HR 38, The National reciprocity Act of 2017, has many firearms enthusiasts very excited. The bill is summarized as follows on www.congress.gov –
“This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.
A qualified individual must: (1) be eligible to possess, transport, or receive a firearm under federal law; (2) carry a valid photo identification document; and (3) carry a valid concealed carry permit issued by any state or be eligible to carry a concealed firearm in his or her state of residence.
Additionally, the bill specifies that a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.”
A few major things stand out to me here. The first thing is this little gem they stuck in there, “…in another state that ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS TO CARRY CONCEALED FIREARMS.” This little piece gives liberal states like, NY, CA, CT, NJ, and MA an out to not have to recognize HR 38. They could simply vote to no longer allow individuals to carry concealed firearms, AT ALL and not recognize reciprocity. You might say, like any other America loving, constitutional believing patriot would, that doing so would be unconstitutional, and you would be correct. However, time and time again, these states have proven that they are more than willing to give up their liberties for securities. This is just the tip of the iceberg with what is wrong with this bill.
The major thing wrong here is the Fix NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) trojan horse. Many people will have you believe that this part of the bill is an honest enforcing of laws that are already in place. However, look who is co-sponsoring this bill. Champions of EXTREME GUN CONTROL like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Seeing these names attached to anything gun related should throw up an immediate red flag.
So, let’s take a look at what the bill really does. The ‘Fix NICS’ bill allows, encourages and even requires state and federal authorities to report any and all disqualifying information to the NICS system. Essentially forming a list of people who are deemed “unqualified” to own a firearm. Yep, a LIST OF PEOPLE with NO due process which is a violation of your 5th amendment rights, not to mention your 2nd amendment rights. But more importantly who is it that makes the decision? Who decides if you are “qualified” to practice your God given 2nd amendment right? … Yeah, I don’t know either.
If fix NICS goes through, the government will be in control of who they do, and do NOT want to have a firearm. Think about that. The 2nd amendment was put into place to protect the people from a tyrannical government. Now the government wants control over who CANNOT own a gun? I do NOT like the sound of that. We have already seen the targeting of our veterans, who have, without due process, been stripped of their 2nd amendment rights. I don’t know about you, but that is certainly NOT the way I believe we should be treating our veterans. From what I can see, this bill would make this type of discrimination and lack of due process legal.
So how does the NICS system even work? If you go to buy a gun, the FFL dealer (federal firearms license) must run a background check on you through the NICS system. Once your information is checked, one of three responses comes back, proceed, delay or deny. If you get a proceed the sale of the firearm goes through, a denial and the sale of the firearm ends, get a delay and, according the brady act, the firearm cannot be released to the buyer for 3 days so NICS can review the information. After the 3 days the firearm can be transferred. The rate at which individuals are falsely denied is so high, claimed to be at 99% by professor John Lott, that there is a class action lawsuit being formed against NICS. Now with ‘Fix NICS’ the number of American people whose rights would be violated by a wrongful denial would increase drastically.
In closing, I would NEVER give up ANY of my rights for any reason, the day they come for MY guns is the day I am dead. I do not believe that we, as a people or as a society, should ever accept or comply with any bill that infringes on ANY of our rights and ‘Fix NICS’ pretty clearly does. I vote NO on HR 38.
[Note: although National Reciprocity HR 38 passed the House in a combination bill with Fix NICS, its counterpart S 446 still has not passed the Senate.]