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23 State Attorneys General To Attorney General Holder: "No Semi-Auto Ban"
NRA - ILA ^ | June 12, 2009 | 23 State Attorneys General

Posted on 06/12/2009 4:42:45 PM PDT by neverdem

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We the undersigned Attorneys General respectfully write to express our opposition to the reinstatement of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994’s semi-automatic firearms prohibition, which is commonly referred to as the assault weapons ban.

As the states’ top law enforcement officials, we share the Obama Administration’s commitment to reducing illegal drugs and violent crime within the United States. We also share your deep concern about drug cartel violence in Mexico. However, we do not believe that restricting lawabiding Americans’ access to certain semi-automatic firearms will resolve any of these problems. So, we were pleased by the President’s recent comments indicating his desire to enforce current laws – rather than reinstate the ban on so-called assault weapons.

As you know, the 1994 ban on so-called ‘assault weapons’ did not apply to machine guns or other fully automatic firearms. Machine gun ownership was first regulated when the National Firearms Act was passed in 1934. And more than twenty years ago, Congress took additional steps to ban fully automatic weapons. Because fully automatic machine guns have already been banned, we do not believe that further restricting law-abiding Americans’ access to certain semiautomatic firearms serves any real law enforcement purpose.

Recent public statements by congressional leaders reflect that same view. On February 26, 2009, The Hill newspaper quoted the Senate Majority Leader’s spokesman saying: “Sen. Reid would oppose an effort [to] reinstate the ban.” When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was recently asked whether she supports reinstating the 1994 ban, the Speaker reportedly responded “No…I think we need to enforce the laws we have right now.” We agree with the Speaker and the Majority Leader.

The same sentiment has also been expressed to you by sixty-five (65) Congressional Democrats in a letter dated March 17, 2009. In that letter, they astutely noted, “It is hard to believe the ban would be…effective in controlling crime by well-funded international drug traffickers, who regularly use grenade launchers, anti-tank rockets, and other weapons that are not available on the civilian market in the United States.”

The Honorable Eric Holder
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Under Title 18, Section 924 of the U.S. Code, knowingly transferring a firearm to an individual who will use that firearm to commit a violent or drug-related crime is already a federal offense. Similarly, it is also a felony to possess a firearm for the purpose of furthering drug trafficking. At a recent Congressional hearing, Kumar Kibble, the Deputy Director of the Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Office of Investigations, testified that the Patriot Act included changes to Title 18, Section 554 of the U.S. Code, which improved federal authorities’ ability to investigate and prosecute illegal smuggling.

As Attorneys General, we are committed to defending our constituents’ constitutional rights – including their constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms. This duty is particularly important in light of the United States Supreme Court’s recent Heller decision, which held that the Second Amendment “elevated above all other interests the right of law-abiding, responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home.” The high court’s landmark decision affirmed that individual Americans have a constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms. We, the undersigned Attorneys General, are staunch defenders of that right and believe that it should not be encroached upon without sound justification – and a clear law enforcement purpose.

We are pleased that the Administration appears to conform with the Congressional leadership’s position on this very important issue. Importantly, the White House website no longer calls for the reinstatement of the 1994 ban. In fact, it expressly acknowledges “the great conservation legacy of America’s hunters.” We share that appreciation for hunters and are committed to defending our Second Amendment rights—which is why we believe that additional gun control laws are unnecessary. Instead, authorities need to enforce laws that are already in place.

As Attorneys General, we look forward to working with you and President Obama on commonsense law enforcement solutions to transnational crime. We stand ready to cooperate and collaborate on crime prevention and law enforcement initiatives that will protect our constituents, crack down on transnational crime, and help reduce narcotics consumption in the United States. But, for the reasons explained in this letter, we do not believe that reinstating the 1994 assault weapons ban will solve the problems currently facing the United States or Mexico.

1 posted on 06/12/2009 4:42:45 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Good for them.


2 posted on 06/12/2009 4:52:57 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: neverdem

Only 23? How sad.


3 posted on 06/12/2009 4:58:37 PM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Thanks neverdem.
Image and video hosting by TinyPic "So what? I won."

4 posted on 06/12/2009 4:59:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: savedbygrace

Colorado did, but neither carolina or virginia? What the hell?

Blah, the left is making way too much room down the east coast.


5 posted on 06/12/2009 5:03:10 PM PDT by Tolsti2
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To: neverdem

It’s not surprising to see flaming socialist Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal isn’t on the list.


6 posted on 06/12/2009 5:19:06 PM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: Tolsti2

I see My Tennessee is missing also


7 posted on 06/12/2009 5:30:20 PM PDT by CrappieLuck
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To: Tolsti2
Colorado did, but neither carolina or virginia? What the hell?

North Carolina is run by Dems at the state level and has been for years. They adore Obama.

8 posted on 06/12/2009 5:41:28 PM PDT by Gritty (Obama has the knack of appearing moderate while acting radical, which is a lethal skill-Mark Steyn)
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To: neverdem
Shut up, peasants. You don't need guns to assist the agrarian revolution or work at Government Motors. In fact, guns are tools of the imperialist, capitalist oppressors (unless they are in the hands of the People's Pacification Corp). Now, into the fields with you. And pay your cigarette tax.
9 posted on 06/12/2009 5:42:11 PM PDT by Costumed Vigilante
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To: neverdem

Where in the ever-luvin-blue-eff is Tennessee! GAH!

New mission, DESTROY, utterly, the TN AG. No way in H! should he not have been a signatory!


10 posted on 06/12/2009 5:43:00 PM PDT by American_Centurion (No, I don't trust the government to automatically do the right thing.)
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To: CrappieLuck

But wouldn’t he be a Bredesen appointee? Phil’s so busy kissing Obama’s ass I’m sure his AG is right in there with him.


11 posted on 06/12/2009 5:53:35 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: savedbygrace
Those are the free states.

Be a great country.

12 posted on 06/12/2009 5:55:08 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Emmett McCarthy

Tennessee is one of the free states for sure.


13 posted on 06/12/2009 5:56:27 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Rome2000

Our legislature is moving gun laws in the right direction. Overriding Bredesen’s foolish and autocratic vetoes. He only looks even more the fool I’ve always know him to be.


14 posted on 06/12/2009 5:59:36 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: neverdem
This would be the most foolish thing they could do with what little political capital they have left.

Sorry urban America, rural and suburban America do not have the same prejudices you have (as a result of your lax law enforcement against social miscreants) against gun ownership. These Chicago big-city types had better get that into their heads pronto.

That is, unless their goal is to escalate civil unrest into something much, much worse. Remember that once we lose the right to keep and bear arms, the government can do anything to us. This is only tenable if one assumes the government is made up of pure and sinless people who fear God and love their neighbor perfectly.

Believe me, you do not want people who disregard God and regard man as little more than an animal having this kind of power over you.

So the question becomes, how much do you trust your government?

15 posted on 06/12/2009 6:01:04 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: Lexinom

I don’t trust my government as far as I can throw it, and I can’t throw it very far. But the Second Amendment affirms the ability of The People to abolish an unsound government, and so the government has no authority to rule against the Second Amendment. Just as roaches have no authority to rule against the Orkin man. As long as government is subordinate to the basic freedoms of The People, and works for The People, government has no reason to fear the Second Amendment. It is the spare tire, the insurance policy of a free state. As long as we are free, the Second Amendment is merely an academic affirmation of a God-given right. When we are not free, the Second Amendment is a reminder of our duty and our ability.


16 posted on 06/12/2009 6:21:05 PM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Tolsti2
Colorado did, but neither carolina or virginia?

Uh, South Carolina is on the list.

Nothing from New England, the upper midwest, the far west, etc. Wimps!

17 posted on 06/12/2009 6:28:56 PM PDT by upchuck (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office.)
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To: Sender
Just as roaches have no authority to rule against the Orkin man

I hope you are reading this, President Obama. You are a servant of the people. Not a master. Get it? You want to be the greatest of all? Strive to be servant of all.

18 posted on 06/12/2009 6:43:30 PM PDT by Lexinom
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To: Sender
Just as roaches have no authority to rule against the Orkin man.

LOL - Now there's a keeper! The problem is, the government now believes it's the Orkin man, and we're the roaches.

19 posted on 06/12/2009 6:55:10 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: Talisker; Lexinom
The roaches have every right to protest and claim greivances. But they should have stayed in the crawlspace.

We would let them live there. But once they started crapping all over the kitchen, well, something has to be done.

20 posted on 06/12/2009 7:10:21 PM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: neverdem

Where is Alaska? The shame!


21 posted on 06/12/2009 7:10:21 PM PDT by kittycatonline.com
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To: Sender
... they should have stayed in the crawlspace... once they started crapping all over the kitchen, well, something has to be done.

LOL - they never intended to stay in the crawlspace, just breed there until they felt they had enough numbers to raid the kitchen.

22 posted on 06/12/2009 7:13:37 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: upchuck
Nothing from New England, the upper midwest, the far west, etc. Wimps!

*****

Sigh ... another product of public schools.

Please look again. New Hampshire is certainly part of New England.

23 posted on 06/12/2009 7:18:18 PM PDT by DNME (Copy editor for hire.)
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To: upchuck
Nothing from New England, the upper midwest, the far west, etc. Wimps!

Leftist New Hampshire is on the list.

24 posted on 06/12/2009 7:18:35 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?; DNME

I apologize for overlooking New Hampshire, home to retiring SCOTUS member David Souter.


25 posted on 06/12/2009 7:28:24 PM PDT by upchuck (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office.)
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To: upchuck

...and the state responsible for reviving John McCain’s presidential campaign last year.


26 posted on 06/12/2009 7:35:29 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: bamahead; rabscuttle385; Bokababe; djsherin

PONG!


27 posted on 06/12/2009 7:54:56 PM PDT by dcwusmc (We need to make government so small that it can be drowned in a bathtub.)
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To: dcwusmc

California’s not on the list!? Shocking. Truly shocking.


28 posted on 06/12/2009 7:59:35 PM PDT by djsherin (Government is essentially the negation of liberty.)
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To: American_Centurion; Emmett McCarthy; Rome2000; CrappieLuck

Tennessee Attorneys General are left-wing Democrat party hacks chosen in the singlemost byzantine manner by any state in the nation, they are “elected” by the State Supreme Court, itself a NON-ELECTED bastion of trial lawyer leftists for which it is nearly impossible to get a Republican appointed. Until we return the Supreme Court to being duly elected by the public (the only Constitutionally permissable method, ignored now for nearly 30 years where the Modified Missouri plan is used), there is almost no chance of getting a Republican, let alone Conservative, AG.


29 posted on 06/12/2009 8:12:33 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: djsherin

Yeah, really hard to believe, huh? And that dumbass gun-grabber, Moonbeam Brown wants to be governor again next year. He was the one who started this state’s slide into oblivion!


30 posted on 06/12/2009 8:24:59 PM PDT by dcwusmc (We need to make government so small that it can be drowned in a bathtub.)
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To: neverdem

There you have, with maybe a couple of added states, the core of the New United States... No Make that the Reformed United States.


31 posted on 06/12/2009 8:34:58 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: upchuck
Nothing from New England,

New Hampshire is on the list. "Live Free or Die".

32 posted on 06/12/2009 9:36:16 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: neverdem
We are pleased that the Administration appears to conform with the Congressional leadership’s position on this very important issue. Importantly, the White House website no longer calls for the reinstatement of the 1994 ban. In fact, it expressly acknowledges “the great conservation legacy of America’s hunters.” We share that appreciation for hunters and are committed to defending our Second Amendment rights—which is why we believe that additional gun control laws are unnecessary. Instead, authorities need to enforce laws that are already in place.

They're just waiting for the right moment. Maybe if the Soldier killer had some cojones, and had pressed his attack into the recruiting center, or the guards at the holocaust center hadn't been quite so on the ball, they might have had enough blood to dance in.

Except for laws which allow permanent bans on keeping and bearing arms as part of a specific criminal sentence (you know that due process thing) most all current "gun" laws should not be enforced, they should be declared unconstitutional or repealed, preferably both.

33 posted on 06/12/2009 9:54:00 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: neverdem

I am proud to see my state, Missouri, on that list. My heart swells with joy.


34 posted on 06/12/2009 10:34:41 PM PDT by MissouriConservative (Let the purging of the RINOs begin in 2010. - MissouriConservative)
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To: upchuck

New Hampshire is New England


35 posted on 06/12/2009 10:51:23 PM PDT by skaterboy (PAYBACKS ARE A B*TCH...YOU HURT ME..I HURT YOU..You deserved the lie for I was a lie to you)
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To: El Gato
Maybe if the Soldier killer had some cojones, and had pressed his attack into the recruiting center, or the guards at the holocaust center hadn't been quite so on the ball, they might have had enough blood to dance in.

There were enough dead this last spring, about 40 dead in 4 incidents, i.e. the ethnic Chinese guy from Vietnam in upstate NY, a white guy on a rampage including his family and former employer in two small towns in southern Alabama, the North Carolina nursing home massacre and another incident that escapes my recall, IIRC.

Brady et al. were foaming at the mouth. They want bills for access to medical/psychiatric records. The national rats don't want to touch the Second Amendment, except to embrace it. IMHO, they are very shy about gun control.

36 posted on 06/13/2009 12:00:08 AM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; American_Centurion; Emmett McCarthy

Had Andrea packed a gun yon years ago when Phil was mayor history would be different.


37 posted on 06/13/2009 12:15:13 AM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: NewRomeTacitus
We're missing some I would have expected to be on the list:
Alaska, West Virginia, New Mexico, Arizona, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia.

I'm surprised to see Wisconsin and New Hampshire on the list.

38 posted on 06/13/2009 2:31:20 AM PDT by Aroostook25
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To: neverdem
Eric Holder dismissed charges of Black Panthers intimidating voters in Philadelphia - and got away with so easily it was laughable.

Charges Against 'New Black Panthers' Dropped by Obama Justice Dept. Three men were accused of trying to threaten voters and block poll and campaign workers by the threat of force -- one even brandishing what prosecutors call a deadly weapon.

What makes anyone thinks he cares what letter is sent to him?

39 posted on 06/13/2009 3:41:49 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: freekitty

23 out of 50? Still, better than what I would have expected, these days.


40 posted on 06/13/2009 5:07:00 AM PDT by 2harddrive (then)
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To: 2harddrive

Me too.


41 posted on 06/13/2009 5:24:22 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: Sender
the government has no authority to rule against the Second Amendment...Just as roaches have no authority to rule against the Orkin man.

very poetic, Jeffersonian, great notable quotable!

42 posted on 06/13/2009 6:25:27 AM PDT by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: neverdem; Alamo-Girl; onyx; ALOHA RONNIE; SpookBrat; Republican Wildcat; Howlin; dixiechick2000; ...

Ping! Ping! Ping!


43 posted on 06/13/2009 6:26:33 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (2008: The year the Media died. --Sean Hannity, regarding Barack HUSSEIN ObaMao's treatment ...)
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To: MeekOneGOP

Thanks for the ping!


44 posted on 06/13/2009 6:30:23 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: SkyPilot
Eric Holder dismissed charges of Black Panthers intimidating voters in Philadelphia

He may have gotten one by the rubes, but the unintended consequence of putting the New Black Panther Party on the front pages again shows he's not immune to petard hoisting like most Rats.

45 posted on 06/13/2009 6:31:56 AM PDT by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: Alamo-Girl

Thank YOU!

Happy Saturday! :)


46 posted on 06/13/2009 6:48:49 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (2008: The year the Media died. --Sean Hannity, regarding Barack HUSSEIN ObaMao's treatment ...)
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To: SunkenCiv; devolve; PhilDragoo; potlatch; y'all

** “So what? I won.” **

B. Huzzy Obozo: The most ARROGANT President EVER !!


47 posted on 06/13/2009 6:51:27 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (2008: The year the Media died. --Sean Hannity, regarding Barack HUSSEIN ObaMao's treatment ...)
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To: Sender

I will borrow that phrase on occasion, comparing govt. to roaches! :)


48 posted on 06/13/2009 7:19:40 AM PDT by Quickgun
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To: neverdem

Save for distribution


49 posted on 06/13/2009 7:28:43 AM PDT by John Leland 1789
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To: Man50D

And how about the lack of California’s Moonbeam Brown. Is anyone surprised?


50 posted on 06/13/2009 8:59:00 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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