As good as President Obama is at “slight-of-hand” exploits, there is one person who manages to stay a step ahead of him. In Obama’s latest push for more gun control, South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy highlighted a major flaw in existing law – that of people on a secret government no-fly list. This is a flaw that centers on people who overstay their visas.
According to Right Wing News, Gowdy, at a Thursday hearing on foreign travelers and national security, noted that current law prevents three groups of people from buying or possessing firearms: illegal immigrants, people who overstay their visas and people who are here on a valid visa – in most cases. Gowdy asked Leon Rodriguez, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and John Bersin, assistant secretary of Homeland Security, if government is sending its list of those who overstay their visas to federally licensed firearms dealers. “Are those lists made available to federally licensed firearms dealers so they can make sure they don’t sell firearms to those three categories of prohibited people?” Gowdy asked.
“Mr. Gowdy, I’m just not familiar with the ATF process with regard to that,” Bersin replied. “I don’t believe that DHS circulates those lists,” he added. A former prosecutor, Gowdy wasn’t happy with the response considering Obama’s enthusiasm for pursuing new gun laws in response to tragedies, including homegrown terrorist attacks by Islamic jihadists.
“Well, this is the frustration that I face, is that I listen to an administration call for additional gun laws,” he said. “They want additional gun control in the wake of almost every tragedy. That’s the very first place they run. And it just forces me to ask, well, I wonder how we’re doing with the current gun laws that we have?”
Gowdy encouraged both Bersin and Rodriguez “to go back and look at the statistics coming out of the Department of Justice on how many prosecutions exist for current gun law violations in all those three categories, reports CNS News. Then, in his typical no-nonsense approach, Gowdy took aim at the no-fly list.
“And if we’re going to create a list with, by the way, no due process, called a watch-list – then at a minimum you ought to give the list of visa overstays to federally licensed firearms dealers, because that list already exists,” he said. “We already know who’s on that list, so your due process rights have already been afforded to you,” Gowdy added. “So if there’s going to be a list given to FFLs, I would think it ought to be the visa overstay list before it would be some list conjured up by– by folks that we’re not familiar with.”
Americans Constitutional rights should never be refused because one is on a watch list, especially a seriously flawed list. It has been reported that half of the people on the no-fly list are completely innocent. Reporters, former US Senators and Representatives, children, elderly and 72 DHS employees are on said list. The system needs to be fixed before the govt considers taking away ones rights and when the govt does that people have a right of due process as Trey Gowdy argues.