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  1. BELLEVUE, WA – The largest-ever number of Second Amendment activists has pre-registered for this coming weekend’s 35th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, which will be held entirely online Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19-20, with more than 120 speakers, including several VIP guests. Co-hosted by the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, this is the first time in history the event will be entirely online. According to SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, there is an “energy” for this year’s conference unlike anything he’s seen before. To register, go to www.saf.org/grpc. While the conference will be streamed on several platforms including YouTube and Facebook Live, you must pre-register in order to receive the Free Digital Second Amendment Library, Gottlieb noted. So far, more than 2,200 people have pre-registered. “It takes more than a virus to dampen the spirits of grassroots gun rights activists,” Gottlieb stated. “We expect the event to be viewed by several hundred thousand people. It’s the biggest agenda we’ve ever had, with guest presentations from Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, Alaska Congressman Don Young, U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Olympic Gold Medalist Kim Rhode.” The agenda includes a federal affairs briefing, two state legislative panels, updates on legal actions and court victories, a discussion on outreach to an estimated 5 million new gun owners, and the importance of this year’s presidential and congressional elections to advance the gun rights cause. In addition to Gottlieb, this year’s speakers include National Shooting Sports Foundation President Joe Bartozzi; Jason Ouimet, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action; Erich Pratt, Gun Owners of America; Tom Gresham, host of Gun Talk radio; Mark Walters, host of Armed American radio; Charlie Cook, host of Riding Shotgun with Charlie; and Jim Shepherd, editor at The Outdoor Wire. “We’ll also be hosting live events on Zoom both Friday and Saturday evening,” Gottlieb said. “We’re determined to make this year’s conference the best ever, despite the pandemic, and we are truly looking forward to what may become the most important weekend of the campaign season.
  2. The National Rifle Association is accused of buying lawmakers all the time. Anyone who takes a pro-gun stance is accused of being bought and paid for by the gun lobby in general and the NRA in particular. Time and time again, we hear this claim despite there being zero evidence of bribery or anything of the sort. And considering the way some have been dishing dirt on the group, if they’d done anything of the sort, we’d have probably heard about it. Meanwhile, though, Everytown is dropping piles of cash. At what point does it count as buying candidates? A national gun violence prevention group on Tuesday launched a $200,000 Spanish-language digital ad campaign slamming Tony Gonzales, the Republican running to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Will Hurd. The two ads released by the Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund attack Gonzales’ positions on gun control and health care. They are the latest in a frenzy of ad purchases in the 23rd Congressional District, a sprawling purple district stretching from San Antonio to El Paso, that Democrats are targeting this fall. The first ad – “Ni un dedo” or “Not even a finger” – criticizes Gonzales’ stand against restrictions on gun ownership. The ad shows images of the August 2019 mass shooting in El Paso, where a gunman opened fire in a Walmart parking lot and killed 23. “Every parent asks, what wouldn’t we do to protect our children?” a narrator says in Spanish. “On the other hand, Republican Tony Gonzales says he wouldn’t even lift a finger.” The second ad – “Protectores” or “Protectors” – focuses on Gonzales’ support for repealing the Affordable Care Act, as a narrator says those efforts would hurt those with pre-existing conditions during a pandemic. The ad clips language from a candidate questionnaire in which Gonzales does voice support for repealing Obamacare but specifically notes that “Pre-existing conditions will be covered to ensure that citizens are covered and not left between the cracks.” Nevermind that the El Paso shooter obtained his firearm after apparently passing a background check. What further restrictions would they want? Most mass shootings are carried out with handguns, not WASR-10s, after all. And, of course, let’s note that Everytown is straying from the gun control that is supposed to be their single issue. That was something the NRA got blasted over. More importantly, though, why is it that when they spend money to defeat a candidate, it’s good and noble and pure, but if the NRA or any other gun rights group does it, it’s buying candidates? See, that’s what pisses me off the most. I can accept that people disagree with me about guns. They have a right to be wrong, after all. What I can’t accept is the rank hypocrisy that allows them to justify doing the same stuff they’re criticizing their opponents for. They know damn good and well the NRA isn’t doing anything wrong or immoral with their campaign spending. They know it because they do the exact same thing. They just don’t have the integrity to acknowledge that fact. Tom Knighton is a Navy veteran, a former newspaperman, a novelist, and a blogger and lifetime shooter. He lives with his family in Southwest Georgia. He's also the host of Unloaded TV on YouTube. https://bearingarms.com/author/tomknighton/ https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2020/09/16/everytown-pro-gun-lawmaker/
  3. The current demand for guns in America is so great that the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS) is giving a higher number of delays and, in many cases, allowing the sale to be completed because time for the check expires. A NICS check is designed to take only minutes, ideally being “instant.” However, there are cases where the FBI reviewers do not immediately find the records they need so they have an option to delay the check, giving reviewers three business days to complete it. If, after three days, they still have not found incriminating records on the would-be buyer, the sale is allowed to proceed. This means there are three possible outcomes to an NICS check: 1. Pass (good to go). 2. Delay (three business days added for check). 3. Fail (can either occur instantly or during the three day extended review). Reuters reported there was a “54 percent increase in the number of background checks that were delayed past three days in … March through July.” And over five percent of those delays lasted longer than three days. Overall, the number of NICS checks conducted March 2020 through July 2020 was up 93 percent, when compared to the same time period in 2019. Breitbart News reported that August was the eighth consecutive month for record background checks for gun sales. Beginning with January 2020 and proceeding through August, each month has set a record for the most checks conducted in its respective month. For example, January 2020 set the all-time record for background checks in the month of January, February 2020 set the record for the most checks in the month of February, March 2020 the most for the month of March, and so on. Breitbart News reported National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) figures showing there were nearly five million first-time gun buyers who made purchases amid the surge in retail gun sales, January 2020 through July 2020. Many of these purchasers were from demographics the establishment media does not typically tie to gun purchases. Yahoo Sports reported that NSSF isolated and examined the first six months of 2020 and found that gun purchases by black men and women were up 58 percent over what they were during the first six months of 2019. Forbes reported that the Department of Justice responded to the surge in gun sales by requesting “more enforcement resources” in May. That request included asking for “more staff to help conduct background checks.” AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/15/demand-for-guns-overwhelming-fbi-background-check-system/
  4. BELLEVUE, WA – The alarming revelation that anti-gun-rights billionaire Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $100 million in Florida to guarantee that important swing state goes to Democrat Joe Biden is proof the former vice president is “bought and paid for,” the Second Amendment Foundation said today. “Joe Biden is a perennial gun prohibitionist, and Michael Bloomberg is opening his wallet to essentially buy the Sunshine State vote on Biden’s behalf,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “It is clear to us the former New York mayor thinks the former vice president will do his bidding, otherwise he wouldn’t be making such an expensive investment. “Considering Biden’s gun control agenda and his promise to pursue a restrictive gun grabbing crusade if he wins in November,” he continued, “there should be no doubt Joe is a 100 percent certified shill for Bloomberg and his gun prohibition lobbying groups, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action.” Months ago, Biden promised that former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke would be his point man on gun policy in a Biden administration. He admitted during a CNN interview that he fully intends to ban semiautomatic modern sporting rifles, which he considers “assault weapons.” His so-called plan to end “gun violence” is nothing more than a repackaging of every cockeyed gun control scheme to come along during the past two decades, SAF argued. “During his 47 years on Capitol Hill and as Barack Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden has never met a gun restriction he hasn’t liked,” Gottlieb observed. “His promise to continue supporting Draconian gun control schemes should be ample payback to Bloomberg, who dislikes the idea of private gun ownership worse than Biden does. “Biden and Bloomberg are anti-gun elitists who have always enjoyed armed protection while dismissing the needs of average citizens to protect themselves and their families,” he stated. “Biden better get used to dancing on the ends of Bloomberg’s strings, because for this amount of money, the Delaware Democrat is going to be the Big Apple billionaire’s puppet. Biden plans to change the Bill of Rights, and Bloomberg plans to buy it. “We plan to challenge in court all of their unconstitutional anti-gun schemes,” Gottlieb vowed.
  5. President Donald Trump reminded Fox host Sean Hannity about the importance of his judicial picks to protection of Second Amendment. (Screen snip, YouTube, Fox News) While the establishment media didn’t pick up on it, President Donald Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity during a telephone interview Wednesday evening that if it had not been for him being in the White House, the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms might no longer exist as it was originally intended. In his typical, slightly rambling manner of speaking, the president was explaining how he has reshaped the federal courts and appointed two constitutional justices to the U.S. Supreme Court when he suddenly zeroed in on the Second Amendment. “Outside of war and peace,” Trump observed, “the most important thing a president does is select Supreme Court justices, and (federal) judges.” He estimated there may be more than 300 new federal court judges “by the end of my first term.” “The whole country depends on these decisions, which way you go,” the president commented, “whether you have a Second Amendment or not. I mean the Second Amendment would be under siege.” Trump nearly always mentions the Second Amendment during his public appearances, and it seems almost a reflexive observation. No other chief executive in recent memory has habitually mentioned the Second Amendment, suggesting it is important to him. “If I wasn’t here,” Trump said, “you wouldn’t have a Second Amendment; you wouldn’t have a right to guns. Whether you had it or it was just almost totally obliterated, but it would be in a very different form than you have it now. I’ve kept it totally as it was and it’s a, you know, it’s something I’m very proud of and…I think it’s a real voting issue.” Indeed, the right to keep and bear arms has become more than a mere shadow issue in this year’s campaign. Democrat Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) have both made clear their intentions to ratchet down on gun rights, including banning so-called “assault weapons” and full capacity magazines. Biden’s gun control agenda also includes one-gun-a-month limitations, a “smart gun” mandate, gun buy-backs, so-called “safe storage” of firearms and enact legislation mandating “universal background checks.” While some gun rights activists complain about Trump’s ban on bump stocks, the president has been busily filling federal court vacancies with judges who are more likely to adhere to a stricter interpretation of gun rights. It was a Trump appointment—Circuit Judge Kenneth K. Lee—who wrote the majority opinion in the Duncan v. Becerra case ruling that declared California’s ban on “large capacity magazines” is unconstitutional. The Second Amendment Foundation’s recent launch of its “Second Amendment First Responders” is aimed at energizing grassroots activists to put the right to keep and bear arms in the spotlight during the campaign and beyond. SAF announced Thursday it is expanding its “2A First Responder” advertising effort for another week. Heading into its third week, the SAF advertising effort will nohttps://www.saf.org/saf-launches-2a-first-responders-television-ad-campaign/w air on DirecTV to subscribers of Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, CNN, The Weather Channel, MSNBC, American Heroes channel, and History channel, and on DISH to Fox subscribers, plus Newsmax, One America News and Fox News in several local markets. https://www.libertyparkpress.com/trump-to-hannity-if-i-wasnt-here-you-wouldnt-have-a-second-amendment/
  6. BELLEVUE, WA - Democrat Joe Biden's disgusting attempt to exploit the ambush of two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies to push his anti-gun agenda illustrates the intellectual dishonesty of the gun prohibition mindset, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today. The two deputies were shot at close range by an unidentified gunman who can be seen on video raising a handgun to open fire. Yet, the former vice president wasted no time tweeting about "weapons of war" while declaring, "We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines." Neither an "assault rifle" or high capacity magazine visibly were used in the crime. "Just when you thought Joe Biden's lifelong crusade against firearms couldn't go any lower, he grabs a shovel and starts digging," said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. "This illustrates the bankruptcy of the gun prohibition movement. They'll use a horrific tragedy as a starting point to push their own agenda, which typically has no factual relation to the incident they're exploiting. "There is a heavy disconnect between reality and what the gun control lobby would have people think," he continued, "and Biden's attempt to capitalize on this cowardly act by calling for a ban on a type of firearm that wasn't even used is intentionally misleading." Law enforcement agencies are searching for a suspect, and there is a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. The wounded deputies, described as a 24-year-old male and 31-year-old female, were reportedly in stable condition Monday following surgery. "We have watched the video of this craven act several times, which is apparently something Biden didn't do even once before he sent out that self-serving tweet," Gottlieb stated. "Instead of calling for a ban on a gun that wasn't involved, perhaps Joe Biden should instead focus on the people who gathered outside of the hospital yelling they hope the deputies would die, and simply tell them to shut up and go home. " "Biden's remarks illustrate an almost amoral attitude about a terrible crime," he said. "He seems more interested in how he might use this tragedy to advance his anti-gun-rights agenda than he is about the lives of the two wounded deputies. We're not sure what to call that, but it's not moral leadership."
  7. BELLEVUE, WA – Democrat Joe Biden’s disgusting attempt to exploit the ambush of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies to push his anti-gun agenda illustrates the intellectual dishonesty of the gun prohibition mindset, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today. The two deputies were shot at close range by an unidentified gunman who can be seen on video raising a handgun to open fire. Yet, the former vice president wasted no time tweeting about “weapons of war” while declaring, “We need to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.” Neither an “assault rifle” or high capacity magazine visibly were used in the crime. “Just when you thought Joe Biden’s lifelong crusade against firearms couldn’t go any lower, he grabs a shovel and starts digging,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “This illustrates the bankruptcy of the gun prohibition movement. They’ll use a horrific tragedy as a starting point to push their own agenda, which typically has no factual relation to the incident they’re exploiting. “There is a heavy disconnect between reality and what the gun control lobby would have people think,” he continued, “and Biden’s attempt to capitalize on this cowardly act by calling for a ban on a type of firearm that wasn’t even used is intentionally misleading.” Law enforcement agencies are searching for a suspect, and there is a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. The wounded deputies, described as a 24-year-old male and 31-year-old female, were reportedly in stable condition Monday following surgery. “We have watched the video of this craven act several times, which is apparently something Biden didn’t do even once before he sent out that self-serving tweet,” Gottlieb stated. “Instead of calling for a ban on a gun that wasn’t involved, perhaps Joe Biden should instead focus on the people who gathered outside of the hospital yelling they hope the deputies would die, and simply tell them to shut up and go home. “Biden’s remarks illustrate an almost amoral attitude about a terrible crime,” he said. “He seems more interested in how he might use this tragedy to advance his anti-gun-rights agenda than he is about the lives of the two wounded deputies. We’re not sure what to call that, but it’s not moral leadership.”
  8. Today the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee will consider legislation that prevents the closure of federally licensed firearms dealers by public officials, Senate Bill 360. Please contact committee members and ask them to SUPPORT SB 360. Senate Bill 360 bars public officials from prohibiting all federally licensed firearms dealers (FFL) in the state or a specified geographic area from the commercial sale or transfer of firearms or their components or ammunition. This will prevent the future closure of FFLs during declared states of emergency, including during the current Covid-19 outbreak. Again, please contact members of the Senate Government Oversight and Reform Committee and ask them to SUPPORT Senate Bill 360.
  9. Democrats Appear Set to End Public Gun Ownership If They Gain Power in November Bills to do it already written, introduced, await election, HR 5717, S 3254 Congressional Bills Would Disarm the Populace BUT: Democrat-run cities tolerate or encourage street rioting, catch and release violent perps Defund and "stand down" police policies popular with democrat city councils allow looting, arson, assault Threat of "Black Lives Matter" retribution limits punishment of instigators, Marxist revolutionaries "Wokecabulary" distorts much of what the public is fed "An armed, civilian population is our only safeguard, and some politicians are doing everything they can to eliminate it, deliberately turning America into a socialist third-world nightmare." –JPFO "Disarming an innocent person is an act of violence." –Craig Lindsay "'Critical race theory,' which teaches America is evil and must be destroyed, is being forced upon federal officials and public schools. President Trump's executive order to end it may be too little too late. The BLM and socialist activists, quietly implementing it caught us unawares, and are on the verge of beating us. Mass media, many of whom hate America and agree with vile elements of "critical race theory," amplify the effects and feed it as a steady diet, either blatantly, or so subtly it slips through unconsciously, which is more destructive." –Alan Korwin, Author, JPFO Consultant, The Uninvited Ombudsman An unfiltered view of recent events leads to a singularly dangerous conclusion. Left on the present course, gun ownership in America will end, the balancing force it presents to tyranny will be lost, and socialists making their play for control of America will succeed, gaining the levers of power. Thus defeated, the sole linchpin of freedom on the planet, The United States as we know it, will be gone, and the masses of people who struggle to get here will have nowhere else to go to breathe free air. The American experiment in self-governance, free enterprise and liberty will have come to a crashing halt. It all comes down to the vote in November. A blue sweep will end it all. An unfortunate confluence of events led to this precipice— • The communist's efforts to gain control of the school system and teachers' unions; • Cultural and intellectual infiltration of the mass media; • Turning enough members of Congress receptive to embracing socialism; • A lethal plague released by communist China. The body politic was hit with just enough fear and disinformation to exert control over the general public, and swing the tide to accomplish Comrade Khrushchev's stated goal: "Americans will hoist the communist flag themselves." -1956. If forces tied to the socialist/democrat party take both houses of Congress and the presidency, what little remains of free speech, right to assemble, a free press which these days means the Internet, the right to resist tyranny, which means an armed populace, due process of law and the other guarantees of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, will become memories of the past. The public recognizes that TV networks and print "news" are already compromised into a nearly total lockstep narrative. JPFO says cling to your Bibles—and written copies of history. Most ubiquitous sources of information on the Internet are already warped almost beyond recognition, and are no longer stable. Constant riots in democrat-run cities are virtually absent from so-called mass "news" outlets and will be bleached from history going forward. Basic reference material is already re-written and sanitized on sensitive (i.e., freedom-oriented) subjects. "Fact-checking" has become synonymous with censorship of disfavored speech. Firearms subjects are practically verboten in the public square at this point in time. Read a newspaper from even a few years back, it's hard to understand from its lack of wokecabulary. JPFO says REMEMBER—"Never Again!" requires guns in people's hands. Public gun bans HR 5717 and S 3254 are prohibited by the Constitution and cannot be legally enacted. Search those phrases and read them. Join Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.
  10. As previously reported, Governor Sununu prevented the erosion of our Right to Keep and Bear Arms by vetoing firearm seizure legislation, House Bill 687. On Wednesday, September 16, your legislators are convening for a veto session to consider the Governor’s veto, and they need to hear from you! It is important that you contact your state legislators and ask them to SUSTAIN the veto on HB 687. House Bill 687, sponsored by Representative Debra Altschiller (D-Rockingham 19), allows ex parte orders to suspend Second Amendment rights without adequate due process. Further, if the order is vacated after an individual surrenders their firearms, that individual will have to go to court to have their property returned, unlike when the court wrongfully takes their property away. Knowingly filing a false claim is only a misdemeanor, while violating an order is a Class B felony, punishable by three and a half to seven years of imprisonment. This extreme difference in punishments could lead to false accusations against many law-abiding individuals. 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. Please click the “Take Action” button above to contact your state legislators and urge them to SUSTAIN Governor Sununu’s veto of firearm seizure legislation, House Bill 687.
  11. Early this month, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) released two new procedure documents. The first, ATF Procedure 2020-1, Recordkeeping procedure for non-over-the-counter firearm sales by licensees to unlicensed in-state residents that are NICS exempt (Sept. 3, 2020), provides directions to licensed importers, manufacturers, and dealers (FFLs) on the correct process for the parties to the transaction to take in completing ATF Form 4473, when the transaction involves a sale or transfer to an unlicensed person, resident in the same state as the FFL, who does not appear in person at the FFL’s business premises. Federal law, 18 U.S.C. 922(t)(3), authorizes sales and transfers without a NICS background check to persons with a valid “NICS-exempt” permit or license (a firearm subject to the National Firearms Act that has been approved for transfer is also exempted). A separate federal law, 18 U.S.C. 922(c), allows an FFL to sell a firearm to an unlicensed person who does not appear in person in limited circumstances, generally involving a sworn statement in the prescribed form, notification to the chief law enforcement officer of the locality where the person resides, and a wait time of at least a week. The statement must contain blank spaces to attach a true copy of any permit or license. Procedure 2020-1 allows an FFL to conduct and record a sale of a firearm to a resident of the same state who does not appear in person at the FFL’s business premises provided that the transfer is exempt from the NICS background check requirements and the procedures outlined in the document are followed by the seller-transferor, the buyer-transferee, and the FFL. The new Procedure 2020-1 supersedes ATF Procedure 2013-2. The second new document, ATF Proc. 2020-2, Recordkeeping and Background Check Procedure for Facilitation of Private Party Firearms Transfers (Sept. 2, 2020), gives directions on the recordkeeping and NICS procedures for FFLs who facilitate or broker the transfer of firearms between private, unlicensed individuals. Some states’ laws mandate that all firearm transactions between non-FFLs be made through an FFL; otherwise, because unlicensed persons do not have access to the NICS to conduct a background check, some private sellers may choose to make a private sale using an FFL. ATF has previously issued guidance documents on the role of the FFL in these transactions, and this procedure supersedes the latest of those, ATF Procedure 2017-1. ATF Process 2020-2 establishes the new procedures that apply when a private party transferor (seller) takes a firearm to an FFL with the prospective transferee/buyer to conduct a sale or transfer. One of the questions that prior guidance documents left open was the responsibility of an FFL when the private party seller left the firearm in the exclusive possession of the FFL at the FFL’s business premises while the NICS background check on the buyer/transferee was pending. If the buyer/transferee failed the NICS check, the FFL was directed to conduct a NICS background check on the private party seller before he or she could retake possession of the firearm. If the seller also failed the NICS check, the FFL was prohibited from returning the gun. This version fails to clarify the FFL’s responsibility in such cases. It simply directs the FFL to conduct a “NICS background check on the private party seller, and receive either a ‘proceed’ response, or no response after three business days (or appropriate State waiting period), prior to returning the firearm.” This procedure does not apply to pawn transactions, consignment sales, or repairs. Earlier this year, the ATF released an industry letter on firearm sales and deliveries exterior to the brick-and-mortar structure at which a firearms business is licensed (drive-up or walk-up access), for the purposes of accommodating pandemic-related distancing and restricted contact directives. That document is available here.
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