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Back Door Gun-Ban Bill

Friday, August 29, 2003

Well known for their virulent anti-gun sentiments, Senator Jon Corzine (D-N.J.) and Representative Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.) have introduced "consumer protection" bills that are nothing of the sort. Known collectively as the "Firearms Safety and Consumer Protection Act," S. 1224 and H.R. 2403 are, in reality, a poor smokescreen for back-door gun prohibition. The legislation is not intended to increase "safety" or protect consumers. Instead it proposes to "expand the powers of the Attorney General to regulate the manufacture, distribution, and sale of firearms and ammunition." Translation: To empower a president, through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to bypass Congress and unilaterally prohibit the manufacture of firearms. The radical Violence Policy Center, which advocates banning handguns and supports the bill, has said, "we believe that ultimately handguns would be phased out through such an agency."

This is yet another example of the crucial need for gun owners to make their voices heard to their lawmakers in Washington. Please contact your U.S. Representative and your U.S. Senators and voice your strong opposition to this deceptive and highly restrictive legislation. Also, please continue to urge them to oppose current legislation seeking to reauthorize and expand the 1994 Clinton gun ban - H.R. 2038, S. 1431, and S. 1034. Please remember that for all of the above-mentioned action items, you can find contact information for your elected officials by using the "Write Your Representatives" tool at www.NRAILA.org, or you can call your U.S. Senators at (202) 224-3121 and your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121.

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