BELLEVUE, WA-The addition of several poison pill amendments to S. 1805, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, should be ample reason for the United States Senate to kill this piece of legislation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.
“While we need the Senate to pass a bill providing protection for the firearms industry from frivolous, nuisance lawsuits,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, “we need a clean bill that is not used as a tool by anti-gunners on Capitol Hill to add further restrictions on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
“We have seen from the votes today that Tom Daschle and the Democrats have talked about supporting gun rights, but their votes today prove once again they cannot be trusted to protect and defend those rights,” Gottlieb said. “They are using a legitimate piece of legislation as a Trojan Horse in an attempt to further encumber America’s law-abiding firearms owners. Even John Kerry, who has missed 70 percent of his votes in the 108th Congress, took time away from his presidential campaign to show up and vote against the rights of gun owning Americans.”
CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron added, “For months, Daschle and the Democrats have been working overtime in an attempt to convince gun-owning Americans that they have changed their positions on gun rights issues. Today’s votes prove that’s a lie. They only changed their message, not their agenda, which is to support additional restrictions on shooters, hunters and firearms collectors, and to maintain a law that ten years worth of history has proven to have had no effect on crime.”
“We urge the Senate to defeat this measure with all of its anti-gun rights amendments,” Gottlieb stated. “We hope that sensible members of the Senate, who believe responsibility is a way of life and not just a word to toss out in debate, will see the futility of pressing this measure. If not, then we will make sure that this bill, as amended by anti-gun Democrats, dies in the House of Representatives, as it should.”