America's First Freedom - June 2014 - 59

Anti-Gunners Ask Obama to
Expand Firearm Importation Ban

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eizing on a similar theme, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, d-Calif., and 82 members
of the u.s. House of Representatives sent letters to the president in March and
April asking him to direct batfe to prohibit the importation of semi-automatic
firearms and firearm parts that are currently legal for importation.
The letters asked for the ban to apply to semi-automatic rifles that can accept or
be readily converted to accept a magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds;
semi-automatic rifles that have fixed magazines that can hold more than
10 rounds; pistol versions of both such rifles; and frames, receivers and other
firearm parts that could be used to assemble such firearms.
To comply with such a directive, batfe would have to misinterpret the law
that provides for the importation of firearms "generally recognized as particularly
suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes." Yet such a move would not be
unprecedented. Several times over the last 25 years, batfe has reinterpreted that law
to ban firearms that previously had been imported with the agency's approval.
In 1989, batfe banned the importation of 43 makes and models of
semi-automatic rifles. In 1993, it banned the importation of so-called "assault pistols."
In 1998 it banned the importation of semi-automatic rifles designed to
use detachable "large capacity" magazines.
To justify its 1989 ban, batfe claimed that competitions based upon defensive
shooting skills are not "sports." It also disregarded the dominance of semi-automatic
rifles in other shooting sports and ignored the law's provision for the importation of
rifles that are "readily adaptable" to a sporting purpose (by changing the barrel, stock,
trigger, etc.). To achieve its 1993 ban, batfe simply ignored the Handgun Factoring
Criteria the agency uses to assess the importability of handguns, under which the
"assault pistols" were formerly importable.
batfe based its 1998 ban on the fact that the federal "large" magazine ban of
1994-2004 limited magazine capacity to 10 rounds. Yet it ignored the fact that under
the same law standard magazines holding more than 10 rounds made before the law
took effect were still legal to import, buy, sell and possess.
Whether the "sporting purposes" test will survive the Supreme Court's 2008
decision in District of Columbia v. Heller remains to be seen, as the Court clearly
ruled that self-defense lies at the heart of the Second Amendment. Under the
indeterminate "sporting purposes" standard, imports of firearms and ammunition
remain largely subject to the whims of the president and his batfe.
IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS
(February 22 - March 22, 2014)

John Bradbury, Wilmette, IL (from Mary Bradbury); Bill Merritt, King City, CA (from Kathy Merritt); Burd Bicksler,
Yachats, OR (from Joan Bicksler); Donald Eddlemon, San Antonio, TX (from Magali Eddlemon); Joe Purnell,
Conneaut Lake, PA (from Mary Purnell); Lloyd Barth, Maryland Heights, MO (from Alma Barth); John Thompson,
Wilmington, DE (from Peggy Thompson); Gerald Sipe, Fort Worth, TX (from Donna Sipe); Otto Lindsay, Millwood,
KY (from Mildred Lindsay); Robert Fisher, Saint Louis, MO (from Julie Kreidler & John Riordan); Howard B. Brown,
Corpus Christi, TX (from James Brown, Sr.); Teresa Starnes, Winchester, KY (from P & S Productions, Inc.); William
Romatzick (from Bridgeport Rifle Club, Inc.); Richard Mott (from Mohave Arms Collectors Ass'n); Bert McCoy,
Fernley, NY (from Fernley Shooting Sports Ass'n, Inc.).

ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(The following contributed $1,000 or more to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action during
February 22 - March 22, 2014.)

Jon Prun, Irvine, TX; Harvey Hamman, Saint Clair, MO; Chris Brooke, Zionsville, IN; Stephan Ronan, Williamsville,
NY; L. Geffert, Paradise, CA; Bill Heimanson, Studio City, CA; David Levy, Fort Washington, PA; William Van
Wagner, Southampton, MA; Timothy Dermer, Mesa, AZ; Jennifer Pritzker, Chicago, IL; Walter Bryan, Garner, NC;
Frederick Witters, Frazier Park, CA; Gary Skinner, Delaware, OH; Paul Fry, Ortonville, MI; Donald Frankhouser,
Pinole, CA; John Layton, Crosse, WI; George Werner, Greenwood, IN; Kevin Moore, Zanesville, OH; Kent McCue,
Wasila, AK; John Vercel, Tucson, AZ; Donald Willett, North Beach, MI; Chris Brown, Lighthouse Point, FL; Karen
Lien, Perkasie, PA; Christopher Price, Tallahassee, FL; Harold Cohon, Morton Grove, IL; Jeff Adams, Boise, ID;
Jesse Trimble, Tallahassee, FL; John Layton, LaCrosse, WI; Davidson's, Prescott, AZ; Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.,
Southport, CT; Cape Radiology Group, Cape Giradeau, MO; Pennsylvania Gun Collectors Ass'n, Hopewood, PA;
Brownells, Inc., Montezuma, IA; and Remington Arms/Freedom Group, Madison, NC.

Joe Nichols is

J

oe Nichols is one of country music's
most praised traditional country
artists. He has five #1 hits and eight Top 10
singles to his credit, including the recent
chart-topper "Sunny and 75" as well as
"Brokenheartsville," "Tequila Makes Her
Clothes Fall Off," "The Impossible" and
"Gimmie That Girl," and Top 10 smashes
like "If Nobody Believed In You," "What's
A Guy Gotta Do," "Size Matters" and "I'll
Wait For You." The star has earned multiple
riaa platinum and gold certifications for
his hit albums and singles. Nichols' current
single "Yeah," is the follow-up to his recent
#1 gold-selling smash, "Sunny and 75." Both
songs appear on the new album, Crickets.
He took a minute to chat with nra
Country's Vanessa Shahidi about how he
likes to spend his rare time off.
VS: How do you fit in your love for outdoors
while out on the road with your music?
JN: I like to play golf on occasion when I'm
on the road. It is so hard to get outdoors.
We stay so busy!
VS: What's your favorite shooting sport or
type of hunting?
JN: I like to shoot skeet. It is always a great time.
VS: If you had a week off and could get to
spend it in mother nature, how would
you spend that time?
JN: I'd spend a week in a tent near a river so
I could enjoy the fresh air and fishing.
VS: If you have a favorite personal firearm,
what is it?
JN: My Desert Eagle .44.
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between the country music community and
hard-working Americans everywhere. It's
powered by pride, freedom, love of country,
respect for the military and the responsibilities
of protecting the great American life. For
more information visit www.nracountry.com,
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