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There Is A GOP-Sponsored Gun-Control Bill In The Works

March 29, 2013 by  

There Is A GOP-Sponsored Gun-Control Bill In The Works
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Senator Chuck Grassley is putting together a gun control bill.

There has been much hullabaloo over Senate Democrats’ gun control proposal, expected to be brought to the floor of the legislative body next month by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), but less is known about a separate gun proposal that could come from a group of GOP lawmakers led by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

Based on Grassley’s past positions on gun control, the Republican measure could include provisions that crack down on straw purchasing and illegal trafficking of firearms, legislation meant to increase safety in schools and measures keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill.

“Senator Grassley, along with other concerned members, is putting together an alternative bill that addresses gun violence in a manner that doesn’t violate the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens in contrast to what appears to be in the bill proposed by the Majority Leader,” Grassley spokeswoman Beth Levine told The Hill.

The GOP effort is expected to roll back gun legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier in the year by picking the proposals apart to remove any provisions or language the conservative Senators believe to be unConstitutional.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) cagily hinted that he may be able to support the Grassley effort if it does not impose any new overbearing gun restrictions.

“Chuck Grassley is putting together an alternative we’re taking a look at,” McConnell said. “From his description of what he’s trying to put together … it might be something I can support. But I can’t go beyond that. I’m not likely to support what Harry is bringing up, but there may be an alternative I can and it probably be something that Grassley produces. That’s as far as I can go right now.”

Conservative critics of the forthcoming GOP gun bill have said that any effort by Republicans to address any aspect of gun control is going too far. And it is yet to be seen whether Senators like Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who have vowed to filibuster any new gun legislation, will embrace the GOP version of gun control.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • unfree

    Pass all the laws you want, only if they are enforced like the immigration laws. Break that law and get rewarded.

  • http://(none) Jerome Brenner

    What is it about Congress that makes it difficult to understand the meaning of
    …SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED ?

    • ? Chocopot

      Funny you should say that. I keep asking that question, over and over, but never get an answer. Why is there any debate on this matter? Where in the Second Amendment is there mention of any provision for exceptions or restrictions? As I keep pointing out, once again with no responses, is that, technically, every gun control law is unconstitutional. Why is that never addressed?

    • dan

      well said

    • http://yahoo bob peters

      then it is your duty to vote them all out next election…..Join a local opposition group..do something except whine about it….

    • http://yahoo don

      shall not be infringed means nothing to the ruling class in dc. this bunch is like overlord royalty in dc. they are powerful enough to decide what we can do and what we can have. the royalty has done away with government of the people, by the people for the people. weneed to get everyone to vote and rid ourselves of this pestilence. we know the gun owners will be out there in 14 and 16. the vengence of the people will be severe with the royalty.

  • Warrior

    Suprised? When you vote for lawyers, you get an abundance of new laws, hence the term “legal factory”.

    It’s Good Friday. Let’s find a few “carpenters” and get them into the mix. I would enjoy seeing something “constructed” for a change.

  • RivahMitch

    Step 1: Pass the bill
    Step 2: Anyone disputing Marxism, Global Warming, Obamacare declared “Mentally ill”.
    Step 3. Confiscate.

    Those who are unwilling to kill and die to protect and preserve their rights and freedoms will lose them and deserve to.

    MOLON Labe! KTNN! Semper Fi1

  • http://www.facebook.com/johndogfuzz John Davis

    Man has tried taking GOD our for years and after trial-anderror many times he ends up failing.. Our ideas of life simply do not function.. Nothing replaces the simple fact that GOD teaches respect of boundaries.. and that PEOPLE comes from the HEART not LAWS.. GOD simply says ” If you LOVE one another you won`t do things that causes other people problems “..

    • Jim in NY

      Like shooting them. I love how people somehow think the Lord wants us to have more guns.

      • jeepjockey59

        The Lord don’t care how many guns you have, He just wants you to have sense enough to use the ones you have in a responsable manner and that means not murdering humans beings.

      • STEVE E.

        Jim, you being from NY is the reason you think this way.

      • Vicki

        Jim in NY says:
        “Like shooting them. I love how people somehow think the Lord wants us to have more guns.”

        I love how some people (Jim in NY) somehow think that the Lord wants us to be sheep waiting around for any random predator.

  • Tweet

    Two things,among many, stand out in my mind. 1- Several weeks ago there was a high ranking police offical in front of the Congress or the Senate. He was asked the question about how his department handled cases where someone had tried to unlawfully obtain a gun by lying on the applicattion. I think his response says it all ” We chase criminals, not paperwork!” With that attitude you can enact all the laws you like but good luck having someone enforce them. 2- Very few gun violations are prosecuted in our most crime ridden cities(Detroit and Chicago). I suspect that to make it easier to get a conviction or admission of guilt the DA makes a deal by dropping the gun charge. With no enforcement of existing laws it will be ‘same old same old’.

  • http://www.MaverickRealEstateInvesting.com Leonard

    If Grassley is proposing we enforce the laws ALREADY on the books then we don’t need new legislation to do that.

    The world’s biggest gun runner and contributor to violent death by fire arms IS currently the USA.

    When will the outrageous criminal activity of the Dept of Justice, the BATFE and CIA be not just investigated but criminal indictments and public trial of those responsible be undertaken .

    NO effort to create new laws or crack down on law abiding citizens can be a substitute for sending the criminals in the FED GOV to jail for life.

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com FreedomTrain

      Good points….We need to start at where the REAL PROBLEM is….Arrest and convict the REAL CRIMMINAL that are the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT…..

  • ToughGuy1

    As Charlton Heston said, “they’ll have to pry it from my cold dead hands!”

  • Robert Gilmore

    Leave the Second Amendment alone.

    • Hedgehog

      Robert Gilmore, I agree with you, there is nothing wrong with the 2nd Amendment. I’m a Canadian, and from up here it’s obvious that your major problem in the US is politicians and associated vermin. I think that all candidates for public office should be required to take the MMPI and have the results published. This would tell the voters exactly how crazy you candidates seeking office are, and in what areas. Note, I’m not suggesting that you stop crazy people from running for office, as I think you have to be crazy to run for office!

      • http://aol CommonSense4America

        You don’t have to be crazy to run for office,,,but it helps.

  • hambone56

    Go ahead and tax my guns until I can’t afford them. That will leave me with poison tipped darts, poison tipped arrows, soap powder and gas (napalm when mixed together), knives (Jim Bowie type), and jaw bones of an ass to protect myself. I can rig all types of snares to protect my moat around my home. Let’s get back to the Viking style of fighting, look your attacker in the eye when the broadsword is rammed into his stomach. Remember the Alamo, Ruby Ridge, and David Karesh (they “govt” could have arrested him on the streets preventing the unnecessary onslaught).

  • http://midcontent ridge runner

    Thought the new bill was that every law abiding citizen should be required to by a gun a month at least, then everyone would have savings account that appreciates in value for retirement. Plus it would increase manufacturing in the USA. Since dumbocrapscan not seems to get a control over crimminal gangs in the hood, and can not increase jobs and lower employment, use the bounty system to apprehend the worthless fks. It worked west of the Missouri River and everyone could have their own private business.

  • jim

    “…Based on Grassley’s past positions on gun control, the Republican measure could include provisions that crack down on straw purchasing and illegal trafficking of firearms, legislation meant to increase safety in schools and measures keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill…”

    This is what the GOP has to offer? No, I see nothing good coming of this! If the GOP had any gonads at all, they would propose the best solution to this issue….pass a Bill that Mandates the carrying of hand-guns, by all those meeting the specific requirements to receive a ‘Conceal-Carry Permit’, everywhere they go. Any exceptions to this Bill will be covered in an Amendment or Addendum to this Bill.

    This would initiate a new mentality amongst the criminal element of society. They will now never know who is carrying a hand gun…anyone walking the streets could be carrying…this will be as close as a true representation of being ‘our brothers keeper’ as one would dare reach.

    The fact is this; when ever there is an incident where killings may occur, the police always show up after the shooting begins and usually way after the last shot has been fired! The only way to insure the incident is interrupted before any shots are fired is to find a way to insure the police are there before the incident takes place. This is ridiculous! It would take more police than there is in any one police department. But, having a licensed Conceal-Carry in the crowd is very possible. Especially if there is a Mandate to make it so!!!

    This is both the most logical and the most Constitutional way of dealing with this issue!!!

    • tinker2

      Gun Control is evident in big cities like Chicago = Much gang activity and violence, AS IS HAPPENING in Washington DC. Smaller town where gun ownership is required or recommended has very low violence rates. FACT. The news paper reporters gat paid more front page drivel that page 7 fact. Violence and sex sells. Major gun violence gets national coverage for months when a local granny shooting an armed burglar gets little attention in the local paper. Local citizens stop crime EVERY DAY in this great country with little credit.

      • Vicki

        Tinker2 writes:
        ” Local citizens stop crime EVERY DAY in this great country with little credit.”

        Quite true. Some studies have shown that up to 2.5 MILLION times a year local citizens stop crime. Anti gun people tell us that can’t be accurate.
        http://www.buckeyefirearms.org/node/6111

        Well here is a statistic that they can’t invalidate. It is both accurate and EASY for anyone to verify.

        ~300 Million Americans DIDN’T SHOOT ANY ONE.

        Stop Punishing the innocent for the acts of a very few.

        Stop It
        Stop It NOW.

  • tony newbill

    Do you think the Allegiance to the US is really true inside the mind of Our Commander in Chief when he allows the Muslim Brotherhood to run security for Benghazi and that ends in attack on our embassy and Viciously murders our people who are there to help them , and these same People continue to say this stuff here in this video ???

    This is why WE MUST NEVER GIVE UP OUR GUNS !!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vK-x9mqXML8

  • Tommy cunningham

    It’s does not really matter what laws they pass, as it violates the 2nd amendment that protects my natural right to keep and bear arms to protect my life, liberty, and property against any one who takes it upon themselfs to take it, including a oppressive goverment. As a American I pledge to disobey any such laws and stand up for my rights, my fellow citizens and the Constitution that limits what the goverment can lawfully do. I will stand on the side of justice and the supreme law of the land, the United States Constitution. This is a moral duty and a right. I am not a summertime patriot. Godless America!

  • Equalizer 3

    What part of Do not infringe do these idiots not understand. Grassley and McConnell surely understand that. They need to stand up to the democrats and not appease them. Obama is a Marxist and will stoop to any level to obtain his objective. Why this idiot has not been impeached and tried for treason is beyond me. He needs to swing from the end of a rope for his crimes for treason.

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