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New Jersey Assemply To Debate Five Anti-Gun Bills Thursday - June 11, 2019

State: New Jersey

New Jersey people, this is happening this Thursday!

The following bills are will be debated on Thursday in the New Jersey Assembly Judiciary Committee and they are all anti-gun:

A1016 sets up a personalized handgun commission to approve which ones can be sold in the state and would require every gun dealer to stock at least one

A.3696 would require all firearms that are not in use to be locked up

A5452 would make firearm purchase cards good for four years and would require proof of training before getting one or renewing one

A5453 would make people convicted of attempted crimes, or conspiracy to commit crimes prohibited persons

A5455 would require people buying ammunition to show a second ID and would require dealers to maintain an electronic database of all sales

https://amgoa.org/Proposed-New-Jersey-Gun-Laws


Connecticut Joint Judiciary Committee Meeting On Guns Bills March 11 - March 6, 2019

State: Connecticut

Connecticut Action Alert!

On Monday March 11 the Joint Judiciary Committee will be hearing 7 firearm related bills. There are 5 anti-gun bills being debated and 3 pro-gun bills. We urge everyone that can make it to show up and voice your opinion.

Here are the details of the bills:

Anti-Gun

SB60 would require anyone open carrying to show their carry license to police if asked

HB7218 would require firearms to be locked up in the home when minor children live there

HB7219 would outlaw the private manufacture of any firearm that doesn't have a serial number

HB7223 would require gun owners to install a secure locking device in the vehicles to store firearms when they are not in the vehicle

Pro-Gun

SB940 would allow people with carry licenses to carry in state parks and forests

HB5227 would prohibit municipalities from enacting firearm regulations

HB5870 would allow for the transfer of 'assault weapons' and high capacity magazines through a firearm dealer between two people that have certificates of possession

We would urge everyone to show up at this meeting and tell them to vote no on SB60, HB7218, HB7223 and HB7219 and to vote yes on SB940, HB5227, HB5870. If you can't make it please make sure to contact your legislators about these bills.

You can use our contact your legislators section to get in touch with them

https://amgoa.org/Proposed-Connecticut-Gun-Laws


Two Anti-Gun Bills To Be Debated In New Mexico Committees March 2nd - March 1, 2019

New Mexico State Bill SB8

Saturday March 2nd will see multiple hearings on anti-gun legislation. If you are able to attend and voice your displeasure please do. Here are the details:

The House Judiciary Committee Hearing is scheduled for 9:00am to debate SB8, a universal background check bill. The bill would ban almost all private firearms sales between law-abiding citizens of the state. All sales, with very few exceptions would be required to go through a licensed gun dealer where they would have to pay fees for the background check. 30 out of 33 New Mexico Sheriffs oppose this legislation.

Secondly the Senate Public Affairs Committee will meet at 1:00pm to debate HB83 & HB87. HB83 is an extreme risk protection order bill that would allow a person's firearms and ammunition to be seized without due process, prior to a formal hearing. Just about any complaint could be used to enact one of these orders on a law-abiding citizen that would allow police to enter their home and seize their property.

HB87 would make persons convicted of certain domestic violence misdemeanor crimes or who are subject to a domestic violence protective order from purchasing or possessing a firearm. This bill stretches federal law regarding this to the limit and could be abused easily.

Please try and make these meetings and make your voice heard. If you can not make it please make sure to contact your legislators and tell them NO to these two bills.

State Law SB8


New Mexico House Committee To Consider Universal Background Check Bill - February 23, 2019

New Mexico State Bill SB8

The New Mexico House committee on Consumer and Public Affairs is set to consider Senate bill 8 on Tuesday February 26th at 1:30pm in room 317.

Senate bill 8 would criminalize all private sales of firearms without a background check first being completed.

The bill is sponsored by two Senate Democrats, Richard Martinez and Peter Wirth.

The bill has already passed the Senate on February 14th. The only chance of stopping it now is killing it in the house.

Please take a few minutes to contact you representatives by both phone and email and tell them to stop this bill. If you are unsure who your representatives are you can use our contact your legislators page

Don't let these Democrats make you a criminal!

State Law SB8


Pennsylvania Senate To Consider HB2060 On Monday - Action Required - September 28, 2018

Pennsylvania State Bill HB2060

Okay Pennsylvania people you're not done with the fight over HB2060 yet. Word coming out of Harrisburg is the Senate is going to do something with it on Monday, we have no idea what but if they push it through the way it is you could be in trouble.

We know it's the weekend but you have to take a few minutes out of your leisure time to make sure your Senator's inbox, fax machine and voicemail are PACKED on Monday morning telling them to either fix the bill or kill it.

Here is a pre-made letter you can fax, if sending emails (less preferable) you can use the text from this letter to get your points across to them.

If you are faxing it please make sure to sign it and add your city so they know you are a constituent.

Don't let this piece of GARBAGE legislation become law!

State Law HB2060


HB2060 Headed To The Senate - September 26, 2018

Pennsylvania State Bill HB2060

Well Pennsylvania people all I can say is we tried our best but HB2060 just passed and is now headed to the Senate.

The ONLY ray of hope here is that the bill is so dissimilar to what they passed (SB501) that it will have to go through all Senate committees just like it was a brand new bill.

We can only hope to dissuade the Senate from passing it OR by amending it to fix all the problems.

So once again it's time to light up the letters, phones, faxes and emails. This time to your senators ... tell them to gut the bill and add the language THEY passed unanimously earlier this year (SB501) and fix the two places it says '24' (change it to '48') and add back in friends to who can take the guns (not family)

You want to try and stop this we have to start NOW!

Please start contacting your Senator by mail, phone fax and (least effective) email

State Law HB2060


Legislative Emergency In Harrisburg! The Time To Take Action is NOW! - September 21, 2018

State: Pennsylvania

Attention Pennsylvania Gun Owners, This is an ABSOLUTE EMERGENCY! This could be the turning point for your state and YOUR rights!

During the week of Sept. 24th the PA House will be voting on 2 very important Bills, HB2060 & HB2227.

HB2060, sponsored by Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks Co.) will close so called "Loopholes" forcing anyone accused (guilty or not) of domestic abuse to relinquish their firearms within 24 hours of the issuance of a PFA and may only be turned over to an FFL, an Attorney or the Sheriff (or Police Dept). The burden of proof of innocence lies on the shoulders of the accused. This Bill also strips the Judiciaries ability to determine if the subject can keep their firearms. We all know that this will put an undue burden on the accused with legal fees (if they are lucky) or complete loss of the property without compensation (guilty or not).

bill details

HB2227, sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery Co.) is the Extreme Risk Order, more correctly known as the Gun Confiscation Order, bill that will allow almost anyone to say that you are a threat to yourself or others with no actual proof of a threat. Although this Bill gives the aggrieved the chance for a hearing 10 days later, AFTER the firearms were seized from them, it will be at their own expense to try to recover their property. Something most of us cannot afford to do. They will also be granted unlimited extensions to keep your firearms from you.

bill details

These two Bills are being forced through and being stripped of all Amendments to get them to pass as quickly as possible. The anti-gun lobby is pushing so hard they are only hearing their voices and not ours. We have word from Harrisburg that the likelihood of these bills passing is EXTREMELY HIGH.

We ask that you contact all Legislators (both House and Senate) on these two matters and tell them they are wrong and to NOT support them. People should not be presumed guilty before they are allowed to defend themselves from allegations. We are seeing what happens when we allow them to go unscathed with the way they are trying to destroy Judge Kavanaugh. We must not allow them to turn PA into a 'guilty to proven innocent' State.

Share far and wide. (Remember to include the original post when you share this or no one will see the messages explaining the bills)


PA Session Opens Next Week With Two Anti-Gun Bills On The Agenda - September 20, 2018

State: Pennsylvania

As most of you know PA's fall session opens next week and there are some startling developments coming to light. First off Moms Demand and CeaseFire PA have convinced Rep. Turzai to hold a vote on HB2060. This bill would change law regarding when and how a person under a PFA must turn in their firearms. The main problem with the bill is it limits a person to surrendering their firearms to three entities; a firearm dealer, their attorney or the local sheriff or police. It would also require them to surrender them within 24 hours of getting the PFA.

Secondly Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society has just released a letter to all PA legislators backing HB2227. This bill is a 'red flag' bill that would allow firearms and ammunition to be striped from people that have not had any form of due process. The weapons would be taken and THEN a hearing would happen. A copy of this letter can be seen here.

Everyone MUST Take the time to reach out to your legislators in both chambers and tell them to oppose this bills no matter what. The erosion of gun rights in this state by liberals is in full steam and they must be stopped


The Insantity In Harrisburg Continues And We Need Your Help! - June 21, 2018

State: Pennsylvania

Okay Pennsylvania people here's the update we promised, will try and keep it as short as we can ;)

The proverbial shit has hit the fan in the house!

HB2227 (the emergency relief protection order bill) now has 108 pro-gun amendments attached to it. Basically the 'good; Republicans took every piece of pro-gun legislation that came out this year (and was refused to be heard by the judiciary) and turned them into these amendments.

In response Stephens (author of HB2227) has been running around like mad trying to get the language from that bill added as an amendment to other bills and even got another legislator to take the language and add it as an amendment hoping no one would notice because his name wasn't attached to it.

HB2060 (regarding removed guns from those under a PFA) has been screwed up by adding the definition of who a third party is (that would accept the firearms) to add that ONLY attorneys that represent the person can accept the firearms BUT they have NOT changed 6108.3 (i) which clearly states anyone not living with the person and who is not prohibited can accept them ... this is a legal nightmare in the making.

Also on HB2060 the Democrats have attached 21 anti-gun amendments, including an assault weapon ban, high cap mag ban and every other piece of anti-gun crap they can.HB

HB2463 (which would allow those who have had a 302 petition the court to remove their prohibition) has had 2 anti-gun amendments added to it.

HB1872 (the bump stock ban that passed the judiciary yesterday) has been turned into an amendment and added to HB2227

We have also heard that several Democrats are even attempting to add these title 18 bills as amendments to non title 18 bills which most of you know is illegal in PA under the 'single subject' rule. Why would they do that when they know the laws will be challenged and ultimately struck down by the Supreme Court? Because they can say they got something passed for the November election to get votes, all while knowing it will never stand up in court.

THAT'S HOW SCREWED UP HARRISBURG IS RIGHT NOW!

This nonsense is honest to god changing every hour, supposedly they added HB2060 to the calendar for tonight (even though it was NOT published in the calendar this morning), again an illegal move based on the 'Sunshine Act'

Folks we know we have been screaming about this for days now but it is getting worse down there, not better. The session is SUPPOSED to end the 30th but because of the ongoing budget fight it could be extended indefinitely.

We HAVE to keep up the pressure each and every day, we don't care if you have called already we need to call EACH AND EVERY DAY until this nonsense is resolved. If they think the pressure is off they are going to ram anything they can down our throats!

As we get more information we will post it but right now everything is 100% fluid and VERY dangerous!

You can use our contact your legislators page (linked below) to find your legislators phone numbers is you don't already have them!

https://amgoa.org/Contact-State-Legislators


Anti-Gun Bills Moving In Pennsylvania Action Required - June 20, 2018

State: Pennsylvania

Things are moving at breakneck speed in Harrisburg and more help is need to try and stop this madness. First off here's what happened at the judiciary meeting yesterday:

The meeting started off by them saying there were too many bills so they were going to only do a few and reconvene Thursday to go over the rest.

Here what was voted on :

HB2060 - Domestic violence, passed with Republican support after being amended to include the text of SB500, SB501 & SB502

HB273 - Voluntary prohibition list maintained by PSP - passed after amended to remove the lifetime prohibition, now has 1, 3 & 5 years - passed with Republican support

HB2275 - firearm prohibition for conviction of conspiracy to commit several crimes - passed with Republican support

HB2463 - allowing anyone who has been 302'd to petition to regain their firearm rights - passed (this is the only 'good' bill heard today)

HB2227 - Emergency Relief Protections Orders. The Democrats pulled a fast on with this. They withheld an amendment (7721) until 10 minutes before the bill came up in committee. The amendment is a 'gut and replace' amendment that is 13 pages long. As Representative Saccone told us afterwards "There's no way in hell you could read and understand this amendment in 10 minutes" - This bill also passed with Republican support (not all but enough)

After meeting with Representatives that are not on the committee we are here to tell you they are madder than hell. The felling most have is this is being pushed by Speaker Turzai and his office. As one rep told us "Marsico doesn't do anything unless leadership tells him to"

Now, the other bills, including the universal background check bills and the bump stock ban bill have been pushed back to the Thursday meeting so we are NOT done by any stretch of the imagination, we HAVE to keep up the pressure!

Also we learned after the meeting that the Democrats intend to 'fast track' the bills that they voted on today. They are looking for first consideration tomorrow, second consideration on Thursday and a final vote on Tuesday.

Why? Because they don't want ANY Amendments that would screw up their bills and want as little input as possible ... they literally want to ram them through before anyone can think.

And then today:

The judiciary held what is basically an illegal committee meeting this morning (they never posted it publicly) and voted on HB1400 (universal background checks) and HB1872 (multi-burst trigger activators). Here are the votes:

HB1400 - failed by ONE VOTE (13 yeas 14 nays) with quite a few Republicans voting yea

HB1872 - passed by one vote (14 yeas 13 nays) with again quite a few Republicans voting yea

HB1400 and yesterday's HB2227 (ERPOs) have been refereed to the rules committee which is controlled by the speaker of the house Mike Turzai

We also know there are quite a few decent Republicans preparing massive amendments to all the anti-gun bills that have passed committee to try and shut them down.

Again we still need EVERYONE to get on the phone (emails are worthless at this point) and tell these legislators to kill these bills

https://amgoa.org/Contact-State-Legislators


Follow Up Alert With New Information About Tuesday's Judiciary Committee Meeting - June 17, 2018

State: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania people, this is follow up to the action alert we sent out Friday concerning the judiciary committee meeting happening Tuesday in Harrisburg.

There have been some new circumstances added to the mix as two amendments are also going to be voted on regarding HB2463, those amendments are:

A07403, clarifies that persons presently prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a previous involuntary mental health commitment will have to seek a restoration of firearm rights through the new petition process.

A07614, provides that an emergency involuntary mental health commitment will result in a six-month firearm prohibitor that automatically expires at the end of that period.

While not all these bills are anti-gun some are outrageously anti-gun:

Again these are the bills being considered Tuesday:

HB1400 - this bill is a 'universal background check' bill that would require background checks on all firearm sales, it should be noted that this bill has 15 Republican co-sponsors which make it extremely dangerous

HB1872 - this bill would ban the sale of any device that accelerates the rate of fire of any firearm, notice that says ANY device, not just bump fire stocks

HB2060 - this bill would expand the surrender of firearms involving PFA's.

HB2227 - this bill would create extreme risk protection orders that would require the surrender of firearms WITHOUT due process

Only one bill (while many other pro-gun bills are being ignored by the committee) is what we would call pro-gun:

HB2463 - This bill would protect the rights of gun owners that have been subject to a mental health 302 order

And these bills are questionable at best and have the best chances of having anti-gun language added to them on the house floor:

HB2266 - This bill would change the notification requirement for the Pennsylvania State police to be made aware of a mental health disqualification from seven days to 72 hours

HB2267 - This bill changes mental health notifications to the state police from 7 days (current law) to 72 hours.

HB2275 - This bill would add criminal solicitation to the list of firearm prohibiting offenses.

HB273 - this bill would create a self-exclusion list for firearm sales that would be maintained by state police

We now have all of the legislators on that committee's phone numbers:

Ryan Bizzarro (D) - (717) 772-2297

Timothy Briggs (D) - (717) 705-7011

Becky Corbin (R) - (717) 783-2520

Dom Costa (D) - (717) 783-9114

Tina Davis (D) - (717) 783-4903

Jason Dawkins (D) - (717) 787-1354

Madeleine Dean (D) - (717) 783-7619

Sheryl Delozier (R) - (717) 783-5282

Harold English (R) - (717) 260-6407

Garth Everett (R) - (717) 787-5270

Barry Jozwiak (R) - (717) 772-9940

Kate Klunk (R) - (717) 787-4790

Jerome Knowles (R) - (717) 787-9029

Ronald Marsico (R) - Majority Chair - (717) 783-2014

Joanna McClinton (D) - (717) 772-9850

Daniel Miller (D) - (717) 783-1850

Gerald Mullery (D) - (717) 783-4893

Tedd Nesbit (R) - (717) 783-6438

Brandon Neuman (D) - (717) 783-4834

Joseph Petrarca (D) - Minority Chair - (717) 787-5142

Jeffrey Pyle (R) - (717) 783-5327

Richard Saccone (R) - (717) 260-6122

Paul Schemel (R) - (717) 783-5218

Todd Stephens (R) - (717) 260-6163

Tarah Toohil (R) - (717) 260-6136

Jesse Topper (R) - (717) 787-7076

Martina White (R) - (717) 787-6740

PLEASE take the time Monday to light up these legislator's phone in Harrisburg and tell them to vote NO on HB1400, HB1872, HB2227 and HB2060 and to vote NO on the two amendments to HB2463, especially target Ron Marsico's office as he is the traitor 'republican' allowing these votes while ignoring all the the pro-gun bills under consideration.

Also ask them to vote YES HB2463 WITHOUT any amendments

https://amgoa.org/Proposed-Pennsylvania-Gun-Laws

https://amgoa.org/Proposed-Pennsylvania-Gun-Laws


Delaware Democrats Trying To Suspend Rules To Get Assault Weapon Ban Bill Through - June 15, 2018

Delaware State Bill SB163

Delaware Democrats are trying to pull a slick one. This time attempting to suspend the rules and pull the assault weapon ban bill (SB163) out of committee for a floor vote. You may know the bill died in committee last week after a 3-2 vote against moving it forward.

Now in a desperate attempt to further their agenda they are playing 'fast and free' with the rules to push out a bill that would strip you of your rights to own many commonly used firearms.

Please contact your legislators and tell them to stop this bill in its tracks.

State Law SB163

https://delawarestatenews.net/news/democrats-to-try-to-suspend-rules-for-assault-style-weapons-ban/


Action Needed In Pennsylvania - Anti-Gun Bills To Be Voted On In Committee Next Tuesday - June 15, 2018

State: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania people, this is a EXTREMELY important action alert! Please call, email or post on Facebook for all of your freedom loving friends to share this and get involved!

Next Tuesday, June 19th there will be a house judiciary voting meeting (which means they decide whether or not to move bills to the house floor) on the following bills.

While not all these bills are anti-gun some are outrageously anti-gun:

HB1400 - this bill is a 'universal background check' bill that would require background checks on all firearm sales, it should be noted that this bill has 15 Republican co-sponsors which make it extremely dangerous

HB1872 - this bill would ban the sale of any device that accelerates the rate of fire of any firearm, notice that says ANY device, not just bump fire stocks

HB2060 - this bill would expand the surrender of firearms involving PFA's.

HB2227 - this bill would create extreme risk protection orders that would require the surrender of firearms WITHOUT due process

Only one bill (while many other pro-gun bills are being ignored by the committee) is what we would call pro-gun:

HB2463 - This bill would protect the rights of gun owners that have been subject to a mental health 302 order

And these bills are questionable at best and have the best chances of having anti-gun language added to them on the house floor:

HB2266 - This bill would change the notification requirement for the Pennsylvania State police to be made aware of a mental health disqualification from seven days to 72 hours

HB2267 - This bill changes mental health notifications to the state police from 7 days (current law) to 72 hours.

HB2275 - This bill would add criminal solicitation to the list of firearm prohibiting offenses.

HB273 - this bill would create a self-exclusion list for firearm sales that would be maintained by state police

We would ask all of you to spend the weekend, and even more importantly Monday flooding Harrisburg with phone calls, emails and faxes telling these legislators (and your legislators too) that only voting on anti-gun bills in the committee is unacceptable! If any of the following legislators is one of yours please contact them immediately and tell the to vote NO on HB1400, HB1872, HB2060, HB2227, HB2266 & HB2267 and vote YES on HB2463.

The legislators on this committee are: Ryan Bizzarro (D), Timothy Briggs (D), Becky Corbin (R), Dom Costa (D), Tina Davis (D), Jason Dawkins (D), Madeleine Dean (D), Sheryl Delozier (R), Harold English (R), Garth Everett (R), Barry Jozwiak (R), Kate Klunk (R), Jerome Knowles (R), Ronald Marsico (R) - Majority Chair, Joanna McClinton (D), Daniel Miller (D), Gerald Mullery (D), Tedd Nesbit (R), Brandon Neuman (D), Joseph Petrarca (D) - Minority Chair, Jeffrey Pyle (R), Richard Saccone (R), Paul Schemel (R), Todd Stephens (R), Tarah Toohil (R), Jesse Topper (R), Martina White (R)

The ONLY reason these bills are getting a vote is thanks to the spineless 'lame duck' majority leader Ron Marsico (R) that has decided since this is his last term he is going to pander to Moms Demand and Ceasefire PA, these legislators need to know we are watching and we will not tolerate this kind of behavior!

We will be in Harrisburg for these votes Tuesday and would also ask anyone who can be there to show your support. The meeting starts a 9 am in room 140 of the main capitol building.

https://amgoa.org/Proposed-Pennsylvania-Gun-Laws


Stand for the Second, Student walkout for the 2nd Amendment - May 2, 2018

Federal Bill

Stand for the Second is a student led, student driven movement organizing walkouts at high schools across America on May 2, 2018, to stand for the Second Amendment.

There is a lot of talk recently about the need to create new laws that would restrict access to firearms in order to make our schools safer. But not a lot of attention has been given to those of us who want to protect our natural rights that are enshrined in the constitution. That's what Stand for the Second is all about.

Stand for the Second was founded by Will Riley, a high school senior from Carlsbad, NM, and they are calling on students to stage a walkout at their school for 16 minutes on May 2, 2018 at 10am, in support of the Second Amendment.

If you're interested in taking a stand on May 2nd, we encourage you to do so. Organizing a protest or a demonstration can be an intimidating thing to someone who has never done it before. But it doesn't have to be.

We encourage you to take part on May 2nd to not only stand up for the Second Amendment, but to stand up for all of our rights. If you don't stand, then who will?

https://standforthesecond.com/


Moms Demand Overrunning Harrisburg, 2A Rally Must Be Better! - April 19, 2018

State: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania people this is an IMPORTANT update about what's going on in Harrisburg with the anti-gunners!

Over the past two weeks over 4,000 anti-gun protesters were in the halls of Harrisburg, 90% of them from 'moms demand'. Monday alone there were 1500 of them in the rotunda screaming for more anti-gun laws to be passed.

They are doing the HARD PUSH and if PA gun owners can't fill that rotunda to the limit on April 30th who do you think these legislators are going to listen to?

It is ABSOLUTELY imperative everyone take the time to be at this rally .... because if not the next rally is going to be AFTER they take away your rights.

For more information on the rally please click here


New Jersey Committee To Hold Hearings On Gun Bills MOnday - April 12, 2018

State: New Jersey

Next week, the gun control fight in Trenton moves to the Senate, and NRA members need to make their voice heard loudly.

A package of seven bills are scheduled to be heard in the Senate Law and Public Safety committee on Monday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. Six of these bills were passed in the Assembly on March 26. When these bills were adopted in an Assembly Committee, gun owners made a strong showing of opposition, and it is essential that happens again.

Anti-gun groups will be out in force, and their gun-banning agenda cannot go unanswered. Please plan to attend!

https://www.ammoland.com/2018/04/new-jersey-senate-committee-action-monday-magazine-restriction/#axzz5CTdkofTH


Anti-Gun Bills To Be Heard In Pennsylvania Judiciary Committee Next Tuesday - April 7, 2018

State: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania people, as some of you may know there will be judiciary committee meetings this week in Harrisburg which are open to the public but they will NOT allow testimony.

Here is a list of the hearings if you want to show up

The hearing times are as follows:

  • April 9th 11:00AM-1:00PM, Room 140
  • April 10th 10:00AM-11:00AM, Room 140
  • April 16th, 10:30AM Room 205
  • April 17th, 9AM Room 140

We have also found out that these meetings will focus ONLY on anti-gun bills (not 100% confirmed but that is what our sources are saying), which means they are going to try and push out as many anti-gun bills to the house floor as possible.

Firearms Owners Against Crime has provided us a list of those bills along with an easy to ready synopsis that can be found here

We need every member in PA to get on the phone Monday and beat the snot out of their reps, especially if your rep sits on the judiciary committee!

Again, we are going to keep saying this until it sinks in; PA is one bad election away from becoming New Jersey! Your right to bear arms has NEVER been in more danger!


Virginia Senate To Hear 38 Gun Bills Monday - January 14, 2018

State: Virginia

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!

https://amgoa.org/Proposed-Virginia-Gun-Laws


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 naïve 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!

Federal Law HB4477


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.

State Law SB169


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