By a 25-16 vote, House Republicans have derailed the Obama administration’s attempt to require gun dealers in four southwest states to report multiple long gun sales, seen by many as an attempt to shift blame for its Operation Fast and Furious debacle, by prohibiting the use of Justice Department funding to enforce the new mandate.
The Hill reported this afternoon that the measure, sponsored by Montana Republican Denny Rehberg, was an amendment to the 2012 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill. Immediately, House Democrats derided the vote as opening the door to blood in the streets, the newspaper reported.
“The NRA is so afraid that the people who are really funding the NRA, the gun manufacturers, might lose some sales that we’re willing to sacrifice the lives of these people that are casualties of this gun war, and we’re promoting it. We’re enabling … that slaughter to continue.”—Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA)
However, Rehberg, who reportedly got support for his amendment from retiring Oklahoma Democrat Rep. Dan Boren, fired right back.
“For more than a decade, efforts to track rifle purchases and create a national gun registry have failed to gain support in Congress so the ATF is working to implement these regulation using rules written by unelected bureaucrats. I’m going to keep this government accountable to the people.”—Congressman Denny Rehberg (R-MT)
Controversy over this maneuver could heat up because the long gun reporting requirement, discussed by this column on Monday, was the Obama administration’s official response to the revelations about Operation Fast and Furious, the 2009-2010 botched gun trafficking sting that may have put more than 2,000 guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartel gunmen.
Critics have branded the regulation as an attempt to divert public attention from Congressional investigations into Fast and Furious. However, Senator Charles Grassley and Congressman Darrell Issa appear focused on digging into the details of the scandal, and have now apparently traced it up the chain of command to include possibly a dozen current and former Justice Department officials, as this column reported yesterday.
Dennis Henigan, acting president of the Brady Campaign following the departure of Paul Helmke last week, quickly characterized the added paperwork for gun dealers as “a modest burden.” Henigan will be remembered as the man who infamously misquoted the Second Amendment language in this embarrassing YouTube video.
But something Boren said about the gun reporting scheme is catching everyone’s attention:
“The ATF has no legal authority to demand these reports on rifles. This would require a change in the Gun Control Act. There is not enough support in Congress to approve this change, and the new regulations are an attempt to circumvent Congressional approval.”—Congressman Dan Boren (D-OK)
This opens the door to more questions about the Obama reporting requirement. Did the administration know there is no legal authority to ask for such information? Did the administration realize such a requirement would not be possible without amending the 1968 Gun Control Act? Does the administration believe it can govern by mandate without Capitol Hill?
Rehberg’s amendment was supported by the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America and National Shooting Sports Foundation.
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