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Wednesday
Apr242013

Anti-Semitic Attack on Alan Gottlieb Unconscionable

Alan Gottlieb is the Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, a Board Member of the American Conservative Union, President of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, President of the American Political Action Committee, President of NoInternetTax.org, and President of KeepAndBearArms.com.

The Second Amendment Foundation is responsible for numerous winning Second Amendment court cases. Alan Gura of SAF won both the Heller and McDonald gun rights cases.

As the chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Gottlieb emailed nearly four dozen gun activists with an explanation of the proposed Manchin-Toomey legislation.

“If you read the bill you can see all the advances for our cause that it contains like interstate sales of handguns, veteran gun rights restoration, travel with firearms protection, civil and criminal immunity lawsuit protection if you sell a gun plus more.

Gottlieb advocated supporting the legislation in his email but later withdrew his support when Chuck Schumer struck gun rights restoration funding from the bill.

CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb advised The Examiner by that, “Our support for this measure was contingent on several key provisions, the cornerstone of which was a rights restoration provision that is not on the schedule for consideration

“But it appears the Democratic leadership in the Senate was opposed to letting this important consideration come up for a vote,” he said. “We told everyone including a number of senators, that while there are many pro-gun rights provisions added to the main body of the bill, our support was contingent on this additional amendment coming to the floor. When we say something, we mean it.”

“Senators Manchin and Toomey are not to blame for this,” Gottlieb stated, “as they have been negotiating in good faith throughout this process. But Schumer and other anti-gun Democrats are continuing their campaign of demagoguery in order to permanently disqualify as many Americans as possible from being able to exercise their fundamental rights under the Second Amendment.

Gottlieb said this “is not a reflection against Senators Joe Manchin or Pat Toomey, who are staunch Second Amendment advocates, and I want to thank them for all of their efforts to include as many protections for our gun rights as possible.”

He predicted that if the Manchin-Toomey alternate now was defeated, “Democrats in the Senate, led by Harry Reid, have only themselves to blame.

Im a member of CCRKBA and donate regularly to the Second Amendment Foundation, which works tirelessly to protect, defend and restore lost Second Amendment civil rights.  I did not support the alternate legislation for many reasons.  David Codrea wrote about my primary reason for opposing the substitute amendment:

Finally, here is the most serious warning.  I work with the federal government on at least a semi-regular basis, and when not, I am doing things that follow federal regulation, even though highly technical (the specific nature of what I do is not the subject and won’t be discussed).

For most people who never work with federal agencies and departments, ignorance is bliss.  But for those who do, they know that the nasty little secret about the federal government has to do with lawmaking by regulation.

Laws are passed by the Senate and Congress.  But after laws pass, thousands of lawyers inside the beltway go to work writing regulations based on those laws, or not, using the law as a pretext for further regulation that Congress didn’t specifically intend.  At times, Congress has even had to pass laws undoing regulations because the regulations don’t meet the intent of the law, and yet the executive branch won’t stop enforcing that regulation (or class of regulations).

Regulation is passed merely by entering them into the federal register, allowing a waiting time for public comments (which are nothing but a chance afforded to the authors of the regulations to ignore them or write sarcastic rebuttals), and then after the waiting period, it takes on the force of law including prosecution, fines and imprisonment for failure to follow them.

This happens every day, all over the nation, and in the DOT, NRC, EPA, DOJ, ATF, DHS, and other departments and agencies that the reader cannot even name and didn’t know existed.  Any law giving the executive branch the authority to further regulate firearms will be an opportunity for abuse, overreach and exploitation.

In short, I oppose any new gun control laws and will continue to oppose passing more gun control laws as long as current laws are neither enforced  nor prosecuted by the federal government.  Ted Cruz proposed legislation, which provided funding to ATF to enforce the current laws, but the legislation was defeated by the Democrat majority.

But I find it unconscionable that some Second Amendment rights activists personally attacked Gottlieb, some going so far as to write anti-Semitic comments about him in a number of gun rights blogs. 

These bloggers did more to hurt the advocacy of Second Amendment civil rights than Gottlieb did by supporting the legislation.  Please, STOP IT.  You are doing more harm than good.

For the record, I support Constitutional carry and oppose mother may I laws that usurp inalienable Second Amendment rights.  But there is never a place in the debate for personal and bigoted attacks on anyone, especially Alan Gottlieb, who has done so much to advance Second Amendment rights. 

Monday
Dec312012

Second Amendment Supporter of the Year

The Second Amendment Supporter of the year is every gun owner in America who joins the NRA for just $25 and sends a tax deductible donation to the Second Amendment Foundation .

If every gun owner in America did both, we would face another threat to our Second Amendment civil rights from the federal government during our lifetime.  If we dont, we could effectively lose our Second Amendment rights by March 2013. 

There are many other great organizations to join including  Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the  National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Im members of both.  But in my opinion, the two MUST join organizations are the NRA and SAF.  Join as many as you can.  We cant afford not to.

We cant fix Obamacare, the entitlements or the deficit. Those may never be fixed. But we can fix the erosion of our Second Amendment rights and  crush any and all federal gun control legislation simply by joining the NRA for $25 and supporting the Second Amendment Foundation with our tax deductible donations.

    The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms. To that end, we carry on many educational and legal action programs designed to better inform the public about the gun control debate.

    For more information about the activities of the Foundation, or to make a Donation to help support SAF.org and the Foundation, please call 1-425-454-7012 and speak with the Second Amendment Foundation staff directly. If you would like to volunteer to support the Second Amendment Foundation with either time or money, please send an email stating how you would like to help! The Second Amendment Foundation also maintains an Attorney Referral Service. Call 1-800-426-4302 to contact the Second Amendment Foundation if in need of pro-gun rights attorney.

    Interested in becoming a Second Amendment Foundation member? Joining SAF and being nationally recognized as an individual who wants to protect your rights, and the rights of those around you has never been easier! Please contact the SAF Membership department at: 425-454-7012! We look forward to hearing from you.

    You can also join and make a tax deductible contribution for 2012 tax year by clicking this link

    After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didnt do it. I sure as hell wouldnt want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military. – William S. Burroughs

Friday
Dec282012

Gun Owners Will Determine The The Fate of Feinstein Gun Control Bill

I didnt make it clear yesterday, but under the Gun Registration and Confiscation Bill that the Democrats will propose on January 3, 2011, tens of millions of current gun owners would be required to pay a federal tax and register their legally purchased firearms.  Failure to comply would be a federal felony that would not only result in confiscation of your firearms but could result in a felony conviction and bar you from every owning, possessing or even touching a firearm for the rest of your life.

Make no mistake about it.  Senator Dianne Feinstein’s new assault weapons ban would impose a $200 tax on hundreds of existing semi-automatic rifles, shotguns and pistols currently owned by tens of millions of law abiding citizens.

According to Feinstein’s bill summary, the legislation requires owners of semi-automatic rifles – deemed as assault weapons – to register their gun with the Federal Government under the National Firearms Act

The National Firearms Act, first enacted in 1934, was passed to choke the sale and transfer of fully automatic weapons.

Under the current NFA, owners of automatic weapons are allowed to keep their weapons but requires an owner to submit photographs and fingerprints to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE).

A $200 tax on an NFA firearm is imposed each time a NFA weapon is registered or transferred to a different address. Each weapon under the Feinstein proposed legislation must be registered as an NFA firearm and would be subject to the same restrictions.

But Feinstein’s bill goes even further, banning the transfer of “assault weapons.”  That means current owners of the banned weapons could only allow them keep them until they die. Instead of the gun passing down to heirs, the guns would be forfeited to the federal government.

If this Bill passes and it nullifies the Second Amendment and signals the beginning of tyranny in the United States.  In my opinion, there is a very simple way to stop this legislation from being passed.

If you are a gun owner who opposes this legislation, simply join the NRA for $25 . This bill will stay bottled up in Committee if just gun owners who possess either a modern sporting rifle, high capacity magazines or handguns that will be outlawed by the Feinstein legislation join the NRA for just $25. 

Seriously, its that simple.  Politicians number one priority is getting re-elected. The entire House of Representatives and 1/3 of the Senate will face election in 2014.  There are currently 4 million NRA members.  There are well over 100 million gun owners. In fact there are most likely over 200 million gun owners but they dont want to be identified so they dont tell pollsters they own firearms.

Just 40 million NRA members would insure our Second Amendment rights for the foreseeable future.  There are many Second Amendment organizations out there. Im a member of Gun Owners of America (GOA), The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and The National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF). 

But the fact is, the NRA has the most political clout and has the best chance of stopping this and the hundreds of other gun control bills that will be introduced in 2013.  If youre not willing to pay $25 and join, there will be consequences.  Dont blame the liberal fascists.  They are what they are.  Its the law abiding gun owners who control the outcome of this and all future gun control legislation.


“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.” ― Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday
Aug072012

MARYLAND RULING A ‘HUGE VICTORY’ FOR SECOND AMENDMENT

We are big fans of the Second Amendment Foundation .  SAF is a civil rights/educational organization that gives you a solid return on your tax deductible contributions. Keep that in mind when youre looking for a place to contribute your tax deductible donations for the 2012 tax year.

The Second Amendment Foundation and a Baltimore County, MD man have sued Maryland authorities in federal court because the man’s handgun permit renewal was turned down on the grounds that he could not demonstrate “a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger.”

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland in 2010.

Joining SAF in the lawsuit is Raymond Woollard, who was originally issued a carry permit after a man broke into his home during a family gathering in 2002. Woollard’s permit was renewed in 2005, after the man was released from prison. That man now lives about three miles from Woollard. Defendants in the case are Terrence B. Sheridan is the Secretary and Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, and three members of the Maryland Handgun Permit Review Board, Denis Gallagher, Seymour Goldstein and Charles M. Thomas, Jr.

SAF and Woollard are represented by attorneys Alan Gura of Virginia and Cary J. Hansel of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake of Greenbelt, MD.

The lawsuit alleges that “Individuals cannot be required to demonstrate that carrying a handgun is ‘necessary as a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger’ as a prerequisite for exercising their Second Amendment rights.” Plaintiffs are seeking a permanent injunction against enforcement of the Maryland provision that requires permit applicants to “demonstrate cause” for the issuance of a carry permit.

“Laws that empower bureaucrats to deny the exercise of a fundamental civil right because they cannot show good cause to exercise that right can’t possibly stand up under constitutional scrutiny,” said SAF Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “We are supporting Mr. Woollard in this action because constitutional rights trump bureaucratic whims.”

A federal court ruling in Maryland, that the Second Amendment right to bear arms extends beyond the home and that citizens may not be required to offer a “good and substantial reason” for obtaining a concealed carry permit, is a huge victory.

Ruling in the case of Woollard v. Sheridan – a case brought by SAF in July 2010 on behalf of Maryland resident Raymond Woollard, who was denied his carry permit renewal – the U.S. District Court for Maryland ruled that “The Court finds that the right to bear arms is not limited to the home.”

U.S. District Court Judge Benson Everett Legg noted, “In addition to self-defense, the (Second Amendment) right was also understood to allow for militia membership and hunting. To secure these rights, the Second Amendment‘s protections must extend beyond the home: neither hunting nor militia training is a household activity, and ‘self-defense has to take place wherever [a] person happens to be’.”

“This is a monumentally important decision,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The federal district court has carefully spelled out the obvious, that the Second Amendment does not stop at one’s doorstep, but protects us wherever we have a right to be. Once again, SAF’s attorney in this case, Alan Gura, has won an important legal victory. He was the attorney who argued the landmark Heller case, and he represented SAF in our Supreme Court victory in McDonald v. City of Chicago.

“Equally important in Judge Legg’s ruling,” he added, “is that concealed carry statutes that are so discretionary in nature as to be arbitrary do not pass constitutional muster.”

“A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights,” Judge Legg wrote. “The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”

“Judge Legg’s ruling takes a substantial step toward restoring the Second Amendment to its rightful place in the Bill of Rights, and provides gun owners with another significant victory,” Gottlieb concluded. “SAF will continue winning back firearms freedoms one lawsuit at a time.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nations oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. In addition to the landmark McDonald v. Chicago Supreme Court Case, SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; New Orleans; Chicago and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and numerous amicus briefs holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.