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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

  • Texas Woman
  • Sonic
  • Stick up Gone Bad
  • GA Woman
  • 11-Year-Old

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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Hostettler and Smith Combine Forces to Deliver Pro-gun Victories!
-- Gun activists play key role

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(Thursday, October 12, 2000)

"Demil" Provision Removed

GOA warned you last month about a very dangerous provision in the DoD authorization bill (H.R. 4205). This provision would have allowed the Defense Department to collect and destroy certain privately owned militaria -- including your M1 Carbine, 1903 Springfield, Colt SAA, and more.

The House passed the bill yesterday on a 382-31 vote, and GOA is happy to report that the "demil" provision has been stricken. There are three reasons for this:

* First, you guys rang the phones off the hook over the last month. Thanks to your involvement, legislators on Capitol Hill quickly learned there was a problem in the DoD bill and worked to satisfy their unhappy constituents.
* Second, Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN).
* Third, Sen. Bob Smith (R-NH).

Both Hostettler and Smith worked tirelessly to make sure this dangerous demilitarization provision was removed from the bill. Gun owners should thank them for their efforts.

Clinton Gun Control Scheme Receives A Setback

In other good news, Rep. Hostettler succeeded in keeping pro-gun language in the same DoD bill. Hostettler amended this bill in May when he inserted language to bar the Department of Defense from giving Smith & Wesson preferential treatment in government contracts.

As one of the conference-committee members, Hostettler was instrumental in keeping this pro-gun provision in the bill. Thus, DoD will be prohibited by law, from rewarding the gun maker for the anti-gun deal that it cut with the Clinton administration in March -- an agreement that imposes all kinds of new gun control upon dealers and gun buyers.

Gun owners should thank Rep. Hostettler for his determined efforts to preserve our 2nd Amendment rights.

BATF Strikes Again!

On August 28, 2000, BATF launched its most recent attack on the Second Amendment. Its proposed regulation (contained at page 52054 et seq. in the Federal Register of August 28, 2000) would require FFLs to conduct an annual gun inventory.

While not the obvious threat of other Clinton-Gore proposals, such as national gun registration, this proposed regulation nevertheless represents the most recent installment in efforts by the Clinton-Gore administration to inflict on the Second Amendment a "death by a thousand cuts."

It is therefore important that law-abiding gun owners make their voices heard with respect to this most recent unconstitutional, unjustifiable effort by this administration to harass its political opposition.

Here are some of the arguments against the regulation:

1. BATF gives no significant justification for inconveniencing law-abiding businesses. It cites "1,271 crime guns" which had been stolen without the theft having been reported. The problem is there is no evidence that the subsequent crimes committed with these guns could have been prevented or the guns more easily traced had the thefts been detected and reported. To the contrary, BATF appears to have been able to locate each shipper and trace each gun with no difficulty. How would a mandatory annual inventory improve this?
2. Contrary to BATF's misrepresentations, the burden on businesses of conducting an annual government-mandated inventory will be far greater than it asserts. Furthermore, the burden will fall on active dealers and inactive ones -- presumably for the purpose of further discouraging law-abiding Americans from holding federal firearms licenses.
3. BATF's ability to impose additional regulatory requirements in connection with the annual inspections are open-ended, and inspections could be required "[a]t any other time the Director of Industry Operations may in writing require" -- even if he decides to require daily inspections.
Small to medium size gun dealers could be easily harassed into early retirement, thus having the effect of "drying up the well" as far as the gun supply is concerned. The supply of gun dealers will be greatly reduced, resulting in higher gun prices. Moreover, the BATF will be able to focus its resources to crack down on the few remaining dealers in existence, as government studies will, no doubt, claim these few dealers are resulting in a high rate of sales to criminals.
4. Finally, BATF's efforts to micromanage the exercise of a constitutional right are unconstitutional. Its attempts to harass gun dealers -- and only gun dealers -- can only be viewed as analogous to prohibitively expensive regulatory burdens applied only to newspapers, to civil rights organizations, or to defense attorneys.

ACTION: The BATF is receiving comments from concerned Americans until November 27, 2000. Please consider using the above talking points to submit your comments in opposition to the regulations. Or view the regulations at http://www.atf.treas.gov/firearms/rules/notice902.pdf (with Acrobat Reader) on the internet and formulate your own letter in opposition.

There are two ways to submit your comments:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mail: Chief, Regulations Division; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; P.O. Box 50221; Washington, DC 20091-0221; ATTN: Notice No. 902

NOTE: Written comments must be signed. E-mail comments must contain your name, mailing address, and e-mail address. They must also reference the notice number (No. 902) and be legible when printed on not more than three pages 8 1/2 x 11 inches in size. They will treat e-mail as originals and will not acknowledge receipt of e-mail.

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Sheriff Richard Mack is the Director of Public Affairs for Gun Owners of America. Mack took the Brady Law to the Supreme Court where the judges agreed that the Feds could not force a local official to perform a background check. Sheriff Mack now has an electronic newsletter. Please stop by http://www.gunvote2000.com and look it over.

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