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03-HR3125 on Sep 17, 2003

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: against United Nations taxation on firearms
Source: Right to Keep and Bear Arms Act (H.R.3125)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: Prohibits appropriated funds from being used by any US official to promote any action by the UN which advocates the taxation of firearms or any other abrogation of rights under the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Condemns all proposals to tax or otherwise limit rights under the Second Amendment.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Rep. PAUL: This legislation prohibits taxpayer support of any UN actions that could in any way infringe on the Second Amendment. The bill also expresses the sense of Congress that proposals to tax, or otherwise limit, the right to keep and bear arms are "reprehensible and deserving of condemnation."

Over the past decade, the UN has waged a campaign to undermine the right to keep and bear arms, which is protected by the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on members of the Security Council to "tackle" the proliferation and "easy availability" of small arms and light weapons. Just this June, the UN tried to "tackle" gun rights by sponsoring a "Week of Action Against Small Arms." Of course, by small arms, the UN really means all privately owned firearms.

Contrary to the UN propaganda, the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right and, according to the drafters of the Constitution, the guardian of every other right. Many victims of tyranny were first disarmed by their governments. If the UN is successful in implementing a global regime of gun control, then more innocent lives will be lost to public (and private) criminals. I would remind my colleagues that policies prohibiting the private ownership of firearms were strongly supported by tyrants such as Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tong. Global gun control is a recipe for global tyranny and a threat to the safety of all law-abiding persons.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to House Committee on International Relations; never came to a vote.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 10. Question 10: Absolute right to gun ownership Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Gun Control
  • Headline: No United Nations taxation on firearms (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill against United Nations taxation on firearms (Score: 2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 03-HR3125

Ralph Moody Hall s1oTexas Democrat 
Mike McIntyre s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Max Sandlin s1oTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 
Charles Stenholm s1oTexas Democrat 
Gene Taylor s1oMississippi Democratic Challenger 



Republicans participating in 03-HR3125

Spencer Bachus s1oAlabama Republican 
Richard Hugh Baker s1oLouisiana Republican (Resigned 2008) 
Gresham Barrett s1oSouth Carolina Republican (until 2010) 
Roscoe Bartlett s1oMaryland Republican 
Michael Bilirakis s1oFlorida Republican (Retired 2006) 
Rob Bishop s1oUtah Republican 
Michael Burgess s1oTexas Republican 
Richard Burr s1oNC Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative 
Dan Burton s1oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Chris Cannon s1oUtah Republican 
John Carter s1oTexas Republican 
Philip Crane s1oIllinois Republican (Until 2004) 
John Culberson s1oTexas Republican 
Jo Ann Davis s1oVirginia Republican 
Jim DeMint s1oSC Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Jimmy Duncan s1oTennessee Republican 
Terry Everett s1oAlabama Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Trent Franks s1oArizona Republican 
Jim Gibbons s1oNevada Republican 
Phil Gingrey s1oGA Republican Challenger 
Wally Herger s1oCalifornia Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Peter Hoekstra s1oMI Republican Challenger 
Johnny Isakson s1oGA Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 
Bill Janklow s1oSD00 Former Republican Governor (1979=1986 & 1995-2002) 
Steve King s1oIowa Republican 
Jack Kingston s1oGA Republican Challenger 
John Kline s1oMinnesota Republican 
Ron Lewis s1oKentucky Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Donald Manzullo s1oIllinois Republican (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Jeff Miller s1oFlorida Republican 
Marilyn Musgrave s1oColorado Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Randy Neugebauer s1oTexas Republican 
Bob Ney s1oOhio Republican 
Charlie Norwood s1oGeorgia Republican 
Butch Otter s1oID Republican Governor 
Ron Paul s2pPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Tom Petri s1oWisconsin Republican 
Todd Platts s1oPennsylvania Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Pete Sessions s1oTexas Republican 
Bill Shuster s1oPennsylvania Republican 
Mike Simpson s1oIdaho Republican 
Mark Souder s1oIndiana Republican (until 2010) 
Tom Tancredo s1oColorado Republican Governor challenger 
Zach Wamp s1oTennessee Republican (until 2010) 
Roger Wicker s1oMississippi Republican (Senate 2008) 
Joe Wilson s1oSouth Carolina Republican 



Independents participating in 03-HR3125

Tom Feeney s1oFlorida Former GOP 
Virgil Goode s1oPOTUS Constitution Party Challenger 
Adam Putnam s1oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 5
Republicans: 46
Independents: 3


















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