ACSL Archives 2016

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We Need YOU to Stand WITH US at the 2016 2nd Amendment Rally in Harrisburg!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016- 10 am.  State Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg

First up at the rally are speeches by popular pro-gun activists and legislators inside the rotunda to avoid bad weather.

Check out for an up-to-date list of speakers. Afterwards, we'll split into teams and visit every state rep and senator in their office to explain just how precious our gun rights are to us. We'll ask them for their support on important legislation—eliminating PICS/moving to NICS, laws governing transportation of firearms, Constitutional carry, hunting with semi-autos, parking lot carry, and more.


It's important that you pre-register to let us know you're coming! Pre-register online at Preregistering allows us to form teams in advance, organized by county of residence. All your info is kept strictly private!

At you'll find other useful information, including maps to the Capitol, a downloadable event flyer, a list of legislation we want signed into law, and other information.

 PLUS, check out the great PRIZE that will be awarded to one lucky Rally attendee! But remember, you must be present to win!


Click here to view the flyer.





The Second Amendment Foundation announced that Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO) has become part of the SAF family, bringing together two stalwart gun rights organizations under one banner.  

“We’re both delighted and proud to announce this merger,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “JPFO was founded 25 years ago by the late Aaron Zelman, and it has become a strong voice in defense of the Second Amendment. I'm personally confident that bringing JPFO into the SAF extended family will benefit firearms owners at many levels.”                 

Zelman passed away in 2010, and for the past four years, the JPFO has worked hard to maintain its position in the gun rights community.  

“We see this as a tremendous opportunity,” said Gottlieb. “With SAF’s resources, we expect JPFO to continue its important work and grow to meet new challenges, educating people about the pitfalls of gun control, and the benefits of gun ownership and personal protection.”  

Gottlieb said JPFO operations will be transferred from Wisconsin, where it was founded by Zelman in 1989, to the SAF offices at Liberty Park in Bellevue, Wash. JPFO editorial support staff will stay on and help maintain organizational continuity, he added.  

“A few years ago,” Gottlieb noted, “Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership also merged into the SAF family and it has proven to be a great benefit to the gun rights community.”  

By joining with the foundation, JPFO will also become a member organization of the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR) and expand its reach internationally.  

JPFO will be operated independently as a project of SAF and current members and contributors to the organization will continue to receive all benefits promised, Gottlieb added. JPFO’s website will continue to run independently as a stand-alone entity but will now include links to it from,, as well as  

Source: The Second Amendment Foundation (

Obama`s war on guns could increase firearm bloodshed

President Barack Obama on Tuesday visited his hometown of Chicago to talk gun control. And in lamenting that gun crime is out of control in a city with some of the nation's toughest gun controls, the president hinted at coming measures to punish lawful gun owners for the actions of criminals.

Obama called on law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to join him in campaigning for “common-sense” gun reform in a speech to the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

“It's time to be honest ” fewer gun safety laws don't mean more freedom, they mean more fallen officers,’ Obama said, according to prepared remarks. “They mean more grieving families, and more Americans terrified that they or their loved ones could be next"

According to the president, lax gun control in rural areas throughout the nation is undermining efforts to stifle violent crimes via draconian firearm restrictions in places like Chicago. It's just too easy, Obama contends, for criminals to travel to areas just outside the jurisdiction of Chicago gun laws and make gun purchases.

“I refuse to accept the notion that we couldn't have prevented some of those murders, and suicides, and kept more families whole,” Obama said of national gun deaths.

According to the president, the only way to fix the problem is to enact tough federal gun laws that would eliminate disparities in firearm restrictions among the states.

It's not surprising that Obama would choose his hometown as a venue for a renewed gun control push.

Despite being one of the nation's unfriendliness places for responsible gun owners, nearly 400 homicides, most of the gun-related, have already occurred in Chicago this year.

And in response to some Chicago residents` proclivity toward criminal behavior, activists in the city began calling for regulations to punish responsible gun owners in outlying areas for months.

In August, I told you about a group of Chicagoans suing nearby local governments, claiming Chicago residents have a “ civil right” to force the city's strict gun control laws on other locales.

In the lawsuits, the Rev. Michael Pfleger claimed that respect for the 2nd Amendment outside of Chicago's crime-ridden city limits violated Chicago residents` civil rights by allowing gun sales.

He, working with partnership with the Coalition for Safe Chicago Communities, based his claim on a 2014 “study" from the City of Chicago titled “Tracing the Guns: The Impact of Illegal Guns on Violence in Chicago,” which found that the majority of firearms used in Chicago crimes aren't bought within the city limits.

No kidding.

As I wrote when the legal challenges first emerged:

The plaintiffs in the case are making a pretty bold argument ” and an insulting one to Chicago residents ” in claiming that gun sales outside the city violate the Illinois Civil Rights Act, which prohibits local governments from using “criteria or methods of administration" that have “the effect of subjecting individuals to discrimination because of that person's race."

Minority neighborhoods in Chicago are less desirable places to live because of respect for the 2nd Amendment in nearby areas which, the suit says, encourages minority residents of Chicago neighborhoods  “to seek and obtain guns “ for crimes. That causes “a disparate and terrible impact on African Americans who live in neighborhoods afflicted by such illegal gun use.”

Unfortunately, what Obama and activists like Pfleger can't seem to understand is that no gun shop outside of Chicago is selling firearms without first conducting background checks. And respectable gun sellers have a great incentive to make sure they aren't selling firearms that will later turn up at Chicago crime scenes.

In other words, nothing that makes it harder for law abiding Americans to purchase firearms is going to make it less dangerous to walk around inner-city Chicago. In fact, if the liberal utopia pipe dream of Australian-style gun confiscation became reality, firearms would still be used to spill blood on Chicago streets. It might actually get way worse.

Consider this. Chicago has long taken the nation's failed war on drugs extremely seriously. But late last month, 75 people overdosed in Chicago in fewer than 72 hours.

About 80 percent of the illegal narcotics flooding Chicago streets come from Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin  “El Chapo “ Guzman, according to reports.

Drugs are illegal in every U.S. state, city and community, yet there's an endless flow of illicit substances coming into the country from Mexico ” where, it's worth mentioning, both most guns and drugs are illegal ” and into Chicago.

That provides at least a hint of where Chicago criminals might get their weapons if U.S. laws attempt to prohibit the ownership and sale of firearms in the U.S.

If Obama were honest, he'd call his push what it really is: a campaign for Mexican-style gun control.

How's that working out?

Source: by Sam Rolley

Attorneys File Notice Of Appeal In Challenge To Seattle Gun Tax

Attorneys for the Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association and National Shooting Sports Foundation filed notice of appeal in their challenge to the City of Seattle's so-called “gun violence tax.”

A King County Superior Court ruling in late December allowed the gun tax to stand, although Judge Palmer Robinson noted in her ruling that the city's argument that their ordinance does not impose a criminal penalty did not pass muster.

SAF, NRA and NSSF filed this lawsuit last summer, along with two Seattle gun stores and two private citizens. The case is known as Watson v. City of Seattle (Case No. 15-2-20613-3 SEA).

“We are confident that the appeals court will see this tax, which took effect last Friday, as a form of gun control that is prohibited under Washington State's 33-year old preemption statute,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “It is unconscionable for Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council to codify what amounts to social bigotry against firearms retailers and their customers. State law prevents cities from passing laws that govern firearms regulation, including sales.”

The gun tax levies a fee of $25 per sale of firearm, and two to five cents per cartridge. Backers of the tax contend it will provide $300,000 to $500,000 in revenue to fund anti-gun “research” but the plaintiffs believe that estimate is overly optimistic. 

“Seattle gun owners will simply travel outside the city to make their purchases,” Gottlieb said. “This tax will actually cost the city revenue, and affect retailers through lost sales. We're going to the Court of Appeals for  review because it is the right thing to do.”

The Second Amendment Foundation ( MailFilterGateway has detected a possible fraud attempt from "" claiming to be is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.


Italian Mayor Has Right Response To Prison Releases, Sanctuary Laws  

Noting public frustration over the Senate Democrats` blocking of legislation to crack down on sanctuary cities and their renewed push for new gun control laws, plus the announced plan to release thousands of prison inmates early, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today that an Italian mayor faced with rising crime in his region may have the right plan to alleviate public concerns.

“Mayor Gianluca Buonanno of Borgosesia in Piedmont in northern Italy has offered 250 Euros apiece to citizens to help them pay for a gun,” noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “This is no tongue-in-cheek joke, either. The mayor has made that offer after accusing the Italian government of failing to protect honest citizens with laws that seem soft on bad guys.”

According to the Daily Mail, Mayor Buonanno`s offer is “to allow people to defend themselves from delinquents, who the government is privileging.” Here in America, Gottlieb observed, Senate Democrats working to protect their far left urban political allies have essentially given the same “privilege” to often dangerous illegal aliens for whom sanctuary cities serve as magnets.

“The Justice Department is about to release thousands of prisoners to relieve overcrowding,” Gottlieb said. “About two-thirds are supposed to be supervised and the rest will be deported, but considering that the suspect in the murder of Kate Steinle this summer in San Francisco had been repeatedly deported, after being convicted of crimes in this country, that's not reassuring.”

“Many of these people may quickly return to lives of crime, no matter where they're from,” he added. “Honest citizens, especially those in low-income inner city neighborhoods, deserve some means of personal protection. How sad that a solution should come from a mayor half a world away; a man who understands that armed citizens are a strong deterrent to such predators, while our own politicians genuflect to political correctness.”

“When government becomes part of the problem rather than part of the solution,” Gottlieb said, “the citizens must act. Mayor Buonanno`s offer to help his constituents buy defensive firearms is an example that his American contemporaries could follow, instead of pushing gun control and protecting this sanctuary city nonsense.”


Source: Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms