Skip to comments.Ted Kennedy On Firearms Information Use Act
Posted on 03/17/2008 9:49:01 AM PDT by kiriath_jearim
(As Entered into the Record)
March 14, 2008 -- Its a privilege to join my colleagues in supporting the Firearms Information Use Act to repeal the Tiahrt Amendment and lift the veil of secrecy that currently surrounds the flow of guns in our country. The Act will give law enforcement agencies the support they need to do their job, while protecting information about undercover officers, confidential informants, ongoing investigations, and lawful firearms purchasers. Its a basic open-government measure that is critical for the public safety of communities across America.
The Tiahrt Amendment is an appropriations rider enacted in 2003 that restricts public access to information gathered by the Justice Departments Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It prevents law enforcement organizations from sharing gun trace data with each other and from obtaining gun trace data outside their geographic jurisdiction. It prohibits such information from being used as evidence in state license revocations, civil lawsuits, or any other administrative proceedings, unless specifically filed by Bureau. It also prevents the Bureau from publishing reports that use gun trace data to analyze the flow of guns at the national level.
Numerous mayors, law enforcement officers, and researchers have spoken out against these restrictions. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bipartisan coalition of over 250 mayors led by Mayor Tom Menino of Boston and Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, is staunchly opposed to the Tiahrt Amendment, and one of the coalitions top priorities is to have the Amendment repealed. The International Association of Chiefs of Police recently emphasized that we can reduce gun violence in our communities by making gun trace data publicly available.
In a 2006 report, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence documented the harmful consequences of the Tiahrt Amendment. The Brady Center found that the Amendment had an immediate chilling effect on the Bureaus activities, that academic researchers have already found their work stymied, and that the Amendment has crippled efforts by law enforcement to investigate patterns of gun trafficking on a nationwide basis and to identify sources of guns used in crime. The report unequivocally concludes that the Tiahrt Amendment is a transparent attempt by the gun lobby . . . to shield the public, as well as government and law enforcement agencies, from the truth about guns and crime.
In spite of these criticisms, the Amendment has been included in the Justice Department Appropriations Bill every year since 2003, and even more restrictive versions of it have been proposed in recent months. By enacting the Firearms Information Use Act, Congress can restore sanity to our policy on gun trace data. Repealing the Tiahrt Amendment will give our state and local officials the information they need to halt gun trafficking and the reckless dealers who facilitate it. Whatever ones views of the Second Amendment, surely we can all agree that it does not confer a right to sell firearms illegally. I urge all of my colleagues to support this legislation.
Kennedy behind the wheel is a greater danger than any amount of guns.
Oh, that's a really credible study........sheeeeeesh!
I’m waiting for the results of the “Mary Jo Kopechne Commission on Intoxicated Senators” study to see what it has to say about all this.
Kennedy should sit down, shut up, drink a few more beers and take a long walk off a short pier.
What a bloated, pompous disgrace this guy is. A philandering coward whose hands are still red with the blood of Mary Jo Kopecknie. The hero of Chappaquidick.
Anytime Sen. Bloato Boozo talks about the “flow of guns,” my thoughts automatically go to the flow of money in the past from America to Ireland to keep up the supply of guns for the IRA. Places like Massachusetts were the leaders in donations to groups perpetuating the Irish flow of guns. I didn’t hear much from the Toad Senator on that flow.
Thank you. Mind if I use that?
Not at all. Be my guest.
“The Act will give law enforcement agencies the support they need to do their job, while protecting information about undercover officers, confidential informants, ongoing investigations, and lawful firearms purchasers. Its a basic open-government measure that is critical for the public safety of communities across America. “
Open government? It appears the only accessible info. is about citizens and no government disclosure.