GOA Makes Statement On National Reciprocity Bill, NICS Bill

Republicans in the house need to take a step back and make sure there is no language in these bills that will let this happen. There’s no excuse for people like these to have concerns about whether they’ll lose their Second Amendment rights over such things.


GOA Makes Statement On National Reciprocity Bill, NICS Bill

Gun Owners of America issued a statement a short time ago regarding the two bills being advanced by the House of Representatives at the moment. Those are the national reciprocity bill and the bill designed to shore up the NICS system that may have been at least partially responsible for Sutherland Springs.

GOA is, unsurprisingly, supportive of reciprocity, but they’re less than thrilled with the changes to the NICS.

Now, the GOA’s charges against HR 4477 are pretty serious, and if that’s an accurate assessment, then yeah, there’s a problem.

No one takes issue with taking steps necessary to prevent a spousal abuser like the Sutherland Springs killer from getting a gun despite being a prohibited individual, but there’s a far cry between domestic violence and, to use GOA’s example, unpaid parking tickets. The mental health examples are also problematic. People suffering from PTSD and ADHD are rarely adjudicated as mentally defective, thus shouldn’t be barred from purchasing firearms. They shouldn’t show up in the NICS for those conditions by any stretch.

This means that Republicans in the house need to take a step back and make sure there is no language in these bills that will let this happen. There’s no excuse for people like these to have concerns about whether they’ll lose their Second Amendment rights over such things.

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