Statement on National Reciprocity Bill

Statement on National Reciprocity Bill as Passed By the US House of Representatives

Tom Campione, Legislative Director offers the following statement.

“Pennsylvanians For Self Protection prefers that the ‘Fix NICS’ bill be stricken from the current National Reciprocity bill as passed By the US House of Representatives because of the lack of ‘due process’ built into the current NICS system and the extreme burden that is currently associated with removal from NICS.

These factors combined with the extremely high NICS error rate are cause for significant concern for the protection of gun owner rights. We therefore request that the Senate strike ‘Fix NICS’ until such time that the above issues are adequately addressed.”

We would also like to address those who are screaming from the mountaintops that ‘Fix NICS’ is a Leftist plot. We ask those folks to take a deep breath and understand that Fix NICS does not add a single class of person to the rolls. Instead, it mandates that federal agencies comply with current law.

So, while the statement that ‘people with parking tickets would now be added to NICS’ is true, they are already prohibited persons and belong on the NICS list. Under current law, they are already fugitives from justice. Anyone fleeing from payment of parking tickets who is buying a gun today must answer that question as ‘yes” on form ATF-4473. The moral of that story is, pay your parking tickets, or work to change the law.

Fix NICS as currently written is limited to classes of individuals who are prohibited under current law [18 U.S. Code § 922 (g) & (n)]. Actual enforcement would result in many individuals being added, but if we don’t like the inclusion of certain classes then we should work to change the underlying law, rather than obstruct enforcement.

Pennsylvanians For Self Protection is a statewide second amendment advocacy group, headquartered in Doylestown, PA.

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