Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has come out fully in support of the Manchin-Toomey bill that is currently in the Senate. He was videotaped at an event telling the attendees to support the bill and the front page of the CCRKBA’s website has a statement supporting the Manchin-Toomey bill.
All that would be well and good except for one little fact: careful analysis of the Manchin-Toomey amendment reveals that it’s not pro-gun at all. In fact, it actually strengthens the very gun control laws it purports to weaken. Dave Kopel, one of the foremost experts in 2nd Amendment Law analyzed the bill at the Volokh Conspiracy and came to the conclusion (that I concur with after my own reading) that the Manchin-Toomey amendment is a huge loss for gun rights. I strongly encourage my readers to check out the link above to Dave’s excellent takedown of the Manchin-Toomey sell-out bill and see for yourself. Here’s Dave’s conclusion:
The result of the disparity is “pro-gun” provisions which are actually very strong anti-gun provisions: The supposed ban on federal firearms registration authorizes federal gun registration. The supposed strengthening of FOPA’s interstate transportation protection exempts two of the worst states (the reason why FOPA was needed in the first place), and provides any easy path for every other abusive state to make FOPA inapplicable.
It’s urgent that we all contact our senators immediately and tell them to oppose the Manchin-Toomey amendment immediately, and remind them that Alan Gottlieb does not speak for America’s gun owners on this issue.
The NRA is standing firm and defending your rights, while Alan Gottlieb sells us out to gain political capital. NRA continues to correctly oppose Manchin-Toomey while Alan Gottlieb gives speeches at posh dinners telling people to compromise your rights away.