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Ruger makes it easy to contact your congresscritters/governors/0bama regarding the recent gun legislation. I did so, indicating that I'd like to see it defeated. This is the response I got from Senator Levin's office:

"Thank you for contacting me about gun safety issues. I appreciate you sharing your views with me.

I support sensible gun safety laws and strict enforcement of those laws to help prevent crimes, suicides and violence committed with firearms. I support the steps President Obama outlined recently to curb the gun violence that plagues our nation, and I believe Congress can and should work to enact legislation to prevent gun violence without infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens.

I was an original cosponsor of the Brady Law (P.L.103-159). This law requires prospective handgun purchasers to undergo criminal background checks before purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer. The background check system is able to make 92 percent of background check determinations on the spot, and since 1994, has prevented more than 1.5 million firearm purchases. Additionally, according to Centers for Disease Control statistics, since the Brady Law went into effect, the number of gun deaths in the United States dropped 22 percent, from 39,595 in 1993 to 30,769 in 2007. The number of gun homicides dropped by more than 29 percent, from 17,024 in 1993 to 12,129 in 2007.

While the Brady Law has been successful in reducing gun violence, I believe more has to be done. For example, only 60 percent of all gun sales in the United States take place at licensed federal dealers, where background checks are mandatory. The remaining 40 percent of gun sales are conducted by unlicensed individual sellers, often at gun shows, and a background check is not required. This means that across our nation, any dangerous individual can go to a gun show and purchase a deadly weapon without any form of background check. To close this ‘gun show loophole,’ I am a cosponsor of the Gun Show Background Check Act. This bill would enact the common sense principle that anyone who wants to purchase a firearm at a gun show should be able to pass a simple background check. Ten national police organizations support closing this loophole.

Additionally, I am a cosponsor of the Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act, a bill that seeks to reduce gun violence by keeping firearms out of the hands of terrorists and criminals. Although hard to believe, nothing in current law prohibits individuals on terrorist watch lists from purchasing firearms, unless they fall into another disqualifying category. This “terror gap” in federal law must be closed, and this bill would do just that. This legislation would deny the transfer of a firearm when a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check reveals that the prospective purchaser is a known or suspected terrorist and the Attorney General has a reasonable belief that the purchaser may use the firearm in connection with terrorism. Keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists is just common sense.

I also have always supported the rights of sportsmen and hunters. Hunting is a way of life for millions of Americans and plays an integral role in modern wildlife management. But military style assault weapons have no sporting purpose. Because of these weapons, our nation’s citizens are in greater danger and police officers across the country are encountering criminals armed with highly lethal military style weapons.

To support our law enforcement community and to save lives, I am a cosponsor of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. This legislation would prevent the future possession, manufacture, sale and importation of assault-type weapons while grandfathering weapons lawfully possessed at the date of the bill’s enactment. It would ban firearms with detachable magazines and military style features, such as grenade launchers, protruding pistol grips, and barrel shrouds. It would support law enforcement officers across our nation, who should not be forced to confront lawbreakers toting military arms. And it would protect the rights of hunters by specifically naming thousands of firearms with legitimate sporting, sentimental or other value that would remain legal to possess.

This bill also would ban high capacity ammunition magazines. Studies have shown that high capacity ammunition magazines are used in 31 to 41 percent of fatal police shootings in cities across our nation. They also have been used by the perpetrators of numerous mass shootings, including at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, the Tucson shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others, the attack on a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, and the horrifying shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The Newtown shooting alone left twenty six people dead, twenty of them children.

We must not wait until more places are added to this heartbreaking list. We can and should act swiftly to protect our families and loved ones from mass shootings. These measures have the overwhelming support of law enforcement communities around our nation, who have implored us to make changes to stop the flood of these types of weapons into the hands of those who would use them for harm. I will continue to work for common-sense gun safety measures.

Thank you again for contacting me.

Sincerely,
Carl Levin"

I wasn't expecting a 180-degree turn on the issue, but I'm distressed to see the "40% of guns sold don't go through background checks" when that has been debunked (it's more like 11%). He's either ignorant of the truth or lying, not something you want to see in one of your Senators (though I didn't vote for him... and still won't.)

He's civil at least, there's that.
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He's either ignorant of the truth or lying, not something you want to see in one of your Senators

He's a liberal, therefore facts are those things concocted at liberal think tanks and disseminated via the usual liberal outlets.
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Nicely put Dad ;-). Although---I don't think it's that deep. Libs are just stupid. No malice intended. They don't think. They FEEL. They're too busy emoting all over the place to put in actual THOUGHT.

"Reason is not automatic--those who deny it, cannot be conquered by it..."--Ayn Rand
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Welcome, wolverine's daughter! How lovely to see you here.
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But military style assault weapons have no sporting purpose.

Neither does the 2nd amendment. Its to allow us to protect ourselves FROM the government, not some rabid deer.

While I've never been to a gun show, I am surprised that a background check isn't performed. And why can't it? When I bought our pistols at Ba$$Pro, they did a background check, took maybe 10 minutes for paperwork and all. Like they sponsors of the gun show can't afford to set up a dedicated land line?

JLC
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That was ginned up by one of his staffer weenies. Levin, and most other senators, doesn't address your concern personally.

I bet if I sent him an email protesting the gun legislation issue, I'd get the exact same form letter.

I know because I've gotten some concerning the debt. Waste of time even bothering to email/write a letter/call.

Stetson20
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While I've never been to a gun show, I am surprised that a background check isn't performed. And why can't it? When I bought our pistols at Ba$$Pro, they did a background check, took maybe 10 minutes for paperwork and all. Like they sponsors of the gun show can't afford to set up a dedicated land line?

If the
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Grrr! Sorry, posting from my phone, accidentally hit the button.

If an FFL dealer is selling the gun then they have to do the check regardless of where they're selling it. That's true at every gun show in every state in the union. If you aren't an FFL dealer there is no federal law requiring you to conduct a background check. That's true whether you're at a gun show, in a parking lot, in your living room, etc. That does not mean, however, that you can legally sell/give/transfer a gun to just anyone, if they are prohibited from buying/possessing a gun it is illegal to sell/transfer a gun to them, check or no check. So it behooves a seller to be sure the buyer is not prohibited. They can ask an fFL dealer to do the check, but they'll certainly have to pay a fee for this service (whatever the FFL wants to charge, there's no regulation of that fee). Any sales across state boundaries require checks regardless of who does the selling.

The vast majority of transfers done without checks are transfers between friends/family members. Grandpa giving his grandson his first rifle, family heirlooms being passed down after the owner passes, etc. When there is a call for "universal" checks it is predominantly these transfers that will be affected. That's the objection.
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I bet if I sent him an email protesting the gun legislation issue, I'd get the exact same form letter.

It was most certainly a form letter. I've seen it posted in FB. Debbie Stabenow sent one out too.

To be fair I sent them a form letter (via Ruger's website) so I can't be too indignant. I'm expecting a better result from my Rep (John Dingell). He's a Dem but very highly rated by the NRA. It should be a somewhat pro-gun form letter at least!
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Neither does the 2nd amendment. Its to allow us to protect ourselves FROM the government, not some rabid deer.

While I've never been to a gun show, I am surprised that a background check isn't performed. And why can't it? When I bought our pistols at Ba$$Pro, they did a background check, took maybe 10 minutes for paperwork and all. Like they sponsors of the gun show can't afford to set up a dedicated land line?

JLC


My son bought a 9mm handgun and a handful of ammo at a Lewisville, Tx gun show last weekend. They did a quickie background check on him and he was in and out with his gun in 15 minutes.

He sent me a pic he took on his iphone of my 6' tall blonde DIL holding the gun. So I sent him back the pic Josh Randall posted yesterday with the blonde holding an AR15. <g>

Metal
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