Texas State Rifle Association Supports Sen. Cornyn Bill S.2002

Texas State Rifle Association Supports Sen. Cornyn Bill S.2002

Sen. Cornyn Bill S.2002

The largest firearms and shooting sports organization in the Lone Star State, the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA) has announced its support for U.S. Senate Bill S.2002, sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). The proposed bill will prevent federal agencies, such as the Veterans’ Administration (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) from unilaterally expanding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and encroaching upon the rights of law-abiding gun owners. 

The Obama Administration recently proposed an executive order which would enable the SSA to strip the Second Amendment Rights of more than four million Americans currently receiving SSA benefits through a ‘representative payee’ to help them manage their payments and receipts. Under the order, the names of those individuals could be added to a prohibited purchaser’s list within NICS, thereby including healthy citizens with persons adjudicated through the courts as mentally ill or mentally deficient. Such a dramatic bureaucratic overreach would prohibit those individuals from owning, possessing, or acquiring firearms under federal law.

Senate Bill S.2002 prevents these actions and protects citizens’ Second Amendment right. In addition, Sen. Cornyn’s proposed bill recognizes that mental illness cannot be viewed as a ‘life sentence’ and, thus, requires all states to establish a process by which persons adjudicated through the courts as mentally ill or mentally deficient may petition to have their rights restored.

"If this executive order is implemented, it would clearly be the largest confiscation of gun rights in American history, and we commend Sen. Cornyn for authoring this bill which will preserve the Second Amendment rights of millions of Americans,” says TSRA Executive Director Doug DuBois, Jr.

“The only way to stop this administrative action is by the passage of federal law,” adds Dubois. “The TSRA urges all members of Congress to unite with Sen. Cornyn to stop the senseless infringement on the rights of law-abiding gun owners and work together to pass S.2002."

Founded in 1919, the Texas State Rifle Association now serves nearly 40,000 members and is the largest, award-winning state affiliate of the National Rifle Association. TSRA is also sanctioned by the Civilian Marksmanship Program. As a part of its public education efforts, the association produces a full-color bimonthly publication, TSRA Sportsman, which updates members on current news, hunter education programs, shooting sports competitions, and important issues effecting their Second Amendment rights. The TSRA also hosts an annual meeting every February that features exciting fund-raising auctions, informative speakers, exhibitors, and other events.

For membership or other information about the Texas State Rifle Association, visit www.TSRA.com or call 512.615.4200.