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Posted: 11/25/2003 12:26:19 PM EDT

ACTION ALERT:
DON'T LET THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP
WEAKEN THE ATF!

There are reports that the Republican leadership is trying to put language in the omnibus appropriations bill that would undermine the ATF's ability to enforce the nation's gun laws. The language is from the so-called Tiahrt amendment that NRA allies have been pushing.

Please call the Republican leadership and tell them that you do not want the Tiahrt amendment in the omnibus appropriations bill.

It is particularly important to call the Republicans with responsibility for the Commerce, Justice and State appropriations bill:
Rep. Frank Wolf (VA) 202-225-5136
Senator Judd Gregg (NH) 202-224-3324

It is also important to call the Chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees:
Rep. Bill Young (FL) 202-225-5961
Senator Ted Stevens (AK) 202-224-3004
And also the Republican leadership of the House and Senate:
Speaker Dennis Hastert (IL) 202-225-2976
Majority Leader Bill Frist (TN) 202-224-3344



I'll be contacting the above legislators to let them know I SUPPORT the Tiahrt amendment (even though I don't know what it is).

Hey, the less the ATF fellas have to worry about enforcing bullshit gun laws against law abiding types like me, the more time they can spend razing terroristic churches in Texas.
Link Posted: 11/25/2003 12:35:26 PM EDT
It scres over the FBI and BATFE in regards to firearms. IT IS GOOD! Please tell your reps NOT to strip it out of the appropriations bill! CRC
Link Posted: 11/25/2003 12:36:01 PM EDT
[url]www.galleryofguns.com/shootingtimes/Articles/DisplayArticles.asp?ID=5050 [/url] Tiahrt Amendment Irks Anti-Gun Groups: Rep. Todd Tiahrt Says the Amendment, Which the NRA Helped Write, Deals with Infringements on the Right to Bear Arms by The Wichita Eagle; Section B; Pg. 3 Category: News Center August 3, 2003 WASHINGTON - A late-breaking amendment to a spending bill has Rep. Todd Tiahrt under fire from anti-gun groups. As the clock ran down on the House of Representatives before it adjourned for its August recess, Tiahrt, R-Goddard, introduced an amendment to the 2004 funding bill for the Commerce, Justice and State departments prohibiting funds for certain activities of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Specifically, the Tiahrt amendment keeps the bureau from requiring firearms dealers to conduct physical inventories of weapons, from denying licenses to low-volume gun dealers, and from demanding that some dealers document all used guns sold in a specific period. The National Rifle Association helped write the amendment, which Tiahrt says addresses long-running infringements on the constitutional right to bear arms. Tiahrt also said he had discussed its provisions several times with other members of the House Appropriations Committee, which crafts spending bills. But some lawmakers, including the appropriations member in charge of the bill Tiahrt wanted to amend, objected to its introduction, saying they hadn't had time to review it. After debate, the amendment passed 31-30, with the parties split on whether to allow a potentially controversial measure into the bill at a late hour. The amendment then went into the larger appropriations bill, which overwhelmingly passed the House shortly before members recessed for the summer. Gun control groups immediately flew into high-outrage mode. Tiahrt's amendment, they say, will make it more difficult for the federal firearms bureau to monitor small-time gun dealers who funnel weapons to criminals. It will also force the government to destroy information it has gathered that traces gun information and helps catch criminals. Jonathan Cowan, head of Washington, D.C.-based Americans for Guns Safety, said that if Tiahrt's amendment had been in effect last fall, the search that tracked down the guns of the D.C. snipers who allegedly killed at least 10 people in the D.C. area would have failed. "This is a back-door attempt to eliminate the tracing of crime guns," he said. The bill, he said, "helps only dishonest firearms dealers who deserve vigorous prosecution... no reputable firearm dealer would ever support this amendment." Tiahrt said his amendment protects law-abiding gun owners and sellers by letting small-volume dealers continue to sell and by cutting back on gun-purchase lists that, left unchecked, can lead to what is practically a national gun registry. "I don't see a reason for the federal government to keep your name on a list" just for owning a gun, he said. Tiahrt cited the NRA backing as a sign that legitimate gun dealers are behind him. The NRA is a solid supporter of Tiahrt. According to election records, it gave him $9,900 in the last election cycle, tops among Kansas lawmakers. He also said that the close vote came about through miscommunication between committee members who should have realized the amendment was coming, but didn't. Opponents vow to fight the Tiahrt amendment in the Senate, which also needs to pass the amendment for it to become law.
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