Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) is fighting mad that the majority of Republicans are supporting gun control in the House and Senate. The Fix NICS bill, endorsed by the NRA and supported by all but 10 GOP lawmakers in the House, is a deceptive gun control measure that was paired with concealed carry reciprocity in order to bamboozle conservatives, Massie argues.
Massie claims that the NRA was even working behind the scenes to bully legislators with threats into voting for Fix NICS as it was, preventing the gun control provisions of the legislation from being separated from concealed carry reciprocity. According to Massie, Fix NICS “will send $625 million over 5 years to states to expand the national background check database.”
“We could have divorced these bills and it would have sailed through because it passed in 2011 with nothing attached to it,” he said.
Massie is still sounding the alarms about this outrage, even as the NRA’s legislative arm releases propaganda to deride the staunchly constitutional Kentucky lawmaker.
“What a lot of folks don’t realize is the [Department of Veterans Affairs] is still using Obama’s rules to take away veterans rights to keep and bear arms without a court process, and that’s wrong,” Massie said. “And this Fix NICS bill doesn’t fix the bill, it doubles down on a broken system that has had over three million false positives.”
Massie explained than less than .2 percent of people denied firearms under NICS are even prosecuted, indicating that false positives occur all the time. This is why Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Chris Murphy and others support Fix NICS, and by attaching it to concealed carry reciprocity, the swamp has pulled a fast one on most Republican lawmakers and even the NRA.
Keith Morgan of the West Virginia Citizen’s Defense League appeared with the Congressman for a debate over the issue on NewsRadio 800 WVHU with Tom Roten last week.
“Anybody that thinks NICS is a good thing is simply divorced from reality,” Morgan said, agreeing with Massie that NICS is a nightmare.
“There is a ton of funding and administrative… whips and chains so to speak that will certainly encourage federal agencies to report to NICS, but the abuses that everybody is worrying about are legal today,” Morgan said, claiming that the benefits of 71 million people having their gun rights increased through concealed carry reciprocity outweigh the negatives of this bill.
Massie is not buying the rationale that we need to expand gun control to prevent gun control. This is the twisted logic emblematic of Washington D.C., and Massie refuses to play ball with this corrupt process.
“The swamp is duping a lot of gun owners here. They are duping a lot of people who worked really hard for the 2nd Amendment into thinking they are going to get reciprocity. It is not going to happen,” Massie said, mentioning that the bipartisan Senate sponsors of the bill have already claimed it will be dead on arrival in that chamber.
“This is bait-and-switch. I wish I were wrong. I pray I’m wrong, but my five years in the swamp has shown me the way the swamp works,” Massie said. “The fact that Feinstein and Schumer are co-sponsoring this legislation. The fact that they passed it on the day they introduced it. The fact that they wouldn’t allow me to offer amendments. The fact that they came after us when we tried to separate the two bills.
“All of these things indicate to me that the fix is in on Fix NICS, and we are going to get more gun control, and we are not going to get any more gun rights if we don’t put breaks on this.”