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September 24, 2021
Press Release
Media Contact: Lynn Hatcher, (202) 225-6155
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Amodei (NV-02) today issued the following statement in response to a lone report misrepresenting the context of a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) related to the Second Amendment:
“It’s always nice to be reminded how little some of those who report on legislation really know about the legislation on which they pontificate. There is a gun law provision in the House passed 1,362-page National Defense Authorization Act. That it’s in there, is no surprise, as the House Majority Democrats have placed this showboat provision in every NDAA since Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker. The missing context of today’s “analysis” on my NDAA vote, is that this provision is always stripped out in the Conference process with the Senate. What they also didn’t bother to tell you is that a nearly 2:1 majority of Republicans voted for the NDAA, as we always have.
“For more that they didn’t bother to tell you, which are important contextual facts, is that the bill contains a 5% increase in topline funding for the Department of Defense, a 2.7% pay increase for our servicemembers, authorization for the procurement of over $1.3 billion in new aircraft, equipment, and weapons, $250 million to conduct counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan, and the funding necessary to counter Chinese and Russian military hostilities, just to name a few of the many important provisions in the NDAA. I’m sure as heck not going to vote against all of that out of fear that somebody takes issue with a provision that will never make it into the final law. Simply put, this year’s NDAA support does not equal red flag gun law support.
“Misrepresenting the context of the majority of Republicans’ vote on the NDAA is incredibly irresponsible. Seriously, someone with a lifelong strong Second Amendment voting record has somehow morphed into a red flag idiot? This is sadly another example of how a lot of good people get misled.
“Sorry you had to be the victim of being misled by those whose attention spans are clearly not long enough to give you an accurate report in context. Nothing has changed as far as this Member of Congress’ Second Amendment views or the need to keep our warfighters fully funded. Have a nice day.”