Archive for February, 2013

This is rather lengthy, but these are the very kinds of bills that make it through without much notice from the public….Well, actually, even if the public does notice and solidly opposes legislation it seems like it makes it through. To me, this part is the most egregious:

But probably the biggest category of “prohibited persons” is persons who smoke marijuana.  Under 18 U.S.C. 922(d)(3) and (g)(3), you cannot possess a firearm in America if you are “an unlawful user of … any controlled substance…”

With an attorney for the State of Minnesota stating in Court that raw milk is a “controlled substance” and the SWAT style raids the FDA is wont to conduct over raw milk and  dairy, could this preclude drinkers of raw milk as well? It is illegal to sell raw milk in about 19 States and very “controlled” access is permitted in many of the States. And how is one to know if someone is an “unlawful user of any controlled substance”?

Gun Owners of America

Smoke a Joint, Get an ObamaPass
Sell a gun to someone who smokes a joint, get 20 years in jail
It’s Looney Toons on Capitol Hill.
Everyone’s heard about the “red herring” Feinstein Gun Ban, which “red state Democrats” will vote down in order to pretend they’re “pro-gun.”
But the bigger danger is that Obama will sign “non-controversial” gun control which is just as dangerous, but no one but us is talking about.
Take the gun licensure bill which anti-gunners are trying to dub the “gun trafficking bill.”  In the Senate, the bill is S. 54, and was introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT) — although it appears that it could have been drafted by an intern.
GOOFBALL PROVISION #1:  The bill would impose a 20-year prison term if you planned (“conspired”) to purchase a firearm in order to give or raffle it to a person who, unbeknownst to you, is a “prohibited person.”
Who is a prohibited person?
Well, there are the 150,000 law-abiding veterans who are “prohibited persons” –- for no other reason than that a psychiatrist appointed a fiduciary to oversee their financial affairs.
But probably the biggest category of “prohibited persons” is persons who smoke marijuana.  Under 18 U.S.C. 922(d)(3) and (g)(3), you cannot possess a firearm in America if you are “an unlawful user of … any controlled substance…”
In over a dozen states, marijuana has been wholly or partly legalized under STATE law.
It doesn’t matter … if you even think about selling or raffling a gun to this expanding class of persons, you can go to prison for 20 years under S. 54.
GOOFBALL PROVISION #2:  The bill would make you a federal “prohibited person” if you are prohibited from owning a gun under “State or local law.”
What does that even mean?
In places like New York and Chicago, everyone is prohibited from owning a firearm without a license.  Does that mean that everyone in these jurisdictions is a federal “prohibited person” under S. 54?
What if someone applies for a license and is found not to have a need to possess one?  Under the slip-shod language of the Leahy bill, these individuals would probably become federal “prohibited persons” because the bill denies any person from owning a firearm if they are “prohibited by STATE OR LOCAL LAW from possessing, receiving, selling, shipping, transporting, transferring, or otherwise disposing of the firearm or ammunition.” (S. 54, Section 5.)
Oh, incidentally, under the Veterans Disarmament Act, states are required to send the names of 95% of their prohibited persons to the FBI’s NICS system -– or lose federal funding.
So now you will have millions of law-abiding citizens — living in places like New York City and Chicago — who have their names placed in the NICS system.  And the Leahy bill doesn’t address some very important questions related to their status as gun owners.
How will these banned citizens get their names cleared? The federal government has for years continued enforcing the Schumer amendment which defunds the ability of the ATF to restore the rights of non-violent prohibited persons. Will New Yorkers and Chicagoans get their gun rights restored after they move away from the localities that banned them from owning guns and which turned them into prohibited persons?
Again, the bill doesn’t say.  But we could expect that a few years from now, a future anti-gun President could use the language in S. 54 to impose a federal licensure requirement on these persons — as part of a new 23-point Executive Action memo — and make non-licensees federal prohibited persons (with all that that implies).
Maybe –- just maybe -– the courts would save us from the implications of Leahy’s goofball language.
But answer us this:  Why do anti-gun senators and representatives continue to push language which they know is fatally flawed –- just so they can say they “broke the back of the gun lobby”?
The solution is clear:  Senators –- if they are pro-gun -– MUST vote against a “motion to proceed” to any of this goofball legislation.  That is, they must vote to keep ALL gun control from even being considered on the Senate floor.
ACTION:  Click here to contact your Senators.  Urge him to vote against any motion to proceed to goofball anti-gun bills like S. 54.

NRA Video on UN Small Arms Treaty

Posted: February 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

This is well worth the watch….and faster than reading the UN document I am currently dissecting on methods for member nations to use to implement the SALW Treaty. Share this around. It does deserve to be seen by those who love freedom. I am NOT however endorsing the NRA, I am also not denigrating them. Just spreading the video around so more people get wind of this:

UPDATE! The hearing for HB 436 will not be this week. We are expecting the public hearing next week, March 5th at 12:00 in Hearing Room 4, but the official hearing schedule will not be published until later this week.

The good news is that we have more time to collect witness forms. Please spread the word!

In Missouri, HB 436 and it’s companion Senate bill, SB 325, are the bills with the strongest protection against federal infringement of the right to keep and bear arms.

Barring more bad weather that confounds the schedule, we expect a public hearing for HB 436, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, in the House General Laws Committee. This committee is predisposed to support this bill, but we need to send a message of strong support that will resonate throughout the Capitol.

If you haven’t already done so, please fill out your witness form now.

Witness Form for HB 436 – I will hand deliver your witness form and also make your testimony available online for the committee to read.

Witness Form: Click for Witness Form

 

Details about HB 436 & SB 325

Since the 10th Amendment makes it clear that all powers not granted to the federal government are reserved to the states and the People, the regulation of the ownership of arms is a state, not a federal matter.

That applies to ALL such regulation.

We must demand from our legislators no less than the strongest, most principled stand they can take to defend our right to keep and bear arms!

Rep. Doug Funderburk and Sen. Brian Nieves’ “Second Amendment Preservation Act” is the strongest and most principled protection of the right to keep and bear arms in the nation!.

Notice that it utilizes the words of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison to explain Missouri’s authority to nullify unconstitutional federal edicts within her borders. Including this language is essential to the success of the bill. It also specifically lists the types of things we will not put up with, and that’s what gives state officials the “cover” they need to enforce the bill.

Tenth Amendment Center article about HB 436

What you can do:

  1. Right NOW, either plan to attend the hearing for HB 436 (time to be announced), or fill out the online witness form.
  2. Pass on this email and witness form link to as many liberty loving people as you can.
  3. If you have any personal contact with your rep or senator ask them to commit to supporting these bills.

 

Please check out the new poster available for downloading on our Firearms Freedom Symposium page. We also have additional info for those who would like tables and would like to support the event with a business card size ad. There is also a new press release that you may want to copy and send to your local media outlets to help get the word out about this event. March 5th is coming up fast!

Here is the link if that is easier for you:

https://prcnews.org/firearms-freedom-symposium/

 

This in from our friends Wayne and Susie Griswold:

A well respected friend and liberty lover of ours, Thad Wheeler, in conjunction with Black Ops School of Combat from West Plains, are considering hosting a CCW class in Mountain Grove. Black Ops is a top notch firearms training school in West Plains, training civilians, peace officers and law enforcement officers (local and federal). Their class date is not set but will most likely be the end of April.

In addition to being a Missouri CCW instructor, they are now a Maine CCW instructor also. Maine issues CCW permits at age 18 and it is honored by Missouri. So, an 18 year old Missouri citizen can apply by mail for a non-resident CCW.  (Those not sure about the Maine permit, let us assure that it is true. Our oldest son obtained his carry permit at age 20 and our two oldest girls, 19 and 18, are waiting for their Maine permits to come in the mail as we speak.)

Thad does not think we should be required to obtain a permit to exercise a God given right, but, if a person wants the permit they would like to offer their services….   The cost will be $80.00 for the course. This course is required in order to get your CCW  in Missouri. Additionally, your county Sheriff charges for fingerprinting and the background check. In Douglas County that is an additional $100 payable whenever you decide to go in an apply for your CCW.http://www.missouricarry.com/apply-for-permit/information-to-apply/

For more information or to sign up for one of their CCW courses, give Thad a call at  417-932-4244. He is home around 6 in the evening or you can leave a message anytime. You can also check out the Black Ops website at http://www.blackopsschoolofcombat.com/

You can be from any county to take this course. Your paperwork will be good in the state of Missouri or your Maine CCW. Feel free to forward this on to anyone who might want to take this class.

The OPRC will hold their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, February 28th at the Hayloft Restaurant in Mountain Grove from 7pm-9pm.

Topics to be discussed at this meeting will be gun control legislation within our State and in other States across the nation. Also, the status of Missouri Agenda 21 legislation, and other Missouri legislative concerns. Bob Parker will give a report on the “Day of Resistance” rally and Doreen Hannes will give an overview of the Agenda 21 legislation House Hearing, and information on some wonderful tools for people to use to submit testimony on legislation from their own home.

Also, the Firearms Freedom Symposium will be coming up on March 5th, and the event looks like it is going to be a Big Bang!!! Perhaps not “the shot heard round the world”, but it could be close to that.

Please share this information with all of your friends and with those who are not on the internet as well. Please come enjoy dinner at the Hayloft before the meeting and support those who support freedom!

This article is very worth reading. The increasing frequency of these prohibitions causes one to wonder what the larger issue might be….Her is the article:

VA Prohibiting The Ownership Or Purchase Of Firearms…

How would you feel if you received a letter from the U.S. Government informing you that because of a physical or mental condition that the government says you have it is proposing to rule that you are incompetent to handle your own financial affairs? Suppose that letter also stated that the government is going to appoint a stranger to handle your affairs for you at your expense? That would certainly be scary enough but it gets worse.

What if that letter also stated: “A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition. If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions, you may be fined, imprisoned, or both pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Pub.L.No. 103-159, as implemented at 18, United States Code 924(a)(2).”?

That makes is sound like something right from a documentary on a tyrannical dictatorship somewhere in the world. Yet, as I write this I have a copy of such a letter right in front of me. It is being sent by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of America’s heroes. In my capacity as Executive Director of the United States Justice Foundation (USJF) I have been contacted by some of these veterans and the stories I am getting are appalling.

The letter provides no specifics on the reasons for the proposed finding of incompetency; just that is based on a determination by someone in the VA. In every state in the United States no one can be declared incompetent to administer their own affairs without due process of law and that usually requires a judicial hearing with evidence being offered to prove to a judge that the person is indeed incompetent. This is a requirement of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that states that no person shall “… be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law…”.(full article here)