show tunes.

"On October 1, 2001, the Million Mom March merged with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.":

Million Mom March
http://www.millionmommarch.com/

The so-called "Million Mom March" actually had a few thousand attendees, in contrast with the lying anti-gun media claiming about 750,000. ABC News' own aerial footage shows that the event occupied only a tiny fraction of the Washington D.C. Mall. See video stills at Etherzone and FreeRepublic

Reason Express points out some of the falsehoods and distortions being circulated by MMM, and Jacob Sullum comments in his syndicated weekly column that can also be found on the Reason Online Gun Resources page.


Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV)
http://www.csgv.org/
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV)
http://www.efsgv.org/

The Gunfree Web Site includes sites of two related major anti-rights organizations:

CSGV and EFSGV in turn have created or participate in several other organizations or web sites:

Assault Weapons: Ban Them Now
A site dedicated to banning so-called "Assault Weapons." Includes documents such as the CSGV report "Killing Machines: The Case for Banning Assault Weapons" and model legislation for such gun bans.
Firearms Litigation Clearinghouse
"The Firearms Litigation Clearinghouse (FLC) was established in 1981 to facilitate the reduction of firearms injuries through the use of the civil justice system."
Justice for Gun Victims
"Justice for Gun Victims is a national campaign of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, to oppose and eliminate special treatment for the gun industry and to educate the public about pending immunity legislation at the state and federal level."
Candidates On Guns
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV)'s "website designed as a clearinghouse for information on Presidential candidates' positions on the gun violence prevention issue."
The Ymedia Project
Apparently a youth anti-rights indoctrination campaign, the 'Ymedia Project is an updated, expanded version of the original "Hands Without Guns" program.'

The Violence Policy Center page, formerly at Gunfree, now has its own URL below.

What the above anti-rights organizations lack in membership they seem to compensate for in spawning a plethora of front organizations. Presumably the intent is to create the illusion that there is a broad base of many organzations supporting their anti-freedom position, when in fact there are a relatively few people and a couple groups actually behind several of them.


Violence Policy Center
http://www.vpc.org/

The Violence Policy Center is a non-profit anti-gun organization presenting firearms as a "health crisis". VPC actively lobbies for state, local and federal legislation restricting arms rights. They are having some success at the state level in having government consumer safety bureaucrats ban firearms or make difficult their ownership, declaring them inherently dangerous objects. The VPC web site was formerly at Gunfree above.

See Dr. Edgar Suter's Guns in the Medical Literature -- A Failure of Peer Review and Violence in America - Effective Solutions for excellent research refuting these claims.


Physicians for Social Responsibility -- Violence Prevention Program
http://www.psr.org/violence.html

"PSR's Violence Prevention Program is building a national Violence Prevention Network of physicians, public health professionals, PSR staff and supporters working to reduce firearms and domestic violence."


The Joyce Foundation
http://www.joycefdn.org/programs/gunviolence/gunviolencemain-fs.html

The Joyce Foundation funds other anti-gun organizations, such as Join Together above, and others. There is a list of their anti-gun grantees on their site. Among the many are Violence Policy Center and Physicians for Social Responsibility.


Americans for Gun Safety
http://www.americansforgunsafety.com/

Supported by Monster.com founder Andrew McKelvey, Americans for Gun Safety claims to be centrist and non-partisan but their "Possible Solutions" are a rehash of tired old "gun control" infringements of our rights. AGS does not mention any positive uses of guns including at least a million defenses against crime a year. No reasonable person could consider this to be a centrist or non-partisan viewpoint since these life-saving facts are ignored.

If McKelvey and AGS had any true interest in promoting gun safety it would support the efforts of the NRA who have been teaching safety and marksmanship classes for more than 100 years. NRA has done more to concretely enhance gun safety than any other organization.


GunRegistration.org
http://www.gunregistration.org/

An online petition in support of U.S. Senator Jack Reed's (Democrat from Rhode Island) Handgun Safety and Registration Act of 2000, S. 2099. Supported by Handgun Control, Inc., Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Violence Policy Center, Physicians for Social Responsibility.

S. 2099 would treat handguns the same as machine guns meaning "photographs, fingerprints, and background checks on all transfers of handguns, as well as registration of the firearms and those who own them, restrictions on interstate transportation, etc. Registration information would be available for online access by state & local law enforcement officials." (from NRA-ILA fact sheet on S. 2099)


The Trauma Foundation
http://www.tf.org/

The Trauma Foundation is an anti-gun organization masquerading as a public health organization. Since 1975, it has been housed at San Francisco General Hospital, which is a city-owned facility.

"The Trauma Foundation received grants from The Goldman Fund in 1998 and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation in the year 1999 to create The Bell Campaign, the mission of which was to prevent gun death and injury, and to support victims of gun trauma. In mid-June of 2000, The Bell Campaign's Board of Directors voted to change the official name of the organization to the Million Mom March Foundation and later created the Million Mom March. For nearly three years the Trauma Foundation served as the incubator for The Bell Campaign/Million Mom March and developed its program to serve the needs of survivor advocates"


Physicians for a Violence-free Society
http://www.pvs.org/

Pacific Center for Violence Prevention, formerly at http://www.pcvp.org/ seems to have merged into a similar organization with a new name "Physicians for a Violence-free Society", which was kicked out of their Dallas location apparently for their anti-gun political activity, much as the previous incarnation of the PCVP was in San Francisco. The PVS history page downplays their gun ban activities, but their legislation page lists only anti-gun legislation.


Lawyers, Guns and Money
http://www.lawyersgunsandmoney.com/

Infomation about the coalition of Trial Lawyers and Left-Wing activist lawyers involved in the recent lawsuits by cities against firearms manufacturers and distributors.


Police Foundation
http://www.policefoundation.org/

"The purpose of the Police Foundation is to help the police be more effective in doing their job, whether it be deterring robberies, intervening in potentially injurious family disputes, or working to improve relationships between the police and the communities they serve."

Based on their inclusion of biased anti-gun publications, the Police Foundation appears to have a one-sided political agenda which has little to do with effective, just policing or crime reduction. I've never met a street cop who believes "gun control" will reduce crime or affect criminals.


Silent March
http://www.silentmarch.org/

"The Silent March will be holding demonstrations with an emphasis on the children & adolescents killed by guns." Has various anti-gun agenda items.


Coalition for Peace Action
http://www.peacecoalition.org/

An anti-gun group apparently headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey.


Mother Jones
http://www.mojones.com/

Mother Jones on violence in the media, "widespread availability of firearms," and so on. Pieces by anti-rights, anti-self-defense leaders.


Children Now
http://www.childrennow.org/

An organization calling for firearms bans claiming they present a threat to children. Their statistics are not current.

See David Kopel's Children and Guns: Sensible Solutions for accurate information about children and firearms which refutes these claims and instead offers practical solutions addressing the underlying sources of youth crime.


Handgun Epidemic Lowering Plan (HELP)
http://www.childmmc.edu/HELP/helphome.htm
Violent Injury Prevention Center (VIPC)
http://www.childmmc.edu/cmhweb/cmhotherdepts/Advocacy/VIPC/VIPChome.htm

The HELP Network is located at the Violent Injury Prevention Center (VIPC) of Children's Memorial Medical Center in Chicago. It seeks to ban handguns by blaming firearms for violence ("the modern plague caused by firearms") and framing their arguments in public health terms.

See Dr. Edgar Suter's Guns in the Medical Literature -- A Failure of Peer Review and Violence in America - Effective Solutions for excellent research refuting these claims. See also David Kopel's Children and Guns: Sensible Solutions for accurate information about children and firearms.


Firearm Injury Center of the Medical College of Wisconsin
http://www.mcw.edu/fic/

"The Firearm Injury Center is dedicated to the reduction of firearm injuries and deaths. The Center provides comprehensive, objective, accurate information and analysis of firearms and related morbidity and mortality."

Noble goals, but the researchers completely ignore the possiblility that firearms have a beneficial use, specifically deterrance of and effective defense against crime. No scientifically valid or intellectually honest study of the social impact of firearms would leave out more than half the data.


Pluto Press (Australia)
http://media.socialchange.net.au/pluto/

Over Our Dead Bodies: Port Arthur and the fight for gun control by Simon Chapman of the Public Health and Community Medicine Department, University of Sydney is self-described as "an insider's view of the struggle for gun control:"

The Port Arthur massacre on 28 April 1996, when 35 people were shot dead by Martin Bryant, transformed Australia's gun control debate. Massive public outrage over the years of political spinelessness in confronting the gun lobby levered politicians from all sides of politics into supporting Prime Minister John Howard's resolve to outlaw semi-automatic weapons, register all guns and tighten the reasons allowed for owning a gun. 640,000 semi-automatic guns were bought- back from shooters in the world's largest buy-back operation.
Note that the buyback was not voluntary; i.e. this was the Australian government forcing confiscation of millions of privately owned firearms from its citizens then destroying them.
Small Arms Survey
http://www.smallarmssurvey.org/

An international anti-gun group based on the following false premise:

The proliferation of small arms and light weapons represents a grave threat to human security. The unchecked spread of these weapons has exacerbated inter- and intra-state conflicts, contributed to human rights violations, undermined political and economic development, destabilized communities, and devastated the lives of millions of people.

Regional Pro-rights Sites

Note that a list of NRA affiliated state associations can be found at the NRA HQ site. State-specific alerts and information can be found at NRA-ILA.

(alphabetical by state)

Arizona Gun Owners
http://www.azgo.org/

"Arizona Gun Owners, AzGO, exists not only to preserve, but to revitalized the individual's right to keep and bears arms for one's self defense in Arizona as well as in America. We believe in the strict constructionists viewpoint of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution."


Brassroots (Arizona)
http://www.brassroots.org/

"It is our intention to preserve Americans' natural and Constitutional right to self defense. Brassroots intends to achieve our goal by disseminating information, facilitating grassroots projects and recognizing the efforts of the individuals who make this possible."


California Rifle and Pistol Association
http://www.crpa.org/

Official Website of the California Rifle and Pistol Association. Includes current CA legislative info!


The NRA Members' Councils of California
http://nramemberscouncils.com/

"A coordinated effort of NRA Members' Councils and activists in California. Information, reports, charts, graphs and flyers, obtained through countless hours of research, provide much of the information contained herein."

Includes the 'California Firearms & Self-Defense Civil Rights Litigation Reporter Published monthly by Trutanich - Michel, LLP, and Benenson & Kates, Attorneys At Law'. Want to find the status of pro-rights lawsuits in California? This is the place.


The Golden Gate United NRA Members Council
http://www.ggnra.org/

"The Golden Gate United NRA Members Council is a voluntary legislative action group."

NRA Members' Council of Silicon Valley
http://www.ca-rkba.org/nra-sv/

NRA Members Council of Alameda County
http://www.alamedanramc.org/
Calguns.net
http://www.calguns.net/

"Calguns.net. The California Firearms Owner's Home On The Internet Working Together To Preserve Our Freedoms"


The Calguns Foundation
http://www.calgunsfoundation.org/

"The Calguns Foundation is a grassroots civil rights organization whose goals are:

(1) To support the California firearms community by promoting education for all stakeholders about California and Federal firearms laws, rights and privileges.
(2) To defend and protect the civil rights of California gun owners.
(3) To support the unique public discussion forum at Calguns.net."


Golden State 2nd Amendment Council
http://www.gs2ac.com/

The Golden State Second Amendment Council is an independent firearms rights organization dedicated to the advancement of the right to keep and bear arms in California.


California RKBA Central
http://www.ca-rkba.org/

California RKBA Central is a site "dedicated to providing information and resources to aid in the fight for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms."


Rocky Mountain Gun Owners
http://www.rmgo.org/

"Based in Denver, Colorado, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is Colorado's largest state-based gun lobby. It is a group solely dedicated to the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Our strategy is simple: don't give an inch."


Florida Sport Shooting Association
http://www.flssa.org/

FSSA is the NRA affiliated state club in Florida. It is "An organization of firearms owners, collectors, hunters and competitive shooters who work together to promote shooting sports and protect the interest of firearms owners throughout the State of Florida."


Second Amendment Coalition of Florida
http://www.sacfla.org/

"Our mission is to educate publicly elected officials and the media as to the true meaning of the Second Amendment and it's importance in America's history and future. It is evident, from our forefather's writings, that the individual citizen's right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right to be exercised for the protection of one's self and one's personal freedoms, one's family, property, and country.

This basic right, one of 'nature's laws' has been guaranteed by the United States Constitution. As all rights are afforded to all persons, none shall be abridged, denied, violated, or infringed."


North Central Florida Sportsman Association
http://www.afn.org/~ncfsa/whatis.htm

"The N.C.F.S.A. promotes safety through its efforts to provide a safe place for local gun owners to shoot, provides assistance to youth groups teaching young people to safely handle firearms, provides low cost instruction in home firearm safety to individuals and small groups, and encourages the adoption of required firearms safety courses in the public schools. ...

Members of the N.C.F.S.A. consider the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to be the Keystone of that document. The N.C.F.S.A. takes an active role in promoting the importance of and preserving the Second Amendment."


Northeastern Illinois gun rights page
http://www.concentric.net/~peatea56/index.shtml

peatea56@cris.com-nospam's home page helps keep northeastern Illinois shooters informed of local events.


Kansas State Rifle Association
http://www.xmission.com/~chad/egs/clubs/KSRA/ksra.html

"Kansas State Rifle Association is a non-profit group organized to promote the shooting sports and firearms training/education in the State."


Maryland Citizens Defense League
http://www.mcdl.org/

"The Premier Firearms-Rights and Pro-Liberty Organization in Maryland."


Maryland Citizens for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
http://www.mcrkba.org/


Direct Action
http://www.direct-action.org/

"A Maryland project dedicated to defending our civil rights."


Montgomery Citizens For A Safer Maryland
http://www.mcsm.org/

"We believe the Second Amendment is essential for real safety, security and freedom both in our local community and our nation."


Gun Owners' Action League
http://www.goal.org/

"Gun Owners' Action League is the only fulltime organization in Massachusetts that fights for the rights of gun owners and sportsmen."


Harvard Law School Target Shooting Club
http://www.economics.harvard.edu/~volokh/guns.html

Sasha Volokh's Harvard Law School Target Shooting Club gives HLS students a chance to get familiar with and learn to safely shoot firearms. It also provides a way for them to learn about related constitutional, public policy, historical and cultural issues.

Harvard Law School Target Shooting Club along with the Democrats Club sponsored a debate about gun control and the Second Amendment on 4/8/03 featuring Sasha's brother Eugene Volokh along with Alan Dershowitz and Dennis Henigan. The 2-hour panel discussion is available for viewing online with Real Media.


Brass Roots (Michigan)
http://www.brassrootsusa.org/

"Brass Roots is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the political defeat of elected officials who offer or support any rule, legislation, or judgement that denies the people of Michigan the exercise of their inalienable right to Keep and Bear Arms." Hear, hear!


Minnesota Gun Owners' Action League Home Page
http://www.winternet.com/~gray/GOAL/

"The Minnesota Gun Owners' Action League can perhaps be best defined as the Minnesota equivalent of the NRA. We work to keep our members informed of important events throughout Minnesota that effect those of us who choose to exercise our 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms. We work in cooperation--not competition--with the NRA, GOA, and other national and state level groups."


Gun Owners of Nevada
http://www.gonv.org/

"Gun Owners of Nevada; The no-compromise gun lobby for the Silver State"


The Nevada CCW Organization
http://www.nvccw.org/

Home of a Concealed Carry Permit reciprocity petition.


Coalition of New Jersey Sportsmen
http://www.monmouth.com/~cnjs

Their www page has the latest information concerning firearms issues in New Jersey, including:


NJCCW.Com
http://NJCCW.Com/

Support ‘Shall-Issue’ concealed carry permits in New Jersey.


The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
http://www.nysrpa.org/

"The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is the state's largest and oldest firearms advocacy organization. Since 1871, our organization has been dedicated to the preservation of Second Amendment rights, firearm safety, education and training, and the shooting sports. Our membership consists of individuals and clubs throughout the state. We are a not-for-profit organization and the official NRA-affiliated State Association in New York."

RPA-PAC
http://www.RPA-PAC.org/

"The official Political Action Committee of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.... RPA-PAC is raising funds to support the candidacies of those who will defend and promote our rights in state and local elected office. RPA-PAC is not engaged in federal elections. RPA-PAC gives New York gun owners the ability to pool their resources and contribute to campaigns in ways that will make people take notice. The RPA-PAC Contributions Committee will select candidates not based upon their party affiliation, but rather on their stand on issues important to gun owners. Contributions will go directly to candidates, not to political parties or 3rd party committees."


Shooters' Committee On Political Education (SCOPE)
http://www.scopeny.org/

"SCOPE'S Mission:

  1. Inform members about anti-gun/gun owner legislation
  2. Stop antigun/gun owner legislation in New York State
  3. Educate the public on the positive aspects of firearm ownership, and their Second Amendment rights
SCOPE is a New York State Not For Profit Volunteer Organization dedicated to the preservation of the Second Amendment."
North Carolina Firearms Resource Page
http://www.ca-rkba.org/ncrkba

Alex Knight's firearms page for North Carolina. Info. from State and local shooting organizations, legislative news, match schedules, and other items of interest to N.C. shooters and gun owners.


Ohioans For Concealed Carry, Inc.
http://www.ofcc.net/

'We are the citizens and voters of Ohio.... All of us understand how a constitutionally armed society reduces violent crime.... The State of Ohio Bill of Rights clearly states the citizens of Ohio are guaranteed the right to bear arms for their "self defense and security". Our purpose is to drive this fact home in the Ohio Legislature. '


Oregon Gun Owners
http://www.ogo.org/

"Oregon Gun Owners has been protecting firearms rights in Oregon for over twenty-five years. Our philosophy is simple and clearly defined. Our goal is the preservation of our right as a free people to own and use firearms for legitimate purposes including self defense, collecting, target shooting and hunting. In accordance with that right, we emphasize and promote responsible and safe ownership of all firearms. Through our Education Foundation, we support and fund programs designed to promote gun safety."


Oregon Firearms Federation
http://www.oregonfirearms.org/

"Oregon's Only No Compromise Gun Lobby"


The Oregon Shooting Page
http://www.teleport.com/~hcm/

Michael F. Hines' (hcm@teleport.com-nospam) Oregon Shooting Page includes information on local clubs, shooting competitions, legislation, and firearms carry permits in OR.


Oregon Council on Firearm Rights
http://www.wvi.com/~timothyw/OCFR/

A group providing information and organizing activity around: 2nd Amendment Rights, Firearm Safety & Self-Defense Education, Oregon Firearm Information.


University Of Pittsburgh, Panther Pistol & Rifle Club
http://www.pitt.edu/~jagst18/Panther.html

"We are a group of responsible gun owners and shooters who occasionally make it to a range to shoot pistols, rifles, and/or shotguns. We like to introduce people to our sport in a safe responsible manner. If you never handled a firearm before we have members who are NRA certified instructors who are willing to introduce you to shooting."


Texas State Rifle Association
http://www.tsra.com/

"The primary objective of Texas State Rifle Association is to defend your firearm ownership rights. When the officers and directors appear before the Texas Legislature or city or county governments to defend your gun rights, the number of voters for whom they speak is on the representative's minds. We take a strong, no compromise, position in the defense of your rights."


The Texas Concealed Handgun Instructor Association
http://www.txchia.org/

The Texas Concealed Handgun Instructor Association (TCHIA) is a non-profit professional association for Texas Concealed Handgun Instructors and Concealed Carry Permit Holders from all over the United States. Their site includes a copy of Sturdevant's study of arrest data showing that concealed handgun permit holders are 7.5 to 7.7 times less likely to be arrested for violent crime than Texans in general. Conviction rates are even lower since permit holders involved in a justified shooting are often arrested until the district attornies can sort out the circumstances. Most are cleared of wrongdoing and not convicted.


Civil Liberties Defense Foundation
http://www.libertydefense.com/

Several Texas Legislators are suing the cities who are suing gun manufacturers on the grounds that such lawsuits violate the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the Interstate Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Civil Liberties Defense Foundation is seeking donations to fund this interesting case. In addition to U.S v. Emerson, this may be another way to force the U.S. Supreme Court to address the Second Amendment. As such it could have national implications.


Utah Precision Marksmanship Society (UPMS)
http://www.slpsa.org/UPMS

"The Utah Precision Marksmanship Society (UPMS) is a tax-exempt, publicly supported, non-profit 501(c)3 corporation founded to support amateur athletics, particularly the shooting sports. We are actively involved in: education, training, and competition."


Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
http://www.vcdl.org/

"VCDL is the premier Firearms-Rights and Pro-Liberty Organization in Virginia. VCDL is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to defending the civil rights of all Virginians. The membership considers the Right to Keep and Bear Arms to be an essential civil right."


Washington State Rifle & Pistol Association
http://www.wsrpa.org/

The official NRA Affiliate in Washington State. Site is "for sparking interest and informing the WSRPA membership about competitive shooting, firearm legislation and related Second Amendnent issues"


Washington Arms Collectors
http://www.halcyon.com/wac/

An NRA affiliated club also active in legislation, recreation, etc.


Wisconsin Gun Owners, Inc.
http://www.wisconsingunowners.org/

"Wisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. (WGO) is [...] solely dedicated to the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the safe storage, handling and use of firearms and the intelligent defense of the liberties this country was founded upon."


Women Against Gun Control Washington State Chapter
http://www.carriesdesigns.com/wawagc/

Recreational, Self-Defense and Other Sites

National Shooting Sports Foundation
http://www.nssf.org/

The NSSF Shooting Page is a great collection of fact sheets about various types of competitive shooting, from trap and skeet to Olympic competition and things between. See also their resources on Ballistic Imaging also known as so-called "ballistic fingerprinting."


Shooters' Online Services
http://www.shooters.com/

A good general introduction to firearms and the shooting sports.


International Practical Shooting Confederation -- practical shooting competition
http://www.shadow.net/ipsc.html

The IPSC Home Page includes an IPSC FAQ and an announcement for the IPSC Mail List. See also a related page of the International Range Officers Association at: http://fox.nstn.ca/~iroa .


The United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA)
http://www.uspsa.org/

"The United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) is [...] the organizing body for the sport of practical shooting in the United States. The USPSA is affiliated with the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) which is the governing body for the sport on a worldwide basis."

See also the:

USPSA Northwest Section
http://www.halcyon.com/ipscone/nwpage.html

and the:

Custer (WA) Sportsmen's Club IPSC/USPSA site
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/N2IPSC/ipscatcu.htm
The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)
http://www.idpa.com/

IDPA differs from USPSA in that it uses: 'practical equipment including full charge service ammunition to solve simulated "real world" self-defense scenarios. Shooters competing in Defensive Pistol events are required to use practical handguns and holsters that are truly suitable for self-defense use. No "competition only" equipment is permitted in Defensive Pistol matches'.


Firearms Tactical Institute
http://www.firearmstactical.com/

"We're publisher of FIREARMSTACTICAL(tm), an electronic magazine specializing in the tactical employment of firearms against deadly threats.


International Wound Ballistics Association
http://www.iwba.com/

"The IWBA is devoted to the medical and technical study of wound ballistics, including evaluation of literature in the field as well as encouraging and promoting new work in wound ballistics. "


Shotgun Report
http://www.interactive.net/~auric/index.html

Specializing in the shotgun sports, Shotgun Report is a WWW version of newsletter, Reload!, by the Connecticut Travelers Sporting Clays Association. The Technoid section deals with the technical aspects of shotgun shooting.


International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association
http://bulldog.afsc.k12.ar.us/pages/ihmsa.html

The International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association (IHMSA) started in 1976 to promote handgun silhouette competition. The object of the competition is to knock down metallic silhouettes (chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams) at various ranges to a maximum of 200 meters. [excerpted from page]


Fast Draw Page
http://www.gunfighter.com/fastdraw/index.html

A page about the fast draw shooting sport. Fast draw "combines a well tuned single-action revolver, 'full-powder' blanks or wax bullets, and a lightning fast draw to create the fastest timed sport in the world."


Women's Guide -- Gun Safety and Violence Prevention
http://www.netguide.com/Snapshot/Archive?guide=Women&id=1159

An article on firearms issues for women, with links to pro and anti-rights organizations. Note that most of the statistics cited on the anti-rights Gun Safety sections are grossly inaccurate. See some of the links for those organizations here for counter-references.


Where To Shoot
http://www.wheretoshoot.org/

The "Where to Shoot!" website by the National Shooting Sports Foundation assists shooting sports enthusiasts at all levels to quickly locate sportsman's clubs, shooting ranges, preserves, and hunting grounds -- both in their own neighborhood and across North America.


California Outdoors -- Guns Clubs
http://caoutdoors.com/Gun_Clubs.htm

Listing of California gun clubs and shooting ranges.


TASC: The Tuesday Action Shooting Club
http://tasc-ipsc.org/

"TASC is a USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) club that conducts IPSC style shooting matches in Northern California's Silicon Valley / South Bay area."

TASC sponsors a Charity Match which raises thousands of dollars anunually for the local "Toys for Tots" program: "The Bay Bridge Charity Classic, held for the last six years, has produced over $74,000 in toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots."


BayProfs
http://www.bayprofs.com/

BayProfs is a not-for-profit organization in Silicon Valley offering classes in Firearms Safety, Basic Pistol, and Personal Protection. Our objective is to educate and train the public in the safe ownership, use, and storage of firearms.


Chabot Gun Club
http://www.chabotgunclub.com/
Richmond Rod & Gun Club
http://www.ggnra.org/RichmondRod&GunClub.htm
Sunnyvale Rod & Gun Club
http://srgc.simplenet.com/
Los Altos Rod and Gun Club
http://www.losaltosrodandgunclub.com/
Pacific Rod & Gun Club
http://www.ggnra.org/pacific.htm
Santa Clara County Field Sports Park
http://www.parkhere.org/channel/0,4770,chid%253D16490%2526sid%253D12761,00.html

Formerly owned by Winchester and also known as the Metcalf range because it's on Metcalf Road off Highway 101 in Southern Santa Clara County, the range is now run by the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department. Has 200 yard positions and Trap and Skeet stations.


Warrior's Integrated Training in Self Defense (WITS)
http://www.dtmms.org/wits/

Warrior's Integrated Training in Self Defense (WITS) Offers Firearms Training and Self Defense Courses in Scottsdale, Arizona.


The Airboat Association of Florida
http://www.aaof.com/

The Airboat Association of Florida is a non-profit conservation organization whose site includes information about firearms and hunting, safety training classes and other recreational activities.


Fish Creek Ventures
http://www.dpcsys.com/

Specializes in providing tactical, defensive, and competition firearms training to civilians, law enforcement officials. Gun handling, marksmanship, and tactical training courses taught by NRA ceritifed instructor. Gunsmithing services available. Offers metal reaction and paper targets for handgun and rifle shooting. Training available. Join us on at our newly built shooting range in SW Montana, The Fish Creek Gun Club.


Yahoo Firearms Policy page
http://dir.yahoo.com/Society_and_Culture/Issues_and_Causes/Firearms_Policy/

Firearms sites listed at the big collection of URLs.


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