Month: July 2011

From CBS News comes the latest on the Gunwalker cover-up…

In advance of a hearing later today, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released a report containing new testimony and allegations in the ATF gunwalker case. According to the report, Carlos Canino, Acting ATF Attache in Mexico, calls the strategy his agency employed: “The perfect storm of idiocy.” “We armed the [Sinaloa] cartel,” Canino told investigators. “It is disgusting.”

More at CBS News




NRA Delivers Remarks at United Nations Concerning Proposed Arms Trade Treaty

Thursday, July 14, 2011

National Rifle Association’s Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre addressed the United Nations this afternoon. He told the U.N. to not interfere with the Second Amendment freedoms of Americans and pledged to continue the fight to preserve civilian ownership of firearms in the U.S. He said the NRA will oppose any U.N. provision that seeks to prohibit or regulate U.S. civilian firearm ownership.  LaPierre said in his remarks, “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.”





United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

Preparatory Committee – 3d Session

New York, July 11-15, 2011



Statement of the National Rifle Association of America

Mr. Chairman, thank you for this brief opportunity to address the committee. I am Wayne

LaPierre and for 20 years now, I have served as Executive Vice President of the National Rifle

Association of America.


The NRA was founded in 1871, and ever since has staunchly defended the rights of its 4 million

members, America’s 80 million law-abiding gun owners, and freedom-loving Americans

throughout our country. In 1996, the NRA was recognized as an NGO of the United Nations

and, ever since then, has defended the constitutional freedom of Americans in this arena. The

NRA is the largest and most active firearms rights organization in the world and, although some

members of this committee may not like what I have to say, I am proud to defend the tens of

millions of lawful people NRA represents.


This present effort for an Arms Trade Treaty, or ATT, is now in its fifth year. We have closely

monitored this process with increasing concern. We’ve reviewed the statements of the countries

participating in these meetings. We’ve listened to other NGOs and read their numerous

proposals and reports, as well as carefully examined the papers you have produced.

We’ve watched, and read … listened and monitored. Now, we must speak out.


The Right to Keep and Bear Arms in defense of self, family and country is ultimately selfevident

and is part of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution. Reduced to its core, it

is about fundamental individual freedom, human worth, and self-destiny.


We reject the notion that American gun owners must accept any lesser amount of freedom in

order to be accepted among the international community. Our Founding Fathers long ago

rejected that notion and forged our great nation on the principle of freedom for the individual

citizen – not for the government.


Mr. Chairman, those working on this treaty have asked us to trust them … but they’ve proven to

be unworthy of that trust.


We are told “Trust us; an ATT will not ban possession of any civilian firearms.” Yet, the

proposals and statements presented to date have argued exactly the opposite, and – perhaps most

importantly – proposals to ban civilian firearms ownership have not been rejected.


We are told “Trust us; an ATT will not interfere with state domestic regulation of firearms.”

Yet, there are constant calls for exactly such measures.


We are told “Trust us; an ATT will only affect the illegal trade in firearms.” But then we’re told

that in order to control the illegal trade, all states must control the legal firearms trade.


We are told, “Trust us; an ATT will not require registration of civilian firearms.” Yet, there are

numerous calls for record-keeping, and firearms tracking from production to eventual

destruction. That’s nothing more than gun registration by a different name.


We are told, “Trust us; an ATT will not create a new international bureaucracy.” Well, that’s

exactly what is now being proposed — with a tongue-in-cheek assurance that it will just be a

SMALL bureaucracy.


We are told, “Trust us; an ATT will not interfere with the lawful international commerce in

civilian firearms.” But a manufacturer of civilian shotguns would have to comply with the same

regulatory process as a manufacturer of military attack helicopters.


We are told, “Trust us; an ATT will not interfere with a hunter or sport shooter travelling

internationally with firearms.” However, he would have to get a so-called “transit permit”

merely to change airports for a connecting flight.


Mr. Chairman, our list of objections extends far beyond the proposals I just mentioned.

Unfortunately, my limited time today prevents me from providing greater detail on each of our

objections. I can assure you, however, that each is based on American law, as well as the

fundamental rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.


It is regrettable that proposals affecting civilian firearms ownership are woven throughout the

proposed ATT. That being the case, however, there is only one solution to this problem: the

complete removal of civilian firearms from the scope of any ATT. I will repeat that point as it is

critical and not subject to negotiation – civilian firearms must not be part of any ATT. On this

there can be no compromise, as American gun owners will never surrender their Second

Amendment freedom.


It is also regrettable to find such intense focus on record-keeping, oversight, inspections,

supervision, tracking, tracing, surveillance, marking, documentation, verification, paper trails

and data banks, new global agencies and data centers. Nowhere do we find a thought about

respecting anyone’s right of self-defense, privacy, property, due process, or observing personal

freedoms of any kind.


Mr. Chairman, I’d be remiss i f I didn’t also discuss the politics of an ATT. For the United States

to be a party to an ATT, it must be ratified by a two-thirds vote of the U.S. Senate. Some do not

realize that under the U.S. Constitution, the ultimate treaty power is not the President’s power to

negotiate and sign treaties; it is the Senate’s power to approve them.


To that end, it’s important for the Preparatory Committee to understand that the proposed ATT is

already strongly opposed in the Senate – the very body that must approve it by a two-thirds

majority. There is a letter addressed to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton that is

currently being circulated for the signatures of Senators who oppose the ATT. Once complete,

this letter will demonstrate that the proposed ATT will not pass the U.S. Senate.


So there is extremely strong resistance to the ATT in the United States, even before the treaty is

tabled. We are not aware of any precedent for this – rejecting a proposed treaty before it’s even

submitted for consideration – but it speaks to the level of opposition. The proposed ATT has

become more than just controversial, as the Internet is awash with articles and messages calling

for its rejection. And those messages are all based on the same objection – infringement on the

constitutional freedom of American gun owners.


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.


Therefore, the NRA will fight with all of its strength to oppose any ATT that includes civilian

firearms within its scope.


Thank you.



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AB 809, the California long gun registration bill, is scheduled to be heard this Monday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. If your State Senator is on that committee, then you’ve probably already received a call from the NRA-ILA urging you to contact your Senator. Please do so! This is the age of cell phones and free long distance calling, so have at it!


Long Gun Registration Bill to be Heard this Monday in Sacramento

Friday, July 08, 2011

Contact members of the Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY to OPPOSE AB 809!

The state Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to hear Assembly Bill 809, long gun registration, this Monday, July 11.

AB 809, introduced for the second consecutive year by F-rated Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-42), would expand California’s registration scheme to include long guns.

AB 809 has already passed in the state Assembly by a 47 to 29 vote and it is critical that you call AND e-mail members of the state Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY to OPPOSE AB 809.  This bill must be stopped.  Contact information for this Committee can be found here.

This dangerous bill is a direct assault on gun rights because the only real value of registration is to help governments confiscate firearms in the future.  On top of the violation of Second Amendment rights, expanding the registry to include rifles and shotguns would be a huge waste of taxpayer money at a time when California is drowning in debt.  The cost estimate being used by the anti-gunners is $400,000, a number that is almost certainly far less than it will actually cost to implement and enforce this registry, if enacted.

Apparently, anti-gun legislators in Sacramento don’t know how to learn from failures elsewhere.  In 1995, Canada tried to implement a long gun registration system.  In 2006 and billions of dollars later, many in Parliament are fighting to repeal the failed long gun registry.  The Canadian government discovered by trial and error what gun owners already knew: gun registration is of no real value to law enforcement; does not cause criminals to register their guns or reduce their access to guns; is next to impossible to implement; and is extremely costly.  Canada has spent billions trying to implement and enforce their gun registry – far more than proponents claimed it would cost.  Since California has three million more people than Canada, logic tells you that a long gun registry will cost California taxpayers far more than the estimates – certainly more than hundreds of thousands, and perhaps, as the Canadians found out the hard way, billions.

It is critical that you call AND e-mail members of the state Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY to OPPOSE AB 809.  

This bill is simply a means for anti-gun activists to register more of your guns to be in a position to enforce another state gun ban in the future!

Please forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners across California asking them to also call and e-mail members of the Senate Appropriations Committee to OPPOSE AB 809.

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NRA Members’ Council Program Administrator H. Paul Payne announced this week that two new NRA Members’ Councils have been formed in California. These new councils are located in the Antelope Valley and in the Tri-Valley area. The Antelope Valley MC will serve the communities in and around Lancaster, Palmdale, Rosamond, and Quartz Hill. The Tri-Valley MC will serve the area near the junction of the 580 & 680 freeways; including Livermore, San Ramon, Danville, and the surrounding communities.

More information on these MCs, such as meeting schedules and contact information, will be posted shortly on the main CA Members’ Councils website.

General News

NRA California State Liaison Ed Worley was on Cam and Company this week. The Legislature is scheduled to go on their summer break on July 15, so they’re in a rush to pass some stupid, anti-gun bills…


Anti-gun Legislation Pro-gun State

Acting ATF Director Ken Melson broke with the Administration and testified About Gun Walker On Independence Day. He appeared before Congressional investigators without the benefit of DOJ minders. Sen. Chuck Grassley and Congressman Darrell Issa reportedly told Attorney General Eric Holder “Acting Director Melson’s cooperation was extremely helpful to our investigation.”


So how did you mark Independence Day? BBQ and beer? Fireworks? A day at the beach? Anti-gun Democrats in Sacramento have their own “unique” celebration planned for this week.


California Legislature Hearing More Anti-Gun Bills Before Its Summer Recess

Monday, July 04, 2011

Contact members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee TODAY!


The California Legislature is trying to get as many anti-gun bills passed before its summer recess starts on July 15. Two more anti-gun bills have been scheduled for a hearing this Wednesday, July 6. We need all NRA members, gun owners and sportsmen across California to call AND e-mail members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 427 (local licensing of handgun ammunition sellers and ammunition ban) and Senate Bill 819 (reallocation of Dealer Record of Sales (DROS) funds).

Anti-gun extremist Senator Kevin De León has another anti-gun bill, SB 427, which attacks retailers that sell ammunition and purchasers who order ammunition online or via mail order catalogues.

SB 427 grants authority to law enforcement to collect ammo sales records from ammunition retailers, while requiring ammunition vendors to notify local law enforcement of their intention to engage in the business of selling ammunition. However, this was just the start of De León’s intentions with SB 427. After it passed in the state Senate by a 22 to 14 vote, it was amended in the Assembly to include a list of “calibers” which would have to be registered, including ammunition popular among hunters and collectors that has no association with crime. By amending SB 427 to require registration of ammunition sales, De León avoided scrutiny by the Senate Appropriations Committee. To be sure, SB 427 will result in significant costs to the state, both in terms of enforcement costs and lost sale tax revenue by driving business out-of-state.

Another bill that will ultimately add more red ink to California’s budget and has already passed in the state Senate by a 22 to 16 vote is SB 819. Introduced by F-rated state Senator Mark Leno, SB 891 would allow Dealer Record of Sales (DROS) funds to go to the Department of Justice (DOJ) to help pay for the enforcement of California firearm possession laws in the Armed & Prohibited Persons Systems (APPS) program. The DROS fund monies were originally collected from every firearm purchaser to pay for the administrative process for background checks.

The Legislature has raided this fund before to help the Department of Justice pay its bills and now they are at it again. This bill could cost the DROS fund everything and that amount is currently over three million dollars. According to a June 16 news release, Attorney General Kamala Harris states that the DROS fund monies will be used to pay for the APPS program, which will hire and train new agents.  To hire and train a new special agent for APPS, the cost is around $265,000 and another $207,000 per year.  As a result, the DROS fund will certainly run out of money. When it does, what will be their answer to this problem – another increase in the fees for background checks.

Please call AND e-mail members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee TODAY and urge them to OPPOSE SB 427 and SB 819. Let this committee know these bills will do nothing to stop crime and everything to do with imposing ridiculous and unnecessary restrictions on law-abiding Californians.  The members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee can be found here.

Please take a moment to forward this alert to your family, friends and fellow gun owners.  We need everyone in California to fight against passage of all anti-gun legislation.


Anti-gun extremists are working hard to eliminate gun ownership in California by any possible means. WE need to work harder to remind them that the Constitution still applies to California. Take action today and help save California from destroying what our Founding Fathers established over two centuries ago – FREEDOM.

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