CCRKBA OPENS NATIONAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST McCAIN-LIEBERMAN GUN SHOW BILL

Tuesday, August 7th, 2001

BELLEVUE, WA – Noting that “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, but we can’t let good intentions create bad law,” the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) this week is launching a nationwide campaign to defeat the McCain-Lieberman Gun Show Bill, S.890.

Organizations crossing the political spectrum oppose this legislation, said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. Groups ranging in philosophy from the Physicians for Social Responsibility to the National Association of Arms Shows are against McCain-Lieberman for various reasons, he said.

“McCain-Lieberman has several drafting flaws that even many anti-gun rights groups recognize,” Gottlieb stated. “The bill isn’t about background checks at gun shows, it’s about bait and switch. As written, McCain-Lieberman invades the privacy rights of gun owners and lays the groundwork for creation of a national gun registration system. It would effectively put legitimate gun shows out of business.”

Gottlieb is kicking off the CCRKBA campaign with advertisements in The Washington Times, National Review, The Weekly Standard, Insight Magazine and the Washington Times National Weekly Edition. Advertising will also appear in four of the nation’s most prominent firearms publications: Gun Week, Women & Guns, Gun News Digest and Point Blank, Gottlieb said.

“Copies of our advertisement, which lists scores of politically diverse groups opposed to S.890 are being mailed to every member of Congress,” Gottlieb added. “It will also be appearing on hundreds of websites on the Internet, and we will distribute it further through direct mail.”

“We plan to match, dollar for dollar, every dollar spent by the anti-gun group Americans for Gun Safety,” Gottlieb vowed. “It isn’t often that people across the political spectrum, who are typically at odds with one another, agree on something. It is obvious that, for many reasons, traditional foes are now allies in turning ‘thumbs-down’ on McCain-Lieberman.”