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Law-Abiding American's Gun Purchases are Not the Government's Business

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Chairman John Carter, a long-time gun owner and avid supporter of the 2nd Amendment, is once again fighting against increased regulations on gun owners.

Rep. Carter introduced an amendment to the FY2014 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill that would prohibit the use of any funds to require reporting of multiple rifle or shotgun sales to an individual. The amendment was passed by the full House Appropriations Committee and included in the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill Wednesday morning, July 17, by a voice vote.

Chairman Carter's amendment is in response to a program that was implemented two years ago by the Department of Justice that requires gun dealers in Texas, Arizona, California and New Mexico to report all sales of multiple rifles or shotguns to the same buyer to the federal government.

"The government has no business tracking the gun purchases of law-abiding citizens. American's should not be placed on a watch list for simply exercising their constitutional rights," said Chairman Carter. "President Obama should focus his attention on criminals rather than honest citizens exercising their rights."


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