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Did You See This Victory for Second Amendment Rights?

GOA Victory in the U.S. Supreme Court!
— Decision is a win for private property and the Second Amendment

“In protecting an individual right to keep and bear arms, the Second Amendment secures a right of private property in those arms that are protected by the Amendment.” — GOA brief in Henderson v. United States, (p. 19)

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday decided Henderson v. United States — a case where Gun Owners of America and its foundation have been very active.

The Court’s unanimous (9-0) ruling further protects Second Amendment rights and erects a higher barrier against the confiscation of firearms.


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The case involved Tony Henderson, a former Border Patrol agent with a previous pot conviction.  Because of his felony, the government tried to take his firearms collection, which totaled more than $3,500.

Gun Owners of America went to bat for Mr. Henderson and argued he should be able to sell his guns, which at the time, were in the FBI’s possession.

 

After Henderson had been convicted on an unrelated marijuana conviction, he sold his ownership rights in the firearms to an unrelated third party who was legally eligible to possess the firearms.  The third party asked the FBI to turn the guns over to the purchaser, but the FBI refused.

The government used a theory of “constructive possession” to claim that Mr. Henderson’s firearms could not be transferred, even to a third party, without violating the felon-in-possession ban.

The trial court and the court of appeals agreed with this legal fiction, preventing Mr. Henderson from selling his firearms to the unrelated third party.

Thankfully, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously sided in favor of Tony Henderson.

The high Court held that the government’s “constructive possession” theory was unsustainable and inconsistent with the purpose of the statute, which is a position consistent with our amicus brief.

Click here to read the GOA brief in Henderson v. United States.

Our amicus brief (Section II) also argued that the government did not have a superior property interest in Mr. Henderson’s firearms.  This is why, GOA said, the government could not use a forfeiture proceeding to take all of Mr. Henderson’s firearms.

As a “right protecting against both public and private violence,” GOA argued in its brief, it is an “essential principle” that the Second Amendment protect the right of private property in firearms — otherwise, tyrants would be free to “simply tak[e] away the people’s arms” on the basis of any pretext. (p. 20-21)

The court’s decision is a victory for private property rights, and helps to further erect a barrier against the confiscation of firearms.

The only constraint the Court imposed in this case was that a felon could not sell his collection to someone who later would allow him to control the firearms.

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GOA Leading the Charge Against Anti-Gun Loretta Lynch!

GOA Leading the Charge Against Anti-Gun Loretta Lynch!

Gun Rights on the Chopping-Block as Early as Next Week


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“If Lynch is confirmed, she is the Supreme Court’s fifth-vote-in-waiting.” — GOA’s Michael Hammond, TownHall, March 24, 2015

ACTIONUrge your Senators, especially if they are Republicans, to OPPOSE the Loretta Lynch nomination at every step.  And circulate this alert to your pro-gun family and friends as well.

GOA leads opposition groups against Lynch

Gun Owners of America spearheaded a coalition of almost 30 groups this week and sent a letter to U.S. Senators opposing the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General of the United States.

While GOA has been busy coalescing grassroots opposition against the anti-gun nominee, the battle is far from over. 

The vote on her nomination could occur as early as next week.  And right now, the Republican Senate holds “all the cards” in the fight to stop her nomination.  If they hold together, her nomination will be defeated.

And, well it should be.  Lynch has said under oath that she effectively intends to spit on the Constitution — and continue to implement Obama’s unconstitutional, unlawful and anti-gun executive actions.

Next to Obama himself, Loretta Lynch will be the most important “Lynch-pin” in the administration’s efforts to permanently obliterate the Constitution.  Without the active support of the Attorney General — who, traditionally, has been the servant of the law, and not the lawless president — Obama’s fraud scheme collapses.

Will Senate Republicans stick together and sink the Lynch nomination?

The question now remains:  Will Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell throw away his last shred of leverage against a historical lawlessness which Republicans universally whine about?

Senator McConnell can ensure that Lynch clear a 60-vote hurdle (overcoming a filibuster) rather than just passing with a mere 51-vote majority.

While Lynch doesn’t have 60 votes in the Senate, she probably has 51 votes because there are some Republicans who support her — like Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT).

Some of these Republicans argue that Lynch is somehow “qualified” by a standard that ignores her pledge to violate the Constitution.

But make no mistake about it:  When you lay your hand on the Bible, you don’t swear to get more education — or more experience — or a higher IQ.  You swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.  And, absent that, no candidate can be viewed as “qualified” to hold office.

Other Senators who support Lynch say she shouldn’t be punished for implementing Obama’s illegalities.  They ignore the fact that in recent history, an Attorney General has resigned, rather than implement a president’s unlawful order.  No Attorney General who plans to use the “just following orders” excuse should be elevated to that office.

Still others say that Lynch’s confirmation is necessary to get rid of Holder.  But Lynch represents a much greater danger than Holder — especially, if her confirmation puts her in line as the potential fifth anti-gun vote on the Supreme Court.

So let Eric Holder continue to fester in his cavernous offices on the fifth floor of Justice — a specimen of the political “undead” who haunts the living after having failed in his effort to orchestrate his own apotheosis.  Lynch is the looming danger threatening to destroy our Constitution; Holder is just a nightmare from the past.

ACTIONUrge your Senators, especially if they are Republicans, to OPPOSE the Loretta Lynch nomination at every step.  And circulate this alert to your pro-gun family and friends as well

 

Help Congress Repeal a Pernicious, Anti-Gun Law!

Will Republicans Repeal one of the Most Devious Anti-gun Laws on the Books?

“As odd as it seems, ObamaCare contains provisions that jeopardize gun ownership,” — Rachel Alexander, TownHall columnist


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Kevin,

Remember ObamaCare?  That’s the anti-gun “Obamanation” that feeds information on gun ownership into a federally run health database.

The original law prevented doctors from doing this, but then Obama’s lawless Executive Action #16 in January of 2013 effectively (and unilaterally) repealed this prohibition on doctors asking their patients about guns in the home.

ObamaCare also opens the door for the ATF to troll that database in order to impose gun bans on millions of Americans with mental disabilities — in much the same way that the Veterans Administration has disarmed almost 200,000 law-abiding veterans.

“As odd as it seems, ObamaCare contains provisions that jeopardize gun ownership, especially for veterans,” says TownHall columnist Rachel Alexander.  And it’s organizations like Gun Owners of America, she says, that “continue to expose these sneaky backdoor attempts at gun control.”

Sneaky, indeed, but that could all be changing now.

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a largely party-line margin of 239-to-186, voted to repeal ObamaCare.  (See the vote here.)

The bill now goes to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will force all 100 senators to go on record in support or opposition to it.  Senators like Ted Cruz (R-TX) are pushing hard for a repeal of this anti-gun ObamaCare law.  In fact, Cruz had already introduced his own repeal bill, S. 339, which is cosponsored by 47 Senators!

The House has already voted on an ObamaCare repeal more than 50 times, but never when Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress.

And while Obama is currently threatening to veto the bill, Congress can always add the repeal to a must-pass piece of legislation.

Besides, even the New York Times, which is hardly a “conservative rag” — reported Sunday that White House aides are worried that the upcoming “tax-filing season will generate new anger” against ObamaCare as uninsured consumers “learn that they must pay tax penalties.”

The pressure is mounting.  Now is the time to strike!

ACTIONContact your Senators and urge them to support the House-passed bill (H.R. 596) repealing anti-gun ObamaCare.  And given that there will be, undoubtedly, an attempt to filibuster the repeal, urge them to shut-off debate by voting for “cloture.”

 

Oppose Loretta Lynch and Support Constitutional Carry!

GOA Pushing Constitutional Carry in the States

“You don’t need a government license to write a book.  So why should you have to get the government’s okay in order to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family?” — GOA’s message to legislators in the several states that are considering permitless carry bills


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With the state legislatures in full swing, Gun Owners of America is working around the country to enact “constitutional carry” legislation.

The concept of constitutional carry is simple:  An individual’s ability to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights shouldn’t depend on a “permit” from the government.

You don’t need a government license to write a book.  So why should you have to get the government’s okay in order to carry a firearm to protect yourself and your family?

GOA is actively working in five states right now — Indiana, Kansas, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Texas — to protect the right of people to carry firearms without permission from government officials.  (You can view GOA’s state alerts in these states here.)

Currently, Americans can carry firearms without a license in seven states: Vermont, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, Arkansas, and most of Montana.  And lest anyone fail to notice, these are not exactly high-crime areas as a result of their diligence for the constitutional rights of their citizens.

In fact, these are some of the safest places in America.

More states may be introducing constitutional carry bills.  If you become aware of such a bill in your state, please don’t hesitate to contact GOA.

Stay tuned for further updates on these bills.

Is Lying About Gun Rights a Prerequisite for Attorney General?

The Obama administration, which has perfected the art of lying to the American people, has found a chief law-enforcement officer who will fit right in:  Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch.

For those who believe lying (“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”) is justified to accomplish “noble” anti-gun policy goals, Lynch appears to be the perfect choice.

But for those who think the Attorney General should tell the truth (for a change), well, not so much.

Lynch stood before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions last week, and the nation saw a lot of dissembling on her part.  (Go here to read a fuller account of Lynch’s evasiveness.)

Bottom line:  We’ve seen this course of conduct before.  It starts with an Obama nominee who, like Lynch, obviously comes from the far, far Left, but who has a minimal paper trail.  (Lynch’s chief patron was New York anti-gun zealot Charles Schumer.)

Like Lynch, Justice Sonia Sotomayor had schmoozed the Judiciary Committee, claiming under oath that she was open-minded about the Second Amendment.

But as soon as she was confirmed, she made it clear, in an opinion that did not require her views on the issue, that she believed the Heller case should be reconsidered. Obviously, Sotomayor had never been open-minded about the Second Amendment; she had, instead, lied under oath.

And so it was with the deceptive testimony of Eric Holder and Elena Kagan.

There’s an old saying:  “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.”  But what do you say about someone who allows themselves to be fooled a fourth time?

ACTION:  Sadly, the writing is on the wall, and Loretta Lynch will probably be confirmed as Attorney General.  But it’s important, nevertheless, for Americans to urge Senators to oppose the Lynch nomination.  So click here to send a message to your two Senators

 

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill

Stutzman to Introduce GOA-Backed Reciprocity Bill for Concealed Carry


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Kevin,

It’s a problem as fresh as today’s headlines.

A Pennsylvania woman with a concealed carry license drives over the New Jersey line with a gun in her car.  In a routine traffic stop, she is arrested and charged for violating New Jersey’s unconstitutional gun laws. Only a national campaign saves her from a decade in prison.

And that’s just the point:  In an era where states like New York and California use draconian and labyrinthine gun laws in order to try to outlaw guns by fiat, a legal gun owner shouldn’t risk a life behind bars because he or she drives across a state line into a socialist-leaning state.

A Floridian shouldn’t live in fear of a move that takes him through New York, or a Virginian, of a trip through Maryland.

So it is good news that, after a campaign that has lasted for over a decade, we are now within striking range of passing reciprocity legislation that is friendly to citizens living in constitutional carry states.

Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) has told Gun Owners of America that he will be introducing this reciprocity bill within the next few weeks.  This bill will prohibit states like New York and California from cancelling the Second Amendment rights of Americans from other states.

If you have a concealed carry permit — or if you come from a freedom-loving state that doesn’t require one — you can carry anywhere in the country without fear of losing your constitutional rights because of where you are.

With six constitutional carry states — and at least four other states which may pass those laws this year — the Stutzman bill is a particularly important contrast to competing bills which would require states like Vermont to change their pro-gun laws in order to benefit.

Now, we know that some of our members would argue:  “Why shouldn’t principles of federalism allow states to spit on the Second Amendment if they want to?”  We respect this view, but respectfully disagree.  Gun grabbers have no problem creating national rules to take away our Second Amendment rights, irrespective of what we do.  So it’s time they were hoisted on their own petard.

In addition, the Supreme Court (correctly) ruled in McDonald v. Chicago (2010) that the reach of the Second Amendment extends beyond just the federal government and applies to all 50 states.

In this landmark decision, the Court noted (approvingly) that anti-gun Justice Stephen Breyer was “correct that incorporation of the Second Amendment right will to some extent limit the legislative freedom of the States, but this is always true when a Bill of Rights provision is incorporated.” (p. 44)

Why are we so optimistic about Stutzman?  The answer is that we now have a filibuster-proof majority to pass it in the Senate — if we can get the new GOP leadership to give us the opportunity to offer it as an amendment to a must-pass bill.

ACTIONContact your Representative.  Ask him or her to call Congressman Stutzman and sign up as an original cosponsor to the Stutzman “constitutional carry” friendly reciprocity bill

How Gun Owners Frustrated Obama’s Gun Control Agenda in 2014

How Gun Owners Frustrated Obama’s Gun Control Agenda in 2014

“The group’s Executive Director Larry Pratt saw the West Virginia Democrat working behind the scenes, pushing gun control after Sandy Hook. He called him out and asked other gun rights groups, including the NRA, to do the same.” — Freedom Outpost, January 19, 2015


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Two former Presidents paid quite a compliment to Gun Owners of America and its members last year.  For starters, President Obama said:

“People ask me what I’m proudest of and what are my biggest frustrations as President. My biggest frustration is that this society hasn’t been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do damage.” (The White House, June 10, 2014)

So in other words, he’s frustrated that Congress rejected every single one of his gun control proposals over the past couple of years.

GOA members should accept this compliment and pat themselves on the back.

After all, it was the liberal media that blamed Gun Owners of America and its activists for the defeat of the President’s gun control agenda.

For example, one progressive site lamented:

Democrats Blame “Gun Owners of America” for Gun Control Setback. — TPM, April 8, 2013

And then there was the Public Broadcasting Service:

PBS’s new special … credits GOA with dragging Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) into the light when he tried to cloak his 2013 gun control push with words like “compromise” and “loopholes.” — Breitbart, January 8, 2015

Even NPR weighed in and complimented the power of GOA’s grassroots:

Gun Owners of America showed with one email alert that it could help flood the phone lines on Capitol Hill days before the Senate vote. — National Public Radio, December 26, 2013

That the anti-gun Left has singled out GOA as the biggest obstacle to more gun control is a great compliment that all gun owners should accept proudly.

But it’s GOA’s grassroots activists who should really be proud, because without you, we could never have accomplished all that we have done in defense of America’s gun rights.


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Gun grabbers attack GOA

It’s been said that the price of success is a target on your back.  And this has certainly been the case in 2014:

(1) Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg produced a video — through one of his anti-gun subsidiaries — personally ridiculing GOA for wanting to arm teachers and principals in schools.

(2) New York Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney called for the Capitol Hill police to investigate GOA’s Larry Pratt for saying that the Second Amendment is for “restraining tyrants.”

(3) Anti-gun groups like the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence have viciously attacked pro-gun candidates — assailing them simply because they received endorsements from GOA’s Political Victory Fund.

Winston Churchill once said:

“You have enemies?  Good.  That means that you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

Yes, it’s the price that comes from success.  But it’s been well worth the effort, as we finished 2014 with no new gun control at the federal level — and even greater firearms freedoms at the state level.

Failure to pass gun control “weighs heavily” on Holder

In October, The Hill reported that Attorney General Eric Holder listed the Obama administration’s “inability to enact more stringent gun control regulations” as among the biggest failures of his tenure, saying the matter “weighs heavily” on his mind.

It’s certainly not for lack of trying.  There was Operation Fast & Furious … Operation Choke Point … and ATF’s efforts to illegally expand its gun registry.

On this latter point, GOA forced the ATF to stop illegally registering long guns throughout the country. And in the courts, Gun Owners Foundation won three cases before the Supreme Court.  (See p. 7 of GOA’s December newsletter.)

In the U.S. Senate, GOA frustrated Harry Reid’s efforts to reelect his cronies in the November elections.  To that end, GOA was the ONLY national gun group working to successfully kill the “Harry Reid Preservation Act” in 2014 — a nothing-burger bill designed to make many anti-gun Democrats appear pro-gun right before the midterm elections.

At the state level, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed a GOA-supported bill which prohibits the enforcement of federal gun control laws within the state.

And GOA and its members successfully encouraged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to pressure a local prosecutor to drop charges against Shaneen Allen, a Philadelphia nurse who had been arrested for having a gun in her car in New Jersey.


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Bill Clinton upset with GOA’s work in killing gun control

Former President Bill Clinton disparagingly complimented the work of national pro-gun groups last year when he accused us of trying to “terrify people” into thinking the government is infringing their gun rights.

He told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough that,

“Gun Owners of America will run an ad against you or billboard against you and say you’re trying to take their guns away.” (June 2014)

Well, he’s right.  And thankfully, GOA was able to send a lot of those gun-grabbing politicians into retirement during last year’s elections.

Now, we’ve got a Congress that is much more favorable to our gun rights — although the battle for our gun rights will still require tremendous effort.

The Obama administration wants to get the UN Arms Trade Treaty ratified.  And it will use future shootings to expand the number of gun-free zones where good Americans will be kept from possessing firearms.

But GOA will oppose these efforts and work to expand our opportunities for concealed carry. (Stay tuned for upcoming alerts on legislation to be introduced by Indiana Rep. Marlin Stutzman.)

It may seem improbable, considering who’s in the White House.  But long-time GOA members will remember that we actually successfully repealed the National Parks gun ban during the first year of Obama’s presidency.

And that was done with a Democrat House and Senate!

The repeal of gun control won’t be easy, but it can be done.  And with your continued support, we will continue regaining lost ground, as we defend our Second Amendment rights together.

 

GOA: Good News You May Have Missed

While Senate Confirms Murthy Nomination,
Getting Rid of Reid was Worth the High Cost


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We’re not going to tell you we’re happy about the way things have gone in Congress the last week.

Obama’s anti-gun executive actions were funded until September 30, and anti-gun political hack

Vivek Murthy was confirmed as Surgeon General by a 51-43 largely party-line vote. (See how your legislators voted below.)

It was hardly unexpected.

Pro-gunners played a central role in taking away congressional power from liberal loons like Barack Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi — and soon-to-be-jobless losers like John Walsh (D-MT), Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mark Udall (D-CO), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA).

And these former “friends of the Second Amendment” gave us a nice knife-in-the-back on their way out the door.  This is the reason you never get too close to a rabid dog.

We’re not going to tell you that victory doesn’t matter.  Or that defeat doesn’t matter.  They do.

But for those who are feeling down-in-the-dumps, we would make four points:

FIRST, WE WON THE TWO CRUCIAL BATTLES THAT MATTERED.  We sent Harry Reid and his cadre of clowns swirling down the toilet bowl of history.  And we have set up an electoral template that will ensure that they don’t regain power in 2016.

In addition, we killed Obama’s legislative gun control agenda. Had we lost the battle against Universal Gun Registration — a.k.a., the Toomey-Manchin background checks — it would have been a serious setback.  But we didn’t, and it wasn’t.

SECOND, WE CREATED, FROM SCRATCH, A REBEL ARMY IN THE HOUSE THAT IS READY TO BOLT AGAINST JOHN BOEHNER’S PERFIDY.  When we started fighting the unconstitutional, anti-gun Cromnibus, every indication was that we would get zero Republican votes.  Zero.

Instead, after a loud and boisterous grassroots campaign, we got 67 — almost a third of the caucus.  And by forcing Boehner to spend an entire day begging, one-by-one, for votes, this means that Boehner will be in less of a position to betray us on an unconstitutional, anti-gun amnesty bill.

THIRD, ELEMENTS OF THE PRO-GUN MOVEMENT ARE NOW CONSIDERABLY LESS LIKELY TO SUPPORT ANTI-GUN DEMOCRATS LIKE HARRY REID, JOE MANCHIN, AND MARK BEGICH, AS THEY DID BEFORE.

Save for three exceptions, all Senate Democrats voted for the anti-gun Murthy.  And of the three Democrats who voted pro-gun, two of them are being discussed as gubernatorial candidates in two years.  This means we are facing the old pattern in which “red state Democrats” will only vote pro-gun if they are facing an upcoming election.  Otherwise, they revert to voting anti-gun.

The good news is that this pattern has now become painfully obvious to virtually all of the gun movement.  So, hopefully, other gun groups won’t be fooled into supporting anti-gun Democrats and acting as the instrumentalities of their own defeat.

FOURTH, NOW VIVEK MURTHY IS SO DISCREDITED THAT NO ONE IS GOING TO BELIEVE THE GARBAGE SPEWING OUT OF HIS MOUTH OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

Gun Owners of America has always believed that the Second Amendment is worth fighting for, even when we are faced with huge odds.  The battle over Obama’s legislative gun control — and the Toomey-Manchin background checks — was initially viewed as hopeless.  Yet, we won it, and the importance of that victory was transformational.

We also would have liked to defeat Harry Reid’s scheme to confirm Vivek Murthy.  And, while we don’t like to lose, there have been a lot of benefits which have flowed from undertaking the battle.

In a few months, the government-funding bills for the “fiscal year” running fromOctober 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016, will begin to move.  It will be “a new season.”  And we will start fresh with another opportunity to block Obama’s unconstitutional, anti-gun “executive actions.”

We hope you will be with us in the fight.

ACTION:  Click on the links below to see how your legislators voted.  If they voted to support the

Constitution, then thank them.  If they voted wrong, then express your disappointment.  You can see they voted here:

* House vote on the anti-gun funding bill (Cromnibus)

* Senate vote on the anti-gun funding bill (Cromnibus)

* Senate vote on Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

NOTE:  The cromnibus bill number is HR 83.  But be warned:  The description of the bill refers to the tiny legislative vehicle on which the gigantic funding bill was attached for parliamentary reasons.  So just realize that the votes you are viewing in actuality refer to the vote on the 1,600 page amendment funding the entire government.