Oregon Firearms Federation and two dozen other gun rights groups across the country have joined together today to send a letter to Congress demanding that legislators uphold and protect the Second Amendment.
“Stripping away a God-given, Constitutionally protected right as a reaction to the crimes of madmen is a ridiculous way to make national policy,” OFF Executive Director Kevin Starrett stated in a press release announcing the National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban. “Concentrating all power in the state was the central theme behind every murderous regime in history. It must not be allowed to happen here.”
The Open Letter to Members of Congress is signed by national organizations including The Firearms Coalition, Gun Owners of America, Rights Watch International, Second Amendment Sisters and USRKBA.org, and they are joined by state organizations from throughout the Republic.
Among the positions put forth by the group:
“Members of the National Coalition to Stop the Gun Ban demand that Congress refuse to use lawful gun owners as political scapegoats and instead reduce school violence by defeating any attempt to pass gun control including, but not limited to, banning semi-automatic firearms or magazines, or requiring private gun transfers to be registered through the National Instant Check System; and repealing the Gun Free School Zones Act of 1996,” the letter states.
“Some will urge you to ‘compromise,’ perhaps even the National Rifle Association,” the coalition warns (a coalition source told Gun Rights Examiner NRA representatives declined to sign the letter). “The many thousands of gun rights supporters represented by the Coalition, however, regard ‘compromise,’ as our opposition defines it, to be a process in which we lose slightly fewer of our rights than under the original proposal. Consequently, any legislation which registers or bans firearms; limits magazine capacity; registers private transactions through NICS; or restricts time, place or manner of self-defense is unacceptable.”
Click here to read the entire open letter and to see all the signatories. Interested gun owners can contact those organizations in their state to find out how they can get involved, and are encouraged to contact national and state gun rights groups they belong to that have not yet joined the coalition.
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