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Well, that didn't last long...


From Obama's transition website:
Address Gun Violence in Cities: As president, Barack Obama would repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, which restricts the ability of local law enforcement to access important gun trace information, and give police officers across the nation the tools they need to solve gun crimes and fight the illegal arms trade. Obama and Biden also favor commonsense measures that respect the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, while keeping guns away from children and from criminals who shouldn't have them. They support closing the gun show loophole and making guns in this country childproof. They also support making the expired federal Assault Weapons Ban permanent, as such weapons belong on foreign battlefields and not on our streets.
So what's the story here?

First, the Tiahrt Amendment is a budgetary rider that forbids the federal BATFE (the agency in charge of regulating firearms) from sharing certain types of gun trace data.  It does NOT forbid sharing information necessary for local law enforcement to investigate crimes; instead, it protects information that many local governments have sought solely for the purpose of formulating lawsuits against firearms manufacturers.

"Common sense" measures for keeping guns away from criminals and children are already in place.

Closing the "gun show loophole" is nonsense; there is no such loophole.  What Obama wants here to is make all firearms sales require government permission and recordkeeping, ie, firearms registration.

"Childproofing" guns is basically impossible.  Young children should not have access to firearms at all; older children should be supervised; that's common sense.  What Obama means here is that he wants "smart guns" which only fire for the "authorized user".  The problem is, that technology doesn't exist.

And of course the assault weapons ban is self-explanatory at this point.   It had no effect on crime, bans cosmetic features that make no functional difference to the firearm, and is generally a worthless piece of annoyance.

Hat tip to Sebastian of Snowflakes in Hell for finding it first.

UPDATE: The page is gone, down the memory hole.  Interesting.

This entry was published Fri Nov 07 11:16:49 CST 2008 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2008-11-07 11:16:49.0. [Tweet]

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