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Another Win for Gun Owners

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President George W. Bush recently signed legislation that included language based on H.R. 5013, the "Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act," to prohibit the confiscation of legal firearms from law-abiding citizens during states of emergency. Passage of this legislation became a top priority of NRA following confiscations of lawfully-owned firearms by local officials in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to the President's recent action, NRA led the charge in passing "emergency powers" laws in 10 states. This new law was part of the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill.

"I want to thank President George W. Bush for signing this vital measure into law," declared NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox. "The chaos and civil disorder our country witnessed in New Orleans after the city effectively suspended the Second Amendment confirmed every law-abiding gun owner's worst fear - that gun confiscations can happen right here in America. As promised, NRA set out to pass legislation at both the federal and state levels to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding American citizens."

The Homeland Security amendment was based on H.R. 5013, the "Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act," which was introduced in the House by Congressman Bobby Jindal, R-La., and passed the House on July 25 with a broad bi-partisan margin of 322 to 99. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., introduced the Senate version of the bill. Sen. Vitter also championed the first Senate action on a different version of the appropriations amendment, which passed in July by an 84 to 16 vote, one the largest margins of victory ever for an NRA-backed measure.

"The essence of the 'Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act' was so compelling that it received strong, bipartisan support in Congress," continued Cox. "When 911 is non-existent and law enforcement personnel are overwhelmed with search-and-rescue missions and other emergency duties, law-abiding Americans must have legal protection to defend their families and loved ones in times of emergency. The NRA is honored to have helped guarantee this fundamental freedom."
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We have a right not to have that dog bite us-they know not to set the dog on us-if they do ever set the dog on us-we'll shoot him-but it saves a lot of trouble for them to be ordered to keep that dog on a chain----seems a good analogy.
It is truly amazing that we even need this legislation in the first place. Legislation that upholds a Constitutional Right that we already have from our founding fathers? Anyhow, I'm very happy that it was passed so hopefully this won't be an issue again. Unfortunately though, a change in administrations could just as easily take it away. Remember Mr. Clinton?
WE don't need it-THEY do-it'll save their lives.
I agree that it is a shame that this legislation was even needed, but after what happened in New Orleans it was apparent that it was needed.
Cavediver makes a good point-a Dem. Congress and President could do us harm-UNLESS-we are willing to do what we have never done before-EVERY VOTER VOTE and EVERY gunlover contact ALL his Congressmen and tell them they better not mess with us or they won't get re-elected---11 votes beats 10 votes-we can't afford for anyone to stay home-the Dems will be busing dead people to vote twice and every other thing they can do-I firmly believe we can maintain the Rep. lead and presidency-but it won't happen watching polls on CNN.
I'm glad the bill passed, but any laws or constitutional rights don't mean anything in a lawless society, and that is what you have in a national emergency. Who is going to enforce the laws we have? New Orleans should be a wake up call, but I don't have a answer as what to do about it. Just hope it doesn't happen. I have read where people are their own worst ememy, and I can believe it.
When we are in a disaster-and no communications-and not enough police or military-it boils down to I am the law at my house and you are the law at yours-just like it was 200 years ago. That's not anarchy-it's reality-and, sadly, few Americans realize it or are prepared....we've seen it after tornados, fires, floods, or riots-terrorism's no different-big trouble boils it down to the lowest common against him-or them. Just a reminder-when it's time-50 rounds may not get it.
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