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    Action Link to email the Senators from every state in which you live, work, or go to school:


    Senator Coburn Goes On The Offensive
    -- Asks Veteran Affairs to explain why they continue banning vets
    from owning guns

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
    Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

    Thursday, October 18, 2007

    Senator Tom Coburn isn't going to go away quietly. As you know from
    previous GOA alerts, the Republican Senator from Oklahoma has placed
    a hold on the noxious legislation that is being pushed by Senator
    Chuck Schumer of New York.

    Because of his actions, the Veterans Disarmament Act (HR 2640 and S
    2084) has been stalled in the Senate for a few weeks. But not
    content to remain silent, Sen. Coburn sent a pointed letter to the
    Department of Veterans Affairs, asking them to justify their actions.

    Coburn states in his letter that the Veterans Affairs continues to
    send the names of "approximately 1,000 additional veterans" to the
    Department of Justice every month. According to the Congressional
    Research Service, Coburn says, this has resulted in "approximately
    140,000 Veterans" being added into the NICS background check system.

    "This situation is concerning to me," he continues, "as the vast
    majority of these veterans have committed no crime." Coburn
    correctly notes that if these veterans should continue to own a
    firearm, they could "unknowingly be in violation" of federal law.

    Interestingly, Coburn notes that the VA gun ban for veterans is not
    based on their being a "danger to him/herself or others" but rather
    that they supposedly can't manage their own financial affairs.

    Coburn ends his letter with a very pointed request: "I respectfully
    request that you share with me your plans to prevent the release of
    more veterans' names without due process."

    That's the key: these brave souls are being denied their gun rights
    WITHOUT DUE PROCESS. Some have claimed that this bill would provide
    relief for those who are being unjustly denied. Of course, this is
    very questionable since Congress has, since 1993, defunded the
    ability of the BATFE to restore the rights of veterans and other
    victims of gun control. (This is the result of a Chuck Schumer

    Certainly, GOA would support avenues to provide relief. But the
    Veterans Disarmament Act is not the vehicle to do this, since the
    bill actually CHANGES federal law to LEGALLY BAN those 140,000
    veterans from owning firearms. (1) Once the bill is enacted and
    those veterans and other Americans are LEGALLY DISARMED, the bill
    then provides some limited avenues for pursuing relief -- although
    Americans will face an uphill battle as they will have to spend tens
    of thousands of dollars pressing their case in court where THEY WILL
    HAVE THE BURDEN of proving their innocence.

    Even if these expensive court battles prove successful, they are
    still not guaranteed to get their gun rights back. Sen. Schumer can
    simply offer another amendment which prevents the FBI from removing
    names from the NICS system, just as his 1993 amendment still defunds
    the ability of the federal government to grant relief TO THIS DAY.

    Sarah Brady Is Lobbying Hard For The McCarthy-Schumer Bill

    It's no wonder that the Brady Bunch is plugging so hard for this
    bill. Several news agencies have stated that passage of this bill
    would represent the "first major gun control law in more than a
    decade". (2)

    Sarah Brady wants this bill bad. Her organization led a bunch of
    Virginia Tech survivors to Chuck Schumer's office this week to get
    media attention in favor of the Veterans Disarmament Act.

    And she sent out an e-mail last week urging members to donate to her
    organization, thus helping to get the McCarthy-Schumer bill passed.
    "In July, the U.S. House of Representatives took a courageous first
    step to keep guns out of the wrong hands by passing HR 2640, the NICS
    Improvement Act," Brady said. "The Brady Campaign is working full
    force to convince the U.S. Senate to pass this bill immediately."

    Those who would disarm us are working hard to diminish your rights.
    Have you written your Senators recently?


    (1) See GOA's extensive write-up on the Veterans Disarmament Act. By
    going to on the GOA website, one
    can read an analysis of the bill, plus see what others are saying
    about it as well.
    (2) "NRA, Democrats Team Up To Pass Gun Bill",, June 13,
    2007; and "House Tempers Background Checks for Guns," Associated
    Press, June 14, 2007.

    ACTION: Please use the letter below to contact your Senators and
    urge them to join Sen. Coburn in putting a hold on the Veterans
    Disarmament Act. You can use the pre-written message below and send
    it as an e-mail by visiting the GOA Legislative Action Center at (where phone and fax numbers
    are also available).

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    Done. Sent to both Senators from Ohio. I don't have much confidence in Sherrod Brown, though.

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    I have too. Just today received a form type letter letting me know that 1 of my dumb ass Senators is in favor of the bill and will be voting accordingly. I sent him a reply that I will be voting accordingly next November.

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    Which one? Warner is retiring

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