House Passes Bill that Chokes ATF Funding

The US House passed a federal spending bill that will block the funding Obama needs to let the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives track guns near the border. You know, cause we never learned our lesson about tracking guns near the US-Mexico border.

Congressman Denny Rehberg included language in the bill that would slice away ATF’s funding, despite Obama’s promise to veto the bill if it ever got passed. We’re not fully brushed up on political innuendo, but we’re pretty sure that’s the political equivalent of a “I ain’t scared of you” directed at President Obama.

Obama’s bill would require firearm dealers in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California to report to the ATF sales of two or more semiautomatic weapons, if they’re .22 caliber or higher. The idea behind the program is that it would help limit the amount of guns that go to Mexican drug cartels. 

Rehberg isn’t buying it, and claims that Obama is pushing gun control in seemingly harmless phases. He argues, “Tracking legal purchases of legal guns is just one example of federal overreach designed to make legal activity seem suspicious.” 

Rehberg isn’t alone in his opposition to Obama’s plan. Max Baucus and Jon Tester, both Democrats from Montana, sponsored Rehberg’s bill. It’s an unlikely alliance, considering that Rehberg and Tester are up against each other in the Senate race later this year.

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