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Loeffler co-sponsors legislation on topics including gun rights, abortion, immigrants

David Pendered
loeffler, 2a Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler spent time with constituents in Henry County recently. Credit Loeffler campaign

By David Pendered

Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler has co-sponsored 32 pieces of legislation on hot-button topics related to gun rights, abortion and immigration, while attention has focused on the field of competitors she’ll face in the upcoming election.

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Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler spent time with constituents in Henry County recently. Credit Loeffler campaign

Among the 32 measures Loeffler has co-sponsored are two bills introduced by Georgia Sen. David Perdue; two bills and one resolution by South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham; and a resolution by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz commending those involved in the death of Iranian military leaders Qasem Soleimani.

Loeffler has co-sponsored three bills introduced by Democrats – to help veterans seek benefits; to help the disabled save and pay for disability-related expenses; and to ease waiting periods for ALS benefits, according to a snapshot produced by congress.gov of the legislation Loeffler has introduced or co-sponsored.

Loeffler’s campaign highlighted the gun rights measures in a statement released
Feb. 12. The statement begins with this historic perspective:

  • “During her first public speech, conservative businesswoman and political outsider Kelly Loeffler told Georgia voters that she was ‘pro-gun’ and would proudly back our constitutional rights in Washington. After just one month on the job, Loeffler has delivered on that promise by co-sponsoring three separate bills that safeguard the Second Amendment.”

Loeffler’s quote observes:

  • “Like many Georgians, I learned at a young age how to shoot, hunt, and properly take care of a firearm. I enrolled in marksmanship classes to improve my shot and learned about the training that our military men and women undergo every day.
  • “As a lifelong conservative, I know that the U.S. Constitution is not optional, and our Second Amendment rights are not up for debate. That’s why I signed on to three common-sense bills that protect and expand the freedoms of gun-owners across America. We must stop the radical left from trying to undermine public safety and the rights of law-abiding gun owners. We can’t back down. Our right to keep and bear arms ‘shall not be infringed.'”
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Kelly Loeffler

The three bills cited in the statement follow below, along with descriptions by the Loeffler campaign and the website congress.gov, which describes itself as being presented by the Library of Congress as the, “official website for U.S. federal legislation information.”

Senate Bill 69. Sponsored by Texas Sen. John Cornyn, introduced Jan. 9, 2009, signed by Loeffler Jan. 28:

  • Campaign: “Enables law-abiding citizens to exercise their right to self-defense anywhere in the United States through national conceal carry reciprocity with any other state that allows residents to concealed carry.”
  • congress.gov: “This bill allows a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows its residents to carry concealed firearms.”

Senate Bill 817. Sponsored by Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo, introduced March 14, 2019, signed by Loeffler Jan. 28.

  • Campaign: “The Hearing Protection Act: Cuts regulations on the purchase of hearing protection, making it easier for law-abiding gun owners to purchase suppressors to prevent hearing loss.”
  • congress.gov: “This bill removes silencers from the definition of firearms for purposes of the National Firearms Act. It also treats persons acquiring or possessing a firearm silencer as meeting any registration and licensing requirements of such Act. The Department of Justice must destroy certain records relating to the registration, transfer, or making of a silencer.”

Senate Bill 1331. Sponsored by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, introduced May 6, 2019, and signed by Loeffler just before the recess.

  • Campaign: “The Veterans’ Second Amendment Rights Restoration Act: Protects law-abiding veterans who own firearms from having their Second Amendment rights unfairly infringed by the federal government without due process.”
  • congress.gov: “A summary is in progress.”
  • Text of bill: To repeal a ban on certain veterans from owning and acquiring guns: “[T]he Secretary shall not report the person to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for the purpose of prohibiting the acquisition, receipt, transfer, shipment, transportation, or possession of firearms or ammunition.”

 

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David Pendered
David Pendered

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow.

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    Ij Reilly February 18, 2020 2:24 pm

    The point of submitting – much less running – this column? escapes me  It’s entirely campaign PR, right; is there concern that not enough Georgians have seen her TV ads? 

    Isn’t Collin’s parody ad a lot more entertaining? it’s certainly less pretentious and funnier…

    https://twitter.com/CollinsforGA/status/1229563539007922176?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1229573691035574272&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ajc.com%2Fblog%2Fpolitics%2Fgeorgia-senate-collins-targets-loeffler-new-hunting-spoof%2Fc4uuEJsUN2kgmVGdcKsjeN%2F

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