Over the past 48 hours the firearms forums in the US have been abuzz with the news that 18 U.S.C. 922(o), aka the "Hughes Amendment" to the Firearm Owner's Protection Act, aka "the machine gun ban", may not have actually been passed. While rumors have abounded that the vote failed - and the House floor at the time of the vote was pretty chaotic - there was no real proof of whether or not it did (other than the Congressional record) without video footage.
After searching for several years to no avail, video of the vote for the House session was finally found tucked away in the Library of Congress. A few gun owners donated the necessary funds to retrieve a copy and submitted the request for the footage late last year. That footage hit the internet this week.
Here is the raw footage of the vote on the amendment:
VTA0236 1 of 2 http://vimeo.com/19173055
VTA0236 2 of 2 http://vimeo.com/19163920
VTA0237 1 of 2 http://vimeo.com/19179485
VTA0237 2 of 2 http://vimeo.com/19185561
and here is an excerpt reel of just the highlights:
I am not an expert of the Rules of Congress or Robert's Rules of Order, nor are most folks I know. After watching the footage, the question that everyone is asking is "Did the Hughes amendment pass due to Parlimentarian tricks by Rep Rangel, or are we dealing with the engrossment of an amendment that never passed?"