There’s a fair amount of GOP Congressmen that are defecting from the NRA-backed Coburn style terror watch list proposal, meaning Ryan doesn’t have the votes to pass it. ThisÂ revolt is being lead by the House Freedom Caucus.
â€œIf the bill becomes law, it will mark a massive expansion of the governmentâ€™s ability to restrict gun rights on the basis of precrimeâ€”a crime not yet committed,â€ Freedom Caucus member Justin Amash (R-Mich.) posted in a lengthy diatribe on his Facebook page. This bill â€œis the actualization of dystopian fiction.â€
Added Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), another Freedom Caucus member: â€œIf it is a suspected terrorist and we have evidence to that extent, then Logic 101 [suggests] that person should either be in jail or out of the country.â€
And in those two lines, you basically have the “law and order” versus “civil libertarian” division in the GOP. I completely agree that even delaying a sale 72 hours is denying someone due process unconstitutionally. It would seem to me many of the anti-gun Dems want to hold out for a harsher bill, which few Republicans will support. Combine that with the Freedom Caucus opposition to the bill and I don’t see how this passes. Let us hope.