Montana Senators send letter to Holder on assault weapons ban comments


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phoglund
March 4, 2009, 06:04 PM
Montana's Democratic Senators send letter to AG Holder warning against any attempt to reinstate an assault weapons ban. Article from Great Falls Tribune.

There are things said in this article I'm not happy about but overall I see this as a positive development.

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20090304/NEWS01/90304010

Tester, Baucus tell attorney general to back off on gun control

March 4, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester have a message for the Obama administration: they will oppose any gun restrictions the new administration may be considering.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the two Montana senators said the Justice Department should enforce existing laws rather than propose additional laws they said could infringe on Second Amendment rights.

“We oppose reinstating the ban on the sale of assault weapons, and we call on the Department of Justice to enforce existing laws before it considers imposing any new restrictions on gun ownership,” Baucus and Tester wrote.

The senators said their letter was prompted by Holder’s recent comment that reinstating a ban on the sale of assault weapons could help reduce bloodshed in Mexico, where 6,000 people were killed last year in drug-related violence.

A spokesman for Holder declined comment Wednesday.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has said she plans to push legislation to reinstate a federal ban on some assault weapons that became law during the Clinton administration in 1994 but expired in 2004 under President Bush. Feinstein also has backed a plan to require gun shows to conduct background checks before selling firearms.

Barrett Kaiser, a spokesman for Baucus, said the senators sent the letter as a “pre-emptive strike” to warn the Obama administration that any effort to push new gun control will meet with resistance.

“If it even smells like gun control, rest assured that Max Baucus will be standing in the way,” Kaiser said Wednesday.

Patrick Devlin, a spokesman for Tester, said Tester’s opposition to gun control in “part of who he is as a Montana Democrat.”

During last year’s presidential campaign, Tester said that he had no qualms about backing Barack Obama for president, calling him an “ordinary person” who is no threat to gun owners.

“He told me flat out, ‘I’m not taking your guns away and don’t let anybody tell you that I will,”‘ Tester said last August, referring to Obama. “This guy is not going to take away your guns.”

Devlin said Tester still believes that, but wanted to make it clear that he and Baucus oppose any new gun control efforts.

For more information, see Thursday's Tribune.

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yokel
March 4, 2009, 07:04 PM
During last year’s presidential campaign, Tester said that he had no qualms about backing Barack Obama for president, calling him an “ordinary person” who is no threat to gun owners.

“He told me flat out, ‘I’m not taking your guns away and don’t let anybody tell you that I will,”‘ Tester said last August, referring to Obama. “This guy is not going to take away your guns.”

Reminds me of a favorite quote of mine:

The secret to success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made.--Jean Giradoux (1882--1944), French dramatist

Karl Hungus
March 4, 2009, 08:14 PM
I don't know why anybody would want to outlaw scarey-looking rifles because of some drug lords. Why don't we just outlaw drugs instead? I'll bet that would work really well..

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