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.
Continue reading ATF Requires Psychic Powers of FFL’s
(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?
Join the club.
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?
Join the club.
Continue reading Join The Club
(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
While there has been much discussion and debate recently concerning actions which might be taken by anti-gunners in Congress, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has made "adjustments" to their interpretation of laws regarding "mental defects." ATF is actively encouraging state Attorneys General to enhance their reporting of persons who fall under the new, broader definitions to the National Instant Check System (NICS) to bar them from ever purchasing or possessing firearms. Shockingly, the NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are both supporting and encouraging ATF's efforts.
The impact of this "adjustment" could be devastating to thousands of people around the country. According to ATF and NICS, a mentally ill person can never recover. There is no path for restoration of gun rights once they have been denied on the basis of mental problems. Continue reading ATF Increasing Intrusions
(Manassas, VA, May 8, 2007) On April 30, the Governor of Virginia signed an Executive Order requiring any ruling by a judge or magistrate which says that a person could be a “threat to himself or others” must be reported to the Virginia Crime Statistics Database and shared with the federal government’s National Instant Check System. This would mean that any such person would lose their right to purchase, own, or possess a firearm for the rest of their life (or until a court restores their rights – something that sounds reasonable, but simply never happens.)
No one would suggest that it is sensible or prudent to make it easier for mentally unstable people to acquire firearms. Arguments against increased limitations on access to firearms by the mentally ill can not help but seem – well – crazy. Unfortunately, just because something seems sensible on its face does not mean it truly is sensible and just because an argument is difficult to make does not make it wrong.
Continue reading Mind Games