Republican Representatives are preparing to use a funding bill to roll back some of the Department of Justice’s backdoor gun controls and to completely block the implementation of others.
On May 31 Breitbart News reported the DOJ’s plans to circumvent Congress with ‘more than a dozen’ new gun control regulations. These include new limitations on who can buy or possess guns, new reporting requirements for gun dealers, and new controls on certain types of firearms. The controls also add a whole new category of persons who have to undergo background checks when estates hold National Firearm Act guns in trust.
But House Republicans are planning to stop the backdoor gun control push via riders attached to funding legislation now under consideration.
According to The Hill, the GOP-attached riders mean the DOJ cannot get the money it needs “unless the Obama administration backs down from certain gun regulations.”
Democrats are outraged that the gun control agenda is being opposed, with “more than 100″ Democrat Reps writing House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to complain.
Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) said, “These polices prevent thoughtful debate and consideration of our nation’s gun policies, which at present allow tens of thousands of people to die from gunshot wounds each year.”
And Representative Steve Israel (D-NY-3rd) added:
Once again the Republicans are governing dangerously by planning to offer a poison pill amendment that jeopardizes the safety of our law enforcement and first responders. Congress should be passing common-sense gun safety laws to save lives and keep our men and women in uniform safe – not caving to the reckless demands of the gun lobby.
The GOP-attached riders reach back far enough to roll back gun controls implemented by the DOJ in the wake of Fast and Furious–a DOJ operation designed to cause chaos on the U.S./Mexico border and justify more gun control.
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