As Congressional anti-gunners are sharpening their teeth in anticipation of a push on gun control when they return to Capitol Hill next week, Fox News is reporting that the Department of Justice “sent a package of legislative proposals on gun violence to the White House,” according to an unnamed source.
This happens in the wake of an announcement earlier this week that Walmart will stop selling ammunition for handguns and .223-caliber modern sporting rifles, and will no longer sell handguns in Alaska. The national chain hasn’t sold handguns in the Lower 48 for some time, and Alaska was the only state where sidearms were still part of the Walmart inventory.
All of this has been spurred by a string of shootings in California, Texas and Ohio. President Donald Trump has been hinting that he wants to take some action, but it is not clear what that might be. The gun prohibition lobby is pushing for so-called “universal background checks” especially after the investigation into last weekend’s shooting in Odessa, Texas that left seven dead and many others injured.
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The killer in that incident is known to have failed a background check in 2014, but still acquired a semi-auto rifle via a private sale. According to the Wall Street Journal, Texas investigators suspect the gun may have been illegally manufactured and sold by a man living in Lubbock.
Fox News reported that the White House has had the DOJ proposals for two weeks, which would have preceded the Odessa shooting.
The president reportedly is interested in taking actions that will not affect the Second Amendment rights of honest citizens. Among those might be a push for the death penalty for mass shooters, and expediting the court process. He may want to strengthen the National Instant Check System (NICS), which has been a priority of the firearms industry for a couple of years with the proposed “Fix NICS” legislation.
Democrats looking to replace Trump in 2020 have all expressed some gun control proposals, including former Congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, who said he would outright ban semi-auto rifles, and offer a mandatory buyback. Gun rights activists are calling that “compensated confiscation.”
O’Rourke has stirred a controversy over his use of the “F”-word in talking about banning semi-autos. He is being blasted for selling T-shirts that say “This is F*cked Up” as an exploitation of the tragedy.
Emerging from this is word from a reliable source at the Second Amendment Foundation that pre-registration for its 34th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, scheduled Sept. 20-22 in Phoenix, Ariz., has reached a record level. The conference will be live-streamed on Facebook, Conservative Firing Line has learned. Last year’s event was viewed by more than 100,000 people, according to SAF’s Alan Gottlieb.
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