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Kagan Wrote the Clinton gun ban

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Clinton staff: “We are taking the law and bending it as far as we can to capture a whole new class of guns.” Kagan wrote the Clinton ban on gun imports.

David Kopel • May 11, 2010 4:01 pm

The Chicago Tribune’s James Oliphant reports: “According to records at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., she also drafted an executive order restricting the importation of certain semiautomatic assault rifles.”
When ban was announced, Clinton staffer Jose Cerda stated, “We are taking the law and bending it as far as we can to capture a whole new class of guns.” [Los Angeles Times, Oct. 22, 1997].
The import ban was made permanent in the spring of 1998. Here’s an explanation I wrote, as part of an article on Rahm Emanuel for America’s 1st Freedom, which is a NRA member magazine:
In 1998, Clinton forbade the import of 58 types of firearms and their accessories. . . .
Emanuel defended the ban on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, repeatedly claiming that the banned guns were ‘military weapons, not sporting weapons.’
‘Those weapons were designed for one purpose—military—and they don’t belong on our streets,’ he insisted.
Emanuel asserted that Clinton had banned “the AK-47,” which was pure nonsense. The AK-47, which is a fully automatic rifle, was not covered by the import ban. Indeed, not one of the guns banned was an automatic, nor were any of the guns manufactured primarily for military use.
All the banned guns were used in target competitions. Some had names like “Hunter” or “Sporter.” So how did Clinton and Emanuel get around the 1986 federal law requiring that imports must be allowed if the gun is “particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes”?
Emanuel argued that it was permissible to ban the guns because [a Treasury study found that] comments from hunting guides showed that the guns were rarely recommended for hunting trips. As if the only gun that is a “sporting” gun is one used by people who can afford to take trips with a professional guide.
Emanuel further contended that the guns should be banned because they “accept rounds in the 20, 30, 40, in some cases 100 rounds at a case” [sic]. Of course, every gun that accepts a detachable magazine can accept a detachable magazine of any size. So Emanuel’s theory would actually set the stage for a ban on every gun that uses a detachable magazine.
Democratic Senator Pat Leahy, who was then the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote to President Clinton that he “strongly believes that using a Presidential directive to avoid the normal legislative process regarding any changes to the assault weapons ban is the wrong way to go.”
The list of banned guns is here, at page 167.
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commie, gun-grabbing, elitist, one world government types are behind this.
And this dirty bitch will be on the Supreme Court for life or until*****
Well from what I've heard the retiring judge was just as bad so we are breaking even in the long-run :(
Please stand up for your rights before there gone.!!!

My point is she is unqualified to be on the Supreme Court, with her anti gun philosophy and the Second Amendment of the Constitution. Please take a minute and e-mail your Congressional representative not to confirm her!!!!!!!!!! Let them know how important you think this is. While your at it tell them your against Net Neutrality, this would be the end of free speech on the internet if it passes. You would have to let guy's like- Monkey Shine- to express his views all the time uncensored. Please stand up for your rights before there gone.!!!

Even besides her anti-gun, leftist, liberal slant- she's not qualified

She's never been a judge, was only a lawyer for what, 2 years? then she went into academia... she has a history of pushing an agenda- something that does NOT belong on the Supreme court.. they are to INTERPRET the constitution only.. if they don't like what the constitution says, they still cannot contradict it- it would have to be amended.

I don't believe you can trust her to abide by that, or even fully understand what it means.

given her history, she could be appointed to the Department of Education- that's about it, IMHO
Please take a minute and e-mail your Congressional representative not to confirm her!!!!!!!!!! Let them know how important you think this is.
I suggest that anyone interested contact their Senator, as the Representatives have no role to play in the confirmation process.
Why am I not surprised that this fat, ugly, tuna-licking **** was involved in the Clinton gunban?

Probably a ***** partner of Hillary's.
+1 American Rage! Also, so is Kagan!

Thanks for the pat on the back. It's well appreciated!

Let see now, shes anti 1st amendment and anti 2nd amendment. Sounds like the perfect nominee to ensure 30 more years a idiocy from the supremes, and no more than two and half more years of this administration. Some bad and some good. Not the balance I would like, but still better than two terms of the zero.
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