Two days ago, TTAG got its first Instapundit link. Hoo-rah. Only Glenn linked across to a story which turned out to be bogus. Or . . . did it? We picked up on a rumor circulating that the Dems were set on attaching an amendment to an FAA re-authorization bill that would have banned high-capacity handgun and rifle magazines. I traced the story to the National Association of Gun Rights. Being the responsible journalist that I am, I called NAGR and spoke to the man in charge: Dudley Brown [above]. He repeated the story. We reported the story, and Brown’s comments. snowflakesinhell.com did a little basic research and shot it down. D’oh! So I called Mr. Brown today to see what’s what . . .
“Whenever you shine lights on rats, they scurry away and scream ‘There’s nothing going on here!'” Brown told TTAG. Yes, well, where did this rumor come from? “Senator Dick Durbin told some people he was going to add a high capacity ban to the bill, and it got picked up from there.”
Huh. Yesterday, Brown told us Senator Reid was the man behind the plan. Anyway, “We averted a big problem,” Brown said. “Besides, if you wait until an amendment’s in the bill, it’s too late.” Or, in this case, too early.