Here is a GOA ALERT just received. It is imperative that we follow-up on this immediately. I have already written a letter to Mrs. Musgorve and sent it by FAX to both her Washington and her Colorado home offices. We all need to do so.
If you live in colorado, you can use the normal way in GOA to send notice to a Representative of that state.
The Jury is Still Out on Protecting Gun Makers
-- Please ask the House leadership to ditch the Senate's gun control
Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
"The anti-gun provisions in S. 397 would probably be stripped out in
the House if all the gun groups were working together with GOA." --
Rep. Ron Paul, Sept. 15, 2005
Thank you, Ron Paul, for your kind words. Sometimes it's a lonelybattle fighting gun control. GOA was the only gun group fightingtrigger locks in the Senate, and once again, is the only groupfighting these gun restrictions in the House.
The drums in the House are beating for gun control. There are twbills that would take baby steps toward protecting gun makers fromthe frivolous lawsuits that are plaguing the industry. The Housebill (H.R. 800) would help protect gun makers WITHOUT imposing anynew gun restrictions. The Senate bill (S. 397) attempts to help gunmakers, but does so by "sticking it" to all gun owners as well.
So doesn't it make sense for pro-gun leaders to push the House bill
over the weaker, gun control-ridden Senate version? [You can read
about the two gun control provisions that were stuck into S. 397 by
going to http://www.gunowners.org/a081105.htm
on the GOA website.]
It makes sense to choose the House version, which is free of all gun
control. Unfortunately, more than 100 Representatives have signed a
letter asking the leadership to bring up the Senate-passed bill.
A number of strategists on Capitol Hill promised that any gun control
that was added to S. 397 would be removed in a future conference
committee. But now, those same forces are asking the House to bring
up the Senate bill (which means there would be no opportunity for a
House-Senate conference committee, and no opportunity to strike the
offending gun control provisions from the bill).
It's getting late in the game. You can help by asking Rep. Marilyn
Musgrave (R-CO) to take action. Musgrave is a leader of the Second
Amendment Caucus. As such, she is the best person in the House to
approach the leadership on behalf of gun owners.
ACTION -- Please take the following steps:
1. Contact Rep. Musgrave and urge her to represent the views of gun
owners to the House leadership.
IF YOU LIVE IN COLORADO'S 4th DISTRICT
, you can use the pre-writtenmessage below to contact Rep. Musgrave. Simply visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
and then plug-in your zip code under Elected Officials to send her a
message. (Copy-n-paste the following suggestion or type your own.)
FOR ALL OTHER ACTIVISTS
, please contact Rep. Musgrave's office viathe following (faxes are especially encouraged):
Toll-Free Phone: 877-762-8762
Direct dial: 202-225-4676
2. Please forward this alert to your pro-gun friends and family. As
stated above, GOA is the only national pro-gun group that is fighting
against the gun control provisions of S. 397. We need your help to
get other gun owners involved!
--- Pre-written letter ---
Dear Rep. Musgrave:
I am alarmed at the fact that very little is being done to strip the
gun control provisions out of the Senate version of the gun liability
bill (S. 397). I also understand that there is a move underway in
the House to take up the Senate bill, thus solidifying Congress'
support for things such as trigger locks.
I hope that you, as a co-founder of the Second Amendment Caucus, will
approach the House leadership on behalf of gun owners and ask them to
take up H.R. 800, a companion bill which is free of all gun control.
Thank you so much for your hard work on this issue. I would like to
hear back from you regarding what the leadership tells you. Thanks.