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Contact Your Senators and Representative to Stop Proposed Semi-Auto Firearm Importation Ban

We recently reported that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), sponsor of the federal “assault weapon” and “large” magazine “ban”  of 1994-2004, is asking President Barack Obama to direct the BATFE to reinterpret a provision of the Gun Control Act of 1968 to prohibit the importation of various semi-automatic firearms and their parts.

In a letter to Obama, the text of which was included in an article published by the Daily Caller, Feinstein said that, “at a minimum,” the BATFE should:

prohibit importation of all semiautomatic rifles that can accept, or be readily converted to accept, a large capacity ammunition magazine of more than 10 rounds . . . .  prohibit semiautomatic rifles with fixed magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds, prohibit the importation of the frame or receiver of any prohibited rifle . . . . prohibit the practice of importing assault rifles in parts ….  prohibit the use of a “thumbhole” stock . . . . and prohibit the importation of assault pistols.

This request is similar to the type of failed legislation Feinstein introduced in Congress last year (which would have imposed the biggest gun ban in American history), only this time she’s trying to achieve some of her ends through soliciting the president’s use of executive authority over firearm imports.

Joining Feinstein in the fray this week were 80-plus U.S. House members who wrote their own semi-auto firearms import ban proposal letter to President Obama.  Initiated by Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the letter urged Obama to compel the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to expand its ban on the importation of semi-automatic firearms.  (To see if your Representative signed the letter, please click here and scroll down below the letter to see the list of signatories.)

One might think it doesn’t make sense for Feinstein and these House members to agitate for gun control in an election year, especially one in which a number of anti-gun senators and representatives are going to be facing the voters, but they are that obstinately committed to gun control.

Please take action NOW to stop these proposed restrictions on the importation of firearms.  Please contact your U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative TODAY, and tell them to OPPOSE a ban the importation of various semi-automatic firearms and their parts.

You can contact your U.S. Senators and your U.S. Representative by using the “Write Your Lawmakers” tool at www.NRAILA.org.  You may also contact your Senators by phone at (202) 224-3121, and your Representative by phone at (202) 225-3121.

Federal Legislative Roundup

There are two pro-gun bills pending in Congress that require your action.  Please review these legislative initiatives and be sure to contact your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121 and urge your representative to cosponsor and support these important pieces of legislation.  Additional contact information can be found using the “Write Your Representatives” feature at www.NRAILA.org.

On November 21, 2013, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation Co-Chairs, U.S. Representatives Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), introduced H.R. 3590, The SHARE Act of 2013.  This NRA-backed legislation includes several important updates and changes that would positively impact American sportsmen.  If enacted, this legislation would protect traditional lead based ammunition used by hunters.  The legislation would also allow polar bear trophies legally harvested before the importation ban to be imported into the United States.  Additionally, many provisions in this legislation would remove burdensome restrictions, such as opening additional land access for hunting and fishing and allowing for firearms to be legally carried on land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.  Similar legislation to H.R. 3590 passed the U.S. House of Representatives in the 112th Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 274-146.

On August 1, 2013, U.S. Reps. Rich Nugent (R-Fla.) and Jim Matheson (D- Utah), introduced H.R. 2959, The National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act.  This NRA-backed legislation would allow any person with a valid concealed carry permit to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that issues concealed firearm permits or does not prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms.  A state’s laws governing where concealed firearms may be carried would still apply to all within its borders.  Similar legislation to H.R. 2959 passed the U.S. House of Representatives in the 112th Congress by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 272-154.

Again, please be sure to call your U.S. Representative at (202) 225-3121, and ask him or her to cosponsor and support H.R. 3590 and H.R. 2959, if they are not already doing so.  For additional information on these bills, please visit www.NRAILA.org.