Three U.S. Senators have informed Senator Harry Reid that they may filibuster legislation slated to come to the floor of the Senate for vote.
“We, the undersigned, intend to oppose any legislation that infringe on the American people’s constitutional right to bear arms, or on their ability to exercise this right without being subjected to government surveillance,” the senators wrote in the signed letter obtained by ABC News. “We will oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.” ~ Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-KY)
Reid announced last week plans for the Senate to consider a comprehensive gun package after the holiday recess. The bill would try to crack down on gun trafficking and include a requirement for universal background checks, a component opposed by many Republicans and moderate Democrats.Source: CBS
If your name is not on a database you cannot be “surveilled.” If your name is on a federal database, you can be surveilled, criminals will not be surveilled because their guns will be purchased from other than legal sources.
“When the universal background checks don’t work, then registration will be proposed to enforce them,” Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said as he voted against a background-check bill in a Senate committee last week. “And when that doesn’t work, because criminals won’t register their guns, we may be looking at confiscation.”…Licensed U.S. gun dealers have been keeping sales records, on government form 4473, since passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968. The proposal by Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York would require firearms dealers to maintain paper records on behalf of private gun sellers as well.
Senate talks aimed at gaining the support of Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican whose blessing is considered vital to bringing other Republicans on board, are bogged down over Coburn’s objections to the recordkeeping requirement. While Schumer is seeking other potential Republican sponsors from pro- gun states, so far there are no takers.
The background check is a good thing. A federal database containing my name and yours is not a good thing.
‘Forced Buybacks’NRA President David Keene has maintained that universal background checks could lead to “forced buybacks” or door-to- door confiscation of weapons by the government.
“That’s a legitimate fear,” Keene said in a CBS News interview in January. The Fairfax, Virginia-based NRA is the nation’s biggest pro-gun lobbying group, claiming 4 million members. Source: Bloomberg
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