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

    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.

    The bill was brought to the floor of the U.S. House on what is known as
    the "suspension calendar." This calendar is normally reserved for
    non-controversial bills. As such, any bill being passed under the
    suspension calendar requires a two-thirds majority of those voting.

    In this case, the pro-gun position prevailed by a mere two votes --
    meaning S. 22 is far from being non-controversial.

    Although suspension bills are not normally amended, one change was
    allowed in a secret backroom deal between a few members.

    The amendment, offered by Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA), was intended to
    alleviate the concerns of gun owners.

    The Altmire amendment sought to protect hunting and recreational
    shooting on federal land, but those steps are completely inadequate to
    address the concerns of millions of gun owners.

    The Second Amendment protects, as the Supreme Court affirmed in D.C. v.
    Heller, an individual right to keep and bear arms. That right was never
    intended to protect only the shooting sports.

    Under current regulations, firearms possessed for the sole purpose of
    self-defense on land controlled by the National Park Service is
    prohibited unless the person holds a concealed carry permit.

    While millions of law-biding Americans hold CCW permits, many more do
    not. It is these citizens' rights that are going unprotected.

    NPS land covers the gamut from busy thoroughfares to remote wilderness
    areas. These gun free zones are dangerous, in addition to creating a
    patchwork of inconsistent regulations between federal and state land.

    Although we won today, unfortunately the battle is not over.

    The anti-gun leadership will attempt to bring this bill back to the
    floor in a way that requires a simple majority, rather than the
    two-thirds vote they needed Wednesday.

    Several pro-gun congressmen will try to offer an amendment in committee
    to simply allow state and local law to govern firearms possession on NPS
    land. This type of amendment would put more control at the local level
    and protect the gun rights of all law-abiding Americans.

    What is expected is that the leadership will propose a new "rule" that
    blocks any such pro-gun amendments.

    If that happens, the vote on the rule becomes the gun vote.

    House leaders have not indicated when they will attempt to bring the
    bill back to the floor, but it could come up at any time.

    Therefore, your Representative needs to hear from you once again, for
    two reasons. First, the entire House needs to be urged to reject any
    parliamentary trick that excludes language to protect Second Amendment
    rights on federal land. Next, those who voted against your rights need
    to know of your dissatisfaction, while those who stood up for your
    rights should be thanked.

    ACTION: Please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
    http://gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Rep. a pre-written
    letter. Note: the LAC will automatically load the correct text for
    individual Representatives, based upon their vote Wednesday. Because
    the list has to be divided in this way, the pre-written letters are not
    editable by the sender.


    ----- Pre-written letter for those who voted pro-gun -----

    Dear Representative:

    Thank you for standing up for the Second Amendment by voting against S.
    22, the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009.

    This bill would greatly expand land controlled by the National Park
    Service, and thus spread the agency's gun restrictions to even more
    areas. The NPS gun ban should be repealed, not expanded.

    Although the pro-gun side won today, the battle is not over. The
    anti-gun leadership will try to bring the bill to the floor again, this
    time with a rule intended to exclude a pro-gun amendment to repeal the
    NPS anti-gun regulations.

    If that is the case, I urge you to once again stand up for the Second
    Amendment and vote against the rule.

    Sincerely,


    ----- Pre-written letter for those who voted anti-gun -----

    Dear Representative,

    I am extremely disappointed that you did not stand up for the Second
    Amendment on the issue of S. 22, the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act
    of 2009.

    This bill would greatly expand land controlled by the National Park
    Service, and thus spread the agency's gun restrictions to even more
    areas. The NPS gun ban should be repealed, not expanded.

    Although the pro-gun side won today, the battle is not over. The
    anti-gun leadership will try to bring the bill to the floor again, this
    time with a rule intended to exclude a pro-gun amendment to repeal the
    NPS anti-gun regulations.

    If that is the case, I urge you to protect the Second Amendment rights
    of law-abiding Americans and vote against the rule.

    Sincerely,


    ****************************


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    How do we find out how our Senators voted on S.22?

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    How do we find out how our Senators voted on S.22?
    click here:

    http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll117.xml

    I'm not sure if my math is correct (don't know if you count the "no votes" or not), but it looks like it came up about 5 votes short of the 2/3 needed.
    Last edited by DarrellM5; 03-12-2009 at 02:00 PM. Reason: more info
    "When the outflow exceeds the inflow, the upkeep becomes the downfall"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrellM5 View Post
    Also, when you go to the GO LAC website, all you need to do is put in your ZIP and the site will do the rest. Based on the letter it is about to send, you can determine how your Rep voted.

    I'm not sure if my math is correct (don't know if you count the "no votes" or not), but it looks like it came up about 5 votes short of the 2/3 needed.
    The non-votes are not counted. The final score was 282-144. A swing of 2 votes would have passed it.(284-142 is exactly 2/3)
    Last edited by utimmer43; 03-12-2009 at 05:35 PM. Reason: Typo

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    sent my letter off.. thanks for the post.
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

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