Compromise on massive land bill does not protect Second Amendment rights
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    Compromise on massive land bill does not protect Second Amendment rights

    Gun Owners of America does not sound the "Emergency alarm" often -- and
    when we do, we mean it.

    Remember the massive land bill, S. 22, that passed out of the Senate
    last month?

    It was expected to pass quickly in the House, but your opposition to an
    expansion of gun control contained in the bill forced it to be pulled
    from the floor.

    GOA has just learned that after some backroom deals, the bill is headed
    to the floor WEDNESDAY MORNING, without any amendments to truly protect
    your Second Amendment rights on National Park Service (NPS) land.

    You have fought the battle over the NPS gun ban for a long time.

    Unlike U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land,
    which allow for state and local law to govern firearms possession, NPS
    land is subject to a complete gun ban for any citizen who does not hold
    a concealed carry permit.

    The bill coming to the floor March 11 greatly expands NPS land, thus
    spreading the agency's anti-gun regulations into more areas.

    S. 22 is actually a compilation of over 190 bills, many of which were
    never even debated on their own merits.

    Here are just a few examples of land expansions in the bill:

    * Section 5204 of the bill establishes the Washington-Rochambeau Route
    as a Historic Trail. This dual trail begins in Rhode Island and travels
    650 miles to Yorktown, Virginia. The trail includes parts of major
    thoroughfares on the east coast such as Interstate 95 and US Route 1,
    meaning the gun ban could effect hundreds of thousands of unsuspecting
    gun owners each day.

    * Section 5301 authorizes the federal government to buy private land
    adjacent to national parks and trails. Such land would be controlled by
    the NPS, and thus be subject to the agency's anti-gun regulations.

    * Section 7002 makes the birthplace of William Jefferson Clinton a
    National Historic Site. Perhaps it's fitting that the legacy of former
    President Clinton, who was responsible for so many anti-Second Amendment
    laws, will include yet another "gun free" zone.

    In all, the bill designates over 2 million acres of wilderness,
    establishes three new national parks, a new national monument, three new
    national conservation areas, and four new national trails.

    In an effort to persuade pro-gun Congressmen to vote for the bill, the
    leadership apparently agreed to one backroom change -- an amendment to
    protect hunting and recreational shooting.

    The compromise measure misses the point. The founding fathers did not,
    in their struggle to secure essential freedoms, craft the Second
    Amendment with the idea that it would protect hunting and recreational

    It is seemingly simple to understand, yet we have to continually remind
    the Congress that the Second Amendment is not about hunting!

    If we have any chance of stopping this bill, you must contact your
    Representative right away.

    The bill is scheduled to come to the floor before noon, Wednesday, March

    Please don't let Congress sneak this expansion of gun control through
    the House under the guise that compromise language protects your Second
    Amendment rights. It doesn't.

    ACTION: Right now, please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center
    at to send your Representative the
    pre-written letter below.

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

    Dear Representative,

    On March 11, the House intends to take up S. 22, a massive bill
    containing nearly 200 separate pieces of legislation.

    This bill will greatly expand land controlled by the Nation Park
    Service, thereby expanding the agency's anti-gun regulations.

    There is compromise language being offered to supposedly protect hunting
    and sport shooting. That is insufficient, as the Second Amendment is
    NOT about hunting and recreational shooting!

    And while there may be some parts of this bill that you support for our
    state or our district, please do not give such parochial issues priority
    over my Second Amendment rights.

    I urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to vote against this 1,294
    page bill until the leadership allows an amendment that will truly
    protect the right to keep and bear arms.

    Gun Owners of America will rate a vote for this bill as an anti-gun
    vote, and will inform me of your position.



    This only takes less than a minute to send an E-mail to your rep, even if you don't know who they are. Fill out the information, click on the "Take Action" tab. This is a must do IMO.
    Last edited by lukem; 03-11-2009 at 01:31 PM.
    You can run... but you'll just die tired. 3%

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    For those who need help, here's the right link. Thanks so much.

    You can run... but you'll just die tired. 3%

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    E-Mails sent to Mr McCotter of Michigan
    Semper Fi

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    E-Mail Recieved 3/11/2k9

    Victory in the House!
    -- But the land bill battle will continue

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
    Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
    Gun Owners of America

    Wednesday, March 11, 2009

    Thanks to you, a bill expanding gun control on federal land was narrowly
    defeated Wednesday morning, March 11.

    The Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009, S. 22, would have drastically
    increased the amount of land controlled by the National Park Service,
    thus subjecting such land to the anti-gun regulations of the agency.
    Semper Fi

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