USA Turns 3 Years Old Today!!!
Happy Birthday to us!!!!!
Today, May 11, 2002, ARM
USA celebrates its 3rd year in business!
It's been rough but we made it this far. We recently signed up
for another three years - here we go again!
Just to think that 3 years ago, we opened the store (after several
licensing delays). We had ordered safes from Cannon which didn't
arrive when promised, so we taped make-believe safes out on the
floor with masking tape. To help make the store not look so empty,
we had about 10 racks with ARM
t-shirts. We did just about anything we could to make the store
look like we had a lot of inventory. A lot has changed in 3 years.
Nowadays we are constantly shifting products around, trying to
make room for all the cool stuff we've got. We have been slowly
transitioning toward the high-end, tactical and law enforcement
markets. Our BlackHawk
inventory has increased tenfold. We've added many different titles
of videos and books related to gun-smithing, defensive shooting,
long-range target shooting and more.
We're up to 7 different 50 caliber rifles - on display - and expect
another one or two in the next month. We now carry safes by American
Security, who started building safes for the commercial market
over 50 years ago. We also carry wooden gun cabinets now. We appreciate
each and every customer who has made ARM
what it is today. We thank you and hope you'll continue to support
us for years to come.
We Beat the 50 Caliber Ban
Not to beat a dead horse, but I just can't
get over this huge victory we just had over the California Assembly
Public Safety Committee. We held out til the very end thinking
positively and urging folks to keep writing and faxing, knowing
all the well our chances of success were probably still slim.
All I can say now is "Whew!!!" and thank God they came
to their senses.
We'd like to personally thank all those who flew up to Sacramento
to testify before the committee. Frank and I are basically married
to the store and couldn't get away. Thanks to those who sent faxes
and emails and called the legislators' offices. Everyone's hard
work really paid off.
We know the proposed law was a farce and are happy we defeated
it. After all, with a web site like www.50BMGstore.com,
we've got a little invested here.
In case you missed the news, you can find it here.
Monthly Drawing to be Held
Effective this month, ARM
will be holding a monthly drawing. To enter the drawing, visit
the store and complete an entry form. A winner will be drawn from
all entrants on the last open day of each month. May's prize will
be an American Security Pistol Box (valued at $119.99).
This locking box meets California's requirements for a locking
box. No purchase is necessary and the winner need not be present
to win. One entry per person per day. Winner pays sales tax. Winner
to be announced in subsequent issue of ARM
What's This? Banker's Hours!
In April we began opening at 12:00 Tuesday
thru Friday. Although we had posted notice on the door and on
the website, and recorded the new hours on the answering machine,
many customers aren't aware of the time change. We've had to give
ourselves an extra hour each day to complete and maintain the
In January, we had to start keeping extra paperwork on "approved
locking devices" with each firearm purchase. And if you think
that's bad, just wait til next year!! Paperwork will effectively
DOUBLE AGAIN. Next year, new legislation goes into effect which
requires us to maintain copies of purchasers' utility bills, driver's
license, HSC (Handgun Safety Certificate-also new for next year),
affidavit of demonstration of "Safe Handling," just
to mention a few. We'll have more details on how this affects
you as they are made available to us.
We apologize for having to open later, but as the poster in the
"YOU CAN BLAME THE ELECTED LEGISLATORS AND THE VOTERS
THAT VOTED FOR THEM AND CITIZENS WHO DID NOT EXERCISE THE RIGHT
TO VOTE - INCLUDING GUN OWNERS"
Our new hours
are Tuesday - Friday 12Pm - 7PM, Saturday 10AM - 6PM
We're looking for some part-time help.
In the past (with the exception of our opening crew) we have drawn
new employees from our customer base. It works well for a couple
of reasons. First of all, if a person comes in the store, it usually
means they are familiar with guns. Secondly, we have come to know
most of our customers on a first name basis and have interacted
with them. What better way is there to see how they would interact
with other customers?
We'd also be likely to consider prospects that are referred to
us by our customers. So if you know of anyone who has experience
with firearms, send them our way. Be sure they tell us who referred
Consignments at ARM
We've got a case full of consignment guns
looking for good homes. The good thing about consignment guns
is that most will go as private party transfers and are therefore
not subject to the "One Gun Per 30 Days" restriction.
Many of these used guns have never even been fired. ( I know most
people don't understand how that can happen, but I do. I've got
a bunch of those myself.) In the next few days we'll have a second
case at least a third full. As time permits, the used guns / consignments
will be listed on our website here.
50 Caliber Eagle Shirts
Click picture to enlarge
50 Caliber Eagle shirts are now available. They
It's the eagle logo on a black t-shirt with the ARM
logo on the front left chest. It's a fun, colorful shirt. We always
get comments when we wear them around. The shirts sell for $15.99
in the store. If you live outside of California and want a shirt
mailed, send a check or money order for $21 to:
1538 N. State College Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92806
Sizes L - XL - XXL are currently available
May 7, 2002
Justice Dept. Reverses Policy on Meaning of Second
By LINDA GREENHOUSE
WASHINGTON, May 7 The Justice Department,
reversing decades of official government policy on the meaning
of the Second Amendment, told the Supreme Court for the first
time late Monday that the Constitution "broadly protects
the rights of individuals" to own firearms. The position,
expressed in a footnote in each of two briefs filed by Solicitor
General Theodore B. Olson, incorporated the view that Attorney
General John Ashcroft expressed a year ago in a letter to the
National Rifle Association.
Mr. Ashcroft said that in contrast to the view that the amendment
protected only a collective right of the states to organize and
maintain militias, he "unequivocally" believed that
"the text and the original intent of the Second Amendment
clearly protect the right of individuals to keep and bear firearms."
It was not clear at the time whether the letter to the rifle association's
chief lobbyist simply expressed Mr. Ashcroft's long-held personal
opinion, or whether it marked a departure in government policy.
The Supreme Court's view has been that
the the Second Amendment protected only those rights that have
"some reasonable relationship to the preservation of efficiency
of a well regulated militia," as the court put it in United
States v. Miller, a 1939 decision that remains the court's latest
word on the subject.
But it has been evident since last fall
that Mr. Ashcroft was in fact setting new government policy. In
October, the federal appeals court in New Orleans, saying it did
not find the Miller decision persuasive, declared that "the
Second Amendment does protect individual rights," rights
that nonetheless could be subject to "limited, narrowly tailored
specific exceptions." Mr. Ashcroft quickly sent a letter
to all federal prosecutors' offices, calling their attention to
the decision in United States v. Emerson and informing them that
"in my view, the Emerson opinion, and the balance it strikes,
generally reflect the correct understanding of the Second Amendment."
He told the prosecutors to inform the department's
criminal division of any case that raised a Second Amendment question
so the department could "coordinate all briefing in those
cases" and enforce federal law "in a manner that heeds
the commands of the Constitution." In the briefs it filed
at the Supreme Court after the close of business on Monday, the
Solicitor General's office attached the Ashcroft letter and included
the following footnote to explain its new position:
"In its brief to the court of appeals,
the government argued that the Second Amendment protects only
such acts of firearm possession as are reasonably related to the
preservation or efficiency of the militia. The current position
of the United States, however, is that the Second Amendment more
broadly protects the rights of individuals, including persons
who are not members of any militia or engaged in active military
service or training, to possess and bear their own firearms, subject
to reasonable restrictions designed to prevent possession by unfit
persons or to restrict the possession of types of firearms that
are particularly suited to criminal misuse."
While announcing the government's new position,
the briefs do not ask the court to respond by taking any action
itself. In both cases, defendants charged with gun offenses raised
Second Amendment defenses and appealed to the Supreme Court. One
is the Emerson case, now called Emerson v. United States, No.
01-8780, an appeal by a doctor who was charged with violating
a federal law that makes it a crime for someone to own a gun while
under a domestic violence restraining order. The other is Haney
v. United States, No. 01-8272, an appeal by a man convicted of
owning two machine guns in violation of federal law.
Solicitor General Olson urged the Supreme
Court to turn down both appeals. He said that even accepting an
individual right to bear arms, the application of the laws at
issue in both cases reflected the kind of narrowly tailored restrictions
by which that right could reasonably be limited. Consequently,
there was no warrant for the court to take either case, the briefs
Emerson Update (From Dave LaCourse, forward from John Burtt
Just a quick one today, but it provides
LOTS of reading for you.
As you have probably heard, the Justice
Department now admits that the Second Amendment is an individual
right. However, they are doing so in briefs trying to prevent
the hearing of two Second Amendment cases -- Emerson's and Haney's.
The Haney case is about a dumb guy who
walked into a police station and said he had unlicensed machine
guns and that they couldn't do anything about it. He likely did
this on his own, without consulting gun rights groups with attorneys,
and he is now in jail. Hopefully the Supreme Court will ignore
his case as he did not present a strong argument at trial, and
therefore his poor planning could harm all gun owners as it is
unlikely that his case could be salvaged in appeals.
The more interesting case is, of course,
U.S. v. Emerson. Since Emerson was never convicted of a crime,
and was subject only to a boilerplate, civil divorce court restraining
order rather than a criminal domestic violence restraining order,
SAF has maintained that his right to own a gun should not have
been eliminated so easily.
Without Emerson's appeal to the Supreme
Court, funded mostly by SAF in cooperation with numerous small
contributors with high dollar supporting organizations in the
Fifty Caliber Shooters' Policy Institute, KeepAndBearArms.com
and the Washington Arms Collectors, it is unlikely that the Justice
Department would have bothered with the meaning of the Second
Amendment in the Haney case.
In short, our efforts made a difference!
And this provides more authoritative support that the Second Amendment
is an individual right in future lawsuits.
But if the Supreme Court doesn't take a
Second Amendment case, then a future administration could change
the interpretation of the Second Amendment again.
For this reason, we hope the nation's highest
court will accept the Emerson case, and decide this issue clearly
for the first time in over 200 years.
For more information, read the Government
Briefs in Emerson and Haney linked off of here: http://www.saf.org/pub/rkba/news/EmersonFix.htm
Read News and Editorial Coverage of this
Justice Department change here: http://www.saf.org/pub/rkba/news/EmersonAppealNews.htm
Read about the Emerson Defense Fund here:
Donate to the Emerson fund here: https://wwws.mainstream.net/saf/contribute/contribute_form.html
Thanks again for everything!
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because it is such a great site!
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- Providers of the handy dandy full-color Osama Bin Laden target
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despite the advertisements in the Orange County Register and 6
or 7 Yellow Pages books, there are still so many people who don't
know we exist. We need all the help we can get to spread the word.
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