Fri May 3, 2013, 05:25 AM
LAGC (5,254 posts)
Energized by Senate votes, pro-gun groups pledge "extensive war" on gun control
Last month, four months after the Newtown, Conn., shootings kicked off a renewed battle over U.S. gun laws, gun control advocates were dealt a devastating blow: After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, bipartisan dinners and personal presidential entreaties, the Senate voted down a measure that would have expanded background checks for U.S. gun buyers, scuttling the primary gun law thought to have a fighting chance to make it through at least one - if not two - bodies of Congress.
For pro-gun groups like the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Gun Owners of America, both of which had been working hard behind the scenes to make sure the measure didn't have sufficient support to gain Senate passage, the Senate's actions marked a critical victory. The overarching Senate gun bill was tabled, and gun control advocates found themselves scrambling, after months of work on the so-called Manchin-Toomey compromise, to find a new path forward.
So far, Gun Owners of America likes its odds.
"Our membership has grown by almost a third - it was at 300,000, and so we're almost at 400,000," Pratt said. "We've definitely seen people's concern and people wanting to be active and I think that's probably the most exciting thing: Activism has been way up."
Looks like gun control advocates may have "fired up the base"... just the wrong one.
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Energized by Senate votes, pro-gun groups pledge "extensive war" on gun control (Original post)
|Bjorn Against||May 2013||#6|
Response to actslikeacarrot (Reply #1)
Fri May 3, 2013, 06:29 AM
GreenStormCloud (12,072 posts)
2. Now they will be pushing for laws that they want, such as:
National Reciprocity is very high on their list.
Other laws they are pushing for are at state level. There will be pushes for Illinois to allow concealed carry, for more states to become shall-issue, for states to allow concealed carry on college campuses, for states to allow open-carry, etc.
Response to GreenStormCloud (Reply #2)
Fri May 3, 2013, 05:41 PM
ProgressiveProfessor (22,144 posts)
3. Roll back of some of the new legislation in NY, CO, and MD
Recalls are underway in CO and NY is having to reconsider some of the recent legislation due to it being fairly FUBAR. In the clean up, there may well be some roll back.
That GOA membership is up as much as it is should scare the delicate flowers. They make the NRA look tame.
Response to davepc (Reply #4)
Fri May 3, 2013, 08:08 PM
gejohnston (16,953 posts)
5. other than full autos
the registry is open. Repealing the Hughes Amendment would piss off a lot of collectors and dealers because the machine gun bubble would burst. I would rather see SBRs become title one.
Response to LAGC (Original post)
Sat May 4, 2013, 02:17 PM
Bjorn Against (12,041 posts)
6. Of course the gun nuts are going to get fired up like they always do
Unless they can get a veto proof majority however they are all talk, there is no way Obama is going to sign a bill that would weaken the gun laws we already have. Universal background checks have a much better chance of happening than national reciprocity. With the way the poll numbers have dropped for those who voted against cloture on background checks the NRA position is becoming politically toxic, if the bill is brought up again don't be surprised to see a few Senators change their position in favor of gun control.
Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #6)
Sat May 4, 2013, 02:30 PM
gejohnston (16,953 posts)
7. I think it he would sign
one like MT that weakened one provision, like allowing some interstate handgun sales, with expanded BGC. National reciprocity isn't weakening any current federal law. One could argue that it would weaken the 10A even more. That is the reason I am against it.