Democrat congressional staffers report a compromise has been reached in regard to firearm sales and ownership in a bill that will be fast tracked through the Democrat controlled house and senate.
President Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, says the president looks forward to signing the legislation as it forfills his pledge to hunters and sportsmen and at the same time enacts common sense measures and removes dangerous firearms from the streets and protects children.
The compromise makes illegal the sale and possession of all firearms with the exception of the following:
Firearm manufactures and gun stores will be liable for firearms used in a commission of a crime or involved in an accident.
Firearm will be required to be secured when in the home. To meet the recent Supreme Court ruling on self defense, one firearm may be assessable, but tethered to a hardened wire no longer then fifty (50) foot in length.
The bill also implements registration of ammunition sales and requires ammunition serial numbers, with serial numbers recorded in a national database.
A compromise has also been reached on the federal ammunition excise tax.
A reported prosposed $5 per ball ammunition tax has been reduced to $1.
An anonymous source within the administrations said an expected Supreme Court vacancy will insure all parts of the compromise gun bill will be received favorable by the court.
Brady Campaign issued a press release in support of the compromise bill. They hope the bill will be supported not only by all Democrats, but also Republicans and Independents.
The American Hunters and Shooters Association would not make a public comment at this time, but a spokesmen stated the association continues to support President Obama and his position on firearms and gun ownership.
As word of the compromise spread, firearm and hunting talk boards are posted with statements of disbelief and outrage. Many firearm owners stated they were not now members of the NRA but would immediately join the association.