WEINER SAYS NRA HAS ONCE AGAIN PROTECTED THE FLOW OF ILLEGAL GUNS
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn & Queens), a member of the House Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee, released the following statement today in response to a failed bid in the House Appropriations Committee to remove the "Tiahrt" provision from the Commerce-Justice-State appropriations bill. A bid by Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) to strike the provision, which prohibits the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives ("ATF") from releasing its national gun trace database to police, mayors, and others, failed by a vote of 20 to 46. This information is vital in solving gun crimes and in strategically identifying patterns of illegal gun sales across state lines.
"Too many lives are being destroyed by illegal guns coming across state lines. The Tiahrt amendment only helps one group - criminals. That is who the House of Representatives stood up for today.
"It is critical that police officers have the ability to trace the flow of illegal guns, which could have possibly prevented the tragic incident involving two NYPD officers this past week.
"My colleagues that have bowed to the pressure from the NRA have failed police officers, and failed the families of those who have lost loved ones to illegal guns."
Last year, Weiner earned a ranking by the NRA as one of the top 10 anti-gun members of the House of Representatives because "he promotes New York City gun laws (among the most restrictive in the nation) as a model for the rest of the country." He has previously earned an F' rating from the NRA.