Victory in the House! But the land bill battle will continue


lukem

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Thanks to you, a bill expanding gun control on federal land was narrowly
defeated Wednesday morning, March 11.

The Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009, S. 22, would have drastically
increased the amount of land controlled by the National Park Service,
thus subjecting such land to the anti-gun regulations of the agency.

The bill was brought to the floor of the U.S. House on what is known as
the "suspension calendar." This calendar is normally reserved for
non-controversial bills. As such, any bill being passed under the
suspension calendar requires a two-thirds majority of those voting.

In this case, the pro-gun position prevailed by a mere two votes --
meaning S. 22 is far from being non-controversial.

Although suspension bills are not normally amended, one change was
allowed in a secret backroom deal between a few members.

The amendment, offered by Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA), was intended to
alleviate the concerns of gun owners.

The Altmire amendment sought to protect hunting and recreational
shooting on federal land, but those steps are completely inadequate to
address the concerns of millions of gun owners.

The Second Amendment protects, as the Supreme Court affirmed in D.C. v.
Heller, an individual right to keep and bear arms. That right was never
intended to protect only the shooting sports.

Under current regulations, firearms possessed for the sole purpose of
self-defense on land controlled by the National Park Service is
prohibited unless the person holds a concealed carry permit.

While millions of law-biding Americans hold CCW permits, many more do
not. It is these citizens' rights that are going unprotected.

NPS land covers the gamut from busy thoroughfares to remote wilderness
areas. These gun free zones are dangerous, in addition to creating a
patchwork of inconsistent regulations between federal and state land.

Although we won today, unfortunately the battle is not over.

The anti-gun leadership will attempt to bring this bill back to the
floor in a way that requires a simple majority, rather than the
two-thirds vote they needed Wednesday.

Several pro-gun congressmen will try to offer an amendment in committee
to simply allow state and local law to govern firearms possession on NPS
land. This type of amendment would put more control at the local level
and protect the gun rights of all law-abiding Americans.

What is expected is that the leadership will propose a new "rule" that
blocks any such pro-gun amendments.

If that happens, the vote on the rule becomes the gun vote.

House leaders have not indicated when they will attempt to bring the
bill back to the floor, but it could come up at any time.

Therefore, your Representative needs to hear from you once again, for
two reasons. First, the entire House needs to be urged to reject any
parliamentary trick that excludes language to protect Second Amendment
rights on federal land. Next, those who voted against your rights need
to know of your dissatisfaction, while those who stood up for your
rights should be thanked.

ACTION: Please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
Link Removed to send your Rep. a pre-written
letter. Note: the LAC will automatically load the correct text for
individual Representatives, based upon their vote Wednesday. Because
the list has to be divided in this way, the pre-written letters are not
editable by the sender.


----- Pre-written letter for those who voted pro-gun -----

Dear Representative:

Thank you for standing up for the Second Amendment by voting against S.
22, the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009.

This bill would greatly expand land controlled by the National Park
Service, and thus spread the agency's gun restrictions to even more
areas. The NPS gun ban should be repealed, not expanded.

Although the pro-gun side won today, the battle is not over. The
anti-gun leadership will try to bring the bill to the floor again, this
time with a rule intended to exclude a pro-gun amendment to repeal the
NPS anti-gun regulations.

If that is the case, I urge you to once again stand up for the Second
Amendment and vote against the rule.

Sincerely,


----- Pre-written letter for those who voted anti-gun -----

Dear Representative,

I am extremely disappointed that you did not stand up for the Second
Amendment on the issue of S. 22, the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act
of 2009.

This bill would greatly expand land controlled by the National Park
Service, and thus spread the agency's gun restrictions to even more
areas. The NPS gun ban should be repealed, not expanded.

Although the pro-gun side won today, the battle is not over. The
anti-gun leadership will try to bring the bill to the floor again, this
time with a rule intended to exclude a pro-gun amendment to repeal the
NPS anti-gun regulations.

If that is the case, I urge you to protect the Second Amendment rights
of law-abiding Americans and vote against the rule.

Sincerely,


****************************
 

utimmer43

New member
Also, when you go to the GO LAC website, all you need to do is put in your ZIP and the site will do the rest. Based on the letter it is about to send, you can determine how your Rep voted.

I'm not sure if my math is correct (don't know if you count the "no votes" or not), but it looks like it came up about 5 votes short of the 2/3 needed.
The non-votes are not counted. The final score was 282-144. A swing of 2 votes would have passed it.(284-142 is exactly 2/3)
 
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