A coalition of conservative lawmakers and civil rights groups are taking action to stop a plan by the Biden administration and liberals to quietly assemble a national registry of America’s gun owners.
The Gun-owner Registration Information Protection (GRIP) Act (S.1680) aims to protect rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment by prohibiting states, localities, or any other organization from using federal funding to maintain gun registries.
The federal government is currently prohibited from maintaining a national gun registry, but audits of the Justice Department have found agencies have been illegally retaining records from the National Instant Check System of gun purchases.
As a workaround, the Biden administration and other liberal policymakers have encouraged states to use federal tax dollars to run their own gun registries, which can be cobbled together to create a national system to monitor and locate privately-owned guns.
The GRIP Act “clarifies that prohibition (on a federal gun registry and promotes consistency by extending the prohibition to federal funding provided to states as well,” according to its sponsor, U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS).
“The GRIP Act is needed now more than ever as more anti-gun and anti-violence proposals too often end up infringing on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners,” said Hyde-Smith.
“The fight to protect Second Amendment rights is unending,” said Hyde-Smith. “The GRIP Act would protect the rights and personal information of law-abiding citizens who own or purchase firearms legally. It would require adherence to the law that specifically says federal monies cannot be used to track or hassle gun owners.”
“States and local entities should never collect the data of law-abiding gun owners to create a registry to track and store sensitive personal information of who owns a gun,” said U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, a co-sponsor of the GRIP Act.
“Our right to bear arms is at risk under the Biden administration, and I will continue to fight to protect people…from any attack on the Second Amendment,” says Lummis
The National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, National Association for Gun Rights and Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association support the GRIP Act.