Rep. Bob Goodlatte
ATF Abandons Second Amendment Attack
The United States Constitution is not a document of suggestions
for how the U.S. should be governed. It's not a "choose your own
adventure" novel where you can pick which portion to follow and
ignore the rest. The Constitution is the framework for our entire
system of government and provides for the protection of our
rights and liberties as Americans. Actions by the Executive
Branch to unilaterally change our laws are in direct
contradiction with the separation of powers outlined by the
Unfortunately, President Obama recently attempted to use his pen
and phone to stretch his authority to implement more policies
that Congress has refused to enact, this time to deprive
Americans of their Second Amendment rights. Sadly, we've seen
this before from the President regarding our immigration and drug
laws as well as Obamacare changes.
Under the Administration's command, the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) made a move to change a
longstanding exemption to ban a popular, affordable bullet used
for the AR-15. Americans own more than five million AR-15s, which
are the most commonly used rifles for shooting sports as well as
home protection. This backdoor attempt to ban the production and
sale of M855 ammunition would have impacted many law-abiding gun
owners and restricted the American people's ability to legally
and responsibly exercise their Second Amendment rights.
Folks in the Sixth District are fed up with actions like these,
and 239 bipartisan Members of Congress - a clear, sizeable
majority of the House - agree that this attack on the Second
Amendment is wrong and should be stopped immediately. In response
to the Administration's actions, on March 4th I led a letter to
the ATF, signed by this bipartisan group of Members, in firm
opposition to this ban.
After much pressure from Congress and Second Amendment
supporters, on March 10th the ATF announced that it would abandon
its attack on the Second Amendment. While this is good news, we
must continue to steadfastly protect the constitutional rights of
law-abiding citizens. I respect the Second Amendment, and urge
the President to halt any future actions that would infringe upon
the rights afforded to all Americans. Read my full weekly column
Another Secret Service Scandal - Agents' Actions Unacceptable
News reports this week revealed another scandal within the Secret
Service. The Secret Service is tasked with protecting the White
House, but once again another incident makes the agency look more
like it's partying in "Animal House." Not only did the two agents
endanger their own lives and innocent civilians by potentially
choosing to drink and drive, they also imperiled the entire White
House complex by disrupting an active bomb investigation. Such
poor judgement warrants severe consequences and also raises
questions that the Secret Service has not learned the tough
lessons it should have following other recent scandals.
The House Judiciary Committee has conducted aggressive oversight
of the Secret Service and will continue to do so. Incidents like
this are completely unacceptable and must stop. At the
Committee's oversight hearing last year, Director Clancy pledged
to make necessary improvements at the agency to rein in abuses
and ensure professionalism. I intend to hold him to this promise
and work with him to ensure the President, White House personnel,
and innocent civilians are protected from threats from outside
entities and now from within the agency itself.
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Sixth District communities! Click here for the full schedule.
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suspect this type of fraud, you are encouraged to report it. To
report suspected fraud, dial 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477) or
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learn more about online reporting. If you have additional
questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact one of
my Sixth District offices.
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