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Update - Carry in NPS now up to House of Rep's

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by Smity, May 19, 2009.

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  1. Smity

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    Update - Carry in NPS now up to House of Rep

    UPDATE

    The following was posted on the Gun Owners of America web site today:

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    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.


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    What is 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.
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    I sent another letter, through GOA this time, just to my Representative. The simple fact is that we may never get this opportunity again.

    Good luck everyone. In three days, we find out the future of our 2nd Amendment rights.

    Smity
     
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