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May 2, 2013

Grassley discusses guns, immigration

Knoxville — During an interview with the Journal-Express this morning, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley explained why he voted against recent gun control legislation. 

Grassley's concern with the bill is that it would have required gun owners to register their weapons. He compared this to what the Nazis did in Germany, before taking over, and said that the government should not know who has guns. This undermines the Second Amendment, he added. 

"We shouldn't have registration," Grassley said. 

Grassley did work to find a resolution to recent gun control concerns. He, with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, introduced an amendment that they believe would have improved the system, while preserving the Constitutional rights of Americans. According to Grassley, and an accompanying press release, the amendment would have strengthened the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and done the following things: 

·         Improve and reauthorize grants for NICS database;

·         Require federal courts to submit relevant information to NICS;

·         Ensure that relevant mental health records are submitted by states to NICS;

·         Condition federal grant money for states on their submission of mental health records to NICS;

·         Increase federal prosecution of gun violence by establishing the Nationwide Project Exile Program and establishing a high level federal taskforce;

·         Study of the causes of mass shootings;

·         Responsibly addresses gun violence by criminalizing straw purchasing of firearms and gun trafficking;

·         Second Amendment Protections for Veterans. (According to Grassley, several Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have been wrongfully placed on a list which prevents them from obtaining firearms.) 

·         Require the Department of Justice to explain to Congress why it has or has not been prosecuting gun cases;

·         Place Limitations on Fast & Furious type operations by DOJ. (Fast and Furious is the DOJ operation in which the government allowed American weapons to cross the border into Mexico. One of these weapons was used to murder a US Border Patrol agent. Grassley, with other Senators, have pushed Attorney General Eric Holder to provide more information about this program, but has received little cooperation. President Obama has indicated that certain information can be withheld through executive privilege. The matter of executive privilege is now in the hands of the courts. Grassley said there is no time frame for a decision, but he continues to pursue the truth about this operation.)

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