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The House : Weakened Gun Law

April 20, 1986

A bill to weaken the nation's gun control law was passed by the House on a vote of 292 for and 130 against. This was a victory for the National Rifle Assn. and a defeat for police groups such as the International Assn. of Chiefs of Police.

Softening the 1968 Gun Control Act, the bill in part allows rifles and shotguns to be sold across state lines, makes it tougher for federal agents to inspect firearms sellers, allows dealers to make unrecorded sales from their private collections and eases other record-keeping requirements on them, and drops the requirement of current law that ammunition sellers be licensed.

The anti-gun lobby succeeded in keeping the existing ban on the interstate sales of handguns. But the bill permits handguns and long guns to be transported from state to state. The measure (HR 4332) was sent to conference with the Senate.

Members voting yes supported a top-to-bottom softening of the Gun Control Act of 1968.

How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Anderson (D) x Rep. Dornan (R) x Rep. Dymally (D) x Rep. Lungren (R) x

Interstate Handgun Sales

An amendment to continue the existing federal ban on the interstate sale of handguns was adopted by the House on a vote of 233 to 184. This was the anti-gun lobby's only victory during two days of debate on legislation (HR 4332, above) to soften the restrictive 1968 Gun Control Act enacted after the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

As later passed, the bill legalizes the interstate sale of rifles and shotguns.

Members voting yes wanted to ban the interstate sales of handguns.

How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Anderson (D) x Rep. Dornan (R) x Rep. Dymally (D) x Rep. Lungren (R) x

Tough Gun Law

A sweeping amendment to preserve the tough nature of the 1968 Gun Control Act, a law seen as unconstitutional by the National Rifle Assn. and other lobbyists against restrictive gun legislation, was rejected by the House on a vote of 176 for and 248 against.

Supported by most law enforcement lobbies, the amendment in part sought to outlaw the use of silencers, require that local police be notified of all sales of handguns, outlaw the interstate sale and transport of handguns, permit federal agents to make up to two unannounced inspections annually of gun dealers, retain a broad regulatory definition of "dealer," and prevent any softening of the legal test for prosecuting errant gun dealers.

Members voting yes wanted to keep the 1968 Gun Control Act essentially intact.

How They Voted Yea Nay No vote Rep. Anderson (D) x Rep. Dornan (R) x Rep. Dymally (D) x Rep. Lungren (R) x

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