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Statement By NRA Chief Lobbyist Chris Cox On Passage Of H.R. 4635

Thursday, July 11, 2002

Yesterday, by an overwhelming majority, the United States House of Representatives voted to allow pilots the option of arming themselves in the cockpit. I would like to thank the 310 members, from both sides of the aisle, who supported this measure. While the National Rifle Association (NRA) appreciates every vote, we would like to recognize the efforts of Congressmen Don Young and John Mica and for their active advocacy of this measure.

NRA will use votes on the final passage of H.R. 4635, as well as those on key amendments, when determining grades and endorsements for the November elections.

Passage of H.R. 4635 is meaningful progress in efforts to prevent the prospect of another terrorist takeover of a commercial passenger airplane. Arming pilots is an important component in the layers of security that our country needs to make air travel safer. Fortifying cockpit entrances and consequential improvements of ground security measures are other important factors.

Soon after September 11, many pilots and their unions contacted the NRA appealing for our help in their effort to protect their cockpit from future terrorist attacks. We were happy to assist them in the passage of H.R. 4635. We will continue our efforts to ensure Senate passage of this measure (S. 2554).

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