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Sens. Cruz, Grassley Announce Gun Replacement Bill

Great Scott! Wrote: Apr 17, 2013 1:16 PM
Agreed, Doc. I don't necessarily trust them either, but Cruz strikes me as someone to whom we should give the benefit of our doubts. I like his Tea Party bona fides, and that helps me think he might have a real solution with this bill. BTW, any word on additional co-sponsors? I don't know where my Senators (Lee and, Hatch) stand on this yet, but I'll be calling them soon.

Senators Ted Cruz (Texas) and Chuck Grassley (Iowa) introduced an alternative gun bill this morning that would replace the current Senate proposal from Chuck Schumer and would replace the Manchin-Toomey background checks legislation. The proposal is the "Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act." This Cruz-Grassley proposal would "improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, increase resources for prosecutions of gun crime, address mental illness in the criminal justice system, and strengthen criminal law by including straw purchasing and illegal firearm trafficking statutes."

Grassley put an emphasis on the mental illness part of the bill. "We’ve put together...