Brady Abuse Cut-off

"Finally Expired"


One of the highest agenda items at Gun Owners of America is to roll back the unconstitutional Brady law. Taking a major stride toward that goal, Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO) has introduced a bill, H.R. 1460, that will keep the FBI from taxing and registering gun owners.

H.R. 1460 is identical to the language introduced by Sen. Bob Smith of New Hampshire three years ago -- legislation that would have, if fully enacted, cut the heart out of the Brady law. The Hefley language calls for the "immediate destruction" of ANY and ALL information that might help identify lawful gun buyers. But the best part about this bill is that it does more than just put restrictions on the FBI -- restrictions that might otherwise be ignored.

H.R. 1460 contains teeth. Private individuals will be specifically authorized to sue the FBI for any violations of privacy under the Brady Law -- such as maintaining registration information. Moreover, the bill specifically offers to compensate gun owners for legal fees when they sue the FBI.

ACTION: Please urge your Representative to cosponsor the Hefley bill, H.R. 1460. Ultimately, of course, true defenders of freedom realize that the entire Brady Law, including the unconstitutional Instant Check, must be repealed. The Hefley bill would be -- in the words of Sarah Brady -- a "good first step." Please use the pre-written text below to help direct your comments to Capitol Hill.

You can call your Representatives at 1-877-762-8762 (toll free) or at 202-225-3121. To identify your Representatives, as well as to send a message via e-mail, see the Legislative Action Center at on the GOA website.

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Dear Representative:

I urge you to cosponsor H.R. 1460, the "Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2001." This bill is extremely important, since it will stop the FBI attempts to register and tax gun owners. H.R. 1460 contains real "teeth." It gives aggrieved private citizens the ability to sue the FBI, and to collect monetary damages -- including attorney's fees -- if a court determines the FBI is registering gun owners. Relying on the police to police themselves is never the best way to go. This bill would help protect the privacy of American citizens. Again, please cosponsor H.R. 1460. Gun Owners of America will keep me informed on the progress of this bill.




Click here for a PDF file with the language of HR 1460.