Bama Carry Freedom Conference

Come to BamaCarry‘s 4th Annual Freedom Conference to meet the folks you’ve been hoping to meet. I am, with many friends attending & a great lineup of speakers, including me. Don’t need to be from AL, just need to be #2A. Don’t get here often so, please, let’s get introduced. Have four states to visit before getting to Sweet Home on Feb 10 so I’m prepping remarks now. What’d y’all want me to talk about? #merica #nocompromise #commonsense #selfdefense #noexcuse #ICarryMySafePlace #keepshooting#SecondAmendment @WillesLee #DefenderofFreedom #firearms #gunowners #freedom #gunrights #patriot#myflag #freedom #reciprocity #guns #CCW #lovevets Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors Eddie Fulmer

@americanairlines , you WERE doing fine. Out of DCA, probably easiest airlines to travel with firearms. Still, placed a ‘steal me’ tag on my checked luggage. The delay in Charlott was miserable. When sammwich cart comes out … say again how long is this delay? #whywehatetofly #amateurs#crewresttheysay #makeflyinggreatsgain #coulddrivefaster #AmericanAirlines #sucks

Hey. Which of you friends suggested I fly American?? @americanairlines repeatedly delayed this flight to Birmingham AL 7 times over 7 hours, always citing crew complications. Just now #AA tweets there were wx issues. Huh? Get your lies straight. Fortunately, crowd was a fun group. Suppose to land at 1pm, note the photo is NOT 1pm. Missed lunch w friends Paul & @joanreynolds. Dinner w my @BamaCarry friends. We haven’t taken off yet, might missed more. #AmericanAirlines sucked today. Hope they are better tomorrow. #dts

Today, Jasper AL. Outreach, Grassroots Dev, team work. BamaCarry.organnual conference. Just spoke, headed back to airport. Great people, great energy. Many friends, lots of new friends. Back held up, mostly, but it friggin hurts. Love being in Alabama, back to the beltway for CPAC 2018#CCW #2A #nocompromise 

This was good fun, great #merica. Y’all treat folks right. This is 2A-loving country. Wrapping a four state, five event, ten day trip (w a screaming back) & this made the work worth it. Wanna get these posted show our fun #SecondAmemdment friends. I’ll caption soon, gotta clean #CCW. Less than 24 hours in the ground thanks to a sucky American Airlines trip. Torrential, needed rain. Many friends, new friends, & FB friends. Need y’all to follow my NRA page, personal page is so much you don’t care about. Other speakers were great, must-hear sortof talks. Felt flat w aching back but folks were kind as Eddie Fulmer allowed me to borrow his stage for a couple min. Gonna share some real-photog pics later after some more sleep. Lots this week before our CPAC 2018 the next. #NRA #NRABoard#WillesLee #reciprocity #lovevets #gunrights #gunowners #freedom #firearms #ShallNotBeInfringed Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors

Midnight landing, Saturday. Ten days, four states, five major events (several multi-Day)….. no flu but back and leg were a burning. A blessing. Good #2A & #conservative work (‘cept embarrassing R cave on the budget). Thank you to friends who helped get me around, especially after back blew up. #RNCmeeting #GAOS2018 #2A AAPI Conservative Leadership Caucus #NFRA #itsonlyworkifyoudoit #needsleep #onlyoneworkdaylefttilmonday #PTforback #outreach @WillesLee #nocompromise  #reciprocity #M2AGA #DefenderofFreedom National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) #lovevets 

GAOS, Harrisburg

Great American Outdoor Show. this was tough but not for reasons you’d think. Hosed some nerves in the back and leg so it was painful, as in very painful to stand and to walk. Then, a snow storm was approaching. Still, drove up, stopping, always, on the Gettysburg battlefield in the snow.

End those winter blues, join us in Harrisburg. Gotta admit, this is a highlight of my Great American Outdoor Show. My schedule keeps scrunching down but I will NOT miss DockDogs® at NRA Great American Outdoor Show (WK 1). PM if you’re going, let’s link. NRA – National Rifle Association of America has re-made #GAOS into #1 outdoor show in the world. #NRA #NRABoard#2A #guns #merica #freedom @WillesLee #USA #FreedomsSafestPlace 

PSA for all real people. Do NOT NOT NOT miss the world’s biggest outdoor show. This is family stuff. Firearms, boats, trucks, excursions, archery & NRA Headquarters Range, & dockdogs on my schedule. 9 days, 175k+ visitors, 200+ seminars, 1100 exhibitors, NRATVNRA Foundation Friends of NRA banquet, NRA Country concert, 650k sf of exhibits, NRA’s Eddie Eagle Program birthday, celebrities, rock climbing, more, more, more. I’m there Tuesday & Wednesday, say hi. #WillesLee #guns #firearms#ShallNotBeInfringed #lovevets #hunting #fishing #GAOS2018

Uh huh. Last night was big party in DC w dear friends & family. Today is #GAOS2018 world’s largest outdoor show right here in beautiful Harrisburg PA. #MAGA @WillesLee #boats #trucks #excursions #CarryGuard@nratv @NRA #Americans

Weather better last year, but more vendors, exhibits, seminars this. Great fun, today was dockdogs, check my FB Live, ’bout 5 min, at Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors. Gonna snow soon, I need to be able to get back for a flight Friday to Alabama. #WillesLee @WillesLee #M2AGA

#GAOS2018. Great American Outdoor Show, Harrisburg, PA. 9 days, 1000 vendors, 200 seminars, 175k visitors & dockdogs. C’mon, how is this not fun? No dogs, toys, nor trainers we’re injured in the making of these vids. Pro-am, you can bring your dog to compete. Check the FB Live from yesterday’s warm up rounds at Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors. Spend my time w newest Outdoor gear, thanking our many vendors & NRA – National Rifle Association of America members from across the nation. I’m liking the guns & gear, boats, trucks. Hit the NRA Headquarters RangeNRA’s Eddie Eagle Programbirthday, NRATV booth, NRA Carry Guard. Still time for The NRA FoundationFriends of NRA Banquet, & NRA Country concert. NRA Museums has great display at NRA booth in the Shooting Sports Hall. #outsidethebeltway #USA #FreedomsSafestPlace @WillesLee #dockdogs #outdoors #excursions

Did a FB Live from the Dock Dogs show. From #GAOS2018. #dockdogs #USA #outdoors dockdogs Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors Just posted more vid at personal page and Instagram @WillesLee

#GAOS2018. You need to do this, thru the weekend & again next year. 200 seminars, 1000 vendors, #hunting#fishing, boats, trucks, & yes firearms, accessories, & gear. Friends banquet tonight, NRA Country concert Saturday. This was fun, lots of friends & new friends. Fly to AL tomorrow. #NRA #NRABoard NRA – National Rifle Association of America #WillesLee #shallnotbeinfringed @WillesLee #firearms #2A #freedom #guns #noexcuse Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors


Aim Your Vote in the 2018 NRA Board Elections

Great candidates this year. Ballots hit beginning this week. If you’re not an eligible NRA voter, you should be. READ THIS BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR BALLOT (I’m not up this year, so it isn’t about me). Some hard feeling out here, thanks Ammoland Shooting Sports News for publishing pro- & con- stuff so we can decide. NRA is the ONLY major #2A Board for which you get to vote – don’t pass on this opportunity, & get friends & Groups to also vote. #NRA #NRABoard #transparency #freedom#lovevets #FreedomsSafestPlace #guns #firearms #WillesLee#noexcuse #nocompromise #commnsense @WillesLee #gunowners #DefenderofFreedom #reciprocity#M2AGA #merica Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors #patriot#ShallNotBeInfringed

Only slight edits by the Ammoland staff.

NRA Board member Willes Lee on the 2018 NRA Election: Aim Your Vote

By NRA Board Member Willes Lee
This is personal opinion and is not National Rifle Association of America (NRA) position or policy. This article adds transparency to the NRA election process.

NRA Leadership Board of Directors
NRA Board member Willes Lee on the 2018 NRA Election: Aim Your Vote

USA – -( Our NRA is the biggest, loudest, most effective voice for upholding the Second Amendment. Though, in an ideal world none of us in should have to advocate for our God-given rights, as affirmed in the Second. I am committed to protecting our rights in a world that is, not as we wish it were. This is why I urge fellow NRA voting members to aim your NRA Board member vote.

We need the best NRA Board of Directors possible. Few major organizations allow “you” to have a say, like the National Rifle Association’s by-laws do.

NRA is the ONLY major Second Amendment organization that allows any individual member to run for the Board, and also allows for all eligible members to vote.

I serve on several national- and state-level boards and commissions, and this is the only one decided by members. You decide who runs, you decide who is elected. It is argued that the NRA Nominating Committee decides the candidates, but those committee members are there only because we elected them to the Board.

Their committee process augments, but does not exclude, a successful independent member petition effort. Col Allen West won election as a petition-only candidate. I’ve run both ways. Nominated in 2016, it was a loss but close enough to move onto the Board a year ago this month to fill a vacancy. Running by petition-only in 2017, you helped me win a two-year term. This makes me either an outside-insider, or an inside-outsider. I have written to you before about my NRA election journey on AmmoLand News.

The 35 candidates for 2018 include thirty nominated candidates, three nominated and petition candidates, and two petition-only candidates. We’ll elect 25 board members for three-year terms. NRA Life members and current members of five or more consecutive years receive their ballot in their Official NRA periodical (first-class mail for Hawaii only). If you are eligible and you do not receive a ballot, contact the NRA Membership office. Some 2.2 million members get ballots.

Disappointingly, only about 7% (in 2017, 135,000 for 6.2%) of ballots are returned. If you are reading this, the NRA election is as important to you as any state or national election.

Here is what I ask of you: Read their bios to discern differences, also ask your friends, google their names, check their social media. We have very qualified and capable candidates. We do so much more than legislative advocacy and firearms training. It is valuable to have many varied backgrounds on the Board to address myriad NRA gold-standard functional areas. These include competitions, safety, youth, certification, collecting, shooting, legal, finance, self-defense, political and issue matters, hunting, conservation and quite a bit more, in addition to the well-known advocacy and training roles. We need the best people who will bring their commitment, expertise, and experience to the NRA Board.

Bullet Voting

Many strongly suggest you do not vote a full slate of 25. Instead, it’s more effective for you to “bullet vote”. Select the one, maybe three, no more than five of your best. In any election with multiple candidates for multiple positions, singling out your “bullet” vote gives it more weight. E.g., if there is one particular candidate you favor, by also voting for others, your candidate has no more edge than the others.

Board Member, #76

Willes Lee
Willes Lee

There is an additional Board member, #76, who is elected for a one-year term by membership attending the NRAAM. We’ll write about that after this election.

It is more important than ever to have an aggressive, agile NRA Board. Many great patriots serve and have served to build the National Rifle Association into “Freedoms Safest Place”. With civil (gun) rights issues and the growing popularity of shooting activities, it is necessary more than ever to shape our Board of Directors with action leadership for the coming decade. Research the candidates, and cast your vote.

Lieutenant Colonel Willes K. Lee USA (Ret) is a member of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) Board of Directors. He is a Benefactor Life member, serving on five NRA committees. Lee is a combat veteran, a West Point graduate who served another 22 years as a Defender of Freedom. Willes is the President of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA), a co-Chairman of the Trump-Pence Second Amendment Coalition, a member of the Council for National Policy, and on the board of the American Conservative Union (ACU) Foundation, hosts of CPAC. He is a former GOP State Chairman and RNC member. Follow Lee, Twitter and Instagram @WillesLee, and

NRA Board meeting, January 2018

The January 2018 meeting of the NRA Board of Directors was held in Northern Virginia.  This is my one-year anniversary of being on the Board, moving up last January to fill a vacancy.  Don’t announce much in advance and post very little, if any, during, for security reasons.  Many friends today as I post this are in Las Vegas for SHOT.   I’m missing SHOT this year because of work here, and a wicked two weeks in 4 cities coming up.  Had to be a grown up.  A week passed so I could gather info, and cull what was important enough to stick in my memory.  Board member Jay Printz’s post-meeting FB post “Headed back to my winter home after a productive NRA Board meeting.  I sure hope my friends understand how vitally important the 2018 midterm elections are to our freedoms.  If we lose the House or the Senate, or, GOD help us, both……..we will deserve what we will surely get.  Do not be apathetic!!!!” And, that’s it.  Especially the US Senate e.g. losing the Senate changes everything about SCOTUS & federal judges, and the courts is what it is ALL about.  Lot of State, local, municipal actions to infringe our 2A, lots of work to accomplish.

All five of the committees I’m on met (noted here with *).  Made for busy.  I’ll continue my FB and IG series “NRA Factoids” branded by the Life member log on my NRA jacket to give more info.  Because I could, I also sat in on as many other committee meetings to hear the work and background of whatever they’d report out during the Saturday meeting of the full board.  Sat in on Clubs and Associations, then Publications, afternoon was a full session of *Grassroots Development*.  Important here were actions to build 2A voter base to GOTV 2018.  Dinner with leadership and new Board members, opportunity to meet and know our team.  Morning of *Federal Affairs* for review and 2018 plan for action, and afternoon of full committee of *Legislative Policy* with focus on 2018 mid-term elections, #reciprocity remains the #1 legislative priority.  Nest morning was Education and Training to hear details of training programs, meet new committee members, and hear status of CG.  I didn’t know, should have, that we have 118k NRA certified instructors and safety officers nationwide.  Straight into *Military and Veterans Affairs* with Col North concluding with a reso for the full board.  Direct to a lunch meeting to discuss next meeting, then an afternoon of *Outreach* to prepare plans for Dallas NRAAM.  This is cool, I sat between Col Allen West and, with David Clarke missing this one, Chris Cheng.  President’s reception this evening w sweetheart (she is usually just too busy to make many events) and my guest (next para).  Dinner with many young committee members and old(er) board members, and our guests.  Board meeting Saturday AM, had some but not much fireworks.  Home in time for the Duke Basketball game.  Couldn’t attend all that I would because it was important to ….

I asked Maj Toure, charismatic 2A leader taking our civil (gun) rights message into inner cities.  Met him at the Second Amendment Foundation GRPC in Dallas in September, we agreed to work to get him to a board meeting.  It was a lengthy process to get him cleared (not unusual, just my first time hosting a guest) to attend.  He did a great job presenting in Outreach Committee, made the rounds at the President’s reception, we had a group dinner.  In his suit, looks just as good as he does in his Black Guns Matter hoodie.  Spent morning of NRA Board meeting watching process and listening to leadership and committee reports.  Will continue our relationship to further 2A.  Maj goes places I can’t go.  Hope to assist his 50-state tour.  It WAS a lift to make it happen, and I appreciate Maj joining me for this meeting.  THIS is outreach, grassroots, changing minds about firearms ownership and groups that promote it, like us.  Google Maj Toure, you’ll see why bringing him was a risk, why Maj and I took the risk, and why there is so much to gain from it.

At the Saturday Board meeting, leadership presents and each committee chair reports.  Normal meeting stuff, accepting minutes, and such.  In the winter meeting, we present annual awards for the past year to, for example, Activist of the Year, Club or affiliate, LEO, membership, youth, and more.  That’s fun.  The most Board action (votes) was about changes to competition rules for several disciplines.

Before Board meeting I asked on FB what folks wanted to know coming out of the meeting.  Wrapping several topics into: 1. California, please help.  Everything from ammo, to elections, to taxes.  NRA is there, and other 2A orgs, including a lead by CRPA.  Want to change the laws?  Change the people who make the laws.  We can (and do) fight in the courts as a stopgap, but legislation makes the difference.  If you want to help, contact CRPA and join the effort.  2. NRA Board meeting attendance.  I don’t track, I just do my work.  Attendance is being raised as an issue for this (and last) NRA election.  Not that attending a meeting isn’t important, it is.  But, a meeting alone is does not define Board membership.  Ofttimes meetings prevent me from doing the work I do for 2A.   I’ll add, I cannot raise $4M at a crack for NRA, other members can (and do).  Today, I am not qualified to run a national shooting championship (maybe tomorrow), others can.  There’s more, but the point is every member has their strengths.  Oh, and back to elections, we (you) elected these folks to be on the Board.  So, if Board attendance is how you judge Board members (whatever is fine with me), vote accordingly.  It’s on the list, but not high on my list.  Add that, it is important to attend a Board meeting, at least one, to see the operation.  Difficult to credibly criticize if you’ve never been (I know, doesn’t stop me from criticizing pro point guards).   The work occurs in the 38 (+ special) committees.  There is so much NRA does, to have every member be an expert on every discipline and activity is nonsensical.  Committees do the work, we research to be proficient and ask our questions, then the body takes action.  You should attend, then, develop a strategy to change what you don’t like.  Just saying.  3. Carry Guard status. CG program is ahead of schedule.  Training is tweaked to introduce a basic course, and make what was the course until now, into an intermediate course of instruction.  CG is a new, massive program, coming on board.  If you want to bet that it isn’t GOING TO BE the gold-standard, I’ll take that bet.  Well, like dinner, or a dollar, something I can afford.  Bottom line, it’s getting better (and bigger) every day.

Are there glitches at NRA?  Yup.  Do we appreciate your assistance?  Absolutely.  Am I going to bitch to you?  No, I am going to work to fix them as they rise.  There is a lot of great work being done at all levels, by many, many folks.  Thank you.  Being engaged is absolutely essential to face the constant and continuing threats to our civil (gun) rights.  Is there more to report?  Of course, and I’ll roll out stuff in posts as we go.  Finally, NRA Board elections for 2018 are kicking in. Vote. Bullet vote, but vote.  Next Board meeting is at NRAAM, then the fall meeting.  Dropping a few photos of the peeps at the meeting. 

HR 38 & 4477. Keep pressure on Senate and President.

Reciprocity video

If you don’t know what is national right-to-carry reciprocity nor NICS, nor understand how the Senate works, don’t bother to read this post.  Don’t get emotional, we’re dealing with politics.  Pro-2A friends are on all five sides of this issue, for whatever real or personal reasons.  This is the 201 level view, not 101 (401 is secret until after the vote).  Finally, ANYthing can occur until the final bill is through conference committee and sent to the President.  Stay alert.

HR 38, national concealed carry “reciprocity”, passed the House in what is these days called a 1. bipartisan and 2. overwhelming majority.  Read the bill, not the media stories.  It was combined with HR 4477, “Fix NICS”.  That last minute pairing earned votes for the bill, mostly Democrat, and lost a few, mostly Republican.  The bill heads to the Senate, which has a different version, most likely triggering (no pun) a conference committee and revotes.  Both versions have issues still to be addressed.  Opponents to reciprocity, mostly antis, cite “blood in the street”, the “Wild West”, and Pelosi is simply lying (apparently accepted in politics) that it “allows” criminals to have firearms.  2A folks, the vast majority, support reciprocity though several definitions in the bill need correcting.  A vocal 2A minority thinks 1 government shouldn’t be involved, 2 Second Amendment is already a right, 3 if government gives the right to carry, it can take it away.  Government is already involved and since 1934 2A has been infringed.  Don’t listen to even to folks responsible for it: for example, the bill covers only resident carry permits to the exclusion of non-resident though the bill introducer Rep Hudson argues against the wording of his own bill.  Not to ever belittle the incredible importance of recent pro-2A SCOTUS rulings, reciprocity is the largest, most important piece of pro-2A legislation since Florida first enacted CCW in 1987.  The odds of getting through the Senate are not good.

HR 4477 is dumb, but not for the reasons some 2A folks think.  Before your knickers get in a wad, read the bill.  Don’t spout talking points which are “not truthful”.  They would be lies except they come from my friends or organizations to which I also belong.  They have their reasons, some are sincere, for making one claim or another.  Most 2A folks recognize 4477 for what it is – an attempt to get enough votes to pass HR 38.  Antigun folks welcome HR 4477 to strengthen the NICS process.  2A folks complain that 1. government shouldn’t be involved, 2. that NICS is broken, 3. that there shouldn’t be NICS, and 4. that the number of false positive findings is unacceptable.  Unfortunately, the government is already involved.  We don’t want NICS, but it is here. The bill nickname “Fix NICS” is meant to gain antis support, but it is inaccurate because it isn’t a fix.  NICS is messed up but not because of the program. It is messed up because of the implementation.  HR 4477 is really in three parts.  First part says that agencies and states must obey the current law.  No changes to who is flagged, or who can do the flagging, or the criteria… just follow the law.  Aren’t we the guys always saying we don’t need new laws, just need to enforce the current laws?  If you’re offended, be offended that we need a law to tell people to follow the law.  And, it says, if you don’t follow the law, departments and their heads are punished.  Second part, is more stupid.  It allocates what could be up to $650+M of taxpayer $ in incentives to states to, you got it, follow the law they’re supposed to be obeying in the first place.  Of note is that you, nor any other citizen, gets a bonus for NOT jaywalking, or for NOT speeding.  One reason these provisions are politically disgusting, especially for Democrats to espouse, is that their departments and heads failed to follow the law for eight Obama years without penalty; exposed by the USAF failure to report the Texas church shooter.  Additionally, punching the national budget in the gut for up to $650M, now that Republicans own the budget, never occurred when Obama ran up the national debt for everything else.  None of this fixes NICS.  It doesn’t change it at all.  It simply tells agencies to obey the law, and be either rewarded or punished.  Yes, there will be more false positives because agencies must submit names, some of which will be wrong.  But, that isn’t a fix, nor a change.  The third part of HR 4477 gives ATF a deadline to make a determination on bump stocks.  None of us care about bump stocks, but there is a valid argument about the slippery slope.  HR 4477 however only makes ATF do what they should do, and have done twice during the Obama era.

Democrat legislators can claim that they did something about guns with HR 4477.  With HR 38, law-abiding citizens can defend themselves across state lines.  That’s how you get, maybe, 60 votes in the Senate.  This is politics.Don’t like it? – complain to the Founding Fathers.  Separate the bills, and it appears HR 4477 will pass and HR 38 will not.  There is a scenario that the Senate will kill reciprocity, pass NICS, force the House to pass NICS then we’d get nothing good and some considered bad (enforcing the law).  That would suck.  But, that could occur even without reciprocity in the mix.  Don’t whiney-bitch at the NRA, most of you aren’t members, anyway.  If you don’t like the way it is, get off your butt and give me more and better 2A senators with whom to work.

I understand the argument that folks caught up in NISC prohibitions are false positives, and that it takes time and money to get their situation corrected.  It is unfortunate.  It makes me angry.  I do not know the numbers, I’ve seen wildly different estimates.  Regardless, I’ll go out on a limb and bet it is not near the number of at least 16M permit holders, not to mention the millions of residents of Constitutional carry states, who will be able to more-comfortably defend themselves across state lines or to even travel to the next state.  Not the best analogy, but one with which we can identify: Antis want to ban firearms because of a few criminals.  Opponents to this current legislation want to prevent everyone from reciprocity because some will be screwed by NICS.

One last, because someone brought up the nasty word “compromise”.   You don’t want me to compromise.  I won’t.  I told you all this year that my first legislative priority is reciprocity.  It still is.  A bill to enforce NICS, dumb as a law-to-enforce-the-law may be, won’t make me compromise on my promise to fight for reciprocity.   No compromise.  Reciprocity.  Keep the pressure on the Senate and President.  #NRA #NRABoard #merica #ICarryMySafePlace #2A #FreedomsSafestPlace #nocompromise #commonsense #freedom #selfdefense #WillesLee #gunrights #gunowners #M2AGA #DefenderofFreedom #CCW #constitutionalcarry #SecondAmendment #noexcuse #ShallNotBeInfringed #guns FBWillesLeeNRA @WillesLee


Keep #Reciprocity Moving

Horray for earned media. This, in John Crump’s article, about #2A bills moving through the House.  Including “LtCol Willes K. Lee (ret), who is an NRA board member and President of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA), speaking on behalf of himself said, “The Second Amendment affirms our God-given right of self-defense. National Right-to-Carry reciprocity remains the NRA, and my, number one legislative priority. It is about time Congress moved on President Trump’s campaign promise.” He then went on to say, “This is common sense legislation to make Americans safer. All the 2A community should call their congressman now. We need reciprocity, and we want to see the votes on the floor prior to the 2018 primary elections.”

House of Representatives Considers Two Gun Bills