Keller Defends Gun Owners

March 17, 2021
In The News

Congressman Fred Keller recently defended law-abiding gun owners nationwide when he voted against two House Democrat sponsored gun control bills aimed at stripping Americans of their Second Amendment rights.

Keller voted to reject H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446, legislation that would require the creation of an invasive national gun owner registry and make it harder for Americans to legally obtain firearms, respectively. Under the pretense of expanding criminal background checks, the provisions of these bills would violate American citizens’ constitutional rights while altogether failing to improve public safety.

After voting, Keller made the following statement:

“This legislation, as designed, would do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals nor would either bill have prevented any previous mass shooting. All these proposals would do is infringe upon law-abiding citizens’ constitutional rights to defend themselves and their loved ones.

“I have long supported targeted solutions to improve school safety, support mental health services and address the root causes of gun violence. Unfortunately, rather than working to advance common-sense solutions that all Americans can get behind, House Democrats have chosen to push far-left legislation that undermines the NICS background check system, violates the privacy of law-abiding gun owners, and allows the federal government to indefinitely delay the legal purchase of firearms— trampling the Second Amendment protections enumerated in our Constitution. If our goal is to curb the illegal transfer of firearms, we should not be punishing the millions of legal gun owners who have done everything right.”

Keller supported amendments to both bills that would have strengthened protections for legal gun owners and cracked down on illegal immigrants attempting to purchase firearms.

Motion to Recommit H.R. 1446 would allow individuals with state-issued concealed carry permits to conceal a handgun in any other state, as long as the permit holder follows the laws of that state.

Motion to Recommit H.R. 8 would notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when NICS indicates that an illegal immigrant is attempting to purchase a firearm.

House Democrats defeated both measures.