The Shooter’s Log does its’ best to keep you apprised of the latest threats to your Second Amendment freedoms and the efforts to expand or protect your rights as well. Over the coming days and weeks, the Senate is slated to take up legislation picking up where the BATFE was defeated. This threat is much more serious in that it would de facto outlaw most all centerfire rifle ammunition and not just M855 5.56 “Green Tip.” Also on the immediate agenda is a bill we can all agree to get behind and support. Most, if not all, states now have laws on the books allowing concealed carry—although some are still restrictive e.g. California. There is also the danger of straying across a state line accidentally and instantly transforming yourself from law abiding concealed carry to criminal. Legislators are considering a bill to allow national reciprocity similar to the way a driver’s license from one state is automatically honored in the rest.
The third immediate piece of legislation seeks to prohibit the Senate from attaching anti-gun amendments. Pieces of legislation having nothing to do with firearms receive amendments meant as poison pills. The amendment would never pass on its own merit so it is attached to a nonrelated piece of legislation.
There is a wildcard looming. It is the Budget Resolution. Senators are allowed to put forward most any issue they choose. This is where many of the “pork” projects we all hear about—and wonder how the money was ever allotted—come from. Blame the Budget Resolution.
Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) has already put forth an amendment to shut down Operation Choke Point. Operation Choke Point was the Justice Department’s (Under Eric Holder) attempt to shut down businesses involved with firearms—as well as a few other industries or businesses the current administration disagreed with—by financially strangling them via pressure exerted on banks and financial institutions from the Federal government.
Other proposed amendments include Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and David Vitter’s (R-LA) attempt to prohibit the BATFE from banning bullets. This would prevent another debacle like the recent threat to M855 ammunition.
Sen. Inhofe is not satisfied with just protecting our rights within the home front. He also has a proposed amendment that would eliminate the Congress’ ability to fund the UN Arms Trade Treaty. Speaking of the ATF and the home front, there is an amendment to prevent the ATF from using 4473 forms—the form you fill out when you purchase a gun used as a background check—to build or maintain a national gun registry.
It is one thing to get a Senator to propose an amendment and another to get enough votes for it to become a law. There are several gun rights groups fighting for our rights. One of the leaders is the Gun Owners of America. GOA has a form that makes it easy to contact your Senators and show our support for the pro-Second Amendment Senators and their amendments.
Contact your U.S. Senators and ask them to support:
- The Inhofe & Vitter amendments outlawing bullet bans and implementation of the UN Arms Trade Treaty
- The Lee amendment, requiring unattainable supermajorities to ever bring up any gun control in the Senate again
- The Crapo amendment to shut down Operation Choke Point
- Plus amendments to push concealed carry reciprocity and prohibit the ATF from copying 4473’s
Which other pieces of legislation or amendments do pro-Second Amendment supporters need to know about? Share them with us in the comment section.