Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg, today praised the U.S. House for standing up for Second Amendment rights in the face of ongoing anti-gun efforts on the part of President Obama and his allies in the House and Senate. Language, which Rehberg included in the Fiscal Year 2013 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill, drew an Obama Veto threat but the House stood behind Rehberg and refused to remove it from the underlying bill.
"The Obama Administration fundamentally dislikes guns, and more importantly it distrusts gun owners," said Rehberg, who has an A+ Rating with the National Rifle Association. "The President and his allies in Congress are pursuing an anti-gun agenda with small, seemingly harmless steps instead of large obvious leaps. Tracking legal purchases of legal guns is just one example of federal overreach designed to make legal activity seem suspicious. The ATF continues President Obama's shadow campaign to implement new gun control regulations without the approval of Congress. We know where the House stands on gun rights, let's hope the Senate will stand up to the President in support of the Constitution."
On April 26, 2012, Rehberg successfully offered an amendment to fight an attempt by the Obama Administration to use an obscure regulatory process to track the purchases of firearms in four border states. Rehberg's amendment to the FY13 Commerce, Justice and Science House Appropriations Bill would prevent the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) from using federal funds to track the purchases of gun owners who buy multiple rifles within a certain time period.
It is now up to the Senate to choose whether it stands with President Obama against gun rights or with Rehberg in support of the Second Amendment. Last year, similar language was included by the House but could not get enough support to pass in the Senate.