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04-09-2009, 12:29 AM
Some Victories Last Week During The First Budget Skirmish
-- But the most important battles are still to come

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Thank you for your activism last week on the budget resolution,
especially given the short notice. (Please realize that GOA has no
control over when votes are scheduled, so sometimes we have to alert you
with little time before the vote takes place!)

While the budget resolution for fiscal year 2010 has now passed the
Senate and the House in different forms, we were able to secure some
significant victories in the Senate.

First, with 64 favorable votes, the Senate passed an amendment by Sen.
Roger Wicker (R-MS) to force the federally subsidized Amtrak to allow
passengers to carry firearms in checked bags.

In addition, the Senate adopted an amendment offered by Senator James
DeMint (R-SC) to prohibit any system of nationalized health care which
would prevent Americans from being able to select their doctors and
insurance companies.

This amendment could make it more difficult to institute either
socialized medicine or a Massachusetts-style insurance that requires
everyone to purchase [government approved?] insurance.

This is good news for gun owners. A "mandated" insurance system could
not only cost you up to $1,000 month, but could also result in your most
sensitive personal information being placed in a medical database --
information that could easily be used to put more names on the gun
prohibition list (NICS).

The budget resolution now goes to conference committee, where
anti-gunners are expected to strip out both of our pro-gun amendments.
But these amendments did pin senators down on important issues early in
the budget war, which was an important strategic objective.

It is unclear when the conference report on the budget resolution will
be sent back to the Senate and the House. One possibility is that the
resolution will be held in conference until September.

The Democrat leadership has ominously threatened to produce a bill that
would require mandatory health insurance.

They are not talking about this openly, but as a recent editorial in The
Washington Post confessed: "Though only some of the players [on Capitol
Hill] will say so now, the [health care] plan will ultimately include a
mandate requiring everyone to have insurance." (April 6, 2009)

You see, the power players on Capitol Hill are not admitting this openly
because the American people oppose it. But if they set in motion a
process to help sneak such a "mandate" into law, then gun owners will
only have a few weeks to stop it in September.

This is why we need to keep the pressure on liberty-leaning Senators
during the ensuing months. Please stay tuned.


Olofson Update

David Olofson continues to languish in prison for a malfunctioning
rifle. GOA attorneys made oral arguments before the federal appeals
court in Chicago on January 23. They pointed out that the government
withheld from the jury that the Supreme Court itself, along with a
government training manual, has made it clear that a gun functioning
like Olofson's was not a machine gun but simply a malfunctioning gun.

If this decision is not overturned, any owner of a semi-automatic
firearm could find himself sitting in jail next to David Olofson.

Generous individuals have made monthly commitments of $10 a month (or
more). This has enabled Candy Olofson to take care of their three kids
and keep her job as a nurse without having to get a second job. The
Olofson Relief Fund has been making the monthly payments of
approximately $1300 combined for the family car and mortgage.

Understandably, some have had to stop making their monthly
contributions. Can you step up to the plate and take their place? If
so, please go to http://gunowners.org/olofson.htm and use your favorite
credit card to make an automatic monthly donation of $10 (or more).

If you can't commit to a monthly charge, that same page accepts one-time
donations... every little bit helps.


04-09-2009, 10:38 AM
David knew it would malfunction, yet did nothing about it. David calls himself a "weapons expert and unit armorer", yet there were M16 parts in the rifle...knowing full well that he should not have them, being a weapons guy and owning an AR15 (BIG memo came out over ten years ago about this, distributed to all military units. Not a secret to anyone).

Sorry, he may not have intended for his buddy to get busted, but he did nothing to fix the problem in the first place.

04-09-2009, 10:56 AM
I don't know the details of his case, but I think enforcement of our laws should be based on justice, not technicalities. If he obviously didn't intend to manufacture a machine gun, it was simply a malfunction - even if it was due to negligence - then he shouldn't be prosecuted for manufacturing a machine gun. Instead of spending all this time and money prosecuting this guy, maybe they should be out there prosecuting real criminals. Funny how so many violent crime offenders get off on sweet deals to avoid long drawn out prosecutions yet they're busting this guys chops due to technicalities. Anyway, I don't know the real or full story...just going off his defense that it was a malfunction.

04-09-2009, 11:06 AM
OK, apparently he wasn't charged with manufacturing, but transferring as that was easier to try.

04-09-2009, 11:55 AM
OK, apparently he wasn't charged with manufacturing, but transferring as that was easier to try.


Bright people don't transfer a misbehaving firearm.