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Arizona Representative Paul Gosar and Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith have introduced the Gun-owner Registration Information Protection (GRIP) Act. The bill would prohibit federal funding of or support for databases that list firearms lawfully owned or possessed, or individuals who lawfully own or possess them.

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Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)

Current law prohibits the federal government from storing information obtained during the FBI’s NICS background check process. The GRIP Act would clarify that prohibition and promote consistency by extending the restriction to federal funding that may be used by the states to create their own registries.

As Rep. Gosar’s office told us . . .

All states benefit from federal grant programs, such as the National Criminal Histories Improvement Program (NCHIP), the NICS Amendment Records Improvement Program (NARIP), and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program (popular in AZ), to improve criminal recordkeeping and help fulfill reporting requirements. This bill would prevent the use of any of this funding to assist with the creation of a full or partial list or registry.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss. (Anna Moneymaker/New York Times, Pool via AP)

The bill currently has 24 cosponsors in the House and 10 in the Senate.

Gosar’s office said . . .

Rep. Gosar fully supports the Second Amendment and opposes any effort to create a full or partial list or registry of lawful gun owners. Such a list would inevitably be used by tyrants against American citizens lawfully exercising their Second Amendment. Sen. Kelly and Giffords’ gun control group have been pushing for the creation of lawful gun-owner lists.

As Rep. Gosar told TTAG . .

This week, Speaker Pelosi plans on ramming through Congress two overreaching gun control bills. Egregiously, these bills would create a firearm registry database that could be made available to the public creating the likelihood for discrimination against gun owners. In contrast, this week I introduced the Gun-owner Registration Information Protection (GRIP) Act. Endorsed by the National Rifle Association, the GRIP Act prohibits the use of federal funding of firearm registry databases that list gunowners who lawfully own or possess firearms.

A similar bill was introduces in 2018, but died in the House.



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  1. I’ll bet who ever is running that machine doesn’t give two Fuchs about what they’re doing either.

  2. Just a little too late for this bill. What were they doing in Congress 4 yrs ago when they had both chambers and a Republican president? I guess they need to get re-elected soon to show a little bit of support for us 2nd Amendment supporters.

  3. Sad that an Act of Congress is what it takes to draw a line between the law abiding and criminals. In the perverted minds of Gun Control perverts there is no difference and never has been.

    When it comes to Gun Control Zealots you are not dealing with people who are logical and have common sense. You are dealing with Gun Control perverts who carry around a well documented diabolical agenda that is rooted in racism and genocide.

    There are 2 groups that get their jollies from Gun Control. One of course are criminals who fear an armed citizen and two are Gun Control perverts with fantasies of having their way with you and yours. Frankly there is not a dime’s difference between the two.

    • They want ALL gun owners to be punished for criminals (including spree killers) using guns. To them it is pure “Guilt by Association”.

  4. If it prohibits it, then what reasons would it exist? The federal government has no right to know what you own. The pioneer days are long gone and replaced with inner city “safety” and regulations. Complacency sucks. Thanks a lot, anti-freedomers….

  5. Debbie W., in the end you are correct regarding law abiding and criminals being no different. However, in the interim, there is a wide difference. The criminals are the politician’s Useful Idiot Tool to justify in the minds of the Government Plantation Dwellers that the good guys need to be controlled.
    A politician with a law never stops a bad guy with a gun.
    He only controls the good guys, which is his true agenda.

    The bad guy with a gun…..or the gang member with a gun…. the mentally deficient guy with a gun……or the TERRIBLY DISTRAUGHT FAMILY MEMBER OF A GUN SHOOTING VICTIM…….or a gun violence survivor……or the Feelz-Gooder Social Do-Gooder….. or the the “hair-on-fire, we’re-all-gonna-die” contingent……are the politician’s easily manipulated Useful Idiot Tools to achieve his power and control agenda.

  6. You know all of this is pretty ineffectual in any event, when the ATF is lining up 4473s at gun stores and snapping pictures of them. The ATF is undoubtedly maintaining an illegal gun registry.

  7. If this doesn’t pass, we will know the true intentions of the dems. It means they do plan on implementing a national gun registry

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