In an exclusive statement provided to the Federalist, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) promised to oppose the Senate’s bipartisan effort at gun control legislation.
“I will oppose the Senate bill because provisions in it would place additional unnecessary impediments and burdens on [a] law-abiding citizen’s right to own a firearm,” McCarthy told The Federalist in an exclusive statement. “We must not have knee-jerk reactions in how the federal government approaches red flag laws, where Congress strong-arms states into passing laws that may violate the Second Amendment and deprive citizens their right to due process.”
“House Republicans support increased resources for school safety and mental health,” McCarthy added. “That’s why we recently supported Rep. Richard Hudson’s STOP II Act on the House Floor, that could help address these deadly shootings. This bill, however, goes beyond those contours.”
From The Federalist…
The bill’s Republican supporters in the upper chamber, however, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, have almost ensured its passage to the Democrat-controlled House by next week. Republicans who voted for one of the largest firearm packages since 1994 are already facing blowback in their own states. Sen. John Cornyn, a lead negotiator on the bill, was booed at the Texas GOP convention last week, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Alaska primary opponent, Kelly Tshibaka, blasted the incumbent lawmaker over support for the measure on Newsmax.