Recently, the House of Representatives approved their version of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act for 2016. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is one of the agencies funded by this bill.
House members have added a number of dangerous “gun rider” amendments to their bill. Including:
- Terminating the long gun reporting program which the ATF is using to prevent gun trafficking in those four states bordering Mexico.
- Preventing the ATF from regulating dangerous armor piercing ammunition.
- Preventing the ATF from strengthening the regulations on gun trusts so that local law enforcement can determine who in their communities is able to obtain fully automatic machine guns.
- Reinstating a program ended by Congress over 20 years ago that allows formerly convicted violent felons to obtain dangerous firearms.
The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to take up their version of the CJS appropriations bill as early as today so you need to take this action as soon as possible.
Please, take a moment to contact your Senators on the Senate Appropriations Committee and ask them NOT to include these bad gun riders in their CJS bill. These riders will only benefit criminals while tying the hands of law enforcement trying to reduce gun violence.
When you put in your zip code on the website linked above, you will get a page that shows your Senator, if he is on the Senate Appropriations Committee, and his telephone number. The page will also have a prewritten email, which you can modify if you wish, to send. In the email are more details about these bad gun riders.
Send the email and then call your Senator. Tell him to work to keep all gun riders out of the CJS Appropriations bill. These riders only make it easier for dangerous people to get weapons and harder for the ATF to go after gun traffickers. Please, take the action now! Thank you for your help to make our communities safer!