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  1. DATE: January 24, 2020 TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends FROM: Marion P. Hammer USF Executive Director NRA Past President "Bill Galvano is trying to give Bloomberg his moneys worth by shoving this gun control bill down the Senate’s throat. That is not what a true conservative does. He is a RINO. Floridians deserve better! #FixIt " -- Andrew Pollack That statement was posted on social media following Thursday's (1/23/20) media reports that Florida Senate President Bill Galvano was optimistic about getting his massive gun control bill (SB-7028) passed. Andrew Pollack is the father of Meadow Pollack - a beautiful young lady killed by the deranged Parkland murderer. Pollack posted his statement on social media following Galvano's latest expression of confidence for passing a gun control bill in the Florida Senate this session. In a News Service of Florida article on Thursday it was reported that Florida Senate President "[Bill] Galvano expressed optimism that the bill has a chance as it awaits a hearing in the Judiciary Committee." The Judiciary Committee is chaired by Sen. David Simmons (R-Longwood). Galvano's new optimism for passing his gun control bill came after Governor DeSantismade a statementto reporters that seemed to defend Galvano as being a good guy who supports President Trump but did not defend him for taking Bloomberg money. It is widely known that Galvano was upset that Donald Trump, Jr. called him out for taking half-a-million-dollars ($500,000) from anti-gun Democrat, Michael Bloomberg. Donald Trump, Jr. was quoted in The Daily Wire as saying, "Any supposed 'Republican' who proudly accepts money from Mini Mike Bloomberg and is supportive of his gun control agenda is nothing more than a stone cold RINO. The last thing Florida Republicans need is a liberal, gun-grabbing Bloomberg minion leading them in the State Senate." The good thing to come out the meeting with the press in which the Governor tried to say that Galvano is good guy (even though he took money from Bloomberg) is that Governor DeSantis went on the record to say he is opposed to Galvano's gun control bill. Asked by a reporter, "I take it you're not supporting the bill?" Governor DeSantis responded, "THAT'S CORRECT." So, thank you Governor Desantis for going on record in opposition to SB-7028. We're delighted Governor DeSantis is on record against the bill, and we don't fault him for saying that Galvano is his friend and is a strong supporter of President Trump. However, Bloomberg is not a friend of Republicans, in fact he spent a huge amount of money AGAINST Governor DeSantis in the Governors election in 2018. We can only speculate as to why Bloomberg gave -- and Galvano took -- $500,000. Bloomberg is an anti-gun Democrat running for US President and he clearly did not give Galvano $500,000 to help elect true Republicans to the Florida Senate.
  2. The eyes of the nation are on Richmond, Va., as lawmakers consider a package of authoritarian gun control bills unlike anything our country has ...
  3. On the morning of January 24th, the Virginia House Public Safety Committee quickly passed all of the gun control bills on its docket for that day. These items from Michael Bloomberg’s wishlist will now go to the House floor. Please call your Delegate and ask them to OPPOSE the gun control bills heading their way. You may click here to look up your Delegate and find their Capitol phone number. If you already know who your Delegate is, click here. You may also click this button to email your Delegate directly. House Bill 2 criminalizes private transfers of firearms without first paying fees, with limited exceptions. Most transfers between friends, neighbors, or fellow hunters are not exempted. These proposals would have no impact on crime and are completely unenforceable. House Bill 9 victimizes gun owners who suffer loss or theft of their property with a fine if they don’t report a lost or stolen firearm within 24 hours of discovering them missing. House Bill 421 allows local governments to enact their own gun control ordinances, potentially resulting in a patchwork of laws and the Second Amendment not being protected across the state. House Bill 1083 severely restricts parental decisions about firearms in the home while attaching excessive penalties for violations. House Bill 674 allows the seizure of an individual’s firearms on baseless accusations without a hearing or other opportunity for the person to be heard in court. It permits the government to seize firearms based on weak evidence and nebulous standards of evidence. A person subject to a suspension of a Constitutional right should be entitled to high evidentiary standards, an opportunity to be heard, and the right to face his or her accusers. Civil liberties advocates from across the political spectrum have expressed concerns on these “red flag” bills and how the procedure might lead to abuses of the process because of insufficient due process protections in the bills. House Bill 812 arbitrarily rations an individual’s right to lawfully purchase a handgun to once within 30 days. Again, please call and email your Delegate and ask them to OPPOSE these gun control bills.
  4. On January 28th, the New Hampshire House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will hold an executive session to vote on House Bill 1379-FN and House Bill 1101-FN, sponsored by Representative Rogers (D-Merrimack 28). Please contact committee members and ask them to OPPOSE House Bill 1379-FN and House Bill 1101-FN. House Bill 1379-FN essentially bans the private transfer of firearms, with few exemptions. This bill requires private individuals to pay for background checks through Federal Firearm Licensed (FFL) Dealers and obtain government permission before selling, gifting, or exchanging their firearms with friends, neighbors, fellow hunters, or extended family members. This legislation unduly burdens law-abiding citizens and is unenforceable without gun registration. House Bill 1101-FN delays Second Amendment rights by imposing a three day waiting period (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before an individual may receive a firearm that they lawfully purchase. There is no evidence that waiting periods reduce crime. This legislation is just another attempt by anti-gun legislators to impose arbitrary government restrictions on law-abiding gun owners. Again, please click “Take Action” above to contact committee members and urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 1379-FN and House Bill 1101-FN.
  5. This week’s flurry of activity on gun bills at the Statehouse is proof positive that progressive gun grabbers have made gun control a top priority this legislative session. We’re only a few weeks into the 2020 session, and it is evident that Gov. Gina Raimondo and her anti-gun legislative allies intend to keep their promise to strip gun owners of their rights. The Senate Judiciary Committee met Tuesday afternoon and took testimony on S.2004A. This legislation bans 3D printed guns and "ghost guns." This legislation mistakenly uses the terms "undetectable" and "untraceable" resulting in confusing and problematic language. Testimony during the hearing failed to show that either of these types of firearms were popular among criminals in Rhode Island, while plenty of evidence highlighted potential pitfalls for law-abiding gun owners. On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the House version of the bill, H.7102. Two other bills were heard this week as well, H.7101 and H.7103. Although H.7101 doesn’t specifically address firearms, the gun community raised some concerns with how confidential and personal information is protected in these government databases. H.7103 creates more unnecessary burdens by requiring sellers of firearms to notify law enforcement of the sale in the jurisdiction where the purchaser resides. On a positive note, this week’s activities were capped off by a massive gun owner rally in the Capitol rotunda. Thousands of Rhode Island NRA members and gun owners attended, filling the building to capacity. And the large crowd had plenty of reason to voice their concerns as two more anti-gun bills were introduced in the Senate this week. S.2130 by Sen. Gayle Goldin bans magazines holding more than 10 rounds, and S.2131 by Sen. Joshua Miller bans popular, commonly owned semi-automatic rifles. Thank you to all those that came out to support the Second Amendment and every law-abiding citizens' right to self-defense!
  6. This past November, as Americans were preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving, Michael Bloomberg, like the royalty of old, rode a $34-million media carriage into the 2020 Democratic Presidential race. Surrounded by armed lackies and fueled by bad ideas, Bloomberg proclaimed a singular purpose: to oppress your freedoms in ways that he would never oppress his own. The immediate reaction was telling: “Michael Bloomberg is making a bet about democracy in 2020—he doesn’t need people, he only needs bags and bags of money,” said one politician at a campaign stop in Iowa. Another politician put it this way: “What I would say to Michael Bloomberg and other billionaires: ‘Sorry. You ain’t gonna buy this election.’” Who were these voices criticizing Bloomberg’s intent to buy his way into our homes and the White House? These were not the criticisms of conservative politicians, but Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, respectively. That’s right—you no longer need to take our word for it; even some of the most anti-gun Democrats know the threat that Bloomberg poses to your freedoms in this election. But how much notoriety can $34 million actually buy a politician in one week? The answer might surprise you. According to one ILA staffer, Bloomberg’s ads weren’t just running on your news stations; the staffer’s 15-year-old son saw more than a half-dozen Bloomberg ads running on YouTube channels aimed at teenage video-game enthusiasts. Think about that, Bloomberg is so desperate to control your freedoms, he’s bombarding teenagers who aren’t even old enough to vote with propaganda about how great he is (and how evil your rights are, of course). We need no introduction to Mike Bloomberg. As the country’s leading pusher of gun control and spineless politicians, every patriotic supporter of the Second Amendment knows Bloomberg and his elitist agenda. New Yorkers like myself know Bloomberg for the nanny-state nonsense he imposed against large fountain sodas, trans fats and table salt. My fellow NRA members in Appalachia may better know him for his campaign to close every coal-fired power plant in the United States. Way to go, Bloomberg—instead of courageously prosecuting actual criminals and creating jobs, you just invented silly new crimes and destroyed American industry. So how much will Bloomberg spend to restrict your gun rights? $1 million? $5 million? Not even close. He spent tens of millions on soda-tax campaigns across the nation, and he pledged $500 million towards his effort to shut down every coal-fired power plant in the country. Bloomberg has promised to spend “whatever it takes” from his $55 billion personal fortune to control you from our nation’s capital. For Bloomberg, pumping millions—and potentially billions—of dollars into his campaign to convince American families of his own greatness is merely pocket change. Putting aside the acreage of ego that Bloomberg’s effort must require, watching this unfold made me wonder: If Bloomberg is really so “great,” and has such a long track record of “awesomeness,” why does he need to spend a massive fortune now to convince people of it? Wouldn’t all of the good people he supposedly helped already know about his supposed goodness and support him? As we know, Bloomberg spends money to conceal the bad in order to lie about the good. Consider this fact, Bloomberg’s “straight news” media apparatus just announced that it will not be writing any investigative news pieces on Bloomberg, his family or his businesses. But wait, there’s more—to ensure the uneven playing field on which he relies, Bloomberg’s media outlets have agreed to extend their selective censorship to Bloomberg’s fellow Democrats, while retaining an “open season” against President Trump, conservatives and Republicans. For years, the NRA has warned America’s families about the threat of such oppression and coordination. As Bloomberg’s shenanigans have revealed, that threat is very real. Here, Democrats and Republicans should agree. Bloomberg’s eagerness to suppress freedom should be disqualifying for reasonable people on both sides of the political aisle. The fact that Bloomberg’s first decision as a candidate for president was to muzzle the press should give any freedom-loving American pause. If candidate Bloomberg was so willing to restrict press freedom on day one, how far will President Bloomberg be willing to go in his war on our civil rights? When questioned in a CBS interview about his decision to curtail who and what his personal news outlet could cover, Bloomberg’s answer was simple: “They get a paycheck . . . with your paycheck comes some restrictions and responsibilities.” As a husband and father, this insight into Bloomberg’s true character was more valuable than any airtime Bloomberg ever purchased. I knew that Bloomberg was an elitist coward who wanted to destroy the Second Amendment, but Bloomberg’s blatant, unrepentant trampling of the First Amendment surprised even me. Let this be another reminder of how entwined our civil liberties are; weakening one link weakens them all. Fortified by a fawning press, deep pockets and desperate followers, Bloomberg and his armed bodyguards are already flying around in luxury to lecture voters against their gun rights. When he popped into Norfolk, Va., to meet all of the flunkies he funded into office by buying the Virginia elections last year, Bloomberg didn’t even know what city he was in. Poor guy—it must be hard when the “help” doesn’t remind you where your private jet just landed. Bloomberg also wasted little time in announcing how he will restrict our Second Amendment rights if he wins the White House. After hearing them repeated this month, I can tell you this, Bloomberg’s proposals haven’t gotten less crazy with time. He wants to ban the most popular rifle in America and the magazines that many millions of law-abiding Americans use to defend themselves and their families. He wants to impose arbitrary age limits that would prohibit a young woman under 21 from buying a firearm to protect her family, even while her spouse is away on deployment or patrolling the streets in uniform. He wants to create a “central system” for all firearm records. In other words, he wants a federal firearm registry, something that has been expressly prohibited by federal law for four decades because of the danger it poses to our Second Amendment rights. And, he wants the registry because he knows it will pave the way for firearm confiscation. He knows that because he already has experience using a firearm registry to confiscate firearms. As mayor of New York City, Bloomberg signed an ordinance that made it illegal for anyone to possess a rifle or shotgun that held more than five rounds. Then, he used the Big Apple’s existing registry to confiscate the banned firearms from his own constituents. While he has no qualifications to be our commander in chief, his record certainly proves he has the experience to be confiscator in chief. There’s also the inconvenient truth that Bloomberg leaves out of all of his proposals: nothing dreamed up in his penthouse would have actually stopped the crimes he pretends to care about. For someone who claims to be so bright, Bloomberg always misses the most basic point: When you limit peoples’ ability to defend themselves, you make them less safe, not safer. I will say this, Bloomberg is a master deflector. Regardless of the topic— his buying elections, suppressing the speech of his supposed “news” outlet, the harassment claims of his female employees, etc.—Bloomberg always pivots to another topic from which he can more comfortably peddle some billionaire-level virtue signaling. He does that a lot with us. Whenever a bad guy with a gun is stopped by a good guy with a gun, Bloomberg and his cronies can be counted on to deflect attention away from the criminal in order to falsely portray the NRA’s membership as the problem. Apparently, truth and leadership are among the few luxuries that Bloomberg can’t afford. Why is this? What is it about your gun rights that so offends Michael Bloomberg? After all, he’s not really “anti-gun;” he and his wealthy friends are surrounded by armed bodyguards. The only guns he’s against are the ones possessed by you and your family for their protection. Personally, I suspect he hates our freedom because it’s the one thing that, so far, he’s been unable to buy. This is the year we’ll find out. Want to know more about Bloomberg’s history of attacking our Second Amendment freedoms? Learn more at meetbloomberg.com.
  7. Colion Noir - The Democratic-led Senate voted for the bill despite fierce resistance from Republican lawmakers. GOP Sen. Amanda Chase called supporters of the legislation "traitors" and said the proposed law would embolden criminals and hurt law-abiding citizens. DEM Sen. David W. Marsden stated, “This is the best we can do; it is not perfect nothing is perfect in our system, we’ve executed people who were innocent, we’ve done things that we regret, but at this point in time we need to move forward” The “red flag” bill passed the Senate 21-19, no Republican senators voted for it.
  8. BELLEVUE, WA – Wednesday evening’s chaotic mass shooting in downtown Seattle, in which both suspects appear to have long criminal backgrounds, underscores what the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms warned about more than five years ago: Feel-good gun control policies don’t stop violent crime. “In 2014,” recalled CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “we opposed Initiative 594 with its so-called ‘universal background checks’ and warned that it would not prevent bad guys from getting guns. A year later, we warned the City of Seattle that adopting a tax on firearms and ammunition would create a false sense of accomplishment, but wouldn’t prevent violent crime, and Wednesday night proved us right on both counts.” One woman is dead and seven other people were injured in the horrific incident. Police have identified two suspects, both with extensive backgrounds that include arrests and convictions, according to published reports. There were reportedly outstanding warrants on both suspects at the time of the shooting. They are considered armed and dangerous, according to Seattle Police. “Yet,” Gottlieb observed, “here we are, making national news for a terrible incident that these gun control laws were supposed to prevent. And what’s happening right now in the state legislature? Seattle-area lawmakers are busy pushing even more gun control proposals that will only impact honest citizens and do nothing to stop criminals who misuse firearms. “It’s being reported both suspects have extensive records with multiple arrests and convictions,” he added. “Instead of complaining about guns on the street, why aren’t officials in Seattle and Olympia working to keep people like these two suspects off the street? One of these guys reportedly has at least 44 arrests and 20 convictions, and the other has at least 21 arrests and 15 convictions. That’s just outrageous! “The firearms community would be delighted to work with lawmakers to find genuine solutions to violent crime,” he said, “but when we’re faced with an avalanche of legislation that only erodes the rights of honest gun owners and penalizes them for crimes they didn’t commit, that’s not a solution it’s a smokescreen. “More than 25 years ago,” Gottlieb recalled, “Washington gun owners got behind ‘Three Strikes’ and ‘Hard Time for Armed Crime’ initiatives because those laws focused on bad guys while leaving good guys alone. What happened in Seattle might be a wake-up call to the gun control crowd to try it our way again, instead of continuing this campaign to erode our rights while violent criminals run loose.”
  9. Thanks to the Grassroots Army, Asm. Levine's Gun & Ammo Tax (AB 18) has been defeated by being "held in committee." This is a HUGE win for CA gun owners, as the legislation would have imposed an additional tax on the purchase of semiautomatic firearms and ammunition. The tyrants had hoped to price you out of your fundamental rights, but thanks to you and FPC's Grassroots Advocacy, they were stopped cold. This proves that despite California's political anti-gun majority, it is still possible to sway your representatives by taking action. Unfortunately, there are still many anti-gun bills moving through the Capitol. And many more are sure to be introduced this legislative session. So please be sure to check back with us regularly, as we'll have frequent updates on gun legislation and more opportunities to take action.
  10. On January 24th at 8AM, the Virginia House Public Safety Committee will be hearing a number of anti-gun bills. As with the Senate, the committee may take action on these bills immediately after hearing them. Please call committee members and ask them to OPPOSE the gun control bills before them. Contact information for the committee is here and below. House Committee Room January 24th, 8AM 900 E Main St. Richmond, VA 23219 Chairman Patrick Hope, (804) 698-1047 Vice Chairman Jeffrey Bourne, (804) 698-1071 Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, (804) 698-1002 Del. Nick Rush, (804) 698-1007 Del. Sam Rasoul, (804) 698-1011 Del. Ronnie Campbell, (804) 698-1024 Del. Tony Wilt, (804) 698-1026 Del. Roxann Robinson, (804) 698-1027 Del. Joshua Cole, (804) 698-1028 Del. Kenneth Plum, (804) 698-1036 Del. Kaye Kory, (804) 698-1038 Del. Daniel Helmer, (804) 698-1040 Del. Mark Levine, (804) 698-1045 Del. Alfonso Lopez, (804) 698-1049 Del. Matthew Fariss, (804) 698-1059 Del. Thomas Wright, (804) 698-1061 Del. Carrie Coyner, (804) 698-1062 Del. Clinton Jenkins, (804) 698-1076 Del. Glenn Davis, (804) 698-1084 Del. Shelly Simonds, (804) 698-1094 Del. Marcia Price, (804) 698-1095 Del. Amanda Batten, (804) 698-1096 House Bill 2 and House Bill 335 criminalize private transfers of firearms without first paying fees, with limited exceptions. Most transfers between friends, neighbors, or fellow hunters are not be exempted. These proposals would have no impact on crime and are completely unenforceable. House Bill 9 victimizes gun owners who suffer loss or theft of their property with a fine if they don’t report a lost or stolen firearm within 24 hours of discovering them missing. House Bill 421 allows local governments to enact their own gun control ordinances, potentially resulting in a patchwork of laws and the Second Amendment not being equally protected across the state. House Bill 72, House Bill 463, and House Bill 1083 severely restrict parental decisions about firearms in the homewhile attaching excessive penalties for violations. House Bill 674 allows the seizure of an individual’s firearms on baseless accusations without a hearing or other opportunity for the person to be heard in court. It permits the government to seize firearms based on weak evidence and nebulous standards of evidence. A person subject to a suspension of a Constitutional right should be entitled to high evidentiary standards, an opportunity to be heard, and the right to face his or her accusers. Civil liberties advocates from across the political spectrum have expressed concerns these “red flag” bills and how the procedure might lead to abuses of the process because of insufficient due process protections in the bill. House Bill 812 and House Bill 1502 would arbitrarily ration an individual’s right to lawfully purchase a handgun to once within 30 days. Again, please call committee members and ask them to OPPOSE these bills.
  11. On January 23rd, the Washington Senate Law & Justice Committee approved three anti-gun bills, among them Senate Bill 6077 to ban most standard capacity magazines. These bills are now headed to the Rules Committee awaiting being pulled to the Senate floor. In addition, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 1010 to allow the state patrol to destroy confiscated firearms, clearing the way to send this bill to the Senate. Please contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE SBs 6077, 6294, and 6288, and HB 1010. Senate Bill 6077 bans the manufacture, possession, sale, transfer, etc. of standard capacity magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. This measure is strongly supported by the Governor and the Attorney General. Senate Bill 6294 imposes government red tape and expensive training requirements to obtain a Concealed Pistol License. Senate Bill 6288 creates an Office of Firearm Violence Prevention within the executive branch of state government. Governor Jay Inslee and his administration have already made it clear where they stand on Second Amendment issues—they routinely sponsor and support gun ban legislation and initiatives designed to disarm law-abiding citizens. This office would be nothing more than a tax-payer funded lobby group with the sole purpose of eroding self-defense rights in Washington. House Bill 1010 passed the House by a vote of 56-42. It allows the Washington State Patrol to waste taxpayer dollars destroying confiscated firearms rather than sell them to raise funds. Fortunately, the committee also approved Senate Bill 6406. As amended, it provides that the theft of a firearm from a residence, shop, sales outlet, or vehicle is a Class B Felony. This bill rightly focuses on the illegal actions of criminals, instead of targeting law abiding gun owners. Again, please contact your state Senator and ask them to OPPOSE SBs 6077, 6294, and 6288, and HB 1010.
  12. Gun Rights Don't Come from the Second Amendment Whenever there is a gun massacre, statists inevitably respond that it’s time to repeal the Second Amendment. The idea is that if the Second Amendment is gone, so will be the right to own guns in the United States. There is just one big problem with that position: It’s wrong. The Second Amendment, like the First Amendment, doesn’t give anyone any rights. Instead, it prohibits the federal government from infringing on rights that are natural and God-given and that preexist government. The Declaration of Independence sets forth the essential principles. Every person (i.e., not just American citizens) is endowed by nature or God with fundamental rights. These include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thus, given that people’s rights are natural and God-given, they preexist government. The rights come first and the government comes second. What is the purpose of government? The Declaration answers the question: The purpose of government is to protect the existence and exercise of people’s natural, God-given rights. That was the reason for calling the federal government into existence with the U.S. Constitution—to protect people’s natural, God-given rights that preexisted the federal government. A big potential problem arises: The possibility, even likelihood, that the government itself will end up infringing or even destroying people’s rights. That possibility deeply concerned our American ancestors. They were convinced that government itself, not some foreign entity, constituted the biggest threat to their freedom, privacy, property, and pursuit of happiness. That’s why they were not terribly enthusiastic about approving the Constitution. If they hadn’t approved it, the United States would have continued operating under the Articles of Confederation, under which the national government didn’t even have the power to tax people. The American people finally decided to go along with the deal. The biggest argument that finally sold it to them was that the U.S. Constitution, which called the federal government into existence, strictly limited the powers of the federal government to those few powers that were enumerated in the document. Those enumerated powers did not include the power to infringe or destroy people’s natural, God-given rights — rights, again, that preexisted the federal government. Thus, even without the Bill of Rights, the federal government had no legitimate authority to control what people read or what people owned, including books and guns. That’s because these rights preexisted the government and because the Constitution did not give the federal government the power to infringe on these preexisting rights. In fact, if the government did infringe on people’s natural, God-given rights, it would be violating the very reason that people call governments into existence — to protect the existence and the exercise of their rights. So why then was the Bill of Rights necessary? In a technical sense, it wasn’t. Since the powers delegated to the federal government were enumerated in the Constitution and since the delegated powers did not include the powers to control what people read or owned (including books and guns), the Bill of Rights was essentially superfluous. In fact, some people even argued that by enumerating some rights in the Bill of Rights, that might be construed to mean that those were the only rights that were being protected. That’s why the Ninth Amendment was enacted — to point out that that was not the intention. The reason the Bill of Rights was enacted was because of the deep concern that our American ancestors had about the threat that the new federal government would pose to their rights and liberties. They believed that this government — their government — would inevitably end up doing what every other government in history has done — destroy their rights. That’s why they enacted the Bill of Rights — to hammer the message home that the American people were expressly prohibiting the federal government from traveling the road to tyranny that all other governments in history had travelled. But notice something important about the Bill of Rights: It gives no one any rights. Instead, it prohibits the federal government from infringing or destroying rights that already exist. it really should have been called a Bill of Prohibitions rather than a Bill of Rights. Thus, people don’t have the right to own guns because of the Second Amendment, just as people don’t have the right of free speech because of the First Amendment. People’s natural, God-given rights preexist government. They exist whether the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the federal government are there or not. What happens when a government infringes or destroys the rights of the people? The Declaration of Independence gives us the answer: It is the right of the people to alter or even abolish the government and institute new government whose powers are limited to its legitimate function. That’s a right that every American living today should keep in mind.
  13. On January 23rd, the Washington Senate Law and Justice Committee will be voting on a number of bills heard earlier in the week that would severely erode your right to self-defense. Please use the “Take Action” button below to contact the committee and ask them to OPPOSE Senate Bills 6077, 6294, 6288, and 6163. Anti-gun bills: Senate Bill 6077 would ban the manufacture, possession, sale, transfer, etc. of standard capacity magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. This measure is strongly supported by the Governor and the Attorney General. Senate Bill 6294 would impose government red tape and expensive training requirements to obtain a Concealed Pistol License. Senate Bill 6288 would create an Office of Firearm Violence Prevention within the executive branch of state government. Governor Jay Inslee and his administration have already made it clear where they stand on Second Amendment issues—they routinely sponsor and support gun ban legislation and initiatives designed to disarm law-abiding citizens. This office would be nothing more than a tax-payer funded lobby group with the sole purpose of eroding self-defense rights in Washington. Senate Bill 6163 would strip Second Amendment rights from individuals charged, but not convicted, of a felony DUI. Constitutional rights should only be restricted with sufficient due process of law. Due process limits restrictions on constitutional rights to only serious convictions and adjudications that provide procedural protections to the accused, which results in more reliable proceedings. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms should not be treated as a second-class right and should only be restricted when sufficient protections are in place. In addition, the committee will also be voting on these bills. Senate Bill 6406 provides that the theft of a firearm from a residence, shop, or sales outlet is a Class B Felony. This bill rightly focuses on the illegal actions of criminals, instead of targeting law abiding gun owners. Senate Bill 6402 also provides increased punishment for the illegal use of a stolen firearm. Under this bill, it would be a Class A Felony for a person, while committing a felony, to discharge a stolen firearm, or use the stolen firearm to threaten or menace another person. Again, please contact committee members and ask them to OPPOSE Senate Bills 6077, 6294, 6288, and 6163.
  14. Today, January 22nd, legislation was introduced in the Alabama Legislature to create a new lifetime carry permit for state residents. Please contact your lawmakers and urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 39 and Senate Bill 47. House Bill 39, sponsored by Representative Proncey Robertson, and Senate Bill 47, sponsored by Senator Randy Price, will create a new statewide, uniform system to provide lifetime permits for qualified applicants at the cost of $200. For state residents over 65, the fee will drop to $150. HB 39 and SB 47 are companion bills and we need both measures passed to secure passage of this critical legislation. Most aspects of the current permitting process will not change. Individuals interested in obtaining a lifetime permit will apply at their local sheriff’s office for a background check and to fill out the appropriate paperwork. As law-abiding gun owners in Alabama know, we must make our voices heard loud and clear on these bills to get them passed. This is an important change to the existing permitting system that will give law-abiding gun owners the option of deciding which route is best suited for their individual self-defense needs. It’s time to stand up for the right to self-defense and let your elected officials know that you want these measures passed in this session. Don’t let anyone take this important choice from you – make sure you use the “Take Action” button above to contact your lawmakers and let them know that you want the option of a lifetime permit!
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