Discussion Topic: Is McCarthy Bill Good or Bad?

From Shotgun News columnist Clayton E. Cramer:

_This column is about HR 2640, a mental illness and gun control bill currently before Congress that has split the gun rights community more than I can ever recall seeing.

What does HR 2640 purport to do? (Remember that I am talking about the HR 2640 as of the day that I wrote this column, July 21. Bills change as they work their way thorough Congress.) At least 28 states either intentionally, because of a shortage of money, or by bureaucratic incompetence, fail to turn over mental illness commitment information to the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check system.

HR 2640 tries to improve the level of compliance by a combination of carrot and stick. The states that are failing to turn over the information can get additional money to upgrade their computer systems and hire more staff to solve this problem. States that still won't turn over the information will have their federal funding under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 reduced. . . .

Now, a lot of gun rights organizations whose commitment to the cause I do not question . . . are very concerned that HR 2640 is going to open a Pandora's Box of new gun restrictions. . . .

I have spent a lot of time reading their concerns, and those of my many readers, trying to see if they are correct about the dangers of HR 2640. As much as I respect these organizations and their zeal, I'm just not finding anything in the bill that gives me reason to oppose it._

Check out Cramer's entire column, and tell us what you think.