Gun Owners of America: Call to Action

http://www.gunowners.org

Gun Owners of America call to action. 5 pro-gun amendments up for votes. Contact your 2 State Senators ask them to support them.

Anybody can call the U.S.Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your senator’s office or:

 ———– if you live in New York State their contact:———-

Gillibrand, Kirsten E. (202) 224-4451

Email:  http://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/

478 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

and

Schumer, Charles E. (202) 224-6542

Email: http://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck

322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

 All other states click this link and choose your senators for full contact information.

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

GOA call to action

My Comments Objecting to BATFE Proposed Ban on 5.56 Ammo

Comments to ATF must be received by midnight 3/16/15 and can be sent via:
Email comments to: APAComments@atf.gov
or
Fax: (202) 648-9741
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RE: Proposed AP Ammo Ban Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Monday, March 16, 2015 To whom it may concern,

From this point forward “we” refers to, Thomas and Tammy Maerling of Greenfield Park, N.Y., our sons, and anyone else who may wish to associate with these comments.

The word “framework” to which I will refer to throughout this comment refers to the BATFE notice, titled, ATF FRAMEWORK FOR DETERMINING WHETHER CERTAIN PROJECTILES ARE “PRIMARILY INTENDED FOR SPORTING PURPOSES” WITHIN THE MEANING OF 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(C)

We are writing in objection to the announced action to “withdraw the exemptions for 5.56 “green tip” ammunition.” On the following grounds:

  1. The Firearms Alluded To In The “Framework” Are Not Handguns

We would like to first bring your attention to section IV, pages 14 and 15 of the ATF “framework” stating that:

“Specifically, 5.56mm projectiles loaded into the SS109 and M855 cartridges are commonly used in both “AR-type” rifles and “AR-type” handguns. The AR platform is the semi-automatic version of the M16 machinegun originally designed for and used by the military. The AR-based handguns and rifles utilize the same magazines and share identical receivers. These AR-type handguns were not commercially available when the armor piercing ammunition exemption was granted in 1986. To ensure consistency, upon final implementation of the sporting purpose framework outlined above, ATF must withdraw the exemptions for 5.56 mm “green tip” ammunition, including both the SS109 and M855 cartridges.”

It is our belief that the ATF has gravely erred in defining the AR platforms as handguns and based on this incorrect definition we implore you to rescind your decision to withdraw the current exemptions for the 5.56 ammunition in question as the AR platforms cited by the ATF are indeed NOT handguns at all. The correct definition for these AR platforms as found in the “Definitions” of 18 U.S.C 921(a)(8) and cited below is in fact a “short-barreled rifle”.

18 U.S.C. 921(a)(8) “The term “short-barreled rifle” means a rifle having one or more barrels less than sixteen inches in length and any weapon made from a rifle (whether by alteration, modification, or otherwise) if such weapon, as modified, has an overall length of less than twenty-six inches.”

Furthermore, the AR platforms defined as handguns in the ATF “framework” is again evidenced as being incorrectly defined by the “Definition” in 18 U.S.C 921(a)(29)(A) and cited below.

18 U.S.C 921(a)(29) “The term “handgun” means—

(A) a firearm which has a short stock and is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand;…”

By no means, whatsoever, are the AR platforms cited in the ATF “framework” “designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand.” In fact the short-barrel, AR platform, rifle is no more a handgun than is the short-barreled shotgun ~18 U.S.C. 921(a)(6) and the shotgun is the shorter of the two.

So, we again ask that the ATF rescind their decision to withdraw the current exemptions afforded the 5.56 ammunition in question because the AR platforms cited are indeed NOT handguns at all.

  1. The Ammunition in Question is “Primarily Intended to Be Used for Sporting Purposes.”

Throughout the “framework” it states that ammunition can be exempt from being considered armor piercing if that ammunition is: “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.”

We feel the M855 and SS109 have thus far correctly been exempt, as they are indeed “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.”

With that in mind we would strongly urge that this same exemption continue unimpeded because, other than the ATF’s incorrect defining of the AR platform as a handgun, no circumstance(s) has(have) changed to warrant withdrawing the current exemptions.

In fact, where previously this ammunition warranted exemption it now warrants even stronger exemptions, as today its sporting purposes have increased further with the growing popularity of match shooting competitions and the introduction of the short-barreled AR platform rifles used in match competition.

  1. The Ammunition in Question Does Not Pose “Extreme Safety Risks to” LEO’s

As for the misconception in the “framework”, page 2, Section II, that this particular ammunition poses “extreme safety risks to police officers when used by criminals”, we would direct your attention to the recent comments of James Pasco. Mr. Pasco is the “Executive Director of the Washington office of the Fraternal Order of Police, the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 members.”

“Any ammunition is of concern to police in the wrong hands, but this specific round has historically not posed a law enforcement problem,” ~ James Pasco

Source: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/police-say-ar-15-bullet-up-for-ban-is-not-a-threat-countering-atf-white-house/article/2560964

Please note E.D. Pasco made his statement in response to the ATF’s decision and thereby contradicts the ATF’s finding that the withdrawal of exemptions are warranted for officer protection.

  1. Criteria to Qualify for Exemption in Section III of “framework” Have Been Met

In section III, pages 7 and 8, of the framework it says:

“… the Attorney General must determine that [1] a specific type of armor piercing projectile does not pose a significant threat to law enforcement officers [2] because the projectile at issue is primarily intended” for use in shooting sports, and [3] is therefore unlikely to be encountered by law enforcement officers on the streets.”

We believe public testimonial from the Executive Director of the largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers stipulating that,

”this specific round has historically not posed a law enforcement problem,”

in addition to the ATF providing zero evidence contrary to the Executive’s expert testimonial confirms that criteria 1,

“a specific type of armor piercing projectile does not pose a significant threat to law enforcement officers”

and criteria 3,

It “is therefore unlikely to be encountered by law enforcement officers on the streets.”

have both been satisfied.

Therefore, with criteria 2,     “because the projectile at issue is “primarily intended” for use in shooting sports,”

already being confirmed via common knowledge throughout the sporting industry and again confirmed within the ATF’s own “framework”, it has now been proven that all 3 criteria have been met and we feel the Attorney General (AG) and or the person(s) delegated by the AG should rescind the decision to withdraw the exemptions.

Sincerely,

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maerling (and sons),

These 2 sources were not sent with comment to ATF, but are included in this blog post for the readers knowledge and study.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/921

http://www.atf.gov/sites/default/files/assets/Library/Notices/atf_framework_for_determining_whether_certain_projectiles_are_primarily_intended_for_sporting_purposes.pdf

Wash DC- May 25th-26th- 10 Million Gun Owner March – Rolling Thunder POW/MIA Rally

In Ulster County N.Y. GA2A.org, Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of Ulster County, and Ulster County Friends of the Constitution are in the process of arranging buses for the May 25th (Memorial Day Weekend) 10 Million Gun Owner March on Washington and the May 26th the XXVI annual Rolling Thunder POW/MIA Rally

We think it’s time to take our 2nd Amendment fight to DC and put them on notice that we are no longer sleeping and no longer standing by quietly while they shred our Constitution that too many of our true heroes have sacrificed for.

Please let us know if you are interested in joining us and reserving a seat on the bus(es) ASAP as the amount of interest in the buses will determine if either 1 or both packages are viable options.  Email any questions or to let us know you are interseted DCBusInfo@yahoo.com.

The 1st package is a same day round trip:
The price is $65 round trip. We will leave 3am Saturday, May 25th arrive in D.C. at 9:00am for the 10 Million Gun Owner March and then leave D.C at 5pm and be back home around 11pm.
http://www.gunmarch.com

The 2nd Package is a round trip 1 night sleep-over: (room prices not yet included)
The price for this bus is $75 round trip. We leave Sat 3am., arrive in DC Sat. 9am stay at the rally until 5pm then head to the rooms. The following morning, Sun. 10am, we return to the Mall for the Rolling Thunder POW/MIA rally; stay until 3pm and then board the buses arriving back home around 9pm Sunday night.

Here is information on the 26th annual Rolling Thunder POW/MIA event we will be attending on day 2. We support the 2nd Amendment on day 1 and our Veterans on day 2. We can take America back. We just need to UNITE.
http://www.rollingthunder1.com
http://www.rollingthunder1.com/PDFs/RT%20XXVI%20Documents.pdf

Seats can be reserved by Credit Card, Check, Money Order, or Cash. And as always you do not need to be a member of any of the clubs and you do not have to take our bus(es) to attend.
If we all speak to our respective clubs they may be willing to offset a percentage of the cost per ticket for their attending members.

*PLEASE TAKE NOTE* We do not yet have the room prices figured in for the overnight, but we will not be making making money on them so whatever the price is will be your cost added to the bus price. If you want one room for you and your family then you will pay the full room price. If you want to share a room with someone than you will split the room price.
You are welcome to make your own room arrangements, but we won’t be able to send the bus to different Hotels/Motels for pick-ups and drop-offs, so we just ask that you book your room in the same facility as us or nearby so we can all board the bus at one spot.

RALLY TO REPEAL THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL NYS (un)SAFE Act

NRA, NYSRPA, SCOPENY, GUN RIGHTS ACROSS AMERICA, AND MORE.
There are already more than 65 buses from around NY booked full and ready to go.

We will easily surpass 10 thousand people and have predictions as high as 40,000.
FEB. 28th – REPEAL N.Y. unSAFE Act – FEB. 28th

That’s the firearms law where they want to limit you, fine you, restrict you, register you, and confisicate from you, but of course they will not infinge at all.

PRO-2nd AMENDMENT RALLY & LOBBY DAY

ALBANY – INSIDE the CAPITOL BUILDING – 8:30am to 2:00pm

FACE TO FACE MEETINGS WITH OUR REPRESENTATIVES TO TELL THEM WE WANT THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL NYS unSAFE Act REPEALED

Speeches by pro-2nd Amendment NYS Assemblypersons & Senators, NRA.
Tables with literture and peolpe to speak with about sporting clubs & organizations throughout NYS.


IN ULSTER COUNTY
BUSES HAVE BEEN ARRANGED FOR 3 PICK-UP LOCATIONS BY THE FEDERATED SPORTSMEN’S CLUBS OF ULSTER COUNTY

You Do Not Have To Belong to a Club & You Do Not Have to Take Our Bus to Attend. Car, Boat, Train, Plane; Doesn’t Matter. Please Just Grab As Many People As You Can & Show Up To Help LITERALLY Fill The Halls Of Congress.

1ST PICK-UP LEAVES ACCORD FIREHOUSE AT 6:45 SHARP

2ND PICK-UP LEAVES STONE RIDGE FIREHOUSE AT 7:05 SHARP

3RD PICK-UP LEAVES HUDSON VALLEY MALL (MACY’S) AT 7:30 SHARP

SEATS ARE $20.00. UNDER 18 RIDE FREE.

For Seat Reservations & Complete Rally Details Visit GA2A.ORG http://www.ga2a.org/?p=432

To Chat About This And Other NY unSAFE Act Matters Visit HUDSONVALLEYSPORTSMAN.COM http://www.hudsonvalleysportsman.com/index.php/board,42.0.html


FOR BUS ROUTES FROM OTHER COUNTIES VISIT:
There Are Buses Available From Buffalo All the Way Down to Long Island

NYSRPA.org
https://www.nysrpa.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=881&Itemid=196

SCOPENY.ORG
http://scopeny.org/#BUSINFO


You Can Also Reserve Seats In Person At The Following Ulster CountyBusinesses:
(
Check back; More businesses may be added)

Ruger’s Custom Guns, 1050 Morton Blvd. Kingston, N.Y. — 845-336-7106
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Tom’s Taxidermy (Bait & Tackle), 7109 Route 209 Wawarsing, N.Y. — 845-647-8157
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Hot Shotz Bar & Grill, 8 42nd St. Kerhonkson, N.Y. — 845-626-7371
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Catskill Mountains Firearms, LLC, 89 Stiller Berg Strada Kerhonkson, N.Y. — 845-626-7676
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Wildlife Encounters Taxidermy, 300 Wynkoop Road Hurley, N.Y. — 845-338-1242
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Pro Fitness Gym, 95 Canal St., Ellenville, N.Y. — 845-943-9115
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Jame’s General, 46 Main St., Napanoch, N.Y  — 845-647-5973
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All Catskill Hearing Aid Center, 343 E Broadway, Monticello, NY – (845) 794-7766