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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    South Central Missouri

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    I opened my Email a few minutes ago, and had received this letter from Gun Owners of America. I will cut and paste it in its entirety, and hope I'm not violating any terms of the board. My only interest is in helping spread the word:

    Obama Pushing Treaty To Ban Reloading
    -- Even BB guns could be on the chopping block

    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

    Tuesday, April 21, 2009

    Remember CANDIDATE Barack Obama? The guy who "wasn't going to take away
    our guns"?

    Well, guess what?

    Less than 100 days into his administration, he's never met a gun he
    didn't hate.

    A week ago, Obama went to Mexico, whined about the United States, and
    bemoaned (before the whole world) the fact that he didn't have the
    political power to take away our semi-automatics. Nevertheless, that
    didn't keep him from pushing additional restrictions on American gun

    It's called the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing
    of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other
    Related Materials. To be sure, this imponderable title masks a really
    nasty piece of work.

    First of all, when the treaty purports to ban the "illicit"
    of firearms, what does that mean?

    1. "Illicit manufacturing" of firearms is defined as
    "assembly of
    firearms [or] ammunition... without a license...."

    Hence, reloading ammunition -- or putting together a lawful firearm from
    a kit -- is clearly "illicit manufacturing."

    Modifying a firearm in any way would surely be "illicit
    And, while it would be a stretch, assembling a firearm after cleaning it
    could, in any plain reading of the words, come within the screwy
    definition of "illicit manufacturing."

    2. "Firearm" has a similarly questionable definition.

    "[A]ny other weapon" is a "firearm," according to
    the treaty -- and the
    term "weapon" is nowhere defined.

    So, is a BB gun a "firearm"? Probably.

    A toy gun? Possibly.

    A pistol grip or firing pin? Probably. And who knows what else.

    If these provisions (and others) become the law of the land, the Obama
    administration could have a heyday in enforcing them. Consider some of
    the other provisions in the treaty:

    * Banning Reloading. In Article IV of the treaty, countries commit to
    adopting "necessary legislative or other measures" to criminalize
    illicit manufacturing and trafficking in firearms.

    Remember that "illicit manufacturing" includes reloading and
    or assembling a firearm in any way. This would mean that the Obama
    administration could promulgate regulations banning reloading on the
    basis of this treaty -- just as it is currently circumventing Congress
    to write legislation taxing greenhouse gases.

    * Banning Gun Clubs. Article IV goes on to state that the criminalized
    acts should include "association or conspiracy" in connection
    with said
    offenses -- which is arguably a term broad enough to allow, by
    regulation, the criminalization of entire pro-gun organizations or gun
    clubs, based on the facilities which they provide their membership.

    * Extraditing US Gun Dealers. Article V requires each party to "adopt
    such measures as may be necessary to establish its jurisdiction over the
    offenses it has established in accordance with this Convention" under a
    variety of circumstances.

    We know that Mexico is blaming U.S. gun dealers for the fact that its
    streets are flowing with blood. And we know it is possible for Mexico
    to define offenses "committed in its territory" in a very
    broad way.
    And we know that we have an extradition obligation under Article XIX of
    the proposed treaty. So we know that Mexico could try to use the treaty
    to demand to extradition of American gun dealers.

    Under Article XXIX, if Mexico demands the extradition of a lawful
    American gun dealer, the U.S. would be required to resolve the dispute
    through "other means of peaceful settlement."

    Does anyone want to risk twenty years in a sweltering Mexican jail on
    the proposition that the Obama administration would apply this provision
    in a pro-gun manner?

    * Microstamping. Article VI requires "appropriate markings" on
    firearms. And, it is not inconceivable that this provision could be
    used to require microstamping of firearms and/or ammunition -- a
    requirement which is clearly intended to impose specifications which are
    not technologically possible or which are possible only at a
    prohibitively expensive cost.

    * Gun Registration. Article XI requires the maintenance of any records,
    for a "reasonable time," that the government determines to be
    to trace firearms. This provision would almost certainly repeal
    portions of McClure-Volkmer and could arguably be used to require a
    national registry or database.

    ACTION: Write your Senators and urge them to oppose the Inter-American
    Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms,
    Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials.

    Please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at to send your Senators the
    pre-written e-mail message below.

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

    Dear Senator:

    I am urging you, in the strongest terms, to oppose the Inter-American
    Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms,
    Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials.

    This anti-gun treaty was written by international bureaucrats who are
    either stupid or virulently anti-gun -- or both.

    This treaty could very well ban the ability to reload ammunition, to put
    new stocks on rifles lawfully owned by American citizens, and, possibly,
    even ban BB guns!

    There are too many problems with this treaty to mention them all in this
    letter. The rest can be read on the website of Gun Owners of America
    GOA's CIFTA Treaty Analysis

    Please do not tell me the treaty has not yet been abused in this way by
    the bevy of Third World countries which have signed it. We do not
    expect the real ramifications of the treaty to become clear until the
    big prize -- the U.S. -- has stepped into the trap.

    For all of these reasons, I must insist that you oppose ratification of
    the treaty.


    When it comes to handguns, there are Sig Sauers, then there's everything else.

  3. #2
    Thanks, my letters are sent!


  4. Sent, again.

    Remember The Shawshank Redemption.....he sent them a letter a day until they sent him a check for $500 and a note saying don't write again. So he sent them 2 letters a day. Of course, he was in prison and had nothing better to do.......
    You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.
    Robert A. Heinlein

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Indiana senators contacted.
    When they "Nudge. Shove. Shoot.",
    Don't retreat. Just reload.

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Gray Court, SC
    I got that email yesterday also. Email's sent!
    USAF Retired, CATM, SC CWP, NH NR CWP, NRA Benefactor
    To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them... -- Richard Henry Lee, 1787

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Round Mountain, NV
    Sent it again and passed it on
    "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."--Thomas Jefferson

  8. Emails sent! Thank you my friend.

  9. #8
    It is scary how the Marxists in our government will try to use a treaty as an end run around our constitution.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    wolfhunter Guest
    Emails sent.

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