While Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who backed the gun provision, said it wasn't meant to be a "'gotcha' amendment," Democrats in the House and Senate had to push it through in order to pass the high-profile credit card legislation.
An aide of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), one of the bill's chief sponsors, summed it up best: "It's just wacky." But don't go waving your firearms at Yellowstone just yet; the bill won't take effect till February 2010.
By Beth Kowitt, Fortune reporter
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