Battle Over Gun Rights On Federal Land Continues

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
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Gun Owners of America

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


An amendment to repeal the National Park Service (NPS) gun ban is headed
to the floor of the U.S. House on Wednesday, March 25.

The massive public land bill, which has bounced between the House and
Senate in recent weeks, has sidestepped the issue of your right to
self-defense. Several pro-gun representatives tried to amend the bill so
that it offers real protection of Second Amendment rights, but they were
prevented by the anti-gun leadership.

Repeal of the gun ban takes on added urgency after a federal appeals
court issued an injunction last week to stop changes made by the Bush
administration to allow concealed carry on NPS land from taking effect.

When the bill comes to the floor on Wednesday, pro-gun Representatives
Doc Hastings (R-WA) and Rob Bishop (R-UT) plan to offer an amendment to
repeal the onerous NPS gun ban.

First, a procedural vote, known as "Ordering the Previous Question,"
will be voted on. A "no" vote is the pro-gun position on that motion.

If we are successful on that vote, there will be a vote on an amendment
to repeal the NPS gun ban. Urge your representative to vote IN FAVOR of
the Hastings-Bishop amendment.

And tell them not to be fooled by language that was recently added to
the bill to protect hunting and fishing on certain parts of federal
land, as if the Founding Fathers pledged their lives, fortunes and
sacred honor to protect a recreational pastime.

Please urge you representative to support the Hastings-Bishop amendment,
protecting your right to carry a firearm for self-defense, hunting or
any other lawful purpose.

NPS bureaucrats and federal judges should not be empowered to negate
self-defense on YOUR land.

ACTION: Please immediately use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center
at http://gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Representative the
pre-written message below.


----- Pre-written message -----

Dear Representative:

On Wednesday morning, the Omnibus Public Land Act (H.R. 146) will come
to the floor.

This bill, which has bounced between the House and Senate in recent
weeks, has completely sidestepped the issue of my right to self-defense.

Several pro-gun representatives tried to amend the bill so that it
offers real protection of Second Amendment rights on National Park
Service and Fish & Wildlife Service lands, but those efforts were
defeated.

Repeal of the NPS gun ban takes on added urgency after a federal appeals
court issued an injunction last week to stop changes made by the Bush
administration to allow concealed carry on NPS land from taking effect.

And please don't be fooled by language that was recently added to the
bill to protect hunting and fishing on certain parts of federal land, as
if the Founding Fathers pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor
to protect a recreational pastime.

First, there will be a vote on Ordering the Previous Question. I urge
you to vote "NO" on that motion, in order to allow for consideration of
an amendment by Reps. Doc Hastings and Rob Bishop.

The Hastings-Bishop amendment to repeal the NPS gun ban protects my
right to self-defense on OUR public lands, and I urge you to SUPPORT it.

Gun Owners of America will inform me of how you vote, and will rate the
procedural vote and the vote on the amendment in its upcoming
Congressional rating.

Sincerely,


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