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Important Gun Vote In The Senate

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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Gun Owners of America

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

An amendment to repeal the onerous gun ban in the District of Columbia
may come to the floor of the Senate as early as tomorrow, Wednesday,
February 25.

Senator John Ensign (R-NV) plans to file the amendment to the so-called
D.C. Voting Rights Act.

After the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Heller striking down
Washington's gun ban as unconstitutional, the city council passed a gun
control law that was almost as restrictive as the old one.

To simply possess a firearm in the nation's Capitol City, a resident
must:

* Take a five hour training course
* Re-register any firearms every three years
* Undergo an invasive background check every six years
* Pass a 20 question multiple choice test designed by bureaucrats based
on the city's convoluted law
* Pay a registration fee
* Have all handguns undergo a ballistics test

In addition to protecting Second Amendment rights in the District of
Columbia, a vote on the Ensign amendment is an important test for your
two Senators. Many of the provisions in the existing D.C. gun law are
also on the wish list of the anti-gunners.

A vote on repealing the D.C. gun ban will be a good indication of how
the Senate will vote on other gun-related issues.

Ensign's measure will be offered as an amendment to S. 160, the D.C.
Voting Rights Act. The bill is designed to give Washington, D.C., full
voting privileges in the House of Representatives, as well as increasing
the total number of representatives from 435 to 437.

While there are many constitutional concerns with the underlying
measure, the gun ban repeal simply comes down to a vote for or against
the Second Amendment.

It is vital that you contact your Senators in support of the Ensign
amendment because GOA is the only group that has announced it will score
this vote.

ACTION: Please contact your two U.S. Senators and urge them to support
the Ensign amendment to repeal the D.C. gun ban. Ask them to encourage
Senate leadership to make it a priority for consideration on S. 160. You
can go to the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
http://gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators the pre-written
e-mail message below.


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

Dear Senator:

Senator John Ensign has an amendment to repeal the onerous D.C. gun ban.

After the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Heller striking down
Washington's gun ban as unconstitutional, the city council passed a gun
control law that was almost as restrictive as the old one.

To simply possess a firearm in the nation's Capitol City, a resident
must:

* Take a five hour training course
* Re-register any firearms every three years
* Undergo an invasive background check every six years
* Pass a 20 question multiple choice test designed by bureaucrats based
on the city's convoluted law
* Pay a registration fee
* Have all handguns undergo a ballistics test

Please vote FOR the Ensign amendment and ask Senate leadership to make
this a priority consideration on S. 160. Gun Owners of America will
score this vote and will also let me know how you voted.

Sincerely,


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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 come a Life Member. And if you aren't a GOA
member at all, isn't it time you became one?

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