SB 44 passed the State Senate. Don’t let Gunderson give Sarah Brady her dream come true by passing it in the Wisconsin Assembly
March 4, 2010
The State Senate has passed Senate Bill 44, which would expand the state-run background checks conducted on gun buyers from the State Department of Justice to the federal National Instant Check System (NICS).
Championing this massive expansion of gun control in Wisconsin are State Senator Alberta Darling and State Representative Scott Gunderson — both republicans.
“The Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday mandating mental health information be included in background checks for firearm purchases in Wisconsin,” a report in the Badger Herald said. “The bill would bring Wisconsin into compliance with current federal law concerning handgun sales, as well as put Wisconsin in the company of many other states that have worked to monitor mental health histories and gun purchases in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.”
Buster Bachhuber, spokesperson for the Wisconsin chapter of the National Rifle Association, hit the nail on the head when he noted that, “There are a lot of things that could be done to make campuses safer, to keep dangerous people from running around with guns, but this was done more out of fear than out of any sound public policy basis,” according to the Herald story.
How About Campus Concealed Carry?
Gun owners should wonder why Gunderson and Darling are reacting to mass public shootings with legislation designed to strap lawful gun owners with more restrictions and more excuses for bureaucrats to deny gun owners the right to buy guns without government permission slips.
Gun owners surveyed consistently want a clean concealed carry bill introduced, not more restrictions and centralization of power (which will only be ignored by criminals).
“Whose side is Gunderson on?” asked Corey Graff, executive director of Wisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. (WGO). “When we survey gun owners across Wisconsin, their reaction to the Gunderson-Darling gun control bill is contempt and outrage. They are righteously indignant. Republicans should not be groveling at the feet of Washington DC gun control groups. They should be repealing this federal database, not expanding it.”
With President Obama’s recently-passed health care “reform” bill turning America officially into a socialist state, it remains to be seen how SB 44 and AB 70 — if passed by the state assembly and signed by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle — will become the perfect storm against gun ownership in the Badger State.
What’s So Dangerous About Expanding NICS?
Need more reasons to oppose the ever-expanding National Instant Check System in Wisconsin? Read Why NRA is Nuts to Expand Background Checks
As pointed out in previous alerts,Assembly Bill 70 and Senate Bill 44 would dangerously expand state-level back ground checks to include far-reach medical data.
The federal version of this gun control scheme, HR2640, was passed into law by what most gun owners considered a betrayal of trust by congressional republicans and the NRA last year.
Gun Owners of America (GOA), the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) and Wisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. (WGO) (along with an army of rock-solid state-level gun rights organizations from across the country ) steadfastly opposed the mental health bills on the basis that it would subject gun owners and their rights to arbitrary “diagnosis” by psychiatrists.
It was passed into law and has since become a virtual nightmare for thousands of veterans. Nightmarish stories are already surfacing about gun owners who lost the right to keep and bear arms without due process.
All it takes is one anti-gun government mental health crony to declare you “adjudicated mentally defective” and you lose your guns.
And now state republicans are sneaking this same anti-scheme behind your back in Madison.
- Critical…You Must Call and E-mail State Rep. Scott Gunderson (R-Waterford) IMMEDIATELY with the pre-written bullet points below. If you must leave a voice mail message over the weekend, do so. But make sure you e-mail.
- You must contact YOUR state representative and urge them to OPPOSE AB70 and SB44. You can find your state officials here. http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx
- Contact NRA-ILA at 800-392-8683 and tell them to OPPOSE AB70 and SB44 and that you expect them to REPEAL the NICS system, not expand it so that anti-gun psychiatrists can scribble prescriptions for what gun owners keep — or lose — their guns.
PRE-WRITTEN MESSAGE #1:
Contact Rep. Gunderson
By Phone: 608-266-3363
By E-mail: Rep.Gunderson@legis.wisconsin.gov
E-mail Rep. Gunderson’s Staff:
Mike Bruhn Mike.Bruhn@legis.wisconsin.gov
Emily Loe Emily.Loe@legis.wisconsin.gov
Rep. Scott Gunderson:
Gun owners OPPOSE AB70 and SB 44 and we are livid that someone who claims to be pro-gun would sneak through a bill expanding the unconstitutional National Instant Check System (NICS).
If you were a true friend of gun ownership, you would introduce legislation to REPEAL the NICS system, which has not only done nothing to thwart violent crime, but has been used as de facto gun owner registration.
AB70 and SB 44 will greatly expand the scope of NICS to include mental health data that can easily be used as a subjective analysis to disarm gun owners and veterans across Wisconsin without due process.
You are urged in the strongest terms to kill AB70 and SB 44 and apologize to gun owners.
I am a supporter of Wisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. (WGO) and will be observing your behavior closely on this matter.
PRE-WRITTEN MESSAGE #2:
Contact Albert Darling
By Phone: (608) 266-5830
By E-mail: Sen.email@example.com
E-mail Darling’s Staff:
Jay Risch firstname.lastname@example.org
David Volz email@example.com
Connie Schulze Connie.Schulze@legis.wisconsin.gov
Nicole Ruzinski Nicole.Ruzinski@legis.wisconsin.gov
Andrew Davis Andrew.Davis@legis.wisconsin.gov
Sen. Alberta Darling:
Gun owners OPPOSED SB44 and we are livid that someone who claims to be pro-gun would sneak through a bill expanding the unconstitutional National Instant Check System (NICS).
You sold me out. You voted wrong.
I am a supporter of Wisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. (WGO) and they will keep me informed on this very critical matter.
Action Item #3
Contact Your State Representative and State Senator. Find them by Clicking Here
Action Item #4
Contact NRA-ILA at 800-392-8683 and tell them to OPPOSE AB70 and SB44 and that you expect them to REPEAL the NICS system, not expand it so that anti-gun psychiatrists can scribble prescriptions for what gun owners keep — or lose — their guns.
Bottom line: You are being sold out. And time is not on your side. You must act quickly to stop this bill.
Tell your state representative to oppose the Gunderson-Darling Gun Registration and Veteran Disarmament Act, AB70 and SB44. Before it’s too late.
Be sure to check WGO’s Bill Watch page as these bills move through the legislative process.