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house Bill H.R. 226

Keeping Guns From People Convicted of Violent Crimes or Distributing Drugs and Alcohol

Argument in favor

Gun violence is an epidemic in this country — and the perpetrators are often people who have committed crimes in the past. This bill will help keep guns out of the hands of high risk individuals.

Donald's Opinion
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10/03/2015
Those persons having a history of violence against persons and animals should not have or have access to any weapons.
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operaman's Opinion
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10/03/2015
And many of these criminals used a weapon during their behaviors. That's why they're in custody. So, YES. NO GUNS OR WEAPONS EVER!
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MateoLowe's Opinion
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10/15/2015
Seems like common sense. If you lose your right to vote when you are convicted of a crime then you should definitely lose your right to bear arms
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Argument opposed

The use of "reasonable suspicion" to deny a person access to firearms or ammunition in this bill is just asking to be abused. Law abiding gun owners shouldn't be punished just because they "might" have a criminal record.

Drew's Opinion
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10/03/2015
This definition is way to broad. Those convicted of violent crimes should be restricted, but suspected or possible persons gives too much leeway and abusive power to the govt.
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ark4162's Opinion
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10/03/2015
convicted - yes. Suspected - ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NOT!!!! Ever hear the concept of "innocent until PROVEN guilty"? What the hell are you trying to pull here?
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Michael's Opinion
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10/03/2015
Innocent until proven guilty. The "suspected" category simply opens the door to interpretation and likely abuse by "discriminating" individuals.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
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  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2015
    Those persons having a history of violence against persons and animals should not have or have access to any weapons.
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    This definition is way to broad. Those convicted of violent crimes should be restricted, but suspected or possible persons gives too much leeway and abusive power to the govt.
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    convicted - yes. Suspected - ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NOT!!!! Ever hear the concept of "innocent until PROVEN guilty"? What the hell are you trying to pull here?
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    And many of these criminals used a weapon during their behaviors. That's why they're in custody. So, YES. NO GUNS OR WEAPONS EVER!
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    Innocent until proven guilty. The "suspected" category simply opens the door to interpretation and likely abuse by "discriminating" individuals.
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    Your key word is "Suspected". We are innocent until proven guilty. Once convicted the law spells it out.
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    The problem here is "suspected." Sorry but no. This is just begging to be abused. No law should be based on murky probabilities of guilt or innocence.
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    Some of these people may need guns for self-defense. Also, my main problem with this is the "suspected" part. "Just because the government says you're suspected of something now means you can't purchase something" is a major flaw, and is easily exploited.
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    Violent crimes yes, why take it away from people distributing alcohol though?
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    Seems like common sense. If you lose your right to vote when you are convicted of a crime then you should definitely lose your right to bear arms
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    Suspicion isn't enough to restrict someone's rights. A conviction of a violent crime must be required.
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    I support some forms of gum regulations, but making any restriction based on suspicion is unconstitutional.
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    No one with a criminal past should be allowed to own a firearm especially with such a high recidivism rate in this country. We don't rehabilitate we incarcerate and repeat. As soon as we start to actually fix the problem this country has with career criminals then we can decide if they should own weapons meant to kill.
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    I believe the right to keep and bear arms should never be infringed on law abiding, responsible citizens. Thugs and criminals shoot be removed from society.
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    There is a psychological truism that past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior. A history of violent acts is a warning that guns in the hand of person with violent behavior would be a potential danger in the future. I t may also indicate that the person has a mental illness and is not able to have good judgment.
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    Background checks are the best way to go about this.
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    Convicted felons and criminal do not purchase firearms through legal suppliers. They purchase them from other criminal types or steal them. Case in point, the "undocumented democratic voter" that stole the gun in San Francisco and murdered Kate Steinle. Once again the anti-gun crowd are trying to kill the second amendment. What about the 3 million registered gun owners who will commit no crimes day after day? Apply the same liberal logic to auto mobiles. There will be deaths caused by drunk drivers so we can conclude that cars are bad and only the police and government officials should have them. There is no need for average citizens to own cars!
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    "Reasonable cause" to believe they have been convicted of a crime? Anything other than set in stone documentation of their offenses should not be taken as evidence that they have been prosecuted as such.
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    Our 2nd amendment rights are already being trampled. Enough with the gun bills. Work on something of import!
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    Those who have already proven themselves capable of violence against others should not have access to the easiest tools to perpetrate that violence again.
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