VGOF

Monday, May 13, 2013

Goodlatte: No Decisions Yet About What to Do In House on Guns

The Hill reports this morning that the House has not backed away from moving some type of gun bill this year, but no decisions have been made yet on how to do it.
"We are trying to improve the system to keep people who are barred under the law from owning firearms, from getting access to them. We don't think the things that were proposed in the Senate do that. So we have not backed away from trying to figure out how to improve that, but we've made no decisions yet about what to do," Goodlatte explained.

Goodlatte, serving his first year as the head of the Judiciary panel, pointed out that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System needs to be reauthorized before year's end. The reauthorization could be the vehicle through which the GOP tackles the highly-charged issue. Goodlatte, who has an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), said earlier this year he wants to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.
Goodlatte, who represents Virginia's 6th Congressional District, along with 7th District Congressman Eric Cantor has made it clear they want to improve the information reported to the background check system rather than enact new laws infringing on our rights.

Gun owners have a little more control over what comes to the floor since Congressman Cantor is a friend and controls that process as Majority Leader.  But we must hold their feet to the fire.  Currently, there is no time table for any legislation to go through the Judiciary Committee and with most of the discussion being centered around immigration in the Senate, it may also overshadow gun control talk in the House.

Hat tip to New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.

No comments: