Contact members of this House committee today and urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 1589
Tomorrow, February 4, the state House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee has again scheduled an executive session for House Bill 1589 and could consider several amendments. The amendment process has been used by gun control advocates in the past to mask their ultimate goal of imposing “universal” background checks, and amendments to HB 1589 will not make it any more acceptable.
As previously reported, House Bill 1589 is a misguided anti-gun bill which would mandate “universal” background checks. If passed and enacted into law, HB 1589 would criminalize the private sale, transfer and under certain conditions, the loan of any firearm to individuals outside of the immediate family without a background check from a licensed firearms dealer.
“Universal” background checks do nothing to reduce violent crime, and will only affect law-abiding gun owners by imposing cumbersome mandates and restrictions on the lawful purchase and possession of firearms. Criminals, by definition, violate laws, especially gun control laws. They don’t register their firearms, purchase firearms through licensed dealers or subject themselves to any gun control schemes that only penalize law-abiding citizens. Furthermore, it is already illegal to knowingly sell or transfer a firearm to someone classified as a prohibited person, and is a felony for a prohibited person to buy, own or possess a firearm.
Using the contact information provided below, please call AND e-mail members of the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee TODAY and urge them to oppose HB 1589 and any amended version of this legislation. Your NRA-ILA will keep you updated as this legislation is considered in the House.
House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee:
Representative Edward Butler (D-7), Chairman
Representative Donna Schlachman (D-18), Vice Chairman
Representative Chris Muns (D-21), Clerk
Representative Angeline Kopka (D-28)
Representative Catherine Mulholland (D-17)
Representative Joe Scarlotto (D-31)
Representative Donald Flanders (R-3)
Representative Pamela Tucker (R-23)
Representative Ralph Doolan (R-1)
Representative Kenneth Gidge (D-33)
Representative Ruth Heden (D-23)
Representative Kermit Williams (D-4)
Representative Ronald Belanger (R-8)
Representative Laura Jones (R-24)
Representative Emily Sandblade (R-18)
Representative Jill Hammond (D-24)
Representative Richard McNamara (D-38)
Representative John Hunt (R-11)
Representative Frederick Rice (R-21)
Representative Keith Murphy (R-7)