By now most Second Amendment supports have heard about are are excited about the new bill being passed for concealed carry permit holders to be able to go anywhere nationwide and have their permits be recognized. The catch however that no one saw coming, was put in place at the very last minute, and it has a few lawmakers fuming since the vote has already been done.
The supposedly awesome win for the Second Amendment crowd bill “contained an 11th-hour change to help states and agencies enter such data as criminal and domestic-violence convictions into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for gun purchases.”
A couple of attentive members of the House immediately figured out what was going on and decided to vote against the bill. One of them was U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) explained on Wednesday that he could not support national reciprocity because House Leadership added the gun control expansions of “Fix-NICS” to it.
“Fix-NICS” is a measure Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and John Cornyn (R-TX) support. It responds to the Air Force’s failure to report Devin Kelley’s criminal history by expanding the number of people who will be barred from gun possession going forward.
So what exactly does this mean and how many people could potentially be “barred from gun possession going forward?”
According to reports from Gun Owners Of America, even people with “unpaid traffic tickets” could be banned from owning guns under this bill…
The goal of the Cornyn-Feinstein-Murphy-Schumer bill is to force every single potential NICS name to be sent to the FBI’s NICS system. That leaves an open slate for a LOT of people with minor charges such as traffic violations and jaywalking for example. Anyone who has been added to the system for any reason no matter how small could potentially have their rights barred to carry.
This whole add-on was prompted by reports that the Air Force did not send the name of the Sutherland Springs shooter to NICS which is a legitimate concern that is being used to twist the bill to favor the Democratic need for gun control. We all know that the Texas shooter could still have gotten a firearm in any number of ways even if he had been in NICS and even though his carnage was stopped by the real solution to violence … a good guy with a gun.
The major problem here is that because of this isolated horror story, the Cornyn bill could add the names of millions of additional law-abiding Americans to NICS which is wrong.
Most of us are aware of the 257,000 veterans who have lost their rights because of a bad experience in Iraq as well as the fact that 95% of NICS denials are what’s called “false positives.”
What very few know however is that “Fix NICS” would require that the rolls of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and ObamaCare be trolled for recipients with PTSD, ADHD, or Alzheimer’s — basically people who generally have some type of guardians appointed to them.
Another highly unknown fact is that the SECOND LARGEST CATEGORY of prohibited persons is “fugitives from justice” — and that a good portion of these are Americans who have UNPAID TRAFFIC TICKETS.
According to Info Wars :
When news that a “concealed-carry reciprocity law” had been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, gun owners all over the nation rejoiced.
But what most people didn’t realize is that there had been a last minute change to the bill that could substantially increase the number of Americans that are banned from buying guns. This poison pill completely ruins the bill, and it must be voted down. What we need is a clean “concealed-carry reciprocity bill” that does not include “Fix-NICS” in it.
Let’s start at the beginning. Last week, gun owners were elated when the House passed a bill that would enable them “to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines”…
Republicans rammed a bill through the House on Wednesday that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people.
The House approved the bill, 231-198, largely along party lines. Six Democrats voted yes, while 14 Republicans voted no.
The measure would allow gun owners with a state-issued concealed-carry permit to carry a handgun in any state that allows concealed weapons. It now goes to the Senate.
It would be easy to assume that since virtually every single Republican voted for this bill that it must be a good thing.
But it turns out that a change was inserted into the bill at the last moment that many lawmakers never read.
According to Fox News :
Gun-rights advocates scored a major win with House passage of legislation making concealed-carry gun permits valid across state lines — but face a much tougher challenge in the Senate where they’ll need support from at least eight Democrats to make the bill law.
Supporters of “concealed-carry reciprocity” argue they simply want to clarify a patchwork of laws from local jurisdictions that confuse and sometimes ensnare gun-carrying travelers.
And they insist any bill sent to President Trump would not put state laws under a federal umbrella law or ease background checks.
“This vote marks a watershed moment for Second Amendment rights,” said Chris W. Cox of the National Rifle Association’s legislative affairs group.
The bill passed in the House 231-198 last week, with six House Democrats voting in support.
One source told Fox News it’s likely Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., would seek to hold back the necessary support for the bill, giving his blessing only for a handful of vulnerable lawmakers to support it.
Despite last week’s fanfare, any Senate vote on concealed carry is not expected until next spring, sources said Monday.
The looming Senate battle pits powerful and deep-pocketed guns-rights advocates like the NRA against gun-control groups like Everytown for Gun Safety — whose cofounder, ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is reportedly putting up $25 million to oppose the reciprocity legislation.
Gun-control advocates insist the legislation would allow concealed-carry laws to follow the traveler, arguing somebody from North Dakota, for example, could carry a concealed handgun through Times Square.
“When I go to New York, I have to follow New York’s laws,” North Carolina GOP Rep. Richard Hudson told Fox News before his bill passed last week.
That all sounds great right? Of course it does, they want you hooked.
Fox goes on to further explain:
His bill contained an 11th-hour change to help states and agencies enter such data as criminal and domestic-violence convictions into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System for gun purchases.
It’s a provision the NRA has also supported, in the aftermath of the mass shooting last month at a Texas church. The Air Force admitted that it failed to enter into the federal system the shooter’s domestic violence-related court-martial, which could have prevented him from buying a rifle used in the attack.
But Cornyn is not including the “NICS Fix” in his measure.
“I support the constitutional carry, because I view it kind of like a driver’s license,” he told several news outlets before the successful House vote.
“But I think it’s a mistake to try to combine this with the fix NICS background check. We have good bipartisan support for that. … But if we start trying to add other things to it, then I think we risk not doing anything which has sort of been the fate of a lot of the legislation we’ve tried in the past. So, I’d like to do the fix NICS, and then we can move on from there.”
Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said before the vote that he supports Cornyn’s strategy and that House Republicans were combining the two “because they know the conceal carry is extremely unpopular.”
But dropping the provision from the Senate version could make it tougher to attract Democrats. Republicans have just a 52-48 Senate majority, while needing 60 votes to pass such a measure.
Cornyn appears to have enough bipartisan support and momentum to pass separate NICS Fix legislation, even before year’s end.
Basically there is a lot of legalese and mumbojumbo intended to confuse the laymn who only hear “national conceal carry.” If the vote was up to the people, I would never vote it in under its current conditions. The Second Amendment should not be compromised on or used as a smoke screen for what amounts to a low key gun grab.