THIS IS A CUT AND PASTE, SORRY. TRY TO SEND A REPLY TO YOUR REP AND SEN TODAY PLEASE! What this bill does is stop all sales of guns between private citizens. Don't be fooled this is the first step in the battle of the antis against the pros. THANKS SCOTT Good day ladies and gentlemen You will recall that last November I advised that the hunting community would need to be ready to stand up for the things they believe in and you've already done so - effectively - on the Fish & Wildlife Commission issue. Make no mistake about it folks -- we're in an ugly, major fight to protect your hunting and weapons rights. The HHC legislative network needs to stand up and be counted on SB 5197, the so-called gun show loophole bill. The HHC has a long standing resolution in opposition to the Cease Fire gun show agenda. Next Thursday (8 February) at 3:30 PM this bill is up for public hearing. I'll be speaking against the bill on behalf of the 56 organizations that make up the HHC as a panelist that will include the NRA Brian Judy) and Gun Owners Action League (Joe Waldron). I'll also be speaking in opposition to the bill as Chair of Citizens for Responsible Wildlife Management because the auction-related elements of this bill will carve huge chunks of fund raising capacity out of the hunting communities conservation work and that's just plain wrong. Two years ago when this same issue was up before the legislature we caught Cease Fire off guard when we loaded the hearing up with between 300 and 400 pro-gun men and women. This time around Cease Fire is renting buses and will be bringing people to Olympia (mostly from Seattle) with the goal of filling the room before we can get there and fill the chairs with our supporters. We need two things. First, you, your organizations, and the individual members of your organizations need to go on the record with your Senator (if you don't know who your Senator is go to http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx and enter the requested information - the site will tell you who your Senator is) - in a polite and respectful manner why you oppose SB 5197 and that needs to happen now. I'll be tracking the rate of calls through the offices of two Senators friendly to our side of this battle. Second, if you can attend this hearing - and we need as many bodies as we can generate - make sure you get here earl y ( While you will probably want to "speak your piece" the committee chair is only going to permit selected panels to speak so bring written letters or testimony if you wish and hand them into committee staff - the legislators will get them - and if you bring eleven copies you will guarantee that the Senators on the committee get your letter. More importantly, it's ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL that if can get here next Thursday that you sign in opposing SB 5197. Make sure that when you do sign in that you check the "con" box and you are not from Olympia make sure you check the "from out of town" box. Two letters with additional information (one from the NRA and one from the National Wild Turkey Federation WA State Chapter) are attached. We've already distributed similar detail to the statewide HHC leadership issued by the Gun Owners Action League - Messages against the bill in your own words are extremely effective. Contacts to legislators that look like they come from a boilerplate message get tossed without being read. So, that's why I'm not providing you with a "sample message." Whatever you want to say keep it short, sweet and respectful. If you join us on Thursday NRA caps, gun club caps, etc. convey a positive message .... camouflage gear and, as Joe Waldron of GOAL says, "I'll give up my guns when they pry them from my cold, dead fingers" detracts from our message. Cease Fire is painting gun owners as nothing more than a bunch of rednecks and we don't need to fill their ammo belts. Let's not give them anything they can use to reinforce their political message.