House Democrats Launch Sit-in to Demand Gun Reform

Michael Bowman, VOA
Contributors: Katherine Gypson, VOA; GunLink Staff

For a second consecutive week, Democrats in the U.S. Congress commandeered a chamber to demand action on Gun Control.

SitInTwitterHouse Democrats took to the floor en masse Wednesday, led by John Lewis (D-GA), and pledged to remain there in a “sit-in” until legislation is brought forward to stem carnage from firearms.

“Over the last 12 years, gun-related crimes claimed more American lives than AIDS, war and illegal drug overdoses combined,” Lewis said in a letter to Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan announcing the protest. “We urge you to lead the House into action and work with both sides of the aisle to pass common sense solutions to keep American children and families safe.”

Republicans initially responded with gavel-banging and demands for order on the floor. When Democrats refused to disperse, Republicans recessed the chamber and turned off the microphones. Although lights continued to shine, proceedings ceased to be televised, because video is fed from the chamber only when it is in session.

Democrats responded by launching their own broadcasts, using the mobile application Periscope on their cell phones. A non-profit U.S. cable outfit that covers congressional proceedings (C-Span) began broadcasting the Periscope feeds.   Continue reading

Support HR 3799 to Remove Silencers from NFA

supportHR3799As announced last week, a new bill has been introduced in the House to “provide that silencers be treated the same as long guns.”  That is, to essentially remove them from the purview of the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) and ease the cumbersome process of acquiring one of these valuable safety devices – a process that involves a lengthy wait and a $200 tax on top of the cost of the device.

Matt Salmon (R-AZ), introduced HR 3799, the Hearing Protection Act of 2015, to the house on October 22nd.  There, it was Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means and to the Committee on the Judiciary for consideration.  The full text of the bill, as well as updates about its progress, is available here.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) announced almost immediately their full support of the bill.  GunLink also fully supports HR 3799 and urge everyone to contact their representatives and ask that they also support the bill, which is co-sponsored by Frank Guinta (R-NH), John Carter (R-TX), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Chris Collins (R-NY), Glenn Thompson (R-PA), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Mia Love (R-UT), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Chris Stewart (R-UT), Scott DesJarlais (R-TN),  and Bruce Westerman (R-AR).

An easy way to contact your representatives is to use the tools at the PopVox HR 3799 page.  From there, HR3799 proponents can choose to support the bill.  Be sure to include a personal message about why you support the bill.  By including your personal message about why you support the bill, you guarantee that the PopVox system will generate a physical letter of support that will be hand delivered to your representatives’ offices.

You can also discuss the Hearing Protection Act of 2015 on the GunLink forums.

Why Support HR 3799?

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Keep Plugging Away; Maybe Ammo Prices Will Drop

Firearms Industry Praises Congressman Shuster for Work on Behalf of Hunters and Target Shooters

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, today praised Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials, for bringing to the attention of Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood the bureaucratic obstruction within the department’s Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) that is increasing the price gun owners have to pay for smokeless powder.

PHMSA is continuing to impose unnecessary regulatory burdens on smokeless powder manufacturers and distributors that result in higher shipping costs that are passed on to consumers. The increased shipping cost is due to PHMSA’s mishandling of the regulations that govern the shipment of smokeless powder. Although DOT has determined that smokeless powder can be safely shipped under less burdensome regulations, PHMSA has effectively blocked this reclassification costing manufacturers money, jobs and exports while driving up prices for consumers. Continue reading


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