Grassroots Battles Vital To Success
It’s going to be a long hot summer. The battle for gun rights and free enterprise continues to heat-up, with anti-gun/anti-industry forces pressing their causes at the state level.
In California, the state is determined to create a new standard for onerous gun laws. The Democrat-dominated state government is layering new laws on top of ones already considered to be among the toughest in the nation. The ever-growing menu of proposed new laws include: a ban on traditional ammunition for hunting, a ban on the sale of all semiauto firearms that have a removable magazine and a ban on all magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. In addition, Californians purchasing ammunition would be required to obtain a permit and undergo background checks.
Not all recent gun bills are negative. In New Jersey, one new law requires the state to submit certain mental health records to NICS. The industry has long supported such a requirement, and it is a cornerstone of NSSF’s FixNICS initiative.
There also are additional signs of advances on the pro-gun/pro-industry side.
In late May, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity and six other groups demanding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ban traditional ammunition containing lead components. NSSF filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit last August. The court agreed with NSSF that EPA does not have the authority to regulate traditional ammunition under the Toxic Substances Control Act.
In Colorado, the campaign to recall State Senate President John Morse moved smartly forward with the submission of 16,046 voter petition signatures. The Basic Freedom Defense Fund (BFDF), a Colorado grassroots group, headed the recall.
The number of signatures exceeds the 7,178 necessary for a recall, and also exceeds the total number of votes (13,451) Morse received during his election in 2010. There were several scenarios that could play out in the recall effort.
“Regardless of the outcome and any posturing by Morse, he is going to be removed from his senate position one way or another due to his anti-constitutional beliefs and demonstrated actions,” said Anthony Garcia, BFDF spokesman.
Additional recall efforts are underway in Colorado, targeting other Democrat lawmakers who supported recent gun-control measures. Such recall successes send a great message to others legislators in Colorado and elsewhere: “You will be held accountable.”
It’s very important to note that this was a local, grassroots effort. While the NSSF, NRA and other national groups can do a lot, it’s important that citizens within their states step forward and take action.
Salutes to those in Colorado!
By Russ Thurman
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