Gun Owners of America reports that H.R. 1415 (“NICS Improvement Act of 2005″) has passed out of subcommittee and on to the House floor. This bill would allow the FBI and other federal and state agencies to sift through numerous records to seize a person’s firearms.
Section 102(c)(1)(A) of H.R. 1415 would allow the federal government to troll through state misdemeanor, diversion, psychiatric, tax, and even library records — all for the purpose of finding new reasons to seize guns from law-abiding Americans.
The bill is sponsored by the ironically named Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and has co-sponsors from the anti-gun elite: Reps. Howard Berman (D-CA), John Conyers (D-MI), Diana DeGette (D-CO), Barney Frank (D-MA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Pete Stark (D-CA), among others.
This bill would be an extension of the Lautenberg ban, which bars those who were involved in domestic violence from ever owning a gun.
Under this bill, the FBI would first have to determine that you are not an illegal alien before approving your background check:
* Federal law prohibits illegal aliens from owning guns [18 U.S.C. 922(g)(5)]. But, in order to identify illegal aliens, “relevant” records could mean that the FBI would demand state tax returns of ALL American citizens, employment records, or even library records — all in the name of making sure that you’re not an illegal.
Another Orwellian pork barrel project from a Congresswoman who doesn’t care about our national debt, which is definitely going to rise after funding this program. Please call, e-mail, or write your congresscritter and urge them to vote NO on this bill. This not only further restricts our Second Amendment Rights but compromises our privacy rights as well.