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January 22, 2007

Congress Shafts Second Amendment ... Again

Well, they certainly didn't wait long, did they?

Alan Korwin, author of "Gun Laws of America" ( ), recently alerted us to some ominous activity taking place in Congress. Less than three weeks after the 110th Congress convened, the Democrats have already proposed four -- yes, FOUR -- new gun laws!

"The Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2007," H.R.256 ( ) would raise the minimum age for the ownership of a semi-automatic rifle from 18 to 21. In addition, children under 18 attending a gun show must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Worse, it calls for fines and jailtime if a child gets a hold of your firearm and uses it to cause death or serious bodily injury, if you "recklessly disregarded the risk" that a child could access your firearm.

More ludricrous is H.R. 428 ( ), entitled "To require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban toys which in size, shape, or overall appearance resemble real handguns." Yes, you read that right. The Democrats are pushing the banning of _toy_ guns, if they resemble real guns in size, shape OR overall appearance.

There's also "The NICS Improvement Act," H.R. 297 ( ). NICS, of course, is the national firearms background checks for the public required by the Brady law. We'd like to tell you more about the bill, but weirdly, no information on it has been posted on the Thomas Locator site for Congressional legislation.

The most Draconian bill thus far, though, is "The Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2007," H.R. 96 ( ). This misleadingly-named bill -- a gun-hater's dream come true -- systematically destroys not just the Second Amendment but a number of your other rights as well.

Says Alan Korwin of HR 96:

"Under the original draft, currently legal gun shows are outlawed without prior federal permission. Gun show promoters must agree to warrantless searches in order to operate, and may be arrested if private citizens talk at the show about gun sales they wish to complete away from the show. The right to assemble peaceably at a gun show or even plan for one, carries stiff prison terms unless federal licenses are issued in advance. I am not making this up.

"Massive new bureaucracy is created because all shows and their exhibitors must be registered 30 days before the show, then again 72 hours before the show, and again five days after the show. That's in addition to registering anyone who walks in, plus "any other information" the Secretary of the Treasury decides, by regulation, is necessary on vendors, attendees, and the show itself."

This is just the beginning, folks. And we're in this alone. You may recall that President Bush has declared his willingness to sign any "assault weapons" bill that comes across his desk, so we probably shouldn't expect too much opposition to legislation of this type.

All of these laws, of course, will be enforced by our "friends" at the BATFE. This begs the question: How many wake-up calls, and how many knocks at the door do we need? IF YOU HAVEN'T SUPPORTED THE MAKING OF OUR FILM _THE GANG_, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

_The Gang_ ( or ) focuses on the arbitrary, capricious, and yes, malicious activities of the BATFE. Our goal is not to "reform" or "reprimand" the BATFE: we want them OUT OF BUSINESS. We want to abolish ALL federal control and regulations of firearms. _The Gang_ will help us do that ... but we need you to help _The Gang_.

Please consider donating to this worthy cause. The Democrats in Congress are not going to stop their assault on our Second Amendment rights, and the Republicans don't appear to be able or willing to fight them.

It's up to us.

- The Liberty Crew

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