PA Bill Number: HB737
Title: In firearms and other dangerous articles, further providing for Pennsylvania State Police and for licensing of dealers.
Description: In firearms and other dangerous articles, further providing for Pennsylvania State Police and for licensing of dealers. ...
Last Action: Referred to JUDICIARY
Last Action Date: Mar 28, 2023
FOAC's March 2021 Newsletter and Meeting Notice w-Linked Agenda :: 03/12/2021
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It’s amazing how many seemingly intelligent people have come to the conclusion that 1.) They can dictate rights and limitations on those rights for everyone else, 2.) That they know all they need to know about the gun issue and the Second Amendment and this simplistic mindset serves as a basis for them to feel justified to want to talk us out of, or erase, our heritage!
Considering what happened today in the United States House of Representatives with the passage of two gun control bills, HR 8 and HR 1446, it seemed appropriate to talk about one of the most important and basic concepts that makes up the United States of America; the idea of a Republic that is rooted in the people, through their ‘elected’ representatives, who get to make laws (in subservience to the Constitution) that govern the country, but it’s beginning to look like that is no longer ‘a thing’. What if you made a law, and no one enforced it? Is there even any point to the exercise?
Well, it appears that our elite, or so-called betters, do not think so, and they appear to be overjoyed about it. The whole premise is that those we elect go through this rigorous process of review and analysis and, after much work and debate, it pumps out a bright, shiny new ‘constitutional’ law. The underlying assumption is that this actually matters, that when we make a law it gets treated like a law and not a suggestion.
It’s all a lie.
There does not appear to be a coherent legislative process anymore. A bunch of congressional nogoodniks gather in a Capitol Hill office – now behind layers of concertina because of a dystopian fear of the American people – then they decide what outrageous garbage the latest Executive Order or omnibus bill will contain, and then they trot it out to the floor for a vote before anyone can read or digest it, much less meaningfully debate it. The Bill is a bloated, monstrosity with no transparency as to intent or purpose.
Topping that off is an administration that has decided to take upon itself a shadowy little veto of its own and to just not enforce laws it doesn’t like, or even worse, to selectively enforce laws against its political opponents through a byzantine group of agencies with apparent limitless power and facile accountability. You know, you and me.
Take immigration, please.
You know, it’s illegal for foreigners to come into our country without us inviting them. There are laws, lots of them, that say that’s not allowed. And the laws further say that illegal aliens are to be rounded up and shipped home. I took high school civics well over a decade before Reagan was in his first term and apparently stuff has since changed, but according to my civics class, the president is supposed to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” Of course, our president is a wizened old sock puppet with a self-admitted record of criminal behavior such as extorting the Ukrainian government for the sake of his son.
So now, apparently, it’s totally fine to ignore laws the elite doesn’t like even though they are laws that our representatives enacted. In the case of immigration, that means just order all the little executive branch functionaries not to function. So, suddenly, everyone from Tijuana south is heading north. For all intents and purposes, the laws our reps made have been repealed without a single action of government! Go figure!!! But, somehow, now it’s cool to ignore the law – that is, the manifest voice of the citizens – and instead effectively make a new and different law without all the hassle of asking us what we think.
This kind of changes the nature of America, doesn’t it?
There are a lot of ways to describe a country where the powerful make political decisions without the input or consent of the governed, but “democratic” is not one of them.
One thing is for certain, though. This is not sustainable. And the Beltway Buffoons seem to sense this can’t go on without a massive backlash, judging from how they cower from the American people behind the armed camp that is DC now, flush with soldiers and barbed wire. If you break the social contract with red America, if you decide to withdraw from the Constitution, you better be prepared to find someone else to feed, fuel, and fight for your regime. Count us out.
HR 8 Titled "Bipartisan Background Checks Act Of 2021" Is Dangerous to Your Ability to Defend Yourself-The Life You Save May Be Your Own
THIS bill, ostensibly referred to as a "universal background check act", is in actuality UNIVERSAL GUN REGISTRATION that history has shown us eventually leads to Universal Gun Confiscation. This is not guesswork or supposition because cities and states that have universal gun registration have passed laws that have allowed government to go door-to-door and take firearms (i.e. New York City, California, etc.). These bills are being rushed through Congress at breakneck speed. In point of fact neither this bill or HR 1446 were listed in the schedule for being brought up today, March 11.
Congress is locked and loaded with a full magazine of Liberty stealing bills and your civil liberties are in their sights. This is but one bullet in their arsenal intended to separate you from your God given choice to defend yourself!
YOUR IMMEDIATE ACTION IS REQUIRED TO STOP THIS BILL NOW in the Senate
Make no mistake about it, this proposed bill is a push to CRIMINALIZE YOUR ABILITY TO PROTECT YOURSELF from the violent criminals who DON'T bother with background checks.
The most dangerous cities in America have the strictest gun control laws. Any act that infringes on your ability to purchase or use a firearm puts YOU AT RISK OF BECOMING THE NEXT VICTIM of a violent attack.
As if HR 8 wasn't bad enough there is a companion bill HR 1446 being pushed by the same leftists to infringe upon your right to your personal safety that allows the FBI to which allows for the FBI to indefinitely delay background checks gun transfers-slow walking long enough that you might never be allowed to receive your firearm.
Some spineless Republicans in the House seeking THEIR peace and bipartisanship over YOUR SAFETY may be swayed to approve these bills and influence the Republican Senators to join in their cowardice.
This is SERIOUS - in one database the government will know who you are, what guns you own and all that will be missing is that knock on your door and, in one fell swoop, your inalienable God given rights to keep and bear arms will not only have been infringed upon but stolen. THERE IS NO GRANDFATHER CLAUSE.
Nancy Pelosi and her leftist gang with their armed body guards (guns for me but not for thee) will sleep soundly at night while you hide in a closet with no means of self-defense should you hear strange footsteps in the hall.
One final thing, during the floor on HR 1446 there was a procedural vote called “Motion to Recommit” that sought to add in HR 38 as an amendment. This effort lost by a vote of 212 Nays to 206 Yeas and it was a completely partisan vote with not one Democrat voting for self-defense and reciprocity and every Republican voting for self-defense and reciprocity. The correct vote was Yes (or Yea) to recommit. Shameful utterly shameful!
Lest you think that Congress and the Biden administration is done with pushing gun control after the two bills above, let’s take a look at ones that Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) has proposed!
Maloney has proposed five new bills that will infringe on your civil rights. Never mind that these will be useless for their stated purpose of “Safety”.
Here’s the Maloney gun control list: HR 1004, HR 1005, HR 1006, HR 1007, HR 1008
Mrs. Maloney wants to force you to buy guns that don’t exist, pay for a basic civil right and register your guns while the left has a revolving door on the criminal ‘justice’ system and open borders. They claim all of this for your “safety” of course. All par for the course, when it comes to the anti-liberty left and their allies in the anti-freedom lobby.
They keep using the word "safety". But that is code for “control”.
The incredible insanity of the widely reviled HR127 is proof positive that the anti-liberty left has never been about ‘common sense’ or ‘safety’. It should have been easy for Mrs. Maloney to appear to be sane when compared to HR127, but she somehow still managed to miss the mark.
They don’t really care about violence or children, they only care about control and confiscating your guns. Each one of their incremental moves are precisely configured for the ultimate purpose of taking your guns. This is blatantly obvious with their registration and licensing schemes that would literally tell everyone what you have and where you keep it.
The Handgun Trigger Act (H.R. 1008) is focused on so-called “smart-gun technology” that can be hacked with a few magnets but will force you to buy new guns that don’t exist yet and you ‘must’ retrofit your existing guns over the next several years.
Then there is the Firearm Risks Protection Act (H.R. 1004), would require that every gun owner buy a firearm liability insurance policy and present proof of coverage before purchasing any firearm. Just like that, “murder insurance” is suddenly a good thing. Maloney’s bill makes mention of how they would get criminals to buy the policies. Perhaps they can offer group discounts for gang members. Which requires gun owners to obtain liability insurance. Of course, all of the above are at YOUR expense.
How are these changes supposed to reduce crime, the true source of violence? How is it 'common sense' to put innocent people at risk and threaten their ‘safety’?
Mrs. Maloney also wants to close a loophole that doesn’t exist and have the government save records which would aid in future gun confiscation.
Doesn’t that make you feel safer already?
These are non-solutions looking for problems that don’t exist! These so-called 'reforms' will be ready for what the liberty grabbers like to call a ‘serious crisis’. Also known as cynically taking advantage of someone else’s pain for their political gain.
If you want to write your Congressman you can find her contact information here, on the FOAC website, at this link: https://foac-pac.org/Federal-Legislator-Info
Below you will find suggested text to use to communicate to your Congressman:
Suggested heading: "Stop the assault on our civil rights
Dear Representative XXXXXX:
Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) has proposed five new infringements on our civil rights. Useless new bills that will do nothing to keep anyone safe but make it that much harder for the average citizen to defend themselves.
The left clearly doesn’t care about violence or the children, only about controlling liberty and confiscating guns. Each one of these incremental moves are precisely calculated for the purpose of taxing and then taking guns.
We don’t want to be forced to buy brand new and unreliable “smart” guns that can easily be hacked with a magnet. We don’t want to be forced to buy “insurance” for a basic human right that will act as a back door registration and licensing scam.
How are these changes supposed to reduce crime, the true source of violence? How is it 'common sense' to put innocent people at risk and threaten their ‘safety’?
If they want to tackle the problem of ‘violence’ to keep everyone ‘safe’ then they ought to go after the perpetrators – criminals and illegal invaders. Leave the rest the us alone.
I will be monitoring your actions through Firearms Owners Against Crime legislative alerts.
Are These Federal Gun Control Laws Unenforceable? You Decide!
If you have been following the sweeping introduction of 2nd Amendment Preservation Laws across America you may have noticed misconceptions, from some sources, about these laws as well as a misunderstanding about the relationship between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government.
Opponents of these 2nd Amendment Preservation Laws have raised all sorts of objections, most of which underscored some common - but mistaken - ideas about how our state and federal governments work. Although these bills are, ostensibly, about our right to keep and bear arms, they incorporate two very important legal concepts. The first is “nullification”. The second is “anti-commandeering,” which prohibits officers of the state and lower-level governments from enforcing those federal laws. “
It is common for federal, state and local law enforcement officers to work together. In most cases, federal agencies do not have the manpower or resources to do the job themselves so they rely on local police to do the heavy lifting. Opponents of 2nd Amendment Preservation Laws point to the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, which states that the Constitution and federal laws made pursuant to it are the supreme law of the land. That implies, of course, that federal laws NOT made in pursuance of the Constitution are NOT supreme.
Nullification and anti-commandeering concepts are not new ideas. In 1798, after the federal government passed the blatantly unconstitutional Aliens and Seditions Acts, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison laid out their strategy for dealing with federal overreach. They did not run to the Supreme Court for an opinion (the disastrous Madison v. Marbury decision in which the Supreme Court assumed authority to determine what is or is not Constitutional had not yet been heard), they turned to their respective state legislatures. The result were two state resolutions, the Virginia and Kentucky Resolves, that established what are now called the “Principles of ‘98”.
Both men hoped that other states would join them in declaring unconstitutional federal laws ineffective within their borders but some states were afraid to buck the newly established central government and, in the end, the laws expired before the issue could come to a head.
Since that time, however, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued no fewer than five opinions upholding the anti-commandeering principle.
Prigg v. Pennsylvania (1842). Justice Joseph Story held that the federal government could not force states to implement or carry out the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793. New York v. United States (1992). The Court held that the regulations in the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendment Act of 1985 were coercive and violated the sovereignty of New York, holding that “…the Act’s…provision lies outside Congress’ enumerated powers and is inconsistent with the Tenth Amendment.” In the opinion, justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote that Congress may not simply “commandee[r] the legislative processes of the States by directly compelling them to enact and enforce a federal regulatory program.”
Printz v. United States (1997). At issue was a provision in the Brady Gun Bill that required county law enforcement officers to administer part of the back-ground check program. Sheriffs Jay
Printz and Richard Mack sued, arguing these provisions unconstitutionally forced them to administer a federal pro-gram. Justice Antonin Scalia agreed, writing in the majority opinion “We held in New York that Congress cannot compel the States to enact or enforce a federal regulatory program. Today we hold that Congress cannot circumvent that prohibition by conscripting the States’ officers directly. The Federal Government may neither issue directives requiring the States to address particular problems, nor command the States’ officers, or those of their political subdivisions, to administer or enforce a federal regulatory program…such com-mands are fundamentally incompatible with our constitutional system of dual sovereignty.”
Independent Business v. Sebelius (2012). The Court held that the federal government cannot compel states to expand Medicaid by threatening to with-hold funding for Medicaid programs already in place. Justice Kennedy argued that allowing Congress to essentially punish states that refused to go along violates constitutional separation of powers. “Respecting this limitation is critical to ensuring that Spending Clause legislation does not undermine the status of the States as independent sovereigns in our federal system.” And, “the Constitution has never been under-stood to confer upon Congress the ability to require the States to govern ac-cording to Congress’ instructions.” Murphy v. NCAA (2018). The Court held that Congress can’t take any action that “dictates what a state legislature may and may not do” even when the state action conflicts with federal law. Samuel Alito wrote, “…a more direct affront to state sovereignty is not easy to imagine.” Nullification and anti-commandeering are important tools states can use to counter federal overreach. SB 1328 stands on these solid legal principles to protect the right of all Pennsylvanians to keep and bear arms.
Overall Status of 2nd Amendment Legislation Filed to Date in PA and the US:
2021-2022 Session PA State Bills (updated)
- Pro-Gun Bills: 4
- Anti-Gun Bills: 27
- Unrated (Watching):
- Legislative Memos: 88
2021-2022 Session Federal Bills (updated)
- Pro-Gun Bills: 12
- Anti-Gun Bills: 28
- Unrated (Watching): 15
1st Point to Ponder: Major Attaboy – Fenix Ammunition
One Michigan-based ammunition company reportedly is refusing to sell ammunition to Biden voters. According to Law Enforcement Today, Fenix Ammunition questions would-be purchasers.
“When a shopper visits Fenix’s website,” the report explains, “a popup prevents the would-be buyer from accessing the site unless they answer ‘No’ to the question, ‘Did you vote for Joe Biden?’
“A ‘Yes’ answer directs the shopper to Biden’s so-called ‘gun safety’ page on his platform website.”
Ultimately, if a customer acknowledges voting for Biden last fall, “the sale is declined.”
2nd Point to Ponder:
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC): "You want my guns, I know it, we all know it. Well, Mr. Speaker, you can come and take them."
Upcoming Events: The event situation continues to be fluid. Please check the FOAC website for updates https://foac-pac.org/Events
- Washington County Gun Shows – April 10-11, June 19-20, September 25-26. 9am to 4pm. Washington County Fairgrounds 2151 North Main Street Washington Pa 15301. FOAC needs volunteers to work our table. Kevin Jackson has been coordinating the FOAC gun show tables. Should you want to lent a hand send him an email email@example.com or call him: 412-302-3544.
- Harrisburg Rally – Stop the Steal of Your God-Given Rights and Liberties – To Protect Your RKBA – State Capitol Steps, Monday, June 7th 2021, 10am. http://www.repmetcalfe.com/UniteAgainstTyranny
Self-Defense with a Twist: Armed Robbery Gone Wrong: Family & Friends Version!!!
The victim’s granddaughter organized this crime for bail money for another friend? Then she sends her friends in to do the armed robbery because she knows granddad has a gun?? WOW! Is THAT cold hearted or what!!!!!!!!
FOAC is fiercely independent. We are not affiliated with, nor do we receive any money from, any national organizations. No sugar daddies. No New York billionaires. Memberships and individual donations are our only source of income.
If your friends are not a member - why not? The more members we have committed to making a difference, the greater FOAC’s impact in the legislature. By working together and making our voices heard, not only can we show the billionaires and their lapdogs that they don’t stand a chance in Pennsylvania, we can push through legislation that further restores and protects our rights.
Kim Stolfer, President
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