Thursday, March 14, 2019

It's Not Just Overt Gun Ban Legislation We Have to Watch

The New York Times reports that gun rights is a sticking point in the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
Republicans also raised objections to provisions in the act that would bar people convicted of a violent misdemeanor or subject to a court order from owning firearms, and tried to undo a provision that gave tribal courts the ability to prosecute non-Native Americans who attack Native American women on tribal land. They also sought to add a provision that would ban organizations that perform abortions from receiving federal funding under the act. None of the amendments passed.
The gun ban crowd is going to use any vehicle necessary to push their agenda. The Violence Against Women Act is typically a very bipartisan piece of legislation.  Based on the Times report, the Democratic Majority is using it as a vehicle to push their social justice agenda that might not pass otherwise in the Republican controlled Senate.

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