(RightWing.org) – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is setting her sights on the FBI in the wake of an explosive Washington Examiner report detailing the agency’s alleged history of interfering with constitutional gun rights. The article accuses the FBI, ICE, and the Secret Service of using classified internal documents to strip Second Amendment rights away from citizens without congressional approval.
Senator Blackburn, who calls the evidence presented “extremely concerning,” is now calling for an investigation into the matter.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 22, 2022
The original report contains an example of one of the “NICS self-submission” forms in question that Blackburn and many others believe were used to strip away citizen rights. A clause at the bottom of the document has signatories waive their rights to privacy, voluntarily provide their mental health records to the FBI, and to declare themselves a danger to themselves and others. It also enrolls the individual in the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Indices, legally banning them from owning firearms.
Information about exactly who the agency was targeting or why it felt the need to strip away their constitutional rights isn’t available yet. However, the Washington Examiner claims it was able to identify at least 23 separate incidents between 2016 and 2019.
Senator Blackburn told the news outlet she was deeply concerned to discover federal agents may have been pressuring Americans to waive their rights. “The Second Amendment is not negotiable,” she explained, “and cannot be waived by signing a form.”
Blackburn has since asked Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) to schedule an immediate hearing with all three agencies in an attempt to get answers. She wants to know just how deep the problem goes, why the forms were never officially approved, and whether other agencies were involved.
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