VPC delivers some GOOD news


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benewton
July 22, 2003, 07:03 PM
This is a copy of the VPC press release, and its great news!




Eleventh-Hour NRA Amendment to Justice Department Appropriations Bill Would License Tens of Thousands of New "Kitchen-Table" Gun Dealers

Amendment Would Also Severely Weaken Gun Dealer Oversight By ATF

WASHINGTON, DC—A National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed amendment inserted by Representative Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) at the last minute into fiscal year 2004 appropriations legislation for the Commerce, Justice and State Departments would dramatically increase the number of "kitchen-table" gun dealers across America, the Violence Policy Center (VPC) charged today. The surprise amendment, adopted last week by the House Appropriations Committee by a vote of 31 to 30, would require the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to issue Federal Firearms Licenses (FFLs) to "kitchen-table" gun dealers, applicants who do not actually run stocking gun stores, but instead operate out of homes and offices.

The Clinton Administration implemented policies to significantly reduce the number of illegitimate gun dealers, which numbered more than 245,000 in 1994. At that time, there were more gun dealers in America than gas stations. Today, there are approximately 58,500 gun dealers in the U.S. Efforts to reduce the number of "kitchen-table" dealers occurred after studies—including the VPC's 1992 More Gun Dealers Than Gas Stations—and anecdotal evidence showed that "kitchen-table" dealers contributed heavily to criminal gun trafficking. Many of these dealers sold guns out of cars or apartments in urban areas where gun possession is tightly regulated. A chart showing the drop in the number of dealers in your state from 1994 to 2003 is below.

Tiarht's amendment would prohibit ATF from refusing gun dealer licenses to applicants "due to a lack of business activity." Current federal law requires dealers to engage in a specified level of business activity to ensure that licensees are actually engaged in legitimate business. Prior to 1994, when the Clinton Administration began vigorously enforcing this "engaged in the business" requirement, a large percentage of gun dealers held licenses only to buy guns at wholesale prices and acquire them for themselves, friends, or neighbors. Others used their licenses to funnel guns to gangs, drug dealers, and other criminals.

"The Tiarht amendment will take us back to the days when America had more gun dealers than gas stations and `kitchen-table' dealers were a main source of guns for criminals. The House of Representatives should reject Representative Tiarht's dangerous proposal to balloon the number of licensed gun dealers and subvert ATF's already weak oversight authority," states VPC Legislative Director Kristen Rand.

The amendment would also severely undermine the ability of ATF to ensure that gun dealers are obeying federal gun laws. ATF would be limited in its ability to obtain records of firearm acquisition and disposition from dealers. In addition, the agency would be barred from implementing regulations to monitor dealer inventory. Such information may be essential in determining how criminals gain access to firearms—a matter still under investigation in the Washington, D.C.-area sniper case.




I'm going to have to write a quick note to Representative Todd Tiahrt (R-KS), since I can't vote for him, I can at least give him an attaboy.

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Mark Tyson
July 22, 2003, 07:07 PM
[Rubs hands together] Excellent . . .

I too will write Representative Todd Tiahrt to give him a thumbs up.

Don Gwinn
July 22, 2003, 07:24 PM
Prior to 1994, when the Clinton Administration began vigorously enforcing this "engaged in the business" requirement, a large percentage of gun dealers held licenses only to buy guns at wholesale prices and acquire them for themselves, friends, or neighbors.

Oh, dear me! How dreadful . . . . . :scrutiny:

Monkeyleg
July 22, 2003, 07:36 PM
These people are clearly students of Herr Goebbels. How many times was the phrase "more gun dealers than gas stations" repeated in that press release?

And who cares if there are more gun dealers than gas stations? There's more fire hydrants, Walgreen's, and downright ugly people than there are gas stations. I don't see some groundswell of support for reducing the number of those.

rock jock
July 22, 2003, 07:38 PM
There's more fire hydrants, Walgreen's, and downright ugly people than there are gas stations.
Not to mention criminals. Perhaps they should be banned too?

benewton
July 22, 2003, 07:42 PM
I'd be in favor of drastically reducing the number of obese females wearing spandex:neener:

Geech
July 22, 2003, 07:53 PM
Bitchin'. I knew Tiahrt was a good guy!

Mark Tyson
July 22, 2003, 08:27 PM
What if there are more churches/mosques/synagogues than gas stations?

Or more libraries than gas stations?

Or more publishers than gas stations?

Sam Adams
July 22, 2003, 08:30 PM
"The Tiarht amendment will take us back to the days when America had more gun dealers than gas stations and `kitchen-table' dealers were a main source of guns for criminals

I'd like to go back a bit further, to early 1968, when you didn't even have to be a dealer to get a gun. Hell, you could even get guns mail order - and somehow or other, society managed to not only survive, but thrive.

Better yet, let's go back to 1934, when you could walk into your local hardware store and buy a machine gun, no fingerprints, no background check, no waiting period, no tax, no permission slip from your nanny at the local police station. To listen to the anti-gun libs (but I repeat myself), you'd think that such a state of affairs would've led to every person in the country being murdered in a drive-by shooting - funny how that never happened, ain't it.

I'll be among the first in line to get an FFL if this passes into law. I don't particularly want a gas station, but an FFL will do.

MeekandMild
July 22, 2003, 08:41 PM
The Clinton Administration implemented policies to significantly reduce the number of illegitimate gun dealers, What did he do? Partial birth abortions?:D

BenW
July 22, 2003, 08:44 PM
The Clinton Administration implemented policies to significantly reduce the number of illegitimate gun dealers
Of course they mean LEGITIMATE gun dealers. I'm sure the above was just a typo on their part. Idiots.

Sylvilagus Aquaticus
July 22, 2003, 08:48 PM
Just as long as there are fewer politicians than gas stations I'm happy.

Regards,
Rabbit.

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