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Friday, March 22, 2013

Pro-rights Funding Riders Pass with Budget

Tucked safely into legislation that even the most ardent gun banners considered must pass were several riders that controls how the federal government is allowed to regulate firearms.  This from NPR:
One rider prevents the Department of Justice from requiring gun dealers to conduct an inventory to see if guns are lost or stolen. Another requires the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to make it clear that any data from criminal traces on guns can't be used to draw broad conclusions about firearms-related crime. A couple deal with curios and relics —collectible guns.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers notes none of these are new. But by tucking the policy riders into funding legislation, the antis have to decide if fighting them is worth shutting down the government.  

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, said there was not much they could do this time but promised to fight harder next time.

He shouldn't expect the outcome to be much different.

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