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GUN BILL SIMPLY PROMISES FAIR PLAY FOR DEALERS To the editor: The Brady Center — plaintiffs counsel in many of the lawsuits that would be barred by the proposed Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act — intentionally misreads the legislation in a failing effort to prevent the bill’s passage, which spells the end of their junk lawsuit campaign [ "Gun Bill Locked and Loaded," July 11, 2005, Page 1]. There is nothing in S. 397 which in any way prevents the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from revoking a dealer’s license if the dealer violates even a single provision of the Gun Control Act or ATF’s regulations or similar state law, and the bill affords that dealer no protection from a civil lawsuit. Due process prevents ATF from revoking a dealer’s license without a legal basis, i.e., evidence the dealer is in violation of the law. The bill does not change that. What it simply does is prevent a state or local jurisdiction from revoking a local business permit, certificate of occupancy, or zoning waiver for merely having lawfully sold a nondefective product that was later misused by a criminal. Why is the Brady Center opposed to due process? Lawrence G. Keane Sr. VP & General Counsel National Shooting Sports Foundation Newtown, Conn.
BUSH SHOULD PICK HISPANIC AMERICAN FOR NEXT JUSTICE To the editor: Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s retirement gives President Bush the rare opportunity to make history, as well as many new and long-lasting political friends and supporters, by appointing a distinguished Hispanic American to the nation’s highest court. Hispanic Americans look to the president to make a statement about our contributions to this country by honoring our very best with a Supreme Court nomination. Appointing a Hispanic American will fulfill one of our highest aspirations and recognize our place in American life. Hispanic Americans have waited a long time for this recognition, and we have been disappointed before. We are hopeful from the encouraging comments he made during the 2000 campaign that President Bush will seize the moment and do what is right. We ask that President Bush name a Hispanic American of whom all Americans can be proud, someone who will be recognized by all of our fellow citizens for his or her legal learning, broad experience, and record of service to our community and our country. Name one of our community’s exemplars, someone who will have broad and deep support across the land, and someone of whom all Americans can say, “That is the right person.” Hispanic Americans want to be proud of the president’s choice. We want to be gratified that Americans across the political spectrum will share our enthusiasm and our pride in the president’s selection. That means not selecting someone who is a judicial blank slate, inexperienced, or unknown. A candidate’s opaqueness or lack of track record is not a political asset but instead a prescription for anxiety and ultimately, anger, including for all those that support the president. Rather than by naming a mystery, stealth, or controversial candidate, President Bush should name someone who will honor Hispanic Americans by honoring one of our very best. Please, Mr. President, do the right thing. It is time. We have earned it. And our nation needs and deserves it. Carlos G. Ortiz Past President Hispanic National Bar Association Secaucus, N.J.

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