Congress considers adding gun control to spending bill


Washington’s Roll Call newspaper reports that congressmen are considering adding the Fix NICS gun ban bill to the annual spending bill, called the “Omnibus.”

This is a serious threat because the omnibus is most definitely a “must pass bill.”

This strategy is clever — from an anti-gun perspective — but it is not without its potential pitfalls.

Roll Call reports that the addition of Fix NICS — and nothing else — “would face steep resistance from Senate Democrats” because gun grabbers want far more gun control. And the bill would also be strongly opposed by pro-gun conservatives in the House.

On this latter point, you have played a significant role.

You will remember that GOA urged you in December to help us get cosponsors on the Rep. Ted Budd letter, which told Senators that if “Fix NICS” came back from the Senate without concealed carry reciprocity, it would not be considered.

Thankfully, there were dozens of congressmen who signed on to the Budd letter, and this has complicated efforts to get gun control passed — which is a good thing.

But more to the point: When the House leadership combined Fix NICS and concealed carry reciprocity into a “combo-bill” (H.R. 38) earlier this year, the House leadership promised us and its House members that Fix NICS WOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED unless reciprocity was added to it.

Having said this, it’s probably worth reminding the House leadership of their commitment to us.

So please take just a moment to email a final message to your congressman.

And since this is the last alert of the week, let’s just remind them once more to say “no” to all gun control — and to keep their promises to uphold their oath of office.

Used with the permission of Gun Owners of America.