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GOA rallies its members as gun debate heats up in Senate budget battle

Gun rights groups are rallying their members behind a series of budget measures aimed at strengthening the Second Amendment and restricting gun control efforts. 

As the Senate debates the federal government’s 2016 budget, Republicans and gun advocates are pushing for a number of amendments that would expand concealed-carry laws and block the Obama administration from issuing what opponents call a “backdoor” ban on guns.

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Gun groups rally against Loretta Lynch

Gun rights groups are making a vigorous push to stop the Senate from confirming Loretta Lynch as President Obama’s next attorney general.

Advocates are organizing petitions, drawing up letters and hitting the phones to urge Senate Republicans to oppose Lynch in a floor vote that could take place as early as next week.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has sent an alert to its members warning that Obama’s nominee would put gun rights at risk....

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States Moving to Block Federal Gun Control
By Larry Pratt

There have been positive developments in the fight to block the enforcement of federal gun control around the country.

More than a dozen states have introduced bills this year to put federal officials on notice that they will get no assistance in helping federal agents carry out unconstitutional actions.

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Over and Over Again, You Have Cleaned Obama’s Clock 
-- The battle over AR-15 ammo is just the most recent victory

Recently, our Legislative Counsel was on a radio program.  And the host commented about how "frustrating" it was for the Second Amendment community to have to battle Barack Obama's repeated, seemingly unending string of illegal gun grabs.

Our Counsel was stunned.  His jaw dropped to the ground.

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ATF under Republican fire because of AR-15 ammo ban

The much-maligned Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is again coming under fire from Republicans and gun rights groups, who are pushing to rein in the agency’s power — or abolish it altogether.

The recent attacks follow the ATF’s proposal to prohibit a popular type of armor-piercing ammunition that critics say is a backhanded attempt to render useless AR-15 semi-automatic rifles.

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Self-Defense Corner

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Texas Woman Shoots, Kills Home-Invading Sex Offender

On Tuesday, a Texas woman home alone shot and killed a sex offender allegedly breaking into her house. She then dialed 911.

According to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, 37-year-old Christopher Ray Foster was allegedly invade a home in Van Zandt County, Texas, when the woman inside armed herself and shot. The woman called 911 about 4:30 a.m. and police arrived to find Foster’s body.

Foster “had a lengthy criminal history” and had recently been jailed following an accusation of “failing to comply with registration requirements as a sex offender.”

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Outnumbered National Guardsman Wins Gunfight Against 3 Armed Robbers at Sonic Drive-Thru

Here is another story of a person using a firearm in self defense. In this case, a National Guardsman found himself highly outnumbered as he faced off against three would-be armed robbers.

According to media reports, the man, identified as 23 year old Joseph Toombs, was approached by several suspects at a Sonic Drive-Thru restaurant in DeKalb County, GA late last month. The suspects, at least one of whom was visibly armed, demanded money.

Toombs was able to draw his concealed handgun and open fire. One of the suspects was hit and the others fled.

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He Thought He Could Stick Up a 67-Year-Old Man Using a Pellet Gun. It Was a Fatal Miscalculation

A 67-year-old man was taking a stroll on a park trail outside Philadelphia when he was approached by a masked man who stuck a metallic pistol in his face and demanded money.

But the 67-year-old didn’t shrink back — instead he battled the assailant for the weapon, WCAU-TV reported.

Then the victim — who has concealed weapons permit, police said — pulled out a .38 caliber handgun and fatally shot his assailant in the head, police said.

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GA Woman Shot 3 Times During Home Invasion Returns Fire and Lives

A woman in a rural neighborhood in Georgia is likely alive only because she had access to a firearm when she needed it.

According to local media reports, a woman was sleeping when two suspects broke into her home. She accessed a firearm and became involved in a firefight with the suspects.

During the exchange of gunfire the woman was shot at least three times. Fortunately, she was also able to return fire and force the suspects into retreating.

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Home Invader Flees Upon Finding 11-Year-Old Girl In Closet With Shotgun

On January 30, a home invader reportedly went door-to-door inside a Lapeer County, Michigan, home until he opened a closet and found himself looking down the barrel of a shotgun held by an 11-year-old girl who was home alone.

Upon encountering the girl, the invader fled, and the girl was not harmed.

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House Moves McCarthy Bill To Give FBI Access To Billions Of Your Personal Records
-- In Order To Seize Your Guns

Gun Owners of America
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Thursday, June 1, 2006

There she goes again!

Anti-gun zealot Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) has launched her most recent effort to use Orwellian Big Government in order to seize your guns. In fact, her anti-gun bill was recently reported out of a House subcommittee.

But when you look at the list of cosponsors on this bill, you find a "Who's Who" of the anti-gun Democratic elite: Reps. Howard Berman (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Barney Frank (D-MA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Pete Stark (D-CA) among others. They are all F-rated Representatives.

HR 1415 -- the McCarthy bill -- would require states to "make electronically available to the Attorney General records relevant to a determination of whether a person is disqualified from possessing or receiving a firearm under [federal law" [Section 102(c)(1)(A)].

Among other things, the bill will help FBI officials to effectively stop thousands upon thousands of Americans from purchasing a firearm. Already, millions of Americans have been disarmed by the Lautenberg Gun Ban which President Bill Clinton signed in 1996.

Because of the Lautenberg ban, people who have committed very minor offenses that include pushing, shoving or, in some cases, even yelling at a family member have discovered that they can no longer own a firearm for self-defense. Consider just some of the many examples:

* A Delaware member of GOA testified in Congress as to how the Lautenberg gun ban had disarmed him for life -- simply because he swatted his child with an open hand on the buttocks. At the time, this father was going through an ugly divorce, and so his estranged wife, with the encouragement of her mother, reported the man to the police for child abuse. After a nasty court battle, this father was forced to accept a domestic violence misdemeanor conviction. He has sold his firearms collection and is now disarmed for life by the Lautenberg gun ban, simply because he spanked his child.

* In Fairfax County, Virginia, a wife (Judy) was carted off to the police station for slightly tearing her husband's pocket -- even though her husband refused to press charges. The husband, Tom, states he had only called the police to get "documentation in a custody dispute." Nevertheless, Virginia's zero-tolerance law requires the police to press charges in such cases. For Judy to plea-bargain to a misdemeanor and pay a minimal fine means that she forfeits her Second Amendment rights forever because of the Lautenberg ban.

* The Lautenberg gun ban has even slapped sons and daughters with a lifetime gun ban, for nothing more than the slightest of infractions. The Washington Post Magazine reports that twenty-one year old Lora lost her temper and flung an empty water bottle and her car keys. Unfortunately for her, the car keys landed near her mother. For that, Lora was arrested, booked, and told she must not have any contact with her mom for three days, even though she was still living at home. Officer Mike Twomey, who assisted in the arrest, remarks that "in the old days, the proper response would have been to say, 'hey, ladies, cool it.' Now, arrest is the only option."

Let's not forget, that because of the Lautenberg domestic violence MISDEMEANOR gun ban, the "new days" means that if Lora pays a $25 fine -- just to get the issue "behind her" -- she loses her gun rights forever.

These examples are just the tip of the iceberg.

But the anti-gun nuts in Congress are upset because many of the states' criminal records are incomplete. As a result, the FBI does not access all of these records when screening the background of someone who purchases a firearm from a gun dealer.

So HR 1415 will grant millions of dollars to the states to improve their criminal records. Specifically, the bill would send taxpayer monies to the states so they can provide the FBI with the names of those people who are disqualified by the Lautenberg gun ban.

Obviously, this starts with a huge computer network of felonies and misdemeanors -- with the FBI trolling through records of bar fights or domestic disputes to determine if you spanked your kids or yelled at your husband and are therefore disqualified from owning a gun under the Lautenberg amendment. Congress should be repealing the Lautenberg gun ban, not extending it to disable even more people from owning guns.

But the problem goes much broader than that:

* Federal law prohibits illegal aliens from owning guns [18 U.S.C. 922(g)(5)]. But, in order to identify illegal aliens, "relevant" records could mean that the FBI would demand state tax returns of ALL American citizens, employment records, or even library records -- all in the name of making sure that you're not an illegal.

* And did you know that veterans who have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder have been deemed as mentally "incompetent" and are prohibited from owning guns under 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(4)? Records of those instances certainly exist; and, in 1999, the Department of Veterans Administration turned over 90,000 names of veterans to the FBI for inclusion into the NICS background check system.

The bottom line is this: The "Instant check" program has hardly worked well enough to justify giving the Attorney General the right to go on a fishing expedition through EVERY personal record on every citizen in your state. This bill would expand the power of the federal government in the most ridiculous of ways.

But McCarthy, who could care less about raising the debt limits in this country, would take an already financially-overburdened government and slap it with additional burdens, requiring millions of dollars to be spent on tracking the personal information on millions of law-abiding Americans. That's the "carrot" for the states: update your records, provide them to the federal government, and get millions of dollars in return.

Well, if the Second and Tenth Amendments were to be obeyed, the Federal government would be prohibited from passing laws that allow the FBI to search through the records of HONEST, LAW-ABIDING citizens.

Never mind the fact that all this data is handled with less care than the records of a farmer's livestock. Consider that CNSNews.com reported last week that 25 million Social Security number records of veterans were recently hacked. The more that our private data gets added into government computers, the more likely we are to have our identity compromised.

ACTION: Please contact your representative and ask him to oppose HR 1415. This is legislation that we've been able to kill in the past, but it's important for us to rise in opposition once again.

Please forward this alert to as many as you can, so that your friends, acquaintances and family members can also contact their Senators and Representatives. Congressmen must hear that this legislation is unacceptable.

To identify your Representative, as well as to send a message via e-mail, see the Legislative Action Center at http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm on the GOA website.

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

Dear Representative:

I am outraged that Rep. Carolyn McCarthy is trying to prohibit more Americans from owning guns with her HR 1415. This bill spends millions of dollars to further prop up the unconstitutional Brady Law, but there is no authority for the Federal government to do this under the Second and Tenth Amendments.

Section 102(c)(1)(A) of H.R. 1415 would allow the federal government to troll through state misdemeanor, diversion, psychiatric, tax, and even library records -- all for the purpose of finding new reasons to seize guns from law-abiding Americans.

The Instant Background Check should be banned, not expanded. We should be focusing attention on crooks, not on law-abiding citizens like my friends, my family and me. And Congress should be repealing the Lautenberg gun ban, not extending it to disable even more people from owning guns. H.R. 1415 is a simply an extension of the hated Lautenberg gun ban.

Please oppose H.R. 1415.

I would appreciate hearing whether you plan to oppose this bill. Gun Owners of America will keep me informed about any votes on this dangerous measure.

Sincerely,

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