Archive for January 21st, 2009

For all of those people who said President Obama would have too much on his plate to promote gun control – this from the White House “Urban Policy” Agenda web page:

Address Gun Violence in Cities:Obama and Biden would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent.

They basically moved the text from the transition web site to the official White House web site.  Apparently these are far enough up on his list of priorities to be posted on the White House Agenda web page.

Hat top to David Codrea of The War on Guns.

UPDATE: How did I miss the “making guns in this country childproof” in the Obama agenda?  That appears to be an addition to what was on the Transition web page.   Does this mean he is going to make the use of trigger locks mandatory? Does this mean “Smart Gun” technology requirements?

Hat tip to the Campaign Spot.

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There are over 20 firearm related bills so far that have been introduced for the 2009 Session of the Virginia General Assembly and we still have three days before the filing deadline.  The usual suspects like closing the “gun show loophole” and gutting Virginia’s preemption statute are part of the list.  Also, there is a bill (SB 1166) that would more than double the fee paid by the purchaser of firearms for background checks.  If the bill passes the fee will increase from $2 to $5.  This is all done solely to try and close the projected $4 billion hole in the budget.  If the fee increase was to pay increased costs associated with the background checks that would be one thing but it isn’t, they want to balance the budget on the backs of gun owners.

You can find a complete list of the firearm related bills here.  Gun owners need to contact their State Senators today and urge them to oppose the gun purchase tax.

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