Bill Clinton: Gun Show Loophole must be closed

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Series on Gun Control: Part 2

Glenn Beck’s guest mentions Mike Ross and 65 other Democrats upset at Gun Control bills sent up by White House


“I would close the gun show loophole…” President Clinton on NBC’s Tom Brokaw discusses gun control with the president, April 12, 2000)

This is the second in a series on Gun Control. During this series on gun control, I will be quoting from an article “Gun Control:Myths and Realities” by David Lampo of the Cato Institute.

2. Gun shows are responsible for a large number of firearms falling into the hands of criminals.

False. Contrary to President Clinton’s claims, there is no “gun show loophole.” All commercial arms dealers at gun shows must run background checks, and the only people exempt from them are the small number of non-commercial sellers. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, at most 2 percent of guns used by criminals are purchased at gun shows, and most of those were purchased legally by people who passed background checks.

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Today I am profiling State lawmaker Dennis Altes.

Get to know Denny Altes

southside graduationRaised in Fort Smith, Arkansas, I grew up in a modest home. What we lacked in material things, we made up for with discipline and hard work. My parents, Bob and Lucy Altes, worked hard to start and maintain a local refuse hauling service from one old flatbed truck. That business, called Altes Sanitation, has grown strong and is now run by my son and mother.

Education & Military Service
denny altesI was a part of the very first class and the very first person to graduate from Southside High School here in Fort Smith and am a graduate of Arkansas Tech where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. While I was attending Arkansas Tech in 1969, I was drafted into the Army and served in Korea as an MP Security Guard until I received an honorable discharge in 1971. Following my experiences from the Army, I am proud to be a member of the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Small Business Owner
Denny’s mother and father started in the waste hauling business with just one truck. Denny founded Altes Waste Management in 1974. This successful trash hauling company began modestly with one truck and grew into a leading enterprise serving nine counties with two class I landfills, 17 trucks and over 150 employees. The company was sold in 1989 to what is now Waste Management of Western Arkansas.

In 1982, Altes started another new business called Resourect Recycling and began recycling over 1,000 tons per month. In 1991 the company became Fibresource and steadily expanded, buying a competing wastepaper business in Springdale and adding a new recycling facility in Johnson, Arkansas. In 1995 a new plant was started in Oklahoma City and the business grew to 12 truckloads (18 wheelers) per day and recycled 4000 tons per month. Altes expanded again in 2003 buying another recycling company in North Little Rock.

familyRedirecting his focus to serving the people of Arkansas, Altes sold Fibresource in 2007 to Orange County Container Group.

Family Man
My wife, of over 40 years, Susan and I have been blessed with two beautiful children; Bobby who is currently running the family business here in Fort Smith and Ana who lives and teaches school in Plano, Texas and two grandchildren, Cole and Caroline.

Political Background

political backgroundHaving served one term in the House as State Representative for District 63 prior to being elected to the Senate, I have valuable experience in the Legislature. If elected as your State Representative, I would bring continuity of leadership and institutional memory to the floor; this is a unique situation in the current house as the term limits are such now that current state representatives are short lived and hold little “on the floor” political experience.

I consider myself to be a humble servant meeting the people’s needs and sponsoring bills that I believe positively affect our community. I thank the Lord for where I am in my life today and pray that I may continue to serve Him by serving you as your State Representative.

senate bio
Click here to read the
official State Senate
Biography of Denny Altes.
[PDF]

I am proud to currently serve on the these committees:

  • Joint Performance Review
  • Arkansas Legislative Council
  • Joint Budget Committee
  • Joint Revenue & Tax
  • Senate Rules Committee
  • Senate Transportation & Technology Committee
  • Insurance & Commerce Committees
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