Moolenaar Statement on Protecting Americans' Second Amendment Rights

February 27, 2019
Press Release

Today, the House passed legislation that would restrict Second Amendment rights guaranteed to Americans by the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

The legislation would prohibit gun transfers between some family members, including cousins. If an American let their cousin borrow their gun for a hunting trip, the cousin loaning the gun could face one-year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The legislation allows for “temporary” loaning of a gun under certain conditions, but it does not define what “temporary” means. The vaguely defined law creates legal jeopardy for millions of law-abiding Americans.

Congressman John Moolenaar voted against the legislation:

“I support the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. Every commercial gun purchase goes through the national background check system. The legislation put forward by the Democrats today would create legal jeopardy for Michigan residents who enjoy our state’s outdoor heritage and hunting with their families.”