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> From: Gun Owners of America <http://[email protected]
> Reply-To: Gun Owners of America <http://[email protected]
> Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2000 18:01:33 -0500
> To: http://[email protected]
> Subject: ME: Anti-gun Bills Moving
> Misdemeanor Gun Ban Resurfaces
> -- Your Gun Rights Endangered
> Gun Owners of America Fax/Email Alert
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> Maine Legislative Alert -- January 26, 2000
> The Maine legislature has begun its second scheduled session, and of
> the thousands of bills in the hopper, only certain ones are marked
> for any type of action. Rest assured, the anti-gun bills are going
> to be moving.
> Contact your legislators right away and insist they stop these
> anti-gun measures from becoming law in Maine.
> There are four bills that are earmarked for activity in the very
> near future:
> LD 1858 -- A carry-over from last session (both Houses must agree to
> carry over, so this bill will see action). Labeled "Possession by
> Felons," LD 1858 is in reality a MISDEMEANOR GUN BAN. The bill
> takes gun rights away for "domestic violence." Such "violence" can
> include a shouting match with a spouse, or spanking of an out of
> control child. And there are other, serious, ramifications. Think
> about it:
> * Anti-gun legislators will keep expanding the list of offenses
> for which they can take away your gun rights. (Spitting on the
> sidewalk? Speeding? Parking tickets?) Sounds ridiculous, but
> that's the kind of power this precedent will give the anti-gunners.
> Don't believe for a second that ANY misdemeanor won't eventually
> become a target for these people. The real agenda is to take away
> your gun rights.
> * If these misdeameanor "crimes" are so awful that your gun
> rights are lost -- THEN SHOULDN'T YOU LOSE ALL THE OTHER RIGHTS
> ASSOCIATED WITH A FELONY? If a crime is so serious that it
> justifies the loss of THIS constitutional right, it is serious
> enough that other rights and privileges, including the right to
> vote, to serve on a jury, and the "privilege" of holding any
> professional license (Law, Medicine), teaching certificate, elected
> office, etc. should also be revoked.
> * Gun owners are treated as second class citizens. The fact of
> the matter is that these often victimless "crimes" are being used as
> a very powerful tool to disarm you -- and it is working. The
> liberal anti-gunners want gun owners singled out as somehow more
> violent and less deserving of rights than other citizens.
> * "Hey! She shoved her husband, take away her driver's license!"
> Again, this sounds like a ridiculous statement. But change
> "driver's license" to "gun rights," and you have the legislation we
> are talking about here. You see, this bill is NOT about safety, it
> is NOT about crime prevention, and it is definitely NOT the "common
> sense" approach the liberal anti-gun crowd and the media would like
> you to believe. It is about taking away the Rights and the Dignity
> of gun owners.
> LD 2405 -- A "companion" bill for LD 1858, this fast-moving
> legislation provides almost $500,000 in taxpayer monies for 9 new
> prosecutors who will deal ONLY WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES. Now
> that is convenient -- make a major crime out of a minor crime, then
> create a whole new section of bureaucracy to deal with it!
> LD 2484 -- Prohibits carry permits for people who have had a
> protective order against them in the past two years -- whether it
> was removed or not. In the recent Emerson decision, the Texas
> Circuit Court ruled that a prohibition based on such an order is
> unconstitutional. Not to mention, a vengeful ex-spouse or companion
> (as the definition in the law reads) can, through mere accusation,
> get your right to a gun revoked by saying you threatened them in
> some way, and getting a protective order against you. In many
> cases, this can easily be done in your absence!
> LD 2494 -- Creates a "Commission" to study firearms. This bill is
> just another way to not only attack your gun rights, but use your
> money to do it. Government appointed bureaucrats will roam around
> the state on your dime. They will host feel-good meetings staffed
> by state-paid employees and "take recommendations" from like-minded
> liberals. All to in order to justify a report that is probably
> already written saying guns, not people are the cause of violence.
> We know that this is one of the biggest (and unfortunately, most
> effective) lies the anti-gunners use and they are not about to let
> fact or real public opinion get in the way of their agenda.
> Please DO NOT HESITATE. All these bills are set to move soon, maybe
> in the next several days.