Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Gun Advocates try to strip President's budget

     We just heard that the NRA and other pro-gun groups are apparently trying one of the oldest tricks in the congressional playbook,
a legislative sleight-of-hand that tucks little, sometimes random, changes to federal policy into massive "must pass" spending bills with the hope that they slip quietly into law under the radar.

   For many years, the NRA and others have earned bipartisan support to send spending bills with "riders" limiting how the Justice Departent and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms keep track of firearms.

   However, gun-control advocates are focusing on the practice as part of their broader strategy of confronting the NRA.

  President Obama's 2014 budget proposal is scheduled to be released early next month, and the continuing emotional debate has not let up on either side.   

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