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    By JIM ABRAMS, The Associated Press
    Sep 28, 2006 5:21 PM (3 hrs ago)
    Current rank: # 305 of 6,548 articles WASHINGTON - Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she would block the Senate from taking up a House-passed bill that would change how the government handles gun dealer violations.

    The House on Wednesday voted 277-131 in favor of the legislation to change how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, pursues gun dealer violations.
    "This legislation would make it difficult, if not impossible, for the ATF to penalize gun dealers who have broken the law, and to prevent rogue dealers from continuing to sell guns," Feinstein, D-Calif., said in a statement.
    A single senator can put a "hold" on legislation, preventing it from being offered on the floor without the approval of 60 senators.
    The legislation differentiates penalties based on the seriousness of the violation and the size of the firearm business. It requires that any ATF decision on a dealer's license be reviewed by an administrative law judge.
    Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., who sponsored the House bill, said it would give the ATF greater flexibility to deal appropriately with minor violations while going after gun dealers who are breaking the law. "Despite what the critics said," Coble said in a statement, "our bill puts additional muscle in the arm of the ATF."
    But Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., a leading gun control advocate, said the bill would make it harder to revoke the licenses of corrupt and negligent gun dealers. "Even if the ATF is able to revoke a corrupt gun dealer's license, this bill gives the dealer 60 days to sell off his remaining inventory. This defies common sense," she said.
    The ATF bill was part of the House GOP's "American Values Agenda" announced last June which included flag protection, a ban on gay marriage, a ban on human cloning and tax cuts.
    The bill is H.R. 5092

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    Turn about is fair play!

    Next time the Anti-Gun Democrats propose a bill the pro gun Senators and Congress people should stop it from going to be voted on...

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