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Gun News …

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.
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.

Not a single DFL member of the committee voted to protect your Second Amendment rights.

The push for major gun control in Minnesota is in full steam – the anti-gun faction of the DFL are pulling out all the stops to try and cram through their radical agenda in Saint Paul.

There’s no better evidence of this approach than what we’ve seen in Saint Paul over the first two weeks of the legislative session:

  • Rep. Dave Pinto using obscure rule manipulations to FORCE THROUGH A HEARING on his two gun control bills – universal background checks aka universal registration – and gun violence restraining orders.
  • Senator Matt Klein introducing a bill to allow research into lawful gun ownership – data that is currently not allowed to be collected in order to protect the privacy of gun owners.

And then there’s Rep. Linda Slocum’s comprehensive GUN BAN BILL that would turn most hunting pistols, shotguns, and hunting rifles into a new class of “Assault Weapons”, require you to register your firearms annually, and lets the local police “inspect” your home without a warrant.


But we’re fighting back.

In Thursday’s hearings before the Minnesota House Public Safety Committee, our political director, Rob Doar, pushed back HARD against the gun control push from anti-gunners – using simple facts and logic known to all gun owners.

Along with our other testifiers, we stopped the initial gun control push dead in the water – sending both bills to the table in 10-6 and 9-7 votes. Unfortunately, not a single DFL member of the committee voted to protect your Second Amendment rights.

You can watch the hearing at this link — the two gun control bills start at around 57 minutes into the hearing video.

But the fight isn’t over.

We’re working non-stop here at the Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus to represent your interests in Saint Paul, reaching out to gun owners that haven’t previously been in this fight, and using all of the tools at our disposal to fight back — email blasts (like this one), phone calls, petitions, and digital advertising.

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.

Up the pressure on your Congressmen by getting GOA’s pre-written postcards that are sent to all GOA Members. You can join Gun Owners of America today for only $20!

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.

They want your guns…

Gun Grabbers Using Florida Shooting to Come After Your Guns

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in Florida.

I’m sure that by now, you’ve heard about the tragic school shooting that took place yesterday in Broward County.

And if you have been following the news, no doubt you’ve been disgusted by the commentary.

It’s getting quite old.

Here we have another shooting in a Gun Free Zone.

Another gunman was able to roam about freely without any armed teacher or principal opposing him — even though 81% of police officers support arming teachers as a means to stopping school shootings.

Here we see yet again that the anti-gun laws of Florida — not to mention Congress — have disarmed responsible adults and prevented them from protecting innocent children.

Going back to 1950, over 98% of the public mass shootings in this country have occurred in Gun Free Zones.

But who does the anti-gun Left want to blame?  You!

Sen. Chris Murphy stood on the Senate floor just moments after the shooting took place and blamed the LACK of gun control in this country as the real culprit:

“As a consequence of our inaction,” Murphy said, “we are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallels anywhere else.”

Florida Senator Bill Nelson (D) told Fox News how this shows we need to pass “No Fly, No Buy” gun control legislation.

And gun control extremist — Shannon Watts, who is a paid shill for Michael Bloomberg — incorrectly noted that, “Data shows that stronger gun laws reduce gun violence.”

That statement is just flat out false, as the Crime Prevention Research Center points out.  See the CRPC article here showing that mass shootings occur at much higher rates in other countries that have stricter gun control laws.

And it’s also untrue that this is the 18th school shooting this year — which is a lie that media pundits and congressmen have been repeating ad nauseum for the past 24 hours.

See the Free Beacon’s article here: “Media Push Gun-Control Activists’ Misleading School Shooting Count, Includes Window Broken by BB Gun.”

Fight Over Gun Control is About to Ramp Up

You can be sure that Senate Democrats will try to use this tragedy to resurrect the (misnamed) Fix NICS legislation.

I just want to assure you that Gun Owners of America will continue to fight every bit of gun control … we will fight every compromise … and every attempt to infringe upon the rights of law-abiding people like you and me.

No doubt, we will see a resurgence in the push for gun control in the U.S. Congress.