Another GOA Emergency Notice

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Marlin, Jun 22, 2007.

  1. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Mar 27, 2003
    At SouthernMoss' side forever!
    Immigration Bill Update
    -- Montana Senator offering amendment that has benefit 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

    Friday, June 22, 2007

    If you've been listening to the news, you know that the immigration
    bill may soon be back on the U.S. Senate floor for consideration.
    Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts has reintroduced his immigration
    bill (along with Senator Specter of Pennsylvania). The new bill, S.
    1639, contains both of the concerns that GOA alerted you to last

    * First, section 205 of the bill could, in the hands of an anti-gun
    administration, PUT EVERY MAJOR GUN SHOP OUT OF BUSINESS. (Please
    see our alert, dated May 23, for more information on this.)

    * Second, the immigration bill could deny many gun owners their right
    to find a job or buy a gun.

    In regard to the latter concern, Montana Senator Max Baucus (D) is
    sponsoring an amendment that will delete all references to "driver's
    licenses" and "identification cards" under the REAL ID Act.

    This is a good thing which will have ramifications for gun owners

    Baucus is only a D rated Senator by GOA, but he clearly has more than
    gun rights on his mind -- he is directly representing the interests
    of his state.

    In April, the state of Montana enacted GOA-supported legislation that
    ordered state agencies to REFUSE to implement the REAL ID (a.k.a.,
    National ID) card. Currently, there are about a dozen states that
    have joined Montana either in blocking the implementation of this law
    or in sharply criticizing it. Altogether, about three dozen states
    have introduced legislation to deal with this act in one way or

    Gun Owners of America has been concerned about the REAL ID law --
    which has yet to be implemented -- because of the threat it poses to
    gun owners' privacy. The National ID Card is an $11 billion
    boondoggle enacted by Congress in 2005, ostensibly as an anti-terror
    measure. But, of course, there was not a single 9/11 terrorist who
    would have been prevented from boarding a plane because of the lack
    of an American driver's license -- or who would be blocked from doing
    so today.


    What the National ID Card requirement will do, instead, is to give an
    Attorney General (such as, for instance, former Attorney General
    Janet Reno) the unfettered discretion to make it dramatically more
    difficult and time consuming to get a driver's license. This would
    apply equally to new applicants and to Americans who have had their
    drivers' licenses for fifty years.

    Thus, if an anti-gun administration determined that members of the
    militia constituted a threat to national security -- and placed them
    on one of its "watch lists" -- many gun owners could soon lose the
    ability to travel, open a bank account, drive, check into a hotel,
    cash a check, get a job, or PURCHASE A GUN from a dealer.

    Seniors who could not locate their fifty-year-old Social Security
    cards or birth certificates (or persons who had had those documents
    lost or stolen) could face the same fate.

    The law would also allow the federal government to determine the
    information which must be digitally encoded on the license.
    Therefore, an anti-gun administration could theoretically require
    that your license contain information about your concealed carry
    status. This will make it, to say the least, "interesting" when you
    are traveling in parts of the country which are antagonistic to gun

    Further, all of this personal information on you will be available
    nationally and internationally on a computer database LEGALLY
    accessible to millions of people ... and illegally accessible to
    virtually anyone.

    The good news is that a single non-compliant state -- such as Montana
    -- is probably enough to destroy the entire National ID Card system.
    But the immigration bill increases the consequences for a state like
    Montana by threatening to deny every citizen the opportunity to find
    a job.


    Here's how. S. 1639 will require all private sector employees to be
    screened by an "electronic employee eligibility verification system"
    (Section 1(a)(5)(A)). And Title III of the bill stipulates that no
    employer will be able to hire you unless you possess identification
    that amounts to a National ID card.

    Get the picture? No National ID card... no job.

    The fact that section 302(c)(6) asserts that the required
    identification is not a "national identification card" is more a
    testimony to the lack of honesty of the supporters than it is to the
    actuality of federal requirements under the 2005 REAL ID Act. (We
    have seen these promises before. Remember when Social Security Cards
    used to explicitly state the number and card were never to be used
    for identification purposes?)

    So Congress is threatening to retaliate against Montana, Washington,
    New Hampshire, South Carolina or any other state which has the
    temerity to resist its will. That's why the Baucus amendment is so
    important. A vote for the Baucus amendment is a vote for privacy --
    especially the privacy of gun owners.

    ACTION: Please use the letter below to contact your Senators. While
    GOA supports the Baucus amendment, we still OPPOSE the entire bill.
    As such, it is important to ask each Senator to vote AGAINST CLOTURE
    -- that is, to oppose any limits on debating the bill, thus
    perpetuating a filibuster of S. 1639.

    You can use the pre-written message below and send it as an e-mail by
    visiting the GOA Legislative Action Center at (where phone and fax numbers
    are also available).

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

    Dear Senator:

    The revised immigration bill (S. 1639) currently up for consideration

    * Bar employment by residents of any state that has had the temerity
    to block the REAL ID Act (including Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma,
    South Carolina, Washington or any other state that delays the
    implementation of this law); and

    * In the hands of an anti-gun administration, allow gun shops to be
    classed as "criminal gangs." (See the analysis of the "criminal gang"
    provision at on the website of
    Gun Owners of America.)

    The Baucus amendment would help with the first problem, and I support

    But the wise course is to VOTE AGAINST CLOTURE -- and resist the
    temptation to assume that this mess will be cleaned up sometime in
    the legislative process. The sponsors have had ample opportunity to
    remove the anti-gun and anti-constitutional provisions of the bill,
    and have thus far refused to do so.

    Again, while I support the Baucus amendment, I oppose this entire
    bill and encourage you to vote against cloture.


  2. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Mar 27, 2003
    At SouthernMoss' side forever!
    I have already sent notes to the two from Mississippi and also to my good friends in Alabama, Jeff Sessions and Dick Shellby.

  3. pickenup

    pickenup Active Member

    Sep 11, 2002
    Colorado Rocky Mountains
    Just make ya sick, doesn't it?
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