The fate of the treaty is now up to the U.S.Senate; they would need a 2/3rd super majority to ratify the treaty. We CAN stop this international treaty from reaching American soil by killing it in the United States Senate. Reach every U.S. Senator and tell them you do NOT want this treaty in OUR United States!
Everything Obama tackles in office is strategically timed and politically motivated. He only looks out for himself, his fellow liberals, and his anti-gun agenda. After mass shootings the Administration launches all-out attacks on our gun rights since the country would be more susceptible to change after a traumatic event. This has been signed conveniently after the recent D.C. Navy ship yard shooting. Since the attack, anti-gunners have been demanding more gun control and now it appears.
Gun advocates are weary of the language in the treaty including the fact that ‘small arms and light weapons’ are among the included weaponry that could be regulated by the United Nations. The UN Gun Treaty is a lot like ObamaCare; we will not know what it fully entails until it is implemented. It is impossible to trust the UN’s reassurance that this treaty will not affect our current gun laws or our Second Amendment. After all, the UN Arms Trade Treaty had previously been rumored as a replacement of the Second Amendment.
Obama may think he is being sneaky but we will make sure the public knows what he is up to and so will all 100 U.S. Senators. By sending faxes to each Senator, they will realize how important this issue is to the American people. We must flood their offices with faxes from Patriots across the country demanding our U.S. Senate does not ratify this international gun grab!
There has been Congressional resistance to the thought of a UN gun Treaty. 130 out of the 535 members of Congress signed a letter to Obama and Kerry urging them not to sign the treaty which the Administration seems to have ignored:
“As your review of the treaty continues, we strongly encourage your administration to recognize its textual, inherent and procedural flaws, to uphold our country’s constitutional protections of civilian firearms ownership, and to defend the sovereignty of the United States, and thus to decide not to sign this treaty.”
Senator James Inhofe shows his strong displeasure with the thought of an international gun treaty:
“The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty that passed in the General Assembly today would require the United States to implement gun-control legislation as required by the treaty, which could supersede the laws our elected officials have already put into place. It’s time the Obama administration recognizes it is already a non-starter, and Americans will not stand for internationalists limiting and infringing upon their Constitutional rights.”
We must make it clear TODAY to the Senate and the White House that the Second Amendment must be protected and that they must reject any and all U.N. Gun Control. Tell them to KEEP THEIR TREATY AWAY FROM OUR GUNS!
The uncertainty begins in the discussion of small arms. Where will the regulations on our small arms start, and where will they stop? They are even trying to include ammunition regulations in the Arms Trade Treaty!
Will the United Nations try to impose international licensing requirements, an international registry, or international regulations for the trade, sale, importation, and private ownership of our semi-automatic firearms?
The last negotiations for an Arms Trade Treaty took place in July 2012, just four months before the Presidential election. Obama did not want to take a big stance for global gun control just months before his re-election but now he has made it clear he is for total gun control. He also told voters he would not be re-visiting negotiations for an Arms Trade treaty but here we are.
Since his re-election it has become clearer than ever what is at the top of his agenda; taking our guns away! The Obama Administration has been exploiting tragedies since the election to push gun control at the city, state, federal, and now GLOBAL level.
Our Senate took a stance before the Presidential election when 51 of them wrote Obama a letter saying they would not support an Arms Trade Treaty. We must let our entire U.S. Senate know we do not support international gun control. They must not ratify this international treaty.
Alan M. Gottlieb
Citizens For The Right To Keep And Bear Arms (CCRKBA)
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An Open Letter from Howard Schultz, ceo of Starbucks Coffee Company
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Posted by Howard Schultz, Starbucks chairman, president and chief executive officer
Dear Fellow Americans,
Few topics in America generate a more polarized and emotional debate than guns. In recent months, Starbucks stores and our partners (employees) who work in our stores have been thrust unwillingly into the middle of this debate. That’s why I am writing today with a respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas.
From the beginning, our vision at Starbucks has been to create a “third place” between home and work where people can come together to enjoy the peace and pleasure of coffee and community. Our values have always centered on building community rather than dividing people, and our stores exist to give every customer a safe and comfortable respite from the concerns of daily life.
We appreciate that there is a highly sensitive balance of rights and responsibilities surrounding America’s gun laws, and we recognize the deep passion for and against the “open carry” laws adopted by many states. (In the United States, “open carry” is the term used for openly carrying a firearm in public.) For years we have listened carefully to input from our customers, partners, community leaders and voices on both sides of this complicated, highly charged issue.
Our company’s longstanding approach to “open carry” has been to follow local laws: we permit it in states where allowed and we prohibit it in states where these laws don’t exist. We have chosen this approach because we believe our store partners should not be put in the uncomfortable position of requiring customers to disarm or leave our stores. We believe that gun policy should be addressed by government and law enforcement—not by Starbucks and our store partners.
Recently, however, we’ve seen the “open carry” debate become increasingly uncivil and, in some cases, even threatening. Pro-gun activists have used our stores as a political stage for media events misleadingly called “Starbucks Appreciation Days” that disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of “open carry.” To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores. Some anti-gun activists have also played a role in ratcheting up the rhetoric and friction, including soliciting and confronting our customers and partners.
For these reasons, today we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas—even in states where “open carry” is permitted—unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.
I would like to clarify two points. First, this is a request and not an outright ban. Why? Because we want to give responsible gun owners the chance to respect our request—and also because enforcing a ban would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers, and that is not a role I am comfortable asking Starbucks partners to take on. Second, we know we cannot satisfy everyone. For those who oppose “open carry,” we believe the legislative and policy-making process is the proper arena for this debate, not our stores. For those who champion “open carry,” please respect that Starbucks stores are places where everyone should feel relaxed and comfortable. The presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers.
I am proud of our country and our heritage of civil discourse and debate. It is in this spirit that we make today’s request. Whatever your view, I encourage you to be responsible and respectful of each other as citizens and neighbors.
From NRA-ILA 9/5/2013
This coming weekend, your neighbors in Louisiana will enjoy an exemption from their state and local sales and use taxes on individual purchases of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies. Since 2009, the Sportsmen’s Paradise has celebrated a “Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday” during the first full weekend in September. This places firearm and sporting goods retailers in East and Southeast Texas at a competitive disadvantage around the time hunting season begins.
State Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) is calling for enactment of a similar “Back to Hunt” tax-free holiday weekend in Texas, pointing out that “[i]mplementing a tax-free weekend for sportsmen in Texas will stimulate new hunting participation while also increasing economic activity.” Click here to view his press release. In 2011, Senator Hegar sponsored a similar measure when the state was faced with serious fiscal and economic challenges. During the 2013 session, legislation establishing a tax-free holiday for these items was introduced by state Representative Jeff Leach (R-Plano), but this bill never received a hearing by the House Ways & Means Committee.
NRA members should urge their state lawmakers to support the future establishment of a tax–free weekend for firearms and hunting supplies, which will support businesses in the Lone Star State and encourage more hardworking Texans to go afield. Click here to identify your state Senator and state Representative and to access their contact information.
ATF announces the launch of the revised, now in fillable format, Personal Firearms Record (ATF Publication 3312.8), the document can also be found on our website in the Library, under the Publications tab, Firearms link.
Each year, thousands of firearms are reported lost or stolen. Your ability to adequately identify these firearms is central to law enforcement’s ability to investigate these crimes and losses. In the event of theft or loss, the firearm(s) can be fully indentified for law enforcement, recovery and insurance purposes. The Personal Firearms Record was developed to provide you an easy and complete way to maintain a record of your firearms. By completing this record and maintaining it in a safe location, with your other important documents and separate from your firearms, you will be taking an important first step in the effort to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.
This record is for your personal use only. The information will not be collected or maintained by ATF or any other Federal Government agency.
IMPORTANT CONSUMER SAFETY ALERT and INSPECTION PROCEDURE – August 22, 2013
|PRODUCT:||ALL M&P Shield™ firearms manufactured before August 19, 2013.|
|DESCRIPTION OF THE HAZARD:||Smith & Wesson has identified a condition where the trigger bar pin could damage the lower trigger in certain M&P Shields in a way that may affect the functionality of the drop safety feature of the firearm, potentially allowing the pistol to discharge if it is dropped.
Any unintended discharge of a firearm has the potential to cause injury, and we ask that you STOP USING YOUR PISTOL IMMEDIATELY UNTIL IT HAS BEEN INSPECTED AND, IF THE CONDITION IS FOUND, REPAIRED.
|DESCRIPTION OF THE PRODUCT INVOLVED:||This Safety Alert applies to all M&P Shield pistols manufactured before August 19, 2013. We believe this condition is largely limited to recently manufactured M&P Shield pistols. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are asking all consumers of all M&P Shields manufactured before August 19, 2013 to immediately inspect their pistols for this condition.|
|INSPECTING YOUR PISTOL:
|Your firearm must be inspected to determine whether it exhibits the condition identified in this notice. To determine whether your firearm is affected by this condition, please inspect your firearm as follows:
Click Here for Video Instructions
2. Hold your pistol sideways with the muzzle pointed to the left. Look at the trigger. Note that the trigger is actually two pieces, with a pin in the middle that connects the two halves (Figure 1).
3. Look at Figure 2. Without touching the trigger, identify the plastic tab circled in red in Figure 2.
4. Slowly pull the trigger. The plastic tab encircled in Figure 2 should disappear into the upper trigger section (Figure 3).
5. Slowly release the trigger. The tab should reappear as shown in Figure 2 completely on its own.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 several times. If the small tab as shown in Figure 2 reappears each time, your pistol does not require repair.
7. If the small tab does not consistently reappear as shown in Figure 2, YOUR PISTOL MUST BE RETURNED FOR SERVICE.
If you are uncomfortable conducting the inspection outlined above, or are unsure whether the condition described in this notice applies to your firearm, please take your firearm to your local M&P Certified Armorer or send your firearm to Smith & Wesson for inspection. M&P Armorers can be found on the Smith & Wesson website under Find a Dealer.
If after inspection it is determined that the condition outlined in this safety alert exists, the firearm must be sent to Smith & Wesson for repair.
|REMEDY/ACTION TO BE TAKEN:||STOP USING YOUR FIREARM UNTIL IT HAS BEEN INSPECTED AND, IF THE CONDITION IS FOUND, REPAIRED.
Your firearm must be inspected to determine whether it exhibits the condition identified in this notice. To determine whether your firearm is affected by this condition, please inspect your firearm by following the inspection instructions above.
If your firearm is affected by the condition outlined in this notice, please send your pistol to Smith & Wesson. Your firearm will be inspected, and if necessary, repaired at no cost to you. Your firearm will be returned within 5 to 7 business days. All shipping and repair costs will be covered by Smith & Wesson.
Outside the United States, click here for a list of Authorized Warranty Centers that will repair your pistol.
|CONSUMER CONTACT:||Please contact Smith & Wesson directly at 877-899-6259 to arrange for the repair, if necessary, of your pistol.|
Effective 9/1/2013, the requirement to take a class in order to renew your Texas concealed handgun license will cease. The new rule is that you will be sent the laws by Texas DPS and have to certify that you are familiar with them. After certification and payment to the State of Texas, your renewal license will be on its way. This is a mixed blessing. While it makes renewing easier, we all know that very few if anyone will actually read the laws and become as familiar with them as if you were in a class. Not being familiar with the law, while carrying a firearm can only lead to unfortunate situations. Therefore, effective immediately, I am offering a refresher class to stay up on the laws. No qualifying is required, however you are welcome to join us for the qualification portion. This class is offered for $35.00 and will cover the laws concerning concealed handgun licenses. As the legislature meets every two years, and your license expires every 5, I highly recommend you attend and stay informed.
Also effective 9/1/2013 is the change regarding minimum time in class and range. The minimum was 10 hours combined classroom and range time. After 9/1/2013 it will be 6 hours in the classroom, plus range qualification time. There is still a written exam upon completion of the classroom instruction, however DPS has not yet finished it, so the current exam will stand temporarily. Expectation should be to spend about 8 hours total for classroom and range.
I recently came across a new aid in shooting pistols. It’s call the Tactical Operator’s Grip. To explain how and why it works, try this little exercise. Extend your arm in front of you and clench your fist. While holding your fist tight, feel the lower muscle of your forearm with your other hand. Notice how tight and contracted it is. Now do the same thing with your pinky only about half curled. You should notice that your muscle is much more relaxed. This is how the TOG works. by keeping your pinky somewhat extended, your forearm muscle is not as constricted, therefore not pulling your hand down. Try it while holding your firearm, you should notice that the barrel of your pistol stays straight much more naturally with your pinky somewhat extended. They will be available shortly in two sizes, one for compact pistols and one for medium/large frame pistols. Currently there is no model for the ultra compacts such as the Smith & Wesson Shield. I have some of these in stock for examination and trial during CHL class, but intend to have plenty of inventory for sale in the near future. Please feel free to respond with your comments…