Gun Manufacturer Backs 'Fix NICS' Bill, Sees Retaliation From Customers

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Posted: Mar 10, 2018 12:05 PM
Gun Manufacturer Backs 'Fix NICS' Bill, Sees Retaliation From Customers

On Friday, Daniel Defense posted an announcement on their company Facebook page saying they support the 'Fix NICS' bill, which would fix reporting requirements for the National Instant Check System:

Message from Marty Daniel on the Fix NICS Act (S.2135)

Dear Friends,

I need your help. I believe the Fix NICS Act (S. 2135), sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), is presently the only common sense approach to keeping firearms out of the hands of the wrong people. This bipartisan bill, which aims to keep firearms from being sold to criminals and other dangerous people, was introduced by U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas. All provisions of this bill have already been voted on and passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. While the bill has enough votes to pass the Senate, we must put pressure on our representatives until the President puts pen to paper.

Our Senators, by passing the Fix NICS Act, can take logical steps TODAY to improve background checks through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). By doing so, states would not only be required to, but would be held accountable for not complying with new reporting procedures which would ensure background checks are complete and reliable. The Fix NICS Act would:

• Mandate federal agencies to report criminal convictions to the
Attorney General
• Require reporting of select mental health records that prohibit the
purchase of firearms (Fix NICS only seeks to require mental health
records that fit current federal categories)
• Hold states and federal agencies accountable for failing to upload
records

Here’s how you can help.

1.) Send an Email to Your Representatives at: http://bit.ly/2FFsmg0 
2.) Share this Post & Tag Your Representatives in the Comments

Together, we can get this thing passed.

- Marty Daniel

Second Amendment advocates were not happy about the manufacturer's decision to support the bill. There were various reasons for customers' disdain. 

Here are some of the comments the company received:

"Sir since you and your company have just shown that you will not stand with us in our fight for our rights I will make it my life's mission to put you out of business," John Fischer commented on the post. "No firearms manufacturer has any place in the industry if they support this unconstitutional INFRINGEMENT on our rights."

"I for one am glad these companies are showing their true colors, let's me know who to avoid. Another company off my list that I'll do business with, adios," Scott Kane commented.

"Letting the govt collect more records on everyone won't stop people from getting guns illegally," Ryan Wickersham mentioned. "This will only push people with mild issues away from seeking treatment out of fear of being blacklisted."

"In a down market you dolts just committed suicide. Enjoy bankruptcy. You've earned it with this stupidity... and right on the heels of your major layoff. You guys must be suicidal," Tim Harmsen said."

"Fix NICS gives authority to adminstrative [sic] agencies, like the Veteran's Adminstration [sic] and the Social Security Adminstration [sic], to add names to the prohibited person list without due process. It also gives these agencies financial incentives for adding names (agencies that don't add names don't get paid). The bill also prevents people who are added to the list from being able to find out who added them and why," Mike Johnson explained. "Currently, the NICS system has an over 30% false positive rate. That means that 30% of people trying to exercise their rights are denied for no reason at all. Of course they can appeal that denial, but appeals take approximately 3 years to be addressed. Can you imagine how much those numbers will increase once agencies are getting paid bonuses to add names to this list? Daniel Defense does not value the rights of their customers, and therefore should be boycotted until they close their doors for good."

There were, however, a couple people who agreed with the bill:

"The only reason I agree with overhauling NICS is because it's a hugely broken system that doesn't even work half the time," Phil Mesa explained. "If you have a common surname, it will bounce it back as a deny...even if you aren't a felon. Then you have the really outdated computer system the entire thing runs on and during peak hours, it just goes out for like no reason."

"If any of you don’t have a criminal background or metal [sic] health problem...why should you care if this gets passed? We don’t want those people having guns anyway because that tiny number that does, ruins it for the the rest of us," Tommy Le asked.