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Dem Bill Requires Background Checks For Fireworks

From The Hill:

Reid bill would require background checks to purchase explosives

By Pete Kasperowicz | April 24, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require background checks to be run on anyone buying explosive powder, a reaction to last week’s Boston Marathon bombing.

The bombers bought fireworks. Are we going to require background checks on fireworks? Really?

Reid introduced the bill, S. 792, for Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who has been out sick for much of the year. But in a press statement, Lautenberg said the Boston bombing shows that background checks are needed for explosive materials.

"It defies common sense that anyone, even a terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosive powders without a background check or any questions asked," Lautenberg said Tuesday. "Requiring a background check for an explosives permit is a small price to pay to ensure the safety of our communities.

Under current law, people can buy up to 50 pounds of explosive "black powder" with no background check, and can buy unlimited amounts of other explosive powders, such as "black powder substitute" and "smokeless powder."

Lautenberg’s bill would require a background check for the purchase of any of these powders.

In reality, the vast majority of people who buy black powder are ‘re-loaders.’ Hunters, who are trying to save a little money. This is just more of the war on gun owners.

It would also let the attorney general stop the sale of explosives if a background check shows the applicant is a known or suspected terrorist, and if there is a belief the explosives will be used for terrorism…

In other words, this bill would not have stopped the Boston bombers nor the Times Square bomber, since none of them was ever known or suspected to be a terrorist by our government.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, April 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Dem Bill Requires Background Checks For Fireworks”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    Let’s run background checks on people donating to Harry Ried.

    • River0 says:

      I want psychological testing and evaluation, background checks, and a full medical workup on all sitting politicians in Washington.

      I’m certain 15% (mostly Demonicrats) would be disqualified for dementia, including Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangel, and Harry Reid. Did you ever notice Reid has to literally read everything he says. He doesn’t dare say a word extemporaneously. ‘Harry Read’ he certainly is.

      Another 30% would be eliminated for debilitating neurosis and manic depression.

      Nobody should even be allowed to run for office without a background check and full medical workup.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Has anyone done a background check on Harry Reid?

  3. mr_bill says:

    When the ammo shortages began, a lot of people turned to loading their own, since they couldn’t find anything else. Many have loaded their own for a long time, for a lot of reasons: consistency, frugality, custim loads, etc. There’s been a lot of speculation as to whether or not the government is contributing to ammo shortages. The fact that they want to limit re-loading supplies speaks volumes.

    If they’re really serious about stopping people buying explosives, why don’t they ban mohammadans from buying explosive powders and leave the rest of us alone? I mean, if we’re going to throw the Constitution out the window and trample rights, let’s at least do it to the people who are responsible for the terrorist activity.

    • captstubby says:

      Reps challenge DHS ammo buys, say agency using 1,000 more rounds per person than Army

      Published April 25, 2013

      Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Thursday that the Department of Homeland Security is using roughly 1,000 rounds of ammunition more per person than the U.S. Army, as he and other lawmakers sharply questioned DHS officials on their “massive” bullet buys.

      “It is entirely … inexplicable why the Department of Homeland Security needs so much ammunition,” Chaffetz, R-Utah, said at a hearing.

      Chaffetz, who chairs one of the House oversight subcommittees holding the hearing Thursday, revealed that the department currently has more than 260 million rounds in stock. He said the department bought more than 103 million rounds in 2012 and used 116 million that same year — among roughly 70,000 agents.
      The department has long said it needs the bullets for agents in training and on duty, and buys in bulk to save money.

      While Democrats likened concerns about the purchases to conspiracy theories, Republicans raised concern about the sheer cost of the ammunition.

      no “goverment spending cutbacks “?

  4. Mithrandir says:

    Frank Lautenberg,

    The guy who passed legislation (with the help of willing Republicans) to TAKE AWAY YOUR 2nd AMENDMENT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT for misdemeanor offenses. Just the slow and constant whittling away of our rights and humanity, goes on and on and on. It’s the democrat Chinese Water Torture tactic.

    Now he is at it again.

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