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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Meanwhile Holder Sends Mixed Message on AWB

While a binational task force is urging a reinstatement of the Clinton Gun Ban, The Hill newspaper reported on Sunday that Holder is "dialing back" his commitment to a new ban. According to The Hill, Holder’s recent statements were delivered to senators in writing, and clearly indicate the Obama administration is in no rush to reinstate the assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004.

Noting his February statements, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) asked Holder, “Is it still your intent to seek a reinstitution of the ‘assault weapons’ ban?” Holder stressed that he wasn’t breaking new ground earlier this year.

...Regarding the administration’s next step, Holder stated, "The department is currently reviewing existing gun laws to determine how best to combat gun violence and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others prohibited from possessing them."

Obama and Holder have read the tea leaves and know they don't have the votes. You can bet if they did they would be pushing the ban. That doesn't mean they won't try some other means of getting what they want - such as a gun control treaty with the United Nations to regulate "international gun trafficking." That makes it even more important that we protect our pro-rights majorities in both houses of congress in next year's election to make sure such a treaty never sees the light of day in the U.S. Senate which must ratify it.

Hat tip to NSSF.

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