(18 June 2007) Cory Maye. Kathryn Johnston. Salvador and Carlota Celaya. Those are just a few of the lives ended or wrecked in botched police raids that combined military tactics, bad intelligence, poor judgment, and an appalling lack of judicial and civil oversight.
Write your Representative today, call your Representative on Monday!
The House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote on the Tiahrt amendment sometime next week, possibly as early as Monday.
Whether your Representative serves on the Appropriations Committee or not, it is important that he hears from you, urging him to do whatever he can to ensure inclusion of these important protections in the BATFE budget appropriation.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Brady Campaign Against Guns have made defeat of Tiahrt their number one target in this session of Congress, turning what should be an administrative matter into a contentious political issue. Continue reading Action Needed on Tiahrt
In a surprise move, the US House of Representatives today passed a bill which provides incentives for states to enhance and computerize criminal and mental health records and make such records available to the FBI's National Instant Check System (NICS).
While The Firearms Coalition has consistently opposed previous versions of this bill, we do not oppose the bill as it was passed by the House today. Continue reading Surprise Action in the House
The Bar is Being Lowered
It's up to you to hold it up!
Take action now. Write to your Governor and the Attorney General and then write to your Senators and Representative. Forward this alert to every gun rights activist and organization you know then send it on to veterans and veterans' organizations because they are among the most severely impacted. The national gun and veterans' organizations and most of the state groups have either completely missed or conceded this issue. Only your immediate action can stop the momentum of this steamroller.
I would have written a shorter letter, but I didn't have time.
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(Manassas, VA, 5 June 2007) The antics of New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, rather than raising questions about the integrity of federally licensed firearms dealers, should be raising questions about the expectations and legal liabilities placed on those dealers. Current law appears to require a dealer and all of his employees to be skilled mind readers, able to accurately determine the relationship, intentions, and honesty of each of their customers. The penalties for poor psychic abilities can be personally and professionally devastating, including up to 10 years in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine – for each count! It is time for gun-voters to demand some relief for these beleaguered businesses.
(Manassas, VA, May 30, 2007) Sick and tired of paranoid and elitist politicians restricting guns for the law-abiding in hopes of curtailing criminals and currying votes?
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Bothered to see shooting ranges being shut down and chased farther out of town by McMansions and town house communities?
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Sometimes feel like you’re the only person around who understands the importance of the Second Amendment and the responsibility of gun ownership?
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(Manassas, VA, May 15, 2007) As I approach my 47th birthday, the same age my father was when he was fired from NRA in 1982, I’d like to step away from the news for a moment to thank the readers of this column and share some personal perspectives. Continue reading Personal Note of Thanks