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Confiscation of YOUR guns!

Dear fellow gun owner:

A very important bill has been quietly making its way through the legislature. In order for it to become law, you need to contact your legislators.

Assembly Bill AB581, authored by Representative Scott Gunderson (R-Waterford), would prohibit the state or municipalities from confiscating guns or ammunition during declared states of emergency.

You no doubt recall the events after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, when law-abiding citizens had their guns forcibly taken from them.

Under current law, the governor, as well as other officials, have the authority to exercise emergency powers. AB581 would prohibit the state or municipalities from using such emergency powers to restrict the possession, sale, transfer, transport, storage, display or use of firearms or
ammunition.

While Wisconsin is not in a hurricane zone, our state does experience natural disasters. We have also experienced riots. It is at times such as these when having a firearm for home defense is of paramount importance.

AB581 passed the Assembly by an overwhelming vote of 84 to 13, with two members absent. The next step for the bill is a vote in the state Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker (D-Weston) has stated that he favors the bill, and hopes that it will pass in the Senate. Governor Doyle has not said whether he would sign the bill or not. His office has merely indicated that he would review it.

We cannot allow the anti-gun members of the legislature to water down this bill with amendments. And the bill must pass the Senate with such an overwhelming majority that Governor Doyle will have no choice but to sign it.

Following the gun confiscations in New Orleans, over a dozen states passed laws similar to AB581. If you value your right ot keep and bear arms, please take a few minutes to write or call your state senator and ask that he or she support this bill. If you don’t know who your state senator is, go to http://waml.legis.state.wi.us.