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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Gun Ban Groups Turn Attention to Firearm Related Budget Riders

Predicted to have little success in passing high profile gun ban legislation, the gun banners are turning their focus to spending bills with “riders” limiting how the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are able to infringe on our rights through regulation.  This from the Washington Post:
Some of the provisions in question have been adopted in the president’s budget year after year, after having originated as legislative riders to spending bills on Capitol Hill.
But gun-control advocates are focusing on the practice as part of their broader strategy of confronting the NRA. President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal is scheduled to be released early next month, and the new focus on budgeting minutiae in the already emotional debate over the nation’s gun laws could create a flash point between Obama and his allies on the left.
By raising the riders issue, liberals also hope to put the NRA on the defensive, forcing the group and its lobbyists to publicly defend the practice of attaching riders on appropriations bills, while also fighting off fresh legislation to limit gun violence introduced in the wake of the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The strategy is outlined in a new report from the Center for American Progress that claims that pro-rights groups have "debilitated" enforcement of federal gun laws through the use of restrictive funding riders.

The group really does not like the rider that prohibits DOJ from conducting inventories of FFLs.  That would become permanent under the current continuing resolution that is being considered to fund the government for the rest of the year.  The gun ban lobby is hoping that with the Newtown shooting, they will be able to convince the Obama Administration to delete the riders from the 2014 budget.  Obama's team is remaining mum on what they plan to do.  The administration is late introducing their budget for the forth year in a row.

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