New & Notable Legislation

via: Patriot Post

In the wake of the Arizona shootings, MSNBC’s Richard Lui asked, “Is it time to rethink the Second Amendment?” Some gun-control advocates on Capitol Hill say the answer is yes, though they seek merely to ignore the Second Amendment, not rethink it. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) has unveiled a bill that will once again make illegal gun magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. “The only purpose for the existence of these devices is to be able to shoot as many people as possible as quickly as possible,” McCarthy wrote. “There is no reason that these devices should be available to the general public.” We didn’t notice exceptions like that the last time we read the Second Amendment.

Also in the House, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) plans to introduce legislation that will make it illegal to carry a firearm within 1,000 feet of a member of Congress. This, of course, makes us wonder why he or anyone else would think members of Congress are so special. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) oppose the bill, as do we. May it not come within 1,000 feet of passing.

Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) are sponsoring legislation called the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would require that Congress approve regulations enacted by the Executive Branch. Over the last 25 years, administrations of both parties average between 30 and 40 major regulations (those affecting the economy by $100 million or more) each year. The Obama administration created 59 in 2009 and 62 in 2010. However, as The Wall Street Journal put it, “[T]he Constitution vested Congress with the duty to make laws, not to make vague suggestions about what it might be good for the law to be.” This bill wouldn’t be necessary if Congress wasn’t ceding its power to unelected bureaucrats, but that’s the best political cover for politicians who don’t want to take responsibility for the negative effects of their actions. If passed, this law would go a long way to fixing the system and holding government accountable.


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