“YES” on Buck Amendment to Fund Federal Firearm Restoration

Tonight, the House could vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) 100% to the FY16 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 2578).  The amendment would ensure the Attorney General could process applications for relief from Federal firearms disabilities under section 925(c) of title 18, United States Code.

Current law allows individuals to apply for relief from not being able to purchase a firearm legally.  Since 1992, however, a legislative rider has prohibited the Attorney General from investigating and processing such applications.  Then-Representative Charles Schumer (D-NY) 9% was the genesis of the rider.

In the United States v. Bean, 537 U.S. 71 (2002), the Supreme Court put the onus on Congress, saying “Inaction by ATF does not amount to a ‘denial’ within the meaning of § 925(c).” Congress should not deny individuals the ability to apply for the restoration of their Second Amendment rights, as prescribed in statute.

Heritage Action supports the Buck Amendment and will include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard. 

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