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    Subject:
    VA-ALERT: VCDL Update 4/18/08

    Date:
    4/18/2008 4:44:24 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time

    From:
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    VCDL's Gun Dealer Legal Defense Fund -- help fight Mayor Bloomberg's
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    VCDL Update 4/18/08

    1. Contact DOI - they are under pressure to delay changing
    regulations in National Parks!

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    1. Contact DOI - they are under pressure to delay changing
    regulations in National Parks!
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    The Department of the Interior (DOI) is under pressure from various
    groups to delay with its commitment to allow carry in National Parks
    as per VCDL's Petition for Rule Making (PRM):

    http://www.commondreams.org/news2008/0417-12.htm

    Supreme Court Decision on Heller Case May Impact Firearms Safety Regs
    in Our National Parks
    Letter to Interior Secretary Asks That Any New Regulations on Guns in
    Parks Be Postponed Until After Supreme Court Ruling

    WASHINGTON, DC - April 17 - Another shot has been fired in the battle
    to prevent loaded guns in national parks that don't allow hunting. In
    a letter sent to Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, a
    coalition of groups has asked that the Department of the Interior
    postpone issuing its proposed new regulations until the United States
    Supreme Court has rendered its opinion in the pending case of whether
    the District of Columbia's gun code violates Second Amendment rights.

    Under intense political pressure orchestrated by the National Rifle
    Association, the Bush Administration has decided to re-open firearms
    safety and anti-poaching regulations in the national parks, which were
    last updated during the Reagan Administration, for public comment on
    April 30. The current regulations allow for guns in the parks as long
    as they are unloaded and properly stowed.

    The National Parks Conservation Association, the Association of
    National Park Rangers, the Ranger Lodge of the Fraternal Order of
    Police, and the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees stated in
    the letter that the Supreme Court case, not likely to be decided until
    late June, affords the first opportunity in 70 years to interpret the
    scope of the Second Amendment and that it could have profound affects
    on gun laws across the country and therefore could affect regulations
    in national parks.

    As a result, the groups "are concerned that the issuance of a proposed
    firearms rule and comment period beginning on April 30 is
    premature . . ." and they "request in the strongest possible terms
    that the Department of the Interior delay issuing a proposed new rule
    regarding Park Service firearm regulations until it is able to fully
    take into consideration the Supreme Court's decision in District of
    Columbia vs. Heller."

    A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

    Since 1919, the nonpartisan NPCA has been the leading voice of the
    American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System.
    NPCA, its 340,000 members, and many partners work together to protect
    the park system and preserve our nation's natural, historical, and
    cultural heritage for generations to come.

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    ACTION ITEM:

    CALL the DOI Legislative Affairs and leave a message for the Secretary
    of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne.

    Say something like this:

    "I urge Secretary Kempthorne to ignore pressure that would delay the
    proposed firearms rule and comment period scheduled to being on April
    30. Please move forward with implementing the Virginia Citizens
    Defense Leagues Petition for Rule Making."

    PLEASE MAKE THAT CALL - WE WANT DOI'S TELEPHONE LINE LIT UP BIG TIME!

    Mr. Kempthorne's telephone number in Washington, DC is: 202-208-7351.


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    It must be his direct line to hisoffice, his Secretary just answers the phone "Secretarys Office".
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