Cornyn Introduces Gun Background Check Bill Endorsed by NRA

From Washington Free Beacon:

Sen. John Cornyn

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R., Texas) introduced a bill Wednesday with support from the National Rifle Association that would incite states to submit information about individuals with serious mental illnesses to the federal background check system for gun ownership.

Cornyn introduced the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, which is designed to fix the current background check system and not expand it. The legislation would also increase programs to treat the mentally ill and improve crisis response by local officials.

“While potentially dangerous mentally ill individuals are often known to law enforcement and local officials, gaps in existing law or inadequate resources prevent our communities from taking proactive steps to prevent them from becoming violent,” Cornyn said in a statement.

“This legislation will strengthen programs that promote preventative screening and crisis response training so that we can better understand and treat the factors which may endanger public safety,” the Texas lawmaker continued. “By giving our communities the resources necessary to recognize and prevent acts of violence, we not only protect American families, but help those affected by mental illness.”

The bill has been endorsed by a variety of organizations, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Association of Police Organizations, and American Correctional Association, in addition to the NRA.

According to an Associated Press report, NRA legislative affairs spokeswoman Jennifer Baker explained that the bill takes “meaningful steps toward fixing the system and making our communities safer.”

While individuals deemed “mentally defective” and those committed to mental institutions are blocked from purchasing firearms, states are not required to send such mental health records to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is used to prevent certain individuals from obtaining guns.

Cornyn’s legislation would increase grants awarded under the government’s main law enforcement program by as much as 5 percent for states who report upwards of 90 percent of their records on seriously mentally ill residents to the federal background check system.

In contrast, states who do not provide such a percentage of records could see a reduction in grants.

Earlier this week, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) introduced much stricter gun legislation intended to block mentally ill individuals in addition to violent criminals and abusers from owning firearms.

The Obama White House has been feverishly pursuing tight gun control measures as the president’s final term draws to a close. Most recently, the administration sought to bar certain seniors receiving Social Security benefits from owning firearms if they are deemed no longer able to handle their affairs, a move that both the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation have vowed to fight.


Wow. Did Cornyn and the NRA just play right into O’s hand, or what? The next step is who gets to determine if someone is mentally unstable. What’s the criteria?

They’re already persecuting veterans for various reasons, from ability to manage money to the drugs they’re on, coincidentally given to them by the VA in many cases.

I get it – we don’t want crazies to have guns, but with this, one visit to a shrink could put an end to our 2A rights.



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5 Responses to Cornyn Introduces Gun Background Check Bill Endorsed by NRA

  1. Uriel says:

    That is the true kicker. Give on one lose five more. Soon O will probably write an EO destroying the 2nd that will stand over these marshmallows.

    • Kathy says:

      Since the Rs have established a pattern, we’re used to seeing them caving to the Ds, but I hate to see the NRA in support of this. They should know as well as we do that this will only be the beginning of additional gun control legislation, followed by pages and pages of regulations.

  2. vonmesser says:

    18USC922g(4) (The 1934 law as amended)
    A person is “adjudicated as a mental defective” if a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority has made a determination that a person, as a result of marked subnormal intelligence, mental illness, ncompetency, condition, or disease:
    Is a danger to himself or to others;
    Lacks the mental capacity to contract or manage his own affairs;
    Is found insane by a court in a criminal case; or
    Is found incompetent to stand trial, or not guilty by reason of lack of mental responsibility, pursuant to articles 50a and 72b of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, 10 U.S.C. §§ 850a, 876b.

    A person is “committed to a mental institution” if that person has been formally committed to a mental institutionby a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority.
    The term includes a commitment:
    To a mental institution involuntarily;
    For mental defectiveness or mental illness; or
    For other reasons, such as for drug use.
    The term does not include a person in a mental institution for observation or by voluntary admission.
    The term “lawful authority” means an entity having legal authority to make adjudications or commitments.
    The term “mental institution” includes mental health facilities, mental hospitals, sanitariums, psychiatric facilities,and other facilities that provide diagnoses by licensed professionals of mental retardation or mental illness, including a psychiatric ward in a general hospital

    • Kathy says:

      Thanks VM, but this regime isn’t too prone to follow code or law. If there are loopholes, they will find them and use them however they see fit.

  3. Buck says:

    ANY law pertaining to the free keeping and bearing of arms is an infringement…
    What is it about that the politicians and judges don’t understand?