This isn't my first time talking about Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and is unlikely to be the last. Today's Lautenberg-led attack on the Second Amendment comes in the form of S. 2935, to require keeping federal records of gun sales for six months, rather than twenty-four hours (and if the sale is made to someone on the "terrorist watch list"--a list rapidly approaching 1 million names--the record is kept ten years).
The text is not yet available on the Thomas site (by the way, is it just me, or is the Thomas site very slow to load these days?). Lautenberg does have a
gloat page press release, though (excerpt):
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced legislation to preserve records of gun sales for longer periods of time to aid law enforcement officials in preventing gun crimes and terrorist acts. Under current law, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) must destroy these records in most cases within 24 hours of allowing a gun sale to proceed. In addition, the FBI currently destroys records of gun sales to known and suspected terrorists within 90 days.The name of this charming bit of tyranny? Preserving Records of Terrorist and Criminal Transactions (PROTeCT) Act of 2008. So . . . we're keeping records of all gun sales through licensed dealers, and calling all such sales "Terrorist and Criminal Transactions," eh? Does anyone have any doubts about what the senator thinks of gun owners?
The bill has seven cosponsors so far, none of whom will come as a surprise to anyone.
The Brady Bunch is, of course, appropriately giddy. Another "first step common sense gun law," I presume. I've lost track, would that be about the twenty-three thousandth "first step"?
By the way, blogging might be light and sporadic for a while--my mother is having surgery today, and what they find will determine if she needs to start chemotherapy. My attention is thus going to be on matters other than gun politics for the immediate future. Who knows--maybe I'll feel like sticking with this, to help keep my mind off other things, but if I quiet way down for a time, that's why.