America's First Freedom - December 2014 - 50

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Multiple gun control concepts that failed in 2014 will be
waiting for us again in 2015, not because the American
people support them but because a megalomaniacal
billionaire wants to remake the country in his image.
administration to restrict access to nfa
firearms by expanding the certification
requirement to situations in which it
does not currently apply.
Hard work by many led to great
gains in various states, but not to be
forgotten is the onslaught of anti-gun
legislation that was thwarted but will
require our ongoing vigilance. Truth
is, most people only become aware of
a fraction of the onerous-and often
ridiculous-legislation introduced in
state legislatures each year. Your nra
fended off bills in numerous states that
would have imposed gun registration,
gun bans and magazine restrictions.
Of particular note was the New Jersey
legislation to restrict magazine capacity
that was vetoed by Republican Governor
Chris Christie.
True to form, the California
legislature continued its assault on
the Second Amendment. Dangerous
legislation enacted in California is
precisely what Michael Bloomberg
and like-minded gun banners hope
will serve as a model for all states. The
now-infamous ab 1014, signed into law
by Governor Jerry Brown in September,
is among the most egregious anti-gun
bills we've seen to date. This law creates
a "gun violence restraining order" that
family members may obtain against
each other and that may also be sought
by police. Subjects of such orders would
be given no prior warning and no
opportunity to be heard until after an
initial restriction is issued. For some,
the first indication of the proceedings
might be confiscation by police of their
lawfully obtained firearms. Even those
who prevail at later proceedings against
extension of the orders will still suffer the
expense of fighting for their rights and,
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in many cases, bureaucratic obstacles in
reclaiming their seized property.
Unfortunately, with the continued
meddling of ├╝ber-nanny Bloomberg,
this new and disturbing gun control
innovation-as well as previously vetoed
or impassable restrictions-is certain to
reappear. Multiple gun control concepts
that failed in 2014 will be waiting for us
again in 2015, not because the American
people support them but because a
megalomaniacal billionaire wants to
remake the country in his image.
nra and its educated and engaged
members worked hard this year
to prevent movement of anti-gun
legislation in their states, but new tactics
and strategies emerged, reminding us to
never rest on our laurels. One of those
new strategies emerged in the state of
Washington with ballot Initiative 594.
While marketed as a bill to close
"loopholes" in the state's firearm
background check system, this measure
presumptively criminalizes many
ordinary activities of law-abiding gun
owners that involve their using or
borrowing each others' firearms. Its
language expands the state's handgun
registration scheme. Meanwhile, it
ignores the fact that most criminals
have always obtained their firearms
"off-paper"-such as through theft, the
black market and straw purchases-and
will continue to do so unimpeded by its
provisions. Indeed, the state's largest law
enforcement groups, the Washington
Council of Police and Sheriffs
(wacops) and the Washington State
Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors
Association (wslefia), opposed the
18-page gun control measure.
Unfortunately, these misleading
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won't end with Washington state.
Mislabeled ballot initiatives pushed
in states by national gun control
activists will continue attempts to
mislead, misinform and hoodwink
the American public. Nevada is the
next battleground for this concept. A
2016 ballot initiative petition seeks to
require government permission for
nearly all firearm transfers in the Silver
State, with very limited exceptions.
Just as with other so-called "universal"
background check legislation, the
Nevada proposal promises to be
ineffective and unenforceable and to
turn traditional, innocent conduct into
criminality. Your nra will be working
non-stop to educate the public about
the truth and consequence of these
types of measures.
The upcoming year will
undoubtedly provide both legislative
opportunities and challenges
nationwide for gun owners. Adverse
efforts will continue to be fueled by
Bloomberg's anti-gun war chest. Yet
while he is doling out millions upon
millions of dollars to defeat the nra
and to buy loyalties and influence,
nra's already loyal, educated and
engaged members will be persistently
resisting him at every turn. His
money cannot outlast the enduring
commitment of millions of dedicated
nra members fighting for freedom.
With the mid-term elections now
behind us, 2015 serves as the focus for
critical action in state legislatures. We
have the opportunity as gun owners
and Second Amendment supporters
to control that agenda. We knew 2014
would be a challenge. We were ready
for success then, and we are ready for
it now.



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