U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan plans to vote against a slate of measures he’s calling “anti-Second Amendment,” including a Senate bill that would broaden universal background checks — an idea President Trump has shown interest in.
The 3rd District Republican and House Freedom Caucus member said he and his colleagues instead will focus on legislation aimed at bringing more mental health resources to bare.
The caucus “stands ready to work with our Congressional colleagues and the Trump Administration to address and provide the proper resources for the continuing mental health crisis in our country and to ensure that our children’s schools are protected,” Duncan said on his Facebook page.
Specifically, Duncan plans to vote against:
• H.R. 1236, the “Extreme Risk Protection Order of 2019” that would create so-called “red flag” laws.
• H.R. 1186, which bans the sale, manufacture, transfer and possession of magazines larger than 10 rounds.
• H.R. 2708, the “Disarm Hate Act,” which strips those convicted of misdemeanors of their right to bear arms.
Duncan made clear during a stop in Greenwood last month that he won’t back efforts to strengthen background checks or implement laws that would allow courts or police to temporarily remove firearms from a person who poses a danger to themselves or others.
“Our laws should protect the Constitutional rights of our law-abiding citizens, not prevent them from defending themselves and their families,” Duncan said on Monday. “The House Freedom Caucus strongly supports the enforcement of existing law to prosecute those who lie on their background checks and those who knowingly sell firearms to ineligible felons.”
In Greenwood last month, Duncan said he parted with Trump and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in backing red flag legislation.
“I’ve been very clear about that. It goes back to the presumption of innocence, and we need to make sure we don’t violate individuals’ Constitutional rights as we try to work on any sort of legislation that deals with the Second Amendment,” Duncan said. “And I disagree with the president, who talked about the same thing.”
In February, he voted against House Resolution 8, the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019,” which was approved 240-190 but blocked in the Senate by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.