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Stop Calling Gun Groups Terrorist Organizations

"Groups like Gun Owners of America go even further in pushing for Second Amendment freedoms the NRA won’t argue for.

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Trump, lawmakers reflect national divisions on gun control

"Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said in a statement, “If bump stocks are regulated, then triggers, magazines and semi-automatic firearms that allegedly ‘increase the rate of fire’ are at risk of regulation or bans as well.”

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GOA's Erich Pratt Debates CNN Host on Florida Shooting

Executive Director of Gun Owners of America (GOA) Erich Pratt debated Richard Quest on CNN's "Quest Means Business" in the aftermath of the tragic Florida shooting.

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After Florida shooting, Trump offers comfort — to gun owners

 "That's very encouraging that [Trump’s] not mounting up with the anti-Second Amendment posse," said Larry Pratt, executive director emeritus of the Gun Owners of America, an advocacy group based in Virginia. "The response from gun owners will be principally that he didn't say the kind of things Hillary Clinton would have said had she been president and the way Barack Obama reacted to other situations like this."

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Florida school shooting shows, again, the failure of gun control: 

"Repealing gun-free zones and lifting the restrictions that keep good people from carrying guns for self-defense — that will make a huge difference."

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-- Senate falls two votes short
"Gun Owners of America, another leading gun rights Second Amendment group, is a strong supporter of this amendment that's specifically pushing for passage and scoring member's votes." -- Louisiana Senator David Vitter, July 22, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Well, there was good news and bad news this week.

The good news is that a majority of the U.S. Senate (58 members) voted for an amendment to allow citizens who are already authorized to carry firearms concealed to do so when they travel out of state.

The bad news is that the Senate still fell two votes short of the 60 votes needed to enact the amendment, which was sponsored by Republican Senators John Thune (SD) and David Vitter (LA).  A prior Unanimous Consent agreement allowed the amendment to be offered in the first place, but as such, required that the legislation garner 60 votes (rather than a simple majority) in order to pass.

The Thune-Vitter amendment was hotly debated on the Senate floor Wednesday.  Senator Thune pointed out that, while 48 states have some form of concealed carry law, his measure would simply "extend that constitutional right across State lines," recognizing that the right to bear arms and defend oneself "does not end at State borders or State lines."

One of the more comical arguments made by some Democrat Senators -- Chuck Schumer (NY), Frank Lautenberg (NJ) and Dianne Feinstein (CA) -- is that this provision would compromise "states rights." 

Of course, these Senators have shown they care little about "states rights," as evidenced by federal gun control laws that bear their names:  the ban on semi-automatic firearms (the so-called Feinstein assault weapons ban) and the lifetime gun ban on people who engage in pushing-and-shoving incidents in the home (the Lautenberg misdemeanor gun ban).

And where was their adherence to states rights when they voted for the Brady bill, the Gun Free School Zones Ban and the Veterans Disarmament Act?

Republican Senator Tom Coburn (OK) pointed out their hypocrisy when he said:

"We had a vote in terms of honoring States rights in terms of the national park bill on guns. Twenty-nine of my colleagues, thirteen of whom now are 'defending States rights,' stepped all over States rights with their vote against the Coburn amendment when it came to allowing people to have supreme their State law in terms of national parks."

Senator Thune noted that his provision would protect the rights of states by not applying any national standards.  Rather, the text simply requires states to acknowledge the concealed carry permits from other states.

In fact, the language of the text specifically states that nothing in the amendment "shall be construed to affect the permitting process for an individual... or preempt any provision of State law with respect to the issuance of licenses or permits to carry concealed firearms."

Article IV of the U.S. Constitution allows for reciprocity-style legislation by the Congress.  The Article allows Congress to enforce "full faith and credit" across the country, so that each state respects the "public acts, records, and judicial proceedings" of every other state. 

Click here to see how your Senators voted

Gun owners should take special notice of Republican Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) and former-Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter (PA) -- both of whom voted against concealed carry.  Had they voted pro-gun, the Thune-Vitter amendment would have passed.

Self-Defense Corner

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Alleged Intruder Kicks in Door, Greeted with Shotgun Blast to the Chest 

An alleged intruder who kicked in a door in Lakeland, Florida, is hospitalized in critical condition after being greeted with a shotgun blast to the chest.

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Chicago Robbery Suspect Dead After Being Shot in Head by ‘Concealed Carry Holder’

The Chicago Police Department says a robbery suspect is dead after allegedly approaching a “legal” gun owner, demanding property, and being shot in the head Monday evening.

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Woman Awakes to Suspect Standing by Her Bed, Shoots Him Dead

A Houston, Texas, woman who awoke to a suspect standing by her bad on New Year’s Day grabbed a gun and shot him dead.

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NASCAR legend Richard Childress shoots at home invaders

Three masked men attempted to break into the home of NASCAR Legend Richard Childress Sunday night, reports CBS Greensboro, N.C. affiliate WFMY-TV.

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The Self Defense Gun Stories You Don’t See in the Mainstream News

Here is some news you won't find in the mainstream media. Again this week, responsible gun owners defend themselves and the people they love.

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