when the former Houston mayor was part of a group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group publicly listed him among opponents of the amendment.
Now federal law, the Tiahrt Amendment said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives cannot release information from its firearms trace database to anyone other than a law enforcement agency or prosecutor in connection with a criminal investigation, and that information cannot be used in a civil lawsuit.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which White was a part of until last year, opposed the measure. In fact, White’s name appeared on a couple of public declarations of opposition.
The first was this March 2007 open letter to Congress.
The second was this June 2007 ad in USA Today opposing the amendment.
There is also some dispute about when White quit the group. His campaign has said previously that he quit on July 21, 2009, the day that Mayors Against Illegal Guns ran an ad in USA Today opposing the Thune Amendment. But earlier this year, a spokesman for the group told the American-Statesman that he resigned July 28, which was the day after John Sharp, then running against White for the U.S. Senate, criticized White for being part of the mayors’ group.