As I type this, your 2nd Amendment rights are under attack in Congress.
While we’ve all been focused on tax reform and various low integrity sex scandals, a Feinstein/Schumer sponsored gun proposal that amends the “Brady Bill” will be added to Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill (HR 38) in the House this week, per a recent Facebook post from Congressman Tom Massie (R-KY 4th District), Chairman of the 2nd Amendment Caucus.
Last week, HR 4477, otherwise known as “Fix NICS” was fast-tracked through the House. How fast, you ask? It broke records. It was a matter of hours between the time it was introduced, and the time it was voted on. In case you aren’t familiar with Fix NICS, it sends an additional $625 million to the states to expand the National Background Check Database, but more importantly, it also advances former President Obama’s agenda of pressuring every branch of the administration (such as the Veteran’s Administration) to submit thousands of more names to the NICS background check database to deny gun purchases. Yes, you read that correctly. Government agencies, not the courts, will be adding the elderly (through the Social Security Administration) and veterans (through the VA), to the background check system without the benefit of due process.
The House bill is identical to the Senate bill, except the House bill also commissions a study on bump-stocks.
To quote Congressman Massie:
The bill encourages administrative agencies, not the courts, to submit more names to a national database that will determine whether you can or can’t obtain a firearm. When President Obama couldn’t get Congress to pass gun control, he implemented a strategy of compelling, through administrative rules, the Veterans Administration and the Social Security Administration to submit lists of veterans and seniors, many of whom never had a day in court, to be included in the NICS database of people prohibited from owning a firearm. Only a state court, a federal (article III) court, or a military court, should ever be able to suspend your rights for any significant period of time. Does the NICS background check system have problems? Yes, it results in tens of thousands of unjustified denials of gun purchases every year. But like many bills in Congress, the fix-NICS doesn’t live up to its name – it will likely do the opposite. It throws millions of dollars at a faulty program and it will result in more law-abiding citizens being deprived of their right to keep and bear arms.
Folks…this is how The Swamp works. They are banking on the popularity of HR 38 (National Reciprocity) and attaching a wildly unpopular, anti-gun bill to it behind your back. NOW is the time to call your Congressman. Not after this passes. This needs to be stopped in its tracks immediately.
A person should really question whether National Reciprocity should have been introduced in the first place. It’s steps all over federalism and the 10th Amendment and by telling the Federal Government that we want them to be in charge of where we can carry, we’re also telling the next, liberal administration that we give them authority to regulate and amend that same law.
Now get out there and fight.