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Elect A Second Amendment-Safe Senate

Monday, October 16, 2006

Charles Schumer is masterminding a campaign to overturn the pro-gun majority in the U.S. Senate. Should Schumer succeed, he and fellow Senate Judiciary Committee members Ted Kennedy and Dianne Feinstein would have the votes to block every federal judge nominee who supports the Second Amendment. That, of course, would include any U.S. Supreme Court nominee.

Elect A Second Amendment-Safe Senate
Mid-term elections may not grab the attention like years when there’s a race for the White House, but the importance of the 2006 U.S. Senate elections cannot be overlooked by Americans who value their Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Gun owners who want to preserve their Right to Keep and Bear Arms are in for a fight this Election Day. Determined opponents of the Second Amendment are energized by the idea that they can regain the reins of legislative power in Washington, D.C., including in the U.S. Senate.

In a little more than two weeks from now, on Tuesday, November 7, voters will elect 33 U.S. senators. Voters in Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, Tennessee and Vermont will be filling open seats. If anti-gun forces win even a handful of those races, our Second Amendment rights will be seriously endangered.

We are at a crucial juncture. In the near future, many court watchers believe the U.S. Supreme Court will be compelled to rule on the Second Amendment’s meaning. If anti-gun politicians such as Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, Ted Kennedy and Chuck Schumer regain control of the U.S. Senate, there is no doubt they’ll use their power to reject any Supreme Court nominee who believes that the Second Amendment means what it says and protects an individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Schumer’s brothers-in-arms-banning Kennedy (top) and Feinstein

If anti-gun forces tip the scales in their favor in the U.S. Senate--which has the authority to ratify or reject international treaties--you can bet that they’ll be eager to do anti-gun billionaire George Soros’ bidding and ratify a United Nations gun-ban treaty.


If anti-gun forces tip the scales in their favor in the U.S. Senate--which has the authority to ratify or reject international treaties--you can bet that they’ll be eager to do anti-gun billionaire George Soros’ bidding and ratify a United Nations gun-ban treaty.


You don’t need a crystal ball to predict their legislative agenda if the anti-gunners regain control of the Senate. They left a roadmap behind before they were swept out of power in the 1994 elections. Their flagship bill was the Kennedy-sponsored S.1878, or “Brady II,” as we called it. With the Clintons in the White House, the arrogance of the anti-gun elite was unbridled--their promise of “only wanting to take guns out of the hands of criminals” was exposed as a cynical lie.

Here’s just some of what they have planned for US:

Federal Arsenal License: To possess more than 20 firearms (and parts such as bolts would be regulated as firearms), 1,000 rounds of ammunition or just 1,000 primers, you’d need a special $300 “federal arsenal license.” The three-year license would require law enforcement approval and an extensive background check.

BATFE Home Inspections: To get an “arsenal license,” you’d have to be willing to open your home to inspections by BATFE agents three times a year.

Small Handguns Banned: Possession of small-caliber pistols and short-barreled revolvers would be banned. Also in jeopardy would be older guns, such as single-action revolvers, that lack prescribed safety devices.

Magazines Banned: Bill Clinton’s ban on magazines of more than 10 rounds would be replaced with a ban on magazines that hold more than six rounds.

Ammunition Banned: Ammunition determined to be “non-sporting” would be banned. Any handgun ammunition left on the market would see a federal excise tax increase of 50 percent. Interstate mail-order ammunition sales would be prohibited.

Waiting Periods/Gun Rationing: There would be a national seven–day waiting period on handgun and handgun ammunition sales, and you’d not be able to buy or transfer more than one handgun in a 30-day period.

Registration: Buying a handgun, parts, or ammunition would require a state-issued photo-id license. You’d have to provide fingerprints, pay a fee and pass a firearm safety course to obtain a two-year license. Buyers would have to “provide information necessary to register the handgun transfer.” Transfer of a handgun would require registering the transfer with the state’s chief law enforcement officer.

That is the future we face if we fail to work together to elect a Second Amendment-safe U.S. Senate. On November 7, all of us--together with our families, friends and fellow sportsmen--must go to the polls and play our part in keeping freedom alive.

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