ACTION ITEM - Federal land-grab could affect Virginia gun owners!

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    ACTION ITEM - Federal land-grab could affect Virginia gun owners!

    Gun Owners of America (GOA) has put out this alert that will affect
    lands in Virginia. Although the U.S. Department of the Interior now
    allow CHP holders in Virginia to carry in National Parks, they don't
    allow non-permit holders to do so. Like VCDL, GOA has an easy system
    for sending a message to your Congressman.

    Here is an action alert from GOA:

    Anti-gun Land Bill On The Move
    -- House Vote Expected This Week

    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

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    Lost in all the news of the massive bailout bill that just passed the
    Senate is another enormous bill, one that increases federal control of
    public and private land.

    Of particular concern to gun owners is that the bill, S. 22, will
    greatly expand the amount of land controlled by the National Park
    Service. NPS land is currently subject to a gun ban.

    While President Bush took steps in the waning days of his presidency to
    reverse the ban, the new regulations apply to persons who carry a
    concealed firearm with a permit. Non-permit holders and open carry are
    not explicitly addressed.

    Another eyebrow-raising aspect of this bill is that it is actually a
    compilation of over 150 separate pieces of legislation that never passed
    out of Congress on their own merits.

    Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) successfully held up over 100 of these bills,
    until anti-gun Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rolled all of the bills
    into one so-called Coburn Omnibus and forced it through the Senate in
    January on a vote of 73-21.

    As the House prepares to take up the bill, the Democrat leadership has
    taken procedural steps to ensure that the measure cannot be amended or
    altered in any way. That means that if it passes the House, it goes
    right to President Obama's desk, where it will be signed into law.

    Here are a few of the more troubling aspects of the bill:

    * It authorizes the federal government to buy private land adjacent to
    national parks and trails. Such land would be controlled by the NPS,
    and thus be subject to the gun ban.

    * The bill federalizes the Washington-Rochambeau Route, a 650 mile trail
    that stretches from Rhode Island to Virginia and includes sections of
    major thoroughfares such as Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 1, and passes
    through cities like Boston and Philadelphia. The entire trail would fall
    under the NPS and the gun ban.

    * The National Landscape Conservation System groups together millions of
    acres of federal land and places it under one new umbrella agency. The
    NLCS was created during the Clinton administration and run
    administratively since then. S. 22 will codify the system, which raises
    concerns for hunters and sportsmen. Much of this land is consolidated
    from the BLM and the Forest Service, which have always allowed hunting
    and recreational shooting. It is unclear what rules will be promulgated
    by the new agency and if gun owners' rights will be protected.

    * S. 22 strips out small concessions won by pro-gunners in the House
    last year that would allow state and local law to govern firearms
    possession and hunting on certain land.

    * S.22 allows for NO amendments. Pro-gun members who want to offer an
    amendment to fully repeal the NPS gun ban are prevented from doing so by
    the anti-gun leadership.

    The full House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the bill this
    Wednesday or Thursday.

    Unless the NPS gun ban is repealed and the rights of gun owners are
    protected, Gun Owners of America opposes the bill in its entirety.


    ACTION: Please urge your Representative to repeal the NPS gun ban in S.
    22, or to vote against the entire bill. You can go to the Gun Owners
    Legislative Action Center at

    take-action

    to send your Representative the pre-written e-mail message below.

    ----- Prewritten Letter -----

    Dear Representative:

    I urge you to oppose S. 22, a bill that will greatly expand the amount
    of land controlled by the National Park Service (NPS).

    NPS land is currently subject to a gun ban. While President Bush took
    steps in the waning days of his presidency to reverse the ban, the new
    regulations apply to persons who carry a concealed firearm with a
    permit. Non-permit holders and open carry are not explicitly addressed.
    Which is why S. 22 raises so many concerns:

    * It authorizes the federal government to buy private land adjacent to
    national parks and trails. Such land would be controlled by the NPS,
    and thus be subject to the gun ban.

    * The bill federalizes the Washington-Rochambeau Route, a 650 mile
    trail, and places it under the NPS gun ban.

    * S. 22 will codify the National Landscape Conservation System, which
    raises concerns for hunters and sportsmen. Much of this land is
    consolidated from the BLM and the Forest Service, which have always
    allowed hunting and recreational shooting. It is unclear what rules
    will be promulgated by the new agency and if gun owners' rights will be
    protected.

    * S. 22 also strips out small concessions which were won in the House
    last year that would allow state and local law to govern firearms
    possession and hunting on certain land. But the anti-gun House
    leadership is preventing any amendments to fully repeal the NPS gun ban.

    If these concerns are not corrected in S. 22, I would strongly urge you
    to vote against it.

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

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    Message sent to my representative

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    "None"? Say it ain't so, Dave! Say you're not in favor of this bill.
    Just kidding, I'm sure it was a typo!! =)

    Done, though I felt the need to add my typical State's Rights argument to the matter.
    "Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less."
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