UPDATE: Sportsmen Bill, like so many of Udall’s bills, died. Cue talk to security watchdog and mountain climbing. No, really, is Mark Udall having the worst week in Washington or what?
Last night, the U.S. Senate voted to move forward with what’s being called the “Sportsmen Bill”, which according to Politico, “would boost hunters and anglers through an array of provisions such as helping to build shooting ranges and loosening federal regulations on lead fishing tackle and bullets.” Politico also noted that this bill was meant to help at-risk Senators, like Mark Udall, who is co-sponsoring the bill:
“The package is a political boon to the host of red-state Democrats up for reelection this year, including the bill’s chief Democratic sponsor, North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan. Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is the bill’s main Republican author.”
A co-sponsor of a bill on bullets does not a Second Amendment advocate make. Unfortunately, for Mark Udall, his preference for overreaching gun legislation is well documented. From our post in March 2013 when Senate Democrats abandoned their so-called assault weapons ban:
But Perlmutter wasn’t the only Colorado legislator who supported the assault weapons ban. Democrat U.S. Senator Mark Udall also told Fox31′s Eli Stokols that he supported the assault weapons ban back in January:
“I’ve come to the conclusion that military style weapons really don’t have any place in our society. We ought to reinstate the assault weapons ban that served us well for 10 years from 1994 to 2004.”
We only can imagine the conversations now between Udall and the Democrats who asked him to support their over-the-top bill and, then, left him twisting in the wind.