Lawsuit Filed Against Eric Holder, ATF Director After ‘Overreaching’ Law Prevents D.C. Residents From Buying Handgun in Texas

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This is from The Blaze.

I hope these men are successful with their lawsuit.

However, I do not actually see them winning as they have the deck stacked against them.


When Washington, D.C. residents Ambeau and Andrew Hanson tried to buy a handgun from the Texas gun shop owned by Fredric Russell Mance, Jr., Mance wouldn’t sell because of a federal law preventing interstate handgun sales — a ban that does not apply to rifles and shotguns.

Lawsuit Filed Against Eric Holder, ATF Director After ‘Overreaching’ Law Prevents D.C. Residents From Buying Handgun in Texas

Mance wanted to make the sale, and the Hansons wanted to buy at a lower price than what they could get in the District of Columbia, where there is only one federally licensed firearms dealer – which means higher prices, according to federal lawsuit filed in Fort Worth, Texas, by a gun-rights group.

The lawsuit names Attorney General Eric Holder and the B. Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are the co-defendants. Mance and the two D.C. residents are also part of the suit.

The Washington-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, or CCRKBA, is also a plaintiff. The lawsuit is funded by its affiliate, the Second Amendment Foundation.

“It is overreaching, if not downright silly, in today’s environment with the federal instant background check system to perpetuate a prohibition on interstate handgun purchases that has outlived its usefulness,” CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb said in a statement. “If a law-abiding citizen can clear a background check and legally purchase a handgun in his own state, he would pass the same background check just across the border in another state.”

“Federal law allows for interstate long gun sales, as long as the dealer follows the law, so what’s the logic of the federal government banning interstate handgun sales?” Gottlieb added. “Some states allow for, or even welcome, interstate handgun sales, so what’s the federal government doing?”

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, claims that the law prohibiting someone who lives in one state from purchasing a handgun in another state inhibits competition and stops a national handgun market. The result is harmful to consumers, the plaintiffs say.

“Americans are free to purchase rifles and shotguns across state lines, so long as those transactions comply with the laws of the seller’s and purchaser’s states,” the 11-page lawsuit states, according to Courthouse News. “But under federal law, no American may lawfully purchase a handgun outside his or her state of residence. This prohibition plainly reduces competition, raises prices, and limits consumers’ choices in the handgun market.”

That competitive market is available for handguns, the lawsuit says.

Federal law with respect to interstate rifle and shotgun sales provides a ready example of a more carefully tailored alternative, prohibiting sales that violate state law—and permitting those that do not,” the complaint states. “There is no need to criminalize the entire interstate handgun market.”

(H/T: Courthouse News)


Giffords takes heat for forgiving gunman, while ‘punishing’ honest gun owners


This is from the Examiner.

How do you spell hypocrite? Gabby Giffords.

To borrow from a commenter Guns for Yee but not for thee.


That’s why its hypocrisy.



Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was “way off target” Wednesday when she told an audience in Oakland, Calif., that she forgives the gunman who shot her and killed six others, the head of a Bellevue-based gun rights group said today, because she has been campaigning to erode the rights of gun owners who have harmed nobody.

Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, said in a press release that his group has “great empathy” for the former Congresswoman, “and we continue to pray for her full recovery.”

“But that doesn’t mean,” Gottlieb said, “we will stand silent while she and Kelly continue to exhibit misplaced values by treating responsible firearms owners like criminals while the criminal who tried to kill her basks in the blessing of her forgiveness.”

Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, came to Washington and Kelly on his own to Oregon earlier this year to campaign for so-called “universal background check” legislation. In Oregon, that provision was in a piece of legislation, while in Washington, it is being pushed as an 18-page gun controlinitiative.

It was with no small irony that Gottlieb zeroed in on something Kelly asked of his California audience. “How do we stop gun trafficking,” he wondered.

This was barely a week after California State Sen. Leland Yee and several others were arrested for alleged gun trafficking. Today’s Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle both announced that Yee was indicted this morning on charges of wire fraud, honest services conspiracy and conspiracy to deal in firearms. This column covered the Yee arrest here, here and here.

“I would suggest to Kelly that, for starters, his new gun control group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, demand a house-cleaning in Sacramento,” Gottlieb said.

He also suggested that Kelly and Giffords could likewise “demand accountability for those who monstrously mishandled Operation Fast and Furious.”

Earlier this week, B. Todd Jones, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, acknowledged to California Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that none of those directly responsible for that scandal had been fired. Some individuals have retired or resigned at ATF or from the Justice Department, including former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke.

Gottlieb said he was “personally appalled” that Giffords has forgiven the man who shot her “while at the same time she’s been traveling around the country, campaigning for more gun control laws that erode the rights and freedoms of millions of people who have not harmed her or anyone else.”

White House, gun ban groups conspire to exploit Sandy Hook anniversary

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This is from The Examiner.

The antigun crowd is shameless POS’s that exploit human misery.

If someone at Sandy Hook Elementary School was armed 

The death toll would have been less

Sadly Sandy Hook Elementary School is a gun free zone.

Like so many other schools and businesses. 


A blockbuster revelation yesterday by Politico shows the depth of hypocrisy being practiced by gun prohibition lobbying groups and the Obama White House to exploit the anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy, while condemning pro-rights groups for allegedly doing the same thing; something of a vindication for a Bellevue-based gun rights advocate.

Almost immediately after Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, announced that Dec. 14 had been picked for “Guns Save Lives Day,” he was condemned by anti-gunners for trying to use the anniversary for political gains. Thanks to Politico’s report, that shoe is now on the other foot, precisely where Gottlieb had predicted it would be.

While reporting that Vice President Joe “Shotgun” Biden has been sidelined in the administration’s gun control efforts, Politico noted in the fourth and fifth paragraphs that, “Officials from the White House Office of Public Engagement, which reports to senior Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, are now carrying the administration’s gun control efforts. OPE officials hold a regular meeting with the major gun control groups known as the Gun Violence Table.

“The weekly sessions often include OPE Director Paulette Aniskoff or official Paul Monteiro along with representatives from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Moms Demand Action, the Center for American Progress, Organizing for Action and Americans for Responsible Solutions,” Politico added.

But it is not until the sixth paragraph that the reason for these strategy sessions is revealed: “The groups are coordinating a November lobbying effort and planning events to commemorate the first anniversary of the Newtown, Conn., massacre last December.”

In a press release Tuesday morning, Gottlieb noted, “For those lobbying groups to condemn gun rights organizations is at best disingenuous, if not downright despicable. They have known for weeks, perhaps months, that they were going to exploit this solemn anniversary, and it is clear now they do not want a different message competing with their efforts to erode our civil rights.”

Gottlieb was savaged over “Guns Save Lives Day” even after shifting the date to Dec. 15, coinciding with Bill of Rights Day. His condemnation was particularly bristling in the pages of the New York Daily News, but a reader of that story put the controversy in this context: “Yes, it may have been a bit crass for the SAF to have their rally on the anniversary of such a tragedy, yet it also worked: here we are — here the whole NATION is — talking about it! They couldn’t have bought that sort of press! And they do have a point: we need to WAKE UP and abolish feel good ‘gun-free zones’ and implement a true security plan. Teachers and faculty: don’t want to own or handle guns? No problem. Just don’t get in the way of those who DO, and/or get used to the idea of armed safety officers. It really is that simple.”

The Newtown Bee on Oct. 15 reported that the date had been changed, and then quoted First Selectman Pat Llodra, who stated, “For this group to use our Sandy Hook tragedy as a springboard for political action is disrespectful to our community of Newtown and is of particularly insensitive timing… I respect their right to promote their beliefs regarding guns. I ask that they respect our community and not use us for their purposes.

“We will not host a political rally of any stripe on that day,” she said, “and we hope that all such inclined persons understand that they and their agenda are not welcome. We ask for privacy and expect that all caring folks, including the media, will accommodate us. Those persons, who choose to not accede to our request to be left alone, (will) show the world their own moral and ethical fiber.”

Will that sentiment also apply to the gun ban groups and the White House OPE, which are planning the events “to commemorate” the tragic attack?

MEANWHILE, American Tactical Imports announced today that they will relocate from present headquarters in Rochester, N.Y. to Summerville, S.C. beginning next month. In a press release, ATI made it clear why the company is moving.

“ATI believes it is imperative that a firearms importer and manufacturer do business within a state that is friendly to the second amendment rights of the people,” the release states. “It is also important that ATI be close to the port-of-entry into the country for several of their imported products. The relocation to South Carolina ensures that both of these factors are met.”

“This move to South Carolina will help ensure a solid foundation for our company,” said ATI President Tony DiChario. “The relocation process will be smooth and we have ensured that the process will not affect customer service, product distribution or any other segment of our business. The people of South Carolina have welcomed ATI with open arms and we are excited about making our new corporate home there.”



Chicago Shootings Spike 49% In November Despite Strict Gun Laws

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This is from CNSNews.

If the residents of Chicago had Second Amendment rights this would stop.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has armed bodyguards.

So why can’t the residents of Chicago be armed to defend themselves?


There were 192 shootings in Chicago throughout the month of November – a 49 percent increase from a year earlier – according to police records obtained by the Chicago Tribune.

In November of 2011, Chicago recorded 129 shootings compared to the 192 shootings this November.  Police records also reveal that shootings increased more than 11 percent in the first 11 months of 2012 compared with a year earlier.

Total homicides in Chicago rose to 480 for the first eleven months of 2012; a 21 percent increase from last year.  On November 30, 2012, there were four fatal shootings within the city.  These murders brought the homicide total to 38 for the month, just above the 37 recorded in November of last year.

Despite having some of the strictest gun laws in the country, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans on restricting gun ownership further by banning individuals with a violent misdemeanor conviction from getting a gun permit for five years.  The mayor also hopes to ban convicted felons from ever owning a gun.

Emanuel’s intentions are no doubt well intentioned, but like many cities with strict gun laws, the disarming of law-abiding citizens doesn’t remove guns from the hands of those who wish to do harm.  On the contrary, it often leaves innocent victims vulnerable to criminals. previously reported that a gun-rights group said that Mayor Emanuel bears some responsibility for the murder rate because of the strict gun-control laws there:

“Rahm Emanuel has some blood on his hands,” said Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, in a statement.

“He and the city council have done everything possible to prevent law-abiding Chicago residents from exercising their restored Second Amendment rights in the two years since the Supreme Court’s landmark McDonald ruling.”

In June 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against a handgun ban in the city of Chicago in McDonald v. Chicago.

Four days later however, the Chicago City Council adopted the Responsible Gun Owners Ordinance.  This requires prospective gun owners to take a firearm safety course at a gun range in order to obtain a permit to own a gun in a home.   The city also placed a virtual ban on gun ranges.

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms says that the Chicago City Council has been blocking Chicagoans from obtaining handguns and range-training; the result being that law-abiding citizens are left defenseless.



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