SC Ready to Sound the Alarm on H.R. 45

March 9, 2009 by  
Filed under SC Politics

So besides the hours the House spent debating and voting on our ever important state budget, what did the SC State House of Representatives accomplish before/after 108 members saw it necessary to accept the stimulus money instead of doing what the rest of America is doing, trimming down the fat.

H.3673 was introduced and referred to committee. The resolution expresses “the opposition of the General Assembly of South Carolina to the Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 [H.R. 45] recently introduced in the United States Congress.”  Whew.

For those of you who don’t know, H.R. 45 (aka Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009) introduced by Congressman Bobby Rush (D -IL) would destroy our 2nd Amendment rights as we know it.  What does it require?  Here is a list just for starters.

Prohibits:

  1. transferring a firearm to any person other than a licensee, unless the transfer is processed through a licensed dealer in accordance with national instant criminal background check system requirements, with exceptions;
  2. a licensed manufacturer or dealer from failing to comply with reporting and record keeping requirements of this Act;
  3. failing to report the loss or theft of the firearm to the Attorney General within 72 hours;
  4. failing to report to the Attorney General an address change within 60 days; or
  5. keeping a loaded firearm, or an unloaded firearm and ammunition for the firearm, knowingly or recklessly disregarding the risk that a child is capable of gaining access, if a child uses the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury.

Did I mention this requires most ammunition to be bar coded?

We spoke with Congressman Bob Inglis (R – SC) a few weeks ago about the bill and he didn’t give us a warm fuzzy feeling.  Bob Inglis is against the bill, but believes that Nancy Pelosi (D – CA) will push this through.  Our best hope is that pro gun democrats like college football star Heath Shuler (D – NC) and others will stand up and buck the gravy train.

H.3673 was referred to the committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions. Be sure to contact your representatives and ask them to sponsor this resolution.  We need to send this message loud and clear to Washington.  Here are the committee members:

Herb Kirsh Liston D. Barfield Don C. Bowen
Marion B. Frye Vida O. Miller

As for Spartanburg County, all but two Representatives had signed on as of 12:14am on March 10th.  Those Representatives are Harold Mitchell and Joey Millwood.

I am happy to see our General Assembly fighting for our rights guaranteed by the US Constitution.  I just wish these bills did more than just memorialize the US Congress.  It is our understanding this process has very little effect influencing Congress.  Maybe they will put some teeth into one of these bills and give the Attorney General the grounds to sue the US over this matter.

By the way, go to the NRA website and help them get on Congress’ case to not pass this bill.

UPDATE (5:04pm March 10):
Joey Millwood and Eric Bedingfield have also signed on to this legislation now.

Confessions of a Congressman – Immigration

July 28, 2007 by  
Filed under News

Right now I feel like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. I was meeting with a U.S. Representative yesterday discussing ideas on how to handle various issues in the House. Of the topics were immigration, energy, partisanship, Iraq and Iran.

An interesting discussion came up around immigration. What do we do? We had the ball rolling and a few Senators came and took the ball off of the playing field. So where do we go from here? I couldn’t go without being quiet, so I asked the Congressman why he did not produce a piece of legislation, go up to Nancy, and work on a bill dedicated solely to boarder security. And after that was in place, then attack the resident illegal alien issue. His response was if I did that, I could only get 25 votes in the Senate. Again, I said then work with the Nancy and any other Democrat to come to a solution. And his response is that they won’t, they do not want to work to resolve that problem.

I approached him afterwards trying to further understand “why?”. His answer was simple. The Republican Senators who yanked the bill off of the floor gave the Democrats a reason not to work with them. They can now say the Republicans killed the bill and use that to hang over there heads.

A heated discussion developed concerning the topic. A good friend of mine who was their was totally insulted and humiliated by another member in the audience. There was no regard for humanity. She was told that she had no more right in America or to things in this nation than her family because one of her family members had come in illegally. The individual said my family did it the right way and worked hard to get here and something along the lines of you don’t deserve anything from the government. Mind you, my friend is a US Citizen, and her family is not here “living the easy life”. My friend has received her bachelors degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education, and has just left her job to return to school to work on her Ph.D in Mathematics. Both her parents work their tails off and her brother is actively serving in the US Air Force.

In great motion of thoughtfulness, his Chief-of-Staff followed her out as she left to return to work (The Congressman was still mediating discussions) to get some information from her. This happened on Monday. Tuesday night this Congressman called my friend to apologize for the individuals comments and encouraged her to return the next month’s meeting. He also explained some of that individuals situation to her (not in individuals defense).

Who is this Congressman? His name….Bob Inglis. You can meet with him on the 4th Monday of every month at Wade’s. More information is available at his campaign website “Let’s Talk”.

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