As a company, Cheaper Than Dirt firmly supports the Second Amendment. This week we present both sides of the proposed bill. Read this article as well as Some Problems with Schumer-Toomey-Manchin, and make your own decision to support or not support the bill. Now that you have an explanation of the bill, contact your representatives and express your views.
Editorial Update: According to Guns Save Lives, CCRKBA & Alan Gottlieb Pulls Support for Toomey-Manchin Bill Before Vote. CLICK HERE to read full details.
I had a chance to sit down with Allen Gottlieb from the Second Amendment Foundation and get the straight scoop about the gun related legislation pending in the Senate. The following is the summary from my conversation with Gottlieb.
First, let’s start from the point where we lost the cloture vote. The vote lost by a huge margin with 68 senators voting in favor of cloture. Once reached, it was evident something was going to go to the floor and Schumer’s background check bill was simply draconian, bad, evil, and needed to be stopped.
Is Toomey-Manchin getting a bad rap? The details may be better than you have been led to believe.
As for Senators Manchin and Toomey, both have “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and care tremendously about the Second Amendment and gun rights. The Toomey-Manchin bill was crafted in Sen. Manchin’s office as a response to Schumer’s proposal. A representative from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms was present to suggest talking points and provisions for inclusion.
The bill flat out states that NO NATIONAL REGISTRY can be created. More importantly, there is a provision that makes it a felony for any person, including federal agents or the Attorney General, who misuses any of the background check data. This protects gun owners from future attempts by officials to use the data to create a national registry and would be punishable by up to 15 years in federal prison. Currently, if the government tried to misuse the data in our background checks, there is no penalty for their action.
A key provision of the Toomey-Manchin proposal allows purchasers who are legally qualified to buy a handgun in any state, not simply the state of which they are a resident. When traveling with a handgun in your car, the legislation would increase personal protections. It would keep gun owners traveling through hostile states such as New York or New Jersey from being arrested if their car broke down or they stopped for a meal or overnight at a hotel or motel.
Would There be Universal Background Checks?
Hardly, in fact it would be quite the opposite. The Toomey-Manchin proposal allows sales between private parties as well as family members. It only requires a background check in the case of a commercial [Gun Show] environment. However—and this would be a huge win for gun rights advocates—if you posses any type of firearm license to own, use or carry a gun (CCW/CHL), there would not be a government background check. The only requirement states that a 4473 form would be filled out by the purchaser and maintained by the seller—that means there would never be a call made to the government.
I currently reside in Illinois and am required to possess a FOID (Firearm Owners ID card), as is every other gun owner. It is required of every adult to even touch a gun, live in a household where a firearm or any ammunition is stored. This law could take one of the unfriendliest states to firearms ownership and transform it to one of the most gun friendly.
Our servicemen and women returning from combat zones deserve our highest respect. Unfortunately, many service members were out-processed with battlefield stress. This prevented them from ever owning or purchasing a firearm in the future after being labeled as mentally incompetent. This bill would restore their rights.
This bill allows us to frame the argument instead of responding to the anti-gunners for a change. Alan Gottlieb explained the subject in greater depth on Mike Huckabee’s radio show. You can listen to it by clicking here.
Currently, once you lose you firearm rights, there is no funding to ever regain those rights. This was the handiwork of Sen. Schumer. Both Toomey and Manchin are on the record stating they would both support an amendment to the current proposal to reestablish the necessary funding to allow citizens to regain their firearm ownership rights.
How would you like to see Schumer, Feinstein and the rest of the gun control cronies have to vote to approve these conditions to get their background checks at commercial events? After all, we understand that background checks only apply to law-abiding citizens and will do nothing to prevent another tragedy. The reason the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is supporting this effort, and you should too, is all of the rights and protections we get out of this legislation.
That does not mean we do not need to stay vigilant. We live in a toxic environment where there is no shortage of mistrust for the government and for good reason. From the President on down, we are bombarded with rhetoric about magazine bans and gun restrictions. Sen. Diane Feinstein even stated in an interview the only reason she has not proposed legislation to confiscate all guns is that she couldn’t get the votes.
There makes for plenty of fodder for us to be worried about, but there is enough protection and restoration of rights in this bill to give it my support. Something is going to get passed; the rhetoric is too high—if not now, as soon as the next tragedy plays out. Given the toxic environment and justified distrust of our lawmakers, I understand gun owners’ stance saying we will not give an inch. In the past, the anti-gunners have chipped away an inch at time. However, Mr. Gottlieb stated it best, “We are not giving up an inch with the Toomey-Manchin proposal; we are taking a foot! This is our opportunity to take a lemon and turn it into lemonade.”
Major gun rights groups are coming out to support the Toomey-Manchin proposal, which makes it worth a look.
One thing is certain; the Toomey-Manchin substitute to get rid of the Schumer proposal is a victory for the Second Amendment. We get to take the high ground and not look like obstructionists—as we would have by taking the filibuster approach—and get to reveal the gun control advocates as the true extremists. This allows us to place ourselves in a strong position with American people who overwhelmingly support the statement “background checks” without understanding the evil lurking in the details.
This bill allows us to frame the argument instead of responding to the anti-gunners for a change. Alan Gottlieb explained the Toomey-Manchin substitute in greater depth on Gov. Mike Huckabee’s radio show. You can listen to it by clicking here.
There is a lot of misinformation about the details of the bill from Toomey-Manchin. Be sure to do your homework before you make a decision and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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