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Clinton Says He Has "Evidence" Of Illegality ... Where Are The Prosecutions?

Friday, April 7, 2000

Why didn`t Dan Rather ask the President why he hasn`t prosecuted alleged illegal dealers?
(WASHINGTON, DC) -- In an April 6 interview with CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather, President Bill Clinton alleged "evidence" of illegal activity among a small percentage of gun dealers, yet pointed to no arrests and prosecutions. Incredibly, Rather failed to ask the President how many of those alleged unlawful dealers had been prosecuted under tough existing federal laws. The answer is none. "Dan Rather demonstrated that he is either inept as a journalist or blatantly biased to cover up the President`s deplorable rhetoric and lack of enforcement of existing federal gun laws," said James Jay Baker, executive director of NRA`s Institute for Legislative Action. In the interview, Clinton stated, "... you can`t get out of the fact -- we now have evidence -- a very small percentage of gun dealers sell a very high percentage of the guns used in serious crimes." Clinton further accused that these unnamed dealers have "a criminal clientele, or otherwise just aren`t taking care of their business." Baker challeged news reporters to ask Clinton what Rather did not. "Where are the prosecutions of these allegedly unlawful dealers?" Baker asked. "The President is either not telling the truth, when he claims to have such `evidence` or he is tacitly admitting his lack of will to enforce tough existing laws against those who illegally sell firearms. I remain hopeful that, somewhere out there in America, there are truly professional journalists who will start asking that obvious question of the White House." Baker noted that, under current law supported by the NRA, it is a federal felony to transfer a gun to anyone who does not reside in the same state (5 years in prison per gun). It is a federal felony to transfer a firearm or ammunition to a convicted felon, fugitive from justice, or substance abuser (10 years in prison per gun). It is a federal felony to transfer a gun to any individual, knowing that it will be used to commit a violent crime (10 years in prison per gun). "That is just the tip of the iceberg of very tough, comprehensive laws against illegally transferring firearms," Baker said. "And the Clinton-Gore Adminstration, in Titanic proportions, has misled the American public in an effort to cover up its horrible lack of enforcement of those laws. And while Dan Rather permits that cover-up, the 3.5 million law-abiding members of the NRA will continue to demand full, tough enforcement of existing federal laws against violent criminals with guns."

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Missouri: Permitless Carry Self-Defense Legislation Overwhelmingly Passes House, Headed to Senate

Today, the Missouri House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1468.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Oklahoma: Hunting with Suppressors Legislation Signed into Law

Yesterday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 2637 into law and it goes into effect immediately.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Connecticut: Anti-Gun Bills Expected for Floor Vote Tomorrow

One or both of the anti-gun bills, House Bill 5054 and House Bill 5623, may be called as early as tomorrow to go to the House floor for consideration by the full House of Representatives.  Both HB 5054 and ...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

California: Anti-Gun Bills Still Alive After Policy Committee Deadline

After a busy week of hearings, Friday April 22nd marked the deadline for bills with a fiscal note to be passed out of their respective policy committees. Bills not meeting this deadline are considered defeated ...


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Merrick Garland MUST NOT be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Senate needs to hear from you TODAY that Merrick Garland MUST NOT be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Political Report | Disarmament Cloaked as "Common Sense"

Gun control advocates have been at their civilian-disarmament campaign for so long that astute observers will notice the same tactics and approaches returning time and again to the political landscape. When the American public rejects ...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Missouri: Urgent - Stand Your Ground Amendment to be Considered by Senate

Today, Missouri State Senator Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia) amended Senate Bill 663 with critical self-defense language, known as Stand Your Ground.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Connecticut: Gun Surrender Bill Moving through the General Assembly

Yesterday, April 27, House Bill 5054 passed the House of Representatives with a 104-42 vote.  HB 5054 is a large omnibus bill which threatens your Right to Keep and Bear Arms as well as your Fifth Amendment right to ...

Monday, April 25, 2016

Rhode Island: Wave of Gun Legislation Rolls Into the Ocean State

Tomorrow, April 26, the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to consider a full agenda including over a dozen gun bills.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Hypocrisy on Firearms Enforcement? Congressman Beyer, Heal Thyself!

On April 11, U.S. Rep. Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (D-VA) rolled out his so-called ATF Enforcement Act, H.R. 4905 in an opinion piece in the Washington Post.  Beyer claimed hypocrisy on the part of NRA and other pro-gun advocates who ...


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