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Monday, March 25, 2013

Will McCain Stab Gun Owners in the Back on Private Sales?

The Hill reports that McCain may be the key to getting more Republicans on board to criminalize private sales of firearms:
McCain could provide crucial Republican support because he has a "B-plus" rating from the National Rifle Association, one of the most powerful interest groups in Washington. His endorsement could bring along Heller, who has an "A" rating from the NRA.
When you dig a little deeper you find that Heller, who is supposed to be swayed to the antis' side if McCain jumps on board, has the same problem with the proposal that Coburn had - requiring private sellers to keep lists of sales - which means that the government would have to have a list of gun owners.

So, as we saw in the weeks leading up to the Senate Judiciary Committee being forced to fall back on a background check bill that Senator Charles Schumer introduced in the 112th Congress, one that would criminalize virtually all private firearm sales, even temporary transfers, the storyline is to make it look like an agreement is almost in place when in reality they are likely no closer now than they were then.

That being said, don't be surprised if McCain signs on.  He does have a history of stabbing us in the back.

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