FPC Releases Statement on Proposed “No-Fly” and “Terror Watch-List” Laws
Sacramento, CA -(AmmoLand.com)- In response to renewed calls for a ban on firearms by persons on the federal government’s secret “no-fly” and “terror watch-lists,” Firearms Policy Coalition President Brandon Combs released the following statement:
No person that participates in terrorism should be allowed to acquire or possess firearms. And no one that is provably planning to commit a crime or heinous act like the tragedy in Orlando, Florida should be free to walk our streets. Terrorists and violent criminals should be arrested, tried, convicted, and imprisoned — or immediately deported, if they are in the United States by permission.
However, if a person is free enough to walk our streets, they should not be denied fundamental human rights due to their potentially erroneous presence on secret government lists.
Someone who is dangerous enough to be denied access to firearms because of alleged ties to terrorism should be arrested and prosecuted, not simply turned away at the gun store counter. As we’ve seen throughout history, people committed to doing evil will find an alternative means to carrying out a deadly attack.
Our Founders rightly enshrined a system of justice where the people of the United States are presumed to be innocent until they are proven guilty of a crime. We must ensure that adequate due process exists in any regulatory system so that people have the opportunity to defend their rights in a court of law.
We will oppose any measure to restrict access to or possession of firearms on the sole basis of secret government lists unless and until Congress provides meaningful due process protections and a transparent means for challenging inaccurate government data.
Firearms Policy Coalition urges its members and the public to immediately contact their representatives and demand that appropriate due process protections be included in any proposed legislation.
About Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC):
Firearms Policy Coalition is a grassroots 501(c)4 nonprofit public benefit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
More information about FPC can be found at www.firearmspolicy.org.