From the Senate Judicary Committee web site:
“Firearms in Commerce: Assessing the Need for Reform in the Federal Regulatory Process”It is, of course, always possible that Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy plans on holding a hearing with an eye towards ending infringements of the Second Amendment, maybe abolishing the BATFE.
Senate Judiciary Committee
Full CommitteeDATE: September 14, 2010
TIME: 10:00 AM
ROOM: Dirksen-226OFFICIAL HEARING NOTICE / WITNESS LIST:September 7, 2010
NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled "Firearms in Commerce: Assessing the Need for Reform in the Federal Regulatory Process" for Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
By order of the Chairman.
Or, a whole bunch of Demorats--look at those names!--are going to commit political suicide by advocating even more draconian oppression just two months before an election in which they are pretty commonly held to be about to have their collective head handed to them.
Most likely, it will be a dog and pony show in which a whole bunch of Demonrats--and maybe a RINO or two, look at those other names!--will proclaim to one and all that they loooooooves them some lawful commerce in firearms, and wouldn't dream of infringing anyones Second Amendment Rights, and trot out some tame industry representative to advocate for, oh, I don't know, some reasonable improvement in regulation of gun shows? Maybe Federally Licensed Firearms dealers...?
UPDATE: By way of Say Uncle, the NSSF reports that the hearing is in regard to the ATF Modernization Act.
...This legislation strikes a fair balance between providing ATF with additional regulatory options – options other than license revocation — that encourage even greater compliance by federally licensed firearms retailers, while at the same time affording the licensees more rights and providing due process in the regulatory scheme.So, a good thing then. Well, it is an election year...
The bi-partisan bill was introduced by Chairman Leahy. It would give ATF new powers to issue fines and suspend licenses of federal firearms licensees (as opposed to current regulations which only allow for license revocation). In prior years this bill has been co-sponsored and passed by a majority of the House of Representatives only to die in the U.S. Senate. This is the first time a Senate version of the bill has been introduced. NSSF supports this bill. To learn more about the importance of passing S. 941 and to send a letter of support to your senators, please click here.