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Lautenberg Seeks To Exploit War On Terrorism

Friday, May 2, 2003

One of the most rabid anti-gun U.S. Senators has introduced legislation that would tie firearm transfers to our nation’s terror alert system. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), along with U.S. Senators Jon Corzine (D-N.J.), Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), introduced S. 969 this week, which would suspend many of the gun-owner protection portions of laws that regulate the transfer of firearms as long as the terror alert level is above Code Green, or the lowest level. As you know, America has been above Code Green since the alert system was put in place. Among the laws that would be suspended are those that limit law enforcement to three days for completing background checks on firearm purchasers, as well as the law that requires the destruction of records for anyone whose purchase is not denied. NRA-ILA Public Affairs Director Andrew Arulanandam told the Washington Times that the bill was an attempt to "exploit the fear of terrorism," indicated the laws Lautenberg sought to suspend would have the effect of a permanent suspension, and was merely an attempt to create a national firearm registration system.

Please call your U.S. Senators and encourage them to oppose S. 969. You can reach your U.S. U.S. Senators by calling (202) 224-3121. For additional contact information, use our "Write Your Representatives" tool.

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