The Second Amendment Foundation revealed today that it has received the single largest contribution ever from a corporate sponsor, a $100,000 check from CheaperThanDirt, one of the nation’s largest on-line retail sporting goods dealers.
SAF’s Alan Gottlieb, rebounding from his trek to Olympia Wednesday to oppose a so-called “universal background check” measure, said the donation provides a huge boost to the foundation’s legal and educational efforts. Gottlieb had been to Olympia representing the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which he chairs.
As this column noted earlier, SAF’s single biggest current project involves challenging New York’s discretionary carry permit system that allows local officials to deny someone a carry permit when they cannot show a compelling “need.”
SAF has also been active in overturning – without the necessity of legal action – local ordinances and regulations that run counter to state preemption laws. The most recent example of that was in Oak Harbor, where the city council had no option but to repeal a long-standing city parks gun ban.
In recent weeks, since the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., SAF and CCRKBA have seen a significant uptick in activity and membership support. More than half of all the e-mail, telephone traffic and membership activity has been with new supporters who are alarmed at threats of gun and magazine bans, and other Second Amendment erosions.
SAF annually co-sponsors the Gun Rights Policy Conference, which brings together Second Amendment scholars and grassroots activist from across the country for a weekend of seminars and panel discussions.
Currently, SAF is involved in about two dozen different legal actions, which are making their way through the pipeline.
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