Gun Owners Urge Senate to Strike Down Anti-Gun Amendments

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:04 PM EDT

( - Gun Owners of America is urging the U.S. Senate to pass S. 659, a bill that would protect gun manufacturers from politically motivated lawsuits, but GOA said the bill must pass without amendments.

"Anti-gun Senators like Dianne Feinstein and John McCain are lining up to offer anti-gun amendments to this bill," said Erich Pratt, GOA's director of communications. The amendments include an extension of the Clinton-era "assault" weapons ban and background checks on gun show purchases.

"The semi-automatic weapons ban, contrary to popular belief, outlawed more than 180 firearms -- not simply 19, as is commonly reported," Pratt said in a press release.

"Even before the Clinton ban was enacted, federal surveys showed that violent criminals carried a 'military-type gun' only in about one percent of the crimes nationwide. The Clinton semi-auto ban is a total fraud," he said.

"The gun show ban is equally obnoxious," Pratt said, "as it would outlaw the private sale of firearms at gun shows, unless the buyer agrees to submit to a background registration check."

If the Senate were to adopt the McCain gun show language, it would effectively eliminate gun shows, GOA noted.

"The members of Gun Owners of America are not going to sit idly by and swallow more infringements of our liberty," Pratt said. "GOA will oppose S. 659 if any anti-gun amendments are added to it."

GOA has already notified every Senate office that it will rate a vote in favor of S.659 as an anti-gun vote if the bill is passed with any gun control amendments.

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