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Thursday, July 13, 2006

US Senate Blocks Emergency Gun Confiscation

Today, the U.S. Senate voted to prohibit the confiscation of legally owned guns during an emergency like last year's Hurricane Katrina, marking another victory for the gun lobby. By a vote of 84-16, the Senate embraced an amendment by Senator David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican. He attached his measure to a domestic security spending bill for the fiscal year starting October 1 that the Senate is expected to pass soon. The U.S. House of Representatives has passed its version of the spending bill and negotiators will have to decide whether to keep the gun provision. The House is usually sympathetic to gun owners.

Senator David VitterCiting the constitutional right to bear arms, Republican David Vitter said that during an emergency people should be allowed to hold onto "legally possessed firearms to defend your life, your property" at a time when telephone lines and cell phones probably are not operating and victims "can't reach out to law enforcement authorities." Vitter said 10 states have passed similar laws. Louisiana is one of them. Following Hurricane Katrina last August, some emergency workers expressed fears about guns being looted from stores and first-responders being threatened by gun proliferation.

Sen. Edward Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, called the amendment "pay-back time by the National Rifle Association," a powerful lobbying group that opposes gun controls. Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, added, "You send the National Guardsmen in ... and then snipers start shooting at them and the police make it known this is going to be a gun-free zone. We don't want any National Guardsmen killed because of this national emergency, this disaster. Is that an unreasonable thing?"

Vitter countered that the "declaration or state of emergency in and of itself does not give anyone the right to confiscate guns" and local law enforcement officials should not "trump" the Constitution. Last month, gun lobbyists won another victory when the House voted to overturn a recently enacted law requiring safety trigger locks on all hand guns sold in the United States. That measure, attached to a law enforcement spending bill, awaits Senate action.


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Anonymous Diamondback said...

The fact that Enemies of gun ownership constantly bitch about the NRA, should be a clue to any 2nd Amendment supporter of why they should support the NRA! It's $20 measley bucks people! Or would you rather we didn't have the NRA at all?

9:10 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Dick Durbin is a Grade "A" asswipe. His comments suggest that all gun owners are criminals and are likely to shoot at Guardsmen. How in the hell these people stay in office is beyond me.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Keith Walker said...

This is good news and not just for Louisiana. A natural disaster or act of terrorism could happen anywhere. Demanding our right to be place on a level playing field with with criminals is not a criminal act.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Reason said...

Wow. Apparently the new law must mean it's okay to shoot at National Guardsmen. Sure thing.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go Mr. Vitter!

2:25 PM  
Blogger R Ryan said...

Xavier, this blog is becoming more and more of an everyday "must" for me. Great work. In addition, reader comments are right on.

Diamondback: you are so right. Anyone who supports constitutional gov't should belong to the NRA -- even if they don't own a gun. What happened in New Orleans should be a wake up call to anyone who holds freedom dear.

Ben: I live in IL and can guarantee you that not only are Sen. Turban's comments the norm for that idiot but, more unfortunately, he will pay no political price for them.

NRA Life Member

8:20 PM  

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