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NRA Reaches Deal with Dems

Apparently the NRA and Democrats have come to a compromise solution on enforcing the Heller decision by reforming The Districts gun laws.  The compromise bill will be introduced today.  I’ll let you know as soon as I hear of it.

12 Responses to “NRA Reaches Deal with Dems”

  1. JJR says:

    Makes you wonder how this will impact Heller’s 2nd lawsuit…I hope Congress overturns the semiauto ban and the trigger lock/unloaded/disassembly storage requirements as well.

    I’d love to see Heller sue for the right to carry concealed in the District next.
    That’d put REAL teeth into the 2nd Amendment.
    Heller won the right to “keep” his handgun(s), but only being able to “bear” them within the confines of his home is still pretty lousy, and, I submit, still an unreasonable infringement of his 2A rights.

  2. BC says:

    Depending on the specifics of the compromise, Heller’s new lawsuit could be dismissed for mootness.

  3. 6Kings says:

    Compromise doesn’t sound good. It sounds like we are getting shorted.

  4. Sebastian says:

    Well, we’ll see what the compromise is. They actually do need to get something passed, or we’re going to be fighting DC for the better part of a decade. The question will be, what did the Democrats want NRA to give up?

  5. anon says:

    Anyone out there taking odds that the ‘compromise’ will be loaded/unlocked semi-autos allowed, but the 12 round mag limits and registration stay…

    Honestly, I’d rather wait for the courts to do the right thing (even if it has to go back to the SCOTUS) than have another compromise bill. The NRA continues to play conservatively, even when we have the strongest hand we’ve been dealt in 70+ years… Ugh!

  6. Sebastian says:

    I’m told it will be a good deal. The dens just didn’t want the repubs to take credit. We shall see.

  7. Unix-Jedi says:

    I headed over here to see what the take was.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/29/AR2008072902109.html

    I read that this morning, before I heard about the “compromise”.

    My first, gut feeling is probably predictible, given my past history. Here’s to hopin’ I’m wrong.

  8. Details of the compromise were still incomplete late Wednesday, but a bill is to be introduced Thursday that would narrowly enforce a June Supreme Court decision rejecting the District’s decades-old handgun ban.

    I am admittedly jumping to conclusions with very little information on which to base them, but from the sound of that, all that’s missing here is Neville Chamberlain proclaiming that we have achieved “peace in our time.”

    Let’s hope I’m wrong, as well.

  9. Saladman says:

    Well, we’ll see.

    I’d be more optimistic if the NRA leadership had understood the Gura/Levy strategy instead of trying to kill the suit, both by finding its own plaintiffs and trying to combine cases, as well as by trying repeatedly to get Congress to repeal the ban after the case was filed but before it appeared before the Supremes. (A goal I agree with, but the timing was contemptible.)

    And Heller’s new suit looks solid also. Why deny him standing on a case we should win?

    “Some Republican leaders are angered that the NRA has been negotiating with Democrats rather than holding their feet to the fire.”
    -The Hill

    That’s… not encouraging either. Not that the NRA should be an organ of the Republican party, but when even Congressional Republicans think you’re compromising too much with Democrats, that’s not a good sign. I mean, we’re not talking the War on Guns crowd here. Possibly NRA leadership is planning for the conventional wisdom of Democrats picking up seats in the fall, but there’s time for that to flip, especially if Pelosi and Reid hold the line on oil drilling.

    But this is just speculation on my part until we get details. Heck, maybe even I’ll like it.

  10. Sebastian says:

    the reason they weren’t behind the lawsuit was fear it would lose. That was a legit fear before oconner retired. New post up on the deal. It looks pretty good.

  11. anon says:

    Well, I was wrong on the registration, and the interstate purchase ability is a HUGE bonus, but… no mention of semi-auto rifles, and no mention of magazine limits?

    Any bets on what DC does about those? Don’t intend to bring down the room, but cynicism towards Fenty and his co-conspirators is well founded of late…

    If they just drop DC’s ‘machine gun’ definition, this will be a decent bill, if they do so only for pistols… then this is tacit approval for mag limits and an AWB. As we’ve just seen post Heller, DC will weasel into any crack in the language.

    Also, we still need a Senate version. Without that, this is just a tool for Blue Dog Dems to suck up to the constituents. I hope the ILA puts my (admittedly small) donation to good use.

    Fingers Crossed!

  12. Sebastian says:

    Saladman:

    The reason is, because we can accomplish through a bit of lobbying in Congress what will take years and years in the courts. Legislation is also considerably less risky. NRA is backing both the Congressional effort, and Heller II. Expect this Legislation/Litigation strategy to be NRA’s tactic in the future. It’s always better to try to accomplish something legislatively than it is through The Court. Be wary of having any faith that the federal courts want a broad and strong Second Amendment.

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