Archive for December, 2007

Liberty, and RKBA End of the year report

December 17, 2007

This has been a rough year for those that actually believe in the Constitution. From the ability of the people to speak out, in groups, about candidates to things that are all across the board our rights are under constant assault by the authoritarians that would return us to a state resembling the servitude of the colonist’s to King George. One organization, is always there to speak up for your rights. Yes, firearms are their primary area of concern, but they are always there, in every fight on the side of freedom and liberty. When it comes to those issues, there can be no compromise!

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 has remained a steadfast ally. Their
unwavering defense of our rights as Americans is commendable.” —
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), November 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007

When people look back on 2007, they may remember the several, notable
shootings that took place: the massacre at Virginia Tech in April,
the slayings at the Nebraska and Utah malls, and the most recent
killings in Colorado — a shooting that could have eclipsed all of
the previous ones if one courageous lady, Jeanne Assam, had not been
armed with a gun.

Gun Owners of America has been there each step of the way, sometimes
serving as the only national gun group which has regularly appeared
on national television, arguing for the right to keep and bear arms.

Just this week, GOA’s Larry Pratt appeared on Fox News to debate the
Brady Campaign in the aftermath of the Colorado-church shooting.
Pratt hailed Assam as a hero and called for the elimination of gun
free zones which leave victims defenseless.

While GOA considers it very important to inform the general public on
the practical value of the Second Amendment, there’s much more that
we have done to defend our freedoms in the legislative and judicial
halls around the country. The following is just a glimpse of what
GOA has been able to accomplish this year with YOUR HELP. So let’s
take a look at our work together, month by month.


* As the year dawns, Gun Owners of America is headed for the U.S.
Supreme Court! GOA begins preparing its amicus brief in the FEC v.
Wisconsin RTL case — a case that became important to gun owners
shortly after last year’s elections when the Brady Campaign asked the
Federal Election Commission to shut down GOA’s ability to post its
candidate ratings on the Internet.

In this amicus brief, Gun Owners of America led a coalition of
organizations to argue before the Supreme Court, realizing that a
victory at the nation’s highest court would take the wind out of
Brady’s sails and protect the right of GOA members and the public to
read our candidate ratings on the Internet. (See “June Part 2” for
the final resolution of this case.)

* In Congress, GOA wins an early battle against legislation
introduced by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) that would have required GOA to
monitor and report on its communications with its members and friends
(like you). GOA helps produce an outpouring of calls against this
anti-speech language (S. 1), and the pernicious text is subsequently
dropped from the bill.

February — March

* GOA spends a lot of time in the state legislatures during the early
part of the year lobbying for bills that would protect the right of
self-defense (a.k.a., the Castle Doctrine) and would allow
law-abiding gun owners to carry firearms without getting permission
from the government (known as Vermont-style carry).

* GOA also begins lobbying for bills that would outlaw gun
confiscations during declared emergencies. Gun Owners helps citizens
of Arizona and Montana to become the most recent states to outlaw the
type of gun thefts that occurred in New Orleans after Hurricane
Katrina. More than a dozen states have now enacted such laws.

* In the nation’s capital, GOA begins its campaign against the
Veterans Disarmament Act and activates its members all over the
country to oppose the legislation introduced by the Queen of Gun
Control, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D) of New York. (More on this

April — May

* As the nation watches the horrifying images coming from Virginia
Tech on April 16, gun control advocates heighten their calls for
greater restrictions. GOA spokesmen spend countless hours on Capitol
Hill and in the media. In just the first two weeks following the
shooting, GOA appeared in several hundred news outlets across the
country (newspaper articles, radio talk shows and TV debates).

* The April shooting jumpstarts anti-gun legislation sponsored by
Rep. McCarthy and Senator Chuck Schumer. In the name of stopping bad
guys like the Virginia Tech gunman, the Veterans Disarmament Act
would disarm hundreds of thousands of military veterans who are
suffering the ailments that frequently follow combat stress.

* Gun Owners of America begins activating its grassroots network on a
weekly basis (sometimes more), generating thousands upon thousands of
e-mails and phone calls into the House of Representatives in
opposition to the Veterans Disarmament Act.

June (Part 1)

* Betrayal! The House Democrat leadership secretly conspires to
bring up the Veterans Disarmament Act. Republicans find out the bill
is coming to the floor with only a couple of hours lead time. On
June 13, the bill passes without a recorded vote, and very few
Representatives are even present on the floor of the House.

As the bill moves to the Senate, GOA continues fighting the bill and
works to get other groups to join the battle. On June 18, the
Military Order of the Purple Heart takes a strong position against
the McCarthy-Schumer text.

* In other legislative battles, GOA helps kill an anti-gun
immigration bill that was introduced by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA).
The bill contains harmful language which, in the hands of a future
anti-gun administration, would allow gun shops to be shut down and
classified as “criminal gangs.”

GOA gins up the grassroots in favor of a killer amendment that brings
the huge debate over the amnesty bill to a screeching halt. That one
amendment is credited by Capitol Hill insiders as being the biggest
reason this anti-gun bill was defeated by a 53-46 vote in the Senate.

June (Part 2)

* Big news. GOA’s Political Victory Fund raises thousands of dollars
for GOA Life Member Dr. Paul Broun, who is running to replace the
late Charlie Norwood in Georgia. The Republican Broun wins the
special election by 373 votes and is now a member of the U.S. House
of Representatives!

* More big news. The Supreme Court rules in favor of GOA in the FEC
v. Wisconsin RTL case! This victory makes it almost certain that GOA
will receive a favorable ruling from the Federal Election Commission
in August, thus allowing GOA to continue posting its candidate
ratings on the Internet.

July — August

* As the Congress prepares to go on recess, GOA registers its
complaints with an executive agency (Occupational Safety and Health
Administration) after it proposed regulations that could bring the
sale and transportation of ammunition in this country to a halt.
Less than two weeks later, the Labor Department (which oversees OSHA)
withdraws the regulations and states that, “OSHA is taking prompt
action to revise [and] clarify the purpose of the regulation.”

* GOA beats the Brady Campaign in the battle at the Federal Election
Commission! The FEC dismisses the Brady Bunch’s complaint against
Gun Owners and states that we have broken no laws in posting our
candidate ratings which educate the public.


* With Congress returning from their summer break, GOA continues to
generate a flood of e-mails, postcards, letters and faxes into
Senatorial offices — all in opposition to the Veterans Disarmament

* The fight against the McCarthy-Schumer bill is gaining steam, and
GOA announces two key allies are joining the fight against the
Veterans Disarmament Act. First, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) places a
hold on the Schumer bill — a “hold” being a parliamentary maneuver
which stalls the legislation and keeps it from easily advancing. The
Coburn hold has continued to bottle up the bill until this very day.

Second, the American Legion informs Senator Coburn that it is opposed
to the Veterans Disarmament Act, as it would “abrogate the rights of
certain service-connected disabled veterans to own firearms, a right
guaranteed by the Second Amendment.”

* In other issues, GOA works closely with Senator David Vitter (R-LA)
to craft language which stipulates that no U.S. funds can be used by
the United Nations — or organizations affiliated with the UN — to
restrict or tax our gun rights. Sen. Vitter pushes the pro-gun
language through the U.S. Senate on an 81-10 vote, as an amendment to
the Department of State appropriations bill.


* GOA’s founder and chairman, Sen. H.L. “Bill” Richardson (ret.),
issues an open letter to the gun community urging them to encourage
ALL PRO-GUN groups to stand united in opposition to the Veterans
Disarmament Act. You can see the letter at on the GOA website.

The letter states unequivocally that no compromise is acceptable on
the McCarthy-Schumer legislation.

* GOA activates its supporters in opposition to the Law of the Sea
Treaty (LOST), as it could allow the UN to force the closing of
firing ranges based on the bogus argument that runoff from these
ranges pollutes the world’s oceans.

November — December

* Gun Owners Foundation begins preparing an amicus brief for the U.S.
Supreme Court after the justices decide to take up Washington, D.C.’s
appeal after its gun ban is declared unconstitutional. An appellate
court ruled in March that the city’s draconian gun ban violated the
Second Amendment of the Constitution. The DC v. Heller case will
likely be heard next spring.

* Gun Owners Foundation is also continuing its defense of Ignacio
Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean — the two border patrol agents who
were convicted of shooting a Mexican drug smuggler on the U.S. side
of the border. GOF attorneys filed an amicus brief earlier in the
year which argued that Ramos and Compean were falsely convicted of
“firing a gun during the commission of a crime” — a crime that
doesn’t even exist in federal law.

While the “firing a gun” charge can serve as a sentence enhancement
to an underlying crime, the prosecutor would have to show that the
two border agents were unlawfully carrying firearms — a ludicrous
idea! It became very clear in December that two of the three judges
hearing the agents’ appeal were very familiar with GOF’s arguments,
as their questions to the prosecutor repeatedly focused on this
particular area of federal law. Prospects look good for a decision
reversing their conviction next year.

* When the Senate recently came within a couple of hours of
unanimously approving the anti-gun Michael Sullivan for the position
of BATFE Director, GOA sent an emergency fax to every Senate office,
urging them to oppose the Sullivan nomination. Thankfully, one
senator filed an official objection to Sullivan, and his nomination
was temporarily stalled.

GOA then generated a massive outpouring of opposition from its
activists, which resulted in yet another Senator placing a
“hold” on
the Sullivan nomination. The anti-gun appointment has now been put
off until next year.


The ability of GOA to continue putting pressure on politicians
depends on loyal activists like you. GOA has been the national
leader when it comes to opposing the Veterans Disarmament Act.

In October, The Politico stated, “Gun Owners of America… has
launched grassroots efforts across the nation, backed by military
groups such as the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the
American Legion.”

Even as far back as April, Newsweek noted that, “The Gun Owners of
America [has] already launched a public campaign to block the
[McCarthy] legislation that the NRA supports, warning that the
proposal could ‘block millions of additional, honest gun owners from
buying firearms.'”

We can only continue fighting this pernicious legislation as long as
you continue to stand with us. You can stand with us today by
joining GOA at (or renewing
your existing membership there).

Thieves at the Public Trough! Poacher convicted!

December 17, 2007

Way to go DOW! 


Elizabeth resident Jacob Haas, 22, has pled guilty to charges filed by a Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) officer stemming from the illegal take of an elk on private property on a ranch near Franktown in southern Douglas County.  Haas must pay the $10,000 ‘Samson’ surcharge for killing a trophy quality bull elk, is on probation for two years, and faces license suspension for illegally killing the bull elk and hunting on private property without permission.  The guilty plea is the culmination of three years of work on the case by District Wildlife Manager (DWM) Travis Harris.  Harris also credited the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff’s office and Douglas County Open Space rangers with helping secure evidence in the case.

On October 16, 2004, Haas and a friend entered private property and illegally killed a trophy-class bull elk.  DWM Harris received a tip and responded to the working cattle ranch south of Franktown. Douglas County Open Space rangers, a Douglas County sheriff deputy, and two other wildlife officers responded to the area and assisted Harris as he led the investigation. Among other violations, they found Haas had entered the ranch without permission from the landowners.

“It’s always unfortunate when people knowingly hunt on private property without first obtaining permission, since it can negatively impact a landowner’s willingness to allow legal hunters access in the future,” said Harris. “We want landowners to remember that this particular violation was intentional, and that the DOW will aggressively prosecute these cases when landowners are willing to press charges.”

DWM Harris also cited Haas with the killing of a 5×6 bull elk, prompting the assessment of the ‘Samson’ $10,000 surcharge. The Samson surcharge was passed into law in 1998 following the killing of Samson, a large bull elk, in Estes Park. “We take prosecuting poachers who target trophy animals very seriously,” said DWM Casey Westbrook, who assisted Harris in his investigation.

Haas faces suspension of his hunting, fishing, and falconry licenses. In Colorado, if someone accrues 20 or more points against their wildlife license privileges they can be suspended from those activities. An administrative hearing will determine the length of Haas’ suspension, which must then be approved by the Wildlife Commission. In especially egregious situations, lifetime suspensions can be imposed.

Harris added, “Residents of Douglas County are fortunate to live in a place with a rich and diverse wildlife resource. Some people will try to exploit this resource, and DOW relies on the support of the citizens and landowners to assist us in protecting and preserving Douglas County’s wildlife.”

Operation Game Thief is a Colorado Division of Wildlife program, which pays rewards to citizens who turn in poachers. You can call us toll-free within Colorado at 1-877-COLO-OGT, Verizon cell phone users can dial #OGT, or contact us via e-mail at Operation Game Thief.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is the state agency responsible for managing wildlife and its habitat, as well as providing wildlife related recreation. The Division is funded through hunting and fishing license fees, federal grants and Colorado Lottery proceeds through Great Outdoors Colorado.

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:


December 17, 2007

A BIG thumbs up for the DOW on this one.


The Colorado Division of Wildlife has scheduled a public meeting Dec. 18 to discuss releasing moose in the Gunnison-Lake City area to augment existing moose populations.
DOW wildlife managers will talk about two plans.
The first is the release of moose in the La Garita Mountains between the Continental Divide and Cebolla Creek in Game Management Unit 67 to augment the small population that exists there now. The habitat in that area is considered to be suitable for moose and the DOW plans to release an undetermined number of moose there this winter. Currently, just west of the proposed release area, a viable population of moose occurs near Lake City in GMU 66. Two moose hunting licenses are issued for that area annually. The DOW hopes to allow some moose hunting opportunity in GMU 67 in the near future.
Second, the DOW staff will discuss the release of moose into the Taylor Park area within the next two to three years. It’s estimated that about 20 moose live in Taylor Park; no hunting licenses are issued for that area. The DOW and the U.S. Forest Service will be studying vegetation there to determine long-term moose carrying capacity of the habitat. No decision has been made about if or when moose would be released at Taylor Park.
Moose moved into the two areas in the early 1990s, dispersing from the North Park and Creede areas where they were originally released in the late-1970s and early 1990s respectively.
The moose for the La Garitas will be transplanted from northern Utah where there is an abundance of moose. The animals are trapped by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and made available to the DOW. Moose will be given a certificate of good health, be fitted with radio collars and then transported via horse trailers and released as quickly as possible in the target area.
The DOW hopes to stabilize the existing moose populations in the LaGarita and Taylor Park areas. The transplants also will provide additional wildlife viewing and hunting opportunities in the near future. 
Wildlife managers want to hear from the general public and livestock producers about any possible concerns with adding more moose in theses areas. Discussion at the meeting will be limited to the moose plans.
The meeting will be at the Fred Field Western Heritage Center, Gunnison County Fairgrounds, 7 p.m., Dec. 18.
For more information, call J Wenum, Gunnison area wildlife manager, (970)641-7060.


December 17, 2007


The Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) and the Colorado Wildlife Commission said Thursday that Rocky Mountain National Park’s decision to reduce elk numbers in the park with sharpshooters should rely instead on qualified volunteers.

The park’s Final Elk and Vegetation Management Plan will use sharpshooters to kill up to 200 elk a year to reduce the herd of about 3,000 elk to 1,600 to 2,100 animals.

Tom Burke, chairman of the Colorado Wildlife Commission, said qualified volunteers should cull the elk.

The park’s elk management plan, including the use of sharpshooters, would cost about $6 million and last for up to 20 years.

The overpopulation of elk in Rocky Mountain National Park has caused habitat damage to certain areas of the park. Hunting isn’t allowed in the park, established in 1913.

The DOW and the wildlife commission also oppose parts of the park’s plan involving the use of fertility control agents and wolves to thin elk herds. The Colorado Wildlife Commission took a position against those methods last year.

However, Burke praised the management plan for leaving open the option of using qualified volunteers as well as sharpshooters.

“Repeatedly, the Colorado Wildlife Commission has said that we are proponents of using qualified citizen volunteers to assist in managing the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park,” said Burke.

“Culling 100-200 or less elk a year may not have the impact desired on the current population of 3,000 in Rocky Mountain National Park,” he said. “The language in the plan falls short of our expectations.”

He also said fertility control agents and wolves shouldn’t be utilized because readily available citizen volunteers could cull the elk.

The Colorado Wildlife Commission is an eleven-member board that sets regulations and policies for hunting, fishing, watchable wildlife, non-game, threatened and endangered species.

The commission adopted a resolution in July of 2006 calling for the use of qualified public volunteers as the appropriate method to achieve the population reduction to the Rocky Mountain National Park elk herd.

“The Division of Wildlife and the Commission worked hard to develop a viable alternative to using federal tax dollars to fund government sharp shooters and wasting the carcasses,” said Burke.

“The plan isn’t reassuring when it comes to addressing our constituents’ concerns pertaining to either of those issues,” he said. “We believe we owe it to our constituents to get a stronger commitment from the park staff to use qualified public volunteers to restore a natural balance in the park.”

The resolution is available at: To reach the resolution, click “Minutes” and scroll to pages 49 and 50.

I agree wholeheartedly with the DOW about this. These people at the Parks Service so obviously don’t listen to outsiders like the people that they serve, or other agencies that it is pathetic!

History of Gun Control; Yet another expose’

December 11, 2007

This is some good reading!

Tom Tancredo for President of the United States of America!

December 11, 2007

I was asked to comment on my good friends Blog at

I am re- posting it here. Please visit Freds Blog and see the entire thread. Welcome home FRIEND!

Patrick Sperry Says:
December 11th, 2007 at 10:57 am

Thanks for posting the link Renado! Okay, as far as Tom’s positions on gun control. Gun Owners of America has the best, IMO, round up of all of the candidates.
As Fred, and a few others are aware, I am a hard core Tancredo supporter, and the links mentioned will give sufficient background for why I am that way. Perhaps though, the biggest reasons are from personal contact with him, and his campaign.
He had one single weak moment on the gun issue, to the best of my knowlege, and that was very short lived. It was immediatly after the Columbine High School atrocity. That happened in his district, about a mile from his house. What set him straight about that, in rather short order I might add? The outlandish comments made by John McCain, that’s what.
I asked him about that, as well as a few other things at a fund raiser at Cool River Café. I liked what I heard. Tom is, if nothing else, a straight shooter. He is honest to a fault, and that is why I don’t believe that he has a snowballs chance in hell of getting elected President.
More laws would not have stopped Columbine, at least eighteen laws were broken as it was.
Ex Post Facto Laws are immoral.
The taking of civil liberties for less than felony conviction, or serious mental disability is immoral.
Border security is not a racial issue, it is a national security issue.
All of our military forces need to be beefed up, including the Coast Guard.
Tax reform is a priority, he seemed to lean toward the FAIR Tax initiative, but is open to other ideas.
Health care is a private matter, not one that government should be involved with. (Look at the VA system for a snap shot of Hillary care; my comment ) )

That is what I most remember from actually meeting the man.


December 10, 2007


Thanks to the combined efforts of the Fort Collins Police and the Poudre Fire Authority, the Colorado Division of Wildlife (DOW) was successful in relocating 3 bears from the city late this summer.

On August 8, a 12-15 year old sow was treed off Vine Ave and Shields Street across from an elementary school.  August 18 brought a yearling cub down to the Avery House at Meldrum and Magnolia Streets during the New West Fest.  And on August 28, a 4 year old sow weighing 150-160 lbs. was found in Rolland Moore Park, west of Shields.  All three bears were monitored by the DOW and the Fort Collins Police, and helped down from the trees with the generous help of the Poudre Fire Authority and their bucket truck.

“We appreciate the efforts of all involved, especially the expertise of the Division of Wildlife.  The best news is that the bears are safe and in their natural habitat, said Fort Collins Police Chief, Dennis Harrison.

“When bears come into neighborhoods, there is a lot of excitement and onlookers who can inadvertently cause the bears to move into even more difficult locations,” said Dave Clarkson, Area Wildlife Manager, Fort Collins.  “Safely capturing and lowering a bear from a tree is a complex process, requiring quick but solid decisions and actions ranging from managing the safety of the public in the area, to concern for the bear’s welfare, to the safety of the officers and firefighters up in the bucket truck.  The collaboration, planning and communication between the three professions are essential.  The smooth teamwork and communication on the ground between the firefighters, police officers and wildlife managers has been impressive.  That teamwork has resulted in safe, successful relocation of these animals back to more appropriate habitat.”

All three bears were ear tagged and moved 60+ miles away from town in the hopes that they will remain there.  They were encouraged to hightail it out of the traps and discouraged from associating humans with a welcome with the use of non-lethal rubber buckshot and yells.

Chief Tom DeMint of the Poudre Fire Authority added, “We enjoyed working with the cooperative crews of the DOW.  In addition, while working as a team, we were able to determine the safest plan of action for the bear and the public.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife thanks all of the ‘Bear Aware’ citizens of Fort Collins for helping to protect our wildlife resource!  For more information on how to help bears stay wild, see our website: Living with Wildlife in Bear Country.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is the state agency responsible for managing wildlife and its habitat, as well as providing wildlife related recreation. The Division is funded through hunting and fishing license fees, federal grants and Colorado Lottery proceeds through Great Outdoors Colorado.

For more information about Division of Wildlife go to:

Colorado: Bureau of Land Management

December 10, 2007

All those that hunt or fish in Colorado please take note.

SOURCE: NRA Newsletter 

COLORADO:  BLM Plans to Close Canyons of the Ancients to Recreational Shooting:  The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft management plan for the 164,000-acre Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwest Colorado.  All four management alternatives would close the entire Monument to recreational shooting.  The BLM cites vandalism of cultural and natural resources and visitor safety as the reasons for closure.  For more information about the plan, please go to  Comments from the public are being accepted until January 25, 2008.  It is critical that gun owners and sportsmen take an active role in this process!

BLM Plan Will Set Game Retrieval Restrictions:  The Bureau of Land Management has released a draft management plan for travel routes on lands it administers within San Luis Valley, Colorado.  The proposal will limit the retrieval of game off designated routes except to a perpendicular distance of 300 ft. from the edge of a route.  Comments on the plan are being accepted until December 31.  The document can be viewed at  For further information, please contact Mark Swinney, Project Lead, by phone at (719) 655-2547, or by e-mail at  Once again, it is critical that gun owners and sportsmen take an active role in this process!


December 10, 2007

I am a life member of the NRA, and the organization continues to bewilder me. They get into bed seemingly at every opportunity with the people at The Brady Center. Then, they turn around and send out things such as that below in the members newsletter. Figure it out, the Brady Bunch are just plain immoral, and evil…

Brady’s Shamelessness-Will They Ever Learn?  This week’s outrage comes, not surprisingly, from the Brady Center.  You may recall back in May, we reported on the Brady Center prescribing its remedies for the horrific Virginia Tech slayings well before any of the facts were known.  Not content to stop there, they even sent out an extremely distasteful fundraising solicitation seeking contributions in the amount of $32-one dollar for each of the Virginia Tech slayings. 

You’d think the Brady Center would have learned its lesson after being pilloried for this stunt by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (among others), who said, “People who want to take this (the Tech shootings) within 24 hours of the event and make it, you know, their political hobby horse to ride, I’ve got nothing but loathing for them. To those who want to, you know, try to make this into some little crusade, you know, I say take that elsewhere.  Let this community deal with grieving individuals and be sensitive to those needs.”

Once again, though, the Brady Bunch has proven it has no learning curve.

Boston Gun Search Policy Raises Concerns:  Boston police may soon begin asking parents to allow searches of their homes and children’s bedrooms for firearms-without notice or warrants. 

The BATFE: A Dangerous Nomination‏

December 10, 2007

Yet again, President Bush shows that he is not a true supporter of firearm rights. He only wanted you, the gun owner to vote for him. At this point in time, the only true supporters of the Bill of Rights in the race for President, are Tom Tancredo, and Ron Paul. Think about it!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

“We’ll miss him in Massachusetts, but he’ll be a strong leader at
ATF, and I look forward to working with him on key issues on gun
control.” — Senator Ted Kennedy

The above quote highlights all you need to know about Michael
Sullivan, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives.

Sullivan was, unfortunately, nominated by President Bush to
permanently take over ATF this year. Right before Thanksgiving, the
Senate “hotlined” his name for unanimous consent approval.
(Hotlining is a parliamentary maneuver which allows non-controversial
bills or nominations to be unanimously approved by the Senate without
debate or a vote.)

GOA immediately sent a letter to each Senator’s office, urging them
to oppose the Sullivan nomination. Thankfully, one senator
subsequently objected to Sullivan’s approval, and his nomination was
put on hold. However, that legislator is now coming under fire from
other senators, who are asking him to withdraw his “hold.”

That’s why it’s important for gun owners to contact their two
Senators. Under Sullivan’s leadership, the ATF has gone berserk.
Sure, the problems at ATF didn’t originate with him, but Sullivan has
certainly done nothing to put out the fire.

While discussing the agency’s 2008 appropriations bill, the House
Commerce & Justice committee issued a stinging rebuke for the ATF:

“The committee has heard reports that ATF has pursued license
revocations and denials against firearms dealers based on violations
that consist largely of recordkeeping errors of various types that
are unlikely to impede tracing investigations or prosecution of
individuals who use firearms in crime. The Committee encourages ATF
to consider lesser gradation of sanctions for recordkeeping errors.”
[House Committee report on HR 3093.]

The strategy, that was begun long before Sullivan arrived, has
continued unabated under his tutelage. ATF inspectors try to find
any violation they can, usually focusing on clerical mistakes.

A family gun business that had been in operation for years in
Baltimore, Maryland was attacked because of the “wanton, repeated
crime” of abbreviating Baltimore as “Blto” on the teeny,
tiny spaces
on the 4473 forms.

Now, the agency has turned their collective guns on Red’s Trading
Post in Idaho, among others. Even though one ATF agent told the
manager that Red’s was “one of the best small gun shops” he’d ever
seen, the ATF has continued its assault on this gun shop (which has
been in business for decades) for minor clerical mistakes and failing
to put up a poster.

According to WorldNetDaily, one judge who is familiar with the Red’s
Trading Post case found “the ATF speaks of violations found during
the inspections of 2000 and 2005, but fails to reveal that additional
investigations in 2001 and 2007 revealed no violations or problems.”
The judge also noted the ATF was exaggerating the situation by
“double counting” some violations.

The agency holds a continuing animus against gun owners and dealers.
Inspectors have no handbook under which to operate, and the absence
of such written procedures allows them to be arbitrary and

Americans don’t need an anti-gun cop from Massachusetts as the
Director of the federal gun police.

CONTACT: Please ask your Senators to oppose anti-gunner Michael
Sullivan as the Director of the BATFE. You can use the pre-written
message below and send it as an e-mail by visiting the GOA
Legislative Action Center at
(where phone and fax numbers are also available).

———- Pre-written letter ———-

Dear Senator:

I urge you to OPPOSE the nomination of Michael Sullivan for the head
of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Under
his leadership, the ATF has gone berserk. Sure, the problems at ATF
didn’t originate with him, but Sullivan has certainly done nothing to
put out the fire.

In July, a House committee report on HR 3093 rebuked the ATF for
pursuing license revocations and denials against firearms dealers
based on “violations that consist largely of recordkeeping errors of
various types” that are unlikely to impede tracing investigations or
prosecution of individuals who use firearms in crime.

Red’s Trading Post in Idaho is one of the many gun dealers that have
been frequently harassed by the ATF. Even though one ATF agent told
the manager that Red’s was “one of the best small gun shops” he’d
ever seen, the ATF has continued its assault on this gun shop (which
has been in business for decades) for minor clerical mistakes and
failing to put up a poster.

According to WorldNetDaily, one judge who is familiar with the Red’s
Trading Post case found “the ATF speaks of violations found during
the inspections of 2000 and 2005, but fails to reveal that additional
investigations in 2001 and 2007 revealed no violations or problems.”
The judge also noted the ATF was exaggerating the situation by
“double counting” some violations.

Finally, the fact that Ted Kennedy wants to work with Sullivan on gun
control is reason enough to find another candidate to head up the
ATF. Kennedy said, “We’ll miss him in Massachusetts, but he’ll be a
strong leader at ATF, and I look forward to working with him on key
issues on gun control.”

Because of these concerns, I would ask that you please oppose the
Sullivan nomination, and instead work with Gun Owners of America and
the NRA to find a nominee who will protect the rights of innocent gun


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