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Sens. Grassley and Cruz roll out alternative gun control bill

Posted by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM
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 This bill, I could support:

 

Sens. Grassley and Cruz roll out alternative gun control bill

By Jonathan Easley - 04/17/13 12:27 PM ET

 

 
  

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) unveiled an alternative gun control bill on Wednesday.

The announcement comes on a day when the Senate appears likely to block further debate on a bipartisan background checks bill.

"Rather than restricting the rights of law-abiding Americans, we should be focusing on keeping guns out of the hands of violent criminals, which this legislation accomplishes," Cruz said. "While the Obama Administration continues to politicize a terrible tragedy to push its anti-gun agenda, I am proud to stand beside my fellow senators to present common-sense measures that will increase criminal prosecutions of felons who try to buy guns, criminalize straw purchasing and gun trafficking, and address mental health issues."
 
Grassley and Cruz, along with Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) introduced the bill at a press conference Wednesday morning, just hours before the Senate will vote on it and other gun control measures.

One of the primary criticisms Republicans had before a vote to move forward on a background checks bill last week was that they didn't have time to read it before the vote.
 
Cruz said that despite the late hour, his legislation has 20 co-sponsors and had been circulated among Republicans and Democrats with no negative feedback. He predicted that despite the small window before the vote, the bill would garner bipartisan support.

The bill would increase the resources available to prosecutors for violators of gun laws, and creates a "Cruz Task Force" to prosecute those who fail criminal background checks. The task force is funded through an Asset Forfeiture Fund.
 
The bill criminalizes straw purchasing and trafficking, measures Grassley supported in committee hearings on the gun control bill that will go before the Senate later this month. It also seeks to increase safety at schools, keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill, and increases accountability for prosecutions at the executive level by requiring the Department of Justice to submit reports to Congress.
 
The senators were particularly critical of the Obama administration's record of prosecuting background check violations, saying it only took up a small portion of such cases.
 
The bill does not expand background checks, but rather "focuses on making the backgrounds system work better...by encouraging states to report mental health records," Cruz said.

The National Rifle Association said it supports the bill.

The bill includes provisions making it easier to purchase and transport firearms across state lines.

The bill would allow for the interstate sale of firearms, and for the interstate transportation of firearms providing certain conditions are met. Guns transported across state lines will have to be unloaded, locked in a vehicle or kept in the trunk.

Another pro-gun provision of the bill will allow military members to buy guns in the states where they're stationed.
 
Grassley said the bill was the result of "the combined efforts of many members of the Senate," and called it "a sensible alternative" to Democratic gun control reform efforts that "addresses problems we've seen without burdening law abiding citizens."

 

Updated at 1:31 p.m.

 



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Fields456
by Bronze Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 12:55 AM
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I will have to read the actual bill before I can really say how I feel about it but I do like how they want it to focus on making the current background system work better.   Because truthfully if we can't have the already established systems/laws work properly/ enforced how can we add/make more laws an expect them to work properly or be enforced .   

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 12:58 AM
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Sounds a lot more effective to me in preventing the type of shootings we have seen during Obama's tenure in the WH.

mhaney03
by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 1:00 AM
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no, I am not okay with the release of medical information.  It opens too many doors.  I get the idea behind it, but I don't trust this gov't as far as I can throw it.

grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 1:12 AM
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 In the existing law, the states are supposed to be reporting people who are hospitalized in a psych hospital, violent people the police have arrested, etc.  But they aren't, and Obama admin is doing nothing to enforce this part of the bill either.

Do you realize that your medical info is already being collected by the gov't.  Everything your dr types into her/his computerized files (which the Obama admin has forced them to keep, through Obamacare) is being stored with a company in Chicago....one of O's buddies owns it?  Obamacare threw the HIPPA law right out the window.

Quoting mhaney03:

no, I am not okay with the release of medical information.  It opens too many doors.  I get the idea behind it, but I don't trust this gov't as far as I can throw it.

 

grandma B

mhaney03
by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM

 Just like "obama-ed" threw FERPA out the window with Common Core.  FERPA was rewritten to allow the data mining they are doing on children.

It all sucks. All of it. I don't recognize this country anymore.

 

Quoting grandmab125:

 In the existing law, the states are supposed to be reporting people who are hospitalized in a psych hospital, violent people the police have arrested, etc.  But they aren't, and Obama admin is doing nothing to enforce this part of the bill either.

Do you realize that your medical info is already being collected by the gov't.  Everything your dr types into her/his computerized files (which the Obama admin has forced them to keep, through Obamacare) is being stored with a company in Chicago....one of O's buddies owns it?  Obamacare through the HIPPA law right out the window.

Quoting mhaney03:

no, I am not okay with the release of medical information.  It opens too many doors.  I get the idea behind it, but I don't trust this gov't as far as I can throw it.

 

 

 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM
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Involuntary admits into a psych hospital and specifics - not all psych admits -  most are voluntary and usu for depression.


Quoting grandmab125:

 In the existing law, the states are supposed to be reporting people who are hospitalized in a psych hospital, violent people the police have arrested, etc.  But they aren't, and Obama admin is doing nothing to enforce this part of the bill either.

Do you realize that your medical info is already being collected by the gov't.  Everything your dr types into her/his computerized files (which the Obama admin has forced them to keep, through Obamacare) is being stored with a company in Chicago....one of O's buddies owns it?  Obamacare through the HIPPA law right out the window.

Quoting mhaney03:

no, I am not okay with the release of medical information.  It opens too many doors.  I get the idea behind it, but I don't trust this gov't as far as I can throw it.

 



denise3680
by Gold Member on Apr. 18, 2013 at 7:45 AM

I will have to read the entire bill before I can say much about this.  It just seems to vague to me in this little break down:/  I am all for enforcing the laws already on the books but this seems to be very pro-NRA.

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