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Push For More Gun Control Legislation in Congress Has Libertarian Candidate Concerned

AREA - JUNE 13, 2022 - During their meeting on Saturday 9th District Congressional Candidate for the Libertarian Party expressed concerns about legislation that passed in the House on last Thursday.

Tonya Millis speaks during a meeting Saturday morning in Bedford, Indiana

Tonya Millis told the group she has serious concerns about the legislation which gives broad authority in "Red Flag" laws to remove guns from citizens and in the purchasing of firearms in the United States.

In the United States a red flag law is a gun control law that permits variously police, family members, co-workers, and others to petition the court to order temporary removal of firearms from a person who they believe present a danger to others or themselves.

The House voted Thursday to pass a federal "red flag" bill intended to keep guns out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves or others as a bipartisan group of senators work to figure out a package that could garner 60 votes in the Senate on gun safety reform.

The legislation would authorize and establish guidance for federal courts to issue extreme risk protection orders. it would allow family members to request a federal court order that would remove access to firearms for someone who is deemed a danger to themselves or others by the court.

Five Republicans -- Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, and Chris Jacobs of New York -- voted for the bill. Democratic Rep. Jared Golden of Maine voted against it.

U.S. Congress continues to push for more gun control legislation

The bill is part of the House Democrats' push on gun control in the wake of recent mass shootings, although the fate of any legislation resides in the Senate amid widespread Republican opposition.

On Wednesday, the House passed legislation that would raise the legal age to buy certain semiautomatic centerfire rifles from 18 to 21 years old, establish new federal offenses for gun trafficking and for selling large-capacity magazines and allow local governments to compensate individuals who surrender such magazines through a buyback program. House Democrats' efforts to pass gun safety legislation.

The bill faces opposition by Senate Republicans and has not reached a deal with their Democrat counterparts to pass the measure.

According to Millis they are already to many rules and regulations, and it is time to take back the rights and Liberties that have been stripped away.

Millis also supports the United States Constitution including Article 4 and the 10th Amendment regarding States Rights.

The Indiana General Assembly passed House Enrolled Act 1296 this session, which removes the requirement to get a permit to carry a firearm.

On July 1st, any individual wanting to purchase a firearm from a Federal Firearms License dealer will still have to undergo a background check in order to complete the purchase.

A person who has successfully a handgun will not need to take any additional steps to get a license before carrying. However, this legislation still allows a private property owner to control who can carry a firearm on their property.

The following people cannot carry a handgun:

  • A person convicted of a federal or state offense punishable by term of imprisonment exceeding one year

  • A fugitive from justice

  • An alien

  • A person convicted of domestic violence, or criminal stalking, person under indictment, or dangerous or mental defective or committed to a mental institution, person dishonorably discharged from the military or National Guard

  • A person who renounces the person United States citizenship, a person less than 18 - 23 years of age and as an adjudication as a delinquent child.

Indiana joins 23 other states in allowing the right of law-abiding citizens who are legally able to possess a firearm for self-defense without first having to ask the government for permission.

In Indiana, there were opposition to the legislation which included Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter. According to Carter he supports the Second Amendment but also believes that no constitutional right is unlimited,"

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