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What the heck are Republicans thinking?

Omnibus Spending Bill is Quickly Becoming an Anti-Gun Leftists’ Dream

The government-funding Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which is currently being negotiated in the House, has all the marks of a “Democrat’s Dream.”

And cowardly Republicans are surrendering on many levels — including on gun rights. 

The biggest threat to gun owners in the omnibus is the potential that the anti-gun Fix NICS may be added may be added into the bill before it comes to the floor.

If Fix NICS (or Take the Guns First) language is added, it will kill concealed carry reciprocity for the rest of the year.

But this is not the only problem with the omnibus.

Said a column in The Washington Times on Monday: “Congressional Republicans who repeatedly pledged to repeal and replace Obamacare instead are racing today to rescue the law with truckloads of federal cash.”

GOA has published many alerts in the past on the danger that ObamaCare poses to our gun rights. But for some reason, the House GOP is trying to rescue that failing law.

Regardless, our message to House Republicans is this: If the omnibus spending bill is turning into such a Democratic bill — pursuing a Democratic anti-gun agenda — then let the Democrats provide the votes to pass it.



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Lots of 2A Issues could be Added to the Omnibus 

Here are just some of the anti-gun problems which could end up in the omnibus spending bill:

1) Obama-like “Fix NICS” gun control (resulting in the disarmament of millions of veterans, older seniors and more)

2) ObamaCare bailout (which helps preserve the anti-gun data collection in ObamaCare that will negatively affect gun owners)

3) Amnesty for anti-gun voters (leading to more anti-gun elected legislators)

4) Internet taxes (including for gun sales).

To see a longer explanation for each of these points above, please see the web-version of this alert here.

There are many additional problems from a constitutional perspective, but what I’ve listed above cover the 2A-related concerns.

A Vote for Anti-gun Fix NICS is a Vote to Kill Reciprocity 

Our response here at Gun Owners of America is to “kill the bill” if it contains gun control.

And if there’s one issue that we should keep bringing up to each congressman, it’s this:  Do not accept any Fix NICS (or Take the Guns First) language in the omnibus.

To take up Fix NICS now would mean that concealed carry reciprocity will get left behind.

 

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Trojan Horse Gun Control….

Feinstein Gun Ban is Gun Control on Steroids

Anti-gun Democrats in Congress have introduced a repeat of the old Clinton-Feinstein ban.

But this legislation represents a gun ban on steroids.

The bills are S. 2095 and H.R. 5087, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI).

Make no mistake, these bills are far nastier than the Clinton-Feinstein gun ban ever was.

Rather than requiring two irrelevant cosmetic features in order to ban a gun (as Clinton-Feinstein did), the Feinstein-Cicilline bills would require only one, thereby affecting tens of millions of semi-automatic rifles and handguns.

Their legislation would also outlaw standard capacity magazines.

Sure, you can keep the guns and magazines you already have them — for now, at least.  But you have to keep them locked up, and private transfers would be outlawed by the legislation — unless you transfer them using a background registration check.

In fact, the bill makes no provisions for what happens to your guns if you die.  And it’s far from clear whether you can pass them on to your kids — particularly if, for instance, your executor is one of the 257,000 military veterans who were unconstitutionally put into the NICS system.


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An Even Greater Threat to Gun Owners 

While the ban on commonly-owned firearms described above is bad, GOA does not believe this legislation has the votes to pass this year.

But there is a much greater, back-door threat, that would come close to accomplishing the same goal.

The threat is this:  if President Trump can ban bump stocks without statutory authority, then a future president can ban anything without statutory authority.

At the meeting with congressmen last week, President Trump said:

We can [ban bump stocks] with an executive order.  I’m going to write the bump stock; essentially, write it out.  So you won’t have to worry about bump stock.  Shortly, that will be gone.  We can focus on other things.

So let me repeat:  If Trump can ban anything which “accelerates the rate of fire of a semiautomatic” — all in the name of banning bump stocks — then he is ultimately imposing a far-reaching gun ban.

If you doubt this, please watch this video here.

Banning something which helps a shooter “accelerate” a gun’s rate of fire can then be used by a future anti-gun Democrat President to ban polished bolts, match triggers, magazines, tripods, and perhaps even AR-15’s themselves — if they have pistol grips which allow them to be fired faster and more accurately.

So I need you to contact the President and register your strong opposition to this Trojan Horse gun ban.

Everyone knows that President Trump is on his Twitter account every day.

So there’s probably no better way to reach him than by clicking here to contact him directly via Twitter.

If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can send an email to President Trump using the traditional route here.

 

Gun News …

THE DAILY SIGNAL
Why ‘Sin Taxes’ on Ammo Will Backfire external site
Sin taxes of all types have unintended consequences. A new proposal to impose a 50 percent tax on ammunition is no exception. Selective sales taxes imposed on certain politically disfavored goods are rife with misuse, rarely achieve their intended outcome, and disproportionately hurt the poor.
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What Is The ‘Fix NICS’ Bill Congress Keeps Talking About? external site
Currently, there is a bill making its way through Congress known as the Fix NICS Act of 2017, commonly referred to as “Fix NICS,” that is designed to close a major hole in current federal firearms legislation.

Second Class Citizens….

Let me be perfectly clear, any compromise on our Second Amendment freedoms is an infringement we cannot support.

“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was optimistic Thursday that the Republican-controlled Congress can pass comprehensive gun legislation…” –L.A. Times 3/1/18

“Chuck Schumer calls for improved background checks and other reforms to seize guns…” –New York Daily News 3/4/18

“If you can’t buy a beer, you shouldn’t be able to buy an AR-15. It seems to me that this really is a no-brainer.” –Dianne Feinstein 3/2/18

Gun-grabbing politicians in Washington, D.C. are looking for any reason to strip us of our rights and pat themselves on the back.

As law-abiding gun owners, we must stand united and hold these weak-kneed politicians accountable.

That’s why I’m asking you to rush an urgent contribution of $25, $35, $50, or even $100 to Gun Owners of America Headquarters.

It’s Been a Long Week, But Much has been Accomplished

It’s Been a Long Week, But Much has been Accomplished

We want to thank the entire GOA membership for taking action this week — and, especially, for calling the Oval Office.

I personally have been to the White House many times since Trump took office, and I am in contact with those who are hammering out gun policy on behalf of the President on a regular basis.

The White House clearly knows where GOA and its members stand. Your collective voice has been VERY LOUD indeed.

So we want to thank you for that.

And you should be encouraged that some media outlets are declaring that prospects for gun control are as “dim as ever.”

Because of your activism, the White House knows there is a significant chunk of the gun community that wants NO gun control … NO infringements … and, NO compromises.

Many of the public meetings with the President this week have involved efforts to pass gun control “lite.”

But the White House knows that GOA and it’s 1.5 million members are NOT supporting any gun control.

And they’re not the only ones.

I and other GOA staff have met with the chief sponsor of the Fix NICS bill in the Senate, John Cornyn of Texas.

We’ve told him that GOA members oppose this legislation — but that we are heartily on board with passing concealed carry reciprocity.

And this is key, because it’s the members of the legislature who will determine what goes into any bill that is sent to President Trump’s desk.

What encourages me is that when we go into these meetings, we have GOA’s membership standing behind us.

Capitol Hill offices are frequently telling us how “loud” our members are.

Again, I am grateful for that — because now we are facing a new, potential threat.


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Congress considers adding gun control to spending bill

Washington’s Roll Call newspaper reports that congressmen are considering adding the Fix NICS gun ban bill to the annual spending bill, called the “Omnibus.”

This is a serious threat because the omnibus is most definitely a “must pass bill.”

This strategy is clever — from an anti-gun perspective — but it is not without its potential pitfalls.

Roll Call reports that the addition of Fix NICS — and nothing else — “would face steep resistance from Senate Democrats” because gun grabbers want far more gun control.  And the bill would also be strongly opposed by pro-gun conservatives in the House.

On this latter point, you have played a significant role.

You will remember that GOA urged you in December to help us get cosponsors on the Rep. Ted Budd letter, which told Senators that if “Fix NICS” came back from the Senate without concealed carry reciprocity, it would not be considered.

Thankfully, there were dozens of congressmen who signed on to the Budd letter, and this has complicated efforts to get gun control passed — which is a good thing.

But more to the point:  When the House leadership combined Fix NICS and concealed carry reciprocity into a “combo-bill” (H.R. 38) earlier this year, the House leadership promised us and its House members that Fix NICS WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED unless reciprocity was added to it.

Having said this, it’s probably worth reminding the House leadership of their commitment to us.

And since this is the last alert of the week, let’s just remind them once more to say “no” to all gun control — and to keep their promises to uphold their oath of office.

 

Gun News …

Senate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation

Senate Republicans say President Trump’s comments Wednesday calling for more ambitious gun control proposals won’t change the political calculations in their conference, which supports a limited response to the mass shooting at a Florida high school in February.

Attacking the NRA is really attacking everyday Americans

A few weeks before the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar (Tex.) invited a special guest to attend the State of the Union address: Stephen Willeford, the hero who just months earlier had stopped a mass shooter at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Tex.

Cutting NRA ties is taking sides in culture war. That’s bad for business and America.

Do we really want separate financial systems for Republicans and Democrats? Because that’s where we’re headed if this witch hunt continues.

Schools are safer than they were in the 90s, and school shootings are not more common than they used to be, researchers say

The deadly school shooting this month in Parkland, Florida, has ignited national outrage and calls for action on gun reform. But while certain policies may help decrease gun violence in general, it’s unlikely that any of them will prevent mass school shootings, according to James Alan Fox, the Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy at Northeastern.

Trump to Second Amendment: Drop Dead

Trump Drops the Gloves and Becomes the “Gun-Grabber-in Chief”

Lewis G. Carroll said it first: “First the execution; then the trial.”

On Wednesday, Donald Trump echoed that sentiment when he said: “Take the guns first; go through due process later.”

Well, that’s not exactly the way due process is supposed to work.

But Trump made these comments — and more — at a roundtable meeting with several congressmen at the White House.

He supported various gun control proposals and vowed to take on the gun lobby to get his measures passed.

That’s why I need to you make one important call today.

You must call the President immediately and tell him how deeply disappointed you are by his betrayal of gun owners, who he actively courted prior to the 2016 elections.

Please call Trump at 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 and tell him that you do NOT support one word of the gun control measures that he’s supporting.

And, let him know that you will surely “remember in November” if he does NOT get off his anti-gun agenda.


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Trump endorses Gun Confiscation Orders

On Wednesday, Trump endorsed the heinous gun confiscation orders that several anti-gun states have enacted (California, Oregon, Washington, etc.).

Under these laws, the police or a relative or perhaps a government official could convene a secret court proceeding (called an ex parte hearing).

The gun owner would NOT be allowed to attend or make his or her case to the court.

And, in fact, the first they would know about it is when the SWAT team arrived at the door to ransack their house and, if they resisted, to arrest or even shoot them.  This is what happened at Ruby Ridge.

Leftist anti-gun Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) suggested to a beaming Trump that anyone you had ever dated should also be able to convene a secret proceeding to take away your guns.

Wow!  Talk about driving a stake through the heart of the Second and Fourth Amendments.

This will open up our gun rights to horrific abuse — as people will be able to take revenge against you to take away your rights, as happened to Shane Morgan in Oregon.

How ironic that just a few weeks ago, the President said in a tweet, when talking about one his aides, that, “People’s lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation…. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”

Apparently, due process is needed for people in the White House, but not for people who may be falsely accused and have their Second Amendment rights stripped from them.

Incidentally, the Gun Confiscation Orders would have done no good in Parkland, where the shooter was judged to be “low risk.”

But he COULD have been barred from buying a gun if he had been brought up on felony charges during any of the 40-50 police visits.  And NEWS FLASH:  Holding a gun to someone’s head IS a felony.

Not only that, he could have been deterred from even attacking a school if he knew, in advance, that there were armed adults inside the building.

But the gun confiscation orders were just the beginning of Trump’s anti-gun love-fest.

Trump endorses Universal Background (Registration) Checks

The “base bill” for Trump’s comprehensive anti-gun package is the proposal introduced by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) from 2013 — legislation that is commonly known as Universal Background Checks.

Under that bill, if you wanted to sell your gun to your neighbor … you and he would have to go to the nearest FFL … pay whatever fee he chose to charge you (without limit, but you can expect to be AT LEAST $50 poorer) … and then HOPE that you’re not one of the eight percent of all Brady Check purchasers who receives a “YELLOW” (hold) response.

At the very least, this would mean you would have to make two trips to the gun store.  However, under very technical language in the 2013 version, it may be that you would NEVER be able to buy the gun.

Of course, the other problem with Universal Background Registration Checks is that the ATF is currently routinely making copies of 4473’s in many parts of the country.

Think about it, if everyone has to get a 4473 under Universal Background Checks, then everyone and their gun will appear in that national registry.

The Manchin-Toomey language garnered 54 votes in 2013, but then dropped to only 48 votes in 2015 and 44 votes in 2016.

So, right now, Universal Background Registration Checks are being supported by less than half the Senate.  But don’t be surprised if President Trump starts twisting arms to get more votes.

Then there’s Feinstein’s semi-auto ban, which Trump also entertained as a possibility.  Her bill would probably get roughly 35 votes in the Senate.

Trump openly asked Manchin and Toomey to accept the Feinstein semi-auto ban, which would ban millions of semi-automatic firearms — and would ban standard capacity magazines, as well.

Trump dismisses pleas to pass concealed carry reciprocity

Concealed carry reciprocity was brought up at yesterday’s meeting.

But Trump rejected this bill as “unachievable,” even though it has already passed the House and has 55-60 votes in the Senate, based on our extrapolation of the 2013 vote on reciprocity in the Senate.

So to recap:  A PRO-gun reciprocity bill with 55-60 votes is “unachievable” for Trump, but two horrendous, ANTI-gun bills supported by less than half of the Senate are the core of Trump’s agenda.

What does that tell you about Trump’s view of the Second Amendment — and the gun lobby?

Finally, there is Trump’s continued push to disarm hundreds of thousands of soldiers and sailors — who are perfectly capable of carrying a full automatic in Baghdad or Kabul — but they will return to the U.S. to be treated as second-class citizens if Trump raises the age to purchase a long-gun to 21.

Kudos to pro-gun champions Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) for trying to steer Trump off his anti-gun rant.

Sen. Daines reiterated the need for armed protection inside our nation’s schools. And Rep. Scalise pled for Trump to reconsider concealed carry reciprocity.  But Trump just dismissed Scalise’s pro-gun pleas.

Perhaps the only bright spot in Wednesday’s meeting was that Trump reiterated his support for arming teachers.

However, by the end of the meeting, it seemed pretty clear that Trump would not fight for this if it meant the death of the gun control package.

Did Trump just throw the 2018 elections?

Donald Trump has said, repeatedly, that he’s prepared to “take on” the Second Amendment community if we resist his agenda.

If he had said that two years ago, he wouldn’t have been the Republican nominee.

So Donald Trump is about to learn a very hard lesson.  The liberal media and the Democrats will hate Trump no less because of his betrayal of his base.

And, in fact, his actions will serve to energize the Left, just as he tries to weaken the people who elected him.

It’s possible that Trump just threw the 2018 elections by depressing turnout by his base.

Again, it is imperative that we bombard the White House with phone calls.

Let the President know that he cannot expect to keep the support of the gun owners he courted if he’s going to shred the Constitution in the manner that he is proposing.

Please call Trump today at 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 and tell him that you do NOT support one word of the gun control measures that he’s supporting.

And click here to send emails to your Senators with the same message — with special messages prepared for Republicans or Democrats.