Rep. Justin Amash: GOP-Run House Voting to Ban Gun Ownership for ‘Pre-Crime’

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) on May, 25, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Breitbart News reported on June 30 that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) blinked days after a Democrat-sponsored sit-in, announcing he would allow a gun control vote this week. Representative Justin Amash (R-Mich-3rd), however, has issued a warning about HR 5611.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23) sponsored the legislation and framed it in the language of fighting terrorism.

During the Fourth of July weekend, Amash used Twitter to issue his warning about HR 5611:

Amash added:

He made clear that the basis for losing gun rights will be “pre-crime,” rather than crime, which equates to losing rights for an accusation or suspicion, rather than a conviction.

He tweeted:

On June 29, Breitbart News reported that Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was overjoyed that Democrats have sucked many Republicans into the pro-gun control column by simply using the language of terrorism in their bills. The New York Times quoted Schumer saying Republicans face “greater pressure” because “terrorism has become intertwined with the gun issue.”

Representative Amash is warning that Americans who are not terrorists–and cannot be charged with terrorism–face a loss of constitutional rights if HR 5611 is enacted.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


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