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Constitutional Carry Reciprocity Advances 2nd Amendment Rights

Recently, some of our good friends issued a statement criticizing federal reciprocity legislation.  We agree with them that the Nugent bill (H.R. 402) has problems, because it would force Americans in “constitutional carry” states to obtain permits in order to exercise their God-given rights. 

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GOA rallies its members as gun debate heats up in Senate budget battle

Gun rights groups are rallying their members behind a series of budget measures aimed at strengthening the Second Amendment and restricting gun control efforts. 

As the Senate debates the federal government’s 2016 budget, Republicans and gun advocates are pushing for a number of amendments that would expand concealed-carry laws and block the Obama administration from issuing what opponents call a “backdoor” ban on guns.

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Gun groups rally against Loretta Lynch

Gun rights groups are making a vigorous push to stop the Senate from confirming Loretta Lynch as President Obama’s next attorney general.

Advocates are organizing petitions, drawing up letters and hitting the phones to urge Senate Republicans to oppose Lynch in a floor vote that could take place as early as next week.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has sent an alert to its members warning that Obama’s nominee would put gun rights at risk....

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States Moving to Block Federal Gun Control
By Larry Pratt

There have been positive developments in the fight to block the enforcement of federal gun control around the country.

More than a dozen states have introduced bills this year to put federal officials on notice that they will get no assistance in helping federal agents carry out unconstitutional actions.

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Over and Over Again, You Have Cleaned Obama’s Clock 
-- The battle over AR-15 ammo is just the most recent victory

Recently, our Legislative Counsel was on a radio program.  And the host commented about how "frustrating" it was for the Second Amendment community to have to battle Barack Obama's repeated, seemingly unending string of illegal gun grabs.

Our Counsel was stunned.  His jaw dropped to the ground.

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Self-Defense Corner

  • Home Intruder
  • Widowed Mother
  • Masked Gunman
  • Home Alone
  • Pizza delivery

Catawba County, NC Homeowner Shoots and Kills Intruder

A Catawba County homeowner used a shotgun to defend his home against two intruders.  Shooting and killing one, while the second is still outstanding.  The homeowner initially heard them break in and grabbed his shotgun and called the police.  When the intruders kicked in a hall door and came towards the homeowner and his wife, the homeowner he fired one shot, striking one of the intruders in the chest, killing him.  The second subject fled the home and is still out standing.

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Son Gives His Widowed Mother a Gun Out of Concern for Her Safety. Then, One Week Later…

A woman was startled out of her sleep early Thursday morning when she heard what sounded like someone breaking into her home. It turned out to be a robbery suspect who police believe was breaking into neighborhood homes in West Columbus, Ohio.

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Masked Gunman’s Plan Foiled by the Second Amendment — and the Surveillance Camera Caught It All (GRAPHIC)

When a man wearing a bandanna over his face walked into a Pinch, West Virginia, pharmacy on Wednesday, a surveillance camera was rolling and Don Radcliff apparently tried using humor at first to diffuse the situation.

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Woman Home Alone Pulls Gun, Shoots, Ends Alleged Home Invasion 

On February 9, a woman home alone in Madison County, Alabama, pulled a gun and opened fire on four suspects who allegedly forced their way into her home.

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A Tale of Two Pizza Delivery Girls: One had a gun, the other was raped

For those of you who may have forgotten I recently covered a story concerning a female pizza delivery driver from Papa John’s who fought off two would be thieves/rapists by SHOOTING one of them in the face.

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Gun Rights Advancing Across The Country
-- Report from the front lines

Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102
Springfield, VA 22151
(703)321-8585

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Well, it's been a pretty good year so far.

GOA-supported legislation has passed in several state legislatures, and in many cases, the final vote tallies have been overwhelmingly pro-gun.

Good bills that have now become law would allow gun owners to "Stand their Ground" when attacked, to carry concealed firearms in their home state, and to be free from the fear of gun confiscation during a state of emergency.

The last of these the "emergency powers" reform bills -- have been introduced at both the federal and state levels.

You may recall that during the post-Hurricane Katrina debacle, video documentation surfaced showing that officials were disarming law-abiding gun owners who were doing nothing more than keeping their self-defense firearms available to protect their property and loved ones. (You can view this disgusting footage at http://www.gunowners.org/notb.htm.)

Gun owner outrage led the courts in Louisiana to insist that the practice cease, after the fact. But to keep it from happening again, officials need to be specifically prohibited from even TRYING it. Most states have "emergency powers" laws, and THAT is the hook anti-gun officials use to take away your guns just when you need them most.

This year, one of GOA's highest priorities at the state level is to address the problems with so-called "emergency powers" across the country. GOA-supported bills that will make it absolutely certain that no state official could disarm the citizenry during an emergency are currently pending in several states.

It all started when GOA supplied video footage to Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, after he had received reports of disarmament. The video was shown in conference during a Special Session of the legislature dealing with Katrina fallout, and the result was a 78-1 vote REQUIRING the legislature to decide on GOA-approved legislation during Louisiana's normal session later this spring.

Meanwhile, the national movement is growing steadily. Emergency Powers bills have been introduced in a dozen states ... with several bills being introduced by legislators who are GOA members. Idaho, Virginia and Mississippi have already signed their bills into law. And six other states have passed bills out of the house or senate.

FEDERAL REPORT

In the nation's capital, two congressmen have introduced federal versions of the "emergency powers" reform bills. In the House, Rep. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) has introduced H.R. 5013 to prohibit the confiscation of firearms by any federal employee.

Likewise, pro-gun Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has sponsored S. 2599 to do the same thing. GOA will be watching these two bills for you and will keep you up-to-date on their progress.

GOA has been tracking other federal bills for you this year, but unfortunately, the progress report is not as good:

* FREE SPEECH RESTRICTIONS. On April 5, the House of Representatives narrowly passed HR 513 -- a bill that will regulate "527 organizations" like the Swift Boat Veterans as severely as the most heavily regulated political groups in the country. If enacted, HR 513 could effectively eliminate organizations like the Swift Boat Veterans. The final tally in the House was 218-209. The bill is now in the Senate.

* FREE SPEECH PROTECTIONS. In March, GOA alerted you to legislation that was introduced by Texas Congressmen Jeb Hensarling and Ron Paul. Their bill (HR 1606) was good legislation to exempt the Internet from regulation under federal "electioneering" laws. The House probably had the votes to pass this bill, but it was yanked at the last minute.

When the Federal Election Commission issued favorable regulations last month, House leaders decided that HR 1606 was no longer necessary. This was unfortunate, because a future anti-rights administration could one day reverse the recent FEC ruling and decide to gag bloggers and internet users in such a way that they will be unable to criticize candidates in the days leading up to an election. So, while we're in the clear for now, we'll have to keep watching this issue closely.

* McCAIN'S GAG ACT. GOA has also alerted you to harmful legislation introduced by Senator John McCain (R-AZ). McCain's bill (S. 2128) is dead, but in typical shell-game fashion, one has to always keep his eye on the "ball." The "ball" in this case is the bill's contents.

The troublesome provisions from McCain's legislation were included in another bill (S. 2349) which passed the Senate in March. The language does several things to limit the free speech rights of Americans who want to lobby their legislators, and it eliminates some of the legislative weapons that U.S. Senators have used in recent years to kill anti-gun bills or to get pro-gun provisions enacted into law.

S. 2349 passed with very few dissenting votes. In fact, the only pro-gun Senators who voted AGAINST the bill were Oklahoma Senators Tom Coburn and James Inhofe, and South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and James DeMint. All other normally pro-gun senators voted in favor of this troublesome bill.

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