REAL ID and Gun Control

Posted: March 4, 2013 in Legislative Issues, REAL ID

UPDATE! The hearing for HB 436 is now scheduled for Wednesday. Time and location is still to be determined.

This hearing will be in addition to the regularly scheduled Tuesday hearing. If you haven’t done so already, fill out your witness form for HB 436.

New Threat to CCW rights and privacy! The Missouri Department of Revenue is using new equipment that will “share” your personal information — probably including information about people with conceal carry permits — with Homeland Security.

March 4, 2013

Have you seen the latest reason we need the Second Amendment Preservation Act?

The Federal Government Wants to Know Who Owns Guns

Once again we’re learning that Congress doesn’t have to pass a new law and the president doesn’t even have to sign an executive order to undermine your 2nd Amendment rights.

Using the existing Federal Real ID Act, the federal government has begun collecting information on gun owners. The “enhanced driver’s license” the Real ID Act calls for includes technology like Radio Frequency ID chips (RFID), that can be read when the holder is merely in the proximity of the scanner. Also included is a Machine Readable Zone (MRZ), which looks like a speckled barcode, but can hold tremendous amounts of information. (Take a look at your current driver’s license.)

Reports are that the Missouri Department of Revenue has taken a grant to set up the new technology in local license offices across the state.
Law Suit Filed Against MODOR Today
Temporary Restraining Order Signed

A legal petition requesting a temporary restraining order on the implementation was filed today in Stoddard County and Judge Rob Mayer promptly signed it.

Click here to read the legal petition.

This petition is the first step to quashing the DOR’s new privacy destroying plan. There’s no doubt that the case will work its way up the legal system. We must insist that the courts respect Missouri’s sovereign right to protect her people’s privacy and right to keep and bear arms.
2009 Missouri Law Protects Us From Real ID

The basis of the lawsuit and subsequent restraining order includes a 2009 law in which Missouri nullified the intrusive federal Real ID Act. Judge Mayer understands the purpose of that law because he was in the General Assembly when it was passed.

A few lawmakers back in 2009 had the foresight to protect us from Real ID, and we need legislators to likewise step up to the plate and protect us from the new federal efforts that infringe on our 2nd Amendment rights!

There’s only one reason the feds want to know who owns guns — so they can take them away with the time is “right”.

In Missouri, HB 436 and it’s companion Senate bill, SB 325, are the only bills that will fully protect us from federal gun grabs.

What you can do:

  1. Right NOW, call your state Rep and Senator. Tell them you’ve heard about the Department of Revenue’s plan to undermine your privacy and it’s effect on the right to keep and bear arms. Tell them to withhold funds from the department until they retract the plan. House Member ListSenate Member List
  2. While you’re on the phone with them, tell your Rep and Senator that you expect them to support HB 436 & SB325 — the bills that totally forbids the enforcement of federal gun control in Missouri.
  3. HB 436 will eventually get a hearing — please fill out the online witness form if you haven’t already. We’ll let you know when the hearing is scheduled.
  4. Pass on this email or another with the generic witness form link to as many liberty loving people as you can.

 

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

Generic 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.

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