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Orrin Hatch - Votes Related to the 2nd Amendment

Orrin Hatch - Votes Related to the 2nd Amendment

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Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains.
Congressional Summary:
AMENDMENT PURPOSE: To ensure that law abidingAmtrak passengers are allowed to securely transport firearms in their checkedbaggage.
 
On page 37, between lines 8 and 9, insert the following: "Allowing Amtrak Passengers to SecurelyTransport Firearms on Passenger Trains.--None of amounts made available in the reserve fundauthorized under this section may be used to provide financial assistance for the National RailroadPassenger Corporation (Amtrak) unless Amtrak passengers are allowed to securely transport firearmsin their checked baggage.
Proponent's argument to vote Yes:
Sen. ROGER WICKER (R, MS). This amendment aims to ensurethat gun owners and sportsmen are able to transport securely firearms aboard Amtrak trains inchecked baggage, a practice that is done thousands of times a day at airports across the country. Iemphasize that this amendment deals with checked, secured baggage only. It would return Amtrak toa pre-9/11 practice. It does not deal with carry-on baggage. Unlike the airline industry, Amtrak doesnot allow the transport of firearms in checked bags. This means that sportsmen who wish to useAmtrak trains for hunting trips cannot do so because they are not allowed to check safely a firearm.
Opponent's argument to vote No:
Sen. FRANK LAUTENBERG (D, NJ): I object to this disruptiveamendment offered by the Senator from Mississippi. He wants to enable the carrying of weapons,guns, in checked baggage. One doesn't have to be very much concerned about what we are doingwhen they look at the history of attacks on railroads in Spain and the UK and such places. Thisamendment has no place here interrupting the budgetary procedure. The pending amendment is notgermane and, therefore, I raise a point of order that the amendment violates section 305(b)(2) of theCongressional Budget Act of 1974.
Reference: Wicker Amendment; BillS.Amdt.798 to S.Con.Res.13; vote number2009-S145on Apr 2, 2009
 
Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership.
Amendment SA 2774 to H.R. 2764, the Department of State's International Aid bill:To prohibit the use of funds by international organizations, agencies, and entities(including the United Nations) that require the registration of, or taxes guns owned bycitizens of the United States.
 
Proponents support voting YES because:
 Sen. VITTER: This is a straight funding limitation amendment. Many folks who haven't followed theproceedings on this in the U.N. may ask: What is this all about? Unfortunately, it is about an effort inthe United Nations to bring gun control to various countries through that international organization.Unfortunately, that has been an ongoing effort which poses a real threat, back to 1995. In 2001, theUN General Assembly adopted a program of action designed to infringe on second amendment rights.The Vitter amendment simply says we are not going to support any international organization thatrequires a registration of US citizens' guns or taxes US citizens' guns. If other folks in this Chamberthink that is not happening, that it is never going to happen, my reply is simple and straightforward:Great, then this language has no effect. It is no harm to pass it as a failsafe. It has no impact. But, infact, related efforts have been going on in the U.N. since at least 1995. I hope this can get very wide,bipartisan support, and I urge all my colleagues to support this very fundamental, straightforwardamendment.
No opponents spoke against the bill.
 
Reference: Vitter Amendment to State Dept. Appropriations Bill; BillS.Amdt. 2774 to H.R. 2764; vote number2007-321on Sep 6, 2007
 
 
Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers.
A bill to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued againstmanufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition fordamages, injunctive or other relief resulting from the misuse of their products byothers. Voting YES would:
 
 
Exempt lawsuits brought against individuals who knowingly transfer a firearm that will be usedto commit a violent or drug-trafficking crime
 
Exempt lawsuits against actions that result in death, physical injury or property damage duesolely to a product defect
 
Call for the dismissal of all qualified civil liability actions pending on the date of enactment bythe court in which the action was brought
 
Prohibit the manufacture, import, sale or delivery of armor piercing ammunition, and sets aminimum prison term of 15 years for violations
 
Require all licensed importers, manufacturers and dealers who engage in the transfer of handguns to provide secure gun storage or safety devices
Reference: Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act; BillS 397; vote number2005-219on Jul 29, 2005
 
Voted NO on background checks at gun shows.
Require background checks on all firearm sales at gun shows.Status: Amdt Agreed to Y)50; N)50; VP decided YES
 
Reference: Lautenberg Amdt #362; BillS. 254; vote number1999-134on May 20, 1999
 
Voted YES on loosening license & background checks at gun shows.
Vote to table or kill a motion to require that all gun sales at gun shows be completedby federally licensed gun dealers. Also requires background checks to be completedon buyers and requires gun show promoters to register with the Treasury.
 
Reference: BillS.254; vote number1999-111on May 11, 1999
 
Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks.
Vote to table [kill] an amendment to make it unlawful for gun dealers to sell handgunswithout providing trigger locks. Violation of the law would result in civil penalties,such as suspension or revocation of the dealer's license, or a fine.
 
Reference: BillS 2260 ;vote number1998-216on Jul 21, 1998
 
National cross-state standard for concealed carry.
Hatch signed H.R.197&S.845
 
Establishes a national standard for the carrying of concealed firearms (other than a machinegun ordestructive device) by non-residents. Authorizes a person who has a valid permit to carry a concealedfirearm in one state and who is not prohibited from carrying a firearm under federal law to carry aconcealed firearm in another state:
 
 
Notwithstanding any law of any State, a person who is not prohibited by Federal law frompossessing a firearm and is carrying a valid license to carry a concealed firearm may carry inanother State a concealed firearm.
 
If such other State issues licenses to carry concealed firearms, the person may carry aconcealed firearm in the State under the same restrictions which apply in that State.
 
If such other State does not issue licenses to carry concealed firearms, the person may notcarry a concealed firearm in a police station, in a courthouse, at a meeting of a governingbody, in a school, at an athletic event, in an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholicbeverages, or inside an airport, except to the extent expressly permitted by State law.
Source: National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act09-HR197on Jan 6, 2009
 
Loosen restrictions on interstate gun purchases.
Hatch co-sponsored Firearms Interstate Commerce Reform Act
 
Congressional Summary:
Amends the federal criminal code to:
allow licensed firearms dealers to sell or deliver any firearm (currently, rifles or shotguns) toany state if the licensee meets with the purchaser and the transaction complies with the laws of the state in which the transfer is conducted and the purchaser's state of residence; and
eliminate the requirement that a licensee must conduct business at a gun show only in the statethat is specified on the licensee's license.
Nothing in this Act shall prohibit the sale of a firearm or ammunition between licensedfirearms dealers at any location in any state.
Proponent's Comments (NRA-ILA, Oct. 14, 2011):
This bill would remove several antiquated andunnecessary restrictions imposed on interstate firearms business since 1968:
 
Virtually all interstate transfers directly between private citizens are banned; so are nearly allinterstate handgun sales by licensed dealers.
 
Firearms dealers may only do business at their licensed premises or (since 1986) at gunshows in their own state.
 
Dealers may not even transfer firearms to one another face to face, away from their businesspremises.
Source: HR58/S169111-H0058on Oct 12, 2011
 
Ban gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC.
Hatch co-sponsored banning gun registration & trigger lock law in Washington DC
 
Nothing in any provision of law shall authorize the Mayor, or any governmental authority of the District of Columbia, to prohibit possessing firearms by a person who is allowed to possessfirearms under federal law.
 
Denies the District any authority to enact laws or regulations that discourage or eliminate theprivate ownership or use of firearms.
 
Repeals the ban on semiautomatic weapons.
 
Repeals the District's registration requirement for possession of firearms.
 
Repeals the trigger lock law.
 
Maintains the current ban on the possession and control of a sawed-off shotgun, machine gun,or short-barreled rifle.
 
Eliminates criminal penalties for possessing an unregistered firearm.
 
Specifies exceptions to the prohibition against carrying concealed weapons in the District.

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