Manchin-Toomey GunBan WORSE than Feinstein's! Limit FIVE Guns Per Yr, Perpetual Record!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 15:07
We apologize for the diversions into gun politics lately. Not our bailiwick, others do it better and the NRA is going to be all over this like ugly on an ape, but there are some really insidious things in the Manchin-Toomey deal just struck.
The deal includes permanent retention of records (a step closer to the ATF’s long-lusted national registration scheme), a requirement that all private transfers except inter-family ones go to FFLs and have a 4473 executed (not sure if the gun must also be entered in the Bound Book — most likely that is left to ATF whim and whimsy), and, most alarmingly, a five-gun-per-year limit on internet sales. (Again, it’s not clear if this affects buyers, sellers, both, or is one other thing left to the political appointees at ATF).
Why is the deal so bad, when Manchin (D) faces reelection in gun-happy WV, while Toomey faces reelection in Pennsylvania, where outside of the Philly metro area the 1st day of hunting season is practically a state holiday? Because Manchin is not his own man. He had to take the deal to his Great White Father in New York, Chuck Schumer, who rewrote it for him. Toomey, perhaps trying to reduce the bollocking he’ll inevitably get from Philadelphia’s two Democratic newspapers, basically challenged the NRA to correct his undeserved A rating by signing on. (Manchin, never a friend to gun owners, also holds an undeserved A). They expect the NRA to roll over. Says (thoroughly anti-gun) Politico:
Schumer negotiated several changes to the initial Manchin-Toomey proposal, including striking language from the agreement allowing concealed permit holders to carry their weapons in other states, and limiting Internet sales to five guns per year. He also worked to make sure there is a 72-hour window for performing background checks except for gun-show sales, which will be cleared in 48 hours initially.
Original POLITICO article:
By: John Bresnahan and Dan Berman and Reid J. Epstein
April 10, 2013 08:29 AM EDT
Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey unveiled a bipartisan deal to expand background checks for commercial gun purchases — including those at gun shows and online — Wednesday morning, opening a pathway for the biggest change in U.S. gun laws in nearly two decades.
The two lawmakers said the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in mid-December, which left 20 young children dead, had changed the debate around guns and gun ownership, and convinced them some new gun control measures were warranted.
“I have to tell you candidly that I don’t consider criminal background checks to be gun control,” said Toomey, who has a lifetime “A” rating from the powerful National Rifle Association. “I think it’s just common sense.”
Toomey said he and Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) will back the measure, but he would not predict whether other Republicans would back it as well.