Updated language on National Reciprocity Bill

Congressman Thomas Massie
Yesterday at 1:13pm

ALERT: Feinstein/Schumer sponsored gun legislation that amends the “Brady bill” will be added to Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill (HR 38) in the House this week.
As Chairman of the Second Amendment Caucus, I’m blowing the whistle on the swamp. Last week, Republicans in the House fast tracked through committee HR 4477, a gun bill titled “fix-NICS.” The Senate version of this bill is cosponsored by Senator Dianne Feintstein and Senator Chuck Schumer and it will send $625 million over 5 years to states to expand the national background check database. The bill will also advance former President Obama’s agenda of pressuring every branch of the administration (such as the Veteran’s Administration) to submit thousands of more names to the NICS background check database to deny gun purchases. The House bill is identical in every way to the Senate bill except the House bill will also commission a study on bump-stocks.
What you don’t know, and what virtually no one in Washington wants you to know, is that House leadership plans to merge the fix-NICS bill with popular Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation, HR 38, and pass both of them with a single vote. Folks, this is how the swamp works. House leadership expects constituents to call their representatives demanding a vote on the reciprocity bill, when in fact the only vote will be on the two combined bills.


How fast did Fix-NICS, HR 4477, move through the Judiciary Committee? This bill broke the previous records for fast track legislation. It was voted out of committee within hours of being introduced in the House. Check the dates on this link: https://www.congress.gov /…/115th-congr…/house-bill/447 7/text. That means the text of the bill wasn’t even discoverable by the public oncongress.gov until after the bill passed out of committee! The text was however available over in the Senate where you will find Senator Diane Feinstein and Senator Chuck Schumer are cosponsors. https://www.congre ss.gov/…/115t…/senate-bill/213 5/cosponsors
If that’s not odd enough, consider this: the fix-NICS bill was introduced in the House by a Democrat two weeks ago. https://www.congress.gov/ …/115th-congr…/house-bill/4434 /text. But, in a very unusual move, the bill was re-introduced verbatim by a Republican two weeks later, with language added to it to commission a bump-stock study. Six Republicans in Judiciary Committee weren’t persuaded by the switcheroo, and voted No. However, because every Democrat voted yes and some Republicans voted yes at the urging of the Chairman, the bill made it out of committee. The deed will be complete this week when the bill is quietly added to the Reciprocity bill, HR 38, and passed without the knowledge of those who would oppose the legislation if they knew what was in it.
To recap, what are some clues that you should be concerned with the fix-NICS bill?
(1) The first sentence after the title of the bill reads “Section 103 of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (34 U.S.C. 40901) is amended…”
(2) Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer are cosponsors in the Senate.
(3) It’s being rammed through, without a hearing, in a very nontransparent process, and it will be passed by attaching it to the popular concealed carry reciprocity bill which already has enough votes to pass on its own.
(4) It spends over half a billion dollars to collect more names to include in a list of people who will never be allowed to own a firearm.
(5) It compels administrative agencies, not just courts, to adjudicate your second amendment rights.
In my opinion, #5 is the biggest problem. The bill encourages administrative agencies, not the courts, to submit more names to a national database that will determine whether you can or can’t obtain a firearm. When President Obama couldn’t get Congress to pass gun control, he implemented a strategy of compelling, through administrative rules, the Veterans Administration and the Social Security Administration to submit lists of veterans and seniors, many of whom never had a day in court, to be included in the NICS database of people prohibited from owning a firearm. Only a state court, a federal (article III) court, or a military court, should ever be able to suspend your rights for any significant period of time.
Does the NICS background check system have problems? Yes, it results in tens of thousands of unjustified denials of gun purchases every year. But like many bills in Congress, the fix-NICS doesn’t live up to its name – it will likely do the opposite. It throws millions of dollars at a faulty program and it will result in more law-abiding citizens being deprived of their right to keep and bear arms.
If we continue to give the executive branch more money and encouragement to add names to the list of people prohibited from buying a firearm (without a day in court) and if the gun banners achieve their goal of universal background checks, one day, a single person elected to the office of President will be able to achieve universal gun prohibition.
House leadership should immediately de-couple the fix-NICS legislation from the concealed carry reciprocity legislation. People hate it when Washington combines bills like our leadership plans to do this week.
A few have speculated that the House is combining the bills to ensure reciprocity will pass in the Senate. I have some news for them: Senators Feinstein and Schumer aren’t going to vote for reciprocity even if it contains the fix-NICS legislation they support for expanding the background check database. If someone is naïve enough to think that’s going to work, and they’re willing to accept fix-NICS to get reciprocity, then they should ask the Senate to go first with the combined bill.
Here’s a dangerous scenario that’s more likely to play out: The House uses the popularity of reciprocity (HR 38) to sneak fix-NICS through, while the Senate passes fix-NICS only. The Senate and the House meet at conference with their respective bills, with the result being fix-NICS emerges from conference without reciprocity. Fix-NICS comes back to the House and passes because all of the Democrats will vote for it (as they just did in Judiciary Committee) and many Republicans will vote for it. Because Republicans already voted for it once as part of the reciprocity deal that never came to pass, they won’t have a solid footing for opposing fix-NICS as a standalone bill. Then we’ll end up with fix-NICS, which is basically an expansion of the Brady Bill, without reciprocity.
If our House leadership insists on bringing the flawed fix-NICS bill to the floor, they shouldn’t play games. We should vote separately on HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill, and HR 4477, the fix-NICS bill. And we should be given enough time to amend the fix-NICS bill, because it needs to be fixed, if not axed.

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12 Responses to Updated language on National Reciprocity Bill

  1. Andy says:

    Hey there Chuck Feinstein, go hold my target. Both of you are worthless pieces of shit that care nothing about what the country wants. Your only concern is yourselves. How about we pass laws that prohibit adding fluff and bullshit to a bill? Obviously too much to ask

  2. John h. says:

    That whole scheme of adding shit needs to axed. I heard rumors over it a few yrs ago but it didnt get very far.
    John h.

  3. Wayne says:

    Why would you care if the Fed passes this act for reciprocity? Won’t certain states treat it the same way they treat other federal laws (like immigration enforcement)?

  4. Steve says:

    I gotta quit reading this shit, my blood pressure just can’t handle it.

  5. Gleason Long says:

    I ain’t worth squirt if President Trump Vetoes the damn thing. Remember this kind of sh!t come election time next year.

  6. al says:

    Same shit different day! Libturds still playing the game of fuck the American people for there own good!

  7. pigpen51 says:

    The real problem is that the leadership of the house and senate are both republican, and yet they still allow this kind of shit to happen. They are a bunch of pussies who don’t have the balls to stand up to the democrats. I continue to get these emails from various groups, telling me to be sure to call my congress jerk and tell them to vote a certain way on this or that. I have news for these groups. My congress jerks are democrats, and there are not 2 things in Michigan I can count on, but 3. Death and taxes, and my congress jerks voting straight along the party line. I could call them and talk until I have a stroke, and they will still vote the way that Nancy Pelosi tells them to in her painful and annoying voice.

    When I first heard of them combining these two bills and then just passing the NICS one, I figured, yep, it makes sense. What pissed me off was that it was Massie (R) who was the one who is behind it. While not a real surprise, it is still a stab in the back.

  8. Blue Tile Spook says:

    Rep. Jim Banks’ (R – Indiana) offfice isn’t returning telephone calls on this issue.

    I am waiting for a supposed staffer named “Joe” to return my phone call. I called at 10 a.m. He was “in a meeting” and couldn’t take my call. He has no voicemail.

    I was told, “Don’t call us, we’ll (he’ll) call you.”


  9. Miguel says:

    Allow me to say that Massie is full of shit and he is well known for hating National Reciprocity.

    Here is HB 4477, the House version that is attached to the National Reciprocity bill

    Here is S 2135, the EEEEEVIL Senate version.

    Both are pretty similar and it is nothing much other than ordering agencies to keep their records up to date and maybe even getting some funding to upgrade.

    No, we are not sacrificing shit. Even the Second Amendment Foundation supports this.

  10. All pre-written and awaiting publishing by Feinstein for years. I’d bet on it. She just needed the “R’s to be seem weak enough. Well, not only are they weak, their frickin helping them! Pisses me off to no end. I hope Trump will just Veto the whole damned thing. I think this is part of a plan to help make him look bad.

  11. vorkosigan says:

    Wasn’t legislative chicanery like this how we got the last minute Hughes amendment to the Firearm Owner Protection Act in ’86, which hideously distorted the market in NFA full autos, effectively pricing normal gun owners out of the market? Why hasn’t this POS been repealed?

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