5/99 GOA Will Rate the McCollum Amendment as an Anti-gun Vote

Gun Owners of America asks you to oppose the McCollum amendment to H.R. 1501
(June 16, 1999)
Gun Owners of America
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

If you want to spend $50 million on more BATF harassment, and on prosecutors specifically designated to go after law-abiding gun owners, then you’ll love the McCollum amendment. The McCollum amendment would:

    * Set aside $50,000,000 and one assistant U.S. Attorney per district to exclusively go after — not murderers, rapists, or robbers — but citizens (frequently law-abiding) who commit minor gun violations;
    * Massively beef up the anti-gun BATF;
    * Increase federal mandatory minimums for certain gun offenses — offenses which could easily be applied to self-defense shootings;
    * Require a mandatory minimum of twelve years in prison for an individual who uses a firearm in connection with a crime consisting of nothing more than threatening to damage property — hence, if a drunk driver runs into your car, killing your whole family, and you shoot the air out of his tires, you are subject to a MINIMUM twelve-year prison sentence;
    * Dramatically increase prison sentences for gun dealers doing nothing more than committing minor recordkeeping violations;
    * Dramatically increase prison sentences for parents committing minor violations of the labyrinthine rules in 18 U.S.C. 922(x) governing circumstances in which they can teach their children to safely use guns;
    * Impose a three to twenty year MANDATORY MINIMUM penalty for a father who asks his child to take his firearm across the street to give to a neighbor, if the individual lives within 1,000 feet of public or private school;
    * Impose a five year penalty on an individual who possesses a firearm with intent to take it hunting, if his route would take him within 1,000 feet of a school;
    * Potentially impose a thirty year prison sentence on an individual who possesses a firearm with intent to transfer it to his 16 year old son in connection with a hunting trip if he does not simultaneously transfer a written note of permission for his son to possess the firearm;
    * Impose many, many more anti-gun provisions.

GOA will rate the McCollum amendment as an anti-gun vote.