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Rep. Thomas Massie drew attention this week to the fact that Democrats had hitched anti-gun legislation to a reciprocity bill favored by conservatives. The measure granting greater freedom to concealed carry permit holders was linked with a bill intended to expand the scope of background checks.

The political turmoil agitating Washington has created a tense environment. Gun control advocates have been around for a long time, but they’ve been emboldened by the recent mass shooting disasters. Republican Rep. Thomas Massie warned this week that the House is planning to sneak gun control measures into a bill that purports to help gun owners.

“The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would require each state to recognize concealed carry permits from every other state… Residents of states that don’t require permits to carry a concealed weapon would be able to carry their weapons in other states that allow concealed carry, as long as they abide by local laws,” USA Today notes.

“The concealed carry bill is expected to be combined… with another measure to boost authorities’ reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, NICS. The bill, called ‘Fix NICS,’ is less controversial and came as a response to the Texas shooting…”

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Massie is concerned over the implications of an expanded database. The Second Amendment gives us the right to legally carry firearms. Liberals can’t openly ban guns, so they’re trying to craftily destroy the amendment with legislation.

Massie warned on Facebook: “[“Fix-NICS”] encourages administrative agencies, not the courts, to submit more names to a national database that will determine whether you can or can’t obtain a firearm… Only a state court, a federal (article III) court, or a military court, should ever be able to suspend your rights for any significant period of time.”

Gun control is now a favorite pet project for the left. Liberals look at disasters like what happened at the Route 91 festival in Las Vegas and say that the tragedy could have been prevented with stricter gun control measures.

Democrats want to create obstacles to gun ownership. The House reciprocity bill is actually a good idea. Or at least it was until liberals loaded the legislation with covert anti-gun measures. Massie’s warning might have come too late.

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“If our House leadership insists on bringing the flawed fix-NICS bill to the floor, they shouldn’t play games. We should vote separately on HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill, and HR 4477, the fix-NICS bill. And we should be given enough time to amend the fix-NICS bill, because it needs to be fixed, if not axed,” said Massie.

It’s thought that House Republicans are agreeing to the gun control legislation because they’re eager to pass the reciprocity bill. Democrats won’t budge on anything unless they get something they want in return. Still, Massie believes that the proposed legislation is a step too far.

He “believes it is a foolish attempt to gain the support of Senators like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who will not support national reciprocity legislation ‘even if it contains the fix-NICS legislation they support for expanding the background check database.”

2017 has been a volatile year politically. President Trump’s election heralded the beginning of a new political era. America is still at war in the Middle East, North Korea is becoming more worrisome every day, and the Russia investigation stopped the Trump administration’s stride before it could get going. Gun control may seem like a less important issue, but it goes to the heart of what it means to be American. The liberals’ distaste for firearms should be used as justification to ignore the Second Amendment.

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Barack Obama and his ilk support denying the rights afforded by the Second Amendment and severely limiting gun ownership.

“We have good bipartisan support for that,” Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, lead sponsor of both the concealed carry and Fix NICS Senate bills, said of the bill.

“It’s really important and it will save lives, but if we start trying to add other things to it, then I think we risk not doing anything which has sort of been the fate of a lot of the legislation we’ve tried in the past. So, I’d like to do the fix NICS and then we can move on from there.”