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GOP Conservatives Not Willing to Support Ryan Gun Bill

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 Jul 2016 10:01 PM

Conservative Republicans are pushing back at a GOP gun bill that House Speaker Paul Ryan – and the National Rifle Association – support as an alternative to Democratic gun-control legislation.

"I think it's dead," GOP Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie tells The Hill. 

The gun provision was part of a larger GOP anti-terrorism package that was scheduled – and then postponed. 

"Enough members don’t have enough information," Rules Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said Tuesday, the Hill reports. "What we’re trying to do is work toward resolution where we’re all on the same page."

The House GOP gun proposal would give the Justice Department three days to convince a judge there's probable cause that a prospective buyer would use the weapon in connection with terrorism, and stop the sale, The Hill reports.

Conservative lawmakers, including several from the House Freedom Caucus, argued the legislation could trample on the Second Amendment.

"If the bill becomes law, it will mark a massive expansion of the government’s ability to restrict gun rights on the basis of precrime—a crime not yet committed," GOP Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, a member of the Freedom Caucus, said in a Facebook post. 

This bill "is the actualization of dystopian fiction."

Added GOP Virginia Rep. Dave Brat, another Freedom Caucus member: "If it is a suspected terrorist and we have evidence to that extent, then Logic 101 [suggests] that person should either be in jail or out of the country," The Hill reports.

Other conservative lawmakers opposed to the GOP gun bill include Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) and Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), The Hill reports.

Meanwhile, Ryan met with Democratic Reps. John Lewis of Georgia and John Larson of Connecticut Tuesday night to explore a compromise on gun legislation and avoid another sit-in, the Hill reports.

"It was a good meeting," Larson told The Hill afterward.

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