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Club for Growth, McCain Breaks McCain-Feingold Law As
they say, ignorance of the law is no excuse. Especially if you wrote
the law. Last week Sen. John McCain cut
a TV ad endorsing a candidate in the CA-48 special election but
the add does not state that the candidate approved the ad. That’s
now required by law. Specifically, the law co-sponsored by McCain
himself.” McCain also registered a PAC that listed a 501c3's
phone number on the form, a very big legal no, no. McCain--turn
tell of gun battles after the storm NEW
ORLEANS, Sept. 21 — After the storm came the carjackers and
burglars. Then came the gun battles ...
call arms seizures 'arbitrary'
THE WASHINGTON TIMES September 23, 2005 Two
national gun rights groups yesterday joined individual Louisiana
gun owners in a federal lawsuit to stop authorities from confiscating
firearms from private citizens in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
... Plaintiffs in the suit against the City of New Orleans are two
local gun owners. One, whom Mr. LaPierre identified as Buell Teel,
was on a boat rescuing people. "To protect himself, he had
a firearm on the boat," which police saw and seized, Mr. LaPierre
CoBIS or Gun "DNA" Watch
# OF GUNS
# OF CoBIS "Hits"
SEPTEMBER TO BE MOST ACTIVE MONTH OF 2005
September is always a very busy month but this
year some extra events are going to make it the busiest ever. We normally
But this year we are adding
NY State Rifle and Pistol Association - PAC
on SEPTEMBER 17TH at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center
featuring NRA Executive Director Wayne LaPierre and NRA VP John Sigler
Women’s Firearm Seminar at the Bethlehem Rod
& Gun Club, www.br-g.org
Saturday, September 17
Shawangunk Fish & Game Assoc. Inc.
is going to have a Sunday Silhouette Shoot on September 18th
- Monroe Chester will host a .22 caliber RIFLE Silhouette
Match on Saturday September 24th
Get up, Get out and Get going
and support YOUR local groups and events!
ORANGE COUNTY NEWS
Trap Shoot to be "Major new event" in Orange County Senior Games
year, the Orange County Office for the Aging hold Senior
Games for people 55 and older. This year they will celebrate
their 22nd Anniversary. The Recreational, Social and Competitive Activities,
events and contests cover just about every activity that you can think
of from athletic events to playing cards to outdoor river trips. This
year will feature as "our major new event," Trap
Shooting at the Shawangunk Fish & Game Club. The event will be
held on Sept. 27. and you need to register.
It only cost $10 and you get a free T-Shirt.
You can register by downloading
a form from their web
site or Picking up an application at Master Class in Monroe or at
the Orange County Federation of Sportsmens Annual Dinner. You can also
call the Orange County Office for the Aging at 291-2150 for more info
and they will mail you the application.
Ann Coon, a spokes person for the Senior
Games, said that the addition of the Trap Shooting event was "Our
major new event" for this year and that they are hoping that the
shooting community supports the event. Ann gave Orange County Legislator
Jeffrey Berkman, D 20th Legislative District, credit for suggesting the
event and bringing together the Senior Games and Shawangunk Fish &
This is yet another time that Shawangunk
Fish & Game has stepped up to the plate and helped to promote the
shooting sports in Orange County. SFG is accepting new
members in September so if you want to join a club see the additional
Orange County Federation of Sportsmens Clubs Annual Dinner a Great Success
Friday night, Sept. 16, the Federation
held its annual dinner at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown. Everyone
had a great time, (though I my ending streak of winning guns at such events
ended at 3.) The place was packed and a lot of good prizes were given
away. We had two raffles from the "Wall of Guns" and we also
gave away 3 more rifles. One of the rifles was a Remington 700 that was
donated by the Middletown
Sport's Club of the Year: "County Seat Conservation Club"
Sportsperson of the Year: Murphy Guidry, Joe Cassel, and James Wolfe for
their work on this year's Annual
Rudy Vallet Fishing Derby
Special Recognition Award: " Vince Pizzolato"
Orange County Chapter of SCOPE announces
Ted Nugent & Sunrize Acres Jurassic
Pork Hunt Winner
Mike & Ralph get a little help from Kate drawing the
I spent the day along with
OC Chapter members Mike and Ralph at the Middletown
Gander Mountain manning a table for SCOPE. We sold the last of the
Raffle tickets and several memberships.
At the end of the day, ticket # won and
it belonged to Joseph B. from Manhattan. Good luck to him and we hope
to get some pictures from the hunt and some good stories.
Monroe Chester Sportsman Club to host 22 Cal. Rifle Silhouette Match on
The Monroe Chester Sportsman Club will
host a .22 caliber RIFLE Silhouette Match on Saturday September 24th,
2005 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for .22 Long Rifle Only. NO MAGNUMS.
Match will feature open sight
and scoped class competitions. Open sight class competition includes any
metallic sight without glass or magnification. Peep sight, tube sight,
and leaf sights all qualify for open sight competition. Scoped class competition
is any glass sight. A red dot aiming device will qualify as a scope.
Awards will be presented for
top three rifle scores in both open and scoped class competition. No distinction
made between “custom” and “stock” rifles. What
you do with the stock is up to you, and any style stock is acceptable.
All shooting done offhand at 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards. No slings or artificial
support may be used.
$10.00 adult entry fee. $7.00 junior entry .
$2.00 per relay. Famous cooked lunch and cold non alcoholic beverages
available from 12 - 1 pm. Contact Jim Cunningham at Jimandbeck@frontiernet.net
or call 845-457-1516 for further information.
Directions To Club From North & West
Route 17 (Quickway) East to Chester exit.
Left at light at end of exit. Right at traffic light at intersection of
17 & 94. Pass MacDonald’s on right. Pass Rowley Lumber on right.
Right at next traffic light onto King’s Highway. King’s Highway
to Sugarloaf Extension. Sugarloaf Extension to end. Left at T onto Bellvale
& Gibson Hill Road. 2-4 miles on Gibson Hill Road, pass Bruderhoff
and lake on right. Continue 1 mile, make left at sign for Monroe-Chester
Sportsman Club. Follow access road to top of hill.
Directions To Club From South & East
Route 17 (Quickway) West To Chester Exit.
Right at end of exit. Pass MacDonald’s on right. Balance of directions
Shawangunk Fish & Game Club accepting new member applications
Will raffle off ARCTIC-CAT ATV for ANNUAL BENEFIT RAFFLE
Shawangunk Fish & Game Club
will be accepting new member applications in September. Located just west
of Middletown, NY, the club is one of the largest and best in Orange County
and features a Club house & a pavilion, a small fishing pond at their
club, Trap range, Rifle/Pistol range, Archery range, licensed dog training
facility, licensed fishing preserve, 3-D archery course, Pheasant/Chukar
preserve more. They are a very active club and hold many events each year.
If you are thinking of joining please contact,
for more information.
As their Annual Benefit Raffle this year,
SFGC is holding a raffle and this year the prize is an ARCTIC-CAT 400
AUTO. VP 4WD ATV, Supplied by Snowcat Country, Westtown, NY. Tickets are
only $10 and you can get your tickets from any member, or SEND A $10 CHECK
OR M.O TO: RAFFLE TICKETS, SHAWANGUNK FISH AND GAME ASSOCIATION, INC.,
P.O. BOX 161, MIDDLETOWN, NY 10940
Single Action Open House set for Sept. 25th
All you need is a handgun license
Monroe Chester BHR Posse is holding an Open House to introduce experienced
Orange County shooters to Cowboy Action Shooting.
You don’t have to own the above-mentioned
firearms to try it. You don’t even have to belong to this or any
club to participate in any of the monthly SASS shoots held here or in
neighboring Ulster and Dutchess Counties. The Open House shooting scenarios
will be written and supervised by qualified SASS certified range officers.
NY State champions will give you “how to” tips. Posse members
will loan the firearms needed to qualified shooters. Guests will be asked
for a donation to pay for their reduced load ammunition that the Posse
will supply. The steel targets are 16” by 16” and close enough
for even a tender foot to hit and hear that satisfying clang. There are
no time limits. Sounds like fun doesn’t it?
You must reserve your place by September
15, by calling Mark at 353-7921 or Colleen at 477-7281 for your reservation
number. You will be called back with more information. New York State
firearm regulations will apply. Your current NYS pistol license will be
required to shoot six guns. No shooter under the age of 12 will be allowed
to shoot a rifle or shotgun. Valid identification will be required for
all shooters. Minors must be accompanied by and have the written permission
of their parent or legal guardian. An original or copy of their birth
will be required. Everyone must bring eye and ear protection
The Club is located on Gibson Hill Road
about a Quarter of a Mile from Laroe Road in Chester N.Y. The shoot will
not be cancelled if it is raining the morning of September 25. If you
have any question about the weather that morning please call the Pistol
Range at 469-5554 after 8am. There will be a morning registration at 8am
and an afternoon registration at 12:30 PM. A mandatory safety meeting
will follow each, promptly. No one who misses the safety meeting can shoot
and there will be no exceptions. A free Cowboy lunch for the shooters
will start at approximately 12:30pm.
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T H-R's article highlights 20 year old girl Newburgh who wins
1st place at Camp Perry National event
Kevin Witt has written an article about
a 2004 Newburgh Free Academy graduate, Kelly Hoeltschi, who placed first
place in Expert Civilian Service Rifle at this year's Camp Perry National
High Power Championships. Kelly started shooting when she was 10 at the
Rod and Gun Club. Kelly was shooting an AR 15 and won against
84 men and women.
The AR 15 that she and the other competitors
shoot would be banned under the new Assault Weapons Ban being proposed
by the anti-gun people in Albany. (March
05 article, April 05 article,
June/July 05 article)
Please send Kevin Witt an e-mail, email@example.com,
and thank him for covering the shooting sports. He has also had other
articles highlighting other shooters in Orange County. In July he also
covered shooters from the Middletown Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training
Corps who took 8th place in a national competition.
FROM THE Wallkill
Rod and Gun Club WEBSITE:
Here's our own Kelly Hoeltschi at this
year's Camp Perry Nationals. She shot a score of 2308-70x out of 2400-240x
in the NRA National Highpower Championship, winning the Expert class.
The course of fire is 60 shots slow fire standing at 200 yards, 60 shots
sitting rapid at 200 yards, 60 shots prone rapid at 300 yards and 60 shots
prone slow fire at 600 yards, shot over a span of 4 days.
Former NYSRPA Highpower Director and long
time competitor Ray Carney says "This is a wonderful, indeed, absolutely
outstanding, accomplishment for Kelly. The Expert class always has the
most shooters, and it is a very tough one to win in, unless, as Kelly
did, you catch on fire. The possible score is 2400, so Kelly's score of
2308 translates to an average of 96.2 for every ten shots fired, irrespective
of position, distance, or conditions."
Kelly comments on her win "I am really
thankful for all the support I have received from the Wallkill Rod and
Gun Club, whose members got me started in this game. I also send out my
greatest appreciation for the incredible coaching and friendships I have
been able to build over the last 4 years in the highpower sport, with
a special thanks to the New York State Senior Rifle Team. Without the
help from these inspirational shooters, I would not have had the success
that I have had thus far, and I send my sincerest thank you."
NFA grad one heck of a shot
By Kevin Witt, Times Herald-Record, firstname.lastname@example.org
HERE FOR THE WHOLE ARTICLE
just started her sophomore year at American University. Dealing
with the hustle of Washington, D.C., she's also working on a double
major in international business and German.
Her crazy, fast-paced life makes
her one of the last people you would think would be comfortable
in a sport based around patience and precision.
So what's she doing winning a national
rifle shooting championship?
Hoeltschi, a 2004 Newburgh Free Academy graduate, recently placed
first in Expert Civilian Service Rifle at Port Clinton, Ohio. The
competition, held at Camp Perry, is part of the NRA National High
Hoeltschi, 19, shot with the same
AR-15 rifle used in the military, only the weapon is semi-automatic
– meaning you must pull the trigger for every shot. Her "expert"
status is based on past performances. Civilian means non-military
"I never set a goal," Hoeltschi
said. "I didn't want to get too upset about it. I knew I was
shooting well (during the competition), but I refused to look at
She won fairly easily, beating a
field of 84 men and women. Scoring is based on hitting targets,
with the shooter firing from four positions – each for 20
shots. There were three rounds, held during the week of Aug. 7-11.
Hoeltschi scored 2,308 points out
of a possible 2,400. Thomas Makley finished second (2,274). Stephanie
Fiegel took third (2,268).
"I like that there's friendly
competition between genders," Hoeltschi said.
The performance was so good, it pushed
Hoeltschi to "Master" level, because she scored higher
than 752 points for three straight days.
Despite her age, she's hardly a newcomer
to the sport. She tagged along with her father, Max Holt, and brother,
Kevin, to the Wallkill Rod and Gun Club when she was just 10. They
shot .22-caliber rifles during a winter league.
"It was a fun thing to do on
a Friday night, and I got to hang out with adults," she said.
She moved to the high-powered rifles when she was 14, after taking
an introductory class. Hoeltschi got good fairly quickly, but never
had a performance close to what she accomplished in Ohio.
NEW YORK STATE NEWS
Gov. Pataki signed bill allowing use of rifles for Deer and Bear Hunting
in Previous Shotgun only areas
From Gun Legislation
& Politics in New York Blog
(We finally won something, as small as
On 8/30/05, Gov. Pataki signed A-4853A/S-918A
expanding the use of rifles for deer and bear hunting in Allegany, Cattaraugus,
Chenango, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Oswego, Otsego, Schoharie and
Tioga counties, plus part of Broome county. The law goes into affect immediately.
Gary Craig, Staff writer
(September 17, 2005) — A federal
judge Friday tossed out a significant portion of New York state law regulating
firearms sales at gun shows.
U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa determined
that one of the statute's definition of a gun show is so broad that it
"infringes on ... constitutionally protected rights to free speech,
assembly and petition."
Several area sporting clubs last year challenged
the constitutionality of the gun show definition. Under the law, sellers
at a gun show must be prepared to provide background checks on possible
gun buyers. The show operator otherwise can face civil penalties up to
One portion of the law describes gun shows
as events held by organizations devoted to firearm collecting or competitive
shooting. At oral arguments in July, Siragusa questioned the state Attorney
General's Office about the reach of the statute. Echoing the claims of
the sporting groups, Siragusa said the statute could force gun clubs to
be prepared to do background checks at pancake breakfasts they sponsored.
Assistant Attorney General Charles Steinman
said the Legislature's intent was evident, and "we are not going
to (seek) civil actions or enforcement under that situation."
Siragusa decided, however, that the statute
should be narrowed so that it is clear what activities qualify as gun
A second definition of gun show still stands
in state law. The state can still require background checks on gun buyers
at events where:
- At least 20 percent of the exhibitors are firearms exhibitors.
- Ten or more firearms exhibitors participate.
- 25 or more handguns are for sale.
- 50 or more guns are for sale.
Scott Garretson, the lawyer for the sporting
clubs, said the latter definition makes legal sense and clearly applies
to what most people consider a gun show.
"Every gun show I've been to that
bore the name 'gun show' would have met those criteria," Garretson
Steinman said Friday that the Attorney
General's Office will decide whether to appeal Siragusa's ruling.
The lawsuit also challenged the state's
use of CoBIS, or Combined Ballistic Identification System, which requires
that most new handguns sold in the state be test-fired so the state can
file specific ballistics information into a database. The lawsuit contended
that citizens who buy and sell guns legally are entered into the state
database even though they have no connections with crimes.
Siragusa ruled the system constitutional.
This is a victory in Federal Court but they let CoBIS stay.
AP, September 22. 2005, Gun
makers' commercial liability insurance policies do not cover them against
damages some cities and counties are seeking for medical costs and other
services related to gun violence, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
The seven justices unanimously ruled against
Taurus International Holdings and Taurus International Manufacturing Inc.,
based in Miami but owned by Forjas Taurus, a Brazilian company.
Taurus is among a number of arms makers
that have been sued by cities across the nation. It has policies from
several insurers and sought a court order to require that they defend
A federal judge in Miami previously held
the policies do not cover such cases. Taurus asked the 11th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeal in Atlanta to reverse that decision. The appellate court,
however, found the issue was a matter of state law and asked the Florida
Supreme Court for a decision.
The Florida justices based their ruling
on policy clauses that exclude coverage for bodily injury and property
damage occurring away from the gun makers' premises and resulting from
products outside their physical possession.
Taurus lawyer Simon Bloom said no decision
had yet been made on whether to ask the Florida justices for a rehearing
and that the final decision still would be up to the 11th Circuit. He
said he was disappointed but declined further comment.
The Florida Legislature in 2001 barred
local governments from suing gun makers in state court. Legislation is
pending in Congress to do the same nationally. The Senate in July passed
a measure that also would bar victims from suing. The bill is awaiting
The Florida Supreme Court, also in 2001,
declined to review a lower court's dismissal of such a lawsuit filed by
Miami-Dade County before the state ban became law.
The insurance opinion was written by Justice
Raoul Cantero. Justice R. Fred Lewis concurred only with the result but
did not write an explanatory opinion.
on the Second Amendment
Posted by David Hardy · 15 September 2005 04:47 PM
Arms and the Law, blog with comments
Thanks to a tip in a comment to the previous
post, I've found a longer transcript of the 9/14 hearings on Robert's
confirmation. Basically, (1) Roberts correctly sees Miller as going to
the nature of the gun, and not as being a collective rights case; (2)
but he sees Miller as leaving the issue up in the air, not as settling
it in favor of individual rights (you can see Miller either as recognizing
an individual right limited to military-type arms -- which I think is
fair, based on the fact it remanded to take evidence, or as having decided
only the narrow issue of whether non-military arms are covered, and leaving
open the result if the arm is military; and (3) he sounds like he'd vote
for cert., so the issue will likely get hot, soon. Here is the relevant
go to something else then. I'd like to hear your views about the Second
Amendment, the right to bear arms. This is an amendment where there's
a real shortage of jurisprudence
You mentioned the Third Amendment where
there's even less jurisprudence, but the Second Amendment's close. So
I think you can maybe help us understand your approach to interpreting
the Constitution by saying a bit about it.
The Second Amendment raises interesting
questions about a constitutional interpretation. I read the Second Amendment
as providing an individual right to keep and bear arms as opposed to
only a collective right. Individual Americans have a constitutional
right to own and use guns. And there are a number of actions that legislatures
should not take in my view to restrict gun ownership.
FEINGOLD: The modern
Supreme Court has only heard one case interpreting the Second Amendment.
That case is U.S. v. Miller. It was heard back in 1939. And the court
indicated that it saw the right to bear arms as a collective right.
In a second case, in U.S. v. Emerson,
the court denied cert and let stand the lower court opinion that upheld
the statute banning gun possession by individuals subject to a restraining
order against a second amendment challenge.
The appeals court viewed the right to
bear arms as an individual right. The Supreme Court declined to review
the Appeals Court decision.
So what is your view of the Second Amendment?
Do you support one of the other views of the views of what was intended
by that amendment?
ROBERTS: Yes. Well,
I mean, you're quite right that there is a dispute among the circuit
courts. It's really a conflict among the circuits.
The 5th Circuit -- I think it was in
the Emerson case, if I'm remembering it correctly -- agreed with what
I understand to be your view, that this protects an individual right.
But they went on to say that the right was not infringed in that case.
They upheld the regulations there.
The 9th Circuit has taken a different
view. I don't remember the name of the case now. But a very recent case
from the 9th Circuit has taken the opposite view that it protects only
a collective right, as they said.
In other words, it's only the right of
a militia to possess arms and not an individual right.
Particularly since you have this conflict
-- cert was denied in the Emerson case -- I'm not sure it's been sought
in the other one or will be. That's sort of the issue that's likely
to come before the Supreme Court when you have conflicting views.
I know the Miller case side-stepped that
issue. An argument was made back in 1939 that this provides only a collective
right. And the court didn't address that. They said, instead, that the
firearm at issue there -- I think it was a sawed-off shotgun -- is not
the type of weapon protected under the militia aspect of the Second
So people try to read the tea leaves
about Miller and what would come out on this issue. But that's still
very much an open issue.
FEINGOLD: I understand
that case could come before you. I'm wondering if you would anticipate
that in such a case that a serious question would be: Which interpretation
ROBERTS: Well, anytime
you have two different courts of appeals taking opposite positions,
I think you have to regard that as a serious question. That's not expressing
a view one way or the other. It's just saying, "I know the 9th
Circuit thinks it's only a collective right. I know the 5th Circuit
thinks it's an individual right. And I know the job of the Supreme Court
is to resolve circuit conflicts." So I do think that issue is one
that's likely to come before the court.
I think the view that Miller decides
in favor of an individual right for military-type guns (what I call
a "hyrbid right") rather than leaving the issue open is the
better one. Miller, after all, reverses and remands in order that evidence
be taken on the sawed-off shotgun. I'm offhand unaware of any caselaw
on how one interprets a Supreme Court ruling in this setting, but--
(1) The collective rights claim was briefed
by the government, I think as its primary argument.
(2) It seems to me that if the Court
was of the view that there was no individual right, there would have
been no purpose to remanding after stating the lower court erred in
not taking evidence regarding the gun. That'd merely be generating more
work, after which the Supremes would have to announce it was all for
naught -- there's no right here, and whether the gun is military or
not is of no moment.
(3) The Court cites as its authority,
not the then existing collective rights cases (i.e., City of Salina)
but the existing individual "hyrbid" cases (i.e., Aymette).
What's really interesting is how much Roberts
knows about what is, to most jurists, a very obscure area. He knows that
Miller involved a sawed-off shotgun, was decided in 1939, knows that the
collective right view was presented in it, knows (although I'd read it
differently) what the case held, knows what circuits are split and which
way, even knows the lingo (I suspect most judges if asked about second
amendment "collective rights" would wonder what that means).
Perhaps it was covered in his briefing, but I doubt a fellow could remember
that much given how much he must have been briefed on -- I'd suspect he's
done a fair amount of reading on his own.
FEDERAL JUDGE HALTS NEW ORLEANS
Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) press release
BELLEVUE, WA ? The U.S.
District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana this afternoon
issued a temporary restraining order on behalf of the Second Amendment
Foundation (SAF) and National Rifle Association ( NRA), bringing an
end to firearm seizures from citizens living in and around New Orleans.
District Judge Jay Zaney issued the restraining
order against all parties named in a lawsuit filed Thursday by SAF and
NRA. Defendants in the lawsuit include New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and
Police Chief Edwin Compass III.
This is a great victory, not just for the NRA
and SAF, but primarily for law-abiding gun owners everywhere, said SAF
founder Alan M. Gottlieb. We are proud to have joined forces with the
NRA to put an end to what has amounted to a warrantless gun grab by
authorities in New Orleans and surrounding jurisdictions.
Over the past three weeks, he continued,
residents who had lost virtually everything in the devastation following
Hurricane Katrina had also essentially been stripped of something even
more precious, their civil rights, and their right of self-defense,
because of these gun seizures.
SAF and NRA had no alternative but to
take action, Gottlieb added. If these gun confiscations had been allowed
to continue without challenge, it would have set a dangerous precedent
that would have encouraged authorities in other jurisdictions to believe
they also could suspend the civil rights of citizens in the event of
some other emergency.
What must happen now, and quickly, said
Gottlieb, is for authorities in the New Orleans area to explain how
they will return all of those firearms to their rightful owners, and
do it promptly. What this ruling affirms is that even in the face of
great natural disasters, governments cannot arbitrarily deprive citizens
of their rights. Thanks to some great teamwork between SAF and the NRA,
this sort of thing will hopefully never happen again.
Major Victory For Firearms Owners And Freedom In Louisiana
NRA press release
Friday, September 23, 2005
(Fairfax, VA) -- The United States District Court for the Eastern District
in Louisiana today sided with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and
issued a restraining order to bar further gun confiscations from peaceable
and law-abiding victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
“This is a significant victory
for freedom and for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The court’s
ruling is instant relief for the victims who now have an effective means
of defending themselves from the robbers and rapists that seek to further
exploit the remnants of their shattered lives,” said NRA Executive
Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
Joining LaPierre in hailing the U.S.
District Court decision was NRA chief lobbyist Chris W. Cox. “This
is an important victory. But the battle is not over. The NRA will remedy
state emergency statutes in all 50 states, if needed, to ensure that
this injustice does not happen again."
The controversy erupted when The New
York Times reported, the New Orleans superintendent of police directed
that no civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to have guns and that
“only law enforcement are allowed to have weapons.” ABC
News quoted New Orleans’ deputy police chief, saying, “No
one will be able to be armed. We are going to take all the weapons.”
The NRA also pledged that it will continue
its work to ensure that every single firearm arbitrarily and unlawfully
seized under this directive is returned to the rightful law-abiding
NRA FILES SUIT TO STOP
FIREARM SEIZURES IN NEW ORLEANS
HERE FOR THE PRESS RELEASE
Thursday, September 22, 2005
(Fairfax, VA) - Today, the
National Rifle Association (NRA) filed a motion in United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana seeking a temporary restraining
order to block authorities from confiscating law-abiding citizens’
firearms in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
“New Orleans is the first city
in the United States to forcibly disarm peaceable law-abiding citizens
and it must be the last. Victims are dealing with a complete breakdown
of government. At a time when 911 is non-operational and law enforcement
cannot respond immediately to calls for help, people have only the Second
Amendment to protect themselves, their loved ones and their property,”
said NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
“The NRA stands with law-abiding
Americans, who agree that at their most vulnerable moment, their right
to defend themselves and their families should not be taken away,”
said Chris W. Cox, NRA’s chief lobbyist.
According to The New York Times, the
New Orleans superintendent of police directed that no civilians in New
Orleans will be allowed to have guns and that “only law enforcement
are allowed to have weapons.” ABC News quoted New Orleans’
deputy police chief, saying, “No one will be able to be armed.
We are going to take all the weapons.”
“The NRA is determined to stop
this blatant abuse of power by local politicians. It is disgraceful
that any government official would further endanger the lives of innocent
victims by issuing this ridiculous order. We are very grateful to the
many rank and file police officers who have come forward and assisted
NRA in exposing these violations of constitutional freedoms. We are
also pleased that the Second Amendment Foundation is joining us in this
effort,” added Cox.
“The actions of the New Orleans
government have destroyed the one levee that stands between law-abiding
citizens and anarchy - the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. The NRA will
not rest until this injustice is resolved,” concluded LaPierre.
Disaster Can't Destroy Gun Rights
(Fairfax, VA) -- National Rifle Association
leader Wayne LaPierre slammed New Orleans authorities Monday for seizing
legal firearms from lawful residents.
"What we've seen in Louisiana - the
breakdown of law and order in the aftermath of disaster - is exactly the
kind of situation where the Second Amendment was intended to allow citizens
to protect themselves, " LaPierre said.
"When law enforcement isn't available,
Americans turn to the one right that protects all the others - the right
to keep and bear arms," LaPierre said. "This attempt to repeal
the Second Amendment should be condemned."
The New York Times reported last Thursday
that no civilians in New Orleans will be allowed to have guns, quoting
the superintendent of police that "only law enforcement are allowed
to have weapons."
A Louisiana state statute allows the chief
law enforcement officer to "regulate possession" of firearms
during declared emergencies. "But regulate doesn't mean confiscate,"
said Chris W. Cox, the NRA's chief lobbyist.
"Authorities are using that statute
to do what the looters and criminals could not: disarm the law-abiding
citizens of New Orleans trying to protect their homes and families,"
"The NRA will not stand idly by while
guns are confiscated from law-abiding people who're trying to defend themselves,"
"We're exploring every legal option
available to protect the rights of lawful people in New Orleans,"
Cox said, "and we're taking steps to overturn such laws in every
state where they exist."
"Local authorities in New Orleans
are turning nature's assault on human life into man's assault on human
rights," LaPierre said. "Four million NRA members intend to
stop this unconstitutional power grab."
August 25, 2005
& Me," my self-financed, independent film, recently debuted on
Michael Moore argues that America possesses
"too many guns." If so, why in the last 20 years -- with gun
ownership up -- has violent crime declined in America? Liberals believe
gun control reduces crime. Does it? What about the effect on urban crime
when cities outlaw so-called "cheap Saturday night specials"?
How often do Americans use guns for defensive
purposes? I wanted to put this question to Moore. He tells us, for example,
that over 11,000 people die each year because of guns. But how many Americans
credit their lives with their ability to use a gun to defend themselves?
"Michael & Me" asks why,
if America possesses "too many guns," is the murder rate among
Japanese Americans actually lower than in Japan? And why, in England,
with severe gun restriction, is the English murder rate growing, and the
violent crime rate -- assaults, car thefts, hot burglaries -- now exceeding
As Moore did in his entertaining film "Roger
& Me," I sought out the director -- some might say "ambushed"
-- in order to ask him a few questions. (You'll have to see my film to
find out what happens.)
My film interviews victims of crimes, those
who protected themselves with firearms, gun owners, criminals, police
officers, authors and academicians. Texas State Representative Susanna
Hupp describes how she witnessed her mother and father executed by a gunman
in a restaurant. The film also interviews Jane Doe, who, two days before
she got raped, attempted to purchase a handgun -- only to be thwarted
by California's 10-day waiting period.
Some believe that the Second Amendment
only confers a collective right -- as part of a state militia -- rather
than an individual right to keep and bear arms. The film notes that the
Founding Fathers clearly intended the Second Amendment to serve as a bulwark
against possible tyranny by government. Why would the Founding Fathers
limit the right to "keep and bear arms" to a government militia
if threatened with tyranny by government?
Many Founding Fathers wrote extensively
on the subject. Thomas Jefferson said, "What country can preserve
its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their
people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms." George
Washington stated, "A free people ought to be armed."
Former Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey
agrees. In 1959, he said, "The right of citizens to bear arms is
just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, one more safeguard
against the tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically
has proved to be always possible."
Respected historian Garry Wills, in a recent
C-SPAN interview, called the individual-rights school flat-out wrong:
"The idea that my gun protects me from my government is not in the
Founders . . . it's just not there. . . . The use of the militia originally
was to be a defense of the country, and the proof of that is very simple.
The federal government can federalize, can put into federal service any
militia at any time it wants. So the idea that the militia can be used
against the federal government is nonsense."
Nonsense? Former Attorney General John
Ashcroft wrote: "[L]et me state unequivocally . . . the Second Amendment
clearly protect(s) the right of individuals to keep and bear firearms."
Alan Dershowitz said, "Foolish liberals
who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution by
claiming that it's not an individual right or that it's too much of a
safety hazard don't see the danger of the big picture. They're courting
disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions
of the Constitution they don't like."
Harvard Constitutional Law professor Laurence
Tribe writes that the Second Amendment is subject to "reasonable
regulation," but calls gun control extremists wrong when they say
the Second Amendment restricts the right to "state militias"
like the National Guard. Tribe said, "The Fourteenth Amendment, which
makes parts of the Bill of Rights applicable to the states, reflected
a broad agreement that bearing arms was a 'privilege' of each citizen."
Maybe historian Wills believes guns cannot
thwart a tyrannical government, but tyrants do.
Vladimir Lenin said, "One man with
a gun can control 100 without one."
Mao Tse-tung said, "Political power
grows out of the barrel of a gun."
Joseph Stalin said, "We don't let
them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns?"
Adolf Hitler said, "The most foolish
mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to
possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their
subject races to carry arms have prepared their fall by doing so."
"Michael & Me," in my humble
opinion, also features an entertaining animated sequence in which Moore
finally sits down for a "hard" interview with the filmmaker.
Liberals, however, be forewarned: Some of you may find the contents disturbing.
For a fact to a liberal is like Kryptonite to Superman.
Enjoy "Michael & Me."