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April 1999

A great way to get the pro-gun point of view across to the general public is by writing letters to the editor of your local paper. One does not need to be a professional writer to get a letter published. In fact, most professional writers do not...

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March 1999

With all the focus on the national legislature it is very easy to forget about the state level. It is imperative that we keep the pressure on our legislators at all levels. Often state legislatures are the proving ground for gun control...

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February 1999

Now that the congressional elections are over, we have a good sense of what to expect with regards to gun control legislation. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) will introduce two pieces of legislation, one to require dealers to run an instant check at...

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January 1999

With a new Congress (the 106th) taking office in Washington, DC., it is important to remind your Representatives and Senators of your opposition to legislation which would infringe on your right to keep and bear arms. Many gun owners follow a...

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December 1998

Having just got through a major election, many of you now have new people representing you in state, local, and national offices. Since new legislative sessions will be beginning in January, it is important to make sure that you have all the...

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Kathryn M. DeLong

In an examination of the history of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), writer Kathryn M. DeLong con­cludes that, “Like many aspects of the federal government, ATF has a long history of corruption.” Ms. DeLong is the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month for September. In nominating her for the Award, John M. Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Director, noted she “writes regularly in a pithy fashion in defense of the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms. She works to expose to public view the various fallacies of anti-gun owner arguments, and deserves this Award for her efforts.” Ms. DeLong is a student at the State University of New York at Buf­falo. She is a political science major preparing for law school and writes a weekly column for the Guns and Politics section of HumanEvents.com. In a recent statement, Ms. DeLong noted that while the facts revealed about ATF’s Operation Fast and Fu­rious have been the source of a great amount of public scrutiny, “this is only one of the many instances when ATF has acted recklessly and irresponsibly.” She recalled the famous case of Randy Weaver when he and his family became the targets of a fed­eral investigation after the FBI and Secret Service reportedly found out about what was allegedly Weaver’s involvement in the white suprema­cist movement. “In 1990,” Ms. DeLong wrote, “Weaver was approached by an ATF informant, Kenneth Fadeley. Fadeley convinced Weaver to shorten the barrels of two shotguns and sell them to him. Once in possession of the firearms, ATF brought charges against Weaver, citing that the length of the guns did not comply with federal law. ATF tried to cut a deal with Weaver, saying that if he became an informant, the charges would be dropped. Weaver denied the truth of the charges and rejected ATF’s proposal. “Weaver’s refusal to cooperate prompted ATF to report false infor­mation about him to other agencies involved, leading to label him as an extremely dangerous criminal. Because of this information, Weaver was summoned to court, which he missed due to a U.S. Probation Officer mistakenly telling him the wrong date. This resulted in a violent confrontation between the Weaver family and the U.S. Marshals and FBI, leaving four dead – a U.S. Marshal, Weaver’s 14-year-old son Samuel, his wife Vicki, and his pet dog.” Ms. DeLong declared that, “Had it not been for ATF’s dishonesty, the bloody siege at Ruby Ridge would not have occurred.” She noted that, “In a similar display of irresponsibility, ATF’s failure to ex­ecute a search warrant at the Branch Davidian ranch in Waco, Texas led to a 50-day siege, which ultimately led to the deaths of 76 people – more than 20 of which were children.” Ms. DeLong stated “there have been many reports of ATF directors and agents behaving badly. In 2002, the chief of the ATF Iowa Field Office was arrested for public intoxication after threatening a group of teenagers with a loaded gun. More recently, in 2008, an ATF special agent was charged with hitting a woman with his vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident. Also in 2008, an audit was released in which the Depart­ment of Justice reported that 76 firearms were lost, stolen, or missing from ATF between 2002 and 2007. “In 2009, the director of industry operations at ATF in Houston was arrested after a trip to New Orleans for official business. According to reports, Russell Vander Werf dis­abled a hotel fire alarm and replaced a bedroom door with a piece of plywood containing a ‘glory hole.’ Instead of firing Vander Werf, ATF simply reassigned him to the field office in Washington.” Just last year, reported Ms. De­Long, “an agent was charged with second-degree murder after he emptied his gun on a neighbor in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Also in 2010, an agent was convicted of stealing money from a house during a drug raid. Another agent was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession of illegal drugs, money laundering, and possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense. “If we cannot trust these people to abide by the law, how can we trust that they will ensure others are abiding by the law? Now, in the wake of yet another ATF scandal, it is especially clear that we need to take action to reform the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The number of nega­tive incidents involving ATF agents seems to be growing; yet the agency itself is still expanding. Expansion means increased regulation, which is a concern – especially in regards to firearms.”

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) is the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender ofthe Month for August.In nominating him for the award,John M. Snyder, CCRKBA PublicAffairs Director, noted that, “Sen.Moran is a stalwart supporter ofthe Second Amendment civil rightto keep and bear arms. Recently, hehas taken a lead in questioning theposition of the Obama administrationon the proposed Arms TradeTreaty. He deserves to receive aCCRKBA Gun Rights Defender ofthe Month Award.”Sen. Moran is circulating to fellowSenators a draft letter to PresidentBarack Obama and to Secretary ofState Hillary Clinton about the proposedtreaty. As of the writing thereare 58 signatories to his letter. Henotes that, “at the U.N. General Assembly,your administration votedfor the United States to participate innegotiating this treaty. Preparatorycommittee meetings are now underwayin anticipation of a conferencein 2012 to finalize the treaty.”Sen. Moran writes that, “based onthe process to date,” there is concern“that the Arms Trade Treaty posesdangers to rights protected underthe Second Amendment.”“While the 2009 resolution onthe treaty acknowledged the existenceof ‘national constitutionalprotections on private ownership,’”Sen. Moran stated, “it placed theexistence of these protections inthe context of ‘the right of States toregulate internal transfers of armsand national ownership,’ implyingthat constitutional protections mustbe interpreted in the context of thebroader power of the state to regulate.We are concerned both by theimplications of the 2009 resolutionand by the hostility to private firearmsownership manifested by similarresolutions in previous years – suchas the 2008 resolution, which calledfor the ‘highest possible standards’of control.“Second, your administrationagreed to participate in the negotiationonly if it ‘operates under the ruleof consensus decision-making.’ Giventhat the 2008 resolution on the treatywas adopted almost unanimously –with only the United States and Zimbabwein opposition – it seems clearthat there is a near-consensus on therequirement for the ‘highest possiblestandards,’ which will inevitably putsevere pressure on the United Statesto compromise on important issues.”Sen. Moran points out that, “UnitedNations member states regularlyargue that no treaty controlling thetransfer of arms internationally canbe effective without controls ontransfers inside member states. Anytreaty resulting from the Arms TradeTreaty process that seeks in any wayto regulate the domestic manufacture,assembly, possession, transfer, or purchaseof firearms, ammunition, andrelated items would be completelyunacceptable to us.”He notes further noted that, “Reportsfrom the 2010 PreparatoryMeeting make it clear that many U.N.member states aim to craft an extremelybroad treaty. A declaration byMexico and other Central and SouthAmerican countries, for example,called for the treaty to cover ‘All typesof conventional weapons (regardlessof their purpose), including smallarms and light weapons, ammunition,components, parts, technologyand related materials.’ Such a broadtreaty would be completely unenforceable,and would pose dangersto all U.S. businesses and individualsinvolved in any aspect of the firearmsindustry. At the 2010 Meeting, theU.S. representative twice expressedfrustration with the wide-rangingand unrealistic scope of the projectedtreaty. We are concerned that thesecautions will not be heeded, and thatthe Senate will eventually be calledupon to consider a treaty that is sobroad it cannot effectively be subjectto our advice and consent.”Sen. Moran declares that, “Theunderlying philosophy of the ArmsTrade Treaty is that transfers to andfrom governments are presumptivelylegal, while transfers to non-stateWe agree that sales and transfers tocriminals and terrorists are unacceptable,but we will oppose any treatythat places the burden of controllingcrime and terrorism on law-abidingAmericans, instead of where it belongs:on the culpable member statesof the United Nations who havefailed to take the necessary steps toblock trafficking that is already illegalunder existing laws and agreements.“As the treaty process continues,we strongly encourage your Administrationto uphold our country’sconstitutional protections of civilianfirearms ownership. These freedomsare not negotiable, and we will opposeratification of an Arms TradeTreaty presented to the Senate thatin any way restricts the rights oflaw-abiding U.S. citizens to manufacture,assemble, possess, transferor purchase firearms, ammunition,and related items.”Sen. Moran received his J.D. degreefrom the University of Kansas Schoolof Law.

Texas State Sen. Glenn Heger

Texas State Sen. Glenn Heger is the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defenderof the Month for July.John M. Snyder, CCRKBA PublicAffairs Director, nominated the Republicanlegislator from Katy, Texasfor the Award.Snyder said that Sen. Heger foryears has been promoting gun rightsin the Texas Legislature.“For years, Sen. Heger has beensponsoring much-needed pro-gunlegislation. In particular, he has beenworking for a law in the Lone StarState that would allow employees tostore legal firearms in their places ofemployment during the work day.“This year, Sen. Heger accomplishedthis objective. The StateSenate and the Texas State Houseof Representatives agreed to passhis proposal, and sent it to Gov.Rick Perry, who signed it into law.It takes effect September 1.Snyder said, “Sen. Glenn Hegerhas demonstrated his leadershipability in promoting the rights of gunowners. He most certainly deservesa CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender ofthe Month Award.”When Sen. Heger introduced hismeasure, Senate Bill 321, in January,it was aimed at preventing employersfrom adopting policies thatwould prevent their workers fromstoring legal firearms on companyproperty, even if securely locked intheir vehicles.Sen. Heger said he proposed thebill in response to overly restrictivepolicies adopted by some Texasemployers.“When an employer bars firearmson company property, even thosesafely locked in employees’ personalvehicles, they rob their workersof their Second Amendment rightsand, even more importantly, theirright to safety,” said Sen. Heger. “Noone should have to choose betweenprotecting themselves and their jobs,and with the passage of this bill, noTexan will ever again face that unfairdecision.”He said that, “unfortunately, manyTexans have been forced to make thechoice between adhering to theiremployer’s policy prohibiting storageof their legally owned firearmin their locked vehicle on companyproperty or risking their employmentby exercising their legal right to protectthemselves as they make their dailycommute.”Sen. Heger said that millions of Texansspend hours each week in theircars and trucks as they commute toand from work, with some commutestaking drivers through dangerousneighborhoods.Sen. Heger said that the legislationis a common sense measure that balancesthe rights of both employer andemployee.Under the proposal, employeeswill be able to store a legally ownedfirearm and ammunition in theirvehicles while at work, and with ittheir right to protect themselves asthey travel to and from their place ofemployment.The legislation likewise recognizesemployers, and protects them fromany lawsuit resulting from the useof a firearm stored on their property.They retain the ability to forbid theiremployees from carrying a firearm incompany-owned vehicles.Specifically, the Heger measurewith certain exceptions protects anemployee of a public or private employerprovided the employee holdsa license to carry a concealed firearm,who otherwise lawfully possesses afirearm, or who lawfully possessesammunition.The legislation is similar to lawsnow on the books in Alaska, Arizona,Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana,Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota,Mississippi, Oklahoma andUtah.Glenn Heger was born November25, 1970 in Houston, Texas. He andhis wife, Dara, have three children,Claire, Julia and Joseph.A farmer by profession, Hegerearned an LLM in Agricultural Lawfrom the University of ArkansasSchool of Law in 1998, a JD fromSaint Mary’s University School ofLaw in 1997, an MA in InternationalEconomic Relations from SaintMary’s University in 1997, and a BAin Political Science and History fromTexas Agricultural and MechanicalUniversity in 1993.He served in the Texas House ofRepresentatives 2002-2006 and hasbeen a State Senator since 2007.Sen. Glenn Heger

John R. Bolton

Former Ambassador John R. Bolton suggested in a speech at the NRA convention that President Barack Obama is laying the foundation to push a multi-faceted gun control agenda if he is reelected in just about 17 months.

Bolton is a former CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month.

Bolton was U.S. Permanent Repre­sentative to the United Nations and Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security during the Bush Administration. Bolton fought successfully against attempts to circumvent Americans’ Second Amendment rights through international agreements.

In his speech Bolton accused the Obama administration of trying to use its own failures in the struggle against Mexican drug cartels as an excuse or pretext for promoting more restrictive gun control on law-abiding American citizens.

“We can understand that, as he (Obama) likes to say, he’s playing the long game, and that ‘leading from behind’ means waiting until he’s elected to a second term when he faces no further political constraints and his true agenda can come to the floor,” declared Bolton. “And I believe right at the top of it is (to) increase gun control at the federal level and at the international level.”

Bolton discussed the collapse of pub­lic order in Mexico. He fears that may spread across our southern border. He referred to estimates of 35,000 to 40,000 drug-related homicides in the last five years in Mexico. He noted how dangerous tourist areas have become. He noted also recent State Department tourist warnings.

“If it weren’t for our demand,” he opined, “the supply wouldn’t be there and the drug cartels wouldn’t be there. But the (Obama) administration in as cynical a political move as I think we’ve seen in Washington in a long time – and that’s saying something – is using this crisis in Mexico and the use of drugs in our own country not to combat the illicit narcotics but to use it as a foundation to argue for stricter gun controls at the federal level in our country.”

He said that, “When they do talk about what’s happening in Mexico, our White House follows the Mexican line by saying that the real problem of drug-related violence in Mexico is caused by guns that have come ille­gally across the United States-Mexican border.”

He said, “This is something that is music to the ears of gun control advocates in this country, because they can say, ‘See, actually, it’s our lack of gun controls, our lack of enforcement, that’s the real cause of the problem. So stiffer gun controls in the United States will solve the problem of drug violence in Mexico and prevent it from coming here.”

While admitting that some guns used by the Mexico gangs come from the U.S., Bolton said “the bulk of those guns” come from corrupt police and military officials or from the international weapons market.

“The idea that what’s going on in Mexico is somehow our fault because of lax gun control laws here is exactly the kind of subterfuge that the Obama administration would like to carry forward in the near fu­ture to get stronger gun control laws here,” Bolton said. “It will provide a foundation for their argument (on) why the United States will have to enter into, in short order, the United Nations-negotiated small arms treaty.”

 

Chuck Nor­ris

Chuck Norris is the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month for May.

In nominating the celebrity for the award, John M. Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Director, indicated reasons for selecting Norris.

“Chuck has distinguished himself in a variety of fields,” said Snyder. “He has become a stalwart and incisive defender of the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms in print and electronic media. He is an ar­ticulate and popular proponent of gun rights. He surely deserves a CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month Award.”

In a recent column, Chuck Nor­ris wrote, “I am a strong Second Amendment advocate. I believe in protecting our fundamental rights, including our Second Amendment rights, through the political pro­cess.”

In trying to operate through that political process, Norris issued a warning. He warned that now, “Obama Triangulates on Gun Con­trol.”

In elucidating his meaning, Norris noted that, “The 2012 election now looms large for this administration. Even while the president’s top aides are deserting the White House to staff up his campaign office, those left behind seem to be working from a mandate to begin patrolling the divided Democratic base.

“Up until now, the Obama White House had given a wide berth to the gun control debate, abandon­ing campaign promises to pursue new restrictions on gun rights. This avoidance does not reflect any shift in position; it is merely recogni­tion of the political reality that most members of his party have no interest in having yet another political loser of an issue crammed down their throats.”

This situation is undergoing a change, Norris thinks. “Those in Obama’s liberal base have grown restless and rancorous over his first two years in office because he hasn’t done everything they’ve wanted, at least regarding more restrictions on our Second Amendment rights. They resent the president’s avoidance of fulfilling his campaign rhetoric.

“Gun control groups have thrown tantrums for months that Obama wouldn’t champion their agenda, with one group resentfully awarding him an F. So only now is Obama stick­ing his toes into the swirling currents of the Second Amendment debate.”

Norris noted the Obama “campaign kicked off in the Arizona Daily Star, with a subtle op-ed that was inten­tionally vague. The words could be read as a broad endorsement of proposed gun control measures; they also could be read as embracing the mantra that enforcement of current laws is what’s needed. But Obama’s attempt to place himself at the center of an ideological divide over guns is pure political positioning, and it comes with the rank odor of cold, crass calculation. One can almost hear the tearing of another page from the Clinton playbook.

“One thing he definitely got wrong, however, was his arrogant statement that he had ‘expanded’ the rights of gun owners. The Bill of Rights is guar­anteed and can’t be ‘expanded’ by government, as it contains fundamen­tal natural rights. Those rights can, however, be restricted by illegitimate government fiat, which is why the clear language of the Second Amend­ment prohibits even ‘infringement’ upon it. But infringement is clearly on the agenda, despite Obama’s rhetorical vacillations.”

Chuck Norris felt that intended future Obama infringement was evident. He wrote, “Implementation of the goals set forth in his article came via phone calls from Justice Department operatives seeking to arrange a series of ‘active listening’ meetings for groups on both sides of the gun control debate, as well as industry companies and groups. The proposed meetings were intended to develop an agenda of new legislative and regulatory proposals for the White House to embrace and push in Congress.”

Norris has starred in more than 20 major motion pictures. His television series “Walker, Texas Ranger,” which completed its run 10 years ago after eight full seasons, was the most suc­cessful Saturday night series on CBS since “Gunsmoke.”

He starred in such films as “Delta Force” and “Missing in Action.”

He is a New York Times best-selling author of two books, including the 2004 autobiographical “Against All Odds.”

Chuck Norris first made his mark as a renowned teacher of martial arts. He was a six-times undefeated world middleweight karate champion. He is the first man from the Western Hemisphere in the more than 4,500-year tradition of tae kwon do to be awarded an eighth-degree black belt grand master ranking.

He thinks “our Founders ratified a Second Amendment as a right and defense for all Americans.”

Sen. Charles E. Grassley

Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowais the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defenderof the Month for April. He’sa CCRKBA Congressional Advisor.John M. Snyder, CCRKBA PublicAffairs Director, nominated Grassleyfor the Award. He said “Sen.Grassley is working to uncover thefacts behind questionable activitiesof the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,Firearms and Explosives (BATFE).“The burgeoning scandal involvesa BATFE firearms straw purchasersting operation that may haveresulted in the murder of a federalagent. Grassley faces BATFEstonewalling in response to hisquestions and has raised the antewith questions to the AttorneyGeneral, Eric Holder, as BATFE isa unit of the Justice Department.Grassley regards the investigationas his responsibility as a U.S. Senatorfor oversight over governmentagencies. He surely should receivea CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender ofthe Month Award.”Chuck Grassley came to Washington,D.C. in 1975 as a recently-electedU.S. Representative. He indicatedhe believed in and would protectAmericans’ Second Amendmentrights. He was elected to the Senatein 1980 and has served there since1981. “He has been true to his wordall these years,” said Snyder.Chuck Grassley is Ranking Memberof the Senate Judiciary Committee.He is a Republican. If the GOPwins a majority of Senate seats as aresult of the 2012 elections, Grassleycould become chairman. It that happens,it’ll be watch out, BATFE, andwatch out, U.S. Justice Department.Grassley had misgivings aboutHolder’s nomination to head theJustice Department in 2009. He saidhe was concerned about Holder’s“overly restrictive views of the SecondAmendment…I’m a strong supporterof the Second Amendment, so I’m concernedthat Mr. Holder’s views may betoo limited…I don’t understand whyMr. Holder is willing to consider theneed for new gun laws and regulations,when we could be embracinga nationwide expansion of a proven,successful program enforcing existinggun laws.”Following the shootings early thisyear in Tucson, Arizona, Grassley tolda group of high school students inIowa he had not changed his pro-gunowner opinions.In the Senate, Grassley has voteda number of times for the rights oflaw-abiding gun owners.He voted in favor of allowing firearmsin checked baggage on Amtraktrains. This was on a proposal bySen. Roger Vicker of Minnesota. Itwas an amendment to ensure thatlaw-abiding Amtrak passengers areallowed to securely transport firearmsin their checked luggage.He voted in favor of a national ccwreciprocity amendment by Sen. JohnThune of South Dakota. It would haveallowed the holder of a state-issuedccw permit to carry in other statesthat issue ccw permits.He also voted in favor of prohibitingforeign aid and United Nations aidthat restricts United States gun ownership.This was on an amendmentby Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana.This prohibited the use of funds byinternational organizations, agencies,and entities, including the UN, thatrequire the registration of, or taxesguns owned by American citizens.He voted for a bill to prohibit civilliability actions from being broughtor continued against manufacturers,distributors, dealers, or importers offirearms or ammunition. The prohibitionis for damages, injunctive orother relief resulting from the misuseof their products by others.Grassley voted against banninglawsuits against gun manufacturersfor gun violence.He voted against a proposal torequire background checks on allfirearm sales at gun shows.Chuck Grassley was born September17, 1933 in New Hartford, Iowa,where he still lives.He married Barbara Speicher in1954. The couple has five children,Lee, Wendy, Robin, Michele, and Jay.Chuck Grassley reports he is afarmer and his son, Robin, currentlyoperates the family farm.He was a sheet metal worker,1959-1961. He was an assembly lineworker, 1961-1971. He was electedto the Iowa Legislature 1958.Grassley received his B.A. in 1955and his M.A. in 1956 in Political Sciencefrom the University of NorthernIowa. He did doctoral work at theUniversity of Iowa.His memberships include theFarm Bureau, the Butler County andState of Iowa Historical Societies,Pi Gamma Mu, Kappa Delta Pi, theInternational Association of Machinists(1962-1971), Masons, Eagles, andBaptist Church.In the Senate, in addition to theJudiciary Committee, he serves onthe Finance, Budget, Agriculture,and Joint Tax committees. He is Co-Chairman of the Senate Caucus onInternational Narcotics Control. Heis Co-Chair of the Senate Caucus onFoster Youth.

Oklahoma State Senator Steve Russell

Oklahoma State Senator SteveRussell of Oklahoma City is theCCRKBA Gun Rights Defender ofthe Month for March.“During this time of stress forbelievers in the right to keep andbear arms when officials of variouskinds seek to undermine Americans’gun rights, it is most gratifyingthat officials such as Sen. Russellstand up so forcefully in defenseof our rights,” said John M. Snyder,CCRKBA Public Affairs Director,in nominating the Oklahoman forthe CCRKBA Gun Rights Defenderof the Month Award. “He is mostdeserving of this distinction.”Russell demonstrated this recentlywhen Oklahoma Police Chief BillCitty came out publicly in supportof tougher anti-gun laws. Cittyreportedly stated that although hesupports an individual’s right toown a gun, “he sees no practicalreason why someone needs an AR-15 or similar weapon,” according toBryan Dean of newsok.com.Dean pointed out that “a federalban on assault weapons outlawedthe AR-15 and other semiautomaticversions of assault rifles, along withhigh-capacity magazines” expired in2004.In reaction, Russell wrote “Istrongly disagree with (Citty’s) viewthat certain types of military-stylefirearms inherently pose a greatpublic threat.“City Councilmen Sam Bowmanand Pete White have supportedCitty’s stance and share the beliefthat these types of weapons have noplace in civil communities. I considerthese comments to be uncivil to thehundreds of thousands of law-abidingOklahoma gun owners. Moreimportantly, efforts to impose theseviews on all citizens are a danger to ourguaranteed Oklahoma and UnitedStates constitutional freedoms.”Russell wrote that, “As co-chairmanof the Senate Veteran’s Affairs Committeeand as a member of both Senatepublic safety committees, I call on Cittyto provide the data that shows thesetypes of weapons are used extensivelyin crime and pose a greater threatstatistically than any other commonlyheld and legally purchased type offirearm.“There is simply no empirical evidenceto support his claim. Accordingto the FBI, crime has dropped 14percent since 2004, the period he citesas when the so-called ban on militaryweapons expired. The fact is theseweapons were never banned but onlycertain modifications to them were.”Russell charged “Citty’s proposal ofregistration or titling of such weaponsviolates Oklahoma’s constitution.Furthermore, being able to protectourselves with the type of firearm wefeel most comfortable with is a part ofour federal constitutional freedoms.These are basic rights – not privilegesbestowed on us by benevolent politicians.His views are something onemight hear in San Francisco but arenot welcome in Oklahoma. Citty alsoneeds to be mindful that Section Two,Article 26 of the Oklahoma Constitutionprohibits any such action as heproposes.“Citty states that he cannot imaginewhy anyone would want to ownsuch a weapon. On behalf of tens ofthousands of active serving and veteranmilitary, I find such commentsan affront to the law-abiding citizen.Many soldiers keep such arms tomaintain shooting proficiency andmany veterans develop an affinitywith such weapons they carried inthe service, even though these aresemi-auto only and are not automaticof the type carried in the service.Tens of thousands of Oklahomanskeep and bear such weapons with nothreat to the public. The implicationthat these citizens are either crazedor criminals is offensive.”Russell is the sponsor of severalpro-gun bills in the Oklahoma StateSenate, including one that wouldallow any adult to openly carry afirearm and another to permit concealedhandguns on college campuses.Under Sen. Russell’s proposal, anyonewith a valid concealed handgunlicense would be allowed to carry afirearm on campus, although collegesor universities still would be able toprohibit firearms at sporting eventsand other “access-controlled” events.Sen. Russell also filed a bill that wouldallow anyone 18 or older to openlycarry a holstered firearm, even if heor she does not have a concealedcarry permit.Elected to the Senate in 2008, LTCRussell retired after serving 21 yearsin the US Army in Airborne Lightand Mechanized assignments inthe Arctic, the desert, the Pacific, inEurope and in the continental UnitedStates. He served more than sevenyears overseas and has deployedoperationally to Kosovo, Kuwait,Afghanistan and Iraq.Highly decorated, Russell hasreceived the Legion of Merit, theBronze Star Medal with Valor Deviceand Oak Leaf Cluster, the CombatInfantryman’s Badge, the ValorousUnit Award and also holds the Airborneand Ranger Qualifications.

Congressman Denny Rehberg

Congressman Denny Rehberg of Montana is the recipient of the CCRKBA February Gun Rights Defender of the Month Award.

In nominating Rep. Rehberg for the Award, John M. Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Director, said “this Congressman is taking a leading role in trying to prevent the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) from assuming power and using it to impose upon law-abiding firearm dealers unwarranted burdens in the operations of their businesses.

“The BATFE action is a bureau­cratic attempt to undermine the Second Amendment by encumber­ing firearms dealers with more red tape. By fighting the BATFE on this, Congressman Rehberg is rendering a real service to law-abiding Ameri­can gun owners. It means that he certainly deserves to be named CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month.”

In December, 2010, the Second Amendment community was upset to learn that BATFE was moving to require federally licensed firearms retailers to report multiple sales of modern sporting rifles. BATFE wants to require that firearms retail­ers report multiple sales or other dispositions of two or more over .22 caliber semiautomatic rifles that are capable of accepting a detach­able magazine and are purchased by the same individual within five consecutive business days.

Although a report in The Washing­ton Post suggested that the mandate would be limited to retailers along the Southwest border, the Na­tional Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) pointed out that BATFE’s Federal Register Notice did not limit the geographic scope of the reporting requirement.

In fact, the BATFE “emergency” mandate originally was published more than a year ago by the gun-grabbing Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) coalition under the control of anti-gun Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City. Although the news­paper reported that the Department of Justice “languished” over the plan for several months, it was hard to see from where the “emergency” came, as NSSF noted. It really looked like BATFE was taking orders from MAIG.

Congressman Rehberg stated that, “While we’ve managed to stop gun control efforts in Congress, the Obama administration wants to circumvent the legislative process altogether in order to force its anti-gun policies on the American people. Beyond the economic burden of more paperwork for gun dealers, this rule is predicated on the incorrect assumption that buy­ing multiple guns is a questionable activity that warrants a red flag for government attention. This is the exact mindset that proponents of the Second Amendment feared when an anti-gun Chicago politician moved into the White House. I’ll keep fight­ing to make sure the federal govern­ment respects all of our constitutional rights.”

Rep. Rehberg organized a biparti­san statement with 33 congressional co-signers declaring that, “We cross a line when the federal government starts keeping tabs on citizens who are exercising their constitutional rights in a completely legal manner. This isn’t about partisanship or politics – this is about standing up for liberty.”

His office indicated that, “Unlike previous efforts to register firearm purchases, this emergency informa­tion request can be implemented without any congressional action whatsoever.”

In a letter to President Barack Obama, Congressman Rehberg and the others noted that the BATFE “request asks the Office of Manage­ment and Budget (OMB) to approve an information collection that would require federally licensed firearm dealers to report the sales of two or more semiautomatic rifles to the same customer within a five-day period…We are strongly opposed to this request by the ATF, and to any further efforts to regulate the sale of firearms through emergency notices and paperwork changes that have not been properly vetted by Congress or by the affected public.

“Implementing the ATF’s proposal would subject firearms dealers and their customers to new, onerous requirements that would inevitably track and catalogue the purchases of law-abiding gun owners. And while Congress has authorized multiple sales reporting for handguns, we have never extended this authority to other types of firearms.

“Expanding this power by ex­ecutive decree would be an end run around Congress.

“Under current law, the ATF already has extensive powers to inspect the sales records of firearms dealers and investigate suspicious transactions. We encourage your administration to reconsider this ill-conceived change to the reporting requirements, and instead utilize the ATF’s existing authority to ensure that firearms dealers are in compli­ance with the law.”

Kurt Hofmann

Throughout history, America
has been blessed with the patriotic
services and commitment of individuals
who, even though affected
adversely by a physical disability,
have rendered through determination
and dedication, great service to
our country.
This is the case in the ongoing
battle to protect and preserve the
individual Second Amendment
civil right of law-abiding American
citizens to keep and bear arms with
St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner Kurt
Hofmann, the CCRKBA Gun Rights
Defender of the Month.
In nominating Kurt Hoffman
for the CCRKBA Gun
Rights Defender of the Month
Award, John M. Snyder, CCRKBA
Public Affairs Director, pointed
out that, “For some time now, Kurt
has been writing a regular internet
examiner column. In his writings,
he shows the fallacies behind the
thinking of gun grabbers, often with
rapier-like sarcasm. He shows how
anti-gun advocates will use any
smidgen of false interpretation in
attempting to promote an anti-gun
owner agenda.
“A former paratrooper, Kurt was
paralyzed in a car accident in 2002.
He says that the helplessness inherent
to confinement to a wheelchair
prompted him to explore armed
self-defense. When he found out
that certain political entities in the
country deny the right of armed selfdefense,
he was inspired to become
involved in gun rights advocacy.
Now he writes a gun rights internet
blog, Armed and Safe. He surely
deserves recognition as CCRKBA Gun
Rights Defender of the Month.”
One of Hofmann’s anti-gun literary
targets is the Violence Policy Center
(VPC).
In a recent column, Hofmann
wrote he felt “compelled to point out
the utter absence of logic in” a VPC
statement. “The fact that nothing in
the District of Columbia’s homicide
stats provides much reason for faith
in the efficacy of gun bans in reducing
violence, thus forcing the VPC
to instead concentrate on suicides, is
rather telling.”
Kurt was criticizing VPC for supporting
anti-gun policies in the District
of Columbia as a means of reducing
rates of suicide when homicide data
show that draconian anti-gun policies
do not reduce rates of homicide.
“I utterly reject the contemptible
scare tactics used by citizen disarmament
advocates – ‘Only gun control
will save you from crackheads and
gangbangers,’ or, ‘Only gun control
will save you from angry, white gun
nuts,’ or, ‘Only gun control will save
you from terrorists,’ etc., but at least
such Chicken Little fear mongering
tacitly acknowledges that part of the
problem is evil people, who commit
evil acts, with guns,” he stated.
“But,” he continued, with the VPC
attempt to connect tough gun laws
with a reduction in suicide, “we are
apparently being told that only gun
control will save Washington, D.C.
residents from themselves. If I were
a D.C. resident, I would have trouble
not taking that as a rather harsh insult,
implying that only through the noble
efforts of the benign D.C. officials
am I being prevented from offing
myself. How blessed D.C. residents
must feel to have such paragons of
wisdom watching over them.
“While the VPC defends the District
of Columbia for supposedly protecting
residents from themselves, we
are apparently expected to ignore
the fact D.C.’s laws prevent citizens
from protecting themselves (despite
the well-known fact that police are
under no obligation to provide the
protection that citizens are denied
from providing themselves.)”
Hofmann takes literary aim at the
attack on firearms as a mental health
concern, stating that, “Support for
draconian gun policies has long been
prevalent in the health care profession…
“And with health care reform
moving in the direction of putting
the federal government in charge of
the purse strings involved in paying
for medical care, what’s to stop an
anti-gun administration (the kind
of administration, for example, that
would pick Eric Holder for Attorney
General, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena
Kagan for the Supreme Court, and
Andrew Taver as head of the BATFE)
from putting some rather effective
back-channel pressure on the mental
health care folks, to come up with a
diagnosis that calls for a prescription
for disarmament?”
“Efforts to frame the gun control
debate as a public health issue are
well underway, as are the gun ban
lobby’s efforts to recruit the medical
profession to their side,” Kurt stated.
“Expect those efforts to continue, and

Congressman John Boozman

Congressman John Boozman of Arkansas has been named the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month for November.
In announcing Rep. Boozman’s nomination, John M. Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Director, noted that, “this Congressman throughout his time here in Washington, D.C. has been a stalwart defender of and articulate promoter of legislation supportive of the individual Second Amendment right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms. Because of his public record and outstanding leadership in the battle to preserve and protect our traditional rights, Rep. Boozman is most deserving of the CCRKBA Gun Rights Defender of the Month Award.
“Right now, as we write these words, he is running as a nominated candidate for the United States Senate from his nicknamed Natural State. The outcome of that election will not be known until just before readers receive this issue of Point Blank. Whatever the outcome of that contest, however, we know that Congressman Boozman expects to be serving in the United States House of Representatives through the remaining months of the current Congress. In that capacity, he most likely will be using his considerable legislative skills to help thwart any attempts made by extremist anti-gun Representatives to foist more onerous burdens on the gun rights of law-abiding Americans.”
In the current Congress, Rep. Boozman is the chief sponsor of H.R. 1620, the proposed Secure Access to Firearms Enhancement (SAFE) Act of 2009.
This bill, lying in the House Judiciary Committee under the anti-gun chairmanship of Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, would provide for most welcome reciprocity in regard to the manner in which nonresidents of a State may carry certain concealed firearms in that State.
It would provide that, notwithstanding any provision of the law of any State or political subdivision of the State, a person who is not prohibited by federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm, and is carrying a valid license or permit which is issued pursuant to the law of any State and which permits the person to carry a concealed firearm, may carry in any State a concealed firearm in accordance with the terms of the license or permit, subject to the laws of the State in which the firearm is carried concerning specific types of locations in which firearms may not be carried.
Furthermore, SAFE would provide that a person who is not prohibited by federal law from possessing, transporting, shipping or receiving a firearm, and is otherwise than as described in the above paragraph entitled to carry a concealed firearm in and pursuant to the law of the State in which he or she resides, may carry in any State a concealed firearm in accordance with the laws of the State in which the person resides, subject to the laws of the State in which the firearm is carried concerning specific types of locations in which firearms may not be carried.
In addition to his fight for the proposed SAFE Act, which Congressman Boozman says would allow “law-abiding citizens who can legally carry guns in their home state to carry all across the country,” he reports he cosponsored “H.R. 197, the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009 which amends the federal criminal code to establish a national standard for carrying a concealed firearm.”
He also notes he is “a cosponsor of H.R. 17, the Citizen’s Self-Defense Act of 2009 which declares that a person who is not prohibited under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act from receiving a firearm shall have the right to obtain firearms for security and to use firearms in defense of self, family, or home, and for providing the enforcement of such right.”
Congressman Boozman states that, “While we must provide the law enforcement community the tools necessary to combat society’s criminal element, we must also ensure the rights and freedoms of law-abiding citizens are not infringed upon. Sportsmen, hunters, gun enthusiasts and citizens concerned for their personal safety have a right to own guns for these legitimate purposes, and I am committed to fighting for these rights.”
Currently, Rep. Boozman, a successful businessman and life-long resident of Arkansas, is in his fifth term representing his constituents.
Boozman played football for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks while completing his pre-optometry requirements. He graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in 1977 and entered private practice as co-founder of Boozman-Hof Regional Eye Clinic in Rogers, Arkansas.
He is married to the former Cathy Marley. The couple has three daughters.