WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), an ardent supporter of Second Amendment rights, today joined 28 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees requesting that several House-passed firearms provisions be included in the conference report of H.R. 2112, the legislative vehicle for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS), and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.
The letter came after the U.S. Senate rejected making nine second amendment provisions offered by the U.S. House of Representatives permanent. Without further action, these provisions will only extend through FY2012.
“The nine Second Amendment provisions offered by the U.S. House of Representatives should be included in the final legislation,” said Inhofe. “There is absolutely no reason to not make these noncontroversial provisions permanent. Most of these provisions have been in place for years, providing people with their constitutional second amendment rights, free from government intrusion.”
In the letter, the bipartisan group of Senators wrote, “Congress has taken many actions to preserve Second Amendment rights and prevent undue encroachment on those rights on the part of the Executive Branch.” The Senators also noted that “[m]ost of these protections have been in place for a number of years – some going back as far as three decades – and none of them have been the source of any significant controversy.”