With Biden losing control of the House, the fight for gun rights is headed back where I love fighting for it the most: at the state level, right here in Jefferson City!
The 2023 legislative session is going to start in just a few days, and MOFC’s team has spent weeks finalizing our legislative agenda for the year, along with the budget we’ll need to flood the Capitol with grassroots pressure.
To be clear, we’ll need to keep a wary eye on Congress this year, as there are more than enough RINOs to pass a gun control bill through the GOP-controlled House.
But with such massive majorities in the House and Senate here in Jefferson City, 2023 will be a rare opportunity to advance critical gun rights legislation!
From defending SAPA law, to banning the use of federal dollars to enforce ‘Red Flag’ laws, to expanding the protections provided to gun owners through our Stand-Your-Ground law — there’s a lot on the line this year!
The truth is, Missourians need all of these bills to pass.
But the hard reality is that there’s a limit to how much we can spend on any one particular political fight. So, while I’d love nothing more than to go ‘all in’ on each of the bills I mentioned above, we simply don’t have the resources for that.
That’s why I am writing you today.
We need to decide where to focus the financial resources that you’ve given to us — along with our time — during this upcoming legislative session, and we need to decide quickly.
That’s why I have prepared your 2023 Missouri Firearms Coalition Membership Ballot with this email. I hope that you’ll read this update and complete your ballot IMMEDIATELY!
The 2022 election program that the Missouri Firearms Coalition ran was a massive success! Trudy Busch Valentine was crushed! Eric Burlison was sent to Congress. Pro-gun candidates were swept into the House and Senate in big numbers!
But that success came at a cost.
All said and done, the Missouri Firearms Coalition spent a small fortune between radio ads, digital ads, and our massive mail and email programs.
To be clear, I wouldn’t change a thing.
But as things stand today, MOFC has the cash on hand for one major political battle next session. We simply can’t handle three fights in Jefferson City simultaneously.
So I am counting on you to tell us where to focus this session. But before you do, let me explain what these bills do and why we need them so badly, so you have all the facts.
One thing is clear, we MUST gear up for a major fight to defend Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act (SAPA.)
Thanks to gun owners, Joe Biden has lost control of the House, which means the days of him ramming his gun control bills through that chamber at warp speed are officially over.
That’s why Biden is ALREADY talking about mandating more gun control through Executive Orders this year. Of course, Biden is counting on state and local cops to enforce these orders, and here in Missouri, thanks to SAPA, that can’t happen!
Missouri’s SAPA law instructs Missouri cops to enforce Missouri laws when it comes to firearms, ammunition, and accessories, not Biden’s tyrannical gun control agenda.
To be very clear: this is perfectly legal. Missouri gets to decide how our cops are used since Missouri taxpayers fund our law enforcement budget. This is the very definition of ‘States Rights’ under the 10th Amendment.
In fact, the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that when the state and federal government disagree on something, the feds may not simply force the states to comply. It’s the opposite!
So while Biden is free to send feds into Missouri to enforce his gun control laws, Missouri cops are NOT helping him do it. And without Missouri cops to aid him, Biden’s gun control edicts are simply going unenforced here in Missouri!
But SAPA doesn’t just protect gun owners, it protects cops.
You and I both know that Missouri is full of troopers, city cops, and sheriff’s deputies who love the Second Amendment. I hear from them all the time at events and in the Capitol.
The last thing these pro-gun cops want to do is enforce tyrannical gun control from the White House that wasn’t even voted on by a single member of Congress! SAPA law provides them the legal protection they need against hostile department heads!
Despite all of this, RINOs in Jefferson City are ALREADY talking about ways to gut key provisions of our SAPA law. In fact, legislation has been filed to do exactly that!
So if you think our top priority in 2023 needs to be defending the Second Amendment Preservation Act, please vote for OPTION #1 “DEFEND MISSOURI’S SAPA LAW” on your ballot!
But Biden has other tricks up his sleeve.
Knowing that SAPA would effectively negate his Executive Orders, Biden is turning to the oldest trick in the book for a federal government: bribing the states using taxpayer money.
Specifically, Biden is offering states like Missouri tens of millions of dollars if they agree to pass a ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ law at the state level!
And this isn’t a vain threat.
Last summer Biden passed a massive gun control bill in Congress that gave him $750 million to use for exactly this reason. And with state legislatures going into session all over America right now, the DOJ is actively offering these bribes!
The damage that a ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ law would inflict on gun owners here in Missouri is almost impossible to quantify.
You see, under ‘Red Flag’ laws, almost anyone can file a complaint with the police alleging that you’re ‘dangerous.’ The ‘evidence’ could be practically anything, and totally bogus.
And when (not if, when) the judge agrees with this complaint, they will immediately order the confiscation of every firearm and every round of ammo that you own. And they’ll send a SWAT TEAM to your door to conduct the seizure!
But notice that nowhere in this process are you required to be charged — let alone convicted — of a crime.
This is what the Radical Left has wanted for a long time: the power to seize firearms from anyone they want through a bureaucratic process, with no need to convict us of a crime or follow the ‘due process’ rights that a court would ensure.
I would like to think that ‘Red Flag’ legislation would be dead on arrival here in Jeff City. Because of the pressure of MOFC members, we’ve successfully crushed this bill for years.
But you and I both know that our legislative majorities in Jefferson City have more than a few RINOs in them.
And if we have a mass shooting during this legislative session, these RINOs WILL be pushing their caucus to pass ‘Red Flag Gun Seizures’ — especially with Joe Biden flashing tens of millions of dollars in their faces!
That’s why we’re having legislation filed that would ban ‘Red Flag’ laws here in Missouri. More than that, our legislation would ban the use of any federal money for the purpose of enforcing gun seizures here in Missouri.
So if you think our top priority in 2023 needs to be banning both ‘Red Flag’ laws and the use of federal money to enforce them, please vote for OPTION #2 “Ban Red Flag Gun Seizures” on your ballot!
But if the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that liberal prosecuting attorneys love going after innocent gun owners who are forced to defend themselves.
We watched this play out in 2020 and 2021 as Mark McCloskey and Kyle Rittenhouse had to defend themselves twice, once from violent thugs and then again from thuggish prosecutors.
This can’t continue.
That’s why the Missouri Firearms Coalition is filing legislation to immediately beef up our Stand-Your-Ground law!
While our current laws have removed the need to retreat before taking defensive action, they presume that any time a gun owner defends themselves they are guilty of a crime — forcing us to prove that our actions were lawful.
This is America, where we are supposed to be ‘innocent until proven guilty.’ And in almost two dozen states, that’s exactly what happens to gun owners following a shooting.
States like Florida, Pennsylvania, and even California have upgraded their self-defense laws, granting the presumption of innocence to anyone involved in a shooting, until the government proves their guilt in a court of law.
Missouri law needs to do the same thing.
That way a gun owner who clearly used justifiable force can’t have his life upended for 12-24 months, just because a liberal prosecutor wants to imprison you for political reasons!
The legislation we’ll be filing will also establish a pre-trial immunity hearing process, allowing gun owners to assert the protections of Stand-Your-Ground law BEFORE trial.
You see, our current Stand-Your-Ground protections don’t take effect until you invoke them on appeal — AFTER your life has been ruined!
And while Kim Gardner is known to every gun owner in Missouri, the reality is that there are tyrants like Gardner in counties across the state.
So if you think our top priority in 2023 needs to be enhancing our Stand-Your-Ground law to prevent Soros-prosecutors from attacking gun owners out of spite, please vote for OPTION #3 “Enhance Stand-Your-Ground” on your ballot!
I’m sure you can see why I’m so torn.
This isn’t an either/or situation. We need ALL THREE of these laws on the books, and we need them right away!
But I have to be realistic.
Right now, after the expensive election program that we just ran, I just don’t have the funds to run a full-scale program on all three of these bills at the same time!
That’s why I’m counting on you to please fill out and return your Missouri Firearms Coalitions’ Member Ballot and tell me where to focus the resources that we have.
Of course, when you do so, you’ll notice that I have included another option on your membership ballot — an option that we haven’t talked about yet because it’s just not possible without a major influx of funds.
But I’m not going to lie, this is the option I hope you will choose. That’s OPTION #4: “DEFEND MISSOURI’S SAPA LAW, WORK TO BAN RED-FLAG GUN SEIZURES, AND EXPAND STAND-YOUR-GROUND LAW PROTECTIONS. FIGHT EVERYWHERE!”
Please note that if you select this option, I’m hoping that you’ll make a generous donation of $100 or even $250 to make sure that we have the resources we need to fight for all of these bills.
I know that’s a lot. But 2023 is a great opportunity to secure freedoms that are badly needed, while blocking Joe Biden from using our cops to enforce his tyranny.
So if $100 is just too much, won’t you please agree to $50, $25, $17.76 at least $10?
The General Assembly is convening in just days; I need to hear from you as soon as possible.
Please fill out your Membership Ballot right away and consider your most generous donation today!
With the 2023 legislative session starting in just days, I need to make some very difficult decisions about where to focus our resources and our time this session.
There are multiple issues facing gun owners this year. But after the expensive 2022 elections, MOFC doesn’t have the cash we need to fight for them all at once.
I need to hear from you, right away.
Please fill out your Membership Ballot TODAY!
After you cast your vote, please consider a generous donation to help us fight for you this year!