Standing Up For Nevadans' Second Amendment Rights

REID STANDS UP FOR NEVADANS’ SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Harry Reid is a gun owner and a strong defender of Second Amendment rights for Nevadans and all Americans. His efforts have earned the gratitude of the National Rifle Association, who recently called on their Nevada membership to “contact Senator Reid and thank him for supporting our gun rights.” Reid’s consistent support for the Second Amendment includes repeatedly voting against bans on so-called “assault weapons,” ensuring gun manufacturers are protected from junk lawsuits, voting to allow law-abiding citizens to carry firearms in national parks and opposing the District of Columbia’s handgun ban. Reid will continue to fight on behalf of Nevada’s hunters and shooters.

NRA CEO: Reid “Is A True Champion Of The Second Amendment.” In August 2009, the Review-Journal reported that at the opening ceremony for the Clark County Shooting Park, “It was the elder Reid who came loaded with the biggest political weapon, a flattering speech from Wayne LaPierre, chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association, a gun rights organization with 3.5 million members and a $120 million annual budget. ‘He is a true champion of the Second Amendment,’ LaPierre said of Reid.” [Review-Journal, 8/26/09]

NRA CEO: “No One Has Been A Stronger Advocate For Responsible Gun Ownership Than” Reid. According to an August 2009 press release, “Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association and other NRA members also attended today’s opening ceremony. ‘I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Senator Reid in our fight to protect the Second Amendment,’ LaPierre said. ‘I can tell you no one has been a stronger advocate for responsible gun ownership than him.’” [Reid Press Release, 8/25/09]

“Reid Is An Odd-Man Out” As A Pro-Gun Democratic Leader. In July 2009, the Las Vegas Sun reported, As Senate majority leader, Reid is an odd-man out in Washington — a top Democratic leader who is more pro-gun than several of his lieutenants or rank-and-file members.” [Las Vegas Sun, 7/26/09]

THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION SENT A LETTER ASKING THEIR NEVADA MEMBERS TO THANK SENATOR REID FOR SUPPORTING SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Las Vegas Sun: NRA Letter Thanking Reid “Reads Like A Greatest Hits List.” In July 2009, the Las Vegas Sun reported, “Just a little more than a week earlier, the NRA sent a letter to its Nevada members noting Reid’s accomplishments. The letter reads like a greatest hits list of Second Amendment legislation under Reid’s watch … The letter was not an endorsement for Reid’s reelection in 2010, the organization said, just routine communication with its members. Endorsements are not usually done by the group until after all the candidates are in the race. But you can bet who might get the NRA’s nod.” [Las Vegas Sun, 7/26/09]

Text Of The NRA Letter

REID ENSURED THAT HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM DID NOT PUNISH GUN OWNERS OR OTHERWISE INFRINGE ON SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Reid Added Protections For Gun Owners To The Health Insurance Reform Bill. In December 2009, Politico reported that during the debate over health insurance reform, Senator Reid’s “manager’s amendment aims to relieve gun owners concerns that reform would view gun ownership as an unhealthy lifestyle and charge them higher premiums or deny them coverage altogether. The amendment says that nothing in the bill requires people to disclose whether they own a gun and gun ownership cannot be factored into premiums or coverage decisions.” [Politico, Live Pulse, 12/19/09]

CNN: Reid “Wrote Explicitly Into This Law That Gun Owners Are Protected.” In a March 2010 report on the passage of health insurance reform, CNN’s Dana Bash said, “The other thing that’s very interesting is when this law explicitly says that guns are not a health risk. You might say what’s that about? It actually has a very specific reason. Probably know that the president has made a big deal out of wellness programs. If people are in wellness programs, they can get a discount on premiums it the guns rights lobby, they were concerned if somebody owned a gun they would not get that premium because that would be considered a health risk. The Senate majority leader Democrat from Nevada who is a guns righted advocate heard from his fellow supporters they were concerned. So he wrote explicitly into this law that gun owners are protected and that would not be seen as a health risk.” [CNN, 3/23/10]

REID HAS REPEATEDLY OPPOSED THE DC GUN BAN

2003: Reid Cosponsored Measure To Overturn The DC Gun Ban. In October 2003, Reid signed on as a cosponsor of Senator Hatch’s bill to repeal the District of Columbia’s law to require ban handguns and handgun ammunition and residents to register their firearms. [S 1414, Introduced 7/15/03]

2008: Reid Praised The Supreme Court’s Decision To Overturn The DC Gun Ban. In June 2008, the Review-Journal reported, “While historic on a national level, Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on the Second Amendment will have little or no effect on Nevada gun owners … The Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia ban on handguns in the home, as well as its requirement that firearms be equipped with trigger locks or kept disassembled … Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the decision protects an individual’s gun rights while allowing for ‘reasonable public safety measures,’ according to an aide.” [Review-Journal, 6/27/08]

2009: Reid Voted To Overturn The DC Gun Ban. In February 2009, Reid voted for an amendment to the DC Voting Rights Act that would overturn the District of Columbia’s ban on semiautomatic firearms, repeal DC’s gun-registration requirements and restrict DC’s ability to restrict firearms. [Vote 72, 2/26/09; Washington Post, DC Wire, 2/26/09]

REID IS STANDING FOR GUN RIGHTS ONCE AGAIN, SUPPORTING EFFORTS TO OVERTURN A FIREARMS BAN IN CHICAGO

Reid Signed A Brief Calling On The Supreme Court To Strike Down A Chicago Firearm Ban. In a March 2010 statement, Reid said, “Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard powerful arguments that the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution applies to all Americans. I was proud to be a co-signer of the historic bipartisan congressional amicus brief in McDonald, which argues that the framers of the 14th Amendment took a broad view of Second Amendment rights.” [Reid Release, 3/2/10]

National Rifle Association Praised Officials Who Signed The McDonald Brief. According to a November 2009 statement, “An overwhelming, bipartisan majority of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have signed an amicus curiae, or ‘friend of the court,’ brief supporting the NRA’s position that the Second Amendment is incorporated against the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. The amicus brief, bearing the signatures of 251 Members of Congress and 58 Senators, was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court today in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago. Last week, the NRA filed its brief with the Supreme Court as Respondent in Support of Petitioner in the McDonald case. The NRA brief asks the Court to hold that the Second Amendment applies to state and local governments through the Fourteenth Amendment. ‘The framers of the Bill of Rights and of the Fourteenth Amendment never intended for the Second Amendment to apply only to some Americans in certain places. Gun owners across the country are grateful for the support that so many members of Congress are lending to this crucial effort to ensure that the Second Amendment applies to states, not just federal enclaves,’ said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist.” [NRA Press Release, 11/23/09]

REID BROKE WITH HIS PARTY AND BACKED CONCEALED-CARRY RECIPROCITY

2009: Reid Backed Bill Allowing Concealed-Carry Reciprocity. In July 2009, Reid voted for an amendment that the Las Vegas Sun reported “would allow gun owners with concealed weapon permits in their home states to transfer that right to carry into another state that also has a conceal carry law.” [Vote 237, 7/22/09; Las Vegas Sun, 7/26/09]

Reid Backed The Concealed-Carry Legislation Even Though Other Democratic Leaders Lobbied Hard Against It. According to the Las Vegas Sun, “In an unusually overt break in party leadership, top Democrats were fighting to kill the legislation. Reid’s lieutenants engaged in indelicate wrangling to keep Democrats as one. One Southern-state Democrat switched his vote from no to yes after the first tally showed enough votes for defeat. Reid voted in support, as did 20 of his Democratic colleagues.” [Las Vegas Sun, 7/26/09]

“Even In Defeat,” The NRA Thanked Reid For His Leadership On Concealed Carry. In July 2009, the Las Vegas Sun reported, “Even in defeat, the National Rifle Association was pleased. This was the first time the legislation had been brought to a vote in the Senate and it won vast bipartisan support from 58 senators. ‘We were very appreciative of Sen. Reid’s leadership,’ said Chris Cox, chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. ‘Had it not been for his leadership, this vote would not have taken place.’” [Las Vegas Sun, 7/26/09]

Chris Cox Urged NRA Members To Thank For His Leadership On Right-To-Carry. In October 2009, National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action wrote, “I encourage all NRA members to thank their senators who voted for the Thune-Vitter amendment, with special thanks to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., for guaranteeing the amendment came to a vote. It took nearly 20 years to make Right-to-Carry the law in 40 states. With steadfast devotion to our cause, we hope it won`t take nearly as long to make Right-to-Carry the law of the land.” [NRA PVF, 10/6/09]

REID SUPPORTED EXEMPTING LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM CONCEALED WEAPON BANS

2004: Reid Voted To Exempt Law Enforcement Officers From Concealed Weapon Laws. In March 2004, Reid voted for an amendment that would exempt off-duty and retired law enforcement officers from state laws that prohibit the carrying of concealed handguns. [Vote 26, 3/2/04]

REID SECURED THE LAND AND FUNDING USED TO BUILD THE WORLD’S LARGEST SHOOTING PARK IN NEVADA

“Reid Was Instrumental In Securing Land And More Than $60 Million In Funding For The” Clark County Shooting Park. In August 2009, Digital Journal reported, “The world’s largest and most advanced shooting range officially opened today in North Las Vegas with a host of dignitaries. The $60 million Clark County Shooting Park is both large and comprehensive, designed to attract not only locals, but shooting enthusiasts from around the world. Nevada’s politicians came to praise the facility along with the NRA, National Rifle Association. Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke today at the opening ceremony for the Clark County Shooting Park. Reid was instrumental in securing land and more than $60 million in funding for the park.” [Digital Journal, 8/25/09]

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre: “I Know How Hard You Worked … This Would Not Have Opened Without The Work Of Sen. Reid.” In March 2010, the Las Vegas Sun reported, “As the Tea Party Express rolled into Searchlight on Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wasn’t home. Instead, he spent his morning at the grand opening of the Clark County Shooting Park, firing a shotgun at one of the facility’s new ranges … Reid helped to secure land and $61 million for the 2,900-acre facility under the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act. He was joined at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday by National Rifle Association of America Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, Rep. Shelley Berkley, Rep. Dina Titus, state Sen. John Jay Lee and Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins … Reid practiced shooting at one of the ranges, firing six rounds from a 12-gauge shotgun and hitting two clay birds. Each clay bird busted into pieces and the crowd cheered as Reid reloaded the gun … ‘I know how you worked,’ LaPierre said to Reid before turning back to the audience. ‘(This) would not have opened without the work of Sen. Reid.’” [Las Vegas Sun, 3/27/10]

NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre On Reid And The CCSP: “I am proud to join him today at this world-class facility. We wouldn’t be here without his vision and hard work.” [Reid Press Release, 8/25/09]

National Shooting Sports Foundation Singled Out Reid In Praising Officials Who Made The CCSP Possible. In their press release praising the opening of the Clark County Shooting Park, the National Shooting Sports Foundation wrote, “We as an industry are thankful to the many legislators at the federal, state and local levels of government who have played a role in helping to develop the CCSP. In particular, we would like to thank Sen. Reid for his outstanding leadership.” [National Shooting Sports Foundation, Press Release, 8/25/09]

Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins: “People Can Come Up Here Thanks To Senator Harry Reid.” In December 2009, the Las Vegas Sun reported, “Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins and state Sen. John Lee, D-North Las Vegas, fired the first shots Saturday at the new Clark County Shooting Park. The new facility, which is on the northern edge of the valley, has multiple ranges for different kinds of weapons: rifle, shotgun, pistol and bow and arrow … Collins also couldn’t stop thanking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who helped pass legislation to fund the park and get the land transferred from the Bureau of Land Management to the county. ‘People can come up here thanks to Senator Harry Reid for a nominal amount of money and can shoot and enjoy the recreation that’s affordable and available to folks in the West,’ Collins said. ‘This is just a tremendous opportunity.’” [Las Vegas Sun, 12/19/09]

Increased Housing Development Forced Southern Nevada Officials To Find “A Safe New Spot In The Desert For A Firing Range. In December 2000, the Associated Press reported, “With housing elbowing in, local and federal officials have their sights set on finding a safe new spot in the desert for a firing range for sport shooters and police officers to practice. And, this being Las Vegas, they figure they can attract tens of thousands of tourists, too. ‘Years ago, people could just pull off the side of the road in the desert and practice,’ said Glenn Trowbridge, parks and recreation director for Clark County, the fast-growing area surrounding Las Vegas. No more … Las Vegas and North Las Vegas police are beginning to see homes built near their once remote training ranges. ‘The need for a shooting range is becoming more and more evident as the valley develops,’ Trowbridge said Tuesday. ‘We need a place to send people to do what is a lawful sporting activity, which is shooting.’” [Associated Press, 12/12/00]

Review-Journal Column, Shooting Park “Is Anything But” What People Might Expect When They “Think Of A Shooting Range.” In an October 2009 column, Doug Nielsen wrote, “When some people think of a shooting range, they have visions of rickety shooting benches and railroad ties pounded into the ground for use as target stands. To these posts they see bits of cardboard attached with targets stapled or taped in place. This facility is anything but that … Upon entering the park, the first shooting venue is for the shotgun sports. Stretching into the distance from the brown brick clubhouse and its red tile roof are 24 combination trap and skeet fields. The roofs on the upper and lower skeet houses also are red tile. In the parking lot is a long line of RV parking stalls complete with full hookups. Next up are the rifle and pistol ranges, with shooting lines that are covered with a wide, full-length shade canopy that is built to withstand 85 mph winds. Not to mention the shade they provide. Under the canopy are lights for shooting in low-light conditions. Each range is fully lit by lights similar to those at the local park. Heavy-duty shooting benches are provided at the rifle and pistol ranges, with stools of equal quality. Plan on leaving your cardboard box at home because the provided target stands use an in-the-ground system designed for easily moving the stand to various shooting distances.” [Review-Journal, Doug Nielsen Column, 10/29/09]

REID PASSED LEGISLATION PROTECTING NEVADA’S RIGHT TO GIVE PREFERENCE TO IN-STATE HUNTERS

Reid Passed Legislation To Protect Nevada’s Right To Give Preference To In-State Hunters. According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife, “On August 20, 2002, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco decided an Arizona case entitled Conservation Force, Inc. v. Manning. The court held that state authority over big game hunting is limited by the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. This means that discrimination against nonresidents is strictly limited. In fact, Arizona could not justify its nonresident quota caps to the federal trial court after remand by the Circuit, and Arizona lost its case in a ruling on July 13, 2004 … Nevada Senator Harry Reid introduced Senate Bill 339 to the U.S. Senate on February 9, 2005. This bill sought to reaffirm the right of states to manage their own fish and wildlife programs … When the Senate passed HR1268 they added several amendment, one which was Senator Reid’s bill S339 ‘reaffirmation of State Regulation of Resident and Nonresident Hunting and Fishing Act of 2005’ … Both house’s voted to confirm the agreed on changes and the bill went to President for his signature.” [Nevada Department of Wildlife, Policy Issues]

REID HAS CONSISTENTLY OPPOSED ASSAULT WEAPONS BANS

2009: NRA Said Reid’s Opposition To Reinstating The Assault Weapons Ban Helped Prevent Pro-Ban Groups From Gaining Momentum. In a July 2009 letter to their Nevada membership, the National Rifle Association wrote, “Within five weeks of the inauguration, anti-gun Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Obama Administration would seek to reinstate the expired and failed federal ‘assault weapon’ ban. The following day, your senior U.S. Senator and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid stated flatly that he ‘would oppose an effort [to] reinstate the ban if the Senate were to vote on it in the future.’ Such a forthright statement helped prevent the anti-gun media and groups from building any momentum on this important issue.” [NRA-ILA Letter, 7/10/09]

1990: Reid Voted Against Adding 12 Additional Assault Weapons To The Ban On 9 Assault Weapons. On May 22, 1990, Reid voted to kill an amendment to the Federal Death Penalty Act of 1989 which added 12 specific assault weapons to the list of nine assault weapons whose possession and sale banned for three years by the bill; and prohibited the sale or transfer of magazines and ammunition belts of greater than 15 rounds. [Vote 102, 5/22/90]

1990: Reid Voted To Strike Ban On Nine Specific Assault Weapons. In May 1990, Reid voted for an amendment to the Federal Death Penalty Act of 1989 to remove a provision from the bill to ban for three years the possession and sale of nine specific assault weapons. When the vote failed, Reid then voted for the Dole motion to reconsider the amendment. [Vote 103, 5/23/90; Vote 104, 5/23/90]

1990: Reid Voted Against Banning Nine Assault Weapons For Three Years. In June 1990, Reid voted against an amendment to the Federal Death Penalty Act of 1990 to ban for three years the possession and sale of nine specific assault weapons. [Vote 133, 6/28/90]

1993: Reid Voted Against Banning 19 Types Of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons. In November 1993, Reid voted against an amendment to the 1993 Omnibus Crime Bill to ban the manufacture, sale and future possession of 19 semiautomatic assault weapons and copycat guns. [Vote 375, 11/17/93]

2004: Reid Voted Against Extending the Assault Weapons Ban And Against A Bill That Contained A Poison Pill Amendment To Extend The Assault Weapons Ban. In 2004, Reid voted against a 10-year extension of the assault weapons ban, which was set to expire in September 2004. The vote was on a poison pill amendment to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, and after the amendment was added Reid joined the National Rifle Association in opposing the larger bill. [Vote 24, 3/2/04; Vote 30, 3/2/04; AP, 3/3/04; NRA Press Release, 3/2/04]

REID HELPED LEAD THE EFFORT TO PROTECT AMERICA’S GUN MANUFACTURERS FROM JUNK LAWSUITS

NRA: “Thanks Are Due Also To Minority Leader Reid For Supporting” The Protection Of Lawful Commerce In Arms Act. In September 2005, National Rifle Association chief lobbyist Chris Cox wrote, “When the U.S. Senate voted 65-31 to pass S.397--the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act--and end predatory lawsuits against our firearm industry, gun owners scored their greatest legislative win since enactment of 1986`s Firearms Owners` Protection Act … We needed a filibuster-proof 60 votes to ensure S.397`s passage, and, of course, this would have been impossible without support from Senators from both parties. Thanks are due also to Minority Leader Reid for supporting this legislation and to the members in his caucus who voted for the bill.” [National Rifle Association, Institute for Legislative Action, 9/12/05]

2003: Reid Cosponsored A Bill To Prevent Civil Liability For Firearms Manufacturers. During the 108th Congress, Reid cosponsored a bill to prohibit civil liability actions from being brought or continued against manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages resulting from the misuse of their products by others. Reid said, “I have always believed that if you sell a product that is not defective, why should anyone be able to sue you? It’s similar to somebody building a Chevrolet and some guy drives it into a crowd of people on the street. I don’t think the people who built the car should be held responsible for that.” [S 659, Introduced 3/19/03; Las Vegas Review Journal, 5/8/03]

2005: Reid Voted To Exempt Gun Companies From Liability. In July 2005, Reid voted for a bill that exempted gun manufacturers and sellers from liability if their guns were used to commit acts of violence. The bill specifically barred civil law suits that attempted to hold, manufacturers, distributors, dealers and importers of firearms and ammunition liable for gun violence. The bill also protected trade groups from civil action, and dismissed all pending legal action against gun makers. [Vote 219, 7/29/05]

2004 & 2005: Reid Repeatedly Opposed Attempts To Water Down Protections For Firearms Manufacturers And Dealers.

Reid Also Strongly Supported Efforts To Overturn District Of Columbia Laws That Exposed Gun Manufacturers To Junk Lawsuits

REID BACKED A MEASURE TO PROTECT GUN-OWNERS’ RIGHTS IN NATIONAL PARKS

2009: Reid Led The Senate In Passing Legislation To Allow Law-Abiding Citizens To Protect Second Amendment Rights In National Parks. In May 2009, Reid voted for an amendment that would allow individuals to carry firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges. National Rifle Association lobbyist Chris Cox said, “We are very appreciative to Sen. Reid for allowing this common-sense measure to go through.” [Vote 188. 5/12/09; Las Vegas Sun, 5/24/09]

REID VOTED TO REQUIRE THE DESTRUCTION OF INSTANT BACKGROUND CHECKS ON LAWFUL FIREARM BUYERS

2006: Reid Voted To Prohibit Seizing Lawfully Owned Firearms During A National Emergency. In July 2006, Reid voted for an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill that would prohibit funding in the bill from being used to seize lawfully owned firearms during a state of emergency. National Rifle Association Chief Lobbyist Chris Cox praised the vote, saying, “After Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Police Superintendent issued orders to confiscate firearms from all citizens, allegedly under a state emergency powers law. With that one order, he stripped the one means of self-protection innocent citizens had during a time of widespread civil disorder. This legislation guarantees that will never happen again … In passing this legislation, the United States Senate acted to protect the self-defense rights of citizens when those rights are most vital. There was no 9-1-1 or police to rely on while looters and rapists and thugs ran rampant and honest citizens were left to their own devices to protect themselves, their families and their neighbors.” [Vote 202, 7/13/06; NRA Press Release, 7/13/06]

REID WON THE NRA’S SUPPORT IN 2004; NRA HAS CONTRIBUTED TO HIS CAMPAIGN AND PAC

When The NRA Supported His Re-Election In 2004 They Said Reid Has “A Healthy Appreciation For Gun Owners’ Rights.” In July 2009, the Las Vegas Sun reported, “The first time Sen. Harry Reid won the National Rifle Association’s endorsement for his Senate campaign was 2004. That was the same year the colleague whom Reid would replace as Democratic leader in the Senate, Tom Daschle of South Dakota, lost his own race, in part because of opposition from gun owners. Reid had never been an antagonist of the Second Amendment rights group. An elected official from the West, he always had a healthy appreciation for gun owners’ rights.” [Las Vegas Sun, 7/26/09]

2009: NRA Contributed To Reid’s Re-Election Campaign. In October 2009, Roll Call reported, “Democrats weren’t the only ones giving to Reid, however. Former Republican National Committee Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., now the president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, and the National Rifle Association, a typical GOP constituency, both donated to the Senator’s re-election committee.” The NRA contributed $2,500 to Reid’s campaign. [Roll Call, 10/25/09; Reid 2009 3rd Quarter FEC Report]

2006: NRA Contributed To Reid’s Political Action Committee. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the National Rifle Association contributed $4,950 to Reid’s Searchlight Leadership Fund during the 2005/2006 cycle. [Center for Responsive Politics]

2004: NRA Contributed To Reid’s Re-Election Campaign. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the National Rifle Association contributed $4,500 to Reid’s 2004 re-election campaign. According to the NRA Political Victory Fund’s 2004 scorecard, Reid received a “B” on their 2004 scorecard. [Center for Responsive Politics; NRA Political Victory Fund, 2004 Scorecard]

REID HELPED FREE UP TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ACRES FOR HUNTING IN NORTHERN NEVADA

1990: Reid Set Aside 77,500 Acres To Form The Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge. In March 2003, the Associated Press reported, “In 1990, as part of a water compromise that Nevada Sen. Harry Reid passed through Congress, 77,500 acres of the management area was set aside as the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge. ‘The Lahontan Valley wetlands are considered some of the most important in the Western hemisphere,’ said Rick Gray, executive director of the Fallon Convention and Tourism Authority. The refuge 25 miles northeast of Fallon is home to 160 bird species. More than 350,000 waterfowl visit in a typical spring and fall.” [Associated Press, 3/14/03]

Associated Press: “Hunters are the single-largest user group of the Stillwater refuge among the 30,000 annual visitors, with bird watchers second, said Janet Schmidt, a refuge recreation planner.” [Associated Press, 3/14/03]

Reid Passed Legislation To Save The Stillwater Wildlife Refuge. In December 1990, the Los Angeles Times reported, “It appears that Stillwater is the big winner in the formal end to a 120-year feud between California and Nevada over water in Lake Tahoe and nearby Carson River, which begins in the Sierra Nevada and flows into the marsh. Without ceremony, President Bush has signed a law that puts to rest the bistate brouhaha that began in 1870 when Alexis von Schmidt, a civil engineer and entrepreneur, threw up a dam to divert outflow from Lake Tahoe to far-off San Francisco … This year's settlement -- sponsored by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) -- creates a fund of about $100 million for the Paiutes and settles other claims. In a step hailed by environmental groups, it also clears the way for capitalism and the law of supply and demand to save the refuge, which is part of the Stillwater Wildlife Management Area run by the state of Nevada and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Fresh water for the Stillwater bird ponds will be bought back from the very 20th-Century creature that devoured the marsh -- the first of the giant federal irrigation projects in the West that killed wetlands to transform arid valleys into bountiful farmlands.” [Los Angeles Times, 12/5/90]

MISC.

2009: Reid Voted Twice To Allow Firearms In Checked Baggage On Trains. In April 2009, Reid voted for an amendment that would allow Amtrak Passengers to pack firearms in their checked baggage. He voted for a similar amendment in September 2009. The National Rifle Association supported the amendment, saying it “would allow law-abiding Amtrak passengers the ability to securely transport firearms in their checked baggage while traveling by Amtrak train.” [Vote 145, 4/2/09; Vote 279, 9/16/09; NRA Press Release, 9/18/09]

2009: Reid Led The Senate In Passing Legislation That Protected The Rights Of Pocketknife Owners. In October 2001, Reid voted for a Homeland Security Appropriations bill that contained an amendment preventing certain common pocketknives from being wrongly classified as switchblades. The NRA praised the passage of the bill, calling it “crucial” and saying, “This amendment was necessary to prevent commonly-used pocketknives from being branded as illegal switchblades.” [Vote 323, 10/20/09; NRA Press Release, 10/21/09]

2007: Reid Voted To Bar Funding For Any International Organization That Would Require Registration Or Taxation Of Firearms Owned By US Citizens. In September 2007, Reid voted for an amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill that would prohibit federal funds in the bill from being made available to international organizations that would require US citizens to register firearms or tax firearms owned by US citizens. [Vote 321, 9/6/07]

2002: Reid Voted To Protect Airline Passengers By Arming Pilots. In September 2002, Reid voted for an amendment that would allow airline pilots who underwent special training to carry firearms in their cockpits. The measure also offered special self-defense training to flight attendants. In public comment sent to the Department of Transportation, the National Rifle Association wrote, “Pilots should be permitted, and encouraged, but not mandated, to carry mid-range caliber (.38/.40/.45 caliber/9mm) handguns of their choice while in the cockpit … Pilots should receive, as part of their air carrier sponsored training, the same training given to the sky marshals and at FAA expense.” [Vote 210, 9/5/02; NRA Public Comment to Department of Transportation, 2/20/02]

1998: Reid Voted To Require Destruction Of Brady Act Instant Check System Records For Buyers Not Prohibited From Owning A Firearm. In July 1998, Reid voted for an amendment to the FY 99 Commerce-Justice-State-Judiciary Appropriations bill which prohibited any fees in connection with the implementation of the Brady Act’s National Instant Check System; prohibited the use of funds for any system implementing the Brady Act that did not require and result in the immediate destruction of all information from any person who is not prohibited from owning a firearm; and allowed any person aggrieved by a violation of these provisions to sue in Federal district court for damages, including attorneys’ fees. [Vote 217, 7/21/98]

1993: Reid Voted Against Raising Fees On Gun Dealers. In July 1993, Reid voted to kill amendment to raise the registration fee for gun dealers from $10 to $375 a year. [Vote 227, 7/30/93]