The People's Right to Keep and Bear Arms

The 2nd Amendment of the Bill of Rights: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the Right of the people to Keep and Bear Arms shall not be infringed."

Right to Bear Arms News 06/09/01

updated 08/13/01

Dear friend,

This e-mail could be illegal, unless you take action now...

On Monday April 2, the Senate passed a bill that will stifle your free speech rights and cripple pro-family groups that defend your values before our elected leaders.

And it will totally silence our voice during elections!

It's called the "McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform" bill. But don't believe the nice-sounding name, it is really nothing more than a "Gag-Order"). This bill represents an ominous threat to our freedoms.

The battle now moves to the House of Representatives where the bill is known as the "Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform" bill.

I need you to sign this petition RIGHT NOW to block this measure because the House vote is imminent!

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This bill restricts your free association rights by shutting grassroots organizations like the CENTER FOR RECLAIMING AMERICA out of the policy debate!


This bill is a "Trojan Horse" that could destroy our free speech rights and cripple the pro-family grassroots movement.

I have already signed this petition. Now, I need your help. Click here to find out more:
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It takes just five minutes. We'll gather your petition and rush them to the House. Then, help me start a grassfire that will let our Representatives know that we won't sit by silently while they strip us of our free speech rights!

We must move quickly!

Thank you so much for taking a stand with us!

D. James Kennedy, Ph.D.
Janet Folger
National Director

P.S. "McCain-Feingold/Shays-Meehan" is really a government issued "GAG-ORDER!" And the so-called "finance reforms" are "FREE-SPEECH REStrICTIONS"! We must move quickly. Please sign the petition today. Then, alert all your friends. And be sure to check out the additional resources, including links to the actual texts of the bills gathered for you by my staff by clicking on the link below:
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Date: Thu, 09 Aug 2001 11:34:16 -0400
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Subject: Special Congressional Election

Special Congressional Election Coming

Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund E-Mail/Fax Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

August 7, 2001

Dear GOA members and supporters,

Even before all the redistricting opportunities arrive next year, gun owners have the chance now to pick up a true pro-gun leader in the House of Representatives.

President Bush has appointed Arkansas Rep. Asa Hutchinson to head up the Drug Enforcement Agency. There will be a special election in early October to fill the vacancy he leaves in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Arkansas state Senator Gunner DeLay (a cousin of U.S. House Majority Whip Tom DeLay of Texas) has announced his candidacy to fill the vacancy left by Hutchinson.

Sen. DeLay has a proven record of standing up for the rights of gun owners in the Arkansas Senate. He twice has voted for concealed carry of handguns for Arkansans. One of those votes was to remove a gun free zone from the law that, of course, only made it safe for criminals in parks and restaurants, not for parents concerned about protecting their children.

DeLay also filled out his GOA candidate questionnaire 100% correctly.

Amazingly, former state Rep. Jim Hendren, another candidate in the race, actually voted against concealed carry, and for criminal safe zones. Not surprisingly, he has refused to send in his GOA questionnaire.

There is a very clear difference between these two legislators based on their records.

The differences are even clearer now that the campaign has gotten under way. In defending his vote for criminal safe zones in restaurants, Hendren said, "Alcohol and firearms don't mix." No matter to Hendren that in the states that permit such concealed carry, there is no problem of concealed carry permittee shootouts in restaurants.

Gun owner rights have become the issue in this campaign. I hope you will send a check for as much as you can to Gunner DeLay for Congress and send it to the campaign office. The address of the campaign is: Gunner DeLay, 1713 South D Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901.

You can donate online by going to and clicking on Contributions (you can also view Sen. DeLay's voting record on gun issues there).

This is a safe Republican seat. The winner of the primary is almost certain to become the next congressman. By all accounts, Jim Hendren will pour more than two hundred thousand dollars of his own money into this race. That's why it's vital for gun owners to get behind Gunner DeLay now. We need a genuine pro-gun leader to come from such a district.

Your online contribution or your personal check of $25, $50, $100, $250 or even $1000 (the legal maximum) could make a huge difference.

Sen. Gunner DeLay has proven his leadership, and we should get behind him.

Please send your check or contribute online now. Time is truly of the essence.


Larry Pratt
Executive Director




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From: Dave LaCourse
Subject: CCRKBA running Anti-McCain Ad
Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2001 16:37:20 -0700
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to view this release and the ad in pdf format


For Immediate Release: Contact: Alan
Gottlieb (425) 454-4911

BELLEVUE, WA - Noting that "the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but we can't let good intentions create bad law," the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) this week is launching a nationwide campaign to defeat the McCain-Lieberman Gun Show Bill, S.890.

Organizations crossing the political spectrum oppose this legislation, said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. Groups ranging in philosophy from the Physicians for Social Responsibility to the National Association of Arms Shows are against McCain-Lieberman for various reasons, he said.

"McCain-Lieberman has several drafting flaws that even many anti-gun rights groups recognize," Gottlieb stated. "The bill isn't about background checks at gun shows, it's about bait and switch. As written, McCain-Lieberman invades the privacy rights of gun owners and lays the groundwork for creation of a national gun registration system. It would effectively put legitimate gun shows out of business."

Gottlieb is kicking off the CCRKBA campaign with advertisements in The Washington Times, National Review, The Weekly Standard, Insight Magazine and the Washington Times National Weekly Edition. Advertising will also appear in four of the nation's most prominent firearms publications: Gun Week, Women & Guns, Gun News Digest and Point Blank, Gottlieb said.

"Copies of our advertisement, which lists scores of politically diverse groups opposed to S.890 are being mailed to every member of Congress," Gottlieb added. "It will also be appearing on hundreds of websites on the Internet, and we will distribute it further through direct mail."

"We plan to match, dollar for dollar, every dollar spent by the anti-gun group Americans for Gun Safety," Gottlieb vowed. "It isn't often that people across the political spectrum, who are typically at odds with one another, agree on something. It is obvious that, for many reasons, traditional foes are now allies in turning 'thumbs-down' on McCain-Lieberman."

With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation's premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.


From: Jean Wigle
Subject: Important Gun Rights Event!!!!
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2001 11:30:06 -0700
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Dear Friends,

This year's 16th annual, national Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) will be held on Sept. 21, 22 & 23, 2001 in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Drawbridge Inn & Convention Center. The goal of the conference is to educate people on how to protect and advance the right to keep and bear arms across the country and in your communities.

SAF President and Gun Week Executive Editor Joseph P. Tartaro has dubbed the GRPC as, "The single most important event in the gun rights movement." His sentiments are echoed by many other gun rights leaders.

In an effort to promote this Free training and educational gathering, we are asking RKBA supporters to place a link on their website back to our main GRPC page at

Please note that we are listing our supporters this year on this page with links back to them where possible. Please e-mail your participation in this event so we can give you credit here as well as in all conference materials and handouts.

A GIF file banner is enclosed for your review, or one can be taken off of our main page at

Thank you for your consideration and time.

If there are any questions or problems, please call 1-800-486-6963 or e-mail us at


2001 Gun Rights Policy Conference

updated 06/09/01 Thanks go to Neil Knox for keeping us informed and fighting for our right to bear arms.
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2001 21:00:39 EDT
Subject: Senate Committee Tussle Likely
From: (Neal Knox)
To: (Firearms Coalition Alerts List)
June 4 Neal Knox update -- The first order of business when the Senate gets back from the Memorial Day recess Wednesday is for the Democrats to elect Tom Daschle as Majority Leader, with the help of Republican-turned-Independent Jim Jeffords (Vt.). The next item will be the Democrats' committee reorganization resolution. Unless they have made a binding deal with Republicans, that reorganization resolution will take a while. I hope. The committee resolution is the key to Republicans being able to get floor votes on President Bush's controversial -- that is, conservative -- judges or key agency heads. The Democrats committee resolution calls for Sen. Pat Leahy (Vt.) to be chairman of Judiciary. The No. 2 Democrat will be the more-senior former chairman Joe Biden -- who has never cast a vote for gun owners in my memory -- and who will be chairman of a new "drugs and crime" subcommittee that will consider all gun legislation. Chairman of Judiciary's Courts Subcomittee will be Charles Schumer! He has already declared that only "moderate" judges will be approved.
But if Republicans hang tough, for once, those chilling things wouldn't occur -- not without getting some significant concessions. Under arcane Senate rules, the special power-sharing agreement that Daschle and Republican leader Trent Lott negotiated in January becomes null and void the moment either side has a majority. So until the Senate approves a new committee appointments resolution, last year's committee structure, written when Republicans were in the majority, will remain in effetc.
New Senators, mainly Democrats, wouldn't have a committee assignment. Although all committee chairmen would be the most senior Democrats from last year's committees, several committees -- including Sen. Robert Byrd's Appropriations Committee -- would have Republican majorities.
Some other committees, including the Judiciary Committee -- critical because it considers all gun legislation, as well as all court appointments -- would be evenly divided between the parties. (That wouldn't directly help gunowners because Sen. Mike DeWine (R- Ohio) is a committee member, and a sponsor of the McCain-Lieberman gun show bill, S. 890.)
Needless to say, Democrats don't want to operate under last year's committee resolution. They have the votes to pass a new one, but if 41 Republicans mount a filibuster, the old one stays in place.
Yesterday, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said on TV that Republicans wouldn't kick up a fuss provided they had an agreement that would allow them to bring Pres. Bush's court nominees to the floor -- preventing Schumer and Leahy from simply sitting on the appointments. That's the tactic each majority party has used when they don't want to seat a judge, but don't have a reasonable argument against him or her.
Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-S.D.) told TV viewers that he didn't think Republicans would filibuster. Hopefully, he's whistling past the graveyard.
As a practical matter, this impasse is going to have to be resolved, and Democrats will eventually get their committee assignments, because they'll dig in their heels to assure that absolutely nothing Mr. Bush wants, even must-pass appropriations bills, will move.
But if Republicans hang tough, which Sen. Dorgan knows would be out of character, they can force a binding agreement. No matter what, the usual Senate "collegiality" will undergo a strain.
NRA rolled out what some call "NRA Flagship Legislation for the 107th Congress" last week, H.R. 2037, introduced by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and 101 co-sponsors. The bill would relieve gunmakers, dealers, distributors, and firearms trade associations from civil liability for criminal acts by third parties. To be protected from such liability lawsuits, people from the gun industry would have to voluntarily list themselves with the Commerce Department.
That registration requirement made Rep. John Hostettler (R- Ind.) "uncomfortable," so he declined to co-sponsor and reintroduced his "Interstate Commerce Freedom Act," H.R. 1966, to prohibit "any State or Federal court alleging liability of a manufacturer for harm" caused by a criminal act by a third party using his product. It also protects manufacturers from being held liable for marketing their products in compliance with law. The Hostettler bill has nine co-sponsors, including Rep. Stearns.
The California Senate is expected to vote this week on Sen. Jack Scott's (D-Altadena) handgun "safety license" bill requiring thumbprinting, a firearms course, a shooting proficiency demonstration and a written test on gun laws for anyone buying a handgun after Jan. 1, 2003.
The bill, S.B. 52, which sets a fee of up to $50, was approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee and sent to the floor. Under legislative rules bills must pass one house by June 8.
The Connecticut House passed a bill by 148-1 Tuesday night banning additional "assault weapons" and making it easier for police to seize guns from people considered dangerous, mandating gun seizures from anyone under a restraining order.
Great Britain's medieval deodand law, requiring prosecution and punishment of an inanimate object involved in a death was repealed in the 19th Century, but it is alive and well in Maine. A bill passed the Maine House 84-51 last week requiring guns used in a homicide to be destroyed, though other guns seized by police are sold through dealers.
The president of Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence, which lobbied for its passage, called it a "common sense idea." Deep thinkers from the Middle Ages would agree.
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