• Support for Reciprocity Hits New Milestone

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  • Suppressor Deregulation Bill Gains Momentum in the House

  • We’re So Close to Repealing Another Gun Ban

  • Hunting Under Attack in the U.S. Senate

  • Stop Schumer Gun Control!

  • Four Big Victories for the Second Amendment

  • Trump Signs GOA-Backed Repeal of Social Security Gun Ban

  • GOA Celebrates Another Huge Gun Rights Victory

  • Should the UN Dictate Your Right to Own a Gun?

  • Sen. Crapo Introduces Hearing Protecting Act in U.S. Senate

  • I Need Your Help in Congress

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GOA News

  • CC Reciprocity Hits 200
  • Reciprocity hits 200 Supporters
  • HR 38 Hits 200 Supporters
  • Industry Comes Together
  • Pro-Gun Legislation in Congress

Bill that would allow eligible gun owners to conceal & carry firearms now has the support of 200 members of congress

“With 199 co-sponsors, plus chief sponsor Richard Hudson, support for the bill has reached an almost unprecedented level of support,” said GOA Executive Director Erich Pratt.

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National Reciprocity for Citizens Hits 200 Supporters in the House

GOA observed, “It is almost certain to us that we — today — have the 218 votes (out of 435) we need in order to pass H.R. 38 in the House. In the Senate, we believe we’re close to the 60 votes we need to break a filibuster. Bottom line:  There is no reason that we should wait to move this legislation through the House.”

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Concealed Carry Reciprocity Has 200 Backers in Congress

The bill would “amend the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.”

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Industry Comes Together to Support Gun Manufacturer in Sandy Hook Lawsuit

Back in March, a lawsuit against Remington was resurrected by Joshua Koskoff, the lawyer for the Sandy Hook victims’ families.

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Pro-Gun Legislation is Fourteenth Most Popular Bill in Congress

Gun Owners of America (GOA) announced that the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is ranked fourteenth in number of cosponsors out of more than 2,700 bills in Congress.

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H.R. 1093

H.R. 1093 contains a number of relatively minor pro-gun provisions which we have championed for many years, but it’s offset by one really bad thing.

THE BAD

The bill contains, for the first time, “civil penalties” for federal firearms licensees (FFL’s).

The bill’s supporters tout the introduction of “civil penalties” as a good thing -- arguing that this allows regulators to take action against errant FFL‘s short of license revocation.

The problem is that -- in virtually all of the most aggressive regulatory agencies in the federal government -- “civil penalties” are the central engine whereby the agency has expanded its jurisdiction.

Thus, for instance, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) will bring an action against Merrill Lynch -- arguing a broad new expansion of its regulatory authority and demanding hundreds of millions of dollars of “civil penalties” for violations which need be proven only by a “preponderance of the evidence.”

The SEC offers to “settle” the suit for much less, thereby creating a legal precedent which it can use to go against other businesses.

True, the “civil penalties” in H.R. 1093 would be considerably less -- for now.  But we have seen how difficult it is to argue against “changing the numbers” once penalties are established.  And, for small FFL’s, $5,000 may be as onerous as $500,000,000 is for Merrill Lynch.

Hence, GOA has felt that section 101 is so problematic that it has, in the past, opposed passage of what is otherwise a good bill.

SPECIFICS

Section 101:  Current subsections 18 U.S.C. 923(e) and (f) allow BATF to revoke FFL’s, after notification and the opportunity for a hearing.  Section 101 would create a bifurcated structure:

* “non-serious” violations could trigger civil penalties of up to $500 ($2,500 per inspection and $5,000 per year) and a suspension of not more than 30 days; and

* “serious” violations could trigger $1,500 civil penalties ($7,500 per inspection and $15,000 per year), up to 90 days suspension, or revocation.

“Serious” violations would consist of, inter alia, actions which could result in the acquisition of a firearm by a prohibited person or interfere with a criminal investigation.  There would be a five-year statute of limitations, and there would be procedures for contesting penalties (before an administrative law judge in the case of minor penalties and before a court in the case of revocation).  These procedures would be relatively pro-defendant –- with a bar to bringing a civil charge after an unsuccessful attempt at a criminal prosecution.

Section 102:  This section would allow an FFL applicant to supplement his application, in the case of problems, before final denial.

Section 103:  One of the big battles in McClure-Volkmer was over “scienter” (state-of-mind) requirements.  In particular, there has been a tendencv to diminish what is required for an individual to act “knowingly” or “willfully.”  This section would define “willfully” to mean “intentionally,” which is about the most culpable state-of-mind requirement in existence.

Section 104:  This section would require BATF to establish guidelines for conducting investigations.

Section 105:  This section would give an FFL with a revoked license 60 days (with the possibility of an extension) to liquidate his inventory.

Section 106:  This section would allow more flexibility in permitting an FFL with a revoked license to transfer his business to another FFL without automatically assuming that the violation giving rise to the revocation continues –- and with an opportunity for the acquiring FFL to cure any defects.

Section 107:  This section would decriminalize a non-material (i.e., minor and irrelevant) “false entry” in FFL records.

Sections 201 through 207 would:

* Make minor non-controversial corrective changes to federal gun law;

* Allow testing and security corporations to test machine guns without getting a license;

* Eliminate the provision of 18 U.S.C. 922(x) which would allow a parent to be prosecuted because his son possessed a handgun without a written permission slip -- even if the parent were physically present; and

* Expand the ability to import gun parts.

Self-Defense Corner

  • Bad Night for This guy
  • Robbery Stopped by Armed Man
  • Man Defends His Kids
  • Quiznos Employee Shoots Robber
  • Knife vs. Armed Citizen

Failed Night: Man Gets Into Bar Fight, Then Gets Shot After Trying To Break Into Home

In a series of unfortunate (but totally avoidable) events, a man got himself into a bar fight and shot after trying to break into someone’s home.

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Craigslist Deal Goes South, Two Armed Thugs No Match For This Armed Citizen

A pair of thugs who attempted an armed robbery against a man trying to sell a phone on Craigslist have been apprehended after their attempt at robbery went wrong, all thanks to an armed citizen.

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Homeowner Shoots Knife-Wielding Man Following his Teenage Boys in Utah

A homeowner in Riverton, UT was forced to confront a pantsless, knife-wielding, intoxicated man following his teenage boys up to their house Monday night.

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Female Quiznos Employee Shot Robbery Suspect in Neck, Accomplices Fled

Salt Lake City police say a female Quiznos employee shot a robbery suspect in the neck on Tuesday, causing the suspect’s accomplices to flee the scene.

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Robber With Knife Loses Against Armed Citizen With Gun

They say to never bring a knife to a gunfight; if you threaten the life of a concealed carrier, you’re making it a gunfight.

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