Wednesday, May 2, 2012

ALEC & the NRA - A Match Made in Hell

This entry is why we need everyone – I mean everyone - thoroughly and critically looking at the model legislation that is on the ALEC Exposed webpage.

Sometimes I read a piece of ALEC “model” legislation and think – "Oh shit, someone else is going to read this and think the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are the “good guys”.  I know there is something inherently nasty about the"model" legislation I just read,  but I have no idea what it is.

Today, an article was posted on Media Matters, after a review had been done on the Section 4 documents of the IRS complaint filed by Common Cause IRS paperwork challenging ALEC’s tax exempt status.

Read over the summary of this bill:
Any person who knowingly solicits, persuades, encourages or entices a licensed dealer or private seller of firearms or ammunition to transfer a firearm or ammunition under circumstances which the person knows would violate the laws of this state or the United States is guilty of a felony

When I first read it I really didn’t think anything of it.
In fact at first glance – you might think that this is a harmless bill – you might even think it makes sense – and that it even makes ALEC look good for a change.

UNTIL – I really read the article on Media Matters that goes into detail how incredibly evil this ALEC “model” legislation really is.

Here’s a couple of  snips – PLEASE  read the whole thing, 

Model legislation supported by the National Rifle Association and the American Legislative Exchange Council that would make it illegal for private citizens to conduct stings exposing illegal gun sales is being criticized by veteran investigative reporters and media law experts who say it could negatively impact undercover journalists who report on such activities.

The NRA has explicitly stated that such legislation, which has been adopted in several states, is intended to target undercover stings by gun violence prevention activists seeking to shine a light on illegal private sellers.

Those efforts typically involve private dealers selling firearms to undercover activists after those individuals tell the buyer they don't think they could pass a federal background check. Such checks are not required for the transfer of firearms by private sellers, only federal firearms licensees, but it is illegal for anyone to sell a firearm if they have reason to believe the buyer can't legally own the weapon.

We need to get everyone looking at the legislation and critiquing it and showing the world why ALEC “model” legislation is just wrong.

ALEC – Just wrong – it doesn’t matter how you look at it.

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