Washington, D.C. – Sources on Capitol Hill confirm that Sen. Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi included the Violence Against Women Act in the larger omnibus spending package which needs to pass soon in order to avoid a government shutdown.
“Make no mistake – the NICS denial reporting embedded inside the Violence Against Women Act constitutes a serious expansion of federal gun control,’ said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights. “Not only does it rapidly expand federal gun control policy, it would actually endanger women, not keep them safe.”
As currently drafted, the Violence Against Women Act includes federal gun control which mandates “ the Attorney General to issue a notice to State, local, or Tribal law enforcement and prosecutors if an individual has attempted to purchase a firearm and been denied pursuant to the national instant criminal background check system.”
However, over 95% of all NICS denials are false positives, which means all local and state police would be required to investigate law-abiding citizens when they’re wrongly and unconstitutionally denied the right to purchase a firearm.
“Quite literally we will find ourselves in a situation where law-abiding women who need to arm themselves for self-defense get wrongfully denied a firearm purchase when the National Instant Check System wrongly flags them, and then find themselves being investigated by the cops for doing nothing wrong. Meanwhile their abusers will be able to come after them knowing they’re likely to be unarmed. This is truly sickening expansion of gun control and it should be opposed by every pro-gun Member of Congress.” concluded Brown.
Gun control is included in the omnibus spending package and the National Association for Gun Rights is lobbying all pro-gun lawmakers to vote “NO” on its passage.
The National Association for Gun Rights is the nation’s largest “no compromise” pro-gun organization, with 4.5 million members nationwide.