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New bills introduced since the Las Vegas shooting
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At a time when our rights should be secure and recognition expanding, with Republicans in control of the House, Senate, and White House, foot-dragging on the part of Republican leaders in Congress, and now a heinous act perpetrated by a mad man in Las Vegas, have not only stalled our efforts at legislative reform in D.C., but put more of our rights in jeopardy. And right at this critical moment, the NRA has once again blinked in the face of adversity, by declaring support for additional regulation on simple firearm accessories.

To make matters worse, many rights supporters seem to have concluded that with the election of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in both houses of Congress, that they can relax and reduce their pro-rights activism. In addition, contributions to Firearms Owners Against Crime have tapered down to dangerous levels, and responses to calls to action, like writing and calling politicians, are also sluggish, according to staffers in numerous legislator's offices.

We desperately need your help right now.

We need you to be more involved, not less. It is critically important that gun owners are energized to flood Congress with demands that they not succumb to knee-jerk, emotional reflexes, and hold the line against legislation that tramples on the rights of the many, in a futile attempt to curtail the actions of the very few.

We are not fans of bump-fire stocks and trigger cranks. We see them as devices designed to aid in the rapid waste of large quantities of ammunition, with little accuracy, but we do understand that they are fun, and have some potential to be useful. To the best of our knowledge, in the eight years or so that bump stocks have been commercially available, and the decades that trigger-cranks have been around, these devices have been used in a total of exactly ONE violent crime. And while that crime was particularly heinous and destructive, we are convinced that the use of bump stocks actually resulted in fewer deaths and injuries than would have been likely had the attacker engaged in aimed, semi-auto fire. He had multiple rifles available and plenty of time to reload, and he was firing into a tightly packed group of over 20,000 people. Not to downplay the tragedy in any way, we consider it miraculous that fewer than 600 people were struck.

We understand the NRA's strategy of trying to keep the response to the shooting contained to a regulatory agency, rather than Congress, but we see no hope of that actually happening! When/if the measures currently proposed in Congress reach the floor (outlined below), the NRA's statement that they support tighter regulation of devices that help shooters simulate full-auto fire from semi-auto rifles, ‘will’ be used against us and undermines the arguments against that legislation.

The language of the bills offered so far, broadly attacks a wide spectrum of firearms issues and includes any device, or part, that serves to increase the rate of fire from a semi-auto firearm. That open-ended language could easily be interpreted to include everything from lightweight bolt, carrier, and hammer components, to heavier trigger and action springs, along with devices like bump stocks and trigger-cranks. The final proposals include provisions limiting magazine capacity (10 rounds), and a new “assault weapons” ban will be offered, focusing more on the firearms' capabilities, rather than their appearance.

Here is a list of anti-gun legislation filed as a response to the Las Vegas tragedy since 10/1/2017:

U.S. House of Representatives

HR 3947 – Bans parts and accessories that increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm

HR 3962 – Bans online sales of ammunition

HR 3984 – Repeals the Lawful Protection in Commerce law that would allow lawsuits against FFL’s and manufacturers

HR 3986 – Would require the placement of tracking ID into ‘all’ firearms sold in America

HR 3987 – Would require a fee to purchase a firearm through NICS and use these monies to fund the CDC to conduct research on gun violence that was previously found to be biased by Congress

HR 3998 – Bans firearms for known or ‘suspected’ terrorists

HR 3999 – Bans parts that increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm

HR 4018 – Institutes a ‘3’ day waiting period nationally for purchase of handgun

HR 4025 – Expands reporting of multiple firearms sales

HR 4052 – Would ‘ban’ possession and transfer of large capacity magazines (More than 10 rounds)

HR 4057 – Expansion of Prohibition for firearms ownership for being on a Terrorist Watch List

U.S. Senate

S. 1915 – Would require all firearms to be personalized for restricted access and use

S. 1916 – Bans parts and accessories that increase the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm

S. 1923 – Expands background checks of firearms

S. 1939 – Repeals the Lawful Protection in Commerce law that would allow lawsuits against FFL’s and manufacturers

S. 1945 – Would ‘ban’ possession and transfer of large capacity magazines (More than 10 rounds)

Firearms Owners Against Crime has a long tradition of avoiding the type of gratuitous over-hype and fear-mongering for purposes of fundraising, that is all too common among political activist organizations, and we're not changing our tune. This is a real threat, and we really do need your help and continued commitment!

We need to get our clear, commonsense message out to gun owners and lovers of liberty, and we need to drive traffic to our elected politicians in Washington and state capitols. To do that, we need both your activism and your financial support.

We've teamed up with our friends and allies at the Arizona Citizens Defense League to offer an easy way to contact your elected representatives with a powerful message, regardless of what state you, or your friends and contacts live in.

Just go to http://azcdl.org/html/latest_news.html and read the October 7 Alert titled “Not One More Inch.” Right now, it is the first article on the page, but that could change. At the bottom of the article are links to a letter that “has been prepared for you.” Click on that text and it will take you to the Legislative Action Center. You do need to enter your information, but you can be assured they will protect your privacy and respect your wishes. This will take you to a pre-written letter that you can send as-is, or edit as you see fit. This will go to your Congressman and both your Senators. After you send your letters, click on the social media links provided to share your action with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc. to encourage them to send letters too. Trust us, this is even simpler than these instructions suggest. With just a few clicks and minimal personal information, you can contact all three of your servants in D.C., and share the information with your friends on social media. Just do it please!

We also need your financial support. Firearms Owners Against Crime (FOAC) is involved in several preemption lawsuits. Most recently we have been victorious in the Lower Merion case ‘but’ the township is still stonewalling making the changes directed by the court costing us even more money. This is in addition to all our other areas of activism! FOAC is funded almost exclusively by membership fees and donations, and donations are down just when we need them the most, so if you haven't renewed your membership/donated recently, or you can afford to make an extra donation, please consider doing so now.

You can donate through the mail to FOAC by sending a check to:

Firearms Owners Against Crime, P.O. Box 1111, McMurray, PA 15317
You can also contribute online by going to http://www.foac-pac.org and clicking on the “Donate” button in the Right Upper Corner of the Main Page or by clicking this link - https://foac-pac.org/Donate.

Thank you for your commitment to the Constitution and individual liberty. Please take action today.

Yours in Freedom!

Your FOAC Freedom Team




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