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Mark in Eureka
05-11-2006, 11:53 PM
The second memo is out, oh my.

We need to look at the positive things that we as gun owners have done in the last few years. First, it was Gun Owners who started the recall effort against Gray Davis. Others may have taken it over after we started the petition effort, but the Gun Owners started it.

We have continued to resist further erosion of our civil rights, and have at least made the system aware that we will not go quietly.

The internet has allowed unbelievable communication and coordination of information and effort. The off list receiver program was just an idea to a few, but thru the internet the idea grew. This can be just the beginning; we can continue to keep up the pressure fast and furious. Government can not move that fast. If every six to eight months we move in another direction they will never get their budgets or efforts in the right area and will be playing catch up continuously.

We have started another crack in firearm restriction thru the off list receiver program. It has caused the DOJ huge problems. DOJ has to do something, but it being an election years makes doubtful that the politicos will want to get involved. Maybe we can up the anti: What about Colt (or any of the other listed manufacturers) suing California in Federal Court over restraint of trade because they are not allowed to sell their firearm receivers in California, even though almost every other company can. We are talking about treble damages here.

We need to be ready to challenge in court all changes to current firearms law, and argue that a change in law voids all negative precedents and opens the door to new challenges because it is a new law.

We have a chance to elect a new Sheriff in Orange County and another in LA County that are running on a platform that, among other things, they will issue Concealed Carry Permits to those persons who apply and have clean records. If we can do this, then the politicos will see that there are not only penalties for being anti-gun, but benefits for being pro gun and pro constitutional.

We could start working towards creating association of gun owners that pledge to support pro gun candidates in all cases.

All in all, we have had a pretty good six months. We need to keep it up, and let it become part of the election debate. When firearm issues are brought before the Legislature we want to be ready with our desired changes to firearms law.

First on our list should be getting rid of the Automated Firearms Unit. We want all purchase approvals thru the Federal system that most the other states use. The State of California and the Department of Justice should not be involved at all. This includes the Drop Test List. All firearms allowed for sale under Federal law should be salable in California.

Second, we want the removal of the waiting period. We want the Federal standard.

Third, removal of the Assault Weapons Bans,

Fourth the ability to own class 3 weapons,

Fifth, Concealed Weapons Reform.

We can always drop our sights in the interest of compromise, but it should always involve a win for us. We need to make sure that all firearms legislation will open the door to the changes we want. We should be ready whenever any piece of firearms legislation is proposed to add our riders onto it. We should also be adding riders to other pieces of legislation. We need to keep the firearms debate boiling until the other side concedes that it is a lost cause.

Finally, I do not understand how the Federal Government can treat U.S. Citizens differently. The federal governments says thru its laws that, with a few exceptions, only residents of ones own state may buy firearms in that state and no other. That means US Citizens are not equal since they can not buy firearms outside their home states. Some states are dinky, while other states are medium or large, California being almost 1000 miles long. Then you have Texas and Alaska both of whom can only be described as being huge. A citizen of the US should have all the rights of any other US citizen. Our rights should not be restricted to a small geographic portion of the United States, but should be federally unfettered thru out the entire nation.

We are all American Citizens by birth or choice, and should be treated as such through out OUR country.

xenophobe
05-12-2006, 1:35 AM
Finally, I do not understand how the Federal Government can treat U.S. Citizens differently. The federal governments says thru its laws that, with a few exceptions, only residents of ones own state may buy firearms in that state and no other. That means US Citizens are not equal since they can not buy firearms outside their home states. Some states are dinky, while other states are medium or large, California being almost 1000 miles long. Then you have Texas and Alaska both of whom can only be described as being huge. A citizen of the US should have all the rights of any other US citizen. Our rights should not be restricted to a small geographic portion of the United States, but should be federally unfettered thru out the entire nation.

We are all American Citizens by birth or choice, and should be treated as such through out OUR country.

If you do not understand, you should really look into reading the Preamble of the Bill of Rights, research a little on State Soverignty and read the US Constitution and Bill of Rights as it was designed to do, not the underlying fact of what personal and individual rights it was designed to guarantee, but read it for the face value of limits it was designed to place on government's ability to infringe or limit regarding State's rights. This was taught in grade school when I was still young. However it is no longer taught.

We are all American citizens, but we are also citizens of the particular state we live in.

The Federal government does NOT restrict your 2nd Amendment rights, and they can't. You may own machine guns, silencers, destructive devices and short barrelled weapons. The Federal government does not restrict you, it allows for you to follow proper procedures and approvals so you may purchase and own them. It is the right of the State to limit these as they see fit as long as they follow the due process of law, without which they must abide by the limits set fourth in our Constitution and BOR, as per the 14th Amendment.

Mark in Eureka
05-12-2006, 10:26 PM
The Gun Control Act of 1968 says with a few exceptions that a US citizen may only purchase a firearms in his home state. This is not state law, this is Federal Law. I understand states rights, and a state refusing to allow sales. I do not understand the federal government saying you can only buy a firearm in 1 of 50 states.