Emmer Reintroduces Legislation to Provide Legal Recourse for Law-Abiding Gun Applicants

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) reintroduced the Firearm Due Process Protection Act . This legislation would provide an enforcement mechanism for Americans to ensure their Second Amendment right to own a firearm is restored when wrongly denied by the federal government. “It is essential for Americans seeking to legally purchase a firearm to have recourse when the government incorrectly denies them their Second Amendment right. Congress has taken steps to ensure the federal government does not run out the clock on permit appeals, but more needs to be done to make sure those changes are enforced. The Biden Administration continues to signal that it will be no friend to law-abiding gun owners, so the least we can do is provide the American people with the recourse they deserve when denied a Constitutional right," said Emmer. “Rep. Emmer’s bill would help protect gun owners from the broken National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The system disproportionately targets minorities and individuals with common last names, either rejecting background checks due to cultural spellings of names or falsely flagging individuals as criminals because they share a common last name. To remediate this failure, Rep. Emmer’s bill allows for affected individuals to seek recourse through litigation,” said Aidan Johnston, Director of Federal Affairs for the Gun Owners of America. Background: Each year, the federal government denies thousands of law-abiding Americans the ability to purchase a firearm because of administrative errors made during their background check. The National Instant Criminal […]

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