Virtually every gun law on the books is “approved” by the NRA. That is, the NRA fights to water down or defeat or render completely ineffective any meaningful gun-safety laws that could result in fewer gun sales. As ThinkProgress noted – “The first Federal laws passed since the Newtown tragedy were all approved by the NRA.” On Thursday March 21, 2013 NPR reported,
“These are the first gun-related provisions members of Congress have passed since 20 first-graders were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. And while all of the public discussion is about new gun controls, these so-called policy riders very quietly do the opposite.”
1) Limit enforcement tools against crooked dealers. One rider would prevent Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) agents from shutting down gun stores due to “due to a lack of business activity,” arguably a sign of criminal sales.
2) Shield gun dealers who “lose” their guns. This legislation precludes any federal law that requires gun retailers to count their guns and submit the results as a mechanism of determining whether any weapons have been lost or stolen.
3) Interfere with ATF gun trace reports. The ATF is now mandated to include, in any reports concerning its tracing of guns back to crime, that trace data “cannot be used to draw broad conclusions about firearms-related crime.” Academic work on guns has used trace data to firmly establish that several firearm regulations effectively prevent the spread of guns to criminal.
4) Expand the class of protected guns. According to Roll Call‘s John Gramlich, the fourth permanent law would “place a broad definition of antique guns and ammunition that may be imported into the United States.”
Bill Maher explains,
“I would like to note that the NRA writes laws that make it harder to pinpoint and apprehend terrorists. There’s the gun registry which would help. Encoding gunpowder, certainly would have been we something we could have used. Americans, 85 of them, get shot every day. I don’t want to make this about the NRA, or everything about the NRA, but this is the week that we did lose that gun bill, and I think I do the show mostly for people who are not political junkies like us, who want to watch a show at the end of the week and catch up on the news that they were probably too busy to catch up on during the week, and for those people who just hear that 90% of Americans wanted something. They wanted that background checks bill passed, and it couldn’t get through the Senate. I want to answer that question for them. How can something that ninety percent of people wanted, how can democracy work this badly?”
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