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RIFLE BAN A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT... So DO something. by Barry Laws

NOTE: Though this article was written for California readers, the "law" proposed will set a precedent with NATIONAL implications. Therefore, no matter where you live, you should READ IT and you should SEND A FAX to the CA Public Safety Committee. Full information provided in the article.


RIFLE BAN A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT...SO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

by Barry Laws
Real Estate Broker,
Los Angeles & R. A. Bowen LtCol
USMC (RET)

April 6, 2002


ATTENTION CALIFORNIA RIFLE AND PISTOL OWNERS:

AB2008 & HR2008 HAVE BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW. YOU HAVE 30 DAYS TO TURN IN ALL OF YOUR RIFLES AND PISTOLS, REGARDLESS OF CALIBER, TO YOUR LOCAL POLICE LIQUIDATION STATION FOR DESTRUCTION. ALL FIREARMS OWNERS NOT RESPONDING WILL BE CHARGED WITH A MINIMUM JAIL TERM OF 3 YEARS.


Do you really believe you won't read this headline in the near future? 5-day waiting period for handguns became a requirement almost 30 years ago. Then 15 days. Then 10 days for rifle/shotguns. Now 10 days for both. One handgun-a-month. BFSC requirement. Registration. "Assault" weapon ban. Hi-capacity magazine ban. Handgun "drop-test" requirement. And coming soon, competency requirement for handgun purchase. We as gun owners have rolled over on every gun law up to this point. California politicians want your guns all of them! They always have and they always will. And they have done it "bit-by- bit". And we have sat on our hands unless we were too busy wringing them!

THE CAMEL'S NOSE ENTERED OUR TENT 30 YEARS AGO BECAUSE WE ALLOWED IT.

Politicians are now going after rifles, and chances are YOU don't even now about it!

It's Assembly Bill 2222 (AB 2222), co-authored by Koretz and our "friend" Perata. This is a real bill. This is a real threat to YOU. And chances are, it will become law because THEY KNOW YOU WILL DO NOTHING BUT COMPLY.

"Isn't AB 2222 'just' about making .50 caliber sniper rifles illegal?"

Well, . . . NO!

The term ".50 caliber sniper weapon" means any rifle capable of firing a center-fire cartridge in .50 caliber, .50 BMG caliber, any other variant of .50 caliber, or any metric equivalent of these calibers.

Any .50 caliber rifle will carry the same designation as a fully automatic machine gun.

Ownership of a .50 caliber firearm is guilty of a public offense, punishable by imprisonment in state prison, or in a county jail.

Any person who manufactures, causes to be manufactured, distributes, transports, imports into the state, keeps for sale, or offers or exposes for sale, or who gives or lends any .50 caliber firearm, is guilty of a felony, punished by imprisonment in state prison for four, six or eight years.

Your .50 caliber rifle would have to be destroyed with NO REIMBURSEMENT to the owner!

NO "GRANDFATHER CLAUSE". If you have a .50 caliber now and don't turn it in for destruction, you'll become an instant criminal!

"Hey, I don't own a 'fifty', what do I care?"

BECAUSE: The co-authors of this pending law have already spoken of banning cartridges over a certain caliber to keep manufacturers from producing a replacement round!! No .499 caliber, .477, .466 etc. The Politicians' goal is to ban any and all hard hitting long-range rifle. We all know that there are many, many rounds besides the .50 Caliber that can fit this description today. Most big game cartridges sport awesome ballistics. And once that line is crossed where does it stop? What is too powerful? What is too dangerous? WHEN WILL IT STOP!! NEVER. . . until ALL firearms are made illegal.

BECAUSE: AB2222 is called the .50 Caliber "SNIPER RIFLE" ban. Since the reference to a rifle's application as a "SNIPER RIFLE" is in the Bill you can be sure that will give them the precedent to go after any rifle that could be put into service as a "SNIPER RIFLE". This could easily include the .308, .223, 30-06, and any and all variants that were once used by the military for SNIPER use. This could conceivably get all the way down to the .22 caliber subsonic, as this round has been proven as a successful silenced SNIPER weapon.

This bill won't affect many of you directly, so you will continue to do nothing . . . or will you?

Wake Up! and realize that the 'entire camel' is about to kick YOU out of YOUR OWN tent!

So, what can you do? Write letters stating your non-support? They've worked well in the past, uh? Register to vote? Gun owners are in the minority! Hellooooo??? Hey, write a letter to the editor! That's the ticket!!! Riiiight!

You want to SEND A REAL MESSAGE? Here's one:

"Dear elected official:

I am writing regarding AB 2222, a pending bill that will make ownership of any .50 caliber rifle a crime, requiring current owners to turn in their weapons and receive no reimbursement. I am not going to go into the reasons why I think this bill is asinine suffice to say that it is.

I am writing to notify you that if I am able to procure a .50 caliber rifle before this bill becomes law, I have NO INTENTIONS of turning over my .50 caliber target rifle to local law enforcement. I will not register the rifle or request a permit. My rifle will remain in California.

Though I realize my position is extreme, I realize it has been my IN-ACTION regarding other State laws infringing on my right under the U.S. Constitution to possess firearms that has forced me into taking this position. Others I have spoken with share my views.

Our homes will be easy to spot. They will be the ones flying the historic "Gonzales Flag" (http://www.galleryoftherepublic.com/pages/txflags/gonzales.html) from the pre-Alamo-Texas days. This same flag was flown in the town of Gonzales, near the city of San Antonio, when an army of a government (Mexico) attempted to remove a canon used for the town's protection. The flag is simple. It depicts the barrel of a canon with the simple phrase, "Come and Take It!". The Mexican army tried. They failed.

Signed,

Law Abiding Citizen."

Folks, until you are willing to take a stand and sign your name to the TYPE OF LETTER above, stop whining about your lack of gun rights in California.

Until you proudly and defiantly stand up for your rights, expect a knock on your door... They are coming to take your .50 cal and every other firearm if you let them!

"I have publicly announced in a letter to the Public Safety Commission that I will NEVER REGISTER OR TURN IN MY 50 Caliber Rifle if AB2222 passes. I find it a massive abuse of power, a violation of the 2nd Amendment (you know, that document our politicians swore to protect when they took their oath of office), and totally unrelated to any fact concerning the history of peaceful use of the .50 Caliber Rifle by our citizens. I challenge every good citizen to do the same."

Barry Laws
Real Estate Broker,
Los Angeles & R. A. Bowen LtCol
USMC (RET)

WHAT TO DO. WHO TO CONTACT:

ALL LETTERS HAVE TO BE IN BEFORE APRIL 16th !!!!!

Please write one fact-containing letter with your general disapproval, and seven more with more emotional impact. Yeah, eight letters for your rights.

LETTER #1... The "Assembly Public Safety Committee" fax # 916-319-3735 is responsible for taking information (FACTS) from you letters and creating an information packet for the Members to review. Please fax your "Facts" and general opposition to this #. You can address this letter simply to "Assembly Public Safety Committee". Emotional pleas don't matter here. Staff is looking for valid FACTUAL information concerning public safety.

LETTERS # 2-8.... Send your plea (point of view, perhaps more emotional) directly to the Committee members below for most impact. The fax #'s are as follows:

Carl Washington, Chair 916-319 2152
Jay La Suer, Vice Chair 916-319 2177
Richard L. Dickerson 916-319 2102
Fred Keeley 916-319 2127
Gil Cedillo 916-319 2146
Manny Diaz 916-319 2123
Jackie Goldberg 916-319 2145

Thanks for helping us all. God bless.

If you want our cannons, you'll have to take our balls with them.
Gonzales Flag of 1835
Read the History.

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