GUN RIGHTS VICTORY IN SENATE! But another Challenge Looms
By a resounding vote of 62 to 36 last week, the U.S. Senate has approved an amendment, offered by Senator John Ensign of Nevada, to repeal the D.C. gun ban.
Congratulations to all the 2nd Amendment advocates who worked hard and long in this battle.
So, now it’s time for a long, well deserved rest. Right?
“Not quite,” says Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.
During your Talk Show interview with Larry, he shares with your audience that the battle is not over. This week, the House will take up the D.C. voting legislation. And anti-gun Speaker Nancy Pelosi is angling to impose a "gag rule" on the House, so that D.C. gets its unconstitutional representative, while continuing its draconian anti-gun laws (like micro-stamping).
Said Pratt, “Here's the deal: The House will be asked to consider a so-called ‘rule’ which establishes the time for debate and provides for which amendments may be considered -- and which may not. It is expected that the Pelosi rule will seek to deny the House any vote on the D.C. gun ban and thereby strip the repeal of the ban from the House bill!”
Larry is making an appeal to concerned citizens to contact their congressman and demand that he oppose any rule that strips the D.C. gun ban repeal from the D.C. voting bill.
Pratt says there are two particularly problematic features to the bill:
1) Following the Supreme Court's decision in Heller declaring the law to be unconstitutional, D.C. made a few cosmetic changes which will, as a practical matter, allow it to continue to deny its citizens the right to keep and bear arms, and
2) The City Council passed a whole series of new anti-gun measures.
These include a requirement that most guns used for self-defense "micro-stamp" fired casings in two places with a "unique serial number."
Aside from being ineffectual with respect to stolen guns or crimes where the brass has not been left behind, this micro-stamping provision is intended to make guns so expensive that they may not be available anywhere
-- including in your state.
Listeners who want to take action in this matter may contact their elected representative in Washington at: 877-762-8762 or write a letter such as:
This week, when the House takes up the D.C. voting legislation, please
vote against any rule that strips the Senate's pro-gun language and/or imposes a "gag rule" on members of the House.
Just to remind you of how virulently anti-gun the D.C. gun law is: Following the Supreme Court's decision in Heller declaring the law to be unconstitutional, D.C. made a few cosmetic changes which will, as a practical matter, allow it to continue to deny its citizens the right to keep and bear arms.
But, in addition, the City Council passed a whole series of new anti-gun measures. These include a requirement that most guns used for self-defense "micro-stamp" fired casings in two places with a "unique serial number."
Aside from being ineffectual with respect to stolen guns or crimes where the brass has not been left behind, this micro-stamping provision is intended to make guns so expensive that they won't be available anywhere -- including my state.
I urge you, in the strongest terms, to oppose any rule that makes it impossible for you to vote on the D.C. gun ban repeal.
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.
Mr. 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 Pratt’s insightful columns have appeared in newspapers across the country.
He published a book, Armed People Victorious, in 1990 and was editor of a book, Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution & Militias, 1995. His latest book, On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty was published in 2001.
Pratt directs a number of other public interest organizations and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Pratt has held elective office in the state legislature of Virginia, serving in the House of Delegates.