Looking For Deals And Want To Help a Good Cause?

Admit it, we all look for good deals on ammo and other gun stuff. You’ve probably shopped at places like When The Balloon Goes Up and Lucky Gunner, because they are great sources.

Add to that the backlog of Second Amendment law cases that the Second Amendment Foundation is supporting, and you get a Perfect Intersection.

For Stuff That Works

 

 

Packing for the Lucky Gunner Blogger Shoot

 

Gearhog

 

DealSergeant

 

 

If you look on the right side of this blog you will see links to those sites, and if you click through and buy something, yes, this blog gets a cut of the action. But here’s the neat part.

I’m not on this blog to make money, so 100% of the proceeds from click-throughs to those sites gets donated to the Second Amendment Foundation.

So if you’re looking for a deal, and want to help win court victories ensuring the Second Amendment stays strong, shop here.

Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

You may have noticed on the right side of the page there is a section with a header “Need Gun Stuff, Try These Sites.” These are retail sites that give your gentle host a small commission for merchandise that anyone buys who clicks through.

Following the lead of John Richardson over at No Lawyers Only Guns and Money, effective immediately, all money I make from these links will be donated to the Second Amendment Foundation.

In addition, I recently added a link to Amazon, which gives the Second Amendment Foundation a 25% cut of your spending.

Please click, and give.

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Correcting An Oversight

Dear Second Amendment Supporter,

Thank you for your generous support in the fight to uphold our U.S. Constitutional right to keep and bear arms and defend the Second Amendment.

Your contribution and/or membership dues directly fund the educational efforts and public relations programs of the Second Amendment Foundation to counter gun-ban propaganda from groups like the Brady Campaign, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and U.S. Conference of Mayors.

SAF’s legal victories in McDonald v. Chicago and Ezell v. Chicago, along with its work with attorneys in U.S. v. Heller and other landmark court cases are examples of our legal action to keep the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution intact. We currently have almost two dozen court cases pending. For a comprehensive list of current and past litigation, please go to 2ndAmendmentCourtCases.com.

On behalf of our staff and American gun rights supporters, I want to thank you. Without dedicated individuals like you, we cannot continue this fight.

Sincerely,

Alan Sig

Alan M. Gottlieb, Founder

Second Amendment Foundation

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Return Of The Next Big Scare

It seems that the possibility of a UN Arms Trade Treaty, which I first wrote about in June 2011, has returned, and, in the wake of the re-election of President Obama, it has gotten quite a few otherwise intelligent gun owners quite worked up. The word is that this treaty would require anything from the confiscation of all our guns to the cessation of the manufacture of ammunition.

My point today is to reassure gun owners that no blue-hatted soldier is going to show up at your door and take your guns. This treaty, while attractive to the anti-gun factions, is dead as far as the United States is concerned, and, if it were enacted, would not result in any change in our right to keep and bear arms.

Please consider these facts carefully, and use them as defense against anti-gunners who would attempt to scare you with the prospect of some foreign organization finally accomplishing what they could never hope to do.

Now, there are those in the pro-gun camp whose personalities and modes of thinking tend to lead them to see a conspiracy and a hidden agenda in everything. To those I say that this will be my last word on this subject, barring future developments that change the facts. I will tell you that you are wrong, and point you to these facts.

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Now, having said all that, is there cause for concern? Of course. But is there cause for foaming-at-the-mouth panic? No.

Why? Consider the following:

First, Article VI of the Constitution states:

This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land;

Thus, only treaties that are executed as outlined in the Constitution are enforceable as law.

Second, Article II states:

The President . . . shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur;

So, while the President can execute treaties, the Senate must ratify them, by a two thirds majority. This means that 67 Senators would have to ratify any treaty.

In July 2012 Senator Jerry Moran, R-KS, sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, expressing opposition to the UN Arms Trade Treaty. It was signed by 51 Senators, although since that time, Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts has been defeated and will be replaced. However, it is important to note that defeat of this treaty requires only 34 Senators.

Thus, ratification of this treaty is impossible under the current Senate.

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But, if the treaty were ratified, would this mean we, as citizens, would be subject to its provisions, to the exclusion of the Second Amendment? No.

As it turns out, the Constitution takes precedent over treaties. In Reid v. Covertthe Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution supersedes international treaties. Specifically it held that “no agreement with a foreign nation can confer power on the Congress, or on any other branch of Government, which is free from the restraints of the Constitution.”

And, given that the Heller case and MacDonald case have upheld that the Second Amendment guarantees individuals the right to keep and bear arms, no treaty can force a change in that legal stance.

Of course, there is the possibility that, if the treaty were enforced, there would be arguments that it now represents the law of the land. Fortunately, we have courts in this country, and our arguments would be swift, and insurmountable.

Having said that, this begs the question of who would mount such a legal challenge. Almost certainly that would fall to the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation. These organizations’ political influence and legal prowess have been shown time and again. Say what you will about their fundraising or political goings-on, the anti-gun factions fear them, and for good reason.

And having said that, this begs the question of whether you are a member of the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation. If not, I urge you to join today.

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Now, it is true that the government has, at times, attempted to enforce treaties, or parts of treaties, that were not ratified by the Senate. One example frequently given by those who are currently up in arms is the UN Law of the Sea Treaty. Even though the Senate has never ratified this treaty, many US agencies, such as NOAA,  have adopted provisions of the treaty as part of their operating procedures. This has drawn the ire of may groups, understandably.

However, the limits of territorial waters is not part of the Constitution, so, technically, it isn’t subject to the judgment of Reid v. Covert. 

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Of course, one reaction I get is that the President would just bypass Congress, sign the treaty, and enforce it by confiscating all the guns.

To that, I have two reactions. First, to those who honestly believe that any President could or would attempt such an obviously seditious and treasonous act, I say, “Really?” You really have a skewed view of the power of the President, much less his political will.

Second, to those who would attempt such a confiscation, I believe I would be joined by millions of other Americans in quoting Leonidas at Thermopylae, “Come and take them.”

The First Death Knell for "May Issue?"

Alan Gura and the Second Amendment Foundation won another battle today, as a Federal judge ruled that Maryland’s “may issue” concealed permit law, which required that citizens show a “good and substantial reason” why they need a gun for self defense, is unconstitutional.

Quoting U.S. District Judge Benson Everett Legg:

“A citizen may not be required to offer a ‘good and substantial reason’ why he should be permitted to exercise his rights. The right’s existence is all the reason he needs.”

Amen.

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How long until the other “may issue” states’ laws go by the same way?

I am reminded of when I received my first concealed carry permit in Alabama. After everything was set, the Sheriff stuck his head out from his office, and looked me over, and approved the permit.

I didn’t think much of it at the time, because I didn’t know much about “may issue” and “shall issue” permits. But now I know that Alabama is a “may issue” state, meaning, the Sheriff has the last word on who does and does not get a permit. I guess I got lucky.

Of course, I’m white, which may have been a lot of the luck I needed.

Once More – Power In Numbers

If you read anything about shooting other than this blog, you know our Second Amendment rights are under attack like never before, even as more and more Supreme Court decisions confirm the self-defense right of the individual, and more and more states and localities do away with outmoded restrictions based on fear and mis-information.

That’s why it’s more important than ever that all shooters are members of the shooting rights organizations that are fighting for those rights.

The National Rifle Association is the 800 pound gorilla of the gun rights world. Say what you will about the politics and controversy, but you have to agree that when they call, they get appointments, and people listen. If you don’t like their constant stream of solicitations, do like I do – drop them in the recycle bin. But keep your membership current, or, do like I did 15 years ago. Use their extended payment plan to become a Life Member. Yes, they will continue to ask you to upgrade, but now you don’t have to do it, and you get a gun magazine every month for the rest of your life.

The Second Amendment Foundation is the group responsible for the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court cases, as well as the Ezell ruling which will eventually overturn the Chicago gun ban. This kind of work takes money, and $15 a year is well worth it.

But don’t stop there. Tip O’Neill once said that all politics is local, and that’s true in gun rights as well. Join your state gun rights group, and any local groups in your area.

I was going to put together a list of the state gun rights groups, but I found there is a great list on the lower right of the links on the main page at The Gun Wire. Check it out. Join.

WHY JOIN GUN RIGHTS GROUPS?
or
WHY DO YOU GIVE YOUR MONEY TO LOBBYISTS?

I’m asked that all the time. Here’s my answer.

The First Amendment says

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Emphasis mine

I don’t have the time or money to go to Atlanta or Washington and talk to all the people who can take away my gun rights.

But I can join with millions of others, and put our money together, and pay them to do it for us.

It’s our right. And if the person I’m talking with respects my First Amendment right, then respecting the Second Amendment should follow.