13 Jan 2005 21:07:57
HarryUSA
. . . . Yahoo! News; Daley's 'New' Gun Control Plan is 'Same Old Extremism,' Says Citizens Committee

Daley's 'New' Gun Control Plan is 'Same Old Extremism,' Says Citizens
Committee
--Wed Jan 12, 7:13 PM ET
--To: State and City Desk
--Contact: Alan Gottlieb or Joe Waldron, 425-454-4911
--Both of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
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BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 12 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is
repackaging his "same old extremism" as a new plan to strip law-abiding
citizens of their gun rights, and penalize retailers for crimes committed by
somebody else, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
(CCRKBA) said today.

Mayor Daley has proposed gun control legislation that would make it a crime
to sell firearms without taking "reasonable precautions" against their
illegal use, which are impossible for a dealer to do, and allow lawsuits
against gun dealers who "should have known" that a gun buyer intended to
commit a crime.

"This goes beyond the ridiculous," observed CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.
"Mayor Daley not only wants to hold firearms dealers responsible for the
criminal acts of people beyond their control, he now expects them to become
mind readers. We've known for years that Daley is an anti-gun rights
extremist, but these proposals reach a new low mark, even for him."

Added CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron, "Just what defines 'reasonable
precautions' in Daley's proposal? Who determines what that is? Ultimately,
in the kind of anti-gun environment the mayor is trying to perpetuate, the
only 'precaution' that would be considered 'reasonable' would be for dealers
to refuse to sell firearms to anybody. Of course, that's what Daley wants,
because through some tortured logic, he believes that preventing law-abiding
Illinois residents from purchasing firearms is somehow going to stop Chicago
street thugs from murdering people. By law, dealers cannot arbitrarily
refuse to sell a firearm to someone who completes the paperwork and passes a
background check, and Daley knows it. It would be grounds for a
discrimination lawsuit.

"He also knows," Waldron continued, "thanks to a recent Illinois Supreme
Court ruling, that this kind of anti-gun strategy does not pass the legal
smell test."

"Mayor Daley," said Gottlieb, "either doesn't get it, or he has completely
lost it. Courts all over the country have consistently ruled against the
kinds of lawsuits he is promoting with this legislation. Passing a new law
is not going to make such lawsuits any more successful. Daley is simply
attempting to further harass law-abiding gun dealers. He's like the guy who
watches the same movie over and over and over again, expecting it to have a
different ending."

With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens
Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is one of the nation's premier
gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens
Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active
lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of
gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.

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