Happy Turkey Day To You All!
Posted 24 November 2004 - 01:51 PM
As Thanksgiving Approaches...
A heartfelt "thank you" from GOA to all its Members and Activists
"[GOA's] lobbying probably torpedoed the best chance for [renewing
the semi-auto ban] this year." -- National Journal, 7/17/04
Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
November 24, 2004
This has been a year unlike any other year.
A fresh breath of freedom has swept across the land.
The hated ban on semi-automatic firearms and magazines has now
expired; and as Providence would have it, this victory was, in large
part, thanks to your efforts.
In fact, you played a tremendous role in helping this onerous law
fade into the sunset.
Your impact was so great that even our political opponents, like the
gun grabbers at the Violence Policy Center, have taken notice.
The National Journal, a magazine that covers national politics,
quoted the VPC on July 17 of this year:
Kristen Rand, the legislative director for the Violence Policy
Center, which has been lobbying for the renewal of the assault
weapons ban, agreed that [GOA's] lobbying probably torpedoed the
best chance for action this year. "I think their input was very
significant," Rand said of the gun-owners group.
You should give yourself a pat on the back.
While we at Gun Owners have a lot to be thankful for, high on the
list is our members and activists that have so faithfully contacted
their senators and representatives throughout the year.
Thank you so much for everything you have done.
While it has been a phenomenally successful year, there are still
irons in the fire. The Congressional "clock" has not yet expired,
and we will continue to monitor what happens until our legislators
finally decide to officially end the Congressional session.
Until then, the staff at Gun Owners of America would like to wish you
a Happy Thanksgiving. As you gather with family and friends this
week, please take time to reflect on the liberty that we enjoy as a
self-governed free people. To that end, you might wish to view the
following picture of American soldiers in Iraq, giving thanks to God
while defending our way of life:
Posted 24 November 2004 - 03:47 PM
Illinois homes soon to be fortresses, not just castles
Friday, November 12, 2004
By The Leader-Springfield Bureau
State lawmakers apparently think Wilmette castles, Chicago bungalows and Edinburg farm houses are all entitled to defense against home invaders.
SPRINGFIELD -- Home intruders beware. The Illinois legislature is poised to allow residents the right to defend their castles.
On the second day of the fall veto session this past week, the Illinois Senate overrode Governor Rod Blagojevich’s veto of legislation allowing homeowners the right to protect their property from invasion.
Senator Ed Petka (R-Plainfield), former Will County prosecutor and initiator of SB 2165, says he is confident the veto will fly in the Illinois House as well.
“What this bill does is assure Illinois citizens that their home is still their castle,” Petka said from Springfield today. “With other legislation we’ve passed this session, potential intruders should be warned that they could be faced with potential peril.”
SB 2165 says that an individual who uses a firearm while defending his home will be allowed an affirmative defense to a charge he unlawfully possessed the firearm. The legislation was initiated after a Wilmette resident faced local city officials who charged him with using a handgun -- banned in Wilmette -- to defend his family when a burglar entered his home last year.
Petka also shepherded through the General Assembly legislation that would disallow any felon from suing a property owner if the invader suffered injuries as a result of the victim defending himself or his property with a weapon.
“As soon as the bill passes the House, we will have a ‘two-fer’ this year,” the sixteen year veteran senator said. "We’ve been able to restore some sense and sanity to our communities. Homeowners now have a right to protect their property."
Does Petka foresee any further progress for gun owners in the upcoming legislation session?
“Well, the Republicans gained one seat in the election, but the Democrats are still the party of gun control,” the sixteen year veteran legislator said. “Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she supports a state assault weapon ban, we may be dealing with that in the next session.”
The sixteen senators opposing this week's override of SB 2165 were: Collins, Cullerton, del Valle, Garrett, Hendon, Harmon, Hunter, Lightford, Link, Maloney, Martinez, Meeks, Munoz, Raoul (in place of Obama), Ronen, Schoenberg, Silverstein and President Emil Jones -- all Chicago area Democrats.
Republican Senator Martin Sandoval did not vote.
The State House is expected to vote on the veto override during the fall session as well. The override needs 71 votes to pass. SB 2165 passed the House this summer with 90 votes.
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Posted 24 November 2004 - 04:55 PM
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