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    Two Great Pro-gun Amendments In The Senate
    -- But Harry Reid stands in our way

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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    Wednesday, February 25, 2009


    Thank you for all your activism so far!

    Senator John Ensign of Nevada offered his amendment to repeal D.C.'s
    draconian gun ban today.

    But Senators John Thune of South Dakota and David Vitter of Louisiana
    have also stepped up to the plate. They filed an amendment that would
    result in REAL national concealed carry reciprocity -- without adversely
    affecting no-permit states like Alaska and Vermont.

    So now the battle lines are drawn! By the end of the week, the Senate
    will vote on whether to rule these two pro-gun amendments out of order.

    The vote could come on a so-called "cloture" motion to cut
    off debate
    (and thus kill the Ensign and Thune/Vitter amendments). Moreover, if the
    underlying bill is then passed, the virulently anti-gun jurisdiction of
    the District of Columbia will be rewarded with a voting member of the
    House of Representatives.

    But first, a little background on the two amendments:

    You've all heard of the various "microstamping" proposals
    crafted by the
    anti-gunners to ban guns and ammunition nationwide.

    The anti-gunners would do this by serial number "microstamping"
    requirements which are so onerous that guns (or ammunition) would become
    prohibitively expensive in all 50 states.

    In the wake of the Heller case, the District of Columbia's reaction to
    the Supreme Court's decision declaring its gun laws unconstitutional was
    to pass legislation which will, as a practical matter, continue its
    current policy of denying gun licenses to its citizens. But, to add
    insult to injury, it added a whole bunch of additional anti-gun
    provisions.

    One was a requirement that most guns used for self-defense be capable of
    "microstamping" a cartridge with a unique serial number.
    Aside from
    being useless for identifying any criminal who pockets his spent brass,
    this provision would, even if it were technologically possible, make
    guns so expensive that no one would buy them.

    If a few more liberal jurisdictions follow suit, this could start a
    chain reaction so that gun manufacturers will eventually be forced to
    manufacture ALL guns to meet the new microstamping standards.

    The Ensign amendment would completely repeal D.C.'s gun ban and, in the
    process, help stave off the push for microstamping.

    Next, the Thune/Vitter amendment on concealed carry reciprocity is an
    idea whose time has come. Why should your right to self-defense stop at
    the state line?

    But it must be the right kind of national reciprocity. It must protect
    states like Alaska and Vermont which do not require a permit to carry
    concealed at all and it must be done in a Constitutional manner that
    protects State's rights.

    The Thune/Vitter amendment would do these things -- it is REAL national
    reciprocity.

    But the problem is this: Nevada Senator Harry Reid has moved to cut off
    debate on the D.C. bill -- using a parliamentary maneuver known as a
    "cloture" petition -- for the sole purpose of ruling such pro-gun
    amendments out of order.

    You see, Barack Obama and the liberals who run Congress hate guns. They
    hate guns so much that they would probably be willing to kill the
    District's voting representative in order to preserve the District's gun
    ban.

    The next two days are crucial. While there will be votes in the Senate
    throughout the day on Thursday -- which may include either of the two
    pro-gun amendments -- it is likely that the true focus will be on
    Friday's cloture vote.


    ACTION: Contact your two Senators and urge them to vote AGAINST cloture
    on S. 160 until the Senate has had an opportunity to vote for all
    pro-gun amendments. As usual, you can use the Gun Owners Legislative
    Action Center at http://gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators
    the pre-written message below.

    ----- Pre-written letter -----

    Dear Senator:

    I urge you in the strongest terms to vote against cloture on S. 160
    until senators have had an opportunity to vote on pro-gun amendments,
    such as those offered by Senators Ensign and Thune.

    The issue is not whether to give D.C. a voting representative. The
    issue is whether to impose a "gag rule" on those who oppose the
    District's efforts to use its draconian gun laws to undermine gun rights
    in other states.

    Cloture -- invoked for the cynical purpose of protecting D.C.'s anti-gun
    laws and to silence other pro-gun voices -- is not a vote on D.C.
    representation. It is a vote against the Second Amendment.

    Please let me know you do not favor silencing pro-gun voices. Please do
    not vote for cloture until those voices are heard.

    And once debate is allowed to continue, I ask that you vote in favor of
    the Ensign amendment to repeal the District's gun ban, as well as the
    Thune amendment for national concealed carry reciprocity.

    Sincerely,


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    Sent to my senators.
    Bob Owens @ Bearing Arms (paraphrased): "These people aren't against violence; they're very much in favor of violence. They're against armed resistance."

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    sent.

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    Thank you X4!


    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT

    "Senators did approve, 62-36, a controversial amendment pushed by pro-gun advocates that overturns most of the district's tough gun control laws. That provision would still have to be approved when the House and Senate meet to reconcile differences in their bills."

    The amendment has been included in the Senate version of the bill, but as you can see from the above, the fat lady hasn't sung on this one yet.

    The emphasis on this one now moves towards making sure that your House Representative now gets the message.

    I haven't even been able to determine if the Thune-Vitter amendment got shot down, or what - so keep up the pressure on your senator(s) if you haven't already done so, too.

    Do not let up on this one until it's signed the way we want it by the President! Pete

    Contact info for House of Representatives: http://www.theorator.com/government/house.html


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    Sent to Senators

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    Thanks Spy1 for bringing this up!

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    What is the house bill number?

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    7. S.AMDT.579 to S.160 To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to allow citizens who have concealed carry permits from the State or the District of Columbia in which they reside to carry concealed firearms in another State or the District of Columbia that grants concealed carry permits, if the individual complies with the laws of the State or District of Columbia.
    Sponsor: Sen Thune, John [SD] (introduced 2/25/2009) Cosponsors (13)
    Latest Major Action: 2/26/2009 Proposed amendment SA 579 withdrawn in Senate.

    So much for reciprocity. At least the DC gun ban amendment was added.

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    I hope the good citizens of Nevada appreciate Ensign standing up to Reid.
    A law-abiding citizen should be able to carry his personal protection firearm anywhere that an armed criminal might go.

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    http://capwiz.com/gunowners/home/

    Take action by sending the email to your REPRESENTATIVE (or c&p their letter into a FAX of your own).

    PLEASE do this A.S.A.P!

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