Category Archives: 2nd Amendment Rights

Gun Rights Victory in the U.S. Senate!

Pro-gunners Squeak Out a 2-0 Victory in the Senate
– Rubio & Jordan introduce bill to repeal D.C. gun ban


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ACTIONContact your Senators and Representative. Ask them to cosponsor the GOA-backed Rubio/Jordan bill (S. 874/H.R. 1701).

Victory over Choke Point and United Nations!

We had hoped that a newly invigorated Senate Republican majority would have been a little more enthusiastic.  But, in the end, we squeaked out a couple of victories on the Budget Resolution last week — and blocked the Bloomberg brigade from ever getting to first base.

First, thanks to Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID).  Senator Crapo was able to add a committee amendment to choke the anti-gun Operation Choke Point.  And the “Bloomberglers” didn’t even try to take it out on the floor.

As you remember, Operation Choke Point is being used to try to convince banks to shut off credit to gun dealers and manufacturers. But we expect the Crapo amendment will probably put one final stake in the heart of that vampire.

Second, thanks to Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK).  An Inhofe floor amendment to shut down the UN Arms Trade Treaty passed the Senate by a vote of 59-41.  The amendment is so far-reaching that it has been accused, probably correctly, of potentially shutting down parts of the United Nations if that organization continues to push the ATT.

As you know, that treaty could easily mandate gun bans, magazine bans, and gun registration.  Like Choke Point, the Inhofe amendment probably chokes the life out of the UN Arms Trade Treaty, once and for all.

We were hoping to get votes on at least three additional amendments.  But here’s what happened.

Anti-gun Democrat Senators Chuck Schumer (NY), Dick Durbin (IL), Chris Murphy (CT) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) had submitted eight anti-gun amendments. They dealt with fraudulent non-issues like guns and domestic violence, guns and sex trafficking, and so forth.

Of course, it’s already unlawful to own a gun if you’re a convicted domestic violence abuser or are subject to a domestic violence restraining order.  But the fact that their amendments were based on fraud and deception hardly mattered to the weasely anti-gunners.

In the end, everyone, pro-gun and anti-gun, pretty well backed away from their amendments — in an exercise which was the Senate equivalent of a stand-off.

This doesn’t thrill us.  But 2-0 is a better score than a Bloomberg 0-2 defeat.

Rubio & Jordan Introduce Bill to Repeal D.C. Gun Ban

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) have introduced legislation, crafted with the help of GOA, which would repeal Washington, D.C.’s draconian gun ban.

The Rubio/Jordan bill (S. 874/H.R. 1701) would repeal Washington’s gun license requirement.  It would repeal the semi-auto ban and the microstamping requirement, and would turn D.C. into a “shall-issue” jurisdiction — an achievement which, while it wouldn’t be a big deal in pro-gun parts of the country, is a huge deal in this cesspool of anti-gun liberalism.

And make no mistake about it:  The Washington anti-gun establishment is going stark-raving-nuts over Rubio/Jordan.  Said The Washington Post:

If embraced by Republican leadership of the House and Senate, the legislation could force a Second Amendment showdown with President Obama just two years after he failed in an attempt to win stricter gun control laws nationwide.

D.C. politico Kimberly Perry said:  “This is a small number of politicians willing to sacrifice their small-government principles to appease interest groups.”  (P.S.:  The “interest group” is apparently us.)

Perry had led a sit-in on behalf of D.C.’s marijuana legalization laws, and may, in fact, have been smoking something when she argued that it was a “small-government” value for D.C. to trample, Big Brother-style, over constitutional rights.

In fact, D.C.’s Big Brother-like government is so wedded to its gun ban that, six years ago, it killed a bill to give Washington a voting representative in the House, rather than accept an amendment which would have repealed the D.C. gun ban.

ACTION: Contact your Senators and Representative. Ask them to cosponsor the GOA-backed Rubio/Jordan bill (S. 874/H.R. 1701).

Time to Contact Your US Senators Immediately!

Legislative Shoot-out Expected in the U.S. Senate

Kevin,

Within the next 72 hours, gun owners should expect votes in the U.S. Senate on:

* Outlawing ATF bullet bans

* Concealed Carry Reciprocity

* Prohibiting Senate anti-gun amendments.

We expect more gun-related showdowns in the next 72 hours than in the next 9 months combined.  At least 5 gun-related amendments are expected on the Budget Resolution — a once-a-year vehicle that gives senators an opportunity to get hundreds of votes on any issue they choose.

And at least five senators have chosen to get votes on guns.

We have already told you about the Crapo amendment to shut down Operation Choke Point — which has been used by Eric Holder to try to financially strangle the gun industry.

But there are other amendments as well:

* An amendment by Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and David Vitter (R-LA) to prohibit ATF from banning bullets — in the way it tried to do with AR-15 ammunition;

* Another amendment by Senator Inhofe to block any and all funding for the implementation of the UN Arms Trade Treaty;

* An amendment by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) to prohibit any more anti-gun amendments in the Senate — be they semi-auto bans, magazine bans, universal gun registries, etc. — unless anti-gunners get more Senate votes than they will ever conceivably be able to achieve;

* And there is an amendment to prohibit the ATF from copying 4473’s and using them to compile a national gun registry; and another one to push national concealed carry reciprocity — in a way that allows residents of “constitutional carry” states to carry without asking “May I?” from the government first.

It is critically important that you chime in with respect to all of these amendments.

One final point:  If you read the amendments, they are filled with “budgety” language about “reserve funds,” and so forth.  But the important thing to know is that this is an exercise in freezing in pro-gun votes.  We killed UN Arms Trade Treaty with a budget amendment like these.  And, once we freeze in our headcounts, we can stick these same amendments onto the non-filibusterable reconciliation bill — or on the appropriations bills when they begin to move in a couple of months.

But if you hate bullet bans — or if you like national concealed carry reciprocity — or if you want to permanently preclude anti-gun amendments in the Senate — now is the time to make your voice heard.

ACTIONContact your U.S. Senators. Ask them to support:

* The Inhofe & Vitter amendments outlawing bullet bans and implementation of the UN Arms Trade Treaty;

* The Lee amendment, requiring unattainable supermajorities to ever bring up any gun control in the Senate again;

* The Crapo amendment to shut down Operation Choke Point;

* Plus amendments to push concealed carry reciprocity and prohibit the ATF from copying 4473’s.

 

Time to Repeal Obama Gun Control!

Senate to Vote Next Week on Concealed Carry Reciprocity and other Gun Amendments
– Sen. Crapo moves to ‘Choke’ Operation Choke Point


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Next week, there will be more gun votes on the floor of the United States Senate than there will be for the rest of the year put together.

The Senate will vote on an amendment by Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) on whether to eliminate the Operation Choke Point program — designed by the Obama administration to squeeze the financial life out of the firearms industry.

In addition, the Senate is expected to vote on whether or not to implement national concealed carry reciprocity.  It could vote on whether ATF’s ban on AR-15 ammunition should be permanently prohibited.  It could vote on whether to make it illegal for the Senate to push semi-auto or magazine bans — or universal gun registries.

The vehicle will be the Concurrent Budget Resolution.  And it’s perhaps the only time when senators can — and do — offer amendments on ANYTHING THEY WANT.  And they offer hundreds of amendments.

But — and this is an important “but” — despite the fact that there will be hundreds of amendments, these votes will freeze senators into a “pro-gun” or “anti-gun” position.  And, when reciprocity or Choke Point come up again in two or three months, senators will find it almost impossible to shift from the positions they will take on the Budget Resolution next week.

Remember the UN Arms Trade Treaty?  The first vote we forced on this issue was an amendment to the Budget Resolution.  And because a majority of senators voted against it on the Budget Resolution, we were able to boomerang this vote into an appropriations rider prohibiting Obama from implementing it by executive fiat.

So, here’s what’s going to happen next week.

We have been authorized to tell you that Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho will offer an amendment to cut off funds for Operation Choke Point. Choke Point, as you remember, was an effort by Eric Holder and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to shut down the firearms industry by cutting off credit from gun dealers and eliminating credit card processing for the Second Amendment community.

Although Holder, under pressure, removed guns from the list of “high risk” industries that included pornographers, drug paraphernalia, and payday lenders, he is apparently using Choke Point to destroy gun dealers on a case-by-case basis.

The Crapo amendment is aimed at shutting the program down.

In addition, we continue to work with senators like Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and others to ensure that the Senate will be forced to vote on reciprocity, ammo bans, and semi-auto and magazine bans.  We will e-mail you again as senators authorize us to notify you of their amendments.

ACTIONContact both of your senators.  Demand that they support Senator Mike Crapo’s amendment to prohibit Eric Holder from shutting down the gun industry by cutting off its credit.