Our freedom rests solely on our ability to communicate, organize and defend ourselves. That's why these are the first and most important rights protected by the US constitution. They are natural rights that are protected, not granted. That is the context in which America was founded and our constitutional rights were established. When the constitution was written, arms included airguns. At that time airguns were used in warfare and for self defense. In several ways some were superior to many firearms of the day. One of the most famous was the Girandoni air rifle. It had pre-fillable air reservoirs that could be changed easily, held twenty-two .46 caliber lead balls in a gravity-fed tubular magazine and could be fired in rapid succession. It was also quiet, produced no smoke to give away the shooters location and could be reloaded quickly. It was one of the best assault rifles of it's time. Historical documents suggest it held 20 or 22 lead balls and I've seen it designated from .30 to .57 caliber by different sources. There's debate over what calibers and capacities it was actually available, I suspect it was made in several versions at one time or another.

 Gun rights are under attack more than any other time in American history. Politicians, media and the educational system villainize gun owners to a degree never equaled in the past. Anti-gun groups have become powerful, extremely well-funded and are gaining wide support. The federal government and many states have enacted laws to severely limit second amendment rights. In many states and cities airguns are also heavily restricted.

 There have been many setbacks but also some legal victories for gun rights over the years. It's only due to the hard work of gun rights organizations, with critical support from their members, that some of these rights still exist at all. The fight to restore and protect our rights needs to be intensified. Gun rights groups also defend the airgun hobby. Some indirectly, some more directly like the NRA which has an extensive variety of competitive airgun shooting programs and is the most involved. That's why the NRA is the one I support and promote the most.  

 I call on fellow firearm and airgun owners to join and promote the gun rights groups linked on the home page. They are leading the battle to restore and protect our freedom. They provide links and resources making it easy to stay informed and take action. It's simple, inexpensive and you don't have to own a firearm to join. They aren't always in agreement on certain issues but they are the most effective and widely respected gun rights groups. They need the membership and funding necessary to get the job done.

 Thank you for your time,

 Bill Baldyga, Owner & Manager, NRA Endowment Life Member, NRA Golden Eagle, GOA Life Member, SAF Life Member.