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Virginia Senate To Hear 38 Gun Bills Monday - January 14, 2018
The Virginia Citizens Defense League has put out an alert stating 38 gun bills will be heard in the state Senate tomorrow, January 15th.
You are probably aware 2018 has a record amount of anti-gun bills in a state that has so far been fairly gun friendly. With the new session starting that has changed and with the slim majority Republicans now have some of these anti-gun bills could make their way to the governor's desk. Given the governor's anti-gun statements in the past we expect him to sign any anti-gun bill he can.
We urge all Virginians to take a few moments and contact their legislators. All of your state legislator's information can be found here. Don't wait until it is too late, the future of your rights is in jeopardy!
Congressional Democrats Are Attempting To Attach An Anti-Gun Bill To National Reciprocity - December 3, 2017
Federal Bill HB4477
This just on from Congressman Thomas Massie, House Democrats are going to attempt to add an anti-gun bill, HR4477, to the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act that will be up for a vote this coming week. From the Congressman:
ALERT: Feinstein/Schumer sponsored gun legislation that amends the 'Brady bill' will be added to Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill (HR 38) in the House this week.
As Chairman of the Second Amendment Caucus, I'm blowing the whistle on the swamp. Last week, Republicans in the House fast tracked through committee HR 4477, a gun bill titled 'fix-NICS.' The Senate version of this bill is cosponsored by Senator Dianne Feintstein and Senator Chuck Schumer and it will send $625 million over 5 years to states to expand the national background check database. The bill will also advance former President Obama's agenda of pressuring every branch of the administration (such as the Veteran's Administration) to submit thousands of more names to the NICS background check database to deny gun purchases. The House bill is identical in every way to the Senate bill except the House bill will also commission a study on bump-stocks.
What you don't know, and what virtually no one in Washington wants you to know, is that House leadership plans to merge the fix-NICS bill with popular Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation, HR 38, and pass both of them with a single vote. Folks, this is how the swamp works. House leadership expects constituents to call their representatives demanding a vote on the reciprocity bill, when in fact the only vote will be on the two combined bills.
How fast did Fix-NICS, HR 4477, move through the Judiciary Committee? This bill broke the previous records for fast track legislation. It was voted out of committee within hours of being introduced in the House. Check the dates on this link. That means the text of the bill wasn't even discoverable by the public on congress.gov until after the bill passed out of committee! The text was however available over in the Senate where you will find Senator Diane Feinstein and Senator Chuck Schumer are cosponsors. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2135/cosponsors.
If that's not odd enough, consider this: the fix-NICS bill was introduced in the House by a Democrat two weeks ago. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4434/text. But, in a very unusual move, the bill was re-introduced verbatim by a Republican two weeks later, with language added to it to commission a bump-stock study. Six Republicans in Judiciary Committee weren't persuaded by the switcheroo, and voted No. However, because every Democrat voted yes and some Republicans voted yes at the urging of the Chairman, the bill made it out of committee. The deed will be complete this week when the bill is quietly added to the Reciprocity bill, HR 38, and passed without the knowledge of those who would oppose the legislation if they knew what was in it.
To recap, what are some clues that you should be concerned with the fix-NICS bill?
(1) The first sentence after the title of the bill reads "Section 103 of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (34 U.S.C. 40901) is amended ... "
(2) Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer are cosponsors in the Senate.
(3) It's being rammed through, without a hearing, in a very nontransparent process, and it will be passed by attaching it to the popular concealed carry reciprocity bill which already has enough votes to pass on its own.
(4) It spends over half a billion dollars to collect more names to include in a list of people who will never be allowed to own a firearm.
(5) It compels administrative agencies, not just courts, to adjudicate your second amendment rights.
In my opinion, #5 is the biggest problem. The bill encourages administrative agencies, not the courts, to submit more names to a national database that will determine whether you can or can't obtain a firearm. When President Obama couldn't get Congress to pass gun control, he implemented a strategy of compelling, through administrative rules, the Veterans Administration and the Social Security Administration to submit lists of veterans and seniors, many of whom never had a day in court, to be included in the NICS database of people prohibited from owning a firearm. Only a state court, a federal (article III) court, or a military court, should ever be able to suspend your rights for any significant period of time.
Does the NICS background check system have problems? Yes, it results in tens of thousands of unjustified denials of gun purchases every year. But like many bills in Congress, the fix-NICS doesn't live up to its name, it will likely do the opposite. It throws millions of dollars at a faulty program and it will result in more law-abiding citizens being deprived of their right to keep and bear arms.
If we continue to give the executive branch more money and encouragement to add names to the list of people prohibited from buying a firearm (without a day in court) and if the gun banners achieve their goal of universal background checks, one day, a single person elected to the office of President will be able to achieve universal gun prohibition.
House leadership should immediately de-couple the fix-NICS legislation from the concealed carry reciprocity legislation. People hate it when Washington combines bills like our leadership plans to do this week.
A few have speculated that the House is combining the bills to ensure reciprocity will pass in the Senate. I have some news for them: Senators Feinstein and Schumer aren't going to vote for reciprocity even if it contains the fix-NICS legislation they support for expanding the background check database. If someone is naÃ¯ve enough to think that's going to work, and they're willing to accept fix-NICS to get reciprocity, then they should ask the Senate to go first with the combined bill.
Here's a dangerous scenario that's more likely to play out: The House uses the popularity of reciprocity (HR 38) to sneak fix-NICS through, while the Senate passes fix-NICS only. The Senate and the House meet at conference with their respective bills, with the result being fix-NICS emerges from conference without reciprocity. Fix-NICS comes back to the House and passes because all of the Democrats will vote for it (as they just did in Judiciary Committee) and many Republicans will vote for it. Because Republicans already voted for it once as part of the reciprocity deal that never came to pass, they won't have a solid footing for opposing fix-NICS as a standalone bill. Then we'll end up with fix-NICS, which is basically an expansion of the Brady Bill, without reciprocity.
If our House leadership insists on bringing the flawed fix-NICS bill to the floor, they shouldn't play games. We should vote separately on HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill, and HR 4477, the fix-NICS bill. And we should be given enough time to amend the fix-NICS bill, because it needs to be fixed, if not axed.
Please take the time to contact your representatives tomorrow and tell them to do whatever they can to stop this from happening!
Wisconsin Constitutional Carry Bill To Be Heard In Committee Wednesday - May 29, 2017
Wisconsin State Bill SB169
This Wednesday, May 31, SB169 is scheduled for a committee hearing in the judiciary committee. SB169 would allow concealed carry of a firearm without a license anywhere in the state where an individual is legally allowed to be. SB169 would also expand the list of places where firearm owners can legally carry and make the current concealed carry licensing system optional. Residents would still be able to obtain a concealed carry license to take advantage of reciprocity agreements with other states.
Under current law, an individual can carry a firearm openly without a license; however, if an individual would carry their firearm in a purse or briefcase, or if their firearm becomes covered by a coat, they would be in violation of law unless they obtained a concealed carry license. This bill would eliminate that worry for anyone that is not otherwise prohibited from owning a firearm,
Please contact your senator and voice your support for this bill.
Two California Anti-Gun Bills Passed in Committee - May 26, 2017
Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee met for the final time before the Legislature takes their summer break.
And while one anti-gun bill failed to pass two of the worst anti-2A measures were moved forward.
The committee unfortunately passed SB 464 and SB 497.
SB 464 adds multiple security mandates on gun stores that will increase the price of doing business and drive some smaller stores out of existence.
SB 497 is the bill that rations your rights by only allowing the purchase of only one firearm once a month.
Pennsylvania Preemption Bill Heads To House, Governor To Veto - April 26, 2017
Pennsylvania State Bill SB5
If you don't know about it yet SB5, the Senate version of 'preemption with teeth' bill passed yesterday with a veto-proof margin of 34-16. The bill now heads to the house where that same veto-proof margin in not a guarantee.
Governor Wolf has already said he will veto the bill if it hits his desk.
Every gun-rights supporter in Pennsylvania needs to contact their house representative and tell them this is a must pass piece of legislation. Please take the time to pick up the phone and call them, then follow up that call with an email.
You can contact your legislators by using our contact your legislator page or by clicking on the link that says 'contact your reps' at the top right of the bill's page on our site.
It is essential this bill gets passed with enough votes to override a veto and to finally tell local governments they can not pass random gun laws that are illegal.
Texas Constitutional Carry Bill Moves Out Of House Committee - April 26, 2017
Texas State Bill HB1911
Yesterday a Texas House committee approved legislation that would allow handguns to be carried, concealed or in a holster, without a state issued license.
Approval came on a 6-2 party line vote even though all six Republicans voting in favor of House Bill 1911 did so despite reservations, one over concerns that unlicensed carry could hinder police officers, and five because they believed the bill didn't go far enough to remove restrictions on gun owners.
The bill now moves to the House Floor for a vote. While the bill is not perfect it goes a long way to restoring Texas residents constitutional rights.
Please contact your House representative and ask them to support the bill. If possible call them and then follow up that call with an email.
You can find your legislator's contact information on our contact your state legislator page and you can email them directly by clicking on the link at the top of the bill's page that says 'contact your reps'.
3 Important Bills To Be Heard In California Committees Tomorrow - April 3, 2017
2 pro-gun bills and one anti-gun bill will be heard in committee tomorrow, April 4th.
The Senate Public Safety Committee will hear SB497 and SB710 and AB757 will be heard Assembly Public Safety Committee.
AB757 would make California a 'shall issue' state, something gun owners have wanted for a long time.
SB497, authored by Sen. Portantino, would change the one gun a month law to include all guns, not just handguns.
SB710, authored by Sen. Joel Anderson, would remove the prohibition on hunting with suppressors. It of course won't make them legal to own but it's a step in the right direction.
We urge all California members to contact these two committees and show your support for AB757 and SB710 while voicing your opposition to SB497.
Voices Needed To Push Legislators To Override South Dakota Veto - March 24, 2017
South Dakota State Bill HB1072
We need every voice we can muster to urge state lawmakers to overturn Gov. Dennis Daugaard's veto of a bill to allow people who can legally carry a concealed handgun in South Dakota to do so without a permit.
The Republican held Legislature is to gather Monday for the final day of the 2017 session to accept or override vetoes from the GOP governor.
Please take the time to call your legislator and ask them to support the veto override.
Two Texas Anti-Gun Bills In Committee Next Week - Action Needed To Stop Them - March 18, 2017
Texas people need to get hold of their senators and representatives before Monday, especially if they are on the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee in the house or if they are on the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.
HB866 will be heard by the committee in Room E2.014 of the State Capitol.
This bill is an abomination patterned after the California 'gun violence restraining order' law that was passed last year.
Individuals who are under these orders could be forced by the courts, without due process, to surrender all their firearms to a law enforcement agency.
On the Senate side SB221 will be heard Tuesday, March 21, at 1approximately :30pm in Room E1.016. SB221 would prohibit the transfer of any firearm to anyone listed on the terrorist screening list which of course we all know also has no due process or means to be removed from.
Kill these new bills in committee, get on the phone, send emails, whatever you need to do but stop these horrible bills in their tracks
PICS To NICS Bills Need Co-Sponsors, Please Call Your Rep - March 13, 2017
Pennsylvania State Bill SB224
Two extremely important bills have been introduced in the house and senate that would finally eliminate the Pennsylvania State Police choke hold on gun sales. Both bills would completely eliminate the PICS system in favor of the national instant check system.
You probably know but we will say it again, this system is a MESS that costs PA citizens 8 million dollars a year. Not only is is constantly down but it allows the state police to keep an illegal database of gun owners.
Please look at both bills on the site and if your rep / senator is not a sponsor or co-sponsor please call them and ask them to co-sponsor and support the bill(s).
This could FINALLY be the year we stop this abuse of power by the State Police and your voice counts in Harrisburg!
Anti-Gun New Mexico Bill HB50 Moves Out Of Committee - February 14, 2017
New Mexico State Bill HB50
The poorly thought out and incredibly anti-gun bill HB50 has moved out of committee and is expected to be voted on on the house floor late this week or early next week.
The bill, if passed, would create incredible burdens on gun owners that would have to get background checks on almost all sales and transfers. This would include having to get a background check when receiving your own gun back from someone you lent it to.
A similar bill, SB48 is also moving through the Senate and must be stopped.
These bills are being pushed by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Call your reps and tell them your rights are NOT subject to a little dictator from New York's desire to disarm everyone he can. Tell them to throw these bills out along with this New York tyrant!
Two Universal Background Check Bills Pass Out Of Committee In New Mexico - February 8, 2017
New Mexico State Bill HB50
Two anti-gun bills mandating background checks on virtually all gun transfers passed out of committee in both chambers of the New Mexico legislature last week.
On Saturday, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 3-1 to approve HB 50, requiring background checks on private gun sales. This came just days after lawmakers in the New Mexico Senate's Public Affairs Committee passed similar legislation, SB 48, 5-3.
These bills would do nothing to stop criminals from getting guns, they would only add further burdens to law abiding citizens wishing to exercise their second amendment rights.
Yesterday, 32 of 33 Sheriffs that make up the New Mexico Sheriffs Association condemned both SB 48 and HB 50. "These measures would make it harder for law abiding New Mexicans to exercise their Second Amendment rights, waste scarce law enforcement resources, and do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals," the association said.
Moms Demand Action, a group funded by New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg, are pushing for the bills passage as part of their national gun control agenda.
Please contact your legislators in both chambers and tell them to do anything they can to stop these bills from advancing any further and if they do come to a floor vote to vote no.
Florida Open Carry Bill In Committee Next Week - January 2, 2017
Florida State Bill S0140
SB140, a newly introduced bill is scheduled for a committee hearing next Tuesday, January 10th.
The bill, if passed, would allow open carry of firearms as well as eliminating gun free zones in places like secondary schools, local centers and government meeting areas.
We urge you to contact your legislators and tell them to get this bill out of committee and onto the Senate floor for a vote. You can contact your legislators by logging into your account and then visit the bill's page (link below) and then click on the contact legislators link.
You can also use our legislator contact page to get your senators phone and fax numbers.
With Senator De La Portilla out of the picture this could very well be the year this bill passes but it needs your voice to get it done.
PA SB1330 Dead Action Immediate Needed On HB1496 - October 21, 2016
Pennsylvania State Bill HB1496
We have learned that SB1330, the preemption bill passed last week in the Senate has once again been stalled by house Democrats and is essentially dead. Once again they will try every trick they can and this time it has worked.
PA residents have another option but time is running out. There are only 3-4 more days left in the session and if you want local townships to stop playing games with gun laws you have to act now.
Senator Alloway has drafted an amendment to HB1496, which has already passed the house and is up for third consideration in the Senate. The amendment will mirror SB1330. If it can be amended to the bill and passes third consideration the bill goes back to the house for a simple concurrence vote. Literally, the Democrats would have no way to remove the amendment.
We would ask you to immediately pick up the phone and call three people.
1. Call your Senator: Legislator Contact Info
2. Call Senator Scarnati at (717)787-7084, or fax him at (717)772-2755
3. Call Senator Corman at (717)787-1377 or fax him at (717)772-3146
Time is of the essence so please act now. Respectfully ask these Senators to move HB1496 with the Alloway amendment intact. If you have friends that care about this issue please forward this to them and ask them to contact these people.
Support Needed For SB1330 In The House And To Override Governors Veto - October 18, 2016
Pennsylvania State Bill SB1330
As you might already know SB1330 passed the Senate yesterday by a vote of 30-19. One Senator, Rafferty, wasn't there for the vote.
SB1330 is another attempt at forcing municipalities to obey the preemption laws of the state (sad that they need to be forced to obey the law)
While it passed and now heads to the house the bill doesn't have enough votes to override a veto by the governor, and he has said he would veto it.
It is a sad state of affairs when local governments thumb their nose at the law all while demanding citizens follow those laws. These Senators that voted against the bill are essentially saying local governments are above the law. That has to stop!
Everyone needs to get on the phone and:
1) Contact your house rep and tell them to support SB1330
2) Contact the following senators and demand they support a veto override.
Here are the traitors in the Senate that think you must follow the law but government doesn't have to:
Patricia Vance email@example.com (717) 787-8524
John Blake firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-6481
Art Haywood email@example.com (717) 787-1427
Rob Teplitz firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-6801
Jay Costa email@example.com (717) 787-7683
Andrew Dinniman firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-5709
Lawrence Farnese email@example.com (717) 787-5662
Wayne Fontana firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-5300
Vincent Hughes email@example.com (717) 787-7112
Shirley Kitchen firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-6735
Daylin Leach email@example.com (717) 787-5544
John Sabatina firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-9608
Judy Schwank email@example.com (717) 787-8925
Christine Tartaglione firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-1141
Sean Wiley email@example.com (717) 787-8927
Anthony Williams firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-5970
Stewart Greenleaf email@example.com (717) 787-6599
Thomas McGarrigle firstname.lastname@example.org (717) 787-1350
Thomas Killion email@example.com (717) 787-4712
And as always you can use our contact your state legislators page to find contact information for all your representatives.
Two Pro-Gun Bills Being Held Hostage In Pennsylvania - September 27, 2016
Pennsylvania State Bill HB2258
From Firearms Owners Against Crime:
I try not to burden you with a lot of e-mails but this one is significant. As you may know we have been working to advance pro-gun legislation in Harrisburg and are on the cusp of two of our issues being addressed, finally!
These bills involve preemption (HB2258 & SB1330) and semi-auto firearms for hunting (SB737) and are all keyed up and ready to go EXCEPT we are being held hostage by anti-gunners and money and 'apathy' among our ranks!
We are being blocked by a concerted effort from anti-gun groups through their minions of evil (anti-gun legislators) in a historic show of abuse of the political process. HB2258 has had 242 amendments filed AGAINST it and this is a record. SB737 has had 19 amendments filed against it. The end goal is to force leadership to pull the bills from consideration.
We are being terrorized by a small group of misfits in and outside of the legislature who are abusing the process to stymie legislation that has overwhelming support.
Iâ€™m laying this in your laps because gun owners are faced with an ugly reality! If we do not get more of our friends and family involved and calling their legislators and leadership of BOTH parties then I fear our ability to get ANYTHING passed will be impossible. What is even more critical is that the NEXT step for them is to force anti-gun legislation to be passed or these political whores will shut down work on other bills.
If our 2ND Amendment is gone our freedom is done
Iâ€™m sorry but I have done everything I can think of and have been warning you of this coming evolution of the political process for a while. Well it is HERE now. Either get involved now or plan on PA becoming New Jersey in the not too distant future and prepare to surrender your firearms because what is going on now is ONLY going to get worse!
Sorry for the bad news but Iâ€™m NOT going to sugar coat the dire situation we are in!
Thanks for reading this far!
Folks it's time to get mean and nasty with your legislators ... get on the phone, send emails and faxes to all of them telling them enough is ENOUGH!
And remember you can get your legislator's contact information here: http://amgoa.org/Contact-State-Legislators
PA Preemption Bill To Be Voted on In Committee Tomorrow - September 19, 2016
Pennsylvania State Bill HB2258
We just received this alert about HB2258, the new preemption bill that would replace the now defunct act 192:
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Judiciary Committee is scheduled to meet at 10 AM tomorrow (Tuesday, September 20th). We are asking everyone to call Judiciary Chair Representative Ron Marsico and request that he bring House Bill 2258 to a vote and that he support the bill. Additionally, we request that you call your Representative and ask that they support House Bill 2258.
House Bill 2258 would give membership organizations such as the NRA standing to sue municipalities over their unlawful gun ordinances and plaintiffs the ability to recover attorney's fees should they become involved in litigation.
This would strengthen Pennsylvania's preemption statute and help to discourage municipalities from passing unlawful ordinances.
Representative Ron Marsico
P: (717) 783-2014
Please take a few minutes to call and tell them to allow this to come to the floor for a vote!
Update On Terrorism Bill In US House - Action Required - July 6, 2016
Federal Bill HR5611
As we reported in an alert yesterday news outlets were reporting on an anti-gun amendment that was to be added to a terrorism bill this week. At the beginning of the long holiday weekend, and probably hoping that no one would notice, that plan was scraped and the text was added to a terrorism bill that was then introduced.
The bill is now in committee and speaker Ryan has said it will come to the floor for a vote.
The bill is HR5611.
In section 5 of the bill the Attorney General would be allowed to stop anyone on the terrorist watch list and anyone suspected of terrorism in the previous 5 years from buying a firearm, ammunition or explosives. The AG would be allowed to stop the sale for up to 3 days and a court would then have to weigh the evidence (which may include redacted classified documents) against the person. The denied person must retain a lawyer at their own expense to fight the charges but would be reimbursed if they won.
This bill is unconstitutional on several levels. First of course is the denial of a person's 2nd amendment rights but secondly it denies them the right to due process guaranteed by the 14th amendment. Lastly is the horrifying fact that people can be denied subject to a secret government list, a list that only the government has access to.
The problems with this bill are simple:
1. Guilty until proven innocent
2. Secret lists would determine one's rights
3. Denied individual still fronts legal fees, which could be substantial
4. No provision for discovery making a legal defense difficult at best
5. No right for defense team to discovery
6. No right for defense to file emergency/expedited petition
Nothing in this bill would change what happened in Orlando, San Bernadino, Aurora, Sandy Hook or any of the other shootings over the past few years.
We need you to reach out to your representative and tell them the must vote no on this bill. Use our contact your legislators page found here or you can use the contact your reps link at the top of the bill details page. You should also call speaker Ryan's office and express your displeasure over this amendment. Speaker Ryan's phone number is (202) 225-0600 and his FAX number is (202) 225-5117.
This is nothing less than tyranny forced down the throats of law abiding citizens by the radical extremist liberals and it MUST be stopped!
House Set To Vote On No Fly No Buy Amendment This Week - July 5, 2016
After the nonsensical 'sit in' in the house last week Republican leadership, in cahoots with the NRA, caved and are planning on allowing a vote on an amendment to the anti-terrorism package currently under consideration.
This amendment would not only deny US citizens their 2nd amendment rights but would also strip their rights to due process guaranteed under the 14th amendment. These rights would be denied based on 100% secret government lists. No one but the government knows who is on them and why they were added to the lists.
This is intolerable and strikes at the very core of what this great nation was founded upon. Our founding fathers are rolling in their graves at this act of tyranny.
Please take a few moments to contact your US house representative and tell them you will not stand by and watch them erode your rights, that a yes vote on this amendment is no less than treason! You should also call speaker Ryan's office and express your displeasure over this amendment. Speaker Ryan's phone number is (202) 225-0600 and his FAX number is (202) 225-5117.
You can find your representative's contact information either here
SB1330 To Be Voted On In Senate, Your Voice Is Needed - June 28, 2016
Pennsylvania State Bill SB1330
As you may be aware SB1330 was introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate last week. This bill will restore the ability to sue local governments when they enact illegal firearm laws much as the now defunct act 192 did.
Yesterday, June 27, the bill was approved in committee by and 8-3 vote and now heads to the Senate floor for a vote.
Many cities have already stated they intend to enact or reenact firearm laws they removed from the books after act 192 was passed. This must not be allowed and passage of this bill would stop them once and for all.
Please take the time to call your senator and tell them to vote yes on SB1330. You can also use the 'contact your rep' link on the bill's detail page (note you must be logged in to use this feature) that will email them and allow you to download a PDF of the email that you can mail or fax.
Now is your chance to make a difference and it only takes a few minutes of your time.