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Letter: Support Provision 529

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

On September 30, 2021 Congressman Wittman sent out an email that stated in part, “To be abundantly clear: I do not support the inclusion of this provision (Section 529) in HR 4350 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022.”

My layman’s interpretation of provision 529 is that it would prohibit active-duty military members, placed under a protective order that might result in harm to themselves or others, from privately possessing, receiving or otherwise accessing a firearm.

It is my opinion that this is a logical extension of a protective order in order to prevent someone from being wounded or murdered, through the use of a firearm, and not an “unconstitutional red flag gun grab” as Mr. Wittman describes it.

One-hundred and thirty-five Republican U.S. Representatives voted for this provision (this is more than half of the Republican Representatives in this Congress). Also, the Commonwealth of Virginia has a similar law which went into ...

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