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States with updates this issue: Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
THE NOT-SWEET 16
As reported in last week's Alert, on July 13, 2006, all 55 Republicans, joined by 28 Democrats and 1 Independent, voted to pass Senator David Vitter's (R-La.) amendment to prohibit the use of taxpayer funds allocated under the Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 5441) to be used to confiscate lawfully-possessed firearms during an emergency or major disaster. Sixteen Senators opposed the prohibition.
In passing this legislation, the United States Senate acted on a bi-partisan basis to protect the self-defense rights of citizens when those rights are most vital, in the aftermath of a major disaster, when law-abiding citizens are left to defend themselves and their families.
Sixteen Democrats (including both Senators from the states of California, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York) voted to defeat this commonsense legislation (Déjà vu Note: Under the unblinking eye of the C-SPAN cameras, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) voted against the Vitter amendment, then minutes later he reversed course and voted for it.) These extreme opponents of the Second Amendment are:
Daniel Akaka, Hawaii
Edward Kennedy, Massachusetts
Barbara Boxer, California
Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey
Hillary Clinton, New York
Carl Levin, Michigan
Christopher Dodd, Connecticut
Robert Menéndez, New Jersey
Dick Durbin, Illinois
Barbara Mikulski, Maryland
Dianne Feinstein, California
Jack Reed, Rhode Island
Tom Harkin, Iowa
Paul Sarbanes, Maryland
Daniel Inouye, Hawaii
Chuck Schumer, New York
While the passage of Senator Vitter's Amendment is significant, enactment into law of the "Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006" should remain our overarching goal. Introduced as S. 2599 by Senator Vitter in the Senate, and H.R. 5013 by U.S. Representative Bobby Jindal (R-La.) in the House, this NRA-supported legislation would amend federal emergency statute laws to prohibit federal, state, and local authorities from confiscating lawfully-owned firearms during times of disaster.
Please be sure to contact your U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative, and urge them to cosponsor and support S. 2599, and H.R. 5013, respectively, the "Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006!" You can reach your Senators at (202) 224-3121 and your Representative at (202) 225-3121.
MICHIGAN IS LATEST STATE TO ENACT NRA-BACKED "CASTLE DOCTRINE" LEGISLATION!
On July 20, Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) signed into law a package of six self-defense bills backed by NRA, bringing "Castle Doctrine" protections to law-abiding Michigan citizens.
"I want to thank the Michigan Legislature and Governor Jennifer Granholm for working together in making this victims' rights bill law," said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. "When you're confronted by a criminal, you don't have the luxury of time. This "Castle Doctrine" package states that if victims choose to stand their ground and fight, their decision will not be second-guessed by the State of Michigan. The ability to protect yourself, your children, or your spouse from harm is important, whether you're in your home or outside."
The six-bill "Castle Doctrine" Package passed with bi-partisan, supermajority support in both houses of the Michigan legislature:
HB 5143, sponsored by Rep. Rick Jones (R-71), creates the "Self Defense Act" and specifies that it is not a crime to use force or deadly force to defend oneself if that person is not breaking any laws when defensive force was used. The person must be facing imminent threat of death or great bodily harm.
SB 1046, sponsored by Sen. Alan Cropsey (R-33), outlines rebuttal presumptions for justified use of self-defense. The bill makes it clear that there is no "duty to retreat" if a person is in a place where he or she has a legal right to be.
SB 1185, sponsored by Sen. Ron Jelinek (R-21), allows for the award of court and attorney fees in civil cases where it was determined a person acted in accordance with the "Self Defense Act" and where civil immunities apply.
HB 5548, sponsored by Rep. Tim Moore (R-97), gives civil immunities to persons acting in accordance with the "Self Defense Act," preventing criminals and their families from suing law-abiding citizens.
HB 5153, sponsored by Rep. Leslie Mortimer (R-65), puts the burden of proof on the prosecutor to show that a person acted unlawfully in the application of force, rather than the person using the force having to prove they acted lawfully.
HB 5142, sponsored by Rep. Tom Casperson (R-108), expands the definition of "dwelling" to include a person's garage, barn, backyard, etc.
"On behalf of all NRA members in Michigan, I want to thank each of the bills' chief sponsors for their leadership in seeing these measures become law," Cox said. "The Castle Doctrine is about putting the law back on the side of the victim; the way it's supposed to be."
Day One, Monday, June 26: U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan claims the Conference's purpose was not to ban "law abiding citizens right to bear arms..." However, others in the anti-gun cabal obviously disagree, as evidenced by this statement from Indonesia's representative: "We believe that no armed group outside of the State should be allowed to bear weapons. We also believe that regulating civilian possession of Small Arms/Light Weapons will enhance our efforts to prevent its misuse. In our view, the issue of ammunition should also be addressed in the context of the ProgramME of Action because in the absence of ammunition, small arms and light weapons pose no danger." Regardless of Annan's statement, the topic of "regulation" of civilian possession is obviously still alive.


Day Two, Tuesday, June 27: U.S. Under Secretary of State Robert Joseph. Joseph politely but forcefully gave the U.S. "red lines" -- issues which the U.S. strongly opposes and will not allow into any Conference report or recommendations. These include interference with Americans' Right To Bear Arms, a U.N. ban on transfer of arms to freedom fighters and international regulation of ammunition. The U.S. also said it was not ready to commit to any future conferences on small arms. As Joseph noted later, "The U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights of our citizens to keep and bear arms, and there will be no infringement of those rights..The United States will not agree to any provisions restricting civilian possession, use or legal trade of firearms inconsistent with our laws and practices."



Day Three, Wednesday, June 28: A new draft of the U.N. "Small Arms" Conference "final" report became public. Unfortunately, the draft contained provisions on two issues the U.S. considers "red lines" and will not accept -- a U.N. ban on transfer of arms to freedom fighters and international regulation of ammunition. The proposed document also calls for U.N. meetings on "small arms" up to and including additional conferences in 2008, 2010, and 2012! The U.S. is opposed to these constant meetings which seem to rehash the same issues.




Day Four, Thursday, June 29: The Swiss Small Arms Survey (an anti-gun think tank) released its book supporting international regulation of ammunition. Although the U.S. continues to strongly oppose the inclusion of ammunition in any Conference report, several countries insist on pushing the concept. In another development, the President of the Conference appointed three "facilitators" to work on the text of the final report. The so-called facilitators are from Switzerland, Columbia and Japan.
America's gun owners must continue to be vigilant and to take action on this front.






As noted in the previous story, America's gun owners are no doubt most focused on U.N. efforts to promote transnational anti-gun laws. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to recent oil for food, sex, and corruption scandals at the world body, a story in today's Washington Times notes that Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are promoting legislation to withhold U.S. contributions to the U.N. Among the reasons cited for these actions are: recent remarks by a U.N. bureaucrat that the U.S. government needs to do more to defend the U.N. to the American public; displeasure with the makeup of the U.N.'s Human Rights Council that includes some of the world's most notorious human rights abusers and sponsors of terrorism; and the U.S. goal of implementing a proportional voting system on financial matters, where member-nations' votes would be commensurate with the percentage of dues they contribute.





























































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States with updates this issue: Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
THE NOT-SWEET 16
As reported in last week's Alert, on July 13, 2006, all 55 Republicans, joined by 28 Democrats and 1 Independent, voted to pass Senator David Vitter's (R-La.) amendment to prohibit the use of taxpayer funds allocated under the Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 5441) to be used to confiscate lawfully-possessed firearms during an emergency or major disaster. Sixteen Senators opposed the prohibition.
In passing this legislation, the United States Senate acted on a bi-partisan basis to protect the self-defense rights of citizens when those rights are most vital, in the aftermath of a major disaster, when law-abiding citizens are left to defend themselves and their families.
Sixteen Democrats (including both Senators from the states of California, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York) voted to defeat this commonsense legislation (Déjà vu Note: Under the unblinking eye of the C-SPAN cameras, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) voted against the Vitter amendment, then minutes later he reversed course and voted for it.) These extreme opponents of the Second Amendment are:
Daniel Akaka, Hawaii
Edward Kennedy, Massachusetts
Barbara Boxer, California
Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey
Hillary Clinton, New York
Carl Levin, Michigan
Christopher Dodd, Connecticut
Robert Menéndez, New Jersey
Dick Durbin, Illinois
Barbara Mikulski, Maryland
Dianne Feinstein, California
Jack Reed, Rhode Island
Tom Harkin, Iowa
Paul Sarbanes, Maryland
Daniel Inouye, Hawaii
Chuck Schumer, New York
While the passage of Senator Vitter's Amendment is significant, enactment into law of the "Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006" should remain our overarching goal. Introduced as S. 2599 by Senator Vitter in the Senate, and H.R. 5013 by U.S. Representative Bobby Jindal (R-La.) in the House, this NRA-supported legislation would amend federal emergency statute laws to prohibit federal, state, and local authorities from confiscating lawfully-owned firearms during times of disaster.
Please be sure to contact your U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative, and urge them to cosponsor and support S. 2599, and H.R. 5013, respectively, the "Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act of 2006!" You can reach your Senators at (202) 224-3121 and your Representative at (202) 225-3121.
MICHIGAN IS LATEST STATE TO ENACT NRA-BACKED "CASTLE DOCTRINE" LEGISLATION!
On July 20, Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) signed into law a package of six self-defense bills backed by NRA, bringing "Castle Doctrine" protections to law-abiding Michigan citizens.
"I want to thank the Michigan Legislature and Governor Jennifer Granholm for working together in making this victims' rights bill law," said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. "When you're confronted by a criminal, you don't have the luxury of time. This "Castle Doctrine" package states that if victims choose to stand their ground and fight, their decision will not be second-guessed by the State of Michigan. The ability to protect yourself, your children, or your spouse from harm is important, whether you're in your home or outside."
The six-bill "Castle Doctrine" Package passed with bi-partisan, supermajority support in both houses of the Michigan legislature:
HB 5143, sponsored by Rep. Rick Jones (R-71), creates the "Self Defense Act" and specifies that it is not a crime to use force or deadly force to defend oneself if that person is not breaking any laws when defensive force was used. The person must be facing imminent threat of death or great bodily harm.
SB 1046, sponsored by Sen. Alan Cropsey (R-33), outlines rebuttal presumptions for justified use of self-defense. The bill makes it clear that there is no "duty to retreat" if a person is in a place where he or she has a legal right to be.
SB 1185, sponsored by Sen. Ron Jelinek (R-21), allows for the award of court and attorney fees in civil cases where it was determined a person acted in accordance with the "Self Defense Act" and where civil immunities apply.
HB 5548, sponsored by Rep. Tim Moore (R-97), gives civil immunities to persons acting in accordance with the "Self Defense Act," preventing criminals and their families from suing law-abiding citizens.
HB 5153, sponsored by Rep. Leslie Mortimer (R-65), puts the burden of proof on the prosecutor to show that a person acted unlawfully in the application of force, rather than the person using the force having to prove they acted lawfully.
HB 5142, sponsored by Rep. Tom Casperson (R-108), expands the definition of "dwelling" to include a person's garage, barn, backyard, etc.
"On behalf of all NRA members in Michigan, I want to thank each of the bills' chief sponsors for their leadership in seeing these measures become law," Cox said. "The Castle Doctrine is about putting the law back on the side of the victim; the way it's supposed to be."
Day One, Monday, June 26: U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan claims the Conference's purpose was not to ban "law abiding citizens right to bear arms..." However, others in the anti-gun cabal obviously disagree, as evidenced by this statement from Indonesia's representative: "We believe that no armed group outside of the State should be allowed to bear weapons. We also believe that regulating civilian possession of Small Arms/Light Weapons will enhance our efforts to prevent its misuse. In our view, the issue of ammunition should also be addressed in the context of the ProgramME of Action because in the absence of ammunition, small arms and light weapons pose no danger." Regardless of Annan's statement, the topic of "regulation" of civilian possession is obviously still alive.


Day Two, Tuesday, June 27: U.S. Under Secretary of State Robert Joseph. Joseph politely but forcefully gave the U.S. "red lines" -- issues which the U.S. strongly opposes and will not allow into any Conference report or recommendations. These include interference with Americans' Right To Bear Arms, a U.N. ban on transfer of arms to freedom fighters and international regulation of ammunition. The U.S. also said it was not ready to commit to any future conferences on small arms. As Joseph noted later, "The U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights of our citizens to keep and bear arms, and there will be no infringement of those rights..The United States will not agree to any provisions restricting civilian possession, use or legal trade of firearms inconsistent with our laws and practices."



Day Three, Wednesday, June 28: A new draft of the U.N. "Small Arms" Conference "final" report became public. Unfortunately, the draft contained provisions on two issues the U.S. considers "red lines" and will not accept -- a U.N. ban on transfer of arms to freedom fighters and international regulation of ammunition. The proposed document also calls for U.N. meetings on "small arms" up to and including additional conferences in 2008, 2010, and 2012! The U.S. is opposed to these constant meetings which seem to rehash the same issues.




Day Four, Thursday, June 29: The Swiss Small Arms Survey (an anti-gun think tank) released its book supporting international regulation of ammunition. Although the U.S. continues to strongly oppose the inclusion of ammunition in any Conference report, several countries insist on pushing the concept. In another development, the President of the Conference appointed three "facilitators" to work on the text of the final report. The so-called facilitators are from Switzerland, Columbia and Japan.
America's gun owners must continue to be vigilant and to take action on this front.






As noted in the previous story, America's gun owners are no doubt most focused on U.N. efforts to promote transnational anti-gun laws. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to recent oil for food, sex, and corruption scandals at the world body, a story in today's Washington Times notes that Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are promoting legislation to withhold U.S. contributions to the U.N. Among the reasons cited for these actions are: recent remarks by a U.N. bureaucrat that the U.S. government needs to do more to defend the U.N. to the American public; displeasure with the makeup of the U.N.'s Human Rights Council that includes some of the world's most notorious human rights abusers and sponsors of terrorism; and the U.S. goal of implementing a proportional voting system on financial matters, where member-nations' votes would be commensurate with the percentage of dues they contribute.





























































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