GOAz UPDATE - Firearms Owners Dodge a Bullet
Today was a huge day. Debate began on Senator Reid’s bill with the offering of nine (9) amendments. They voted on seven (7) and will consider the other two tomorrow (See below).
I want to thank each and every one of you for contacting both Senator Flake and McCain. YOU made the difference. Because of your emails and phone calls, we all dodged a bullet today (pun intended).
Here is a synopsis of the Senate floor action from today.
- Manchin-Toomey Amendment – Failed 54-46. Senator Flake voted our way and Senator McCain voted as expected and voted for the amendment.
- Feinstein Amendment – Failed 40-60. Both Senator Flake and McCain voted no. This amendment banned Personal Defense Weapons.
- Lautenberg Amendment – Failed 46-54. Both Senator Flake and McCain voted no. This amendment banned magazines with a capacity greater than 10 cartridges.
- Cornyn Amendment – Failed 57-43. Both Senator Flake and McCain voted yes. This amendment allowed for national reciprocity.
- Burr Amendment – Failed 56-44. Both Senator Flake and McCain voted yes. This amendment required a Court to rule, not just a Board or Commission, on whether a veteran could own a firearm.
- Leahy Amendment – Failed 58-42. Both Senator Flake and McCain voted no. This amendment increased penalties for trafficking and straw purchases.
- Grassley Amendment - Failed 52-48. Both Senator Flake and McCain voted yes. This amendment was a substitute for the Manchin-Toomey amendment.
There are two amendments left to consider. The Senate will vote on them tomorrow.
- Barrasso Amendment – If passed it would withhold federal funds for states that disclose gun owners’ information.
- Harkin Amendment – If passed it would expand federal mental health programs, including in education, suicide prevention and trauma centers.
So what now?
We have the two amendments tomorrow and then Senator Reid will either bring S. 649 to the floor for a vote or he could hold it and hope to negotiate another amendment. He did change his vote to a no on the Manchin-Toomey amendment as a procedural move allowing him to bring it back to the floor. This is not over by any means so stay tuned.
We will have to wait and see how things unfold tomorrow.
Switching subjects, the drawing for the AR-15 will be April 19th at Black Weapons Armory, 5645 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson at 2:00pm. You are welcome to come on down. We will provide some pizza and bottled water.
The last chance to enter is 11:59pm tomorrow, April 18th. Encourage all of your pro-right to bear and keep arms friends to enter.
President, Gun Owners of Arizona
P.O. Box 18640
Tucson, AZ 85731-8640