Published recently in the Western Edition of the SH Press.
A short count of Lee Zeldin’s ways:
6/3/2015: Lee Zeldin voted YES—(HR 2578: Massie amendment) to restrict the ability of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, to regulate the sale of ammunition for semi-automatic weapons.
2/26/16. He voted YES—(HR 2406: Griffith amendment) prohibiting firearm bans in airports and other transportation facilities; YES, to allowing persons to legally transport firearms, or ammunition, from any place where firearms are permissible to any other such place “if the firearm is unloaded”; YES, to exempting components of firearms, ammunition and fishing gear (lead sinkers, bullets, casings, and such) from regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act; YES, to permitting hunters to import polar bear parts (other than internal organs ) if legally harvested in Canada from populations approved for hunting before May 15, 2008–when listed as threatened. (So the hunt is OK now if the population was not threatened then ); YES, to preventing Army COE from prohibiting firearms on public water development projects; YES, to declaring that the National Parks Service may establish hunter “access corridors” on public lands which need not consider evironmental impacts; YES, to establishing permanent or temporary elimination of any management status that restricts many public lands from fishing or hunting or related activities.
Zeldin voted YES to withdraw the “Alaska; Hunting and Trapping in National Preserves” rule (October 23, 2015), which now allows “taking any black bear, including cubs and sows with cubs, with artificial light at den sites; taking brown bears and black bears over bait; taking wolves and coyotes during the denning season; harvest of swimming caribou or taking caribou from a motorboat while under power; and using dogs to hunt black bears”. HR 2406 also updates a December 28, 2011 ruling and now delists some Grey Wolf populations from endangered status and removes several “Critical Habitat” designations—the “Yellowstone Protection Area” included. These HR 2406 “Reissued rules are not subject to judicial review.”
1/30/2017: YES—(Co-sponsored HR 367: “Hearing Protection Act of 2017”) to easy access of silencers for guns, eliminating the $200 federal tax, and cumbersome registration mandates.
3/16/2017: YES—(H.R. 1181) to end restrictions on over 167,000 veterans deemed “mentally incompetent” from owning or purchasing firearms.
9/14/2017: YES—(HR 3354) to restrict ATF;s ability to prevent gun trafficking by freeing dealers from reporting bulk sales of weapons; and YES to defunding Center for Disease Control’s gun violence research.
12/6/2017: YES—(Co-sponsored HR 38) to allow any concealed gun carrier from any state to legally enter any other state, regardless of differing individual state laws. You can travel concealed and unafraid from “no-permit-needed” Arizona, to very vigilant California without a problem.
Zeldin’s NRA career total: $56,281. Yes, let me count the ways.