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Congressional Testimony

Firearm Accessory Regulation and Enforcing Federal and State Reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
Hearing on S. 1916 (Sen. Feinstein) and S. 2135 (Sen. Cornyn) Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate


Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, and members of the Committee:

I appear as an attorney who has litigated extensively under the Gun Control Act, including issues concerning the Brady background check law2 and technical definitions under the Gun Control Act.3 I represented a majority of members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives as amici curiae in D.C. v. Heller.4 I am the author of books on Second Amendment issues.5 I will address S. 1916, the Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, and S. 2135, the Fix NICS Act.

Stephen P. Halbrook, Ph.D., J.D., is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of the new book Gun Control in Nazi-Occupied France: Tyranny and Resistance, and Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State”, The Founders' Second Amendment and Securing Civil Rights, the latter two of which were cited in the the U.S. Supreme Court cases of District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago as well as his earlier Amici Curiae Brief in Heller on behalf of 55 members of the Senate, the Senate President, and 250 members of the House of Representatives. Dr. Halbrook is also the author of the book, That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right (Independent Institute).

New from Stephen P. Halbrook!
Presents the definitive history of how the Nazi regime used gun control to disarm and repress its enemies and consolidate power. Previous books on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust fail even to mention the laws restricting firearms ownership, which rendered Jews, political opponents, and other disfavored groups defenseless.