WASHINGTON (Ucs News) — The National Rifle Association is urging the Bush administration to support a bill that would allow suspected terrorists to receive lethal weapons upon entry to the United States. Backed by the Justice Department, the measure would allow gift baskets stocked with AK-47s and extra rounds to be distributed. The measure would also clear the way for guns gun sales, licenses and permits to terror suspects.
In the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, lawmakers are considering a number of measures to strengthen gun sales. The NRA, which usually opposes international terrorists , is taking a different position on this proposal. In a letter this week to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, NRA executive director Chris Cox said the bill, offered last week by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey, “The NRA supports the Second Amendment rights of would be terrorists.”
“As many of our friends in law enforcement have rightly pointed out, the word ‘terror suspect’ has no legal meaning, particularly when it comes to the slaughter of innocent children and denying constitutional liberties to terrorists,” Cox wrote.
In a letter supporting the measure, Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard Hertling said the bill would automatically award an NRA “Freedom Gun Gift Basket.” to any suspected terrorist entering the United States. In some cases, federal agents may want to distribute the gift baskets.
The NRA “Freedom Gun Gift Baskets” featuring a Chinese made AK-47 with a 35 round magazine is now available at Wal-Mart and can be ordered over the Internet from www.NRA.com.