Sen. Burns Withdraws From S. 10

Another Senator Ready to Jump Off Hatch’s Horror Bill!
— Pressure from GOA activists results in third Senator deserting

GOA members and activists spent a good part of last year lobbying their senators on the dangers that the Juvenile Injustice Bill (S. 10) poses to gun owners. Now GOA has learned that these efforts are bearing fruit once again.

GOA recently contacted Senator Conrad Burns’ office and confirmed his intention to remove his name as a cosponsor of S. 10, the anti-gun crime bill introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Sen. Burns (R-MT) marks the third cosponsor to remove his name from a bill that, despite changes to it, could still choke the very life out of the gun industry.

Senators Wayne Allard (R-CO) and Bob Smith (R-NH) have also removed their names as cosponsors of the bill.

You guys should be rightfully proud of your hard work. U.S. Senators rarely withdraw as cosponsors of legislation, so making it happen three times is significant indeed.

In a letter to GOA staff, Sen. Burns reiterated his Second Amendment concerns with the bill:

Sections of the bill [S. 10] contain provisions that would infringe on an individual’s Second Amendment rights,” Senator Burns said. “Although, Senator Hatch has informed me that he intends to review these sections, I do not feel that these modifications are occurring quickly enough and have doubts that the changes will protect our Second Amendment guarantees. For this reason, I have removed my name as a co-sponsor of S. 10.