More Info HereURGENT - House SubCommittee Passes 218 - Full Committee hearing
tomorrow at 10am (wednesday)
Here's a follow-up report courtesy of the Law Enforcement Alliance of
The House Judiciary Sub-Committee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland
Security, Chaired by Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC) today passed H.R. 218,
without amendments. Chairman Coble, a 218 cosponsor and long time law
enforcement supporter, ran a thorough and prompt hearing and mark-up
and the bill was passed or "reported favorably".
The Bill now goes to the Full House Judiciary Committee, where Chairman
James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has agreed to promptly schedule a hearing
and mark-up (vote) on the bill tomorrow morning at 10am. This is a very
positive action by Chairman Sensenbrenner.
Amendments to the bill that were to be offered today were withheld and
may likely be seen tomorrow. Congressman Scott (D-VA) had planned to
introduce a variety of unfriendly and outright anti-cop amendments.
* An amendment to ban "the concealed carry of assault rifles" by off
duty and retired police officers. (note, this is along the lines of Ted
Kennedy's amendment that would ban concealed carry of "sniper rifles")
* An amendment to make the BATFE the agency that decides who qualifies
as a law enforcement officer under H.R. 218.
* An amendment to let police chiefs prevent their officers from
carrying while off duty
Other possible amendments may include an effort to let states opt out
of the legislation, amendments that make it even more difficult for
retired officers to qualify, or even an amendment that would cause the bill
to sunset in 15 years.
We will keep you informed about what happens at tomorrow's hearing -
and LEAA assures us that they are fighting to keep the bill clean and
free of hostile amendments. They succeeded today - lets hope they do as
Posted Wed Jun 16, 2004 3:13 pm:
URGENT - HR 218 passes full House Judiciary Committee - all hostile
This in from the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA)
H.R. 218 has just been reported favorably (passed) by the full House
Judiciary Committee. Chairman Sensenbrenner, who had objected to the
bill, allowed a hearing, mark-up and fair debate and the bill passed. We
managed to defeat a number of hostile amendments, including ones that
would give states 4 years to vote to opt out, give BATFE the authority
to set firearms training standards to determine which law enforcement
officers qualified, and an amendment that would let police chiefs bar
their officers from carrying while off duty.
One amendment suggested that officers should be specifically barred
from carrying concealed "assault weapons" and Congressman Bill Delahunt
(D-MA) asked for an amendment to satisfy him that "retired officers
would not be able to carry concealed hand grenades." This is not a joke,
opponents of the bill actually argued that America's men and women in
law enforcement would be running around carrying concealed AK-47's, "hand
grenades and bombs."
The bill will now go before the full House for a vote, which is
tentatively scheduled for next week. This victory is thanks to the enduring
dedication of Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham - a naval aviator ace
during the Vietnam War and Top Gun instructor, who has fought for "cop
carry" legislation for the past 12 years. Thanks are also due to a
number of Judiciary Committee members who led a strong vocal support for
this legislation, including Congressman Ric Keller (R-FL), Congressman
Tom Feeney (R-FL), Congressman John Hostettler (R-IN), and Congressman
Steve Chabot (R-OH) among others. All of the H.R. 218 supporters on the
committee worked hard to ensure the votes were there for to defeat each
amendment. If you live in Florida, Indiana or Ohio, please let these
members know of your appreciation.
Detailed information including vote count, Member contact info and
more will be available shortly on LEAA's web site, www.leaa.org - We
thank LEAA for keeping us up to date with prompt reports from their staff
who worked yesterday and today's hearing. If you're not familiar with
LEAA, you ought to look at their web site and sign up as a member -
www.leaa.org They have been in this fight from the beginning.