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Faced with congressional rejection of their anti-gun agenda, anti-gun groups are trying to fool Republicans and pro-gunners into passing their anti-gun agenda "through the back door."

The centerpiece of their effort is legislation which will be introduced by anti-gun Senator David Watters and anti-gun Representative Jeffrey Goley.

Not surprisingly, Watters and Goley are holding their anti-gun proposals very close to the vest.  But, by the time they are finalized through negotiations with state Senate Republicans, it may be too late to stop their proposals.

The tentative draft we have seen would pressure New Hampshire psychiatrists to "report" patients if they believed their clients might represent a danger to themselves or others.  On the basis of these diagnoses, the patients would be reported to police, entered into the national gun-ban-blacklist (NICS), and could recover their gun rights only by spending thousands of dollars (or perhaps tens of thousands of dollars) to hire lawyers and psychiatrists in a subsequent hearing to reclaim constitutional rights which were taken away by fiat.

We have been down this road before. 

The 1968 Gun Control Act stripped gun rights from people "adjudicated" as "mental defectives" by a court.  Under anti-gun President Bill Clinton, however, the ATF unlawfully drafted regulations which would take away guns from persons "diagnosed" by a government psychiatrist, but not adjudicated by any court.  Under this illegal interpretation, more than 150,000 veterans have lost their constitutional rights without due process.

The Watters-Goley legislation would compel New Hampshire to send the names of Granite Staters with similar diagnoses to the government's gun-ban-blacklist:  IDEA kids with ADHD diagnoses; Medicaid recipients with post partem disorder; Disability recipients with PTSD, etc.  Regarding the latter category, police and firemen would be among the preeminent victims.

It would also allow large numbers of persons -- including police and family members -- to file affidavits which would result in ex parte (or single party) proceedings to strip Granite States of their Second and Fourth Amendment rights.  Thus, police would search their homes and seize their guns based on the representation of a single aggrieved party -- and without any opportunity for the gun owner (or his attorneys) to appear in court and be heard.  Again, it could cost tens of thousands of dollars for these people to get their rights back.

Anti-gunners defend their proposals by falsely claiming that gun dealers can currently be prosecuted for unintentionally selling to mental defectives.  THIS IS NOT TRUE.  Under 18 U.S.C. 924(a)(2) -- drafted as part of the McClure-Volkmer Act -- you have to "knowingly" violate the law before you can be prosecuted for selling to a prohibited person.

The bottom line?  There is a reason why anti-gunners are trying to put "points on the board" by conscripting pro-gun groups and legislators.  Such victories energize their troops and open the door to more gun control.

ACTION: Please contact your state senator.  Ask him to reject efforts to push unconstitutional anti-gun legislation.

HOW TO CONTACT-WRITE YOUR STATE SENATOR:

1.Proceed to http://cqrcengage.com/gunowners

2.Enter your zip code in the box provided under “Find Your Elected Officials” on the lower right.  (Preferably, you should enter your nine-digit zip code to get the best answer.)

3.Scroll down and click on the on the name of the desired legislator.

4.Click on your legislator’s website, which will be found under his or her name (upper left)

5.Find and click on the legislator’s email address or webform.

6.Take the pre-written letter below and cut-n-paste this into the email or webform.

----- Pre-written letter -----

Dear Senator:

Faced with congressional rejection of their anti-gun agenda, anti-gun groups are trying to fool Republicans and pro-gunners into passing their anti-gun agenda "through the back door."

The centerpiece of their effort is legislation which will be introduced by anti-gun Senator David Watters and anti-gun Representative Jeffrey Goley.

Not surprisingly, Watters and Goley are holding their anti-gun proposals very close to the vest.  But, by the time they are finalized through negotiations with state Senate Republicans, it may be too late to stop their proposals.

The tentative draft that has been circulated would pressure New Hampshire psychiatrists to "report" patients if they believed their clients might represent a danger to themselves or others.  On the basis of these diagnoses, the patients would be reported to police, entered into the national gun-ban-blacklist (NICS), and could recover their gun rights only by spending thousands of dollars (or perhaps tens of thousands of dollars) to hire lawyers and psychiatrists in a subsequent hearing to reclaim constitutional rights which were taken away by fiat.

We have been down this road before.

The 1968 Gun Control Act stripped gun rights from people "adjudicated" as "mental defectives" by a court.  Under anti-gun President Bill Clinton, however, the ATF unlawfully drafted regulations which would take away guns from persons "diagnosed" by a government psychiatrist, but not adjudicated by any court.  Under this illegal interpretation, more than 150,000 veterans have lost their constitutional rights without due process.

The Watters-Goley legislation would compel New Hampshire to send the names of Granite Staters with similar diagnoses to the government's gun-ban-blacklist:  IDEA kids with ADHD diagnoses; Medicaid recipients with post partem disorder; Disability recipients with PTSD, etc.  Regarding the latter category, police and firemen would be among the preeminent victims.

It would also allow large numbers of persons -- including police and family members -- to file affidavits which would result in ex parte (or single party) proceedings to strip Granite States of their Second and Fourth Amendment rights.  Thus, police would search their homes and seize their guns based on the representation of a single aggrieved party -- and without any opportunity for the gun owner (or his attorneys) to appear in court and be heard.  Again, it could cost tens of thousands of dollars for these people to get their rights back.

Anti-gunners defend their proposals by falsely claiming that gun dealers can currently be prosecuted for unintentionally selling to mental defectives.  THIS IS NOT TRUE.  Under 18 U.S.C. 924(a)(2) -- drafted as part of the McClure-Volkmer Act -- one has to "knowingly" violate the law before being prosecuted for selling to a prohibited person.

The bottom line?  There is a reason why anti-gunners are trying to put "points on the board" by conscripting pro-gun groups and legislators.  Such victories energize their troops and open the door to more gun control.

Please do not support this anti-gun agenda.

Sincerely,