GOA ACTION ALERT - IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED

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  1. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

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    As Senate Reconvenes... Veterans Disarmament Bill Offers False Hopes Of Relief For Gun Owners

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
    Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
    http://www.gunowners.org

    Wednesday, September 5, 2007

    I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the
    lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but
    by the past. -- Patrick Henry, in his "Give Me Liberty or Give Me
    Death" speech of March 23, 1775

    Patrick Henry had it right. Forget the past, and you're destined to
    make the same mistakes in the future.

    Gun control has been an absolute failure. Whether it's a total gun
    ban or mere background checks, gun control has FAILED to keep guns
    out of the hands of criminals.

    But gun control fanatics still want to redouble their efforts, even
    when their endeavors have not worked. Congress is full of fanatics
    who want to expand the failed Brady Law to such an extent that
    millions of law-abiding citizens will no longer be able to own or buy
    guns.

    For months, GOA has been warning gun owners about the McCarthy-Leahy
    bill -- named after Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and Sen. Patrick
    Leahy (D-VT). These anti-gun legislators have teamed up to introduce
    a bill that will expand the 1993 Brady Law and disarm hundreds of
    thousands of combat veterans -- and other Americans. (While McCarthy
    and Leahy are this year's primary sponsors, the notorious Senator
    Chuck Schumer of New York was a sponsor of this legislation in years
    past.)

    Proponents of the bill tell us that it will bring relief for many gun
    owners. But to swallow this, one must first ignore the fact that gun
    owners would NOT NEED RELIEF in the first place if some gun owners
    (and gun groups) had not thrown their support behind the Brady bill
    that passed in 1993 and were not pushing the Veterans Disarmament
    Bill now.

    Law-abiding Americans need relief because we were sold a bill of
    goods in 1993. The Brady Law has allowed government bureaucrats to
    screen law-abiding citizens before they exercise their
    constitutionally protected rights -- and that has opened the door to
    all kinds of abuses.

    The McCarthy-Leahy bill will open the door to many more abuses.
    After all, do we really think that notorious anti-gunners like
    McCarthy and Leahy had the best interests of gun owners in mind when
    they introduced this Veterans Disarmament Bill? The question
    answers itself.

    TRADE-OFF TO HURT GUN OWNERS

    Proponents want us to think this measure will benefit many gun
    owners. But what sort of trade off is it to create potentially
    millions of new prohibited persons -- under this legislation -- and
    then tell them that they need to spend thousands of dollars to regain
    the rights THAT WERE NOT THREATENED before this bill was passed?

    Do you see the irony? Gun control gets passed. The laws don't stop
    criminals from getting guns, but they invariably affect law-abiding
    folks. So instead of repealing the dumb laws, the fanatics argue
    that we need even more gun control (like the Veterans Disarmament
    Bill) to fix the problem!!!

    So more people lose their rights, even while they're promised a very
    limited recourse for restoring those rights -- rights which they
    never would lose, save for the McCarthy-Leahy bill.

    The legislation threatens to disqualify millions of new gun owners
    who are not a threat to society. If this bill is signed into law:

    * As many as a quarter to a third of returning Iraq veterans could be
    prohibited from owning firearms -- based solely on a diagnosis of
    post-traumatic stress disorder;

    * Your ailing grandfather could have his entire gun collection
    seized, based only on a diagnosis of Alzheimer's (and there goes the
    family inheritance);

    * Your kid could be permanently banned from owning a gun, based on a
    diagnosis under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

    Patrick Henry said he knew of "no way of judging of the future but by
    the past." The past has taught us that gun control fanatics and
    bureaucrats are continually looking for loopholes in the law to deny
    guns to as many people as possible.

    GUN CONTROL'S ABOMINABLE RECORD

    A government report in 1996 found that the Brady Law had prevented a
    significant number of Americans from buying guns because of
    outstanding traffic tickets and errors. The General Accounting
    Office said that more than 50% of denials under the Brady Law were
    for administrative snafus, traffic violations, or reasons other than
    felony convictions.

    Press reports over the years have also shown gun owners
    inconvenienced by NICS computer system crashes -- especially when
    those crashes happen on the weekends (affecting gun shows).

    Right now, gun owners in Pennsylvania are justifiably up in arms
    because the police scheduled a routine maintenance (and shut-down) of
    their state computer system on the opening days of hunting season
    this year. The shut-down, by the way, has taken three days -- which
    is illegal.

    And then there's the BATFE's dastardly conduct in the state of
    Wyoming. The anti-gun agency took the state to court after
    legislators figured out a way to restore people's ability to buy
    firearms -- people who had been disarmed by the Lautenberg gun ban of
    1996.

    Gun Owners Foundation has been involved in this Wyoming case, and has
    seen up close how the BATFE has TOTALLY DISREGARDED a Supreme Court
    opinion which allows this state to do what they did. In Caron v.
    United States (1998), the U.S. Supreme Court said that any conviction
    which has been set aside or expunged at the state level "shall not be
    considered a conviction," under federal law, for the purposes of
    owning or buying guns. But the BATFE has ignored this Court ruling,
    and is bent on preventing states like Wyoming from restoring people's
    gun rights.

    Not surprisingly, the BATFE has issued new 4473s which ASSUME the
    McCarthy-Leahy bill has already passed. The bill has not even been
    enacted into law yet, and the BATFE is already using the provisions
    of that bill to keep more people from buying guns.

    The new language on the 4473 form asks:

    Have you ever been adjudicated mentally defective (which includes
    a determination by a court, board, commission, or other lawful
    authority that you are a danger to yourself or to others or are
    incompetent to manage your own affairs)....

    Notice the words "determination" and "other lawful authority."
    Relying on a DETERMINATION is broader than just relying on a court
    "ruling," and the words OTHER LAWFUL AUTHORITY are not limited to
    judges. In other words, the definition above would allow a VA
    psychologist or a school shrink to take away your gun rights.

    This is what McCarthy and Leahy are trying to accomplish, but the
    BATFE has now been emboldened to go ahead and do it anyway. This
    means that military vets could potentially commit a felony by buying
    a gun WITHOUT disclosing that they have Post Traumatic Stress
    Syndrome because a "lawful authority" has decreed that they are a
    potential danger to themselves or others.

    No wonder the Military Order of the Purple Heart is opposed to the
    McCarthy-Leahy bill. On June 18 of this year, the group stated, "For
    the first time the legislation, if enacted, would statutorily impose
    a lifetime gun ban on battle-scarred veterans."

    MORE RESTRICTIONS, NOT RELIEF

    Supporters, like the NRA, say that they were able to win compromises
    from the Dark Side -- compromises that will benefit gun owners. Does
    the bill really make it easier to get your gun rights restored --
    even after spending lots of time and money in court? Well, that's
    VERY debatable, and GOA has grappled this question in a very lengthy
    piece entitled, "Point-by-Point Response to Proponents of HR 2640,"
    which can be read at http://www.gunowners.org/ne0702.htm on the GOA
    website.

    In brief, the McClure-Volkmer of 1986 created a path for restoring
    the Second Amendment rights of prohibited persons. But given that
    Chuck Schumer has successfully pushed appropriations language which
    has defunded this procedure since the 1990s (without significant
    opposition), it is certainly not too difficult for some anti-gun
    congressman like Schumer to bar the funding of any new procedure for
    relief that follows from the McCarthy-Leahy bill.

    Incidentally, even before Schumer blocked the procedure, the ability
    to get "relief from disabilities" under section 925(c) was always an
    expensive long shot. Presumably, the new procedures in the Veterans
    Disarmament Act will be the same.

    Isn't that always the record from Washington? You compromise with
    the devil and then get lots of bad, but very little good. Look at
    the immigration debate. Compromises over the last two decades have
    provided amnesty for illegal aliens, while promising border security.
    The country got lots of the former, but very little of the latter.

    If the Veterans Disarmament Bill passes, don't hold your breath
    waiting for the promised relief.

    ACTION: Please use the letter below to contact your Senator. You
    can use the pre-written message below and send it as an e-mail by
    visiting the GOA Legislative Action Center at
    http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm (where phone and fax numbers
    are also available).

    ----- Pre-written letter -----

    Dear Senator:

    While the NRA does some good work in the areas of shooting
    competitions, firearms training, etc., THEY DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME when
    they support the so-called School Safety Act, sponsored by Patrick
    Leahy in the Senate and Carolyn McCarthy in the House (HR 2640).

    Gun owners don't support this legislation, better known as the
    Veterans Disarmament Act. The Military Order of the Purple Heart is
    opposed to it, having stated on June 18 of this year, that "For the
    first time the legislation, if enacted, would statutorily impose a
    lifetime gun ban on battle-scarred veterans." Gun owners don't want
    to expand the Brady Instant Check, we want to repeal it. It is
    simply un-American to penalize individuals (like veterans) with no
    due process by assuming they are guilty until proven innocent.

    Anti-gun zealots are always looking to expand the number of citizens
    who are prohibited from exercising their Second Amendment rights. I
    don't believe that this bill will provide the relief that supporters
    are promising.

    After all, the McClure-Volkmer of 1986 created a path for restoring
    the Second Amendment rights of prohibited persons. But given that
    Chuck Schumer has successfully pushed appropriations language which
    has defunded this procedure since the 1990s (without significant
    opposition), it is certainly not too difficult for some anti-gun
    congressman like Schumer to bar the funding of any new procedure for
    relief that follows from the McCarthy-Leahy bill.

    The Leahy bill is gun control, pure and simple, and voting for it
    tells me you don't care about a little thing known as the
    Constitution.

    Sincerely,


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    letter sent
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    I got all three letters sent
  4. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

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    I sent all three to both the Mississippi AND Alabama folks.
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