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NRA-Backed Amendment to Prohibit Funding of "Gun-Walking" Programs Passes Unanimously in U.S. Senate

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Today, an NRA-supported amendment offered by U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Tex.) to prohibit funds from being used by the Department of Justice to conduct "gun-walking" programs similar to the now-infamous "Fast and Furious" operation was passed in the Senate with unanimous, bipartisan support (99-0). 

Specifically, the amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations bill states that:  "No funds made available under this Act shall be used to allow the knowing transfer of firearms to agents of drug cartels where law enforcement personnel of the United States do not continuously monitor or control such firearms at all times."

Responding to the passing of the amendment Sen. Cornyn said, "Today's bipartisan effort is just the first step towards ensuring that such a foolish operation can never be repeated by our own law enforcement.  The onus is now on Attorney General Holder to hear not just today’s bipartisan call for answers, but the American people’s demands that Washington be held accountable."

To read Sen. Cornyn's official press release, please click here.

We will be sure to inform you of further developments.

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