BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Calling the ban on semiautomatic firearms â€œa bad, and totally unnecessary, lapsed federal law,â€ former Congressman Bob Barr is urging Attorney General Eric Holder to back away from a plan to renew that onerous idea, and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is joining in the effort.
â€œWhile we opposed Holderâ€™s nomination as Attorney General and Barr supported him,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, â€œwe stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Barr in opposing the ridiculous notion that the ban be resurrected and made permanent.
â€œThe ban on so-called â€˜assault weaponsâ€™ by Bill Clinton and the Democrats was a bad idea in 1994,â€ he recalled, â€œand it is an even worse idea today. We neednâ€™t remind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the mid-term election consequences of the 1994 ban.â€
Barr was among dozens of pro-gun challengers swept into Congress by angry gun owners in November 1994. He served from 1995 until 2003. The former Congressman sent a letter to Holder on March 3 in which he explained that pushing for a renewal of the ban â€œwould be inconsistent in my view with the clear mandate you enjoy to restore integrity and confidence in the government of which you are an important part.â€ He encouraged Holder to instead devote his energies to â€œrestoring the civil liberties of American citizensâ€ that have been eroded over the past several years.
â€œMany law-abiding gun owners voted for Barack Obama,â€ Gottlieb added, â€œtaking his word that, as president, he would not come after their guns. Renewing the senseless ban on sport-utility firearms and original capacity magazines would betray the trust of those voters, and Holder should understand that.
â€œWeâ€™re delighted that Bob Barr, who supported Holderâ€™s nomination, has added his considerable influence to this debate,â€ Gottlieb stated. â€œWith Barr squarely in the corner of American gun owners â€“ millions of whom own the kinds of firearms that would be affected by such a ban â€“ hopefully we will prevail and the Obama administration will find more useful endeavors.â€