FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2019
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The National Association for Gun Rights opposes the nomination of William Barr as the next Attorney General
Washington D.C. – The National Association for Gun Rights is urging every U.S. Senator to oppose and vote against William Barr as the next U.S. Attorney General.
“We knew Barr held anti-gun positions during the 1990’s when he first served as Attorney General, and apparently he’s expanded those unconstitutional views,” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights.
“During his confirmation hearing yesterday Barr admitted he favors so-called ‘red flag’ gun confiscation orders and that we should use them to expand gun control in the United States. He even got a firm agreement from Dianne Feinstein -- one of the worst anti-gun Senators on Capitol Hill,” said Brown.
When Barr was first nominated for Attorney General in 1991, he testified that he supported gun magazine bans, an ‘assault weapons’ ban, and expanding the Brady registration scheme.
All of these legislative proposals are unconstitutional and fly directly in the face of the original reading of the Second Amendment.
Furthermore, “red flag” gun confiscation legislation which Barr supports erodes not only the right to keep and bear arms, but the presumption of innocence and due process.
“We need an Attorney General who will fight to protect the Second Amendment, and encourage the Justice Department to protect the due process rights of Americans, not eviscerate them. It’s clear that William Barr has not changed his views, and instead, doubled down in support for gun control. Any Senator who considers themselves pro-gun must vote against William Barr.”
The National Association for Gun Rights is the nation's second largest pro-gun organization, with 4.5 million members and supporters nationwide.