June 28, 2006

House votes to overturn mandatory gun locks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives
voted on Wednesday to overturn a recently enacted law requiring
safety trigger locks on all hand guns sold in the United

The Republican-controlled House handed a victory to
opponents of gun control by a vote of 230-191.

Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, a Colorado Republican, argued that
the added cost of the trigger locks is passed on to gun owners
and that they "do not stop accidental shootings."

Last fall, President George W. Bush signed legislation
giving gun makers broad protections from civil lawsuits, but
that law contained the mandatory trigger lock provision.

The amendment overturning the requirement for trigger locks
was attached to a larger law enforcement spending bill for next
year that has not yet been considered by the Senate.