NAGR Opposes Bipartisan Gun Control Scheme in U.S. Senate

Jun 13, 2022

Ten Republican Senators announce their support for proposed gun control package which includes Red Flag gun confiscation

Yesterday, ten Republican Senators working with a group of anti-gun Democrats announced their support for a gun control proposal in the United States Senate. While the text of the gun control package is yet to be published, details of the legislation outlined in Senate press statements indicate that ten Republican Senators are willing to vote for “Red Flag” gun confiscation, the elimination of private firearms sales by mandating new draconian Federal Firearms Licensing (FFL) laws, and expanded NICS registration checks for 18-20 year olds.

“These Republican Senators are hiding behind their A+ NRA ratings in an attempt to ram gun control through Congress – all while lying to law-abiding Americans that they support the Second Amendment,” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “Any gun control deal, but especially a gun control deal which includes Red Flag gun confiscation and the expansion of the NICS database, is an affront to the Constitution and the oath of office Senators swear to uphold.”

The ten Republican Senators working on the gun control are: John Cornyn (TX), Thom Tillis (NC), Roy Blunt (MO), Rob Portman (OH), Richard Burr (NC) , Mitt Romney (UT), Bill Cassidy (LA), Susan Collins (ME), Lindsey Graham (SC), and Pat Toomey (PA).


One of the key proposals — a federal Red Flag gun confiscation grant program — would incentivize states to pass laws which strip Americans of their firearms. Red Flag laws call for legally owned firearms to be forcibly confiscated from law-abiding Americans without due process, based on unsubstantiated accusations from disgruntled family members, neighbors, co-workers, and/or current or ex-romantic partners, or roommates.

These laws rely on the issuing of ex-parte (one-sided) orders authorizing law enforcement, including SWAT teams, to immediately seize firearms from the subject of the order without notification or right to an attorney. All Red Flag laws passed as the state level violate gun rights, and due process rights.

Two other likely proposals include changing the definition of what constitutes the need for an FFL in order to sell firearms – essentially banning private firearms sales while also expanding the NICS database for 18-20 year olds who want to purchase a rifle. The proposed legislation will likely mandate federal waiting periods for 18-20 year olds as well.

 
“Bribing states with millions of dollars so they can take away your God-given rights is abhorrent – and no matter how they repackage the framing, it’s Red Flag gun confiscation through and through. Combine that with the end of private sales and the expansion of the NICS database for 18-20 year olds – it means we’re facing the largest gun control expansion in over 20 years. Compromising on the Second Amendment is always wrong, but this move from Cornyn and his gang of RINOs is particularly stupid – and law-abiding gun owners see right through their foolish compromise,” concluded Brown.

The National Association for Gun Rights opposes any and all gun control proposals being drafted in the U.S. Senate, and is encouraging its members to call their U.S. Senators and demand they oppose all gun control legislation.

The National Association for Gun Rights is the nation’s largest “no compromise” pro-gun organization, with 4.5 million members nationwide.

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