The Sky Isn’t Falling! The Sky Isn’t Falling!!
There are no serious threats to gun rights imminent in Congress.
Despite repeated attempts to debunk the myths by every major and most minor gun rights organizations, dire warnings about things like S. 2099, H.R.45, assault weapons bans, ammo taxes, and more keep circulation around the internet.
Here are the facts:
While there have been some very ugly bills introduced this session – just as there are every session – introducing a bill and having a bill as a serious threat are miles apart. None of the anti-rights bills introduced this session are showing the slightest signs of life. As we reported and predicted back in January when former Black Panther leader, Bobby Rush (D-IL) introduced H.R.45, a registration and licensing bill, the bill has gone nowhere and is going nowhere. Here is a listing of all congressional actions for H.R. 45:
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
Cosponsors – None
As for S.2099, the bill to require listing of firearms on individual income tax forms, it is even "deader" than H.R.45. S.2099 has been dead for 8 years! It was introduced by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) back in 2001. At that time it was sent to committee where it languished with no cosponsors for the entire session and has never been introduced again.
Right now the last thing the President and the Democrat leadership want to do is get GunVoters more riled up. While there is no question that Barack Obama and the majority of the Democrat leadership would jump at the chance to pass the most onerous gun laws imaginable, they would only do so if they thought they could get away with it without serious political repercussions. They know they can’t! GunVoters have made it clear that any new gun laws will meet with serious political repercussions and the Democrats still have nightmares about their devastating losses in 1994. Again, we predicted this back in November (the comments on that post are particularly interesting.)
The bottom line is that there are no serious threats imminent in Congress. When there are, we will let you know. For reliable information about pending legislation and negative regulations, you can rely on The Firearms Coalition. Signing up for our Knox e-Updates and Alerts is an excellent way to stay on top of the issue. You can subscribe by clicking on "Alerts List" in the main menu at www.FirearmsCoalition.org.
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Director, The Firearms Coalition