A report for National Federation of Republican Women -
The Oklahoma Federation has three local clubs with members in the Moore area which was recently hit by severe tornadoes–Cleveland County RW, Helen Cole RW, and Liberty RW. Oklahoma Federation President Sue Thompson has spoken with each of the Club Presidents on the status of their members. Cleveland County RW identified one member who had lost her home. Helen Cole RW has several members who either lost their homes or had heavy damage. Liberty RW reported that all members are fine at this time.
Our prayers are with the Oklahoma Federation members and all Oklahoma residents who have been so sadly affected by the storms
A group of Mifflin County Republican Women are forming a council which will be affiliated with the Pennsylvania Council and Nation Council of Republican Women. For a printable flyer, one for you and one for a friend click here – Mifflin County Flyer
This week the Senate debates the merits and demerits of the Toomey-Manchin bill, known as the Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2013, which concerns background checks on guns sales. The following are talking points about the bill:
- The bill expressly states on page 2 that the it “supports and reaffirms the existing prohibition on a national firearms registry.”
- Senator Toomey has argued that the bill only expands background checks on private sales between individuals at gun shows and over the internet, but according to section 122, a background check must be done on a transfer “pursuant to an advertisement, posting, display, or other listing on the Internet or in a publication by the transferor of his intent to transfer or the transferee of his intent to acquire, the firearm.
- Subtitle A authorizes $100,000,000 in grants to be appropriated to enhance the National Criminal History Records Improvement Program from fiscal year 2014 through fiscal year 2017.
- The bill contains a severability clause, which means that if any amendment or provision in the bill is declared invalid in court, the rest of the bill will be unaffected.
- According to section 117, the privacy rights contained in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are waived, meaning that mental health records can be submitted to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System without having to abide by the privacy rights contained in HIPAA. The Gun Owners of America is particularly concerned about this measure, because they claim that under current law, 150,000 veterans have lost their right to own a gun on the basis of a psychiatrist’s diagnosis that they can’t handle their finances.
- The bill expands the number of people who would have to fill out a 4473 form (a firearms transaction record) in order to transfer a firearm–this form has to be filled out when a firearm is purchased from a federal firearm license holder, like guns shops. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) copies the 4473 information and keeps the information in its records, so by expanding the requirement to fill out 4473′s the BATF’s database of gun owner information will be expanded. Toomey and Manchin claim they ban centralization of information in their bill, but this provision would seem to negate that claim. Additionally, current law already bans registries, so the prohibition against a national registry in this bill is redundant. So while it would be against the law for the Department of Justice to establish a registry with the expanded 4473 information, that could only be enforced if the DoJ chooses to prosecute itself, according to the Gun Owners Association.
- The bill needs at least 5 Republican senators to pass provided that all 55 senators who caucus with the Democrats vote in favor of the bill. The bill currently has the public support of Republican Senators Toomey, Kirk, Collins, McCain.
To read the bill, click here.
Click here to find out about PA bills, and who has sponsored them, for PA Right to Work legislation – 2013 Legislation introduced to make PA a Right to Work State
The Pennsylvania Federation of Republican Women gather at the state capitol on April 13th, 2013 for Legislation/Red Jacket Day. Rep Keller, from the 85th district addressed legislation proposed to make PA Right to Work state.