Isn’t it great when people get embarrassed for trying to do everything in their power to virtue signal? One of the biggest Democrats in the Republican party Jeff Flake didn’t miss his chance to virtue signal.
Writing a bill w/ @MartinHeinrich to prevent anyone convicted of domestic violence – be it in criminal or military court – from buying a gun
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 7, 2017
Great idea Jeff, it’s too bad you are about 21 years late…..
It exists already. It’s called the Lautenberg amendment. It was Enacted in 1996. https://t.co/D9tYPNqMdl
— Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) November 7, 2017
Here is what the Lautenberg amendment is:
The act bans shipment, transport, ownership, and use of guns or ammunition by individuals convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, or who are under a restraining (protection) order for domestic abuse that falls within the criteria set by . The 1968 Gun Control Act and subsequent amendments had previously prohibited anyone convicted of a felony and anyone subject to a domestic violence protective order from possessing a firearm. The act also makes it unlawful to knowingly sell or give a firearm or ammunition to such persons.
The definition of ‘convicted’ can be found inand has exceptions:
- (i) A person shall not be considered to have been convicted of such an offense for purposes of this chapter, unless—
- (I) the person was represented by counsel in the case, or knowingly and intelligently waived the right to counsel in the case; and
- (II) in the case of a prosecution for an offense described in this paragraph for which a person was entitled to a jury trial in the jurisdiction in which the case was tried, either
- (aa) the case was tried by a jury, or
- (bb) the person knowingly and intelligently waived the right to have the case tried by a jury, by guilty plea or otherwise.
- (ii) A person shall not be considered to have been convicted of such an offense for purposes of this chapter if the conviction has been expunged or set aside, or is an offense for which the person has been pardoned or has had civil rights restored (if the law of the applicable jurisdiction provides for the loss of civil rights under such an offense) unless the pardon, expungement, or restoration of civil rights expressly provides that the person may not ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms.
Good job Jeff Flake. Your attempt to win brownie points with the left and the Mainstream Media has left you looking foolish and I can’t say any of us are surprised.