Prohibiting Federal Government From Funding Gun Registration?

"...federal government should not play any role in misguided gun control initiatives that involve the storage or public distribution of personal information of law-abiding people"

Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) is proposing a bill that would forbid the federal government from using funds to help organizations maintain any gun registry, including state and local governments.

According to Guns.com

“The Gun-owner Registration Information Protection Act, or GRIP Act seeks to prohibit the federal government from giving assistance to states or local entities for the storage of personal information related to legal gun ownership. It also states that all federal agencies would have to refrain from such activities.”

In a release by Cochran, he said,

“The federal government should not play any role in misguided gun control initiatives that involve the storage or public distribution of personal information of law-abiding people who own or purchase firearms legally.

There is nothing in law today that says federal resources can’t be used, either intentionally or otherwise by a state or local government, to collect and store personally identifiable information related to legal firearm purchases and ownership. This legislation would close that loophole.”

GRIP has strong support in the House and from groups like the NRA, but getting it passed the Democratic held Senate would likely prove impossible. On top of that, Obama has asked for $182 million in new gun control spending for the 2015 budget. 

The bill has been referred to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee for review.

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