Sent to my senators.
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
(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
One was a requirement that most guns used for self-defense be capable of
"microstamping" a cartridge with a unique serial number.
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
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
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 -----
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.
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."
One day your life is going to flash before your eyes, make it worth watching.
Thank you X4!
"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
Sent to Senators
Sent to State Reps
Thanks Spy1 for bringing this up!
What is the house bill number?
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.
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.
Member VCDL, NRA
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!
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson (1776)
If you go into a store, with a gun, and rob it, you have forfeited your right to not get shot - Joe Deters, Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Prosecutor
I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians. - George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)