Gun Owners Of America Shoots The Truth In The Foot

January 08, 2010 3:55 pm ET

On January 7, 2010, the far-right Gun Owners of America sent an email to supporters claiming the Senate health care reform bill would trample Americans' second amendment rights.  In reality, the bill specifically bans the collection and use of firearm-related data that would adversely affect the rights of gun owners.

Gun Owners Of America Lies To Its Supporters

Gun Owners Of America:

Senators are now insisting that the current Senate health bill protects the rights of gun owners, even though this version would still allow the BATFE and FBI to troll through the ObamaCare database for gun owners who would be disqualified because of their medical information.  This could result in millions of Americans -- who are suffering from PTSD and other similar conditions -- being put into the NICS system and denied the right to buy firearms. [Gun Owners of America email, 1/7/10]

Senate Bill Explicitly Bans The Collection And Use Of Firearm-Related Data

The Senate Bill CLEARLY Bans The "Trolling" Of Information On Gun Owners.  The final version of the Senate health care reform bill, passed on Christmas Eve, explicitly bans the collection and use of firearm-related data.  Starting on page five of the manager's amendment, the bill states:

''(c) PROTECTION OF SECOND AMENDMENT GUN RIGHTS.-

 ''(1) WELLNESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS.- A wellness and health promotion activity implemented under subsection (a)(1)(D) may not require the disclosure or collection of any information relating to-

''(A) the presence or storage of a lawfully possessed firearm or ammunition in the residence or on the property of an individual; or
''(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm or ammunition by an individual.

 ''(2) LIMITATION ON DATA COLLECTION.-None of the authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that Act shall be construed to authorize or may be used for the collection of any information relating to-

''(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition;
''(B) the lawful use of a firearm or ammunition; or
''(C) the lawful storage of a firearm or ammunition.

''(3) LIMITATION ON DATABASES OR DATABANKS.- None of the authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that Act shall be construed to authorize or may be used to maintain records of individual ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition.

''(4) LIMITATION ON DETERMINATION OF PREMIUM RATES OR ELIGIBILITY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE.-A premium rate may not be increased, health insurance coverage may not be denied, and a discount, rebate, or reward offered for participation in a wellness program may not be reduced or withheld under any health benefit plan issued pursuant to or in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that Act on the basis of, or on reliance upon-

''(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition; or
''(B) the lawful use or storage of a firearm or ammunition.

''(5) LIMITATION ON DATA COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS.-No individual shall be required to disclose any information under any data collection activity authorized under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that Act relating to-

''(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition; or
''(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm or ammunition." [Manager's Amendment, HR 3590, accessed 1/8/10; emphasis added]

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