Believe it or not, Harry Reid secretly buried a section in ObamaCare that forbids any activity or authority under the Act to require any information pertaining to firearms ownership, possession, ammunition, etc.
Word on the street is that Reid—who was somewhat pro-gun at the time (not since Newtown)—inserted the clause to silence any opposition from the NRA to ObamaCare. The measure sought to silence any criticism that the databases compiled under the authority of the Health Care Act could be used as a back door for gun registration.
HotAir.com takes a jab at Pelosi, but also gives an important warning:
By golly, Nancy Pelosi was right — they didn’t know what was in ObamaCare until it passed! Of course, in this case all she needed to do was ask her buddy Harry Reid, who apparently sandbagged his party’s gun-control wing by inserting an interesting clause in the 2800-page bill that no one in Congress bothered to read before voting on it. CNN’s Jim Acosta reveals the restriction on firearms-registration data collection built into the 2010 law: . . .
The reason Reid inserted this clause, CNN reports without ever having actually talked to Reid (he declined comment), was to make the NRA “benign” in the ObamaCare fight — and to push back against “conspiracy theorists” who claimed that the bill would allow Barack Obama to start grabbing guns. Hey, that would never happen, right? Sure.
In any case, this isn’t that much of a bar on Congressional action. What can be done in this manner can be undone in the same manner. I’d keep an eye on any thousand-page bill rushed to the floor in this session to see if Reid reverses course.
Read the provision here (see page 20, under “‘(c) PROTECTION OF SECOND AMENDMENT GUN RIGHTS,” and remember: Reid has now flip-flopped on the gun issue. What he sneaked in he may sneak back out just as easily.