By: Mark Bunner Re: FAXALERT: Gingrich on Re NRA FAX ALERT 11250 Waples Mill Road * Fairfa

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By: Mark Bunner Re: FAXALERT: Gingrich on Re NRA FAX ALERT 11250 Waples Mill Road * Fairfax, VA 22030 Phone: 1-800-392-8683 * Fax: 703-267-3918 Vol. 3, No. 1 1/5/95 GINGRICH ON REPEAL: A VOTE IN `96 House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) recently offered some encouraging words to gun owners on the subject of repeal of the Clinton gun and magazine ban. Asked by Robert Novak on the December 30, 1995 edition of CNN's "Evans & Novak" if the Republicans in Congress would finally fulfill their commitment to repeal the ban, Speaker Gingrich replied "I would be very surprised if we didn't pass the bill, and I think President Clinton will veto it. But I think it will be very clear who supports the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. And, who is in favor of the government having more power." While the Speaker has affirmed his support for the Second Amendment in words in recent months, including in his book, To Renew America, in which he says he was "astonished" that the President would equate the Second Amendment with hunting, we are still waiting to see if his words will translate into serious action on repeal legislation in 1996. BLACK MARKET THRIVING UNDER IMPORT BAN: Anti-gunners don't want to talk about it, but gun bans inevitably lead to an increase in the firearms black market. And you might be surprised to know who's been profiting from the 1989 import ban. According to a report in the December 30, 1995 issue of the Arizona Republic, several Phoenix police officers are under investigation for falsifying documents in order to buy 65 Steyr AUG semi-automatic rifles prohibited by the ban, and then sell them for a considerable profit. According to the Republic, Steyr AUGs may be purchased by Police Departments for approximately $1,700, but when sold on the black market, can bring as much as $4,000! IT'S THE CRIMINALS, STUPID: Hundreds of law-abiding citizens in Fairfax County, Virginia have been getting a lot of publicity recently, having their names published in a local weekly newspaper -- the Connection. What have they done to deserve this invasion of privacy? They all applied for a permit under Virginia's new right to carry law. Despite the fact that the applicants have committed no crime, they are now being subjected to scrutiny and criticism from anti-gun neighbors and members of their communities. Even worse, they are possibly being targeted by thieves looking to get their hands on firearms. According to a January 5, 1996 report in The Washington Times, shortly after one applicant's name was published, someone broke in to her son's automobile parked in front of her house. If the Connection is truly concerned about the safety of Fairfax residents, they might try printing the names of paroled criminals, also a matter of public record, rather than those of law-abiding citizens. And Speaking of Fairfax County, local politicians are seeking to repeal the state's new right to carry law or prohibit law-abiding, duly-licensed citizens from carrying their firearms in county-owned buildings - a violation not only of our right to self defense, but also of Virginia's pre- emption law! Members are encouraged to attend a public meeting to be held tomorrow, Saturday, January 6, at 9:00 a.m. in the Fairfax County Government Center to voice their opposition to these proposals. Call (703) 324-3151 for more information or if you would like to speak at the hearing. GUN BAN VOTE IMMINENT IN WEST HOLLYWOOD: On January 2, the West Hollywood City Council amended its ordinance to ban the sale of so-called "Saturday Night Specials" based on their metallic content and lack of a mechanical safety. The amendment exempts private transfers through dealers. Although the City Council's underlying goal is to put an end to the sale of all such firearms, they accepted the amendment in an effort to keep the lawyers at bay, as Counsel for the state legislature has concluded that this ordinance would violate California's state preemption law. The Council will take a final vote on this measure on Tuesday, January 16. We'll keep you posted! SEATS STILL AVAILABLE FOR ILLINOIS & TEXAS SEMINARS: If you haven't reserved your seat for next week's grassroots seminars in Illinois and Texas, do so today! Although seats are still available, they are going fast! So don't miss the opportunity to meet with your lawmakers, candidates who want to represent you in Congress and in the state legislature, NRA leaders, staff and your fellow NRA members and volunteers. Join us for the seminar in your area: Springfield, Ill. - Thurs. night, Jan. 11; Chicago, Ill. - Sat., Jan. 13; El Paso, Tex. - Sat., Jan. 13. Call NRA-ILA at 1- 800-392-8683 to reserve your seat today! =+=+=+=+ This information is provided as a service of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, Fairfax, VA. This and other information on the Second Amendment and the NRA is available at any of the following URL's: http://WWW.NRA.Org, gopher://GOPHER.NRA.Org, wais://WAIS.NRA.Org, ftp://FTP.NRA.Org, mailto:LISTPROC@NRA.Org (Send the word help as the body of a message) Information may also be obtained by connecting directly to the NRA-ILA GUN-TALK Bulletin Board System at (703) 934-2121. ___ * UniQWK #2210* Breast fed = A female FBI agent.


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