Jim McClure passes on
Obit here. He served as Senator from 1972 to 1991, and played key roles in starting off the gun rights movement. I can recall his leading the legislative fight to curtail the power of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, somewhere around 1977-78, and the first hearings into ATF abuse in 1979, and his serving as Senate floor manager for the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986. He was a lot more than just its floor manager -- when the GOP leadership balked at bringing it up for a vote, he attached it to a key appropriations bill, won by around a 3-1 vote, and then got a deal to bring it up in the next Congress without it being sent back for committee action.