A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN-04) said the congressman is solidly pro-gun despite voting for a proposed law that Gun Owners of America said would confiscate guns from members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
As The Tennessee Star reported Saturday, members of the Democratic-majority U.S. House of Representatives passed that bill, H.R. 6395, late last month. The vote was 295 to 125, according to the House website, with 108 Republicans saying yes to it — with three of them, including DesJarlais, representing Tennessee.
DesJarlais’ Chief of Staff Richard Vaughn, in an email to The Star, explained why his boss voted yes.
“To summarize, HR 6395 (that we voted on a couple of weeks ago) is the Defense Authorization Bill that funds all of our defense missions for the year and gave men and women in uniform a pay raise. The issue some people are discussing is a section of the bill (Sec. 542) dealing with protective orders in an immediate domestic violence matter. The UCMJ applies in these matters with active duty personnel, and the provision deals with military judges and magistrates issuing protective orders,” Vaughn said.
“The Congressman is solidly 100 percent pro 2nd Amendment with a 10-year record of it in the Congress. We’re working with Senate and White House to clarify any ambiguity that wouldn’t further ensure due process in domestic situations. He does not and will not support gun confiscations and/or backdoor gun grabs.”
Vaughn went on to say that “due process should and will be a part of any domestic proceeding.”
“The final version of the bill will come back to the House for a vote before going to the President for a signature or veto. He will see what the final version looks like before the vote,” Vaughn said.
“Rest assured, he wants to make sure our men and women in uniform get more money, have better equipment, smart strategies, and have their liberties and freedoms protected.”
U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN-03) and U.S. Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN-08) also voted yes to the bill.
U.S. Rep. John Rose (R-TN-06), U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN-02), U.S. Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN-01), and U.S. Rep. Mark Green (R-TN-07) all voted no.
Tennessee’s two Democratic congressmen, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09) and U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-05) voted yes on the bill.
GOA members, on their website, scolded the House Republicans who voted yes.
“GOA Founder H. L. Richardson wrote a book entitled What Makes You Think We Read the Bills,” members wrote.
“That adage was never more true than last week, when a bucketload of House ‘pro-gun’ Republicans voted to pass a giant defense bill containing, in its bowels, a ‘red flag’ gun confiscation proposal for the military — hidden there by Nancy Pelosi’s gun-hating stooges.”
Under the bill, government officials can use unsubstantiated allegations from a hostile relative as a means to strip gun owners of their Second Amendment rights in an ex parte proceeding, GOA members wrote.
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