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Help Oklahoma Throw off Unconstitutional Gun Control!

In Action Alert!, Good Bills. Support, Issues, Oklahoma Legislation, SB 1685 OK Firearms Freedom Act, Second Amendment, Take Action on March 24, 2010 at 2:31 am
Help Oklahoma Throw off Unconstitutional Gun Control!

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://www.gunowners.org

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Great news!

A superb pro-gun bill has passed the Oklahoma State Senate by the overwhelming (and veto-proof) margin of 39-3.

The bill is SB 1685, introduced by Sen. Randy Brogdon (R-34) — who is being supported by GOA’s Political Victory Fund in his bid for governor.

SB 1685 is known as the Firearms Freedom Act, and it is modeled after similar legislation which has been successful in other states, such as MT, SD, TN, UT, and WY.

The Firearms Freedom Act has a simple concept.  It states that if a gun was made in Oklahoma, and then stays in Oklahoma, then the federal government may not regulate it under the Interstate Commerce Cause.  (Because, you see, the gun was never part of any interstate commerce.)

This is important because the Commerce Clause is the “hook” that Congress has used to justify almost every single federal gun control law.  But with the passage of SB 1685, a stand will be taken by the Sooner State that guns stamped with the words Made in Oklahoma” are no business of the federal government.

Since the Senate acted so decisively, anti-gun forces must concentrate their efforts in the House if they want to stop this firm assertion of state and individual rights.

And that’s where you can help.

ACTION: Please urge your State Representative to support SB 1685 wholeheartedly.

If you know who your Rep. is, at http://www.okhouse.gov/Members/MemberListing.aspx you will find his or her e-mail address.

If you don’t know who your State Representative is, please go to http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm and enter your zip code in the highlighted box.  Then, scroll down to “Governor and State Legislators” and click on the name under “House of Representatives.”  This will give you a Contact tab.  (We’re sorry if that sounds convoluted, it’s not really, but the look-up system on the Oklahoma state website is much more confusing.)

Regardless, a pre-written letter is provided below so that you can copy-and-paste it into the e-mail you send your Representative.  Or please feel free to type your own text, as long as the message is clear.

—– Pre-written letter —–

Dear Representative:

Please wholeheartedly support SB 1685, the Oklahoma Firearms Freedom Act.  This bill states that if a gun is manufactured in the state — and the firearm stays in the state — it is exempt from federal gun control laws.  SB 1685 is modeled after the laws that were recently passed in Montana, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming.

This is one of the most important bills that you will vote on in 2010.  This is more than just a Tenth Amendment resolution — it is a bill that has teeth!

It’s time that we send a message to the U.S. Congress and tell them to start legislating within the authority given them by the Constitution.  Please help continue the nationwide movement that began in Montana by working to pass SB 1685.

Sincerely,


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STOP BIOMETRICS NOW! Call to Action Oklahoma – Calls needed for HB 2811

In Action Alert!, Charles Key, Good Bills. Support, Issues, Oklahoma Legislation, Oklahoma State Capitol, Senator Randy Brogdon, Take Action on March 23, 2010 at 1:24 am

CALL TO ACTION

COMMITTEE HEARING Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The “Biometric Driver License, Religious Exemption Act” has been incorporated into HB2811 (Rep. Key – Sen. Brogdon).

This legislation will provide:

  • A religious exemption from biometric identification (NO facial recognition – NO fingerprinting) and wipes existing biometric information
  • Prohibits the Department of Public Safety from retaining the Soc. Sec. Number
  • Prohibits RFID devices from being used in the driver license

If passed into law, this bill would be the first in the nation to actually END THE USE OF BIOMETRICS AND WIPE EXISTING BIOMETRIC DATA

  • PLEASE CALL THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS LISTED BELOW
  • Tell them that you support HB2811 that includes the “RELIGIOUS BIOMETRIC EXEMPTION” – Please be respectful! – Thanks!
  • CALL TONIGHT and on Tuesday– The hearing is early Tuesday. We want the voicemail boxes of these Senators to be FULL! If you get a busy signal, try again. A busy signal means our VOICES ARE BEING HEARD.

OK Senate — Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee

Sen. Don Barrington – Chair                            405-521-5563

Sen. Steve Russell – Vice Chair                      405-521-5618

Sen. Roger Ballenger                              405-521-5588

Sen. Mary Easley                                                 405-521-5590

Sen. Jerry Ellis                                                     405-521-5614

Sen. Jim Halligan                                                405-521-5572

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT — WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU!!!!!!!

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Oklahoma Legislative Alerts March 1, 2010

In Accountability, Action Alert!, activism, Bad, Bad Bills. Oppose, Good Bills. Support, HB 2569, Issues, Oklahoma State Capitol, Take Action, Tenth Amendment on March 1, 2010 at 10:13 am

Call OK House Members to Vote YES on These Bills!

HB 2317, by Rep. John Wright/Sen. Newberry, Creating the Oklahoma Enumerated Powers Act

HB 2317, now co-authored by Rep. Ritze – states that before a bill can become law in the state of Oklahoma the language must cite specific state and US constitutional  authority to do so.  The intent of the bill is to cause legislators to become the first line of defense in upholding constitutional principles and to identify early on in the legislative process if they are operating within constitutional limitations, rather than routinely passing the buck to the courts to figure this out.

This bill passed out of the full Appropriations and Budget Committee on 2/24/2010 by a vote of 16-0 and now will move to the floor for a vote.

Please call your Representative and House leadership to ask for a YES vote on HB2317.

OK House Switchboard: 1-800-522-8502, 1-405-521-2711.
II) HB 2569, by Rep. Wesselhoft/Sen. Newberry, Prohibiting the use of RFIDs (radio frequency identification, i.e. ‘tracking chips’) in the Oklahoma drivers license and identification cards.

HB 2569, co-authored by Faught, Kern, Pittman, Ritze, Sears, Sullivan – has passed both the Public Safety & Judiciary sub-committee and the full Appropriations and Budget Committee. The A&B vote on 2/24/2010, was 16-0.

However, the title was struck, by surprise, and now must be restored by the House or the Senate.

Please call your Representative and House leadership to ask for both a YES vote on HB 2569 and for the title to be restored to this single-subject bill.

OK House Switchboard: 1-800-522-8502, 1-405-521-2711.

House Leadership:
Speaker Rep. Chris Benge 1-405-557-7340 chrisbenge@okhouse.gov
Speaker Pro Tempore Kris Steele 1-405-557-7345 krissteele@okhouse.gov
Floor Leader Rep. Tad Jones 1-405-557-7380 tadjones@okhouse.gov

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Call OK House Members to Vote NO on These Bills!

I) NO on HB 2331, Rep. Steve Martin

HB 2331,
by Rep. Steve Martin, proposes amending Title 47 to allow at-will random insurance verification via an online insurance verification system, without a traffic-stop or accident having occured first; the bill further gives authority for law enforcement to then seize the vehicle if found to be uninsured.

Observation or verification can be conducted from a fixed location, i.e. from the roadside, or from a moving patrol car.

Oklahoma utilizes an online insurance verification system, which may or may not be accurate.

Fox23News in Tulsa, OK recently ran a couple of stories covering the growing use of remote camera technology, and a poll of 4,000 viewers after the 2/17/10 airing found that 73% of viewers opposed this use of cameras.

Given that both the Oklahoma Dept of Public Safety and the Governor issued a Request For Proposal (RFP) for ALPR cameras, this bill seems to be a little suspect.

HB 2331, allowing for random verification of insurance coverage and confiscation of private property, smacks more of revenue generation for both the insurance industry and a cash strapped state, than a public safety issue. OK-SAFE, while not endorsing driving uninsured, believes that the confiscation of private property by government for failure to purchase a product is not a move to be considered lightly; HB 2331 is a seriously flawed bill.

II) NO on HB 3250, by Rep. Sue Tibbs

HB 3250 would ban cell phone use/texting while driving and is part of a federal initiative to ban texting while driving.

The proponents of this bill completely ignore the issue of ‘enforcement’ which at some pointwill require a partnership between law enforcement and the telecommunications companies for real time access to electronic device usage while a vehicle is in motion.

Quote from US Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood:

LaHood said enforcing restrictions on texting and cell phone use by drivers will be difficult. He urged the wireless industry to work with public officials to come up with a solution.’

Please call your Representative and House leadership to politely express your concerns about these two bills and the continued move toward bigger and bigger government.  Phone numbers are noted above.