Tell Senators, Vote NO on Manchin-Toomey Amendment, YES on Grassley Proposal

National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Shooting Sports Foundation

NEWTOWN, Conn –-( Tomorrow the U.S. Senate is expected to begin debate on gun-control legislation including The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, S. Amdt. 715, proposed by Sens. Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Toomey (R-Pa.) that will hurt our industry and infringe upon your Second Amendment Rights.

Your senators need to hear from you now!

The Manchin-Toomey Amendment, which is co-sponsored by anti-gun Sens. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirk (R-lll.), would effectively shut down all storefront National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks on weekends by requiring that gun show checks must be COMPLETED before any store check can be completed.

Prioritizing gun show checks over storefront checks will harm firearms retailers’ businesses.

Weekends, when gun shows take place, are the busiest time for storefront retailers who will not be able to run background checks for their customers. The Second Amendment rights of customers at gun shops are just as important as those of gun show attendees. Congress should provide adequate resources to NICS so that ALL background checks are done instantly.

The Manchin-Toomey measure, S. Amdt. 715, also does not address critical product liability concerns for retailers processing private party transfers and imposes record-keeping responsibilities that could result in license revocation for even simple mistakes. Tell your senators not to put retailers’ livelihoods on the line.

Instead, urge senators to vote YES on Sen. Grassley’s (R-Iowa) proposal which is supported by NSSF. This positive measure would help Fix NICS and improve current law, without expanding background checks that punish retailers and infringe on the Second Amendment. Your senators need to hear from you in support of the real solutions in the Grassley measure.

Find and call your U.S. senators here, or dial 202-224-3121, and tell them to VOTE NO on the flawed Manchin-Toomey Amendment and YES on the solution-based Grassley alternative.

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Not sure which state you reside in, but in South Dakota, the codified law defines mental illness: Chapter 27A-1-1. Definition of terms. (24) “Severe mental illness,” substantial organic or psychiatric disorder of thought, mood, perception, orientation, or memory which significantly impairs judgment, behavior, or ability to cope with the basic demands of life. I find this one interesting, too: § 2. Voter qualification. Every United States citizen eighteen years of age or older who has met all residency and registration requirements shall be entitled to vote in all elections and upon all questions submitted to the voters of the state… Read more »


I’ve yet to see a knife or chainsaw kill people from 400+ yards.

Steve Bishop

Sorry Bill for the lack of respect, but frankly I’m sick of this extreme attitude that no gun laws do any good so there might as well be none. The pro-gun side isn’t playing nice, so why should those of us in the middle or anywhere else do so any more? Sure, background checks don’t stop most such crimes, but if they stop any, are they not worth it? I know too burdensome. By that logic, let’s scrap car registrations/inspections, airline security, too burdensome.

Bill Baker

@Steve Bishop: Background checks haven’t stopped the majority of things like you describe. You may consider your neighbor deranged, but has he been legally documented as such? I doubt it, probably just disagrees with you and you have judged him deranged, as he probably has you. I would note that your attitude towards the previous poster shows your grade school bully mentality, we don’t agree with you so you start accusing people of such. It’s your own fear of guns that is the real problem, as: if your neighbor is deranged, you should be seeking him treatment as he might… Read more »

Steve Bishop

No background checks at all, eh? I suppose it wouldn’t concern you if some deranged neighbor of yours just went to any old show and bought a gun and headed for your house, you’d just outgun him right? At least you can talk to your kids about this being you share elementary-school playground bully-level thinking.


There is no reason to not support expanded background checks. ANY law abiding hunter, who has purchased a small game stamp for pheasants or applied for a deer tag is not going to buy their firearm on their way to the field or stand.

I had to chuckle at the above comment: “If the states want to run their own background checks and reciprocate with other states, that’s another matter”
THAT argument was lost in 1865, FEDERAL LAW trumps any State Law.


Looks like the NSSF doesnt understand freedom!

We dont need the NICS!!!!

We dont need to fix current law, we need to REPEAL IT!

Sounds like we need to call the NSSF and tell them to STOP supporting gun control!


What these gutless wonder state governments need to do is to nullify this entire NICS bullcrap!! The Feds have no such authority to be running “checks” on anybody and deciding who buys a gun and who doesn’t whether they’re a mental retard or not!! If the states want to run their own background checks and reciprocate with other states, that’s another matter. Besides isn’t interesting how none of these “mental” cases these bureaucrats keep talking about are ever defined. How do you define a “mentally disturbed” person?? Seems to me, and I believe this is by design, the definition is… Read more »

Ken Green

What is Grassley’s Proposal?