Friday, May 9, 2014

ARIZONA POLITICAL SHORTS, May 9: Schweikert Works To Prevent Real-Life "Gravity"; No Need To Report Sales Of Multiple Rifles In Arizona, Says House Committee

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3) Arizona and Kansas have until Tuesday to respond to a stay issued yesterday in the Motor Voter/proof of citizenship case.  The injunction means Arizona residents can continue to register to vote with the federal form and without providing proof of citizenship.  It does not impact on Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett's plans to have "federal office only" ballots for those voters who have not provided proof of citizenship. 

2) Rep. David Schweikert (R-CD6) - along with other members of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology - was working today on "how to prevent a real-life 'Gravity'".  Here he is questioning representatives from the FAA, FCC and DOD on how to control/track/mitigate the proliferation of space debris; his questions focus on insurance and international cooperation. The clip is 5 minutes long, and here is the link to the rest of the interesting hearing.  And, here is the 5 1/2 page memo on the Space Traffic Cop issue.

1) There is no need for Arizona gun dealers and pawnshops to report sales of multiple rifles.  After a contentious debate, the House Appropriations Committee yesterday approved an amendment to the spending authorization for the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives). It prohibits ATF from continuing its requirement for gun sellers in Arizona (and three other states bordering Mexico) to report if they sell more than one semi-automatic rifle (or selected other rifles) to the same purchaser.

The Multiple Sales For Certain Rifles requirement went into effect in 2011 and is scheduled to lapse this summer.  Texas Rep. John Carter (R-TX) proposed an amendment forbidding the ATF from continuing it.  After heated debate, the amendment passed 29-18.  (At this time, there is no available record of how Representatives voted; Rep. Ed Pastor (D-CD7) is the only Arizona member on the previously-powerful committee.)  The future of the amendment and the larger bill funding  Commerce, Justice and Science portions of the government is unclear.  (h/t The Hill)

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