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Dem Leadership Wary of Gun Votes

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According to The Hill, Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer is pressing his colleges to avoid gun control legislation and debate under the Republican controlled Congress.  Citing next year’s midterm elections, Schumer wants Democrats to stick to the budget and healthcare, two issues strong with their base that tend not to alienate independents. Gun control groups are badgering Congressional Democrats nonetheless, …

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ATF Association Tells Congress to Change Law or Leave ATF Alone

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The ATF Association is an independent association of BATFE employees, both current and past.  Last week, they sent an open letter to Congress reminding them that the ATF ruled appropriately when finding no law empowering them to regulate bump fire stocks, which they call “bump slides.”  The association takes offense at how the ATF has been used as a scapegoat …

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NRA Opposes Legislative Ban on Bump Fire Stocks

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The National Rifle Association came out against legislation now in both the House and the Senate that would nominally ban the use of bump stocks with wording that could also outlaw many ordinary accessories, such as match triggers or lightened bolt carriers.  This is after several days of NRA officials stating publicly that the organization supports additional regulation for bump …

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SHARE Act Shelved Indefinitely Due to Las Vegas Tragedy

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan stated at a news conference today that the SHARE Act is no longer on the House agenda.  It is “not scheduled right now. I don’t know when it will be scheduled,” Ryan said.  With that answer, Ryan ended his brief press conference to avoid followup questions. Presumably, this is the same fate for the …

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House May Vote on the SHARE Act Next Week

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According to Politico.com, the Sportmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enchancement Act, or the SHARE Act, may end up on the floor of the US House of Representatives next week.  The Act most recently breezed through the Natural Resources Committee, with the Judiciary Committee allowing it to go straight to the House floor. Politico reports that Jim Pasco, head of the Fraternal …

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SHARE Act Moving Forward

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The Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2017, or H.R.3668 SHARE Act, passed an important vote in the House Committee on Natural Resources this week despite some outlandish claims from anti-gun members of the committee (e.g., silencers make guns armor piercing).  This means the bill now moves to the full US House of Representatives, a very big step towards …

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Petitions Are Fine, But Legislation Is Final

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Recently, a whitehouse.gov petition calling for a repeal of the National Firearms Act reached the 100,000 signatures required for a response from the White House.  That’s certainly great news, but the bad news is twofold: first, this White House hasn’t responded to a single petition and will possibly never do so; second, the petition itself doesn’t change a thing even with a …