Tuesday, May 23, 2006

SD Shooting Sports Assoc. Alert E-mail

May 23, 2006

Alert E-mail


Hello To All,

            This E-mail is mainly intended for the Black Hills area folks, but due to the nature of the message, every gun owner in the state should be aware of yet another attack on their intelligence. In the Sioux Falls area, Senator Abdallah was inappropriately attacked as being anti-gun. This same duo from Rapid City is now using similar deceptive tactics to attack a Senator from District 33 as being anti-gun and anti-NRA. They manipulate and distort facts, play on words, and ask for more money. Here are the true facts;

            Since 2002 Senator Duniphan has voted FOR ALL NRA and SDSSA endorsed bills and every one of these bills was passed. This amounts to 12 Second Amendment related bills of assorted nature. 6 of those bills she gladly cosponsored. I know, as I personally asked her for her signature on every one of them. During this same time period she has willingly assisted in the defeat of anti-gun bills (more on this below). She has always been receptive and helpful to our cause.

            In 2003 a bill was brought forward which would have put pictures on our CCW Permits. The bill was the result of misinformation thus many Legislators signed on to it thinking it was requested by NRA and SDSSA. When I approached the cosponsors with the truth, they gladly removed their support for the bill and the prime sponsor pulled it. Senator Duniphan was one of the first to remove her name.

            In 2001 she is accused of supporting a state-level Lautenberg gun ban, SB85. Duniphan never signed on to the bill as a cosponsor.

            In 2005 she is accused of supporting another Lautenberg ban, SB43, which she also never signed on to. Truth of the matter is, SB43 was a Criminal Code Revision bill which encompassed the overhaul of our entire criminal justice penalty guidelines. Depending on which version you had, it ran almost 70 pages and was the result of almost a years work by the committee appointed to do it. The section being referenced is less than a page. Besides, it was not a Lautenberg ban in SD, it was relief for those improperly trapped by the Lautenberg ban and it was researched and supported by the NRA and SDSSA. Our organizations jointly asked Legislators for their support for this section.

            In 2005 the facts are once again being distorted by this Rapid City duo to make it appear that Senator Duniphan is again supporting a registry, HB1209. This bill did not even come close to being a registry. Just the opposite, it strengthens the privacy rights of gun owners to a level we never had before. It was also researched and supported by the NRA and SDSSA. It passed through the House and the Senate with a 100% YES vote. Does that make our entire Legislative body anti-gun? No, just the ones that can be turned into a cash cow for those who are good at manipulating facts to suite their fund raising needs.

            Senator Duniphan is an NRA "A" rated candidate, which is a direct result of her voting record and her willingness to protect our Second Amendment rights. What is happening to her and other innocent Legislators is despicable. The strongest NRA candidates are the ones targeted by this Rapid City duo. They are the ones who are anti-NRA. They randomly move from one candidate to another. They spend no time at the Capital acquainting themselves with Legislators, nor do they attempt to communicate view points with our elected officials. Once again, please do not buy into the distortions of facts. If you live in District 33 and value your gun rights, vote for Senator Duniphan. If you live elsewhere in SD, you too may find a postcard in your mailbox before November condemning a pro-gun candidate. Anyone who wants the true facts about any incumbent candidate can contact me directly. Not every candidate is our friend, but every candidate deserves an honest assessment based on fact. Not one based on personal dislikes.


As always; please forward this message to every gun owner you know. If this message was forwarded to you and you would prefer to become a member of the SDSSA Alert E-mail list, register at http://sdshootingsports.org/legislative_affairs_signup.htm and you will be added to the largest pro-firearms e-mail network in state of South Dakota. Our unduplicated legislative success rate stands at 100% without ever having solicited funds from anyone.


Thank You,


David F. Conway,

SD Shooting Sports Assoc.-Legislative Affairs


12708 Robinson Road

Black Hawk,  SD     57718-9325

Phone:     605-787-5713

Fax:          605-786-0339

E-mail:      sdssala@rushmore.com



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