Update! – Manchin-Toomey Amendment to S. 649 – Full text

UPDATE – Down in flames, 54-46 If you’re anything like me, you’ve been hearing allot about this proposal without much in the way of the actual text, so here it is. Rather than attempt an analysis, I offer you a link to Dave Kopel’s from over at the Volokh Conspiracy – The “Pro-Gun” Provisions of …

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Of background checks, guns, and the Senate.

“Universal Background Checks” are the buzzword, with much of the media reporting a growing consensus on Capitol Hill and polls showing broad support among the public. On the other side, the NRA and others claim that this will lead straight away to a de facto national registry. Currently, under federal law, any sale by a …

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S. 649: Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013 – Updated

S. 649: Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013 – ‘A bill to ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale, and for other purposes.’ So, this is the “Senate Gun Control …

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The UN Arms Trade Treaty – we’re safe (for the time being)

In an early morning session, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment to the Senate budget bill that would prohibit the US from signing the UN Arms Trade Treaty. The amendment passed 53-46. While I’m sure that this is not binding in any way, it is a clear indication the the treaty would not be …

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Fear and Loathing in the Senate Judiciary – S 374 gets some text.

S 374 -‘Protecting Responsible Gun Sellers Act of 2013’ (Now the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013), as amended, was “reported” from the Senate Judiciary Committee to the full Senate on Tuesday, March 12. Wait, amended?: the bill as written had no substantive text. The answer is, of course, that the amendment offered was in …

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Senate Judiciary sends S.54, ‘Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013′, with amendments, to full Senate.

In its business meeting of Thursday, March 7, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 17-1 to send S.54,  the ‘Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013′, with amendments, to full Senate. Three more bills will likely see action this week. I would urge you to once again contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee …

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Senate Judiciary mark-up of gun control bills delayed (again).

*UPDATED 3/7* The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed S 54, and delayed (again) their “mark-up” of S 150 and S 374 until next week. Leahy has since introduced yet another Straw Purchase bill, S 443. S. 150 – Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 (Feinstein) S. 54 – Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013 …

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A Letter from a Military Vet to the State of NY

Reposted from The Survival Podcast blog: An Open letter to the Citizens of New York and its government; I am William V Kone, the seventh generation to be born in Tompkins County New York.  Because of Military Service, I have not lived in New York for over half my life.  In that time I kept my residency …

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S. 374 – ‘Protecting Responsible Gun Sellers Act of 2013’

*UPDATE* – This bill was fleshed out in committee and reported to the full Senate on March 12: S 374 gets some text.   Schumer introduced this bill on Feb. 25th and it will be one of the bills considered in the delayed Senate Judiciary “mark-up” meeting scheduled for March 7. Presumably this is the …

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