Monday, May 11, 2009

House Version of BATFE Reform Bill Introduced!

As reported last week, the BATFE Reform bill is currently under debate in the Senate. Now a bi-partisan bill has been introduced in the House by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Rep. Space (D-OH). The bill, H.R. 2296, is entitled “Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Reform and Firearms Modernization Act of 2009.” According to Representative King’s website, the bill is essentially identical to H.R. 4900 which had 224 bi-partisan co-sponsors, but Speaker Pelosi refused to allow a vote on.

On the bill, Representative King states:

“These reforms will allow the BATFE to perform focused and reasonable approaches to many of the civil enforcement issues it deals with, while encouraging responsible gun ownership. Congress should protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners. I am a stalwart defender of our Second Amendment freedoms. They are guaranteed to us by the Constitution, and I oppose any attempt to water down the principles embodied in the Second Amendment.”

This bill represents a huge leap forward for our Second Amendment rights. It reins in many of the abuses of the BATFE and requires a standard for investigation be set. Now that there are bills in both the House and Senate, several things need to happen. First and foremost, write your senator and representative and urge them to co-sponsor this badly needed legislation. Second, write to Nancy Pelosi, Robert Byrd, and Harry Reid and demand that this legislation comes up for a straight vote.

If you want to write your representative, please follow this link.

To write your senator, click this link and enter your state.

We can’t let back-room politics and legal trickery derail this legislation this time around. If we stay active, our voices will be heard!

Until next time!!!

2 comments:

Troy said...

Thanks for the heads-up on this one... I think I need to find some better news sources, I usually don't hear about these kind of things until too late. I just wrote my reps and senators, with something along these lines, taking from King's language on the bill:

Dear Senator NAME,

I'm writing to urge to you support in any way you can H.R. 2296 that's being introduced to the House. The proposed reforms will allow the BATFE to perform focused and reasonable approaches to many of the civil enforcement issues it deals with, while encouraging responsible gun ownership. Congress should protect the Constitutional rights of law-abiding gun owners, and this reform will better allow the BATFE to do that properly.

Sincerely,
Troy Newton

Fingolfen said...

No problem - I really want to see this act pass this time. Unfortunately I think Pelosi and Reid are going to try to do an end run around again...