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Urge Your Senator to Kill the Traffic Ticket Gun Ban!!!

Urge Your Senator to Kill the Traffic Ticket Gun Ban!!!

At hearings Wednesday on the most serious gun control threat in over a decade.

The bill is the Cornyn-Schumer-Feinstein-Blumenthal-Murphy legislation, S. 2135.  And it would bribe the states and force federal agencies to send every possible eligible name to the national gun ban list, NICS.

This means that a whole lot of decent Americans are going to be added into the system.

Some people claim that S. 2135 — and its counterpart in the House — are really not that bad.  After all, they say, the bills don’t contain the words “traffic tickets,” “veterans,” “senior citizens,” and so forth.

But that’s the problem.  Legislators like Chuck Schumer are not going to tell you this up front.

There’s more to it than just reading the bills 

Remember the 2007 NICS Improvement Amendments Act that harmed so many veterans?  That legislation NEVER contained the word “veteran.”

But GOA knew what legislators were up to … we knew how veterans were going to be impacted … and so we renamed the legislation, more accurately, as the Veterans Disarmament Act.

Sadly, more than 257,000 veterans have now been disarmed, proving that GOA’s analysis of that disgraceful law was accurate.

The key is this:  You always have to read the legal code and the implementing regulations that are being amended by any particular piece of legislation.

Many gun owners don’t realize that NICS is already denying gun purchases to people who have unpaid traffic tickets — even though you won’t find the words “traffic” or “tickets” in the federal firearms code.

To read more about this, you’ll definitely want to see what a Massachusetts cop told GOA about how an unpaid traffic ticket can lead to a gun ban.

And you can click here to see Shannon Bream of Fox News quoting GOA to help viewers sift “fact from fiction”over the weekend in regard to the Traffic Ticket Gun Ban.

Again, the reason Cornyn-Schumer is so horrible is that it bribes states and forces agencies to achieve 100% compliance with current statutes and regulations — and this is going to result in gun bans for lots of decent Americans whose names are not already in the NICS system.

More horror stories to come under Cornyn-Schumer

If you have a terrible — but unenforced — statute and you come along with legislation to mandate enforcement, is that a bad thing?

Obviously, it is.

And the unenforced statutes and regulations surrounding the 1968 Act (18 U.S.C. 922(g)), the 2007 Veterans Disarmament Act, and the regulations implementing them are so sucky that they, if fully enforced, would disarm millions — perhaps tens of millions — of decent Americans.

The Code of Federal Regulations disarms you if a “lawful authority” determines you are a “danger” or are unable to manage your checkbook (see 27 CFR 478.11).  “Lawful authority” means a psychiatrist who determines whether a person is eligible for federal benefits. Under these provisions, over 257,000 veterans have lost their guns.

And, in 2016, Barack Obama promulgated regulations which would trawl the SSI disability rolls to do the same for perhaps millions of people on disability.  Congress was shocked, the regulations were overturned at the start of the Trump administration.

But guess what?

The next anti-gun president could do the same with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the children’s health insurance program, ObamaCare recipients, etc.

He could do this for people with guardians, or people suffering from ADHD, PTSD, post partem depression, regular depression, OCD, or even Alzheimer’s, which currently affects upwards of 40 million people according to a study financed by the National Institutes of Health. And Congress would not be able to generate the 2/3 vote in both chambers to overturn a veto of any legislation seeking to overturn his actions.

Or take people on medical marijuana lists.  Or in diversion or treatment programs.  They will be put on the gun ban list under 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(3).  That’s a 100% certainty.

Or take states like New York, which sent 30,000 names to NICS, pursuant to the SAFE Act, because their private psychiatrist turned them in.

Or take California, which allows an ex parte gun ban without any hearing because a friend or relative complains about you.

Or take states like Massachusetts, which banned guns for 430,000 people on the basis of unanswered “bench warrants.”  We know that large numbers of vacationers with unpaid speeding tickets are losing their guns because of this.

But the worst thing of all is that Cornyn-Schumer will revitalize the Brady Center, the Giffords’ organization, the Bloomberg operation, and dozens of other gun control zealots after years of decline and demoralizing defeats.

It is significant that Chuck Schumer is doing a “happy dance” over the victory Cornyn-Schumer would give to gun control, but is dead-set against a single word that would help gun owners.

So it is going to take every ounce of fight you have in you to stop the passage of this fast-moving, preordained gun control victory.

And it will only happen if we work together on a continuing basis over the next few months.

Tell them that the Cornyn-Schumer bill (S. 2135) — aka, the Traffic Ticket Gun Ban — is the worst gun control in over a decade for a bill that has a serious chance of passing.

Demand that they oppose it.

 

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They Are Blaming You For What Happened At Las Vegas

Republicans Coming Under Fierce Pressure to Buckle on Gun Rights

 

Everyone at Gun Owners of America was extremely troubled and saddened to see the tragic and terrifying report of the shooting in Las Vegas.

GOA and all our employees send the sincerest prayers for the victims, their families, and all involved in this heartbreaking incident.

At the same time, it is disturbing to see anti-gun politicians and celebrities politicizing the tragedy by calling for further restrictions on guns.

They are blaming gun owners like you for what an evil man did.

And some Republicans in Washington are feeling the pressure to “do something.”  Even President Trump said that, “We’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by.”

Gun Owners of America has been on the front lines all week, answering the “tough” questions.

We have frequently been asked by media outlets around the country — even around the world — to “justify” why Americans should own guns.

Of course, we remind them that we have a Bill of Rights, not a Bill of Needs.

But our message is clear:  We cannot blame gun owners, the gun itself, or the liberties protected in the Second Amendment for how evil people abuse that freedom.

The vast majority of gun owners — like yourself — handle their firearms responsibly.

Guns are being used every day to save lives — and good Americans have even used their firearms to stop mass shootings.

GOA is also emphasizing that no amount of gun control will stop bad guys from getting their hands on firearms.

I pointed out during one TV debate that many of the countries in Europe — with all their gun control — still have a higher rate of Mass Shootings per capita than does the United States.

Even though France has far stricter gun restrictions than we do, that country saw more people die in mass shootings in 2015 than were killed in all the U.S. mass shootings during Obama’s presidency.

You can use the following links to view some of our media debates or stories that we have posted:

* GOA Debates Gun Controller After Las Vegas Shooting

* Different Reactions in the Gun Lobby to Vegas Shooting

* Gun Owners of America Fights for AR-15s Before Supreme Court

* GOA Responds to Las Vegas Shooting

* GOA Schools an Aussie on the Ultimate Reason for Firearms

It’s a sad day, when those who hate our constitutionally-protected liberties try to turn a time for grieving into an opportunity to punish you and restrict your freedoms.

But we will stand together to oppose them.

Please take action to encourage President Trump to remain firm and to resist every effort to compromise our rights.

 

It’s Time for Senate Democrats to Put Up or Shut Up

It’s Time for Senate Democrats to Put Up or Shut Up 

 

For liberal Democrats, it’s “the year of the veteran.”

Eager to pretend that they don’t hate America’s heroes as much as they have in the past, Leftist Democrats are scouring the weeds for anti-gun candidates who have served in some capacity in the military.

In Virginia, for instance, one goofball is running for governor on a platform that essentially says that his service as a military doctor taught him to hate guns.

So it is about time that Senate Democrats “put up or shut up” with regard to their love — or hate — for our men and women in uniform.

For two decades, America’s veterans have received shoddy treatment from the VA — in virtually every respect.  Their medical treatment has frequently been substandard.

But, even more important, the politically correct VA has fallen over itself to take away the guns of 257,000 law-abiding veterans with no due process whatsoever.

Ironically, Uncle Sam had no problem handing our servicemen M16’s and M4’s and setting them loose to patrol the streets of Baghdad and Kabul.

And yet, when a GI returns to the U.S., perhaps haunted by a disturbing experience in the theater of war, the VA has not hesitated to appoint a guardian for the veteran on the basis of a psychiatric diagnosis — and then take away his guns without any due process whatsoever.

If it’s any indication how irrational this process is, 107,000 of those veterans who are currently subject to a gun ban are now over 80 years of age.

And, while they can theoretically appeal the VA’s determination taking away their constitutional rights, few veterans have the $10,000 or more that it would take to hire a lawyer and experts to do so.

So the champions who have fought to secure our freedoms are the first to have it taken away from them.

But the good news is that H.R. 1181, which would restore the gun rights of 257,000 veterans, has now been passed by the House by a largely party-line vote of 240-175 — and has been placed on the Senate calendar.

At any time, it could be called up, passed, and sent to President Donald Trump’s desk for his guaranteed signature.

There is only one problem:  an anticipated filibuster by gun-hating Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and his gaggle of gun-hating Democrats.

And so now, this is our challenge to the Senate:  Put up or shut up.

Stand up for veterans — or stop pretending you really care about them.

By moving to take up H.R. 1181 and sending it to Donald Trump’s desk, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would be forcing Senate Democrats to stand up for veterans — or to spit in their face.

So please contact Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) and Sen. Al Franken (D). Demand that they call for the Senate to take up and pass H.R. 1181, the Veterans Protection Act.

 

Hearing Protection Under Attack in the U.S. Senate

Time to Counter by Moving the “Hearing Protection Act”

First, Gun Owners of America needs your help to stop anti-gun Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (D) from scoring an anti-gun coup.

Second, I want to remind you that one of the best ways you can support Gun Owners of America is by becoming a GOA Patriot member.

GOA Patriots are monthly contributors who are serious about defending the Second Amendment.

Not only will you help GOA stay on the front lines, you will get a great-looking GOA cap as a thank you!

GOA Successfully Working to Block Possible Attacks on Hunters

A week ago, the Senate HELP Committee — seriously, that’s its real acronym:  HELP! — voted out legislation which would revamp regulation of over-the-counter hearing aids.

The legislation is crafted by Senator Elizabeth Warren.

In the pro-gun House, representatives recognized that similar legislation might have ramifications for hunting-related listening devices.

Several news outlets covered GOA’s progress on this legislation, and noted how GOA is leading the fight against gun control.

Says BearingArms.com: “Things are getting heated in the gun world, especially with gun control advocates doing everything in their power to defeat the Second Amendment. But there’s one group who has ramped up [the pressure]: Gun Owners of America (GOA).”

And Guns.com reported that, “Gun Owners of America told House lawmakers last week to delete ‘anti-gun’ language added to a prescription drug bill winding its way through Congress.”

The results have been encouraging.

Under the auspices of pro-gun champion Richard Hudson (R-NC) and the Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR), GOA worked with Representatives who agreed to language alleviating any potential impact on guns.

But so far, this pro-gun language has not been agreed to in the Senate.

Hence, the bigger question is this:  If Congress is going to protect people’s hearing, how about deregulating suppressors?

GOA Working to Deregulate Suppressors

On January 9, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced legislation to allow gun owners to protect their hearing by removing suppressors from the requirements of the National Firearms Act.

If Warren is allowed to move her legislation forward — on behalf of her wealthy constituent, Bose electronics — legislation to protect the hearing of hunters ought to be allowed to proceed in tandem.

As it now stands, firearms suppressors, which are little more than elaborate metal tubes, are treated like machine guns under federal law.

To obtain one, you have to pay a hefty tax, submit fingerprints, undergo an elaborate FBI background check, and (under illegal Obama directives) obtain the permission of sometimes-hostile local law enforcement.

There are at least two ironies to this:  The first is that it’s pretty easy to make a makeshift suppressor.  The second is that, even in gun-hating countries like Norway, suppressors are actively encouraged as hearing-protection measures.

Tragically, the anti-health aspects of the 1934 National Firearms Act were written on the basis of mythology that Al Capone could use “silencers” to mow down “G-Men.”

This storybook fiction is foolish from a variety of standpoints — not the least of which is the fact that “suppressors” are not “silent.”

So gun owners — and public health experts — are now asking why public health should be sacrificed on the altar of some comic book scenario that defines a “machine gun” to include a metal tube.

But, one way or another, it’s time for the Senate and the House to take a stand on this health issue.

And the Senate, in particular, should not allow the anti-gun Warren to put “points on the board” without considering how the hearing of gun owners can be protected at the same time.

So please contact Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) and Sen. Al Franken (D).  Urge them to cosponsor S. 59, and to support the “Hearing Protection Act” when it is considered by the Senate.

 

Who Voted Against Jeff Sessions?

Anti-gun Senate Democrat Puppets Dance on Chuck Schumer’s Strings

 

The Senate just had its first big test on guns in the 115th Congress.

And with one exception, every single Democrat voted anti-gun.

The vote was on the confirmation of GOA ally Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General.

With the exception of West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, the successful 52-47 vote was otherwise completely party-line, with Republicans voting for the Second Amendment, and Democrats opposing it (Sen. Sessions abstained).

As a senator from Alabama, Sessions had been one of that chamber’s most pro-gun votes.

Most recently, Sessions led the fight which killed the anti-gun sentencing bill. That legislation would have created mandatory 5-year minimum sentences for gunsmiths who didn’t get a $2,250 gun license.

It would also have increased prison sentences by 50% for gun-owning veterans caught up in the Veteran’s Disarmament Act.

Senator Sessions has been a long-time supporter of national constitutional carry reciprocity and due process for veterans — and an opponent of unconstitutional “no-fly no-buy” and background check/gun registry legislation.

We had expected endangered Democrats from pro-gun states who are up in 2018 to pretend to be pro-gun — at least for the next two years.

These include Heidi Heitkamp from North Dakota, Joe Donnelly from Indiana, Jon Tester from Montana, Claire McCaskill from Missouri, Bill Nelson from Florida, Bob Casey from Pennsylvania, Debbie Stabenow from Michigan, Sherrod Brown from Ohio, Tammy Baldwin from Wisconsin, and Angus King from Maine.

Instead, these anti-gunners danced on the end of Chuck Schumer’s strings — apparently more indentured to Washington’s Leftists than to their own constituents.

This is particularly notable since all of these anti-gun Red State Democrats (if they were in the Senate at the time) also dutifully voted for political hacks Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch — both of whom spent their tenures trying to shred the law and the Constitution in order to go after gun owners.

As we said, anti-gun icon Joe Manchin is apparently making a frantic effort to save his seat among West Virginia’s increasingly hostile electorate. That said, the gun-control supporting Manchin immediately announced that he would oppose the HHS nomination of Tom Price — apparently because Price wants to repeal the anti-gun ObamaCare program.

A humorous political sidebar was the Left-wing Elizabeth Warren, who spent an hour throwing insults at her fellow senators until an almost infinitely tolerant Senate finally had had enough — and forced the startled Warren to shut up and sit down.

So it’s going to be a fun two years. Perhaps as many as eleven or twelve Democrats up for reelection in pro-gun states are effectively telling their constituents to “drop dead.” Our guess is that it’s these twelve whose political careers that are dead.

ACTION: Write your senators. The prewritten letter will thank those who voted in favor of Jeff Sessions’ confirmation and express disappointment in those opposed.

 

Constitutional Carry & Self-Defense Law Reform introduced in the Minnesota House today!

Contact your local Rep.

Talk nicely to them.

Unfortunately mine is one whom believes Big Government should make all our decisions, including the right to protect oneself and family…

Today, in the Minnesota House, Representative Jim Nash (R, HD 47A, Waconia/Carver County) introduced two major pieces of bi-partisan pro-gun rights legislation.

  • HF 238, the Defense of Dwelling and Person Act of 2017, would reform Minnesota’s self-defense laws by removing the duty to retreat, expanding the existing castle doctrine in one’s home or place of abode, and simplifying and clarifying today’s confusing mix of statutes and case law.

    Today, in order to make the right decision about the lawful use of force to defense one’s self, family, or a another, a law-abiding Minnesotan must analyze their situation, process multiple statutes, and recall more than a dozen Minnesota court cases in less than a second – all while being faced with imminent threat of death or great bodily harm.

    This law would serve to protect law-abiding Minnesotans who otherwise could be prosecuted for making an innocent mistake while trying to defend themselves against violent attack.

    HF 238 was introduced by Rep. Jim Nash with 17 co-authors. Additional authors, including DFLers, will be added in the coming days.

  • HF 188, the Constitutional Carry Act of 2017, would make permits to carry optional in Minnesota. Constitutional Carry, also known as “permitless carry”, allows any person who is not already prohibited from owning or carrying a firearm under existing federal and state law, to carry a firearm without a permit.

    Permits to Carry would still be available for reciprocity reasons through the same process as exists today.

    The Second Amendment states “the right to keep and bear arms… shall not be infringed.” Forcing citizens to pay for classes and seek permission from government to exercise a fundamental constitutional right is wrong.

    Constitutional Carry is currently legal in eleven states – similar legislation is pending in more than a dozen states in 2017.

    HF 188 was introduced by Rep. Jim Nash with 14 bi-partisan co-authors