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Legislation looks harmless, but MAIG presents mayor problem
The Standard Times (New Bedford, Mass.) ^ | October 11, 2009 | Marc Folco

Posted on 10/12/2009 9:40:27 PM PDT by neverdem

I've received dozens of emails forwarded to me in the past month, with the senders' grave concern over an alleged U.S. Senate bill, SB2009, that would require gun owners to list all their firearms on their tax documents and pay upward of $50 per gun owned, annually. While this bill is very believable, considering President Obama's rabid, unjustified and foolhardy anti-gun/anti-hunting administration, it's another urban legend, at least for now.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) wishes to be perfectly clear on this matter: "There is no such bill," the NSSF stated in a news release.

"And if the NSSF says there's no such bill, there's no such bill," said Jon Greene, chief of training and education for the Northboro-based Gun Owners' Action League (GOAL). "We've gotten hundreds of emails at the GOAL office over this same issue," Greene continued. "And even though it's a hoax, it's healthy to see that so many people are concerned about it enough to react to it."

The NSSF stated that another genuine bill, HR45, The Blair Holt Act, is generating talk. Sponsored by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), HR 45 calls for, amongst other things, all handgun owners to submit to the federal government a formal application including photo identification, fingerprints, medical and mental health records and a completed written firearm safety exam. The legislation also mandates that a federal database be established of all firearm sales and transfers. Though this proposed legislation is real and NSSF is continuing to monitor it, industry and gun owners should not be concerned, the NSSF said, as HR45 has no co-sponsors and doesn't have a chance of being enacted.

a mayor problem According to a report from The Outdoor Wire, a growing number of mayors from around the country have resigned from Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control group. And new evidence suggests that some mayors' names have been added to the member list and used to promote anti-gun billionaire Bloomberg's political agenda without their knowledge or permission.

For example, Mayor Robert Shiner of Mentor, OH was listed as a member of MAIG, but Shiner hasn't been Mayor since November 2008 and his office says he never agreed to be a MAIG member. Mayor Dale Strasser of Brunswick, Ohio found his name used in MAIG advertising when it was actually the Brunswick city manager, Robert Zienkowski, who signed up for the group. And Mayor Keith Hoffman of East Berlin, Ohio said his participation, which began about a month ago, resulted from a misunderstanding of the group's objectives, and he is currently trying to get his name off the list. "It was a mistake really," he said. "They swindle you in and then put your name on the list."

According to the NRA, at least 30 mayors have appeared on the MAIG membership list despite the fact they were not mayors of the localities as advertised. More than 60 mayors have now removed their names. Many may have been misled by the Bloomberg organization or may have been added to the member list against their will or without their knowledge.

Buckeye Firearms Assoc. Vice Chairman Chad D. Baus, who has led the investigation of MAIG's membership policies, said, "Any organization can make occasional errors, but when this many people quit an organization or say they never joined in the first place, it raises serious questions. My guess is that there just aren't that many mayors who support the group. So maybe they have to fudge the member list to carry out Bloomberg's political agenda."

The NRA also sent out an alert to New Bedford area residents, stating that New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang has joined MAIG. The NRA is urging residents to request Mayor Lang to disassociate himself with MAIG, which attempts to undermine firearms freedoms and Second Amendment rights.

The NRA says that despite its misleading name, MAIG has lobbied Congress: against national reciprocity of state License to Carry permits; against much-needed reform of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE); for regulating gun shows out of existence; and for repealing an amendment that protects the privacy rights of law-abiding gun owners and limits disclosure of sensitive firearm trace data that protects law enforcement personnel and protects lawful gun manufacturers from reckless lawsuits.

Got a great email this week that relates to these concerns. "If a conservative doesn't like guns, he doesn't buy one. If a liberal doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed. If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone."

Deer permits available for islands Most of the surplus antlerless deer permits, which went on sale Monday, have sold out throughout the state. Permits now are available only for Zone 13 (the Vineyard) and Zone 14 (Nantucket) and may be purchased online (if you bought your license online) or at any of the MassWildlife District Offices or Field Headquarters. Permit sales for the Southeast District, which were held at Myles Standish State Forest this past week, will resume at the Southeast District Office in Bourne tomorrow for the remainder of the season.

Friends of NRA banquet The Bristol County Chapter of Friends of NRA will hold its Seventh Annual Banquet Oct. 30 at Venus de Milo Restaurant in Swansea with doors to open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $42 and include a deluxe smorgasbord. The evening will feature games, raffles and an auction for guns, gear and wildlife collectibles. For tickets or more information, call Dale E. Williams Jr. at 508-763-2552.

Marc Folco is the outdoor writer for The Standard-Times. Contact him at

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Massachusetts; US: New York; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: banglist; bloomberg; maig
No city has power to take right to bear arms away
1 posted on 10/12/2009 9:40:27 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: Gay State Conservative
2 posted on 10/12/2009 10:03:15 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

For my recently completed CPL application I had to submit a photo, fingerprints, consent to look at my medical history,and proof that I completed a certified gun safety class by a federally certified instructor.
Yes, I jumped through the hoops at the cost of $250.
But now, the state “Shall Issue” law comes into effect, and I will not stand down for any other of their schemes to deprive me of a right that should’ve been self-evident.

3 posted on 10/12/2009 10:47:25 PM PDT by gigster
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To: gigster

Can anyone imagine paying $250 for the right to vote?

4 posted on 10/13/2009 4:23:03 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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