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  1. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

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    Thursday, February 26, 2009

    Two Great Pro-gun Amendments In The Senate--
    But Harry Reid stands in our way!

    Thank you for all your activism so far!

    Senator John Ensign of Nevada offered his amendment to
    repeal D.C.'s draconian gun ban today.

    But Senators John Thune of South Dakota and David Vitter of
    Louisiana have also stepped up to the plate. They filed an
    amendment that would result in REAL national concealed
    carry reciprocity -- without adversely affecting no-permit
    states like Alaska and Vermont.

    So now the battle lines are drawn! By the end of the week,
    the Senate will vote on whether to rule these two pro-gun
    amendments out of order.

    The vote could come on a so-called "cloture" motion to cut
    off debate (and thus kill the Ensign and Thune/Vitter
    amendments). Moreover, if the underlying bill is then
    passed, the virulently anti-gun jurisdiction of the
    District of Columbia will be rewarded with a voting member
    of the House of Representatives.

    But first, a little background on the two amendments:

    You've all heard of the various "microstamping" proposals
    crafted by the anti-gunners to ban guns and ammunition
    nationwide.

    The anti-gunners would do this by serial number
    "microstamping" requirements which are so onerous that guns
    (or ammunition) would become prohibitively expensive in all
    50 states.

    In the wake of the Heller case, the District of Columbia's
    reaction to the Supreme Court's decision declaring its gun
    laws unconstitutional was to pass legislation which will,
    as a practical matter, continue its current policy of
    denying gun licenses to its citizens. But, to add insult
    to injury, it added a whole bunch of additional anti-gun
    provisions.

    One was a requirement that most guns used for self-defense
    be capable of "microstamping" a cartridge with a unique
    serial number. Aside from being useless for identifying
    any criminal who pockets his spent brass, this provision
    would, even if it were technologically possible, make guns
    so expensive that no one would buy them.

    If a few more liberal jurisdictions follow suit, this could
    start a chain reaction so that gun manufacturers will
    eventually be forced to manufacture ALL guns to meet the
    new microstamping standards.

    The Ensign amendment would completely repeal D.C.'s gun ban
    and, in the process, help stave off the push for
    microstamping.

    Next, the Thune/Vitter amendment on concealed carry
    reciprocity is an idea whose time has come. Why should your
    right to self-defense stop at the state line?

    But it must be the right kind of national reciprocity. It
    must protect states like Alaska and Vermont which do not
    require a permit to carry concealed at all and it must be
    done in a Constitutional manner that protects State's
    rights.

    The Thune/Vitter amendment would do these things -- it is
    REAL national reciprocity.

    But the problem is this: Nevada Senator Harry Reid has
    moved to cut off debate on the D.C. bill -- using a
    parliamentary maneuver known as a "cloture" petition -- for
    the sole purpose of ruling such pro-gun amendments out of
    order.

    You see, Barack Obama and the liberals who run Congress
    hate guns. They hate guns so much that they would probably
    be willing to kill the District's voting representative in
    order to preserve the District's gun ban.

    The next two days are crucial. While there will be votes
    in the Senate throughout the day on Thursday -- which may
    include either of the two pro-gun amendments -- it is
    likely that the true focus will be on Friday's cloture
    vote.


    ACTION: Contact your two Senators and urge them to vote
    AGAINST cloture on S. 160 until the Senate has had an
    opportunity to vote for all pro-gun amendments. As usual,
    you can use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
    http://gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators the
    pre-written message below.

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

    Dear Senator:

    I urge you in the strongest terms to vote against cloture
    on S. 160 until senators have had an opportunity to vote on
    pro-gun amendments, such as those offered by Senators
    Ensign and Thune.

    The issue is not whether to give D.C. a voting
    representative. The issue is whether to impose a "gag
    rule" on those who oppose the District's efforts to use its
    draconian gun laws to undermine gun rights in other states.

    Cloture -- invoked for the cynical purpose of protecting
    D.C.'s anti-gun laws and to silence other pro-gun voices --
    is not a vote on D.C. representation. It is a vote against
    the Second Amendment.

    Please let me know you do not favor silencing pro-gun
    voices. Please do not vote for cloture until those voices
    are heard.

    And once debate is allowed to continue, I ask that you vote
    in favor of the Ensign amendment to repeal the District's
    gun ban, as well as the Thune amendment for national
    concealed carry reciprocity.

    Sincerely,

    (Place your Name, City, and State here)
  2. bcj1755

    bcj1755 New Member

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    I got that notice a couple days ago I believe, and have already acte don it. Of course, my efforts at contacting the NC Senators are only 50% useful. Burr seems to vote halfway decently, but Hagan is a Kool-Aid drinker. At least Burr's office will send me a form letter when I send emails, but Hagan can't be bothered. Guess she's figured out I'm not a closet-commie koll-aid drinking Obamite. Probably can figure out that I didn't vote for her either. Meh, oh well.
  3. SaddleSarge

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    It passed!

    Last edited: Feb 27, 2009
  4. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    I still find it ironic that the CCW bill restoring our right to carry in areas protected by the Constitution is attached to a bill mandating an unConstitutional act.

    Pops
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