Alan Gottlieb is the Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, a Board Member of the American Conservative Union, President of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, President of the American Political Action Committee, President of NoInternetTax.org, and President of KeepAndBearArms.com.
The Second Amendment Foundation is responsible for numerous winning Second Amendment court cases. Alan Gura of SAF won both the Heller and McDonald gun rights cases.
As the chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Gottlieb emailed nearly four dozen gun activists with an explanation of the proposed Manchin-Toomey legislation.
“If you read the bill you can see all the advances for our cause that it contains like interstate sales of handguns, veteran gun rights restoration, travel with firearms protection, civil and criminal immunity lawsuit protection if you sell a gun plus more.”
Gottlieb advocated supporting the legislation in his email but later withdrew his support when Chuck Schumer struck gun rights restoration funding from the bill.
CCRKBA Chairman advised The Examiner by that, “Our support for this measure was contingent on several key provisions, the cornerstone of which was a rights restoration provision that is not on the schedule for consideration
“But it appears the Democratic leadership in thewas opposed to letting this important consideration come up for a vote,” he said. “We told everyone including a number of senators, that while there are many pro-gun rights provisions added to the main body of the bill, our support was contingent on this additional amendment coming to the floor. When we say something, we mean it.”
“Senators Manchin and Toomey are not to blame for this,” Gottlieb stated, “as they have been negotiating in good faith throughout this process. But Schumer and other anti-gun Democrats are continuing their campaign of demagoguery in order to permanently disqualify as many Americans as possible from being able to exercise their fundamental rights under the Second Amendment.
Gottlieb said this “is not a reflection against Senators Joe Manchin or Pat Toomey, who are staunch Second Amendment advocates, and I want to thank them for all of their efforts to include as many protections for our gun rights as possible.”
He predicted that if the Manchin-Toomey alternate now was defeated, “Democrats in the Senate, led by Harry Reid, have only themselves to blame.”
I’m a member of CCRKBA and donate regularly to the Second Amendment Foundation, which works tirelessly to protect, defend and restore lost Second Amendment civil rights. I did not support the alternate legislation for many reasons. David Codrea wrote about my primary reason for opposing the substitute amendment:
Finally, here is the most serious warning. I work with the federal government on at least a semi-regular basis, and when not, I am doing things that follow federal regulation, even though highly technical (the specific nature of what I do is not the subject and won’t be discussed).
For most people who never work with federal agencies and departments, ignorance is bliss. But for those who do, they know that the nasty little secret about the federal government has to do with lawmaking by regulation.
Laws are passed by the Senate and Congress. But after laws pass, thousands of lawyers inside the beltway go to work writing regulations based on those laws, or not, using the law as a pretext for further regulation that Congress didn’t specifically intend. At times, Congress has even had to pass laws undoing regulations because the regulations don’t meet the intent of the law, and yet the executive branch won’t stop enforcing that regulation (or class of regulations).
Regulation is passed merely by entering them into the federal register, allowing a waiting time for public comments (which are nothing but a chance afforded to the authors of the regulations to ignore them or write sarcastic rebuttals), and then after the waiting period, it takes on the force of law including prosecution, fines and imprisonment for failure to follow them.
This happens every day, all over the nation, and in the DOT, NRC, EPA, DOJ, ATF, DHS, and other departments and agencies that the reader cannot even name and didn’t know existed. Any law giving the executive branch the authority to further regulate firearms will be an opportunity for abuse, overreach and exploitation.
In short, I oppose any new gun control laws and will continue to oppose passing more gun control laws as long as current laws are neither enforced nor prosecuted by the federal government. Ted Cruz proposed legislation, which provided funding to ATF to enforce the current laws, but the legislation was defeated by the Democrat majority.
But I find it unconscionable that some Second Amendment rights activists personally attacked Gottlieb, some going so far as to write anti-Semitic comments about him in a number of gun rights blogs.
These bloggers did more to hurt the advocacy of Second Amendment civil rights than Gottlieb did by supporting the legislation. Please, STOP IT. You are doing more harm than good.
For the record, I support Constitutional carry and oppose “mother may I” laws that usurp inalienable Second Amendment rights. But there is never a place in the debate for personal and bigoted attacks on anyone, especially Alan Gottlieb, who has done so much to advance Second Amendment rights.