Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today lauded the passage of H.R. 2578, the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Act (CJS), which contained strong pro-Second Amendment provisions aimed at stopping the Obama Administration from enacting its gun control agenda through executive action.
"On behalf of the NRA's five-million members, I want to thank House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers and House CJS subcommittee Chairman John Culberson for their leadership in fighting against the Obama-Bloomberg gun control agenda," said Chris W. Cox, executive director NRA-ILA. "Their hard work and unwavering commitment to protecting our freedoms resulted in a strong pro-Second Amendment piece of legislation. The NRA will continue to work with Congress to prevent President Obama from imposing his back door gun control agenda on the American people."
Among the key measures in the House CJS Appropriations bill are:
- a prohibition on the use of funds for "Operation Choke Point," a program that chokes off banking services to legitimate businesses;
- a prohibition on funds to prevent the Obama Administration from banning commonly used ammunition, such as M855;
- a prohibition on the use of funds to prevent the Justice Department (or any government entity) from spending taxpayer dollars on "gun walking" programs such as the flawed and controversial "Operation Fast and Furious";
- a prohibition on the use of funds to maintain any record or gun registry on multiple rifle or shotgun sales to law-abiding individuals;
- a prohibition of funds for collecting data regarding a person's race or ethnicity on a Form 4473 when purchasing a firearm.
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