Montana’s Congressman Dennis Rehberg is certainly on a roll lately. His latest achievement? Failing to get the most pro-gun Congress in American history to accept a pro-gun amendment to the budget deal:
Gun-control advocates won a rare victory this past Friday when congressional negotiators removed a provision from the final budget deal that would have made it much harder for the government to regulate firearm sales along the Mexico border.
The amendment, offered by Reps. Dan Boren (D-Okla.) and Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), would have prevented federal funds from being used by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to track bulk sales of long guns in southwestern states.
Either Rehberg is entirely incompetent or his extremist position on guns was even too much for the House GOP to accept. While we can be quite certain of the former, we shouldn’t discount the latter. I would say even most proponents of the Second Amendment would find it acceptable to track bulk purchase of guns to control violence along our Southern border.
What did Rehberg say?
NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the gun-rights lobby did not put out a statement on the rider being stripped. Rehberg’s office did not have a statement either. A call to Boren’s office was not immediately returned.
Leadership at its finest.