are not a fully qualified member until you attend the orientation.
Also, don't forget that all new members are entitled to shoot in one club match per shooting discipline free of charge. Look over that match schedule, and come out and experience the fun of competition shooting.

News from the NRA
Here's some news from the NRA ILA news page, available on the Internet at www.nraila.org. This information is provided as a service of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, Fairfax, VA. Reprinted with permission.

SUPPORT S. 659 AS VOTE DRAWS NEAR
In recent months, we have frequently reported on one of NRA-ILA's top legislative priorities in Congress, the passage of S. 659, the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act."  Dozens of national associations, unions, wildlife conservation groups, and shooting sports organizations-- representing literally millions of dedicated members, workers, and sportsmen--have already expressed their unqualified support for this critically important legislation which seeks to protect America's firearm manufacturers and dealers from malicious, predatory lawsuits.
It is likely that we will have a vote on this crucial legislation in the coming weeks.  It is also quite likely that the gun-banners in Congress will do all they can to add anti-gun amendments to the bill in a last ditch attempt to dilute it.  Therefore, as we await a vote on this crucial legislation, it is imperative that you continue to contact your U.S. Senators and urge them to fully support S. 659 without any anti-gun amendments!  Ask them to do everything in their power to end these meritless lawsuits and ensure that this essential legislation is approved as written.  Let your Senators know that it is impera-

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tive they cosponsor and fully support S. 659.
In addition, please continue to urge your U.S. Representative and your Senators to oppose current legislation seeking to expand the 1994 Clinton gun ban--H.R. 2038, S. 1431, and S. 1034.  You can find contact information for your elected officials by using the "Write Your Representatives" tool at www.NRAILA.org, or you can call your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121 and your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121.

NO PROOF THAT GUN CONTROL LAWS REDUCE VIOLENCE
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of  a broad-ranging federal review of the nation's gun-control laws.  The CDC appointed task force, made up of 14 academic, business, and government health experts,  reviewed 51 studies to determine whether gun laws do, in fact, prevent violent crimes, firearm- related accidents, or suicides.  Included in the laws reviewed were bans on specific firearms or ammunition, mandatory registration and licensing, mandatory waiting periods, right to carry, and restrictions on firearm purchases.
What results did this study find?  In every case, the CDC task force found "insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws."  In short, a thorough review of 51 published studies concerning the effectiveness of eight different types of gun control laws found no conclusive proof that these measures reduce violent crimes, accidents, or suicide.
Commenting on the findings, Dr. Edgar Suter, chairman of Doctors for Integrity in Policy Research, said, "It's certainly a quantum leap in the right direction.  It has been as plain as the nose on my face that disarming innocent victims is not a policy that saves lives.  The real benefit of defensive firearm use is the lives that are saved, injuries that are prevented, property that is saved and medical costs that are eliminated."

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