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National Rifle Assn:   Lobbying

Bills Lobbied, 2012    opensecrets.org


Bill Number     Congress    Bill Title     No. of Reports & Specific Issues*

H.R.420     112     Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act of 2011     12

H.R.58     112     Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act     11

H.R.615     112     Collectible Firearms Protection Act     11

S.570     112     A bill to prohibit the Department of Justice from tracking and cataloguing the purchases of multiple rifles and shotguns.     11

H.R.645     112     Second Amendment Enforcement Act     10

H.R.1558     112     To amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to clarify the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency with respect to certain sporting good articles, and to exempt those articles from a definition under that Act.     10

H.R.822     112     National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011     8

S.381     112     Collectible Firearms Protection Act     8

S.32     112     Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act     7

H.R.308     112     Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act     7

H.R.1865     112     Recreational Lands Self-Defense Act of 2011     6

H.R.591     112     To require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at gun shows.     6

S.176     112     Common Sense Concealed Firearms Permit Act of 2011     6

S.2066     112     Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act     6

S.2188     112     National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012     6

S.35     112     Gun Show Background Check Act of 2011     6

[... many more ...]


OK, how much did the NRA pay Lobbyists to stand in the way of Bills like S.35?  -- Bills that they don't really like ...


link




OK, what was S.35 about again?


S. 35 (112th): Gun Show Background Check Act of 2011

Introduced:
    Jan 25, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)

Sponsor:
    Sen. Frank Lautenberg [D-NJ]

Library of Congress Summary -- govtrack.us

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.

1/25/2011--Introduced.

Gun Show Background Check Act of 2011 -- Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to require registration of gun show promoters and to set forth the responsibilities of promoters, licensees, and other transferors.

Provides that if any part of a firearm transaction takes place at a gun show, each licensed importer, manufacturer, and dealer who transfers one or more firearms to a person who is not licensed shall, within 10 days after the transfer, submit a report of the transfer to the Attorney General. Sets forth penalties for violations.

Grants the Attorney General authority to enter the place of business of any gun show promoter and any place where a gun show is held, during business hours and without a showing of reasonable cause or a warrant, for purposes of examining records and the inventory of licensees conducting business to determine compliance with this Act.

Increases penalties for:
(1) serious record-keeping violations by licensees; and
(2) violations of criminal background check requirements.


And what exactly happened to S.35 again?
Status:
    Died (Referred to Committee)

Why did S.35 die in the halls of Congress?

Because of stuff like this:

Specific Issues Reports for S.35 by National Rifle Assn , 112th Congress

Report       Content of Specific Issue field

H.R.822, National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011; S.381/H.R.615, Collectible Firearms Protection Act; H.R.509/S.249, To amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to provide that Act shall not apply to the gray wolf (canis lupus); H.R.510, Idaho and Montana Wolf Management Act of 2011; S.570, A bill to prohibit the Department of Justice from tracking and cataloguing the purchases of multiple rifles and shotguns; H.R.58, Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act; H.R.420, Veterans' Heritage Firearms Act of 2011; H.R.645, To restore Second Amendment rights in the District of Columbia; H.R.308, Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act; H.R.591, Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2011/S.35, Gun Show Background Check Act of 2011; H.R.1093, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Reform Act of 2011; S.32, Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act; S.34, Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2011; S.176, Common Sense Concealed Firearms Permit Act of 2011; H.R.2210, Sportsmanship in Hunting Act of 2011; H.R.1558, To amend the Toxic Substances Control Act to clarify the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency with respect to certain sporting good articles, and to exempt those articles from a definition under that Act; H.R.1445, To prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating, based on material composition, any type of firearm ammunition or fishing tackle; S.2066/H.R.2834, Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act; Issues related to firearms regulation, natural resources and hunting.
[... many more ...]

And what's was in, just one of those many, many NRA-sponsored "silencing" reports?


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BUT didn't proposed bill S.35, for stronger Background Checks, didn't it have any co-sponsors ... those who would fight for the merits of the bill?

As a matter of fact it did ...

Sponsor(s) and Co-Sponsor(s) of S.35:    

opensecrets.org

Bill sponsor(s): 1

    Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ)

Bill co-sponsor(s): 14

    Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI)
    Michael F. Bennet (D-CO)
    Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
    Ben Cardin (D-MD)
    Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
    Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
    John Kerry (D-MA)
    Carl Levin (D-MI)
    Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
    Jack Reed (D-RI)
    Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
    Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
    Ron Wyden (D-OR)


But sadly they weren't enough, to get the congressional job done.  

They needed more co-sponsors ... It just so happened, they needed us.



Originally posted to Digging up those Facts ... for over 8 years. on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 02:45 AM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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