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Friday, June 17, 2022

Gun Control Framework Update

The gun control deal “framework” in the Senate was an agreement in principle and that they still had to write legislation which was going to be difficult because the devil is always in the details. It is proving to be the most difficult of times for the gun banners likely because of the pressure gun owners are putting on their senators. Some apparently are now having second thoughts about violating the Constitution. Gun banning Senator Chuck Schumer has made it clear he wants to pass legislation before the Independence Day break but there are two sticking points - the red flag funding, basically the bribery money to states to pass red flag laws. There is disagreement in who gets to have it and if a state already has red flag or its state chooses not to adopt red flag, do they still get access to the government money. That appears to be a big sticking point according to comments that Texas Senator John Cornyn told radio host Dana Loesch. The other sticking point is the made-up fictional boyfriend loophole and how they determine what constitutes a domestic relationship.

Also, of interest to gun owners, the nomination of Steve Dettelbach, the second Biden pick be director of ATF. There is a big effort to confirm the nominee after the Uvalde school shooting. Yesterday Senator Schumer said he was going to make sure the nomination moves through the Senate rapidly in an attempt to get the first permanent director of the ETF in a couple decades. The Senate Judiciary Committee took up the vote on the nominee and as with David Chipman, it in a deadlock, which means that he moves forward without a recommendation. Then yesterday Schumer rushed through a procedural vote so that he could take a final confirmation vote. Then procedural vote went through 52 to 41. Two Republicans sided with the Democrats in favor of moving forward. Susan Collins of Maine and Rob Portman of Ohio, are the two Republicans that sided with the Democrats. With this procedural vote, it appears that Dettelbach will be confirmed. Dettelbach is as bad as Chipman. What we will now have is a gun banner in charge of the federal agency that regulates the firearms industry.

Finally, we are still waiting on the Supreme Court to issue their ruling in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) vs. Bruen. The Court has announced that the next dates for rulings will be Tuesday and Thursday next week. VSSA joined an amicus brief in favor of our sister organization NYSRPA last year. We will post the ruling on the VSSA blog when it is finally released by the Court.

1 comment:

Bigus Macus said...

Hoping to see an update on these issues soon!