View Full Version : HR 5005: NYC Mayor's Criticism of Gun Legislation Challenged

04-04-2006, 6:37 AM
It looks like the mayor of New York doesn't like that fact that victim disarmers won't have the tools to skew the facts should this bill become law. Trace data for firearms doesn't mean the guns are used in an illegal manner.

This is a good reason to support HR 5005.

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewNation.asp?Page=\Nation\archive\200603\NAT2006 0331a.html

New York City's mayor is blasting a congressional proposal under which several temporary federal gun regulations would become permanent law. Michael Bloomberg claimed the legislation "would explicitly impinge on our ability to fight illegal gun trafficking, and it would result in the shooting deaths of innocent people." But an attorney who specializes in federal firearms laws calls Bloomberg's claims "patently false."

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime Terrorism and Homeland Security met Tuesday to discuss the "Firearms Correction and Improvement Act" (H.R. 5005) introduced last week by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas). Smith wrote the bill to permanently include in federal firearms laws a number of provisions that have been reenacted annually as "riders" to appropriations bills.

The portion of Smith's bill with which Bloomberg took issue is Section 9, entitled "Trace Disclosure." It makes permanent a ban on using so-called "crime gun trace data" collected by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for any purpose other than criminal prosecutions and ATF administrative proceedings.

Bloomberg called that trace data "the single most powerful way to demonstrate unmistakable patterns of illegal conduct."

But attorney and firearms law expert Richard Gardiner challenged that description.

04-04-2006, 7:43 AM
Yes, Republican or Democrat, the wealthy all seem to agree that guns in the hands of regular people is a bad thing. So they will do whatever it takes to disarm us. Even if that means using gun trace statistics to mislead us. Most people think that a trace is done on every gun that is used in a crime. It's my understanding that it is only done at the investigating officers discretion. Are there any experts here that can confirm or deny that?