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

Friday, October 21, 2011

This week, an NRA-supported amendment offered by U.S. Sen. 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."

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox said, "As more details of 'Fast and Furious' are unraveled, we are all learning more about the incompetence and dishonesty of those responsible. While it is reprehensible that a program like 'Fast and Furious' would be approved by the Obama administration, it is absolutely unacceptable that American taxpayers had to foot the bill.  The Senate responded appropriately to ensure future illegal, shameful and deadly scandals aren't funded and NRA would like to thank Senator Cornyn for his leadership and his efforts on this important issue."

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

We will be sure to inform you of any further developments.

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