Dec 22

What no one’s mentioned about HR1076 – Denying Firearms to Terrorists Act

At least I haven’t seen nor heard about this aspect of the proposed law anywhere…


HR1076 – and its very similar Senate version – both contain a provision that would modify 18 USC 922(g) making it illegal to possess, receive, or transport a firearm or ammunition upon being notified that you are, in effect, on the watch list.

Presumably this notification could and would occur during the process of appealing a NICS denial.  The FFL won’t know why the transfer is delayed or denied, just that it is.  You’d have to challenge the denial yourself, and you are supposed to be provided with a reason for the delay or denial and be given the opportunity to correct any erroneous disqualifying information.

HR1076 would allow the government to withhold information from you on the grounds of national security.

So not only can the government declare you a suspected terrorist for no legitimate reason, you could find yourself unable to receive a firearm from or through an FFL, with no remedial means even approaching due process (since the government doesn’t have to tell you how or why you got onto the list or what you can do to correct it), but now you’re also a prohibited possessor under 18 USC 922 (g)(10) and any existing firearms or ammunition currently in your possession are now illegal and could result in felony charges.

Perhaps that’s the plan.

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