Rep. Steve Stockman said Tuesday that the Senate’s gun bill is dead on arrival because it violates the Constitution’s requirement that all revenue bills start in the House — and the legislation includes a new fee for background checks.
Mr. Stockman, Texas Republican, said he’ll use the “blue slip” process — a parliamentary term for raising the constitutional revenue question — to kill the bill.
“You can’t strip Americans of their gun rights, and you certainly can’t do it by having the Senate create a national tax on firearms,” Mr. Stockman said. “They are in violation of constitutional limits on federal power.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he’ll combine several bills that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee, including one to create a universal background check for all gun purchases. That check would be accompanied by a fee, which Mr. Stockman said the courts would interpret as a tax.