Posted: 4/18/2006 11:17:47 AM EDT
NFAOA supports H.R. 2088, which is proposed legislation to allow veterans and their heirs to register historic firearms obtained while the United States was at war or during foreign conflicts (click here to read H.R. 2088). NFAOA also supports a Congressional request for the Department of Justice Inspector General to investigate ATF's administration of the World War II War Trophy program, as well as the 1950s era DEWAT program, and its impact on veterans and their heirs (click here to read the letter).
You can help get H.R. 2088 passed, and establish Congressional findings relevant to H.R. 2088 as a result of an investigation by the Department of Justice Inspector General. You can help make both these things happen, if you will only take the time to do so. Instead of posting something on an Internet board, use that energy to express concerns to your Congressional representatives. Please take a moment to contact your Representative and Senators, and ask them to support H.R. 2088 and the requested investigation of ATF's administration of the War Trophy and DEWAT programs. Go to www.thomas.gov to find out how to contact your Congressional representatives, then call them and introduce yourself and ask to speak to the staff person in charge of ATF matters. When you talk with that staff person, let him or her know you are FAXing a letter, following it up with a hard copy via U.S. mail, and that you'll call again in a few days to make sure the FAXed letter was received.
It would be easy for NFAOA to post a model letter, but experience has shown that Congressional offices are quick to sense a "form" letter which makes your expression of concern less believable. Please take the time to write a letter in your own words, saying exactly what you mean to say, even if you have to write it out by hand. Then do it.
For those of you who are new to the NFAOA web site, please take a moment to look around. There is a "Forum" section where immediate concerns can be posted, with a feedback mechanism. There is also a "Resources" section that contains PDF files of hard-to-locate public documents (such as court cases and letters by public officials) and Government documents (Congressional testimonies and statements, historic hearing records, Public Laws and published Regulations involving the NFA, and so forth).
Please take the time to inform yourself about the issues, participate in the political process, and make a difference at a time when the NFA and NFRTR has a good chance of being sensibly reformed. Don't sit back and assume that others can do this without your help; the more help you give, the stronger the case for reform can made, and the faster H.R. 2088 will be reported out of committee for a vote.