NSSF Statement on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

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NSSF, the firearm industry trade association, has carefully examined the proposed Bipartisan Safer Communities Act legislation. iStock-Matt Anderson-1130970886

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- NSSF, the firearm industry trade association, has carefully examined the proposed Bipartisan Safer Communities Act legislation. NSSF appreciates the good faith effort by U.S. Senate negotiators to arrive at a proposal that would meaningfully address criminal violence all too frequently occurring in our communities. NSSF is encouraged by portions of the proposal, but we have important concerns about other aspects of the bill that impact our industry and the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans.

We are thankful the Senate proposal provides significant resources for mental health treatment and services. Most of the horrendous tragedies that have befallen our communities have involved unaddressed mental health issues. We have also heartened the proposal provides necessary resources to help enhance school security to help protect the most vulnerable.

NSSF supports the effort to strengthen federal criminal law to address straw purchasing and firearms trafficking. We have led the effort to stop the illegal straw purchasing of firearms and trafficking. For over two decades, NSSF has partnered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in the Don’t Lie for the Other Guy campaign that helps educate retailers on how to detect and prevent such transactions and to educate the public that it is a serious crime.

Through our #FixNICS  initiative and support for the Cornyn-Murphy bipartisan FixNICS Act named after our program, NSSF has been the leading voice working to ensure our background check system provides timely and accurate information to retailers to ensure they do not sell firearms to prohibited persons. We strongly encourage all states to provide disqualifying juvenile records into the system so that it works as intended.

We support requiring those who are in the business of selling firearms for profit to be licensed under federal law. However, the proposed legislation fails to provide clear and needed guidance to our industry – particularly those who would be newly licensed – as to what conduct constitutes a willful violation warranting revocation of their license. This is especially important given the Department of Justice’s “zero tolerance” policy and the over 500 percent increase in license revocation proceedings that have occurred under this administration.

While NSSF understands the need for law enforcement to intervene in circumstances when someone is an imminent threat to themselves or others, we have steadfastly maintained that if that intervention involves removing a person’s firearms there must be strong Due Process protections in place. Current “extreme risk protective orders” that exist in 19 states do not come close to providing adequate due process protections when the government deprives someone of their fundamental Constitutional rights. We cannot support the use of taxpayer funds to implement more such unconstitutional laws without specific and iron-clad assurances Due Process rights will be protected.

“There are several provisions of this legislative package that NSSF could support including providing more resources for mental health services and school security. However, the ambiguity over state records, the lack of clear definitions, and unaddressed due process concerns prevent us from supporting this legislative package as presented,” said Joseph Bartozzi, NSSF President and Chief Executive Officer.

NSSF encourages the Senate to continue its negotiations to arrive at a package that will provide real solutions to make our communities safer.


About The National Shooting Sports Foundation

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations, and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org

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Doug G.

Here’s my statement to my worthless retiring Senator Roy Blunt (R) MO, for his part in moving forward with the bill. This was written in response to his form letter, touting the the bipartisan bill, response to my GOA and NRA Action emails. “Mr. Blunt, The bipartisan charade is the problem. Don’t try and gaslight me that that was a positive step forward or that it would “do anything”. Red Flag laws do nothing to stop mass killers nor get them help, before they act. You know it and yet you sold out our Due Process right. You might be… Read more »

Stag

Sounds like the NSSF is still supporting a lot of infringement. Doesn’t surprise me at all.

incorrigible

NSSF sounds like a bunch of politicians, working both sides of the street!

PistolGrip44

The NSSF are just as bad as the NRA, maybe worse. And they were just recently trying to cause a panic over Lake City Ammo. Screw you NSSF.

willyd

AWAITING FOR APPROVAL???????????

willyd

The next thing that should be brought before the Supreme Court should be all of the RED FLAG FLAG LAWS, as you are GUILTY and HAVE TO PROVE YOUR INNOCET, then ABOUT GETTING YOUR GUNS BACK IN A TIMELY MANNER!!!!!! Lets see if there is a LAWER with enough goenads to take that up??????????? As all it takes is a PHONE CALL from an annomise caller to start the RED FLAG LAW in motion!!!!!!!!!!!

Montana454Casull

The SCOTUS can fix this just like they did New Yorks unconstitutional BS . Most of this garbage bill is unconstitutional and will be challenged and done away with !

swmft

sad part is the mental health health part wont be saveable , I think that is why they do this crap, so the problem is never solved

swmft

this is death by 1,000 cuts you strike one law they make three more that you will have to take to court they think they can wear us down where we will give in. What I see is them making someone so mad they build full auto and mow a bunch of them down….hope to be on the jury …NOT GUILTY justifiable you attack people long enough and you will find out who has fight in them (or dropped in war zone where you are out numbered)

Russn8r

NSSF gets Quisling of the Year Award (runner up: NRA).

NSSF was “NEUTRAL” on this betrayal of 2A-4A-5A-etc
http://www.ammoland.com/2022/06/where-gun-groups-stand-on-red-flag-laws

NSSF praised RINO ‘deal’ cutters & provisions from the start but kept plausible deniability (‘reservations’) e.g. http://www.ammoland.com/2022/06/gun-industry-remains-dedicated-to-real-solutions

It’s no surprise a group that calls ATF “our federal partners” cares F-all about 1st principles. School safety is harmed, bars funds to arm-train teachers & staff. 2A is harmed in many ways, e.g. ‘For profit’ language deters private sales, but NSSF wants that. NSSF thinks due process = ‘adjudication’. True due process for lost rights = swift recourse to fair trial by jury.

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Grigori

NSSF, another useless organization that doesn’t give a flying sh#t about liberty, just their bottom line.

Russn8r

Anyone else notice this?

NSSF encourages the Senate to continue its negotiations to arrive at a package that will provide real solutions to make our communities safer.”

As if it’s not already DONE, thanks to NSSF’s treason.

NSSF gives weasels a bad name.

Grigori

Amen!

Duane

It doesn’t seem the the NSSF understands the full meaning of shall not be infringed.

They seem very willing to sell out any body not a dealer.

musicman44mag

Question. When an FFL messes up on paperwork now, they lose their license. When our federal government messes up paperwork and you wind up on a no fly list for no reason, what happens to them? When you are denied purchase of a firearm because of it and later it is found that there is another person with the same name and BD and that the FED made a mistake, what happens to them? When our military discharges someone because of violence to his wife and gives him a dishonorable discharge and doesn’t report it and then that individual goes… Read more »