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"The Ashcroft Petition" Initial Tally by State
How Did YOUR State Do?

February 15, 2002

KeepAndBearArms.com John Ashcroft has received the initial batch of signatures for The Petition for Enforcement of the Second Amendment. 16,323 signatures from every state in the Union were included in this first batch. 

Women and men from all walks of life, with surnames reflecting diverse cultural heritages, contributed to this effort, some sending in their own signatures, others collecting dozens or hundreds, with one activist from Louisiana single-handedly collecting over 1,500 to date. We received support from doctors, lawyers, retired and active military and law enforcement personnel, ministers, educators and students, public servants, executives and entrepreneurs, to list but a few.

The most important thing to understand is this is NOT over. We are still gathering signatures, and will continue to send in more until Mr. Ashcroft gives us the answer we deserve on a monthly or as-warranted basis. If you have been recruiting for this project, please keep 'em coming. If you haven't please consider doing so. We don't want to just fire one volley and then withdraw, lest we be ignored it's important that we keep up the momentum. Since the initial package was sent to the Attorney General one week ago, we have added over 2,000 additional signatures (as of this writing) we have been consistently getting in over 1,000 per week, and we can do even better if we spread the word, and make more gun owners aware of this important effort. Please do what you can to get Petition copies into gun stores and ranges, organizations and clubs, and urge them to recruit signatures and supporters from their customers and members. After all, it's not only in their interest, but because WE support THEM through our patronage or membership, we should rightfully expect reciprocal support from them in turn.

The following table shows the number of signatures collected from each state, presented in the order of quantity received. How did YOUR state fare? Can YOU help us do even better?


PETITION SIGNATURE RETURNS BY STATE

#

STATE

SIGNATURES

#

STATE

SIGNATURES

1

CA

3,851

27

OR

145

2

LA

1,926

28

ME

106

3

NY

1,498

29

MD

81

4

OH

1,122

30

WA

81

5

PA

709

31

KS

71

6

MI

583

32

KY

67

7

TX

519

33

MT

67

8

FL

470

34

UT

66

9

TN

383

35

IA

63

10

NH

326

36

MN

59

11

NV

298

37

NE

38

12

CO

296

38

AL

33

13

AZ

295

39

ID

32

14

IN

286

40

WI

32

15

MO

281

41

OK

26

16

NC

259

42

AK

22

17

MA

252

43

MS

22

18

VA

250

44

HI

13

19

IL

232

45

WV

13

20

AR

225

46

DE

12

21

NM

225

47

SD

12

22

CT

224

48

VT

10

23

SC

209

49

ND

8

24

GA

206

50

UNSPECIFIED

8

25

NJ

155

51

WY

2

26

RI

154

TOTAL: 16,323

 

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