President Obama - Second Amendment Issues
10/17/12 Obama suggests he would seek to revive ban on assault weapons. (Reuters) - Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney engaged in a rare tussle over gun control on Tuesday, and Obama opened the door to pushing for a ban on assault weapons if he wins a second term.
During their second election debate, both men largely danced around a gun-control question, a reflection of how they are wary of offending voters who support gun rights.
However, Obama did say that he would back an assault-weapons ban like the one President Bill Clinton signed in 1994. That law expired in 2004 without being renewed by Congress.
Romney signed such a ban (not true - GOAL) as governor of Massachusetts, but he has indicated that he would not support banning assault weapons as president. He did not say why his stance is different now, but in winning the Republican nomination he courted conservative voters who generally oppose gun restrictions, and he was endorsed by the influential National Rifle Association.
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"Fast & Furious - BATFE - Obama Administration Scandal
10/1/12 WH Aide Involved in Fast and Furious Was 'Suddenly' Transferred to Iraq; Issa Threatens Subpoena. Kevin O’Reilly, a member of the White House National Security Staff who regularly communicated about Operation Fast and Furious with the Arizona-based ATF agent responsible for running the operation that allowed guns to flow to Mexican drug cartels, was suddenly transferred out of the White House and into Iraq in July 2011.
The transfer took place shortly after the ATF agent had testified in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the White House had provided the committee with a series of emails that O’Reilly and the agent had exchanged while Fast and Furious was underway.
7/26/12 Federal Ammunition Sales Regulation: A Proven Failure. Recent calls for federal regulations and restrictions on ammunition sales ignore the failure of such laws in the past. They also ignore the impracticality of imposing and enforcing similar controls in today's huge ammunition market. The National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates that 10-12 billion rounds of ammunition are produced domestically each year, while billions more are imported.
The Gun Control Act of 1968 required federal licensing for all ammunition dealers, and required that a record be kept on all handgun ammunition sales by retailers—including the popular .22 rimfire cartridges. The requirements proved to be such a heavy burden on retailers that in 1982, Congress removed .22 caliber rimfire ammunition from the record-keeping requirement.
4/19/12 House Passes ‘Sportsmen’s Heritage Act’ The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, hailed today’s passage of the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act of 2012 (H.R. 4089). The bill passed the House with a 274-146 vote.
Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), the bill combines four legislative priorities that will expand recreational hunting, shooting and fishing opportunities and also reaffirms existing law and heads off determined bureaucratic efforts to deny hunters and shooters from using traditional ammunition. This important legislation is supported by more than 35 national conservation and sportsmen’s groups.
“NSSF thanks Rep. Miller for his exceptional leadership in helping to expand access and opportunities for sportsmen and in protecting and preserving America’s hunting and shooting heritage,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “We look forward to seeking passage of the bill in the Senate.”
|4/19/12 Firearms Industry Helps Lead Economic Recovery; New Study Shows Growth in Jobs, Taxes Paid and Sales. Earlier today, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, released a newly commissioned report detailing double-digit gains in jobs and other data showing the industry has been a leader in the nation’s economic recovery. The report can be viewed at http://nssf.org/impact. Firearms industry members were briefed on such remarkable statistics as the 30.6 percent increase in jobs between 2008 and 2011, a 66.5 percent increase in economic impact and a 66.5 percent increase in federal taxes paid by industry companies. Armed with the good news of the report and recognizing that jobs and the economy are of major importance in the November elections, industry executives are scheduled to meet today with elected officials during the NSSF-sponsored Congressional Fly-In.
- 1/13/12 Gun Control Activists Fire Squib Loads On Monday, Josh Horwitz of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence—previously known as the National Coalition to Ban Handguns— penned an item for the very left-leaning Huffington Post website, deriding media reporters for writing articles that say gun sales are booming.
- Three More Wins for Gun Owners H.R. 2055—the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012—has been passed by the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and has been sent to the President for his expected signature.
- NRA to Fight Proposed Obama Administration Ban on Recreational Shooting on Public Lands. Fairfax, VA -- The National Rifle Association (NRA) will fight the proposal by the Obama administration and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to drastically restrict recreational shooting opportunities on public lands.
- U.S. allows import of 86,000 M1 rifles from Korea. Washington has agreed to allow the importation of M1 Garand rifles from Seoul
- A Tough Year for Gun Control’s Brady Campaign. Nevertheless, last June, Brady Vice President Dennis Henigan misrepresented ATF data by declaring that 70% of all Mexican cartel guns came from U.S. gun stores. He did not mention that that most came from ATF, FBI, and DEA smuggling
- Twelve Big Wins for Gun Owners. The final conference report on the combined Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture, Commerce/Justice/Science (CJS) and Transportation/Housing/Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bills—also known as the “Mini-Bus,” was passed by both the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, and has been signed into law.
- Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Schumer Registration and Rights Denial Bill. On Tuesday November 16, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism held a hearing on Sen. Charles Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) S. 436.
- NRA Files Protest Letter in Opposition of BLM's Resource Management Plan for Recreational Shooting Ban. The National Rifle Association has filed a letter protesting the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) final resource management plan
- Scott Brown Does Not Support 2A Rights Will Vote Against H.R. 822. Call his office today, (202) 224-4543 Ask for the support he promised when we helped him attain his office.
- Congress Moves Closer to Restoring a Key Second Amendment Freedom. As of today, 49 states have laws in place that permit their citizens to carry a concealed firearm
- Record-Low 26% in U.S. Favor Handgun Ban. A record-low 26% of Americans favor a legal ban on the possession of handguns in the United States other than by police and other authorized people.
- US defends gun sale reporting requirement in court Gun store owners in southwestern border states argued in federal court Tuesday that the Obama administration cannot require them to report when customers buy multiple high-powered rifles.
- Editorial: Liberal Courts Still Gunning Against Second Amendment Rights. Does the Second Amendment right to bear arms for self-defense extend outside the doorway of our homes? Well, no — at least not according to rulings of judges in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Virginia.
- New rules on firearms leaving the EU. The new EU regulation will give effect to the United Nations Firearms Protocol (UNFP) which aims to combat the illicit manufacture and trafficking of firearms
- Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act Introduced. The bill allows for the interstate sale of firearms and removes several antiquated and unnecessary restrictions imposed on interstate firearms transactions.
- Burr, Webb Introduce Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act. U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jim Webb (D-VA), along with 10 other cosponsors, introduced legislation that would end the arbitrary process through which the government strips veterans and other Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiaries of their Second Amendment rights.
- Washington Times: Emily gets her gun. I want a gun. I don't feel safe living in Washington, D.C. and want to protect myself. I'm starting today by going down to City Hall to find the gun permit office to tell them, "I want a gun." This series will follow me as I navigate the city bureaucracy and outdated rules in order to legally buy a firearm.
- Media Silence Is Deafening About Important Gun News. More guns = less crime!
- State lawmakers push to allow guns on college campuses. State lawmakers across the USA are pushing a growing number of bills this year that would legalize carrying guns on college campuses, according to groups tracking the trend.
- Senators Webb, Boozman Introduce Bill to Provide Consistent Gun Rules for Federal Lands. “Gun owners need to know that they can exercise their Second Amendment rights when they are legally camping, hiking or fishing in our nation’s parks and recreational lands,”
- House Considers Whether Gun Permits Can Cross State Lines. Congressional lawmakers yesterday heard testimony on a federal bill that would give Americans who hold permits to carry firearms in their home states the right to carry their weapons across state lines.
- New Hampshire House Override’s Veto on Self-Defense Bill. SB 88 is now law and will go into effect in sixty days.
- Firearms Industry Files Motion in Suit Against ATF. The NSSF lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Aug. 3. 2011, alleges that ATF exceeded its legal authority under the Gun Control Act
- Congressmen object to new gun requirements, show support for NRA lawsuits. Federal lawmakers are backing lawsuits against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
- Pro-Gun Group’s Call to Sell Seized Weapons Advances to States. In the coming months, state legislators are likely to find a bill crossing their desks that requires law enforcement agencies to auction guns confiscated in crimes rather than destroy them
- Hatch, Senators raise concerns over UN Treaty impact on second amendment. U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) joined his colleague Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and 43 other Senators in expressing grave concern about the dangers posed to Second Amendment rights by the United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty.
- D.C. police department sets up gun dealer in its headquarters. The District of Columbia has cleared the way for its lone licensed gun dealer to set up shop in police headquarters
- NRA "Beats Back" Gun Control Measures. Bracing for a wave of expected gun control measures, the National Rifle Association and supporters in Congress pushed back hard this month
- Democrats to Introduce Gun Control Legislation Tomorrow. democrats want to punish law abiding Americans and impede on Second Amendment rights with new legislation "to prevent gun trafficking to Mexico," however, aren't willing to focus on the ATF and DOJ's role in deliberately putting high powered firearms into the hands of criminals including Mexican drug cartels?
- NRA Delivers Remarks at United Nations Concerning Proposed Arms Trade Treaty. "The cornerstone of our freedom is the Second Amendment. Neither the United Nations, nor any other foreign influence, has the authority to meddle with the freedoms guaranteed by our Bill of Rights, endowed by our Creator, and due to all humankind."
- Warning! Anti-Gun Survey of Firearms Dealers Under Way. If you are a federally licensed dealer in firearms, you may recently have received a survey questionnaire from gun control supporter Dr. Garen Wintemute
- Gun Ownership Skyrockets, While Violent Crime Drops…Again This week, the FBI estimated that the number of violent crimes decreased 5.5 percent from 2009 to 2010, including a 4.4 percent decrease in the number of murders.
- Federal Legislation Round-up. Both houses of Congress have adjourned for their “Summer District Work Period,” and there are two issues pending in Congress that require your immediate action to lobby your Senators and Congressman while back in their homestate for the next month. .
- Microstamping measure passes N.Y. Assembly The bill, though, is a long shot in the GOP-controlled Senate.
- Harold L. Volkmer, former Missouri congressman, dies. Rep. Volkmer was a stalwart advocate for Second Amendment protections and received strong support from the National Rifle Association, on whose board he sat after leaving office.
- CT; Bill Banning Large-Capacity Ammo Magazines Draws Heat At Hearing. "This bill is nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction to a terrible incident in Tucson, Ariz.''
- Permitless Carry Bill Moves to the New Hampshire Senate. HB 330 would permit any person who can legally carry a firearm to possess a firearm openly or concealed without obtaining a license to carry a concealed firearm in New Hampshire.
- Safer Streets 2011: There's No Such Thing as Common Sense Reform of Gun Laws. "Gun control has never worked for safer streets; it short-circuits safe streets by creating a void in a community's ability to meet and manage violence in the absence of police."
- Rhode Island: Legislation to Change LCCW Fees Still Being Studied in House Finance Committee. HB 5010 would increase the LCCW permit fee from $40 to $100. This excessive and unreasonable fee increase becomes a tax on the exercise of a constitutional right,
- N.H. Use of deadly force debated. CONCORD – People should be able to stand their ground when threatened and legally use deadly force, advocates for changing the state's self-defense statutes say.
- Gun Rights Group Outbids Austin Guns4Groceries. We don't appreciate these gun grabbing efforts. Firearms in the hands of law abiding citizens makes communities safer. We think that the economically disadvantaged [are] the most susceptible to crime. Those are the people that should arm themselves.
- National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill Introduced In U.S. House. The measure would allow any person with a valid state-issued concealed carry permit to carry a concealed firearm in any state that issues concealed firearm permits, or that does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms.
- NRA endorses Tester’s bill aimed at allowing antique gun re-importation, sales Senator’s legislation would allow American-made firearms abroad to be re-sold to U.S. collectors
- California Environmental Group to try "End Around" in order to ban lead ammo. Here we go again!
- More lies. Feinstein uses Mexican violence as a reason to disarm Americans, asks Obama to revisit the GCA of 1968 and block imported "assault weapons"
- NRA to Congress: Don't mess with Gun Laws. The NRA has begun to push back at congressional proposals to further tighten gun laws
- Cheney opens door to tighter gun restrictions. The bill would limit the number of "clips" sold in the U.S. to 10 rounds maximum.
- Some DC Lawmakers are now carrying concealed. While some lawmakers are responding to the mass shooting in Arizona by introducing legislation to increase gun control or asking for additional security, others say they're going to start exercising their Second Amendment rights and carry weapons.
- 16 Year Old "Model Student" may face expulsion for leaving a properly secured hunting rifle in trunk of car at school.
- "Assault Weapons" and the Truth The Obama adminsitration has hired an anti-gun zealot as the U.S.'s top gun cop
- NSSF Celebrates 50 Years of service to the firearms industry. Congratulations from GOAL!
- The Second Amendment's Great Election Night. The Second Amendment had a great night on Tuesday. Across the nation, the right to arms is stronger than ever, and the stage has been set for constructive reforms in 2011.
- Teen sets four NRA records for shooting. Amy Rooney, 14, recently set four national shooting records verified by the National Rifle Association at The Academy Firing Range.
- Police Charge 5 Legal Open Carry Citizens in WI - Victims need your support! This, unfortunately, did not prevent the Madison police department from overreacting by sending eight officers to Culvers to harass the law abiding citizens. Realizing their mistake, Madison dismissed the two original charges filed, and instead charged all five citizens with bogus charges of disorderly conduct designed to intimidate the citizens.
- "Nice try but No Cigar" for Brady Campaign's Paul Helmke There are more Americans owning more guns than ever before and, as we both agree, violent crime is way, way, down.
- Senate Judiciary Committee to hold hearing on S.941 (BATFE reform) Please be sure to contact your U.S. Senators and Representative, and ask them to cosponsor and support S. 941 and H.R. 2296!
- NRA defeats petition to ban lead ammunition. “It’s outrageous that this petition even went this far,” said Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director. “We applaud the EPA for its understanding of the law and its common sense in this situation -- both of which were totally missing in the petition filed by these extreme anti-gun and anti-hunting groups.”
- Hudak for Congress Campaign receives endorsement from GOAL. “I am honored and humbled that these proud defenders of liberty have given me this very strong endorsement,” said Bill Hudak. “We must all be vigilant and steadfastly protective of our Constitutional rights as American citizens, and the 2nd Amendment is one that is constantly under fire from those who wish to deny the basic right of gun ownership.
- Firearms Industry responds to anti-hunting attack on traditional ammunition The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, has announced its opposition to a petition filed today with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking to ban the use of traditional ammunition, containing lead-core components, by America’s sportsmen and women.
- Chicago's Otis McDonald critical of $100 dollar fee for license. "I can't see to save my life why our government would infringe this on law-abiding taxpaying citizens," he said. "This is an inherent right. It was not given based on how much money we've got or what we can afford financially."
- Dem's "Lock N Load" to gain votes from "gun rights" groups With the mid-terms looming large in a year where incumbents are expected to take a beating at the polls many Democratic candidates are favoring gun rights, aiming to win endorsements or positive ratings from pro-2nd amendment groups.
- U.N. - N.R.A. Meeting about our Rights starting June 14th in NYC. Two major meetings, possibly affecting American gun owners’ rights, will occur at the United Nations (UN) in New York over the next several weeks.
- Newest FBI data shows: More guns = less crime. The statistics indicate that between 2008 and 2009, as gun sales soared, the number of murders in our country decreased 7.2 percent.
- Civil rights and double standards: Gun owners are forced to "show papers," but media say illegal aliens shouldn't have to
- SAF Accuses Brady Campaign of racism. "The Brady Campaign and their soul mates at the Violence Policy Center have consistently avoided discussing the racist underpinnings of gun control because they know it is a political minefield"
- CSU lifts gun ban. Colorado State University-Pueblo's recently approved weapons policy, which banned concealed weapons, was shelved Wednesday by the system's Board of Governors.
- Firearms deaths fall as millions obtain permits to carry concealed guns. “Firearms in the hands of law abiding citizens prevent 1 million robberies, murders and rapes every year”
- Three accurate stories about Modern Sporting Rifles (AR's) "It's one of the fastest growing segments in the market and if you've ever shot one you understand why," Fink said. "They're just a lot of fun to shoot. They're light on recoil and they're surprisingly accurate."
- Interpol wants your guns, the IRS wants to know about them, bullets that expire, and other internet rumors debunked. Over the past year, we have reported several times on the abundance of rumors being circulated regarding firearm issues. Among other things, we've heard phony tales circulating about such things as guns being banned for the elderly, ammunition with expiration dates, a requirement that guns be listed on tax returns, and a prohibition on gun and ammunition imports.
- Fort Hood tightens restrictions on guns--what would stop "the next Hassan"?
- N.H. Bans Guns from State House Democrats in the House and Senate voted yesterday to bar firearms and other deadly or dangerous weapons from the State House and two other buildings.
- SAF:Murder down, gun sales up: Proof that guns don't cause crime. A ten percent drop in murders during the first six months of this year at a time when gun sales were up dramatically is more proof that there is no correlation between gun ownership and violent crime, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.
- Cop killer proves the complete failure of Gun Control and the Criminal Justice System
- Montana to Feds. We don't want your gun control!
- Democratic candidates vulnerable at mid-term elections?
- The Dept. Of Homeland Security Wants All Gun Shows Registered
- Clearing up the rumors: The truth about "The Gun Tax Bill" Over the past few months, GOAL has received hundreds of e-mails warning us about "SB-2099," a bill that would supposedly require you to report all your guns on your income tax return every April 15.