The Nebraska Firearms Owners Association (NFOA), in conjunction with 39 other national, state, and local organization members of the National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban (Coalition), released an Open Letter to the U.S. Senate and the American people stating that their position remains unchanged: We will accept no new gun control legislation from Congress, we will deliver coordinated action to politically target any legislator who supports such gun control, and we will not compromise on this issue.
“Having backed off from attempting to ban semi-automatic rifles and standard capacity magazines, the last hope President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Reid, and Senator Feinstein have at imposing more gun control on law-abiding Americans is their so-called ‘Universal Background Check’ scheme,” NFOA President Wesley Dickinson stated. Carefully examining the language of the ‘background check’ bills considered by the Senate, despite disingenuously benign claims, reveals that politicians aim to make it a 5-year felony to:
- Leave town for more than 7 days, and leave your wife, partner, or roommate at home with your guns;
- Lend a gun to a friend to take shooting or to go hunting;
- Loan a gun to your mother if she lives at a different residence;
- Hand a gun to someone at a gun club which is not a shooting range;
- Teach someone to shoot on your own land, if you hand them the gun; or
- Fail to report a gun as lost or stolen within 24 hours, even if you are on a hunting trip deep in the woods and are unable to do so.
As President Lyndon Johnson said, “You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.” We look at all firearms-related legislation from this perspective, and nothing currently being proposed or discussed overcomes our concerns for the potential harm from improper administration.
Coalition will track votes & expects support for a filibuster
The Coalition will consider any vote for a “motion to proceed” to be a vote against the Second Amendment, and fully expects any freedom-loving member of the Senate to support a filibuster by Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee or others.
Politicians have a habit of forgetting that they are not masters of the American people, but rather their servants. In 2014, millions of Second Amendment voters will endeavor to deliver that message to any Congressional representative who supports gun control.
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