Politics Make Strange Bedfellows, with AIRSOFT and the U.S. Senate?

When you start poking around in the murky world of politics, you are never QUITE sure exactly who the “strange bedfellows” might be.

SO, As we were doing some on-line researching into the mess behind California Senate Bill 798….up pops a TOTALLY UNEXPECTED Twist….involving AIRSOFT, AEG’s and a proposed Bill in the UNITED STATES SENATE.   Why was The Honorable U.S. Senator John Cornyn proposing in 2009 to temporarily suspend customs duties on “electric pneumatic airsoft rifles?”  And, for whom..or what company?

A U.S. Senator does not just propose bills “for the hell of it.”  We are researching contributors to find a link, if one might exist “on the public record”…but in all likelihood, it was likely handled through a PAC (political action committee) or via a donation from a corporate law firm or lobbyist.

INFORMATION WAS FOUND HERE, on http://www.govtrack.us :   http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s111-2462

Full Text of the Bill:

S 2462 IS

 111th CONGRESS
 1st Session
 S. 2462
 To suspend temporarily the duty on electric pneumatic airsoft rifles.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
 October 29, 2009

Mr. CORNYN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To suspend temporarily the duty on electric pneumatic airsoft rifles.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. ELECTRIC PNEUMATIC AIRSOFT RIFLES.

(a) In General- Subchapter II of chapter 99 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is amended by inserting in numerical sequence the following new heading:

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 ‘ 9902.01.00 Low energy air guns (ASTM F 2654) operated by pneumatic pressure created by an electrical air pump (provided for in subheading 9304.00.20) Free No change No change On or before 12/31/2011 ’.
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 (b) Effective Date- The amendment made by subsection (a) applies to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the 15th day after the date of the enactment of this Act.
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Some CORNYN Factoids
Republican Senator (Junior Senator) from the great AIRSOFT STATE of TEXAS
He is rated “A” by the National Rifle Association…
SENATOR CORNYN’s Background Information, via Wiki:  LINK HERE
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