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Inform on your neighbor or family – it’s Patriotic!

A few years back, I began noticing some bumper stickers on hunter’s trucks, suggesting responsible hunters inform on those less responsible.  Then, the AZMVD put out a sticker to get people to call in on their neighbors who failed to have current vehicle registration.  Now, the FBI gets into it:

You call NICS yourself and report a family member you think shouldn’t have a firearm

From FBI — Index Brochure

In addition to local, state, tribal, and federal agencies voluntarily contributing information to the NICS Index, the NICS Section receives telephone calls from mental health institutions, psychiatrists, police departments, and family members requesting placement of individuals into the NICS Index. Frequently, these are emergency situations and require immediate attention. Any documentation justifying a valid entry into the NICS Index must be available to the originating agencies.

Obviously there’s a potential for abuse here, and the person is entitled to due process, including a rapid follow-up investigation of the original report.  But to say that we don’t have a way to report dangerous and mentally disturbed people to the NICS system appears to be flat out wrong.

But, remember, it’s for the children!

h/t gator

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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4 thoughts on “Inform on your neighbor or family – it’s Patriotic!

  1. As always, the devil is in the details. Like not funding the appeal process. From ATFs website.

    Under the provisions of the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), convicted felons and certain other persons are prohibited from possessing or receiving firearms. The GCA provides the Attorney General with the authority to grant relief from this disability where the Attorney General determines that the person is not likely to act in a manner dangerous to the public safety and granting relief would not be contrary to the public interest. The Attorney General delegated this authority to ATF.

    Since October 1992, however, ATF’s annual appropriation has prohibited the expending of any funds to investigate or act upon applications for relief from Federal firearms disabilities submitted by individuals. As long as this provision is included in current ATF appropriations, the Bureau cannot act upon applications for relief from Federal firearms disabilities submitted by individuals.

    [18 U.S.C. 922(g), 922(n) and 925(c)]

    This is courtesy of that “friend” of the 2nd Amendment, Chucy Schumer, who brags about making this happen.

    Posted by WellSeasonedFool | January 19, 2013, 8:47 am
  2. You didn’t mention my “favorite” fascist sticker, the one for the “Watch Your Car” program that basically asks law enforcement to pull your car over to see if the person driving it is a car thief or not.

    https://www.aata.az.gov/watch_your_car/default.asp

    The ultimate in stupidity!! Hope you never are having an emergency in the middle of the night and need to get to the ER or whatever in a hurry! Hope you never lend out your car to someone who can’t prove that they’re authorized to be using it, etc!! To me, those stickers say, “Hello, I live in so much fear of my car being stolen that I would rather give up driving it for my own convenience so that I can be stopped whenever and produce my papers.”

    Have to say, though, I see a big difference between the game thief issue and the NICS issue. In the case of game thieves, they are committing (in some cases serious) crimes, and the most likely (probably only) witnesses are other hunters. Game thieves are literally stealing from responsible hunters and future generations of hunters. Reporting crime is a very different issue from a person calling up law enforcement to say, “I don’t think so-and-so should be allowed to have a firearm.” Because why? You don’t like their politics/religion/skin color/philosophy/they cut you off in traffic?

    Posted by Tomi | January 19, 2013, 5:36 pm

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