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Rep. Clyde introduces the Ensuring SAFE-T Act to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans

March 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Andrew Clyde (GA-09) issued the following statement on Thursday announcing the introduction of a new piece of legislation protecting 2nd Amendment rights:

“Today, I introduced the Ensuring Second Amendment Freedoms are Executed Timely Act, also known as the ‘Ensuring SAFE-T Act,’ a critical piece of legislation which will prevent the government from delaying law-abiding gun owners from purchasing a firearm. As it stands, current law requires a licensed federal firearm dealer to wait three state government business days after contacting the National Instant Criminal Background Check System before they can transfer a legally purchased firearm to a buyer. My legislation would change the requirement from three state government business days to three calendar days by adjusting language in Section 922(t)(1)(B) of Title 18 of the United States Code.

By changing the requirement to three calendar days, the ‘Ensuring SAFE-T Act’ makes sure the government cannot drag its heels in processing NICS checks. I saw first-hand during the pandemic how the closure of state government offices across the country easily infringed upon our right to keep and bear arms. With these offices closed, or purported closed, three business days can turn into weeks or even months before a firearm transfer is completed.

Second Amendment rights do not pause for the whims of bureaucrats no matter the circumstances. The ‘Ensuring SAFE-T Act’ will make sure no law-abiding U.S. citizen will be denied their right to keep and bear arms just because a government office isn’t open.”

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