In the wake of continuing efforts by Barack Obama to scare us into destroying our guns, Black Friday recorded the largest number of gun purchases (as evidenced by background checks) on record: a stunning 185,000 firearms purchases.
It is hard to overstate the importance of this.
“The entire background check system is flawed. Not only is it unconstitutional — and disarming many law-abiding citizens — it’s failing to keep guns out of criminals’ hands and is not keeping people safe.” — GOA’s Erich Pratt in USA Today, July 28
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GOA in USA Today
After a recent spate of shootings — in Charleston, South Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Lafayette, Louisiana — USA Today asked Gun Owners of America to respond.
Many in the media and on Capitol Hill are calling for greater restrictions on firearms owners. But GOA pointed out that current gun control restrictions are failing to stop bad guys from getting guns.
Not only that, the entire background check system is “flawed,” said GOA’s Erich Pratt to USA Today readers. Not only is it denying guns to honest Americans, it’s “failing to keep guns out of criminals’ hands and is not keeping people safe.”
So what does prevent mass shootings from occurring?
Pratt cited the Florida pastor, who this past December, prevented a possible mass shooting — and saved the lives of several men, women and children — when he used his concealed firearm to incapacitate a shooter.
And he reminded readers of the many law-abiding citizens who halted mass shootings this year — in a Philadelphia barber shop in March; on a crowded Chicago street corner in April; or in a Youngstown, Ohio bar in June.
These are just a few of the many self-defense cases, Pratt said, where armed citizens have stopped massacres, and enabled others to stay safe.
Again, Gun Owners of America wants to thank you for your support of our lobbying efforts — and for helping us to stay on the Front Lines and in the Public Square, educating Americans on the importance of our Second Amendment rights.
House Republicans Push Back Against Obama
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This prompted a Fox News discussion this week, where GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt debated an anti-gun (Bloomberg) spokesman. You can view that debate here.
Gun Owners of America will continue to update you about what is happening with this new ground assault being leveled by the Obama administration.
But first, we wanted to alert you to the counter-offensive that House Republicans are waging against Obama’s gun control agenda.
Kudos to Reps. Buck, Gosar, Massie and others
Several Republican Representatives in the House went to bat for gun owners this week and have successfully added good amendments to a “must pass” appropriations bill.
Consider these pro-gun amendments that have been added to the Commerce-Justice-State appropriations bill (H.R. 2578):
(1) Restoration of Rights. The House of Representatives adopted a GOA-backed amendment on Tuesday, offered by Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO), which would allow persons stripped of their constitutional Second Amendment rights to petition for a restoration of their rights. Click here to read more.
(2) Blocking Obama ammo bans. The adoption of three GOA-supported ammo amendments will prohibit the DOJ from banning M855 or 7N6 ammunition ban. Click here to read more about the Hudson, Massie and Gosar amendments.
(3) Pulling the plug on Operation Choke Point. The House adopted an important GOA-backed amendment that “defunds” the Choke Point program which the Obama Administration has used to try and squeeze gun companies out of business. Click here to read more about the Luetkemeyer amendment.
(4) Nixing ATF racism. Rep. Diane Black’s GOA-supported amendment to prohibit gun forms from asking about the race of the purchaser was adopted by voice vote. Click here to read more.
(5) Punishing the Department of Justice. Rep. Gosar successfully added several amendments to cut the budget of the DOJ and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Click here to read more.
(6) Banning UN gun control, Fast & Furious, and more. In addition to the above pro-gun amendments that were passed this week, the original CJS bill (H.R. 2578) already includes several riders pushed by GOA. Click here to read more.
Stay tuned for additional updates, including a report on Obama’s most recent gun control offensive.
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.
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!
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
ACTION: Urge 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.
ACTION: Urge 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
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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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!
ACTION: Contact 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.”
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