In the House

HR-38 – CONCEALED CARRY RECIPROCITY ACT OF 2017

This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by, or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in, his or her state of residence.

Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.

Darrell Issa is a co-sponsor of this bill. Take ACTION! Counteract weekly (every Tuesday at 10 am) protestors at his office by contacting Issa in support of this bill, especially if you live in the 49th Congressional District (Vista area). A call is best: just say you support HR 38 (or email): 202-225-3906; issa.house.gov

HR.3576 – SECOND AMENDMENT GUARANTEE ACT (SAGA)

This bill has been introduced in the House by New York Congressman Chris Collins and could prove to be the most significant attack on gun control laws that we’ve seen in generations. According to a press release issued by Collins’ office:

“This legislation would protect the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers that were unjustly taken away by Andrew Cuomo,” said Collins. SAGA would provide a bulwark against gun control advocates in blue states. In a nutshell, it would prevent these states from passing restrictive laws that exceed the scope of federal gun laws.

In the Collins’ bill, States or local governments would not be able to regulate, prohibit, or require registration and licensing (that are ANY MORE restrictive under Federal law) for the sale, manufacturing, importation, transfer, possession, or marketing of a rifle or shotgun. Additionally, “rifle or shotgun” includes any part of the weapon including any detachable magazine or ammunition feeding devise and any type of pistol grip or stock design. Take ACTION! Support this bill by calling or emailing your Representative.

HR.3658 – HONORING REAL PATRIOTS ACT OF 2017

This bill would require the Secretary of Defense to change the name of any military installation or other property under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense that is currently named after any individual who took up arms against the United States during the American Civil War or any individual or entity that supported such efforts. This bill was introduced by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and would re-name such installations as Ft. Bragg. The bill has been referred to the House Armed Services Committee and has a 1% chance of passage; however, you should know that the effort to erase our yes, messy, history continues. Such naming, of course, was done to speed the healing of the country after the Civil War.

Eyes on the SENATE

S.B. 354 – MERIT-BASED IMMIGRATION

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) have introduced a revised version of the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, legislation that fulfills President Trump’s promise to replace the outdated, dysfunctional immigration system with one that serves American interests. The RAISE Act closely follows the bipartisan recommendations of President Clinton’s Jordan Commission by . . .

Key components of the bill include:

  • Ending the senseless chain migration policy that gives out green cards based on family connections regardless of the ability to contribute to society. Instead, only the nuclear family qualifies for a family-based green card;
  • Establishing a point-based system that selects immigrants who have the most to offer this nation and have the skill set needed to achieve once they arrive;
  • Reducing the immigrant flow (about 50%) from 1.1 million to traditional levels around 550,000 within a decade;
  • Eliminating the needless and fraud-ridden visa lottery;
  • Placing a responsible, firm limit on refugee admissions at 50,000 per year.

Note that most countries maintain this type of legal immigration system, i.e., merit/skills-based, while limiting humanitarian and family-based entries. Take ACTION! Phone your Senators in support of this bill. Also, request that they become a co-sponsor of it.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) feinstein.senate.gov; 202.224.4384
Sen. Kamala Harris (D) harris.senate.gov; 202.224.3553

If the bill passes the Senate, it will go to committee for reconciliation with the House-passed bill.

TAX REFORM – We need it!

The Goals of Donald J. Trump’s Tax Plan

Too few Americans are working, too many jobs have been shipped overseas, and too many middle-class families cannot make ends meet. This tax plan directly meets these challenges with four simple goals:

  1. Tax relief for middle-class Americans: To achieve the American dream, let people keep more money in their pockets and increase after-tax wages.
  2. Simplify the tax code to reduce the headaches Americans face in preparing their taxes and let everyone keep more of their money.
  3. Grow the American economy by discouraging corporate inversions, adding a huge number of new jobs, and making America globally competitive again.
  4. Doesn’t add to our debt and deficit, which are already too large. Tax Reform will be the next focus of the left as they try to stop the Trump agenda. A movement called “Not One Penny” (more for billionaire tax cuts) is already in existence.