Congressman Thomas Massie (R), representative for Kentucky’s 4th congressional district, issued a warning this week that House leadership intends to merge Feinstein/Schumer sponsored gun control legislation with the Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill. His announcement comes a few days before the H.R.38 national reciprocity legislation will go to the House floor.
Rep. Massie raised an alert via social media saying “Feinstein/Schumer sponsored gun legislation that amends the “Brady bill” will be added to Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill (H.R.38) in the House this week.” In it he details how the Obama-esque gun controls make up part of the “fix-NICS” legislation, which the House intends to merge with H.R.38.
Rep. Massie wrote: “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 H.R. 4477, a gun bill titled ‘fix-NICS’.”
He explains that the Senate version of the bill is cosponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer and will direct some $625 million for states to expand the national background check database over a 5-year period.
Furthermore, the Senator claims 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”. He claims the bill is identical in every way to the Senate bill except the House bill will also commission a study on bump-stocks.
While Rep. Massie does not give specific names, he indicates that members of Congress are attempting to add gun control legislation to the bill to enable reciprocity to pass in the Senate. He claims it is a foolish effort to garner the support of Senators Feinstein and Schumer, who are unlikely to support national reciprocity laws. As we previously reported, there is bipartisan support for the proposed gun control legislation as well.
According to Rep. Massie, “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.”
He says that if House leadership insists on bringing the fix-NICS bill to the House floor, they “shouldn’t play games”, noting that Senators should be allowed to vote separately on H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill, and the fix-NICS bill (H.R. 4477). “We should be given enough time to amend the fix-NICS bill, because it needs to be fixed, if not axed,” the Senator adds.
He claims that the slight-of-hand will be complete this week after the bill is quietly merged with the H.R.38 Reciprocity bill and passed “without the knowledge of those who would oppose the legislation if they knew what was in it”.
What are some clues that you should be concerned with the “fix-NICS” bill?
- 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…”
- Senators Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer are cosponsors in the Senate.
- It’s being rammed through, without a hearing, in a very non-transparent 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.
- 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.
- It compels administrative agencies, not just courts, to adjudicate your second amendment rights.