(Sent to Montana Senators Baucus and Tester, 04/18/2013/2:00 PM)
Missoula, MT –-(Ammoland.com)- MSSA is VERY much against the reported amendment by Senator Lautenberg for S. 649 to invoke new controls on gun powder (black powder and smokeless powder).
First, many sources provide information about how explosives may be made from common, household ingredients. So, the Lautenberg amendment will NOT prevent terrorists from obtaining the materials for explosives.
Did you happen to notice what happened to the fertilizer plant in Texas?
Do you think Lautenberg restrictions on firearms propellant would have prevented this Texas explosion that probably killed and injured far more people that happened in Boston?
(I know. This is a REALLY stupid question, just as Lautenberg's amendment is a REALLY stupid idea.)
Second, the Lautenberg amendment would almost exclusively affect law-abiding people, but especially America's law-abiding gun owners. We're fed up with being treated like criminals. Enough.
Third, Senator Lautenberg may need such legislation to control the flaky people of New Jersey, but the people of Montana don't need any such interference from the federal government.
Fourth, the federal government already controls the entire supply system of new firearms in the U.S. It is illegal to manufacture firearms without federal permission and a federal license (at least so the federal government maintains – see FirearmsFreedomAct.com). It is illegal to distribute new firearms without federal permission and a federal license. And, it is illegal to sell new firearms to individual consumers without federal government permission and a federal license, and then only to people approved by the federal government (ridiculous Brady Law – 48,000 couldn't pass the check but only 44 were prosecuted).
Senator Lautenberg's amendment will be the camel's nose in the tent to invoke similar federal control over manufacture, distribution and sale of the components of ammunition, and eventually ammunition itself. There is no doubt that there are members of Congress who dearly wish to emasculate the Second Amendment by making ammunition unavailable. The Lautenberg amendment is a step down that path for them.
Sincerely, Gary Marbut, President
I strongly urge opposing Senator Lautenberg's amendment.
Montana Shooting Sports Association
Author, Gun Laws of Montana
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