The fight to preserve our rights under the Second Amendment continues, and your support of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund is helping to sustain the Second Amendment one battle after another.
On behalf of myself, the Board of Trustees, and the millions of law-abiding gun owners across America, thank you for your support of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund this past year. The activities of the Fund speak clearly to the dedication of the Fund Trustees in answering the mandate of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association of America when it created the Fund in 1978.
In the Litigation Activities section of this report review the more than 60 different cases supported by the Fund to correct the injustice that exists in our laws today. The cases the Fund supported recently include the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of McDonald v. Chicago. It was filed in U.S. District Court challenging Chicago's handgun ban. McDonald relied on District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the Supreme Court struck down on Second Amendment grounds Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban. The issue in McDonald was whether the Second Amendment applies to the states and local government through the Fourteenth Amendment. Lower courts denied relief in McDonald. The U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 2010, held in McDonald that the Second Amendment applies to states and local government through the Fourteenth Amendment.
In addition to our case law work, we continue to reach citizens in all walks of life with the help of our research programs, grants and writing contest awards. Each year, our writing contests are held at junior and senior high school level. Additionally, we distribute thousands of pertinent books and articles to libraries and individuals. Through these ongoing efforts we educate and help shape the opinions of students, lawyers, legislators and everyday citizens.
The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund hosted the Next Generation Right to Keep and Bear Arms Scholars Seminar in Washington D.C., on January 6, 7 and 8, 2012. Twenty-five select scholars heard, among others, Professor Randy Barnett, Professor Robert Cottrol, Professor Nicholas Johnson, Professor Joyce Malcolm, Dr. Stephen Halbrook, and Don Kates. The evening speaker was the Honorable Judge Laurence H. Silberman, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, author of Parker v. District of Columbia., which was affirmed by the Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller.
The Fund must continue to meet the present and future challenges certain to rise threatening our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. You can support the Fund's work through direct donations, estate planning, or support through the CFC or United Way payroll deductions. Our Combined Federal Campaign number is 10006.
After reading this 2012 annual report, please share it with your friends, neighbors and co-workers. Ask them to step forward and make a commitment to secure their civil right to keep and bear arms across America. Working together as leaders in this great cause, we can help carry the Second Amendment intact through the millennium.
William H. Dailey