SELF-DEFENSELESS ON YOUR OWN LAND: Gun Rights Group Is Asking For Public Support Of Amendment To Repeal Gun Ban
The Omnibus Public Land Act (H.R. 146) and its supporters seem to have a problem taking, “no” for an answer.
The bill, known as “The Land Bill” dramatically increases the amount of government land that would forbid guns for anything other than hunting, including self-defense. It recently failed to pass the house but it’s back.
Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America is calling for the support of an amendment that would repeal the ban. That amendment heads to the floor of the House on March 25th.
Pratt’s group points to an attempt by proponents of the bill to garner support by adding an exception to the bill that would permit hunters to carry guns on the land that would fall under the ban. “Our founding fathers didn’t have the protection of hunting rights in mind when they wrote it,” Pratt says. “Clearly inherent in their intention was the protection of gun rights. Once again, the anti-gun crowd has decided to play word games with your rights and the amendment to repeal this gun ban needs to be supported.”
STATEMENT FROM GOA ON PUBLIC LAND BILL
An amendment to repeal the National Park Service (NPS) gun ban is headed to the floor of the U.S. House on Wednesday, March 25.
The massive public land bill, which has bounced between the House and Senate in recent weeks, has sidestepped the issue of your right to self-defense. Several pro-gun representatives tried to amend the bill so that it offers real protection of Second Amendment rights but the anti-gun leadership prevented them.
Repeal of the gun ban takes on added urgency after a federal appeals court issued an injunction last week to stop changes made by the Bush administration to allow concealed carry on NPS land from taking effect.
When the bill comes to the floor on Wednesday, pro-gun Representatives Doc Hastings (R-WA) and Rob Bishop (R-UT) plan to offer an amendment to repeal the onerous NPS gun ban.
First, a procedural vote, known as "Ordering the Previous Question," will be voted on. A "no" vote is the pro-gun position on that motion.
If we are successful on that vote, there will be a vote on an amendment to repeal the NPS gun ban. Urge your representative to vote IN FAVOR of the Hastings-Bishop amendment.
And tell them not to be fooled by language that was recently added to the bill to protect hunting and fishing on certain parts of federal land, as if the Founding Fathers pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to protect a recreational pastime.
Please urge you representative to support the Hastings-Bishop amendment, protecting your right to carry a firearm for self-defense, hunting or any other lawful purpose.
NPS bureaucrats and federal judges should not be empowered to negate self-defense on YOUR land.
ABOUT YOUR EXPERT GUEST, LARRY PRATT…
Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for 30 years. GOA is a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their second amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.
GOA lobbies for the pro-gun position in Washington and is involved in firearm issues in the states. GOA’s work includes providing legal assistance to those involved in lawsuits with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the federal firearms law enforcement agency.
Pratt has appeared on numerous national radio and TV programs such as NBC’s Today Show, CBS’ Good Morning America, CNN’s Crossfire and Larry King Live, Fox’s Hannity & Colmes, MSNBC’s Phil Donahue and Dan Abrams show and many others.
Larry Pratt has debated Congressmen James Traficant, Jr. (D-OH), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Vice President Al Gore, among others.
Larry’s columns have appeared in newspapers across the country.
Pratt published a book, Armed People Victorious, in 1990 and was editor of a book, Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution & Militias, 1995.
Pratt’s latest book is “On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty.”
Pratt has held elective office in the state legislature of Virginia, serving in the House of Delegates. Pratt directs a number of other public interest organizations and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the American Institute for Cancer Research.