The battle begins: Holder calls for passage of permanent assault weapons ban
Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that President Obama would pursue passage of a permanent Assault Weapons BanAfter meeting with his Mexican counterpart, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama Administration is planning to pursue a permanent Assault Weapons Ban.
From ABC News:
"As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons," Holder told reporters.
"I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum," said Holder. He went on to say that he believed that passage of the assault weapons ban would be vital to ensuring domestic stability in Mexico, ridiculously implying that Mexican drug cartels are buying guns from American gun stores.
Since when is it the job of the U.S. Government to police Mexico? Since when are law-abiding American gun owners responsible for the conduct of criminals and thugs in another country?! Why should we pass legislation that will only benefit another country, at the expense of U.S. citizens?
Holder also went on to say that he believed that the Heller Decision would allow for a permanent re-authorization of the assault weapons ban.
"I think closing the gun show loophole, the banning of cop-killer bullets and I also think that making the assault weapons ban permanent, would be something that would be permitted under Heller," Holder said.
This emphasis on policing Mexico's violent drug cartels sheds more light on portions of the recently passed stimulus bill
The stimulus bill included $10 million grant to the notoriously anti-gun Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to fund their task force to stop Mexican gun running. This could very well mean that the Obama administration intends to use $10 million of the so-called stimulus package to maliciously prosecute gun owners.
While Holder was cagey about a time line on this issue, one thing is clear: we have a difficult fight ahead of us.
Holder declined to offer any time frame for the reimplementation of the assault weapons ban, however.
"It's something, as I said, that the president talked about during the campaign," he said. "There are obviously a number of things that are -- that have been taking up a substantial amount of his time, and so, I'm not sure exactly what the sequencing will be."
CNN's Lou Dobbs sharply criticized AG Holder and President Obama over assault weapons banCNN's Lou Dobbs takes Eric Holder to task for his anti-gun, pro-Mexican Government comments about renewing the assault weapons ban, simply to help Mexico.
RMGO is now offering monthly Concealed Carry classes in Fort Collins. We're scheduling them on the second Monday night of each month, so March 9th is our next class.
These classes fill up rapidly, so register in advance to reserve a seat.
Wyoming reciprocity at risk, help needed for WyGO!
You might think rural Wyoming safe from the clutches of gun-grabbers, but you'd be wrong.
The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation issued a letter saying it would end reciprocity with 14 other states, including Colorado, because a "study" revealed permit standards were different in other states. Of course, the bureaucrats who conducted the study failed to mention that reciprocity agreements between states have done nothing to increase crime and are wildly successful.
Though the WDCI is now backing off of that decision, it highlights the need for a real, no-compromise group in our neighboring state.
Just this fall we helped form Wyoming Gun Owners, and are working to make them a solvent, stable organization that can fight for our issues in Wyoming.
If you'd like to donate to Wyoming Gun Owners (even just a few dollars), click here for their secure, online payment method.
Rest assured we'll be working with WyGO on issues like this.
Brady Bypass bill gutted while Brophy's Heller Enforcement bill killed
A bill in the Colorado legislature designed to allow concealed carry permit holders to bypass Brady Registration Checks for firearms purchases was heavily amended by the House Judiciary Committee after testimony from the Sheriff's Association and Chief's Association opposing the measure.
Most members of the committee ignored the fact that permit holders already go through a more rigorous background check (including the unnecessary fingerprinting), and are extremely unlikely to commit crimes that would deny them firearms purchases.
The bill passed the committee, but only after it's main goal was gutted. The legislation, HB1180, now simply conforms Colorado CCW law to federal standards by making applicants attest to U.S. citizenship (which is required by the BATFE for Brady Bypass).
The bill now goes to the full House for debate, and we're working with the sponsor to see if it can be salvaged.
Another bill, SB74, died in the Senate State Affairs Committee. It would have stripped Denver's "Lock-up-your-safety" law based on last summer's Heller case.
"This means the Heller decision did virtually nothing, since the only gun control law it expressly prohibited is still in place in Denver," RMGO Executive Director Dudley Brown said.
The Senate State Affairs Committee also killed SB8, by Sen. Ted Harvey and Rep. Cory Gardner, which would have expanded the Make My Day law to business owners.
Another reminder: Fort Morgan shoot March 27-29
The annual .50 cal and Machine Gun Shoot in Morgan County is scheduled for March 27, 28 & 29th.
.50 Cal BMG Rifle & Machine Gun
.50 cal BMG
Military Vehicle Display
Times of Shoot Fri. 8:00 am - Dusk
Sat. 8:00 am - Dusk
Sun. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fees: Spectators $15.00 per day or $25 for the weekend (RMGO members $3 off with coupon from our newsletter)
Children: Ages 6-14, military and LE (with I.D.) $5 per day or $10 for the weekend
(minors must be accompanied by an adult)
We also offer B.Y.O.G. (Bring your own gun) shooter badges for $80 per day.
• All Spectators Must Use Hearing & Eye Protection •
• No benches shelter or seating provided.
Please bring your own (such as a fold-up chair)
• No alcoholic beverages allowed on the property
•This is NOT a Gun Show - No Gun Sales are allowed
- DIRECTIONS -
From I-76 -- Exit at Hudson (30 miles from I-25) and go East on Highway 52 (though Hwy. 52 curves North to Wiggins, go straight East) for 37 miles on paved/dirt road to intersection of Road F & Road 14 (14 miles east of the Weld/Morgan county border). Follow the .50 signs!
From I-70 -- Bennett exit go North on State Hwy. 79 for 23 miles to State Hwy. 52 at Prospect Valley; go East on Highway 52 (Hwy. 52 curves North to Wiggins, go straight East) to intersection of Road F & Road 14 (14 miles east of the Weld/Morgan county border). Follow the .50 signs!