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The “No Fly, No Buy” Gun Control Proposal is an Unconstitutional Civil Rights Issue

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The “No Fly, No Buy” gun control proposal is an unconstitutional Civil Rights issue.

Arguing that it would violate constitutional due process, House Republicans shot down an amendment to restrict the sale of guns to suspected terrorists on Wednesday, shortly after Senate Republicans blocked an identical amendment on the chamber floor.

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said,

This policy could have made a real difference in Orlando.

Lowey introduced the amendment during a House Appropriations Committee mark up. The measure would allow the Attorney General to block anyone from purchasing firearms that might be connected with “reasonable suspicion”of ties to terrorism.

The measure was defeated, 16-31.

Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine sponsored an amendment which would allow the Justice Department to block people on the no-fly list and one other watchlist from buying guns, while also allowing for an appeal process for those that appear on the list(s).

A procedural vote to table the amendment failed 46-52, with eight Republicans opposing. The vote shows that those who are in support of the amendment lack the number of votes to pass it, but those who oppose it lack the number of votes to nix the legislation. Senator Collins said after the vote,

“I’m very pleased with where we stand. Obviously I’d like to get to 60 but this was a good day.”

The vote happened on the same day House Democrats ended a “sit-in” protest lasting more than 24 hours, demanding votes on gun control legislation. The most vocal of the group, Rep. (D-GA) John Lewis, said,

“We can no longer wait, we can no longer be patient, so today we come to the well of the house to dramatize the need for action. Not next month, not next year, but now! Today!”

Ironically, Lewis has been the target of scrutiny by airport security for appearing on a list aimed at preventing terrorists from boarding passenger flights. CNN reports that according to his office, the nine-term congressman and notable Civil Rights figure famous for his work with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been stopped over three dozen times in the past year alone.

The report adds that a spokeswoman for his office, Brenda Jones, claims that Lewis has attempted to remove his name from the list, contacting the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security and executives at various airlines.

Jones also said in the report that her office has been contacted by another man named John Lewis seeking assistance from the congressman because he’s also been stopped and scrutinized by airport security.

Lewis isn’t alone in his unconstitutional treatment either. As long as there are arbitrary laws in place that allow government powers to list us as a threat without having actually committed any crimes, there will be abuse of those laws. Often the abuse will be directed disproportionately at minorities in the way of profiling, as history has shown.

In 1956, Martin Luther King Jr. applied for a concealed carry permit after the bombing of his home in Montgomery, Alabama. At the time, the power to approve or deny the permit was at the mercy of the local law enforcement’s discretion. King was of course denied the permit in spite of being a clergyman who was a high profile target for assassination, a priority case for self defense. King later abandoned the concept of armed self-defense and adopted a broader concept of nonviolence.

Here’s Colion Noir from NRA News with more on that:

Now that the powers that be have apparently spoken, where do we stand on the gun issue in America?

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The “No Fly, No Buy” Gun Control Proposal is an Unconstitutional Civil Rights Issue