Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The GRIP Act Needs Your Support

Senators Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss) have co-sponsored legislation this week to prevent the creation of a national gun registry. The Gun-Owner Registration Information Protection Act, or GRIP Act, clarifies existing law that bars the federal government from storing information acquired during the firearms background check process.

The Senators from Nebraska and Mississippi have been a long-time advocates for responsible gun ownership and responsible gun laws. This legislation helps meet both of those goals and does nothing to already required background checks. It does, however, say the government cannot infringe on your constitutional rights by writing your name on the board every time you exercise your Second Amendment rights.

The GRIP Act also ensures that states and local entities that benefit from federal grant programs do not use that funding to create or support full or partial registries of firearms information.

For those who may believe that Senator Johanns is putting forth his support for this piece of legislation purely for political reasons and vote mongering in the upcoming election -- think again! The Senator is retiring from government service once his term in the Senate has expired and will not be seeking reelection. Like so many other supporters of the 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution his efforts to ensure those rights continue are done out of concern over the growing infringement the federal government has been making on the rights and liberties, not given by the U.S. Constitution, but reiterated and reinforced by its amendments. The rights and freedom we possess have been endowed by our creator not any kind of government body or its documents.

Other Senators on board as co-sponsors of this bill are Senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Susan Collins (R-Me.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

Contact your Senator and congressional representative and tell them to support the GRIP Act and its House clone to continue the good fight for freedom and liberty in America.

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