January 2002

Downrange: 01/02

MCCAIN TO RENEW EFFORT FOR GUN SHOW BILL
U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has announced his intentions to force a Senate vote early next year on legislation that would require criminal background checks on all firearms sold at gun shows. The effort is driven by allegations by gun-control advocates claiming that foreign terrorists can easily obtain firearms from private sellers who are not required under federal law to conduct the checks. McCain, with the backing of Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH), Joe Lieberman (D-CT), and Charles Schumer (D-NY), will likely attach a gun show bill as an amendment to another piece of legislation, probably a homeland security measure, when the Senate convenes this month.

SIGARMS NAMES NEW CEO
SIGARMS has announced that Thomas R. Richards, a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired Rear Admiral, has joined the company as the new president and CEO. He takes over for Herb Rudolf, who will remain on in his position as Chairman of the Board of Directors of SIGARMS. Richards, a former Navy SEAL, served tours of duty ranging from Assistant SEAL Platoon Commander to Commander Naval Special Warfare Command.

BILL WOULD GIVE TAX BREAK FOR GUN SAFES
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) is expected to introduce legislation that includes a provision giving a $150 tax credit to individuals who purchase a gun safe. It would also require licensed firearm dealers to inform customers of the tax incentive.

ATA FACILITY SURVIVES CLOSE CALL
The Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) is accusing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, and Cook County Stateís Attorney Dick Devine of trying to impede development of a world-class shooting facility in southern Illinois.

The ISRA says Daley and Devineís opposition to revising the stateís firearm laws to allow non-residents to purchase ammunition while competing in the state threatens the Amateur Trapshooting Associationís (ATA) planned move from Vandalia, Ohio, to a state-of-the-art headquarters near Sparta, Illinois. During debate on reforming the Act in the Illinois House of Representatives, Daley political allies reportedly claimed that changing the law would lead to more crime and violence. The House overwhelmingly voted 90-23, however, to implement the necessary improvements to the law

I guess the House knew there werenít too many Perazzis being used as stickup guns.

-Todd Woodard