Letter: Ayotte studied the bill, voted her conscience
Some have claimed, while providing no evidence, that Sen. Kelly Ayotte voted against the so-called background check legislation in exchange for money.
The bill that failed was not a truly a background check bill. It was a registration as a prelude to confiscation bill.
The base bill on the Senate floor used model language from Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York. Besides gun sales, it also applied to temporary and innocent transfers – like letting your spouse borrow your gun for a few hours to take it to the target range. The expansive language would have felonized almost every American gun owner – and that’s not a concept that has 90 percent support.
The Manchin-Toomey substitute avoided the temporary transfer problem. But it was hastily drafted in secret and poorly written. For example, the language, which claimed to outlaw federal gun registration, would actually have legalized one form of registration that is currently banned: building a registry from the sales records that firearms dealers are required to send to the government when they retire from business.
It has become obvious that Ayotte voted her conscience, and New Hampshire should be grateful that she actually studied the bill, knew what it would do and rejected it.
Ayotte says she helped introduce and voted for the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act, which improves the existing background check system, addresses mental health gaps in the criminal justice system, boosts resources to improve school safety, and criminalizes gun trafficking and straw purchases.
In recent days we have seen our TV screens flooded with anti-Ayotte commercials paid for by Bloomberg. Do independent-thinking New Hampshire people really need New York City billionaire Bloomberg to tell us how to vote?
LAWRENCE D. RUPP