Time to Repeal Gun-Free Zones!

Time to Repeal Gun-Free Zones!

“It really doesn’t matter, when somebody shows up at a place, why they’re trying to kill people,” Erich Pratt, the group’s director of communications, told MSNBC. “The important thing is that people be able to protect themselves.”

Not a GOA member yet? Click here to join Gun Owners of America! And  click here to take action on today’s alert.

Yesterday’s tragic shooting at Ft. Hood raises the question once again: How many more lives must perish before Congress repeals the ban on service members carrying guns?

We now know that Ivan Lopez, an Iraq War veteran, brought a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun onto Ft. Hood yesterday and killed three other people, before killing himself.

Fox News reports that the rampage ended when a female MP drew her weapon, causing Lopez to take his own life.

It was previous base shootings like this one that prompted Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) to introduce H.R. 3199 last year, a bill to repeal the ban on carrying firearms on military bases.

 Click here to send a message to your Representative and insist that he cosponsor H.R. 3199!

Rep. Stockman blasted the glaring double-standard that keeps our servicemen disarmed.

“Why are civilians at a restaurant allowed to defend themselves but soldiers trained in firearms aren’t?” Stockman asked.  “Why can’t we extend common sense gun laws like open carry to our soldiers?”

Ret. Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford — who survived the 2009 Ft. Hood shooting, despite being shot 7 times by Nidal Hasan — shocked an MSNBC host today when he said “I think more guns” is the answer.  

“Had it been where other service members [had] guns or weapons on them at that time,” Sgt. Lunsford said, “I don’t think [Lopez] would have reacted the way that he was reacting.”

It is imperative that gun owners urge their Representatives to cosponsor H.R. 3199.  Every time we repeal another gun-free zone, we take away another killing zone that the Left can use to clamor for gun control.

  Click here to send a message to your Representative and insist that he cosponsor H.R. 3199!

To be sure, the political Left has spent the entire day trying to exploit this tragedy in hopes of resurrecting calls for gun control.

Should we ban those on anxiety meds?  How about servicemen with PTSD?  What about just anyone who is seeking psychiatric counseling?

These are the questions that MSNBC hosts have raised today.  But over and over again, even their own liberal guests continue to shoot down the idea that society can accurately predict which non-violent individuals are likely to commit violence in the future:

* Former FBI agent and criminal profiler, Clint Van Zandt:  “There is no real litmus test for who’s going to commit violence.”

* NBC reporter Jim Miklaszewski:  “[Psychologists] saw no sign of likely violence or suicidal tendencies from [Ivan] Lopez.”

* Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil, a NYU professor:  “PTSD by itself, it doesn’t make people violent.”

So even though gun grabbers are trying to use tragedies like this to expand gun laws — making them even more draconian — the dirty little secret among the “intelligencia” is that background checks are doomed to fail:

* Remember Adam Lanza at Newtown, Connecticut?  He stole his firearms from his mother, whom he murdered.

* Or how about the Clackamas Mall shooter?  He stole his AR-15, just as Lanza (one week later) would steal his firearms.

* Then there was the James Holmes at the Aurora theater in Colorado.  He passed two background checks.

* Or how about Jared Loughner in Tucson, Arizona?  He passed a background check.

No wonder that America’s police officers, by a 2-to-1 margin, support concealed carry as the answer to large scale shootings — as compared to expanding mental health checks for gun buyers.  (See page 6.)

“Saving lives by allowing trained soldiers to carry firearms should be an easy fix,” said Rep. Stockman.  “No reasonable person can oppose that.”

ACTION:  Urge your Representative to cosponsor H.R. 3199, the Safe Military Bases Act; and thank those who already have.  By using the GOA Engage feature — and inputting your address — the appropriate message will be selected, based on whether your Rep. has cosponsored the bill.


Rep Bentivolio, Kerry L. [MI-11]

Rep Bishop, Rob [UT-1]

Rep Burgess, Michael C. [TX-26]

Rep Farenthold, Blake [TX-27]

Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1]

Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4]

Rep LaMalfa, Doug [CA-1]

Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1]

Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22]

Rep Posey, Bill [FL-8]

Rep Stockman, Steve [chief sponsor]

Rep Stutzman, Marlin A. [IN-3]

Rep Weber, Randy K. Sr. [TX-14]

P.S. It’s time to put an end to the dangerous gun ban on military bases.  Click here to help GOA reach out to more gun owners so we can increase the pressure on politicians in Washington.

Will New Jersey Governor Sign a Gun Control Bill?

Will New Jersey Governor Sign a Gun Control Bill?
Take the GOA poll and send a message to Gov. Christie

Not a GOA member yet? Click here to join Gun Owners of America!

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie might soon face a monumental decision over a gun control bill that could land on his desk — and this comes as he ponders whether to throw his hat into the ring for a presidential run.

A bill to limit magazine capacity from 15 rounds to 10 rounds — and to instantly turn hundreds of thousands of Garden State citizens into criminals — is currently working its way through the state legislature.

It has already passed the House and is expected to pass the Senate, as well. More on this story below, along with information on the GOA Poll Question that will generate results from you all — results which GOA will send to Gov. Christie.

But first, there is monumental news from a state that borders New Jersey, and it has many observers wondering if the oncoming electoral tsunami in November might take out sitting Democrats and Republicans all across the country.

Tea Party write-in candidate defies the establishment

Both Republicans and Democrats alike were “stunned” when a write-in candidate trounced the establishment picks for their respective parties in a Pennsylvania senate race last week.

Out of more than 22,000 votes cast, Tea Party Republican Scott Wagner garnered 10,654 write-in ballots (or 48 percent), reducing the mainstream Republican and Democrat candidates to just 27 percent and 26 percent of the vote.  This marks the first time in Pennsylvania history that a write-in candidate has won a state senate seat.

“It takes a huge volunteer effort to run against one’s own party, and this recent coup shows that the angst against tone deaf Republican establishment types is substantially growing,” said GOA’s Erich Pratt in a column this week.

“Observers are starting to publicly ask if the Pennsylvania tsunami might have ‘national implications’ that should worry the establishment of both parties,” Pratt said.

Go here to read the entire article.

New Jersey Governor Christie facing big choice over gun control

An anti-gun bill is working its way through the New Jersey legislature and may soon be sent to Republican Governor Chris Christie for his consideration.

Assembly Bill 2006 passed the Assembly by a 46-31 vote last week and is now expected to pass the Democrat-controlled legislature in upcoming days.

This would put Governor Christie in a quandary, as he is seen as eyeing the GOP nomination for President, but within a Party that leans heavily to the right on gun issues.

A.B. 2006 would change the definition of a “large capacity ammunition magazine” from the allowable 15 rounds to 10 rounds.

Click here to take the Poll Question: “Should Governor Christie veto A.B. 2006?”

How Gov. Christie acts on this legislation could have a huge bearing on his viability in a Republican presidential primary.

Given that Gov. Christie is, most likely, considering a presidential run, gun owners all across the country have a legitimate stake in communicating with him on this issue.

And that is why Gun Owners of America is requesting the following two action items.

(1) ACTION for citizens outside of NJ: GOA has set up a Poll Question which simply asks:  Should Governor Chris Christie veto A.B. 2006 — a bill that will limit magazine capacity from 15 rounds to 10 rounds, and instantly turn hundreds of thousands of New Jersey citizens into criminals?

No matter where you live, GOA would encourage you to distribute this alert and then to cast your vote — as we will make the poll results available for the Governor and his staff.

(2) ACTION for NJ citizens: In addition to taking the poll, please use the pre-written letter below to help direct your comments to Governor Chris Christie. You can use his webform at: http://www.state.nj.us/governor/contact/

Or, you can call him at: 609-292-6000.

—– Pre-written letter —–

Dear Governor Christie:

I urge you to veto Assembly Bill 2006, should it make its way to your desk.

The legislature has no business limiting the ability of citizens to protect themselves. And to be sure, A.B. 2006 is a severe restriction on my Second Amendment rights.

This bill would limit magazine capacity from 15 rounds to 10 rounds — and instantly turn hundreds of thousands of Garden State citizens into criminals.

If my life is on the line, why should you tell me how many rounds of ammunition I can use? You wouldn’t dare subject the police to a 10-round magazine limit — and with good reason.

A study of the NYPD found that their cops (in 2000) fired an average of 16 shots per incident when facing armed attackers. And another study of self-defense cases over a five-year period, in the NRA’s Armed Citizen, revealed that citizen-defenders faced multiple attackers 36% of the time. The threat of multiple attackers — who are impervious to pain because of illegal substances they’ve taken — all underscore the danger of limiting my ability to defend myself.

Banning the tens of millions of standard-capacity magazines that are already in circulation won’t keep them out of dangerous hands, but it will make people like me less safe.



GOA: Your Activism is Making a Huge Difference!

Your Activism is Making a Huge Difference!

– GOA’s message drowning out the Bloombergs & Piers Morgans

“Rather than present credible data to counter GOA, [Bloomberg.com] defers to talk of clouds and bunnies, while resorting to nothing more than cumulus fluff.” — Gun rights author, David Codrea, reporting how a Bloomberg hit piece on GOA fell flat (February 20, 2014)


Not a GOA member yet? Click here to join Gun Owners of America!


“I laugh at your foolishness,” said a Bloomberg.com editorialist recently, when commenting on efforts by Gun Owners of America to help stop the anti-gun amnesty bill.

Bloomberg’s hatchet man, Francis Wilkinson, just can’t understand why gun owners would be concerned about legalizing millions of anti-gun voters who broke the law to get here.

In his February 19 editorial, he ridicules GOA (and you) for thinking this could be an “electoral threat” to gun rights.

But as David Codrea writes at Examiner.com:

The major problem with Wilkinson’s snottiness is that’s all he’s got. GOA refers people to data compiled by the Pew Research Center, which shows overwhelming preference among “unauthorized immigrants” for the Democrat party. They can also point to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s political advocacy that all illegal aliens “have earned the right to be citizens.”

It must irritate the Left to the Nth degree that groups like GOA are able to reach hundreds of thousands of grassroots gun owners and to mobilize them on key issues.

No wonder the Left has tried to get the IRS to harass conservative organizations like GOA or to place “monitors” in media newsrooms. The Left does not have the total grip they once had (ages ago), and it drives them crazy.

But thanks to your activism — especially in response to our recent alerts that were aimed at Republicans — the congressional leadership has halted plans for pushing the anti-gun amnesty bill.

It truly is a result of your activism, because your voice has been able to drown out a media Siren Call that, if left unrebutted, would continuously seduce congressmen into doing its bidding. So thank you all for staying involved.

And speaking of activism … there’s some more good news.


Some of you have asked us to fix the “submit” button in our Legislative Action (Engage) Center — as it seemed to suggest that a pre-written letter would be sent off to your congressman, prior to your being able to read it.

While that was never the case, the “submit” feature was confusing. So we addressed this problem.

Now when you go to the Engage Center — after clicking on the Take Action button — you will notice that the button below your address says: “Continue on to Write a Letter.”

Clicking that button will bring up a pre-written letter that can be amended by you, the activist, or sent “as is.” As many of you know, you were always able to preview and edit the prewritten letter. But now, it is no longer confusing.

Problem solved!


Well, it looks like CNN’s Piers Morgan is calling it quits.

According to the London Times, “Piers Morgan has admitted defeat in the nightly ratings battle and plans to step down from his CNN show.”

But who is the formidable foe that has now handed him his defeat?

Morgan blames “dwindling viewing figures and an anti-gun campaign that alienated a vast swath of his audience had led him to conclude that his show had ‘run its course.’”

How ironic that Morgan blames an “anti-gun campaign” for doing him in. Anyone who has seen his program more than once or twice knows that HE WAS THE ONE who was drumming the anti-gun campaign. He never gave the issue a rest, as he continuously distorted facts and insulted opponents who were clearly more knowledgeable than he was.

The Examiner had this to say on Sunday about Morgan’s downfall: “Cited by more than a few of his critics, one of the better example[s] was when Morgan invited Larry Pratt, the executive director of the Gun Owners of America, to argue the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

Many of you may remember the two fierce debates that took place between Pratt and Morgan over a year ago.

During their first face-off, Piers quickly ran out of arguments and resorted to name-calling and insults –– saying, among other things, that Pratt was an “idiot” and an “unbelievably stupid man.”

But Morgan’s lack of factual data was plainly obvious. Said one reporter, who watches for media bias: “Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America (GOA) deserves credit for going on the CNN Piers Morgan program … and calmly and rationally taking the arrogant British host completely apart [and] debunking every tired liberal claim about ‘gun control.’”

You can watch those two debates between Pratt and Morgan here and here.

While we are sure that many in the gun-owning community won’t be missing Piers once he steps down, he won’t be missing us either — but for a different reason.

He will still continue to receive GOA newsletters and receive informative gun-related stories and statistics, given the fact that a GOA member gave Mr. Morgan a gift GOA membership after the first debate with Larry Pratt.

Who knows, maybe once Morgan retires, he’ll have more time to read our newsletters!

The Battle for our Gun Rights is Growing Intense

Gun Owners of America
The Battle for our Gun Rights
is Growing Intense

Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to [act], that’s what I’m going to do…. I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more [gun-related] tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook. — President Obama’s State of the Union address, January 28, 2014

No doubt, you’ve heard the chilling words above already.

On Tuesday night, the President once again demonstrated that he has zero respect for the Constitution or for our God-given freedoms that are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.

Obama indicated that if the Congress doesn’t act the way he wants, he’ll pick up his Executive Order pen and write more gun control restrictions into law.

His attorney general, Eric Holder, made a similar statement on Wednesday to legislators on Capitol Hill:  “It is [the President’s] intention to again try to work with Congress, but in the absence of meaningful action [on gun control] to explore all the possibilities and use all the powers that he has to.”

Obama is acting like a tyrant, but many of his supporters inside the Beltway don’t care.  They are defending him to the Nth degree.

For our part at GOA, we’re sounding the alarm and we’re working within the other two branches of government to rein in the President’s excesses.

And that has some folks upset.

Esquire magazine attacks Gun Owners of America

We recently alerted you to the effort by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to restore the right to carry arms in post offices.  You guys responded wonderfully to this alert, and they are hearing you loud-n-clear on Capitol Hill.

The issue is still not resolved as the Senate committee postponed action on the underlying bill, in part, because of the Rand Paul amendment.  According to The Washington Post, the Paul amendment “require[s] more study.”

In the meantime, gun owners are encouraged to double down in their efforts to contact their Senators.

While the GOA alert found a receptive audience in the gun community, Esquire magazine was horrified and mocked our Tuesday alert, calling us “nutballs” for wanting to reclaim the right to protect ourselves in a Post Office building.

The editors at Esquire share the same fundamental belief as our President, who has nothing but contempt for American gun owners.  Remember the President’s derogatory reference to individuals who bitterly “cling to their Bibles or religion”?

The lines between the opposing sides couldn’t be more clearly drawn.

So please stand with Gun Owners of America and become a member for 2014 if you have not already done so!

The more members we have, the louder our “megaphone” in Washington, D.C., becomes.  Help us to drown out the drivel from the political Esquires in the nation’s capital — wherever they may rear their ugly heads.

GOA involved in three Supreme Court cases

Gun Owners of America continues to fight for Second Amendment rights in the courts.

And currently, GOA (and its foundation arm) has three amicus cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  We are fighting:

1) To protect your right to buy/sell firearms.  In Abramski v. United States, GOA is challenging the ATF’s definition of a “straw purchase.”  The agency has adopted a faulty definition which could, ultimately, threaten to put you in jail for buying a gun from a dealer and then later selling it to a law-abiding family member or friend.

2) To keep you and your guns safe from “no-knock” home raids.  With an increasing number of “no-knock” raids occurring around the country — just because the home occupants are known to own guns — GOA is fighting to protect your safety and privacy in Quinn v. Texas.

3) To protect you from indefinite military arrest and detention.  In Hedges v. Barack Obama, Gun Owners of America helped file an amicus brief in support of Chris Hedges and other journalists and political activists who are challenging Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which allows American citizens to be subject to secret arrest and indefinite detention by the military, exempt from the protections of the Bill of Rights.

All Heck is Breaking Loose!

Gun Owners of America

All Heck is Breaking Loose!

“The real agenda of the gun-hating Obama administration is to strip gun rights from law-abiding Americans ….” — GOA’s Legislative Counsel Michael Hammond, The Washington Times (1/7/14)

Four issues in which you have been heavily involved have come or are coming to a head this week.

We are putting out this emergency alert to keep you apprised of the fast-moving legislative landscape.

HHS REGULATIONS: See a Shrink, Lose your Guns

GOA’s campaign against Obama’s war on individual privacy is beginning to really catch fire.  Our article in The Washington Times is being widely circulated by other pro-gun groups and can be read here.

And, although we will probably not have a vehicle for defunding this Executive Action — until the individual appropriations bills begin to move in May — we are optimistic that a majority of senators and House members will oppose this effort to partially repeal federal privacy laws, called HIPAA.

As you probably know, the proposed regulations would repeal HIPAA insofar as necessary to allow psychiatrists to turn their patients into the FBI’s NICS list – all as a result of personal information, communicated in private.

This would massively expand the ability of the federal government to impose federal gun bans on otherwise law-abiding Americans.

Or as we at GOA have said:  These regulations would result in a situation where if you “see a shrink, you lose your guns.”  But now a wide variety of others are beginning to take notice.

Go here to read the comments that GOA submitted to HHS in opposition to their recent, anti-gun regulations.

And go here to submit your own comments on or before March 10, 2014.


For a year now, we have told you that we easily have the 34 votes necessary to defeat ratification of the UN Arms Trade Treaty. That treaty would set the stage for far-ranging gun and magazine bans, gun registration, and gun microstamping requirements.

We have told you that the next task would be to pass an appropriations bill amendment which would defund any Obama effort to implement the ATT by executive fiat.  And we have drafted such an amendment and made it available to Congress.

That amendment to defund the UN ATT is about to happen.

Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) has announced that he has amended the must-pass omnibus appropriations bill to ban funding for the implementation of the ATT.

That big appropriations bill has pluses and minuses, and it probably is not the bill we would have drafted.  But the win on the Arms Trade Treaty is huge.


We have told you that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s corrupt and fraudulent invocation of the “nuclear option” had the potential for packing the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, with anti-gun judges.

On Monday, Senator Reid used this corrupt procedure to force the confirmation of Robert Wilkins to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. You can see how your Senators voted here.  (The NAY vote is the pro-gun vote.)

As a district court judge, Wilkins has held that an American living in Canada could constitutionally be stripped by the 1968 Gun Control Act of the right to purchase any firearm in the United States.  In other words, according to Wilkins, the Second Amendment does not guarantee Americans the right to purchase or acquire a firearm.


Senate Republicans have thus far followed a strategy which GOA has publicly pushed — which would insist on votes to defund ObamaCare as a condition of moving Democratic priorities such as the unemployment bill.

Thus far, the strategy has worked pretty well.

The Senate has been tied in knots for the past week, unable to move Barack Obama’s liberal legislative agenda.  This, despite the fact that Harry Reid could remove the roadblock at any time by simply allowing the Senate to vote on ObamaCare.  We’ve been particularly eager to get votes on two amendments:  (1) whether to delay the unpopular anti-gun ObamaCare mandate; and (2) whether to defund a bailout of insurance companies totaling tens of billions of dollars.  Either of these amendments, if adopted, would effectively bring an end to the anti-gun ObamaCare mandate.

As you know, the ObamaCare program sets the stage for compiling a national health database which could be trolled by the FBI and could strip tens of millions of Americans of their Second Amendment rights.

ACTIONClick here to contact your Senators.  Ask them to continue objecting to any Unanimous Consent request which would allow Obama’s unemployment bill (S. 1845) to be passed, unless Senators are granted the right to vote on the anti-gun ObamaCare mandate.

Battling Bloomberg’s assaults against our gun rights



Gun Owners of America Fighting to Preserve Liberty
Battling Bloomberg’s assaults against our gun rights
Ninety-seven percent of Americans don’t live in New York City, don’t want to live in N.Y.C. and certainly don’t want a New York City mayor telling them how to live their lives,” said Erich Pratt, Director of Communications for Gun Owners of America. — New York Times, May 30, 2013
Gun Owners of America continues to battle New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is spending millions of his dollars trying to bring big city gun control to the rest of the nation.
We beat him in the U.S. Senate — for now — but his minions are still active across the country, trying to get various state legislatures to impose gun control and restrict your Second Amendment rights.
It can seem depressing when you listen to the media, hearing all the states that are pressing for more gun control in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting.  But what they don’t tell you is that there are EVEN MORE states that are loosening restrictions on firearms.
Well, GOA has been involved in several of these fights, and we continue to be involved at the federal level as well.  Here are just some of the ongoing, recent fights where GOA has played a role:
* GOA opposing backdoor gun control efforts at HHS.  GOA alerted you last month to how the Obama administration is trying to make an end-around Congress, implementing regulations to take away people’s guns.
The “see a shrink, lose your guns” regulations published by Health and Human Services would expand the abusive practices that have disarmed 165,000 military veterans, and apply it to average citizens, as well.
You can read GOA’s comments here.  And if you want to submit your own comments, you can go here to do so.  Comments must be submitted on or before Friday, June 7.
* GOA pushing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to appoint a pro-gun replacement in the U.S. Senate.  In case you missed the news, the notoriously anti-gun Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) died earlier this week.  So GOA is rallying the troops in the Garden State to press Governor Christie to appoint a pro-gun interim — a move that could very well stall gun control efforts in the U.S. Senate for several months.
* GOA lobbying Alaska and Missouri governors to sign nullification bills.  Legislators in both states have sent bills to their respective governors which would prevent any official in the state from enforcing federal gun control laws.
In Missouri, Governor Jay Nixon has until today (June 6) to veto HB 436, or else the nullification bill becomes law in the Show Me State.
In Alaska, GOA is expectant that Governor Sean Parnell will sign House Bill 69 — which, in addition to the nullification provisions mentioned above, would prohibit the federal government from regulating firearms made and possessed wholly within the state of Alaska.
* GOA presents freedom awards to sheriffs championing nullification.  Speaking to scores of sheriffs at a conference in Missouri last Friday, GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt awarded two outstanding sheriffs with freedom awards.
The “High Noon Award” was presented to Wisconsin’s Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Jr., for “standing for truth when others run, for telling the truth even though politically incorrect.”
And Sheriff Denny Peyman of Jackson County, Kentucky was presented with the “Nullifier of the Year” award by GOA for promising to not enforce any gun law that violates the Kentucky or U.S. Constitutions.
* GOA assists efforts in CO to recall anti-gun Senate President.  Democrat Colorado legislators used the Sandy Hook shooting as an excuse for imposing greater gun restrictions in March.  Since then, there has been a grassroots effort to hold Senate President John Morse (D) accountable — an effort which GOA has aided.
While the deadline for collecting signatures was June 3, activists were able to collect more than double the number that was needed to force a recall election.  Once the signatures are certified by the Secretary of the State, then the Governor will set a date and time for the recall which will most likely take place in September.
Firearms Manufacturers Offered Rent-Free Land in Missouri
While many gun companies are now leaving Colorado because of their betrayal on gun rights, John Negri has set forth an offer that gun manufacturers may not be able to refuse.
Speaking on “America’s Voice Now” — Missouri radio program hosted by GOA member Michael Evans — Negri is making three parcels of land available at a no-charge lease for 20 years.
Negri is extending the invitation to gun manufacturers or distributors that have publicly announced they’re leaving their current state because of restrictive firearms regulations.
Interested parties, firearms manufacturers, accessory makers and distributors can contact Michael Evans at mevans@AmericasVoiceNow.org or call 417-372-0686 for more information or to obtain a package outlining the parcels available and their respective benefits and features.


Your Activism Is Getting Noticed by the Power Players on Capitol Hill


Your Activism Is Getting Noticed
by the Power Players on Capitol Hill!

GOA thanks its grassroots for making the difference

Gun Owners of America, with its war chest, membership and lobbying strength dwarfed by the National Rifle Association, is emerging as an influential force as a series of gun control measures heads to the Senate floor.” – New York Times, April 4, 2013

The Senate was supposed to be taking up gun control next week. But now it looks like the outpouring of grassroots opposition from GOA activists has forced Harry Reid to push back his plans for at least a week.

Said the New York Times, “The group [GOA] has already been successful in both freezing senators, particularly Republicans, who have appeared to be on the fence about supporting bills to expand background checks and [has been] empowering those who have a strong gun rights background.”

The article cited GOA’s work in bolstering the resolve of several Senators, but especially that of Tom Coburn of Oklahoma who has been frequently wooed by anti-gun Senator Chuck Schumer.

Your backing of GOA is what’s making all of this possible!

Thanks for supporting GOA and standing with us … for spreading the word … and for continuously taking action.

To date, no compromise has been reached. And that means Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just doesn’t have the votes yet.

Here’s why:

More Senators have committed to support the Paul-Cruz-Lee filibuster, including James Inhofe (R-OK) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). There are even more Senators who are joining this list, and we will share those names with you next week.
A plurality of Senators voted for a GOA-supported Lee amendment, two weeks ago, requiring a super-majority vote to pass gun control. While the amendment failed (as it needed support from 60% of the Senate), it nevertheless sent a “shot across the bow” of the gun controllers ship.
On March 23, a majority of Senators voted to bar the Obama Administration from signing onto an anti-UN treaty. This was an important development, seeing as that the United Nations General Assembly approved the Arms Trade Treaty earlier this week.
More Congressman are joining the fight in the House to put pressure on House Speaker John Boehner to support the Hastert Rule – a rule that would kill all gun control. The number of Congressmen supporting the Stockman-Broun letter is now up to 30.

GOA has still been lobbying the House, even while we’ve been asking you to mostly focus your efforts on the Senate. To that end, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell asked Rep. Peter King yesterday about the influence GOA is having in the House.

“The New York Times has a report on the Gun Owners of America,” Andrea Mitchell asked. “What are members saying about the impact of lobbying groups such as them [GOA]?”

King, who is, ironically, F-rated with GOA, said that, “Larry Pratt with the Gun Owners of America is effective. I don’t deal with them myself, but the fact is, they are effective.”

As we noted above, the New York Times quoted Senate aides on Tuesday as saying that “gun issues would probably slip to the week of April 15 – a setback considering that Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leaders, had pledged that it would be the first issue to come up when Congress returns from spring recess next week.”

We’ll let you know what’s happening next week. But for now, enjoy your weekend knowing that Reid doesn’t yet have the votes.

Thanks for supporting GOA and standing with us … for spreading the word … and for continuously taking action.

The Fight for our Gun Rights to Continue through the Christmas Holidays

The Fight for our Gun Rights to Continue
through the Christmas Holidays

GOA makes a great stocking stuffer!

“[GOA’s] Rhetoric Signals Tough Road for Legislation” — Roll Call, December 18, 2012

Gun Owners of America has, literally, been working around the clock this week. From speaking to media around the nation (and around the world), to briefing congressmen on Capitol Hill, GOA lobbyists and staff are providing the policy elites the “bullet points” they need to combat the approaching onslaught against our rights.


If you still haven’t seen it, you’re missing a heck of a debate.

GOA’s Facebook page lit up with all kinds of kudos for the way GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt man-handled Morgan:

* “I’m a proud member of GOA and this was a great debate.” — Freddy Kasprzykowski

* “Bravo Larry!! You wrecked that moron.” — Dennis Walker

* “I was absolutely inspired by Larry’s willingness to be the first pro-gun voice to face the liberal lynch mob. Joined the GOA today, and damned proud of it. Do the same, everyone! If there is a time to join, this is it!”

GOA: Federal Land Seizure Act Resuscitating Itself from the Dead

Federal Land Seizure Act

Resuscitating Itself from the Dead

“Looks like GOA defeated Goliath. Nice work.”

GOA warned you earlier this month about S. 3525, the Federal Land Seizure Act of 2012.

As you will remember, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) — who is “F” rated by Gun Owners of America — is pushing this “hunting” bill which authorizes the Obama administration almost unlimited power to seize private lands for “environmental” purposes.

While it purports to the contrary, the bill would allow these seizures without the permission of the landowners for virtually any reason.

You guys delivered a crushing blow to this bill when you pressed your Senators to oppose it. We won, and it appeared the bill was dead for the year.

As one highly placed office in the Senate told GOA: “Looks like GOA defeated Goliath. Nice work.”

Sadly, in politics it’s often the case that a dead “Goliath,” like a Zombie, can come back to life — which is why we need now to cut off its head. S. 3525 could come up for a vote as early as Today.

Please go here to read the details about the details of this nefarious bill in our previous alert.

And contact your two U.S. Senators and urge them to OPPOSE S. 3525, the Federal Land Seizure Act of 2012.

GOA: The political Left is firing back.

The political Left is firing back. 
We alerted you recently to how our country’s representatives to the United Nations — in less than 24 hours after the President’s reelection — cast a vote in favor of producing a UN gun control treaty in March, 2013.
The full-throttled march towards gun control has begun.
But liberal media outlets are now going to bat for the Administration and trying to convince Americans that the UN Arms Trade Treaty will not affect average gun owners.  For example, Media Matters calls efforts by the gun community to raise awareness of this treaty as nothing more than a “right-wing U.N. gun grab conspiracy.”
However, they couldn’t be farther from the truth.  Retired Lt. Gen. William Boykin said earlier this year that, “[The ATT] means the United Nations, an international body, will decide how you and I as Americans can buy and sell our weapons, how we control those weapons, who is authorized to have those weapons and where they are. This is a dangerous trend.”
Gen. Boykin is absolutely correct.  And this is why Gun Owners of America is pressing U.S. Senators to reject the outlandish lies from the political Left and to oppose the President’s gun control agenda.
GOA has the facts and the information to show Senators that the UN Arms Trade Treaty will adversely affect the rights of their gun-owning constituents.
There is no doubt that the UN treaty will infringe upon our Second Amendment rights.  While GOA has already written a more detailed analysis of this treaty, consider just one Article in the treaty which would, undoubtedly, lead to gun owner registration:
“State Parties shall put in place adequate measures that will allow them, where necessary, to MONITOR and CONTROL imports of [weapons, and to] adopt appropriate measures to prevent the diversion of imported items to unauthorized end users or to the illicit market.” (Article 8)
Elsewhere the treaty requires each nation to “adopt appropriate legislative, administrative or OTHER MEASURES [aka, Executive Orders] to monitor and control” firearms.
This treaty would pave the way for an anti-gun Obama Administration to unlawfully impose registration restrictions — just like they did last year when they imposed gun owner registration in four southwest border states as the “answer” to Operation Fast & Furious.
This is a huge problem, as gun registration has historically been a first step towards gun confiscation!
We cannot stay silent.  We must take action.
Take action.  And then distribute this email far and wide!