The following is correspondence to the NRA, Institute for Legislative Action, from NRA Past President Marion P. Hammer:
DATE: October 30, 2013
TO: USF & NRA Member and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer, USF Executive Director, NRA Past President
Yes, it's true. Unbelievable but true.
As reported by the Tallahassee Democrat, uber-liberal Commissioner, Mary Ann Lindley, is leading the Leon County Commission in an effort to have Leon County Commissioners join liberal anti-gun south Florida counties in imposing gun control restrictions on their citizens.
Further, following Lindley's introduction of the proposed gun ordinance, the Commission voted UNANIMOUSLY to continue discussions.
Can they do it? Yes, unless you act to stop them.
One of the few exceptions to the firearms preemption law allows counties to adopt ordinances relating to background checks at gun shows. That's what Mary Ann Lindley wants to do. Her proposed ordinance would require law-abiding citizens (you and me) to undergo background checks and waiting periods before selling a gun.
That means that folks who want to sell guns -- perhaps a personal firearm no longer needed or a collection inherited from a relative -- can't go to a gun show to find a buyer. Why, because this ordinance would require YOU to do a background check before you sell your gun -- AND GUESS WHAT?
Private citizens can't access the NICS background check database.
That's right! Private citizens can't perform background checks on gun buyers.
Get the picture? Gun Control is on its way to Leon County unless you act NOW!
Tell Mary Ann Lindley that she is supposed to represent you, not her anti-gun cohorts at the Tallahassee Democrat.
Tell Commissioners to JUST SAY NO! to Mary Ann Lindley and her anti-gun followers.
In the subject line put: JUST SAY NO! to Gun Control
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Additional correspondence from NRA Past President Marion P. Hammer:
Talk of gun sales ordinance draws barrage of critical emails
November 5, 2013
Arek Sarkissian, II
Democrat Staff Writer
Gun-rights advocates around the country have inundated Leon County commissioners with emails against a proposed ordinance restricting gun sales in public places.
Last week, the commission discussed an ordinance that would require gun sales by private individuals in public places to include a background check and up to a five-day waiting period. The next day, former National Rifle Association President Marion Hammer called on NRA members to voice their opposition.
On Monday, Hammer said private gun sellers already are governed by federal law.
“The penalty for knowingly selling a gun to a person who is a convicted felon, adjudicated mental incompetent, or drug abuser is a 10-year federal felony,” Hammer said. “That's now, today, with no changes to the law.”
Commissioner Mary Ann Lindley led the ordinance discussion during an Oct. 29 meeting after a status report was released by Leon County Commission Attorney Herb Thiele. That report, requested in April by Commissioners Bryan Desloge and Nick Maddox, stated the panel could adopt an ordinance requiring private gun owners who sell guns in places such as gun shows to run customers through the same background check and waiting period as licensed dealers.
During the meeting, Thiele said the Leon County Sheriff’s Office could oversee enforcement of the ordinance with an extra deputy, which would cost $100,000 a year with benefits. He also said the state constitution allowed the commission to create the ordinance, superseding state law.
The topic will be brought up for more discussion in January.
By Monday afternoon, Lindley had received 220 emails from gun-rights supporters urging her to leave the issue alone. She said with news reports of shootings around the country, it was worth exploring the sliver of wiggle room the constitution allows for local government to make such a change.
“I think there’s as large majority of the people in this country who are concerned about the gun crisis,” Lindley said.
Commissioner Bryan Desloge said he received 360 emails on the ordinance. Some of the messages were polite and others were “downright nasty.”
“I’m not alluding to the fact that I would agree with the ordinance, but let’s talk about the facts,” said Desloge, a past NRA member. “Let’s have an open discussion.”
Commissioner Kristin Dozier said she received 303 emails and wanted to hear more about the idea before coming to a conclusion.
“I can’t make judgment either way,” Dozier said, adding some of her concerns included whether the measure would trample on the right to legally own a gun. “I think to be smart and efficient, you’ve got to ask questions about how the laws would apply consistently.”
An aide for Commissioner Maddox said he received roughly 200 emails.
Hammer said the ordinance would stomp on a centuries-old tradition of gun collectors selling or trading weapons.
“I honestly don’t think they thought it through,” Hammer said of the commission.