Massive Federal Power Grab

Massive New Power Grab By The Feds
— gun owners’ constitutional rights in jeopardy

by Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
703-321-8585   fax 703-321-8408

First, an update on Smith’s “Anti-Brady” amendment: The pro-gun Smith amendment that passed the Senate in July is still awaiting action in a House-Senate conference committee. In fact, the House still has yet to pick the House conferees. GOA will keep you updated on this important legislation which would put the brakes on FBI’s ability to register and tax gun owners. Keep calling your legislators (202-224-3121) and urge them to oppose the Commerce-Justice-State bill UNLESS it keeps the Smith language 100 percent intact.

(Friday, October 2, 1998)– Rep. Bob Barr has discovered that Janet Reno’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is shopping around a legislative “wish list” to further erode our constitutional liberties. They are hoping to take advantage of the chaotic situation in Washington to “load up” an appropriations bill with a number of frightening expansions of federal power:

* Enlarged asset forfeiture provisions to allow the FBI to seize personal property in both criminal and civil matters (your entire gun collection would be at risk)

* A vastly expanded definition of terrorism to include domestic crimes having no relationship to terrorism (fighting “terrorism” is a new tactic of the gun grabbers, especially since the Supreme Court has stated that the Commerce Clause is no longer sufficient)

* The ability to commandeer personnel from other federal agencies without reimbursement (just in case they need more agents for the next Waco)

* Authority to force telephone and Internet companies to divulge information on their customers without a warrant (someone posts a message threatening the President to a gun list, and the feds demand the names and addresses of everyone who received the offending message)

* Expanded wiretap authority to allow “roving” wiretaps of innocent citizens and gun owners, and wiretaps without any court authority whatsoever (so much for the Fourth Amendment)

* Loosening of Posse Comitatus restrictions to allow more military involvement in domestic law enforcement (further blurring the line between police and military, which means destroying targets rather than making arrests)

* The establishment of a permanent “FBI Police Force” (one could only speculate as to how bad this would be)

* The power to seize commercial transportation assets for federal use (like the rest of the wish list, there is zero constitutional authority for this).

In an era in which agencies of the federal government routinely target law-abiding gun owners for persecution, such assaults on our constitutional rights must be stopped.


Contact your Representative and both Senators. Urge them to oppose any DOJ expansion of power through the appropriations process. Call 202-224-3121 or hit the GOA website at for phone, fax and e-mail of individual Congressional offices.

Tell them to keep Smith in, and to keep the FBI out!