Hero Stephen Willeford Joins GOA’s Team of National Spokesmen!
We are happy to report that the hero of Sutherland Springs, Texas, is now one of the many spokesmen for Gun Owners of America.
In 2017, Stephen Willeford used his AR-15 to seriously injure a mass shooter who took multiple lives in a church.
Willeford called the gunman out of the church and then shot him six times. This eventually led to the killer taking his own life.
Since then, Stephen has told his story countless times, explaining that he would never have been able to stop the bad guy that day without his AR-15.
Now, thanks to the support of GOA members, Stephen serves as GOA’s Grassroots & Industry Liaison. As such, he will travel around the country to spread the pro-gun message.
Already, Stephen traveled to Capitol Hill in late March to speak before a packed room of representatives. Many of them had never heard of Willeford or knew his story, but they were all tremendously impressed.
Every congressional attendee that night also received a copy of Erich Pratt’s Firing Back: How to Counter Anti-Gun Propaganda and Become a Better 2A Activist.
In addition to shooting down several anti-gun myths, the book gives gun rights activists the tools to defend our Second Amendment rights and shows how important firearms are to keeping a country free.
After reading the entire book, one Congressman told Pratt: “Outstanding job on writing a book that describes the very actions needed to protect our God-given right. We should purchase every Democrat a book for their Christmas stocking.”
Wouldn’t that be fun!
Gun owners can order their own personal copy of Firing Back by going here.
GOA Urges SCOTUS to Weigh in Against California Magazine Ban
Thanks to the generous support of our members, Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) filed an amicus curiae brief this month, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case involving California’s magazine ban.
“Unless anti-gun radicals like Gavin Newsom and Rob Bonta are held accountable for their blatant violations of the Second Amendment, we can expect anti-gunners in other states to enact the same kind of gun control,” Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, said.
In 2021, the 9th Circuit upheld California’s ban on high-capacity magazines, despite the policy’s clear Constitutional violations. This is the third amicus curiae brief filed by GOF in this case which was brought by the California Rifle and Pistol Association.
Aside from the clear Constitutional arguments, there is evidence that banning high-capacity magazines do nothing to prevent criminals from committing crimes.
According to a report published by Breitbart, Chicago banned “high-capacity” magazines in 2013, but the criminal use of those weapons rose in 2014, 2015, and 2016.
And you can read BearingArms’ article on GOA’s involvement here.
Florida Gov. DeSantis Responds Favorably After GOA Activists Call for Constitutional Carry
The loud slap you just heard was not Will Smith popping Chris Rock again. Oh no, that was Florida’s Governor smacking the legislature for its failure to pass a number of bills.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, the nation’s favorite governor at the moment, recently called on the legislature to bring up Constitutional Carry among other items:
“I would love to have property insurance. I would love to have data privacy. I would love to have constitutional carry,” DeSantis said.
This is great news, to be sure. But what’s even better is that GOA members are getting praised for making Constitutional Carry such a popular issue that it could no longer remain in the shadows.
Constitutional Carry’s legislative sponsor, Representative Anthony Sabatini, specifically thanked GOA for all the hard work that we’ve put in to make Constitutional Carry an issue that lawmakers can’t ignore.
“This couldn’t have happened without the hard work you guys [GOA] have put in,” Rep. Sabatini said. “You guys made it an issue they can’t ignore.”
We want to thank our national audience. Our grassroots activists from coast-to-coast responded to our repeated email alerts and contacted Gov. DeSantis by the thousands.
Your activism matters. Your activism makes a huge difference. Please stay tuned for further updates.
GOA Helps Advance Gun Rights in the Mountain State
In March, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed into law the GOA-backed Keep, Bear, and Drive with Arms Act.
This law expands gun rights by legalizing loaded long guns in vehicles.
When the law goes into effect on May 24th, gun owners will be able to defend themselves with the weapon of their choosing while in transit.
GOA members and staff assisted passage of HB 4048 by lobbing state lawmakers in the capitol, in addition to grassroot calls to action.
GOA in the News:
- In an article exclusively penned for the Epoch Times, GOA’s John Velleco explains how the crisis of violence in America’s Democrat-controlled cities serves the purposes for the Left—enabling them to call for more gun control.
- Are Red Flag laws truly saving lives? Erich Pratt appeared on Just the News to explain why Red Flag laws could drastically impact your Second Amendment rights.
- Is Biden’s Supreme Court pick pro-gun? Not in the slightest, says GOA’s Aidan Johnston. Read this opinion editorial in The Daily Caller to see why.
- GOA’s Louisiana Director and YouTuber Paul Glasco digs deep into the Twitter archives to expose the anti-gun past of Steve Dettelbach, the man who Joe Biden wants to run the ATF.