An active Gun Owner Caucus member received the following reply via email from freshman Congressman Kurt Schrader expressing his opposition to this wide-ranging gun control and registration bill. Schrader took the opportunity to voice opposition to the bill and stake out his own pro-2nd Amendment position:
Dear [name removed for privacy]:
Thank you for writing me with your thoughts on HR 45, Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009. I understand and share your opposition to this legislation.
I am a responsible gun owner. The Constitution allows the right to keep and bear arms. The federally mandated licensing of firearms set forth in HR 45 would over step the bounds on the Federal government set by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Thank you again for your letter and should you have any further questions or concerns, please contact my office by calling (202) 225-5711 or 1-877-301-KURT.
Member of Congress
And thank you, Congressman Schrader, for making your position clear and protecting the rights of Americans to defend their civil rights. It is good to know our newest Oregon congressman stands with fellow Democratic Oregon Congressmen Peter DeFazio and David Wu in supporting gun owners' Constitutional rights.
A summary of HR 45, Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, can be found here. This is a truly terrible gun control bill unlikely to have any effect on crime but which would go a long way towards taking away your 2nd Amendment rights. It needs to fail.