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Old January 16, 2013, 01:06 PM   #57
Tom Servo
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The ones that concern me are these:

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4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
Those criteria are established by the 1968 GCA. Do we want the Attorney General to have the power to establish new categories of ineligible people?

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5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
So, a quick NICS check. Already happens in most jurisdictions.

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6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
And how do they do that when there's no such regulation with which to comply?

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9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
Let's bear in mind that "recovered in criminal investigations" casts a pretty wide net.

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11. Nominate an ATF director.
Directors have to be approved by Congress, which is why we haven't had one since Truscott left in disgrace. Urge your Senator to oppose any candidate for the job until acceptable action is taken with regards to Fast & Furious.

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12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
About time on both of those.

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14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
Again, urge your elected officials to defund any such measures. The NRA has done so successfully before.

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15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
Letting the free market make its own choices? Be still, my beating heart!

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

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17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
I thought it did, but to be honest, I have not read the whole of the ACA. Can anyone here clarify?

So, more cops on the streets, a few feel-good measures, some stuff that won't pass muster, and a few troubling things on mental-health reporting. We have a road map of the fight ahead now.
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