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They are circling the wagons so they can stifle any advancement of gun rights in Wyoming.

December 20, 2014

But that’s what they’ve been doing all along.

As an example, the University of Wyoming’s governing body and the Wyoming Teachers Union are at the ready with an entire team of lobbyists who will stand in the way of the Second Amendment.

This is exactly how they’ve taken over states like Colorado…utilizing an army of paid lobbyists that all move in unison pushing similar ‘progressive’ values.

By being on the ground at the State Capitol we have documented the anti-gun operatives. This gives us a clear advantage.

Like in other States, the progressives have an active ‘paid’ lobbyist base here in Wyoming.

There’s a teachers association, a higher education association, a school board association. And standing with them, a municipality association, and let’s not forget the police association — all on the record — lobbying to defend their gun free victim killing zones.

Here’s the good news…

We have the ability to throw a monkey wrench in the works — by exposing every single politician who works with these well paid anti-gun lobbyists.

You see, no matter how hard they try to hide, we now know who they are, and just who they are working for.

Another example hidden by the media is — Wyoming Senator John Hastert (Democrat-Green River) who is a corporate officer in a least two anti-gun lobby groups.

And the so-called ‘leadership’ in the Republican majority says…”Our institution [legislature] is under attack from Wyoming Gun Owners”.

It’s just not politically advantageous for the Republican politicians to call out a standing Senator who is a high ranking officer in a political nonprofit — when both of them work on the same gun-control team.

It’s these same politicians who work in unison that have now created this target rich environment detrimental to their own careers.

But it will be detrimental only if we expose them!

After several years of our ‘boots on the ground’ activism, it’s now time to use their anti-gun voting records, and their anti-gun alliances (with the well funded lobbyists) against them. And do this not only when they ask for your vote during elections, but during legislative season.

There’s more lobbyist corruption…

Lobbyists from afar are part of the problem, including the NRA, who flies-in their Washington D.C. based lobbyist to Wyoming.

Dakota Moore (the NRA lobbyist) along with another (well paid) lobbyist who based in Wyoming, together pushed for background expansion in Wyoming.

Fortunately it was WyGO’s aggressive postal campaign funded by members like you that creating a tidal-wave of direct mail reaching thousands of households.

In the end there was a loud and clear message telling lawmakers “we were watching” that put the brakes on this dangerous legislation.

Of course the background check expansion bill sponsor, Senator Fred Emerich (Republican-Cheyenne) — was endorsed for re-election by no other than, Dakota Moore, the NRA lobbyist…

What we’ve learned is that the NRA lobbyist is a typical lawyer type who plays very well with the anti-gun establishment.

Mr. Moore has told our bill sponsor that they [NRA] work differently than WyGO does.

That is no lie! It’s very apparent that the NRA works differently.

The NRA endorsement of Sen. Fred Emerich — ignored important facts about the gun-grabbing Senator’s voting record.

Here it comes…

Sen. Fred Emerich voted against Constitutional-Carry in 2011, not only in his Senate committee, but additionally in all three floor votes as well.

As it seems, this is the best the NRA can do, to take millions of dollars raised — then send us a ‘lawyered-up’ lobbyist who advances gun control.

But it could be worse.

How bad would be if you didn’t know about all this damaging collaboration between multiple lobbyists?

Or, what if you didn’t know the truth about the NRA lawyer-lobbyist (that resides in the D.C. Beltway) who pals around with the gun-grabbing politicians in Wyoming?

WyGO supporters have always had an edge…

This was true in 2011 when WyGO launched a real grassroots campaign to repeal the permit requirement for concealed carry.

And it’s true now, even though the GOP leadership has fought us every step of the way since 2011, WyGO’s edge is apparent.

With WyGO on the ground, the anti-gun politicians, their lobbyist collaborators, and their pals in the anti-gun media cannot pull the wool over the eyes of gun owners so easily.

But now with so many alliances working against us — things are going to get even tougher.

And as we quickly approach Wyoming’s 2015 legislative session, I need everyone on board.

Wyoming has two choices:

1. Follow States like Colorado into the abyss.

-OR-

2. We can take our position on high ground, wait for them to march in, then let them have it!

Everyone knows that in battle one must have plenty of ammo, right?

In this case, we need to be ready at a moment’s notice to pay for and deploy hard hitting postal-mailing campaigns, radio ads and internet ads.

I know how tough times are, and yes I know what time of year it is.

But I also know what kind of fight is coming in just 30 days when the legislature starts up — and this is the reason I’m asking for your financial support today.

Whatever the amount is — I’ll leave that entirely up to you.

It will be only with your help that I can deliver the necessary pain to the anti-gun politicians.

Your support will help WyGO get lined up for the 2015 session — so please contribute to WyGO as generously as you can.

I Thank You in advance.

For Liberty,

Big Government antics in The Cowboy State: Sherriff Bill belongs in a movie about the old south!

November 21, 2014

Will you let House leadership get away with this?

Wyoming’s new House Speaker Kermit Brown (Albany) and the majority floor leader Rosie Berger (Sheridan) — are playing dirty right out of the gate.

And these are the same folks in so-called leadership that pushed to stop me from video taping floor activity (on behalf of WyGO) from the “public” gallery in the Capitol — because they don’t want you to know what’s really going on under their so-called “leadership.”

The orders were to stop Bouchard (me) from video recording because it’s “their house” and they make the rules!

The reality is they just don’t want to be held accountable by anyone, and certainly not by Wyoming Gun Owners!

But now as a corrupt politician slides into the Wyoming Legislature, we see more of the same from the leaders.

Over the years several complaints have been filed against a politician while in office. And it is unfortunate for Campbell county residents that all prior complaints fell on deaf ears.

Sometimes justice comes later than sooner…

The current Governor, previous Governors, and let’s not forget the several prosecutors who were all given an opportunity to review complaints. Now they are all in a real conundrum for covering up for Sheriff Bill Pownall.

Of course WyGO was “on the ground” during Bill Pownall’s last Sheriff campaign in 2010.

***During his campaign several recordings of Sheriff Pownall were revealed, including evidence that he obtained and possessed at least one class III weapon without forgoing the required federal paperwork.
(You and I would go to jail and serve a hefty term for that offense)

***Insiders close to Pownall stated that as Sheriff he would refuse any applications by lawful citizens for Class III weapons.
(We take that as, only Pownall should own them)

***Insiders also leaked that Pownall was working on a gun owners database.
(A traffic stop gun registry for law abiding citizens)

There was even more…In fact, an entire slew of other reasons led us to believe that Pownall was a bad apple. Like all criminals, by the time they are finally discovered, they have already broken the law repeatedly.

And this is what election cycles are about, looking at backgrounds, reviewing actions, and verifying the credibility of any accusations against a candidate. Check, WyGO did that.

This is why WyGO worked diligently to expose Pownall’s real record and his refusal to answer our gun rights survey. And back in the sheriff’s race WyGO also pointed out that Pownall’s opponent, Dave Lauck, answered WyGO’s survey 100% correct .

Accordingly, WyGO ran a hard hitting radio campaign in Campbell county, and was the only organization taking a stand against Pownall.

During his run for House district 52, Pownall refused to answer WyGO’s survey once again.

Pownall is a fine example of this: If any candidate doesn’t trust you with your own guns, then you shouldn’t trust them with anything at all!

So why am I dragging out  Pownall’s past corrupt accusations?

Here it comes, wait for it…

Recently unnamed complainants working inside of Pownall’s Sheriff Administration finally had enough of it, and sealed and delivered the evidence. Only this time there were too many people in the loop to turn a blind eye.

     Hollywood style corruption in Wyoming – Sheriff Bill Pownall on right

As it was during Pownall’s previous elections, the corruption could no longer be covered up. He and his political operatives could no longer cry foul against the evidence.

And what is the latest charge against the Campbell county top law enforcement officer?

Pownall directed his deputies to cover-up an arrest of his own son for — drunk driving.

And now with the WY Attorney General advancing to remove Pownall as Sheriff. We see exactly the opposite from the House leadership who call the legislature “their house.”

Instead of putting the brakes on Pownall, as they are empowered to do, they are just going about business as usual. Just last week leadership appointed Pownall to the powerful Wyoming House Judiciary Committee.

This is the committee, that is most likely to hear gun bills. And Pownall, a politician whose actions as Sheriff puts himself above the law — is now empowered by House leadership to dictate over the lives of Wyoming citizens statewide.

Real leadership would have refused to place Pownell on Judiciary and instead be calling for a special election for House District 52!

But all of this isn’t only on the shoulders of the so-called Leadership!

A super majority in the Wyoming house elected Kermit Brown and Rosie Berger to be their leaders — all by a secret ballot behind closed doors.

But we have a very reliable indication of who the house reps are in this “secret” majority. They are likely the same candidates who ran for the Wyoming house that also refused to answer Wyoming Gun Owners gun rights survey.

These are the politicians who refuse to put their real views on the Second Amendment in writing. And are the likely bunch that is responsible for electing current House leadership.

Kermit Brown and Rosie Berger have repeatedly refused to answer WyGO’s surveys as well.

All of this is the same kind of action you see in Washington DC, the good old boys are in control!

Like you, we’re mad as hell and were not to take it anymore!

Please share this e-mail with as many people as you can, because in the coming days WyGO is going to be calling for action!

Please consider becoming a financial supporter of Wyoming Gun Owners, the only organization working at this level to expose the corrupt anti-gun politicians.

Be watching for my coming eAlerts, and if you haven’t done so already, join with over 16,000 WyGO supporters and followers on our Facebook page.

For Liberty,

   Anthony Bouchard
Executive Director
Wyoming Gun Owners

Dead Ducks and slimeballs

November 17, 2014

Harry Reid to Take One Last Shot at the Second Amendment in the Lame Duck Session

There’s a reason why we at GOA call the post-election period of Congress the “slime duck” session.

Harry Reid and his minions now will try to shove down our throats all of the anti-gun legislation and nominees they were afraid to reveal before the elections — when voters still had the option to punish them by throwing them out of office.

As it turns out, gun owners in most states knew exactly what Reid had in mind when they went to the polis on November 4.  And, as a result, anti-gun hypocrites like Arkansas’ Mark Pryor, Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, North Carolina’s Kay Hagan, Alaska’s Mark Begich, and Colorado’s Mark Udall are pretty much “dead ducks.”

The question is: Will these anti-gun liars be given the power to make virtually all budgetary gun decisions on the giant government-funding bill (the “continuing resolution” or “CR”)?

And will they get to shove through an anti-gun successor to Attorney General Eric Holder in December under Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” fraud rules … where the discredited and repudiated Democratic anti-gun “slime ducks” will make the decision … and where Harry Reid won’t need a single Republican vote?

On the “CR” issue, government funding is set to expire on December 11, so a new bill will be necessary.

But Congress has a choice of whether to fund it for almost an entire year — or to kick it over to February or March, when the newly elected pro-gun senators will have an opportunity to have some say in a giant bill which makes virtually all policy decisions for the government.

For instance, the “CR” will decide whether or not the Schumer amendment prohibiting relief from disabilities will be renewed. It will decide whether to defund the shotgun import ban, the ammunition import ban, the illegal multiple sale reporting requirements, the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty, and Operation Choke Point.

We would much rather have incoming Iowa Senator Joni Ernst make these decisions than her anti-gun predecessor, Tom Harkin.

One more thing: About April 15, millions of Americans will realize (perhaps for the first time) that they have been assessed a fine of hundreds of dollars for not complying with the anti-gun ObamaCare law.

Gun owners despise this law because of concerns that a national health database could be used by federal bureaucrats to disarm law-abiding Americans, in the same way that more than 175,000 military veterans have already been disarmed.

But this April 15 will hit millions of additional Americans in the pocketbook.  At that time, Republicans will want a legislative vehicle (such as a “CR”) to block IRS enforcement of this wildly unpopular mandate. But, if Congress gives Obama a carte blanche through September 30, this will not be an option.

Before the new Congress is sworn in — this coming January — the Republicans are still in the minority in Harry Reid’s Senate.  Thus, the most effective course of action would be to convince House members — and especially Speaker John Boehner — to refuse making any long-term deals on the CR.

This will give the new, pro-gun members of Congress who arrive in January a stronger hand in using the CR to protect gun rights.

ACTION: Recognizing that a lot of gun policy is “hidden” in the Continuing Resolution, urge your Representatives to OPPOSE any long-term CR.  Insist that any CR they agree to in December must expire (or be reconsidered) before April of next year.

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A LONG WAY OFF.  You might remember that GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt made a cameo appearance in a movie this year.  A Long Way Off is a 21st century version of the Prodigal Son — a movie that won the Best Picture award at the 2014 International Christian Film Festival.  While the movie ran in theaters this past summer, the DVD is now available at Wal-Mart, Target and mainstream bookstores nationwide.  Look for the DVD at these retail outlets, or order your own copy online.

 

The Battle of Athens: Time for another in your face confrontation?

November 16, 2014

The more that some public officials overstep their authority, the more that voters — and others — are stepping up and saying, “Stop!”

The 2014 congressional elections represented a collective shout by voters to politicians and bureaucrats to back off.  Way off.

Consider the case of Arnold Abbott, a 90-year old involved in feeding the needy at the Sanctuary Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  This “scofflaw” is a serial free food dispenser to the poor who come to his church for meals.  

Abbott was arrested by the Ft. Lauderdale police for his supposed threat to the peace of society.  During the arrest, an officer shouted to Arnold, “Drop that plate right now!”

You read that right.  Arnold was not told to “Drop that gun right now,” but rather “to drop that plate!”  Onlookers were outraged and shouted: “Shame on you!” to the officers.

Arnold has beaten the city before in court, and expects to see them in court soon on their new law making his charitable activities a criminal offense.

Ideally, the Broward County Sheriff would inform the Ft. Lauderdale police that they would be arrested if they attempted to arrest Mr. Arnold.  So far, that has not happened.

In other counties, however, sheriffs have interposed themselves between their people and the threat of rogue power from wayward officials.

America’s history illustrates this on a grand scale. Our War for Independence quickly grew from militia encounters to armed resistance directed and financed (however fecklessly) by the Continental Congress.

In the last century, veterans returning from World War II found that their city of Athens, Tennessee was controlled by a very corrupt machine.  When the August, 1946 Democrat primary election (the only election in town) was literally stolen (the police walked off with the ballot boxes), the armed people of McMinn County rose up and rousted the corrupt regime.  Clean elections then gave a victory to the reform slate.

The Second Amendment was intended to protect the people’s personal arms so they would be able to resist tyranny should an American government ever go off the rails of the Constitution and rule tyrannically.  The Battle of Athens was an applied case of what the Second Amendment is intended to make possible.

In Elkhart County, Indiana, the people have elected a Constitutional Sheriff who has had occasion to interpose himself between the Food and Drug Administration and a county dairy farmer. The FDA was threatening to confiscate the farmer’s dairy equipment because they don’t like raw milk — even though they can point to no problems.  Elkhart Sheriff Brad Rogers threatened to arrest any FDA agents making further visits to the farmer’s property.  End of the FDA threat.

The voters of Elkhart County indicated their strong support for Sheriff Rogers’ interposition.  He was just reelected with 75 percent of the vote.

Rogers’ warning to the FDA has kept the peace in Elkhart County.  Let us hope the time will come soon when Broward County will have a sheriff who understands his role as a keeper of the peace against the Ft. Lauderdale food police.

Larry Pratt is the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, a grassroots gun lobby with a million members and activists.
SOURCE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5ut6yPrObw

 

When you have nothing substantive play the race card first! Obama’s new gun control twist

September 18, 2014

Gun control has been a highly debated issue for decades now, and it’s heating up again. Apparently the Obama administration is going to add racial profiling to the list of issues.

New gun buyers are now being forced to declare their race and ethnicity upon purchase. This doesn’t appear innocent from any perspective. Does it mean that there will be statistics being created behind White House doors to prove which ethnicity buys more guns?

The only way this could become a positive is if a majority of new buyers turn out to simply use them for sport in firing ranges or something equally legal. Almost any other result could end up with the U.S. government claiming that a certain “race” is buying guns for drug trafficking, gang wars, border backlash, or terrorist means.

This could lead to yet another new low in the Obama approval ratings, since it was a highly supported theory that Barack Obama was elected under a strong “minority” vote. Now it looks like gun control racism may be what turns the tide, enraging the masses who voted for him to demand we impeach Obama.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives amended Form 4473 to include an additional area where you must check off whether you are Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander or white. This is after checking a box as to whether you are Hispanic or Latino. Failure to check one of those boxes is now a violation capable of forcing a business to shut down.

This new law has little to do with reducing the amount of gun related crimes, and more to do with basic racism. Why does it matter what your ethnicity is when you’re buying a firearm?

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September 11 th…

September 11, 2014

Yes, another anniversary of the islamic attack on the United States. I only have one thing to say; Yes, we still remember…

Punk ass Obama Administration Retreats

August 6, 2014

As you will recall, GOA rallied gun owners several times over the past couple of months in opposition to Operation Choke Point.

Well, faced with a devastating barrage from the Second Amendment community, the Obama administration has staged a hasty retreat on its plan to shut off credit for gun stores through “Operation Choke Point.”

According to an article in The Washington Times, “[g]un retailers are no longer on a hit list deemed ‘high risk’ by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. after the banking regulator formally withdrew [this list]” last week.

The FDIC said its efforts to destroy the gun industry “led to misunderstandings.”

But frankly, the only “misunderstanding” in the actions by the FDIC and Eric Holder’s “Operation Choke Point” involved Obama’s misunderstanding of the withering response to his slimy efforts to destroy the Second amendment “by the back door.”alt

With the support of GOA, appropriations legislation in the House had language which would have eliminated Operation Choke Point entirely.  And Harry Reid was forced to pull the bill and derail the appropriations process after Senator Rand Paul, with our urging, threatened to force endangered Democrats to vote on the issue in that chamber.

As is always the case with Barack Obama, one can never assume that he has backed away from his efforts to destroy the Second Amendment.

But last week’s actions are pretty good news for the gun community.  So thanks again for all your hard work!

GOA issues official rebuke to President Obama

As Congress leaves for its August recess, Gun Owners of America is turning up the heat on the White House.

GOA today posted an Open Letter to President Barack H. Obama and pressed him to revise the official White House explanation of the Second Amendment.

Thousands of children across the nation use this official site to get help in understanding the Constitution while doing reports for their civics classes.

Given that fact, the Presidential misunderstanding of our God-given rights — and confusing them with mere privileges — is simply atrocious.

Go here to read the President’s description of the Second Amendment to read GOA’s response to it.

GOA educating the masses as to how guns save lives

While the national media has engaged in a virtual blackout of the tremendous news story out of Darby, Pennsylvania, GOA is helping to spread the news from coast to coast.

As we mentioned in our alert last week, a concealed carry holder in at the Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital saved countless lives on July 24 when he used his firearm to stop a killer who was bent on taking down even more innocent lives.

GOA has published several iterations of this story on its Facebook page … has profiled it on the GOA website … is highlighting this self-defense shooting on other sites and talk shows nationwide … and is currently working on publishing a video for students and media types alike.

Once Again, Gun Owners Like You Vanquish Reid and Obama

July 11, 2014
Gun Owners of America

Once Again, Gun Owners Like You Vanquish Reid and Obama — Kudos go to Senators Paul, Cruz, Lee and Cornyn
“Gun Owners of America [has] blasted the bill as a ‘fake pro-gun bill designed to re-elect endangered anti-gun [Senators] up in 2014 in pro-gun states.’” — Roll Call, July 9, 2014

Take action on this alert by clicking here.  
Not a GOA member yet? Make sure to join Gun Owners of America!


Earlier today, the “Harry Reid Preservation Act,” S. 2363, went down to defeat, as pro-gun Senators successfully filibustered the bill by a vote of 56-41.  

In a last minute letter to Capitol Hill today, Gun Owners of America told Senators that a vote to end the filibuster “will be viewed as a vote AGAINST veterans … AGAINST concealed carry reciprocity … and AGAINST preserving the gun industry.”

GOA also warned Senators that a vote in favor of S. 2363 would be scored in our end-of-year rating.

As you know, S. 2363 was a “nothing-burger bill” which existed solely to elect anti-gun Democrats in Red States. This includes Senators like sponsor Kay Hagan (D-NC) — plus cosponsors such as Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mark Udall (D-CO), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Al Franken (D-MN) and Mark Warner (D-VA).

All these Senators are rated as D’s or F’s by Gun Owners of America.

S. 2363 would have allowed hunting on federal lands — unless Barack Obama determined that guns were dangerous. How likely do you think that is?

It would have allowed importation of polar bear parts.  Okay, that’s fine, in and of itself.  But that’s hardly a fair trade for passing a bill that will help reelect anti-gun Senators like Hagan, Begich, Pryor, Landrieu (and others) — Senators who will vote to confirm Obama’s anti-gun Supreme Court justices, thus overturning the Heller and McDonald decisions.

Thankfully, your help in asking Senators to offer truly pro-gun amendments paid dividends — and got noticed by the media. Said one media outlet on Monday:

“Gun Owners of America is urging its members to urge their senators to oppose the Sportsmen’s Act unless Reid allows [Ted] Cruz, [Mike] Lee, and [Rand] Paul the opportunity to offer meaningful, pro-gun amendments.”

These Senators, in addition to John Cornyn (R-TX) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), did a yeomen’s job in fighting to get genuinely pro-gun amendments offered to the bill. These included national concealed carry reciprocity, gun rights for 175,000 military veterans, and a shut-down of Eric Holder’s Operation Choke Point.

But Reid employed a bully-tactic to block all Republican amendments. It consisted of “treeing” the bill and then invoking “cloture” to make the amendments out of order.

Thus, the 41 anti-gun votes IN FAVOR of invoking cloture — thus ending the filibuster — were votes against veterans, reciprocity and gun dealers.

Fortunately, our strategy worked. Enough Republicans were outraged by Reid’s underhanded tricks they easily sustained a filibuster, thus killing the bill.  

Consider how significant your grassroots efforts were. All 26 Republicans who cosponsored the bill ended up listening to your collective voice and voted to filibuster — aka, kill — the bill.  They were joined by a handful of anti-gun Democrats who felt the bill didn’t have enough gun control.

So congratulations! And great work! Your activism is a tremendous asset to our efforts in protecting our gun rights. 

ACTION:  Contact your Senators. Thank them if they voted to support the filibuster on S. 2363. But rebuke them if they supported Harry Reid’s efforts shut off all debate on good, pro-gun amendments.  

NOTE:  If you click here and use the GOA Engage site, the correct letter will automatically be chosen.

Round One of the Fight over S. 2363 — the Harry Reid Preservation Act

July 8, 2014

The Senate floor battle has now opened on the fake “pro-gun” bill designed to reelect endangered anti-gun Democrats up in 2014 in pro-gun states.

That bill is S. 2363, sponsored by anti-gun crazy Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC), with the chief cosponsors being endangered anti-gunners who are Mark Begich (D-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mark Udall (D-CO), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Al Franken (D-MN).

By now, even the dumbest Senators realize that this “sportmen’s” bill is nothing but a political ploy to keep Harry Reid (D-NV) and Obama’s cronies in power in the Senate. An article in The Hill newspaper made this clear yesterday:

“The legislation is meant to help several red-state Democrats in tough reelection races this year. Co-sponsors include four other Dems who, like Hagan, are facing difficult reelection races this year: Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Mark Udall (Colo.).”

The Senate yesterday overcame the first hurdle in moving to consider the bill. But thankfully, there are several Senators who wanted to offer good, pro-gun amendments to the bill.

Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) are all heeding GOA’s call to threaten dozens of tough pro-gun amendments to the bill.

Senator Cornyn is prepared to offer a GOA-supported amendment to allow national concealed carry reciprocity.

Senator Wicker has told us he wants to allow guns on the Army Corps of Engineers’ land.

Senator Lee has told GOA he wants to change the Senate rules to prohibit any anti-gun amendments in the Senate.

And Senators Cruz and Paul have “tons of amendments,” including reciprocity, a restoration of gun rights for 175,000 veterans, and a shutdown of Eric Holder’s Operation Choke Point program (that is designed to close gun stores by cutting off their credit).

This is exactly what GOA (and you, our activists) have been encouraging pro-gun Senators to do over the past week. But we believe that Reid will now “tree” the bill — a process used to block any amendments from being offered.

And we believe that, when they are shut out of offering amendments, many (if not all) Republicans will vote against cloture on the bill.

So ultimately, we still stand a good chance of success. Thank you all for your activism!

ACTION: Contact your Senators and urge them to vote for the Cornyn, Paul, Cruz, Wicker, and Lee amendments. And, if Harry Reid tries to shut out amendments, ask them to oppose cloture on the bill.

 

The Sportsmen’s Act: Yet another sham…

July 2, 2014

Once again, anti-gun Senators like Kay Hagan (D-NC), Mark Begich (D-AK), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Mark Pryor (D-AR) are trying to trick gun owners into supporting them in their upcoming tough races for reelection in pro-gun states. 

At the core of their slimy scheme is a do-nothing bill being pushed as the Sportsmen’s Act (S. 2363).  North Carolina’s Kay Hagan, who voted FOR the universal gun registry bill, is the chief sponsor. 

Other chief cosponsors are Mary Landrieu (who also voted for universal gun registration) and Mark Begich and Mark Pryor (who, according to Harry Reid’s staff, would have cast the deciding votes for that universal gun registry bill, had their votes been needed).  It’s also cosponsored by anti-gun leader Joe Manchin (D-WV). 

The Sportsmen’s Act is, substantively, largely a “nothing-burger.”  People could hunt on federal lands — unless Obama didn’t want them to.  Dedicated funds (from the Pittman-Robertson tax) could be used for ranges — but don’t have to be, and probably wouldn’t be. 

Moreover, Section 107(b)(4)(B) of the bill says that the BLM or Forest Service can close down federal public lands that can be used for hunting and recreational purposes for a host of reasons, including “public safety.”  Anyone want to bet that these agencies won’t find reasons to do so?

But the bill’s not about substance.  It’s about reelecting its anti-gun sponsors — virtually all of them red-state Democrats who face tough reelection battles in pro-gun states.  This, incidentally, is the same bill that was used to reelect Montana’s Jon Tester (D).  And, although he pretended to be “pro-gun” before the election, after the election, Tester was the Second Amendment’s worst enemy.

The good news is this:  Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) are prepared to offer genuine pro-gun amendments to this bill — like defunding Operation Choke Point and more. 

But here’s the problem:  Anti-gun Senator Harry Reid will try to use a procedural tactic called an “amendment tree” to block Lee, Paul, and Cruz from offering any pro-gun amendments. 

These pro-gun Senators want to offer good amendments like concealed carry reciprocity, but that won’t be possible if Harry Reid blocks their ability to offer pro-gun amendments with an “amendment tree.”

And the reason is clear:  Genuine pro-gun amendments would put anti-gun senators like Hagan, Pryor, Landrieu, and Begich on the spot.  It would reveal that their sponsorship of this “nothing-burger” bill doesn’t mean that they are “pro-gun,” but rather that they are anti-gun frauds. 

But in order to retain Paul, Lee, and Cruz’ right to offer pro-gun amendments, Republicans will have to block Reid’s efforts to shut down their filibuster of the bill and the motion to proceed to it — until Reid commits to dismantle his “amendment tree” and allow them to offer their amendments. 

In other words, we need to say to Reid:  No pro-gun amendments = no fake bill.       

ACTION:  Urge your Senators to oppose Harry Reid’s cheat scheme in pushing the Sportsmen’s Act (S. 2363), which is nothing more than a do-nothing, reelection bill for Harry Reid’s cronies.  Tell your Senators to oppose the bill unless Reid allows pro-gun amendments to be offered.

 


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