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  1. Thanks for posting this.
    Following the liks to the NRA made it quick, simple, and easy.We can only hope it is effective also.
    Ken.

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  3. #32
    Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    Urgent Update to NPS Gun Ban Repeal Bill, new action required ASAP!


    Gun Owners Are On The Verge Of A Huge, Legislative Victory
    -- The next few days could see the end of the pernicious gun ban on NPS
    lands

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

    Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    Get ready to pinch yourself.

    After eight years of clashing with anti-gun bureaucrats and
    congressional leadership hostile to gun rights, we have never been
    closer to victory in the battle to repeal the National Park Service
    (NPS) gun ban.

    As you are by now undoubtedly aware, NPS land is subject to a blanket
    gun ban. A Bush administration regulation partially reversing the ban
    was singlehandedly negated recently by an activist judge in Washington,
    D.C.

    Gun Owners of America reported last week about an amendment to repeal
    the gun ban, sponsored by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), that passed by an
    overwhelming 67-29 vote. Senator Coburn attached his amendment to a
    fast-moving "must pass bill," H.R. 627, dealing with credit card
    industry reform.

    The Coburn amendment simply allows for state law -- not unelected
    bureaucrats and activist judges -- to govern the carrying of firearms on
    NPS land.

    "Visitors to national parks also should have the right to defend
    themselves in accordance with the laws of their states," Sen. Coburn
    said.

    The Senate wrapped up business on the underlying bill today, while the
    House passed its version of the bill several weeks ago. The measure now
    heads back to the House to be "reconciled" with the Senate bill.

    The problem for anti-gun House leaders is that their priority bill, H.R.
    627, now contains a pro-gun amendment. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is forced
    to either delay the entire bill in order to try to strip the popular
    pro-gun amendment out later in the year, or allow the underlying bill to
    move through the House before Memorial Day with the Coburn amendment
    intact.

    Sources close to the situation tell GOA that the Democrat leadership,
    which has opposed the NPS gun ban repeal at every turn, may have finally
    run out of options. The enormous outpouring of grassroots activism from
    GOA supporters may have at last convinced congressional leaders that if
    they bury this measure yet again, the repercussions will reverberate
    into the next election.

    President Obama wants to sign this credit card legislation before
    Memorial Day. So it is possible that there will be just one more vote
    on this issue in the House this week. As of today, it appears the
    leadership plans to bring the underlying bill to the floor in two pieces
    for two separate votes -- one on the main bill and one on the Coburn
    amendment.

    If both pieces pass the House, then they can be combined together as one
    bill and sent directly to the President without going to a House-Senate
    conference committee. (There would be no need to iron out differences
    in conference committee since the Senate would have already passed the
    exact same version of the bill.)

    Bottom line: we just need to make certain that the gun ban repeal
    amendment passes in the House, after which it will be joined back up
    with the main bill and signed into law. That's why the action item
    below -- asking you to urge your Representative to vote for repealing
    the NPS gun ban -- is so crucial.

    This could be the last strike in a long battle, but even on the cusp of
    winning GOA has also learned that some -- supposedly on the pro-gun side
    -- are willing to compromise away this victory. Please be absolutely
    sure to take the action below, and then forward this email to your
    pro-gun friends.

    And remember, the progress we have made on this issue would not be
    possible without your support. GOA has been the lone voice fighting for
    this gun ban repeal on Capitol Hill.

    Action: Contact your Representative and urge that the Coburn amendment
    remain attached to H.R. 627. The vote is scheduled to occur this week!

    Please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
    http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Rep. the pre-written
    e-mail message below.

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

    Dear Representative,

    Last week, an amendment to repeal the National Park Service (NPS) gun
    ban passed overwhelmingly in the Senate by a vote of 67-29 as part of
    the credit card reform bill.

    NPS land is subject to a blanket gun ban. Although a Bush
    administration regulation partially reversed the ban, that reversal was
    singlehandedly negated by an activist judge in Washington, D.C.

    The pro-gun amendment, sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn, prevents unelected
    bureaucrats and activist judges from stripping me of my Second Amendment
    rights on NPS land.

    It appears that the leadership plans to bring the underlying bill to the
    floor in two pieces for two separate votes -- one on the main bill and
    one on the Coburn amendment.

    I urge you to stand up for my Second Amendment rights and to support the
    effort to keep the Coburn amendment attached to the underlying bill,
    H.R. 627.

    Gun Owners of America will score this vote in its congressional rating,
    and will inform me of how you vote.


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

    What's Your Current GOA Status?

    Obviously, we now face years of invigorated attacks on our gun rights.
    Shutting down gun shows, prohibitions on specific calibers, another
    semi-auto ban, and the anti-gun extremists' Holy Grail of mandatory
    federal licensing and registration of all gun owners -- these are just
    some of the horrors that we already know we'll have to defeat head-on.
    Meanwhile, we'll take every opportunity to go on offense and advance the
    Second Amendment.

    It can't be done without every single voice being counted. That's why we
    are asking you to consider making the commitment of becoming a Gun
    Owners of America Life Member. By doing so, you put the politicians on
    notice that neither you nor GOA is going away -- that no matter who's in
    the White House, there is always going to be a solid wall of resistance.

    Now is a perfect time to become a Life Member. And if you aren't a GOA
    member at all, isn't it time you became one?

    Please go to Join GOA Online With our Secure Online Membership form. to upgrade your
    participation in GOA.

  4. #33
    Quote Originally Posted by Bohemian View Post
    Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    Urgent Update to NPS Gun Ban Repeal Bill, new action required ASAP!


    Gun Owners Are On The Verge Of A Huge, Legislative Victory
    -- The next few days could see the end of the pernicious gun ban on NPS
    lands

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

    Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    Get ready to pinch yourself.

    After eight years of clashing with anti-gun bureaucrats and
    congressional leadership hostile to gun rights, we have never been
    closer to victory in the battle to repeal the National Park Service
    (NPS) gun ban.

    As you are by now undoubtedly aware, NPS land is subject to a blanket
    gun ban. A Bush administration regulation partially reversing the ban
    was singlehandedly negated recently by an activist judge in Washington,
    D.C.

    Gun Owners of America reported last week about an amendment to repeal
    the gun ban, sponsored by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), that passed by an
    overwhelming 67-29 vote. Senator Coburn attached his amendment to a
    fast-moving "must pass bill," H.R. 627, dealing with credit card
    industry reform.

    The Coburn amendment simply allows for state law -- not unelected
    bureaucrats and activist judges -- to govern the carrying of firearms on
    NPS land.

    "Visitors to national parks also should have the right to defend
    themselves in accordance with the laws of their states," Sen. Coburn
    said.

    The Senate wrapped up business on the underlying bill today, while the
    House passed its version of the bill several weeks ago. The measure now
    heads back to the House to be "reconciled" with the Senate bill.

    The problem for anti-gun House leaders is that their priority bill, H.R.
    627, now contains a pro-gun amendment. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is forced
    to either delay the entire bill in order to try to strip the popular
    pro-gun amendment out later in the year, or allow the underlying bill to
    move through the House before Memorial Day with the Coburn amendment
    intact.

    Sources close to the situation tell GOA that the Democrat leadership,
    which has opposed the NPS gun ban repeal at every turn, may have finally
    run out of options. The enormous outpouring of grassroots activism from
    GOA supporters may have at last convinced congressional leaders that if
    they bury this measure yet again, the repercussions will reverberate
    into the next election.

    President Obama wants to sign this credit card legislation before
    Memorial Day. So it is possible that there will be just one more vote
    on this issue in the House this week. As of today, it appears the
    leadership plans to bring the underlying bill to the floor in two pieces
    for two separate votes -- one on the main bill and one on the Coburn
    amendment.

    If both pieces pass the House, then they can be combined together as one
    bill and sent directly to the President without going to a House-Senate
    conference committee. (There would be no need to iron out differences
    in conference committee since the Senate would have already passed the
    exact same version of the bill.)

    Bottom line: we just need to make certain that the gun ban repeal
    amendment passes in the House, after which it will be joined back up
    with the main bill and signed into law. That's why the action item
    below -- asking you to urge your Representative to vote for repealing
    the NPS gun ban -- is so crucial.

    This could be the last strike in a long battle, but even on the cusp of
    winning GOA has also learned that some -- supposedly on the pro-gun side
    -- are willing to compromise away this victory. Please be absolutely
    sure to take the action below, and then forward this email to your
    pro-gun friends.

    And remember, the progress we have made on this issue would not be
    possible without your support. GOA has been the lone voice fighting for
    this gun ban repeal on Capitol Hill.

    Action: Contact your Representative and urge that the Coburn amendment
    remain attached to H.R. 627. The vote is scheduled to occur this week!

    Please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
    http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Rep. the pre-written
    e-mail message below.

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

    Dear Representative,

    Last week, an amendment to repeal the National Park Service (NPS) gun
    ban passed overwhelmingly in the Senate by a vote of 67-29 as part of
    the credit card reform bill.

    NPS land is subject to a blanket gun ban. Although a Bush
    administration regulation partially reversed the ban, that reversal was
    singlehandedly negated by an activist judge in Washington, D.C.

    The pro-gun amendment, sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn, prevents unelected
    bureaucrats and activist judges from stripping me of my Second Amendment
    rights on NPS land.

    It appears that the leadership plans to bring the underlying bill to the
    floor in two pieces for two separate votes -- one on the main bill and
    one on the Coburn amendment.

    I urge you to stand up for my Second Amendment rights and to support the
    effort to keep the Coburn amendment attached to the underlying bill,
    H.R. 627.

    Gun Owners of America will score this vote in its congressional rating,
    and will inform me of how you vote.


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

    What's Your Current GOA Status?

    Obviously, we now face years of invigorated attacks on our gun rights.
    Shutting down gun shows, prohibitions on specific calibers, another
    semi-auto ban, and the anti-gun extremists' Holy Grail of mandatory
    federal licensing and registration of all gun owners -- these are just
    some of the horrors that we already know we'll have to defeat head-on.
    Meanwhile, we'll take every opportunity to go on offense and advance the
    Second Amendment.

    It can't be done without every single voice being counted. That's why we
    are asking you to consider making the commitment of becoming a Gun
    Owners of America Life Member. By doing so, you put the politicians on
    notice that neither you nor GOA is going away -- that no matter who's in
    the White House, there is always going to be a solid wall of resistance.

    Now is a perfect time to become a Life Member. And if you aren't a GOA
    member at all, isn't it time you became one?

    Please go to Join GOA Online With our Secure Online Membership form. to upgrade your
    participation in GOA.
    The real problem might be when it reaches Obama.
    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

  5. #34
    Done.
    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson

  6. #35
    Quote Originally Posted by HK4U View Post
    The real problem might be when it reaches Obama.
    67-29 = Veto Proof, right?
    The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first. - Thomas Jefferson

  7. Bohemian,
    Thanks for the update. I think it's a good idea for everyone who has already sent an email to their elected officials to send another one to their representative in the Hose of Representatives. The situation has changed and they need to know that we are staying informed and that we will keep track of how everyone votes.

    I sent mine, through GOA, this time. ...be a squeeky wheel!

    Smity

  8. #37
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    The NYT says it's a done deal and Obama will sign it later this week. Here's their analysis. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/20/us...g.html?_r=1&hp

    This credit card bill is Obama's baby. He's not going to torpedo his own bill. There's no way to strip this amendment out without trashing the entire thing. On this one, the fat lady has sung.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by Stiofan View Post
    The NYT says it's a done deal and Obama will sign it later this week. Here's their analysis. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/20/us...g.html?_r=1&hp

    This credit card bill is Obama's baby. He's not going to torpedo his own bill. There's no way to strip this amendment out without trashing the entire thing. On this one, the fat lady has sung.

    HE gets exactly what he wants and gives us something in return.

  10. #39
    emails just went out!
    "I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical." - Thomas Jefferson
    ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

  11. #40
    Victory at Last
    -- National Park Service Gun Ban Repealed!


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


    "Gun Owners of America was the most consistent and loudest voice on
    Capitol Hill in support of the effort to repeal the National Park
    Service gun ban." -- Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)


    Wednesday, May 20, 2009


    Good news!

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill today that included an
    amendment to repeal the gun ban on National Park Service (NPS) land and
    wildlife refuges.

    The amendment, sponsored by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and attached to a
    credit card industry reform bill, passed the House overwhelmingly by a
    vote of 279-147.

    For decades, law-abiding citizens have been prohibited from exercising
    their Second Amendment rights on NPS land and wildlife refuges, even if
    the state in which the land is located allows carrying firearms.

    With some limited exceptions for hunting, the only way to legally
    possess a firearm anywhere in a national park is by having it unloaded
    and inaccessible, such as locked up in an automobile trunk. A Bush
    administration regulation partially reversed the ban, but that action
    was singlehandedly negated recently by an activist judge in Washington,
    D.C. The Department of Interior decided not to appeal that ruling.

    Senator Coburn believes, like you do, that Americans should not be
    forced to sacrifice their Second Amendment rights when entering NPS land
    and wildlife refuges.

    GOA worked with Coburn on an amendment that simply allows for state and
    local laws -- instead of unelected bureaucrats and anti gun activist
    judges -- to govern firearm possession on these lands.

    The anti-gun leadership in both the House and Senate went berserk and
    fought to keep the Coburn amendment from being attached to the
    underlying bill. Sparks were flying on the floor of the House of
    Representatives today.

    Anti-gun Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) whined that a "very good" credit
    card bill had been "hijacked" by the Coburn amendment. To this, Rep.
    Rob Bishop (R-UT) pointed out that gun control is the policy of tyrants,
    as evidenced by the British attempt to confiscate firearms at Lexington
    and Concord in 1775.

    Congressional leaders and entrenched bureaucrats have fought GOA over
    the NPS gun ban for the past eight years.

    But your activism has finally broken through. The late Senator Everett
    Dirksen said, "When I feel the heat, I see the light!" Well, you have
    applied a lot of heat. Members of Congress know that they oppose your
    Second Amendment rights at their own peril.

    As it stands today, both houses of Congress have now passed the Coburn
    amendment -- and President Obama is expected to sign the provision into
    law (only because it is part of a larger credit card bill that he really
    wants).

    So, congratulate yourself for winning this long, hard battle. GOA was
    the leading, and often only, national gun group involved in this fight.
    You involvement was absolutely vital to achieving this win.

    Of course, many more battles lie ahead. President Obama continues to
    push for the Senate to ratify massive international gun control
    treaties. There is a battle over a Supreme Court nominee coming up.
    Anti-gun zealots in Congress are aggressively pushing to renew the
    Clinton gun ban and close down gun shows.

    And as the health care debate picks up steam in the coming weeks and
    months, GOA is battling efforts to create a computerized national
    healthcare database. Such a database can be used to deny people their
    Second Amendment rights in the same way that so many veterans have lost
    their gun rights based only on the diagnoses of a doctor for things like
    combat-related stress.

    GOA will be calling for action on these and other Second Amendment
    issues as they move through Congress.

    In the meantime, have a safe Memorial Day as we remember those who gave
    the ultimate sacrifice so that America would remain "Land of the Free."

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