Perhaps your attention was fixed on this:
XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX TUE SEPT 07, 2004 11:46:05 ET XXXXX
KERRY COSPONSORED BILL BANNING GUN HE WAVES
Was Dem presidential hopeful John Kerry seen this weekend waving a gun which would have been banned if legislation he co-sponsored became law?
Kerry co-sponsored S. 1431 last year (?The Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2003) which would have banned a "semiautomatic shotgun that has a pistol grip.?
Opponents of the bill successfully argued how nearly all guns have “pistol grips,” inluding millions of Browning Auto-5 shotguns produced since 1903.
Photos show Kerry’s hand resting on the “pistol grip,” as loosely defined in the bill. [Section SEC. 2; (H) (ii) and (b)(42): “The term ‘pistol grip’ means a grip, a thumbhole stock, or any other characteristic that can function as a grip.”]
Kerry was presented with the semiautomatic shotgun during a Labor Day stop in Racine, West Virginia.
“I thank you for the gift, but I can’t take it to the debate with me,” Kerry told a cheering crowd as he held up the device.
But Kerry’s gun bill would have also banned any “gift” transaction!
[It is not clear if Kerry completed the required paperwork (Form 4473) before he claimed the gun.]
RE KERRY’S GUN [Dave Kopel]
S. 1431, co-sponsored by Sen. John Kerry, says that an “assault weapon” is any semi-automatic rifle or shotgun with a “pistol grip.” According to the bill, “(42) PISTOL GRIP- The term ‘pistol grip’ means a grip, a thumbhole stock, or any other characteristic that can function as a grip.” Kerry’s new semi-automatic gun has a protrusion below the stock, which a person could grip. The protrusion is not a “pistol grip” in the ordinary meaning of the term, but it is a “pistol grip” as defined by S. 1431.
Posted at 03:04 PM
Kerry’s official rebuttal, such as it is, here:
For Immediate Release
September 7, 2004
FACTS SHOW ANOTHER REPUBLICAN LIE
Charleston, WV-John Kerry West Virginia Communications Director Amy Goodwin made the following statement today in response to misleading claims made by the West Virginia Republican Party and Bush campaign.
"Let’s do some straight shooting on the gun issue. John Kerry’s opponents are worried because he’s the first Democratic candidate to support Second Amendment gun rights and to be an avid hunter.
"The facts are clear. John Kerry opposes banning this gun and always will. John Kerry was proud to receive this union-made gun at the United Mine Workers Labor Day picnic in Racine, West Virginia.
“The Republican Party and George Bush’s campaign will stop at nothing to mislead voters about John Kerry’s record. We challenge Bush to engage in honest debates–West Virginians deserve to hear the truth.”
Hmmm, that certainly addressed the issue head on…