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Letter for Georgia

The following letter, signed by gun rights leaders from around the country, has been posted into the public domain for use in support of Senators Perdue and Loeffler, in their run-off elections.

We encourage rights advocates to repost this letter widely, especially in places where Georgia voters might see it.  If you have connections with anyone in the Perdue or Loeffler campaigns, please forward the letter to them.  This is a critical time and these races could be the last hope for protection of the Second Amendment.

For more information about the fight in Georgia and how you can help, please visit https://www.saveussenate.org/
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Open Letter to Georgia

Dear Georgia Voter,

We, your undersigned friends from across the USA, endorse and encourage your support for Senators David Purdue and Kelly Loeffler in the special Georgia election scheduled for January 5, 2021.

We are beyond concerned about the vows by anti-gun extremists to gut the Second Amendment and the Right to Keep and Bear Arms if or when the Biden/Harris team is installed in the White House. To preserve the rights we have reserved to ourselves in the Constitution, we must have a solid pro-gun majority in the U.S. Senate. Reelecting Purdue and Loeffler will insure that majority.

Please support Senators Purdue and Loeffler. Please make sure you have a plan to not only vote yourself on January 5th, but to get every sympathetic voter in your orbit to vote too. This is critical. Please reach out to your friends and neighbors about these important two races.

Thank you so much for sharing our concern.

Yours in liberty,

Signed by:

Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association

Kevin Starrett, Executive Director
Oregon Firearms Federation

Kevin Jamison, President
Western Missouri Shooters Alliance

Kim Stolfer, President
Firearms Owners Against Crime, Pennsylvania

Sam Cohen
Co-founder, Pro-Gun New Hampshire, Inc.

F. Paul Valone
President, Grass Roots North Carolina

CJ Grisham, President, and
David Amad, Vice President
Open Carry Texas

Aaron Smith
Alabama Second Amendment

Jeff Knox
Director, The Firearms Coalition

Critical Questions for B. Todd Jones

Call members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and tell them you want answers to  these Critical Questions for B. Todd Jones.

What did he know, when did he know it, and what has he done about it?

Was ATF Director Appointee, B. Todd Jones, involved in the inception of the felony stupid program known as Fast and Furious? 

What has he done regarding the scandal in the year and a half that he has been Acting Director?

What specific actions does he intend to take to focus ATF enforcement efforts on violent criminals and reduce the incidence of prosecution of unwitting technical violations by regular gun owners?

The Judiciary Committee of the US Senate is scheduled to begin hearings on the confirmation of B. Todd Jones as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives on June 11.  Jones has served as the Acting Director of the agency since September of 2011 when, then Acting Director, Ken Melson transferred to a new post in the wake of the Fast and Furious scandal.

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Sky Isn’t Falling!

The Sky Isn’t Falling!  The Sky Isn’t Falling!!

There are no serious threats to gun rights imminent in Congress.

Despite repeated attempts to debunk the myths by every major and most minor gun rights organizations, dire warnings about things like S. 2099, H.R.45, assault weapons bans, ammo taxes, and more keep circulation around the internet.

Here are the facts:

While there have been some very ugly bills introduced this session – just as there are every session – introducing a bill and having a bill as a serious threat are miles apart.  None of the anti-rights bills introduced this session are showing the slightest signs of life.  As we reported and predicted back in January when former Black Panther leader, Bobby Rush (D-IL) introduced H.R.45, a registration and licensing bill, the bill has gone nowhere and is going nowhere.  Here is a listing of all congressional actions for H.R. 45:

ALL ACTIONS:

1/6/2009:

Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

2/9/2009:

Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

Cosponsors – None

As for S.2099, the bill to require listing of firearms on individual income tax forms, it is even "deader" than H.R.45.  S.2099 has been dead for 8 years!  It was introduced by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) back in 2001.  At that time it was sent to committee where it languished with no cosponsors for the entire session and has never been introduced again.

Right now the last thing the President and the Democrat leadership want to do is get GunVoters more riled up.  While there is no question that Barack Obama and the majority of the Democrat leadership would jump at the chance to pass the most onerous gun laws imaginable, they would only do so if they thought they could get away with it without serious political repercussions.  They know they can’t!  GunVoters have made it clear that any new gun laws will meet with serious political repercussions and the Democrats still have nightmares about their devastating losses in 1994.  Again, we predicted this back in November (the comments on that post are particularly interesting.)

The bottom line is that there are no serious threats imminent in Congress.  When there are, we will let you know.  For reliable information about pending legislation and negative regulations, you can rely on The Firearms Coalition.  Signing up for our Knox e-Updates and Alerts is an excellent way to stay on top of the issue.  You can subscribe by clicking on "Alerts List" in the main menu at www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

Please copy this short article and send it to everyone on your email list to help get people away from worrying about non-threats and focus them on the serious work that needs to be done right now.

Jeff Knox

Director, The Firearms Coalition

www.FirearmsCoalition.org

www.GunVoter.org

Guns on a Train

Senate Tells Amtrak, "No Guns, No Money."

Shenanigans in play!

(Washington, DC, Update September 18, 2009) The US Senate has voted 68-30 in favor of a measure which would deny $1.6 Billion taxpayer dollars for the beleaguered Amtrak passenger train system unless they change their "No Guns" policy.

Since the Madrid commuter train bombing in 2004 Amtrak has maintained a policy of no guns or weapons on their trains – even locked in checked baggage.  The amendment passed by the Senate today was sponsored by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) says that Amtrak must accept checked baggage containing firearms or starter pistols as long as the passenger declares the firearm at the time of check in and the gun is unloaded and locked in a hard-sided case.  The measure also provides for the lawful transport of ammunition in checked baggage.

Opponents raised objections based on the cost of implementing the liberalized regulations, but those arguments rang hollow and the measure passed easily. 

 Now for the shenanigans:

Even though the amendment passed easily – with a few surprising (and suspicious) votes in favor – this is not a done deal.  Since the Senate version of the underlying appropriations bill is now different from the version passed in the House, there must be a Reconciliation Conference to bring the two versions into line.  For a conference, both houses select a number of representatives who are supposed to go sit down together and hash out their differences, settling on a final bill they believe will be acceptable in both houses.  That version of the bill is then sent to the floors of the House and the Senate where it receives an up or down vote.  No amendments are accepted for a reconciled bill.  While this amendment passed by a vote of 68 to 30, the prospects of it surviving the reconciliation process seem pretty slim.  Even though the conference committee is weighted with 13 members who voted for the amendment and 8 who voted against it, + 1, Byrd of WV, who did not vote, those numbers can be deceptive. 

Of the 22 members of the committee, 12 are rated "F" by GOA with 3 rated "D," 1 rated "C," 2 rated "B," and only 4 rated "A."   Additionally, virtually all of the "F" rated members who voted for the amendment are "bullet proof," hailing from states where liberty is a lost art and there is little likelihood of successfully defeating them at the ballot box.

Given those facts, it is very probable that Senate leadership chose to allow the amendment to pass with the intention of stripping it out in conference.  It will be interesting to see whether the House also appoints staunch anti-gunners as the majority of their conference representatives.  Stay tuned. 

Below is a breakdown of the vote and the Senate representatives to the Conference Committee.

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Reciprocity Amendment Fails

National Reciprocity Falls Short by 2 Votes

Lugar and Voinovich only Republican Nay’s.

An amendment which would have required basic reciprocity for concealed carry permits between states – forcing states to honor permits from other states – failed to receive the 3/5ths majority needed for passage by a mere two votes on Tuesday.  The measure, sponsored by Senator Thune of North Dakota, needed 60 votes for passage, but only received 58.  Many Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, voted in favor of the amendment while Richard Lugar of Indiana and George Voinovich of Ohio were the only Republicans to vote against the measure.  Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey voted for the amendment while NRA A-rated former Republican, now Democrat Arlen Specter voted against it.  Former A-rated NY Representative, now Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined her new mentor Chuck Schumer in opposing the measure as did McCaskil of Missouri and Bingaman of New Mexico.  Below is a complete listing of all Senate members and their votes on this amendment.

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Fish Conviction Overturned!

Harold Fish Conviction Overturned

AZ Legislature Passes Retroactive Self-Defense Law

    The Arizona Court of Appeals has thrown out the conviction of Harold Fish and chastised the judge who tried the case.  Fish was the retired school teacher who shot a man who charged at him swinging his arms and yelling threats.  Fish was convicted of Second Degree Murder in 2006 and has spent the intervening three years in an Arizona State Prison.  The Appeals Court ruled that Fish should have been allowed to introduce evidence of his attacker’s violent past and the vicious histories of the man’s dogs which triggered the tragic event. 

    The Arizona State Legislature passed a law shifting the burden of proof in self-defense cases from the defense to the prosecution, but the judge tried the case under Arizona’s previous law which required the defense to prove that the defendant acted in self-defense.  This week the Arizona Legislature passed another bill clarifying that the new self-defense standard should have been applied to the Fish case.

    News of both the Appeals Court decision and the Legislature’s action broke within 24 hours of each other on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 30 – July 1, 2009.  The news means that at the very least Fish should receive a new trial and could be set free without a trial if the Coconino County Prosecutor’s Office chooses not to retry the case.  It is possible that the State Attorney General’s Office could appeal the Appeals Court decision to the State Supreme Court, but that is not considered likely by most observers.  If the case goes to a new trial, it is likely that it would be tried under the newer proof standards even without the Legislatures new bill, but that is not guaranteed unless the Governor signs the pending bill; something her predecessor, now Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, vetoed in 2007.

    Meanwhile, Harold Fish remains in prison as he waits for the Attorney General and County Prosecutor to decide how they are going to proceed – which they probably won’t do until well after the Independence Day holiday.  Something Fish supporters say is sadly ironic.

Paranoia Breeds Paranoia

They’re Paranoid Because You’re Paranoid Because They’re Paranoid Because…

    The federal government’s latest warning to police agencies about "rightwing extremists" is an outrage and adds fuel to an increasingly volatile situation.  The report, titled, "Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment" was produced by the Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division of the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the FBI.  It consists of 8 pages of what can only be described as paranoid ranting and conflation.  Here is how the report defines "Rightwing extremism:"

    "Rightwing extremism in the United States can be broadly divided into those groups, movements, and adherents that are primarily hate-oriented (based on hatred of particular religious, racial or ethnic groups), and those that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.  It may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration."

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Did Pelosi Call for Registration?

Pelosi: "We want them Registered."

    When Nancy Pelosi said those words on Good Morning America she opened a can of worms she has been trying hard to keep hidden on a back shelf – but what was she really talking about?

    Pelosi’s comments have generated quite a bit of rhetoric from gun-bloggers and some rights groups, and I’m not coming to her defense in any way, but while we are critical of our opponents’ distortions and inaccuracies, we need to be doubly careful about our own accuracy.  Both Pelosi and the interviewer were struggling with spoken English during the brief interview and it is difficult to definitively say exactly what was meant by almost anything either of them said, but here’s my take.

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Guns in Mexico

The Truth About Mexican Crime Guns

    The often repeated statistic that 90% to 95% of guns seized in Mexico are traced back to the U.S. is an outrageous distortion.  The actual statistic is more like 17% and even that might be exaggerated.

    For several years The Firearms Coalition has been closely monitoring the situation on the U.S. – Mexico border as it relates to firearms.  Our good friend Landis Aden of the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association has provided a steady stream of news stories from Arizona and Mexico along with other useful information and blaming the U.S. for Mexico’s crime problems is nothing new.  What is a fairly recent development is the claim by U.S. and Mexican officials and media that 90% to 95% of crime guns traced from Mexico originally come from the U.S.  Anyone who knows anything about guns has been suspicious of that claim from the beginning because the guns described in the news stories are very often full-auto military weapons, rocket propelled grenades, and such; weapons which are clearly not available at your local gun shop in Phoenix or El Paso.

    The answer to the conflicting reports comes – as it often does in firearms related statistics – in the specific terms in which the statistics are couched.  It is true that about 90% of firearms traced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives originate in the U.S. but what is left out of that statement is the fact that fewer than half of the guns involved in crime in Mexico are ever traced by the ATF.  Mexican authorities only submit guns to ATF when they believe the guns originated in the U.S.  When all of the guns are included it turns out that some 83% of guns involved in crime in Mexico come from sources other than the U.S.

   So the correct statistic is that about 17% of guns seized by police in Mexico are traced back to U.S. sources – and those doubtlessly include many guns legally sold to the Mexican government over the years and guns acquired by Mexican citizens for self-defense in the face of rampant crime in that country.

    Fox News has finally reported the truth of this matter in this special report.

    Rights activists are encouraged to send copies of this story to any reporter or news outlet they see repeating the 90% lie and to send copies to their elected officials demanding that government officials stop misrepresenting the facts.

No Brass, No Ammo!

DOD Reverses Policy on Destruction of Brass

The Department of Defense, under intense pressure from rights advocates, industry forces, and members of Congress – particularly Senators Baucus and Tester of Montana – has reversed its decision to require that all brass cases be destroyed and sold as scrap metal rather than sold as reloadable cases.

Much credit for the quick resolution of this issue goes to Gary Marbut of Montana Shooting Sports Association.  Gary was the first we saw alerting the public and calling on his Senators to take action, and his calls did not fall on deaf ears as Tester and Baucus responded quickly and helped to snuff the issue in short order.

Thanks Gary!

Our original story is below.

Goverment Orders Destruction of Fired Brass

    There are reports that the Defense Department has ordered that all fired brass from the military be "de-militarized" by crushing or otherwise making it unusable for reloading.

    The Firearms Coalition is looking into these reports and will keep you posted.  In the mean time, there is no harm in contacting Senators and Representatives to ask them to look into the matter.

    Scrap brass metal sells for only a few cents a pound while once-fired brass in popular calibers sells for a few dollars a pound.  Add to that the cost of physically mutilating the cases and the government moves from a net gain in disposing of their fired brass to a net loss.

    A policy calling for the destruction of otherwise usable and resalable brass would be right in line with what we have been expecting from the Obama administration.  We have been on the lookout for bans on importation of various guns and gun parts, bans on importation of ammunition, and expansion of the Attorney General’s lists of guns "not suitable for sporting purposes."

    No such actions or policies should be tolerated and they should be opposed with the strongest legal action possible.