The 2020 legislative session in Jeff City is well underway, and I have been working for days to finalize our legislative goals for the year, along with the budget we need to run our legislative and election programs.
But I’m going to be honest with you, the situation in Jeff City is rapidly deteriorating.
In fact, I don’t remember a time when the momentum was so against gun owners in all of the years that the Missouri Firearms Coalition has been fighting in the State Capitol.
Consider what has taken place since the 2016 session, when we passed Constitutional Carry and Stand-Your-Ground law.
‘Gun Free Zone’ repeal legislation, our number one legislative goal after we passed Constitutional Carry and Stand-Your-Ground law, has been held up for three years in a row in the House General Laws Committee.
Caucus leaders in both the House and Senate are convinced that their best political strategy headed into the 2020 elections is to make a deal with gun-grabbers — and Speaker Haahr and Governor Parson have already said they intend to pass some form of gun control this session!
(Capitol insiders tell us that this will include a push to eliminate Missouri’s preemption law and that it may even include an all-out push for ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ legislation!)
And the wild-eyed socialists in the Democratic party have abandoned any pretense of trying to pass ‘reasonable gun control’ and are trying to put tens of thousands of Missourians in prison for the ‘crime’ of owning an AR-15, magazines that hold over ten rounds, or for owning unregistered firearms!
When you add all of that up, plus the fact that Michael Bloomberg (who spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to block Constitutional Carry and Stand-Your-Ground law in 2016) is widely expected to spend far more than that this year to buy legislative allies for his 2020 presidential bid, it’s clear that gun owners are in a fight.
That’s why I am writing you today.
I have to make a very difficult decision about where to focus our resources in 2020. And since this has always been a member-driven organization, I would greatly covet your advice on how to proceed.
That’s why I have prepared and attached your 2020 Missouri Firearms Coalition Membership Ballot with this letter. I’m counting on you to read this update and submit it to me RIGHT AWAY!
The fact is, without an IMMEDIATE infusion of funds to work with, I am afraid that we are going to eliminate key components of our 2020 program — at a time when we need to be fighting harder than ever!
There is nothing that I would hate more than taking our foot off of the political necks of our enemies in the Capitol, especially with so much on the line.
It is all but certain that some form of ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ legislation will become a MAJOR ISSUE in Jeff City next session.
As I mentioned earlier, Speaker Elijah Haahr and Governor Parson have confirmed they will be advancing some form of gun control next session, a bill that may likely be ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ legislation.
If passed into law, ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ legislation would order government agents into your home to seize your guns even if you haven’t been arrested — much less convicted of anything!
Even worse, the way this bill is currently drafted, the hearing that determines whether or not you will be able to keep your firearms is ex-parte, meaning you would not even know about it until after the fact!
All it takes is someone to file a bogus complaint against you. Maybe it’s your liberal neighbor who doesn’t like the pro-gun bumper sticker on your vehicle. Or maybe it’s your anti-gun college professor who simply hates gun owners.
Or maybe it’s an ex-spouse who is looking to ruin you.
Of course, once your guns are seized, you’ll be spending weeks in court and thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees to try and get them back — if you ever get them back at all!
Some gun owners have allowed themselves to become complacent about this legislation, assuming that it is dead on arrival in Jeff City thanks to our Republican super majorities in the House and Senate.
But that would be a mistake.
You see, Republicans are the ones leading the charge for this bill right now in states like Iowa, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan — and this list will grow larger, with dozens of legislatures graveling into session this week!
Bottom line: you and I have to take this threat extremely seriously!
But at the same time, 2020 represents a real opportunity for us to advance the Second Amendment Preservation Act (S.A.P.A.) here in Missouri.
This legislation would nullify federal gun control by requiring that Missouri law enforcement officials ignore federal gun control laws and only enforce Missouri statutes.
And with the out-of-control socialist gun-grabbers vying to take on President Trump in this year’s General Election, it’s clear that we need to take steps to stave off federal attacks on our gun rights right now!
Because whether a hostile president takes over the White House this year, or four years from now, this is a threat that we will be facing eventually.
S.A.P.A. legislation is comprised of three key elements:
>>> First, the language states that no public officers at the state, county or local level shall have the authority to enforce federal laws of any kind that infringe on our right to keep and bear arms.
In other words, it would be against the law for anti-gun cities like St. Louis to enforce federal gun control!
>>> Second, it allows anyone whose gun rights have been deprived by Missouri officials who ignore this law and enforce federal gun control edicts, to bring civil charges against those officials.
One of the problems with this legislation as drafted in other states was its lack of an enforcement mechanism, often requiring an Attorney General to enforce this law. This bill anticipates these problems and provides the solution.
>>> Third, recognizing that lawsuit threats hold no water for government officials who ordinarily enjoy total immunity from civil suits, the bill states that official/qualified immunity shall not be allowed as an affirmative defense.
This is a gentle warning to anti-gun local government officials who are tempted to ignore state law and that, in doing so, they run the risk of having to personally pay civil fines for their actions.
I’m sure you can agree that with DOZENS of presidential contenders openly talking about sending the government door-to-door to confiscate AR-15’s and their magazines, there has never been a better time for the Second Amendment Preservation Act!
But before you do, we can’t ignore the fact that the 2020 elections are coming at us at warp speed.
Of course, with this being a Presidential election year, it can be easy to let that drown out almost everything else, but this is also our chance to hold state level gun grabbers responsible for their actions, as well!
Out of control socialist Democrats like Representative Peter Meredith, Barbara Washington, Greg Razer (and more than a few members of the State Senate) have declared open warfare against law abiding gun owners here in Missouri — and they are gaining support in Jeff City.
We absolutely must fight back, just like we’ve done every election cycle since our founding!
In fact, given everything that’s at stake, I am hoping to run the biggest election year program in our history, to remind lawmakers of what happens when they support radical gun control!
Over the past few years, Missouri Firearms Coalition has become one of the most HATED AND EFFECTIVE forces in state politics, especially at election time, precisely because we expose gun-grabbers in both parties at election time!
But we can’t simply rely on our previous success at holding gun-grabbers accountable, we have to stand up and fight back again and again and again.
Our plan is to go on the attack ahead of both the 2020 primaries and General Election, ensuring that every anti-gun member of our General Assembly in BOTH parties is exposed.
I’ll use every tool at my disposal from mail and email, to social media, to hard-hitting radio, newspaper and even TV ads if I can raise the resources.
Of course this program is going to be very expensive. But if we don’t make gun-grabbers pay a price for their behavior at election time, we are practically begging them to attack us that much harder in the future!
I’m sure you can see why I’m so torn. There just aren’t any easy options, as stopping ‘Red Flags,’ passing the Second Amendment Preservation Act, AND the 2020 election cycle all deserve our full attention.
But I have to be realistic.
And right now, I just don’t have the funds to run a full-scale program to stop ‘Red Flag Gun Seizure’ legislation while simultaneously fighting to advance S.A.P.A. legislation and still ensuring that we have the resources to expose gun-grabbers at election time.
That’s why I’m counting on you to please fill out your Missouri Firearms Coalition 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.
Nevertheless, it’s the option that I am secretly hoping you will choose. And that’s OPTION #4: “FIGHT LIKE HELL TO BLOCK RED FLAG GUN SEIZURES WHILE ALSO DOING EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER TO ADVANCE S.A.P.A. AND EXPOSE THE GUN GRABBERS AT ELECTION TIME!”
But please note that if you select this option, I need you to dig deep and be as generous as possible, to help us put this plan into action.
I simply can’t afford to run these programs simultaneously without it.
In fact, without considerable help from gun owners like you, running even ONE of these programs at the scale they would need to be run without immediate assistance will be very tough.
But with gun-grabbers getting more aggressive every day in Jeff City, WE MUST PUSH BACK AS HARD AS POSSIBLE!
I know that’s a lot. I know I’m asking you to dig deep.
But stopping radical gun seizure legislation, advancing the Second Amendment Preservation Act, and exposing gun grabbers at election time is a must if we want to preserve our Constitutional Carry and Stand-Your-Ground laws.
Please remember the General Assembly has already convened and things are happening fast, so I must hear from you as soon as possible.
Dr. Curt Frazier
Missouri Firearms Coalition
P.S.The 2020 legislative session has already convened in Jeff City, and I need to make some very difficult decisions about where to focus our resources and time this session.
We just don’t have the resources we need to advance the Second Amendment Preservation Act, fight against ‘Red Flag Gun Seizures,’ and expose gun grabbers at election time — even though we desperately need to do all three!
So I need your immediate advice!