Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was heavily criticized on Wednesday for blatantly lying about the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 that was passed in the House of Representatives with 231 votes in favor and 198 votes against.
Pelosi’s tweet claimed that the bill invited violent criminals, domestic abusers, and convicted stalkers to “carry concealed weapons” which “doesn’t save lives.”
Her claims are not remotely true; those three groups of people are not only banned from buying guns, but they are banned from even possessing them. That the Democrat leader would tweet something so demonstrably false can mean only one of two things: either she is deliberately trying to mislead the public or she is actually this ignorant of existing gun laws in the United States.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Gun Control Act (GCA) codified at 18 U.S.C. § 922(g), makes it illegal for the following persons to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition:
- convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; (Felony)
- who is a fugitive from justice;
- who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act, codified at 21 U.S.C. § 802);
- who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution;
- who is an illegal alien;
- who has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions;
- who has renounced his or her United States citizenship;
- who is subject to a court order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or child of the intimate partner
- who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
Pelosi has so far issued no correction. Pelosi’s egregiously false claims have been called out in a flood of tweets, some in comedic fashion: