U.S. Senator's Reply To A Constituent
I recently contacted my two U.S. Senators and asked them to oppose H.R. 297, The NICS Improvement Act of 2007, if this legislation ever reaches the Senate. (hopefully it never will and will die in the House). Here's Senator Tester's reply:
Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 297, the NICS Improvement Act of 2007. This legislation would require the heads of federal agencies to provide information for compilation in a National Instant Criminal Background Check System to see if any potential gun purchasers have a criminal history or have mental health records of concern.
As a custom butcher, I made my living with a gun for over twenty-five years. I know first hand that firearms play an important role in the heritage and the fabric of Montana. During my time as a State Senator in Helena, I consistently voted to protect the Second Amendment rights of Montanans. In the U.S. Senate, I will continue to support legislation allowing law abiding Americans to carry their firearms.
Current law already prohibits people committed to mental institutions or who are legally declared mentally deficient from purchasing firearms. We need to ensure that these laws are adequately enforced and the mental health information reaches the proper authorities.
Currently, H.R. 297 is being discussed in the House and there is no similar piece of legislation in the Senate. If this bill, or any other legislation regarding updating the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act comes before the Senate, I will keep your views in mind. Please do not hesitate to contact me again in the future if I can be of further assistance.
United States Senator, Montana
How's that for a noncommittal response?:confused: