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Queequeg
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When they forced registration on the Radio Control community we already had a large well funded organization. We had nearly a century of an un-checkered safety record with full size aircraft and policing ourselves. We had a written exemption in the mandate the FAA received to regulate drones. We hired a professional lobbyist to advocate for us and keep us informed of the current state of affairs. And they repeatedly lied to him saying they fully intended to comply with their mandate. They disregarded the 90% plus disapproval on the public comment forum they put up. When they put out their final disposition they included us anyway and IMO that was their intent from the start. When a deep pocketed individual sued and won on the grounds they had ignored their mandate, they got an amenable congressmen to insert a line item in an omnibus spending bill to get what they wanted.

IMO they will try to get airguns legally lumped in with firearms regardless of any perceived legal protection we're afforded, in some of the draconian legislation making it's way onto governor's desks as we speak. And it's been made abundantly clear by the sponsors of this gun control agenda that they'll only stop when we're disarmed. 

Yes It is time to organize. Personally I wouldn't count on the NRA since they have history of throwing bones to regulators to try and avoid worse legislation. It's no real concern of theirs if we exist or not. And for that matter they're main sponsor the firearms industry probably considers the money spent on airguns lost competition.