Esquire Magazine: “I want to take your guns.”

Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Legislative | 0 comments

For those who believe we can feed AR-15 shooters to the hungry alligators, in hopes that they will eat shotgunners and hunters last, Esquire Magazine publishes a strong dose of reality:

I’m finished trying to reason with you. So now I, a guy who was ambivalent about guns just a few years ago, want to take your guns away. All of them. I want to take them all and melt them down and shape them into a giant sphere and then push it at you so you have to run away from it like Indiana Jones for the rest of your lives. I want Ted Nugent to roam the halls of his gunless house, sighing wearily until he dies. I want to end this thing once and for all, so that all of you who have prioritized the sale of guns over the lives of children have to sit quietly and think about what you’ve done. God help me, I want to take all of your guns out of your hands, by myself, right now.

This is a growing sentiment, and there’s no appeasing it. We hang together, or we hang separately.

Teaching Them Early

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Legislative | Comments Off on Teaching Them Early

Townships and other local municipalities in Pennsylvania are preempted from passing gun control legislation by state law. So you might wonder why we bother dealing with local municipalities when they start acting against our interests? They can pass ordinances, despite state law, but they cannot legally enforce them. For one, they do often try to enforce them, leaving the gun owner to fight a legal battle with the municipality in the Courts to get the case thrown out under preemption. Lawyers don’t come cheap, even if you ultimately win. Secondly, many local politicians have ambitions for higher office, and if we can squash an anti-gun political career early on, that’s someone we don’t have to worry about running for a higher office where they do have power to pass gun control. Even if you’ll never get an anti-gun politician to see the light, you might at least convince him or her that we’re better off not messed with.

It is with that in mind about a dozen FTRPA members showed up to this Tuesday’s meeting of the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors to send a simple message: we’re watching. It was rumored that the Board of Supervisors would possibly inject another gun control resolution into the agenda as new business, as they did after the Mandalay Bay shooting. The Board ended up not taking action, but Mr. Tosti, who seems to be the Supervisor most channeling Mike Bloomberg, couldn’t help injecting his gun control opinions at the end of the meeting. All in all, I think we sent our message. Previously the Board had considered a resolution lobbying our state lawmakers for gun control. You and I lobby our state legislators all the time with letters and phone calls. Mr. Tosti wanted to lobby them in the name of Middletown Township and use taxpayer money to do so.

I want to thank all the members who turned out. Unfortunately, opponents of the Second Amendment will never give us much of a break. But every little bit members can do can help.

Keith Milligan
Legislative Chair, FTRPA

Explaining The Gun Issue To Your Non-Gun Friends and Family

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Legislative | Comments Off on Explaining The Gun Issue To Your Non-Gun Friends and Family

What the gun control debate sounds like to shooters, in a context most other people can understand. If you don’t like the alcohol context, you can use dogs.

Say it’s become “known” that many drunk driving fatalities are caused by drunk drivers who drank whiskey.Temperance advocates would really prefer to ban all alcohol, and they’ve made serious moves toward those ends in the past. They frequently and not without merit point to all the social problems that alcohol abuse contributes to, especially when there’s high-profile fatalities. But they don’t really have the political power to enact sweeping restrictions.

Instead they latch onto the idea of banning any alcohol that is brown, because whiskey is brown, and at least it’s something. Additionally, it’s only a minority of drinkers that prefer whiskey. They get a bit lucky, and manage to enact their ban on brown spirits.

The distillers switch production to clear liquors, which still gets you just as sloshed as the brown stuff, and the ban accomplishes almost nothing except pissing off whiskey drinkers, the vast majority of whom aren’t problem drinkers and don’t drive intoxicated. The temperance people cry foul, scream “loophole,” and demand clear liquors be banned too, hoping that those absinthe drinkers over there won’t really care if the vodka drinkers get it. The temperance movement makes repeated public assurances that absinthe aficionados should fear not, since they have no intention of targeting green drink, and they’ve always assured beer drinkers they are fine with yellow drink, though in the past they tried to ban beer with more than 3% alcohol.

That’s essentially what this all looks like to those of us, using the analogy, who might be whiskey enthusiasts, but who aren’t alcoholics and don’t drive drunk. We tolerate a lot of social harm in this context because most people drink. There’s an understanding that prohibition wasn’t all that successful, and that it’s not right to punish people as a whole because some misuse it. Transfer that to the gun context, and suddenly prohibition is workable, and it’s fine to blame and punish millions of gun owners and shooters for the actions of people who misuse them.

Keith Milligan
Legislative Chair, FTRPA

Brian Fitzpatrick Votes Against Reciprocity

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Legislative | Comments Off on Brian Fitzpatrick Votes Against Reciprocity

Apparently our Republican Congressman here in Bucks County is just fine with honest gun owners getting arrested in New Jersey and New York. Needless to say, we are very disappointed in his vote on H.R. 38 and will be looking to see whether NRA backs a primary challenger next election.

Legislative Alert – H.R. 38 Up for House Vote

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Legislative | Comments Off on Legislative Alert – H.R. 38 Up for House Vote

It is very important we put pressure on Brian Fitzpatrick to vote “yes” on H.R. 38, the National Reciprocity bill, which would force any state which issues licenses to carry firearms to recognize the licenses of any other state. As the bill is currently worded it would remarkably allow a New Jersey resident with a permit from states like Florida, Utah, or New Hampshire to legally carry in New Jersey. This bill will be voted on by the full House on Wednesday. To reiterate what NRA is asking, “Please IMMEDIATELY contact Brian Fitzpatrick at (202) 225-4276 and via email, and urge him to vote for H.R. 38!”
You all might remember the Shaneen Allen case from a few years ago. What happened to her is unfortunately not an isolated incident. While there’s no doubt in my mind H.R. 38 will be litigated through the federal courts, since just after the Civil War the federal government has had a constitutionally authorized role to play in protecting the civil rights of Americans. If we prevail on this, and we should, people like Ms. Allen will have the law on their side, and no longer have to depend on the mercy of politicians to get justice. That will be a good thing for all of us.

Defeating Murphy in New Jersey

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Legislative | Comments Off on Defeating Murphy in New Jersey

By Scott L. Bach, of ANJRPC-PAC

If there’s one thing that defines New Jersey gun owners, it’s the courage and tenacity to repeatedly face the “David and Goliath” battles and win against impossible odds, when most everyone else would have given up.

The upcoming Governor’s race on November 7 will be the ultimate test of our mettle. Anti-gun Wall Street mega-millionaire Phil Murphy, an unknown who came out of left field, bullied and bought his way to the Democratic nomination. He cleared the field of serious, well-established candidates by creating the illusion that his anointing was inevitable. Democratic party leaders and candidates folded like a house of cards under that hallucination, abandoning years of planning and posturing, and handing Murphy the nomination without a real fight. The illusion became a self-fulfilling prophecy in the primary.

Now Murphy is trying to pull off that same magic trick in the general election – collapse his opposition with the mere illusion that his victory is inevitable and unstoppable. But his election is not inevitable, and he is not unstoppable. There are one million gun owners and sportsmen in New Jersey. If every one of us votes against Murphy, he loses. If every one of us also gets friends and family to vote against Murphy, he loses big.

The upcoming election will hinge on what we as a community do in the face of what looks like an impossible fight. If we swallow the propaganda and it shuts us down from taking the actions necessary to defeat Murphy, then we hand him his self-fulfilling prophecy, and gun owners reap the whirlwind. But if we remain steadfast in the face of overwhelming odds, if we unfailingly take the actions necessary to win despite the predictions of pollsters and pundits, and if we remember that we are fighting for the precious gift of Freedom, which comes from Above, then we surely can and will win.

Right now NRA and ANJRPC are organizing one of the most important grassroots efforts in New Jersey history, with personnel currently on the ground to help get out the vote statewide and in targeted races. But our real strength comes from members and volunteers like you. We are putting out the call for you to stand and fight with us, to help New Jersey gun owners once again stand strong in the face of impossible odds and make the key difference, and to pursue victory like our freedom depends on it – because it does. Answer that call today by contacting NRA-ILA Grassroots Field Coordinator Christian Ragosta at 703-638-8527 or christian@nrailafrontlines.com and find out how you can help.

Please watch for upcoming critical email alerts highlighting key legislative races, candidate ratings & endorsements, and other crucial information leading up to November 7.

Legislative Alert

Posted by on Oct 29, 2017 in Legislative | Comments Off on Legislative Alert

Federal

Under the guise of banning the “bump stocks” used in the Las Vegas shooting, a bipartisan panel of lawmakers, including the local Congressmen Dent, Costello, and Meehan, have introduced a bill that would “any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun.” NRA is opposing this bill, as it would ban installing a match grade trigger into a semi-automatic rifle since that technically affects the rate of fire, even if that is not its purpose. It would also potentially ban installing a different bolt carrier or buffer spring, since those parts may also increase the rate of fire incidentally. There are many common modifications that can be done to a semi-automatic rifle that this poorly thought out bill would ban. Our local representative, Brian Fitzpatrick has not signed on as a cosponsor of this bill, which is encouraging. Members are encouraged to call or write Mr. Fitzpatrick and encourage him to oppose H.R.3999.

Middletown Township

At the last meeting of the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors, held on October 2nd, 2017, two members of the five member Board, Mr. Tom Tosti and Ms. Amy Strouse, expressed interest in the Board lobbying our state lawmakers to bring New Jersey and California style gun control laws to Pennsylvania. Both members repeatedly praised the gun laws of both states as a model for us here in Pennsylvania, especially their bans on politically incorrect semi-automatic rifles. Fortunately, the other three members of the Board of Supervisors, Mr. Tom Gallagher, Mr. William Oettinger, and Mr. H. George Leonhauser, voted against the motion, causing it to fail. We have no desire, as a club, to see our local townships involved in the gun control debate. We are asking two things of club members:

  1. Please get out to vote on Tuesday November 7th. If you are a resident of Middletown Township, Supervisor candidate Kevin Glasson has expressed opposition to the Board of Supervisors involving themselves in gun control. It is very important that we do not elect more supervisors like Mr. Tosti and Mr. Strouse.
  2. Please plan to show up to the Middletown Township Board of Supervisor’s meeting on Monday November 20th at 7:30PM for the next Board of Supervisors meeting. The Middletown Township building is located at 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne, PA 19047. If you come, please wear something indicating you’re a club member or NRA member. If you’re a township resident, and you’d like to speak, we’ll get people lined up for the public comment period. But you do not have to speak. Just showing up will make an impression.

We had a very successful showing when a few Lower Makefield supervisors started talking gun control a few years back. Our presence helped convince then to table their resolution, so hopefully we can also have a good turnout here.

SHARE Act Up for Vote As Early as This Week

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Legislative | Comments Off on SHARE Act Up for Vote As Early as This Week

Attention members:

A vote on H.R. 3668, the Share Act, which we discussed in our June legislative report, could happen as early as this week.

I would strongly encourage members to contact Representative Brian Fitzpatrick or whoever your local representative may be and ask that he support the SHARE Act.

June 2017 Legislative Report

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Legislative | Comments Off on June 2017 Legislative Report

National

The SHARE Act

 The Sportsmen Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE Act), a sportsman’s omnibus bill, has been introduced into Congress, and is expected to move. The SHARE Act has absorbed many provisions from previous versions of the bill

  • Eliminates the “sporting purposes” language from the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the law on armor piercing ammunition. Hostile Administrations have used this language to limit importation of firearms and also to erroneously reclassify common ammunition as “armor piercing” and thus “not suited for sporting purposes” and restricted from importation and sale.
  • Creates a blanket exception in the law for shotguns to prevent arbitrary reclassification as destructive devices. Shotguns are only classified as ordinary firearms because of long-standing policy by the Attorney General of exempting them from classification as destructive devices. Hostile administrations in the past have altered or threatened to alter this exception to ban certain semi-automatic shotguns.
  • Moves silencers/suppressors from Title II to Title I, which removes them from classification as an NFA items and instead regulates them the same as ordinary firearms.
  • Limited preemption on states against regulating suppressors.
  • Stops regulation of traditional lead ammunition and fishing tackle under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
  • Enhances the FOPA language to include travel by means other than vehicles.
  • Creates remedies against states that violate the safe travel provisions, including a cause of action and attorney’s fees.
  • Numerous provisions to preserve hunting and fishing for future generations.

This is a pretty substantial bill, and contains a number of provision gun rights proponents have spent years fighting for. Please call your federal lawmakers and urge them to support the SHARE Act.

June 2016 Legislative Report

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Legislative | Comments Off on June 2016 Legislative Report

 

National

Senator Durbin (D-IL) Blocks Bill to Restore Rights to Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs has reported hundreds of thousands of veterans to NICS and prohibited them from possessing firearms if they had an appointed “fiduciary” to manage their benefits. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced an amendment to a Veterans Affairs Appropriation Bill that would have prevented the VA from reporting veterans without an adjudication that included a finding of dangerousness. Unfortunately, that amendment was blocked from being considered by Senator Durbin.

Social Security Rule Finalized

After President Obama issued executive orders on gun control, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began investigating the Department of Veterans Affairs program of NICS reporting as a potential model for the SSA. If implemented, anyone collecting Social Security using “designated payee” to manage that person’s finances would be put in the NICS system and prohibited from possessing firearms. The SSA has issued the final rule, and we’re fortunate it is not as bad as what was first proposed (but still bad). Under the final rule, the following all of the things below would have to be true before a person would be entered into NICS and prohibited from possessing firearms:

  • Has a designated payee who manages his or her finances.
  • Is a beneficiary disability payments, and not a retiree.
  • Filed for Social Security Disability under a mental health code.
  • Has attained the age of 18 (children automatically have a designated payee).

NRA has concerns because many mental health codes used by SSA don’t necessarily include a finding of dangerousness. Examples they used were “Sleep or Appetite Disturbance,” “Decreased Energy,” and “Inflated Self-Esteem.” There are other due process concerns as well, and whether this whole program is even legal, but the courts work slowly.

Pennsylvania

Sunday Hunting

Senate Bill 1080 and House Bill 1374 are still making progress in the Pennsylvania legislature. The bill would allow the PA Game Commission to permit hunting on Sundays. Delaware’s legislature just passed a similar bill which is now before the Governor. Right now our bill is still in the Game and Fisheries Committee.

PICS Repeal

Pennsylvania maintains its own background check system that is separate from the federal system. HB 921, which is coming up for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee, would eliminate PICS, allowing firearms dealers to use the federal NICS system in its place. PICS costs the state a considerable amount of money to run, and is considerably less reliable than the federal system.

New Jersey

Blocking Governor Christie’s Rule Changes to Make it Easier to Get a Permit to Carry

As those of you from New Jersey may know, Governor Christie signed a series of executive orders to redefine how New Jersey gun laws are interpreted, including easing laws that include transporting firearms and easing the requirement to justify being issued a License to Carry a firearm. Unfortunately, this made the Democratic-controlled legislature angry, and they’ve introduced bills to stop this, namely ACR 175 and SCR 101, and also AB 3689.

New Hampshire Licenses Again Available to New Jersey Residents

New Hampshire Licenses to Carry were available to New Jersey residents up until the N.H. Department of Safety ended up changing its rule and required non-resident applicants to have a permit from their home state before being able to apply. However, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled last week in Bach v. N.H. Department of Safety that the requirement went beyond the department’s powers. New Hampshire licenses will again be available to New Jersey residents for those who want to carry in states that recognize the New Hampshire licenses.