3/07/00 GOA Members Stop Hatch’s Support For Gun Control

GOA Members Stop Hatch’s Support for Gun Control

For Immediate Release
March 2, 2000
For Further Information Contact John Velleco 703-321-8585

President Clinton and four congressional leaders, including Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), made it clear today that the omnibus anti-gun bill stalled in the conference committee will stay there a while longer.

“This is entirely due to the efforts of members of GOA, particularly in Utah, who have put the heat on Sen. Hatch to stop him from supporting his gun-control-laden Juvenile Justice bill,” said Larry Pratt, GOA Executive Director.

However, at his news conference today, he maneuvered to keep his options open. On the one hand, he is stopping his anti-gun rights Juvenile Justice bill. On the other hand he made it clear that he would vote for all but one of the anti-gun rights provisions if he felt he could get away with it.

“This means that the battle is not over. GOA will continue to urge its members to keep the heat on Sen. Hatch.

“Sen. Hatch’s concern, although unspoken, is that he must face a Republican nominating convention on May 6. That is why he did not go along with President Clinton today,” Pratt said.

Gun Owners of America is a national grassroots lobbying organization of over 200,000 members located at 8001 Forbes Place in Springfield, Virginia 22151.