Anyone looking for a pro-freedom tax deduction? If so, please consider making a contribution to help Gun Owners Foundation fight gun control in the Pennsylvania courts before the end of the year.
As residents of the state know, the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act (UFA) requires gun owners to disclose their Social Security Numbers to dealers and Sheriffs when transferring guns or when applying for a License to Carry Firearms (LTCF).
The law even requires that the Social Security Numbers be printed upon the license to carry!
It's bad enough that the state of Pennsylvania requires people to register themselves as gun owners in order to exercise their right to bear arms. (The states of Vermont and Alaska allow their citizens to carry firearms -- without being registered -- and enjoy very low levels of crime.)
But it gets quite aggravating when the state facilitates that registration system by linking gun owners to their Social Security Number (a number which the sponsors of the original SSN system decades ago promised would never become a National ID number.)
Registration leads to confiscation. That has been the history of registration in other countries, and it has even occurred in our own country (for example, in New York City under Mayor David Dinkin's administration).
Well, an ongoing SSN/gun rights lawsuit (Stollenwerk v. Miller et al.) now challenges the UFA's requirement that gun owners disclose their social security numbers.
The lawsuit has been going well so far, but things are getting hot and heavy and more money is needed to win in district court and then prevail on a likely appeal.
If this lawsuit prevails, SSN disclosures to gun dealers and Sheriffs will become optional and all LTCF holders will be able to get a new license without their Social Security numbers printed upon it.
Additionally, the ruling would provide persuasive case law authority to fix other states' abuses of gun owner SSN privacy rights, and allow the federal courts in Pennsylvania to explicitly recognize Article 1, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution as providing an individual right to bear arms -- something that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court already did in Ortiz v. Commonwealth, 681 A.2d 152, 156 (Pa. 1996) holding that the "ownership of firearms is constitutionally protected" under the Pennsylvania constitution.
You may make online tax deductible contributions to support this lawsuit through Gun Owners Foundation.
Or, you can contribute by mail. Write the check to "Gun Owners Foundation," and then on the memo line, write "Stollenwerk Assistance Fund," and address the envelope to:
Gun Owners Foundation
8001 Forbes Place
Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
All contributors will get an e-mailed receipt, followed by a printed thank you note and documentation of the **tax deductible** status of their contribution from Gun Owners Foundation.
NOTE: The court case is Stollenwerk v. Miller et al., Docket No. 04-5510, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA. The lawsuit was filed under Section 1983 of the federal Civil Rights Act to vindicate gun owners' "privacy rights as protected by the federal Privacy Act of 1974, Pub. L. 93-579, 88 Stat. 1896, 2194, 5 U.S.C. 552a (note), the Second and Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution and Article I, Sections 1 and 21 of Pennsylvania's State Constitution." Click here for the complete brief in pdf format.
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