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Calls Needed to Sink Another Anti-gun Schumer Amendment
Gun Owners of America E-Mail/FAX Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
(Thursday, September 6, 2001) -- They're baaack!
Yes, the Congress is back, and our liberties are under fire once
You will remember that in July, Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) offered an
amendment to force the FBI to keep gun buyers names for at least 90
days. After you guys contacted your Representatives, the Moran
amendment failed miserably by a vote of 268-161.
Now, Mr. Anti-Freedom himself -- Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of
New York -- wants to require the FBI to register gun buyers.
Attorney General John Ashcroft recently reduced the registration
period to 24 hours, but Schumer & Co. want to ratchet that time
period back up to at least 90 days. Sen. Schumer is reportedly
looking to offer his amendment to the Senate's
Commerce-Justice-State budget bill (S. 1215).
Gun owners should ask their Senators to vote AGAINST the Schumer
amendment. Obviously, the best answer would be for Congress to
repeal the unconstitutional Brady registration law. Short of that,
Congress should enact the original Smith amendment which passed the
Senate by a 69-31 vote in 1998.
The Smith language calls for the "immediate destruction" of ANY and
ALL information that might help identify lawful gun buyers.
Moreover, the bill specifically authorizes private individuals to
sue the FBI for registering gun owners and specifically offers to
compensate them for legal fees when they sue the FBI.
ACTION: While the Senate could vote as early as today on this
amendment, it probably will not get to it until at least next
Tuesday. Please use the prewritten text below to help direct your
comments to your Senators. You can call your Senators at
202-224-3121. To identify your Senators, as well as to send a
message via e-mail, see the Legislative Action Center at
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm on the GOA website.