Democrats have used recent shootings as an excuse to push for new gun restrictions, and it seemed as though some Senate Republicans were prepared to support a piece of compromise legislation.
Yet during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Utah Sen. Mike Lee made clear that isn’t going to happen.
“The issue that we have here is we don’t have a bill”
“Look, most of those things sound unobjectionable,” the Republican lawmaker told host Dana Perino this past weekend.
“The issue that we have here is we don’t have a bill. That’s why I was surprised when last week, about a week ago, when you have, this gang of 20 emerged saying we have a deal,” Lee continued.
“We started expecting to see a bill. Now, I personally refuse to indicate whether I — or how I will vote on a bill until after I’ve seen the text because there are a lot of things that can go wrong in legislation,” he went on to add.
“I keep asking to see text, and it became apparent they didn’t have a bill. In fact, they don’t have a deal at all. What they had was agreement on a series of very broad promises,” Lee concluded.
Politico reported on June 12 that “the emerging package is anchored around extra scrutiny for gun buyers under the age of 21, grants to states to implement so-called red flag laws and new spending on mental health treatment and school security.”
Concerns that red flags will be used for political reasons
The subject of red flag laws has become increasingly controversial, with detractors arguing that they will be used to punish gun owners for their political views while violating constitutional rights.
“For serious crimes with big penalties, the government has to convince a group of your fellow citizens first,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson pointed out on his show.
“Under red flag laws, the government doesn’t have to prove you did anything wrong in order to strip you of your most basic rights,” Carlson noted.
“All that’s required to punish you is a complaint, possibly even an anonymous complaint in which somebody says you seem dangerous,” he continued.
“It can come from anyone, including someone who hates you or someone who simply doesn’t like your politics. It doesn’t matter because no jury will ever see it,” he concluded.