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Conservatives, led by Broun, warn Boehner on guns

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Rep. Paul BrounU.S. Reps. Paul Broun of Georgia and Steve Stockman of Texas have collected the signatures of more than three dozen Republicans on a letter warning congressional leadership from green lighting legislation providing for universal background checks without majority support from the House GOP caucus.

“We are writing to express our strong opposition to legislation requiring private background checks for firearms purchasers,” the pair, joined by 45 other Republicans, wrote. “Under the precedents and traditions of the House, we would ask that no gun legislation be brought to the floor of the House unless it has the support of a majority of our caucus.”

The majority within the majority protocol is known within the conference as the Hastert Rule, named for former Republican Speaker Denny Hastert, and is intended as an ideological check on leadership.

Broun, an outspoken conservative now running for U.S. Senate from Georgia, said the proposed measure, which is a top priority of President Obama and Senate Democrats, violates the freedoms of gun owners on an “unprecedented scale” — and all for naught.

Citing gunmen involved in recent mass shootings, the letter says the tightened purchasing regulations would not prevent criminals from legally obtaining firearms and would instead only punish law-abiding citizens.

“In additional to constitutional concerns, even if every private transfer of firearms were regulated by the federal government, it would not be an effective crime fighting tool,” the letter reads. “Typically, shooters steal firearms (Adam Lanza), pass a background check (James Holmes and Jared Loughner) or receive their firearms through straw purchasers (which is already illegal).”

Even though the state’s congressional delegation is among the most conservative and pro-gun in the nation, only one other Georgian, freshman Rep. Doug Collins, signed Broun’s letter.

- James Richardson


  1. pfair143

    Many thanks to these two Reps for preserving our welfare state with laws promoting our ignorance and backwoods statuses for all the world to see. Sounds like something “straight from the pitts of hell.”

  2. thank you for doing what you can to assure we don’t have to ask the government for permission to purchase a gun. Repeal of the current worthless bc checks would also be ok. Look at it this way, the FBI interviewed the marathon bomber and he passed their background check…go figure….you can’t control future acts or evil people! Move on to more important issues!

  3. Greyghost

    Thank God they get it. I am tired of being attacked by MY government because I choose to own firearms. The Illinois state police did a BC on me, and issued a FOID card. But, they do not track my gun purchases because that is illegal.

  4. Liberals SUK

    Sad that the OBVIOUS has to be written down and SHOVED under the “Crying majority leader of the House” what a doofus he needs to GO!

  5. pfair143

    Yes Diane, asking the government for permission to purchase a gun at all points of sale instead of just from a business selling guns by doing a background check to make sure you are not a terrorist, insane or a criminal is all about you. This is especially important knowing that Greyghost has actually been attacked by his government evidently more than once because he is tired of it. Please get well soon.
    At least Congress gets cash payments from lobbyists while we just get dead kids. In the future, since we are all so smart and have no backwoods intellect, let us all join hands and continue to make sure that for any law we pass against criminals that there are no criminals breaking it because then what would be the use? Your reasoning, not mine.

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