Fairfax, Va.- The executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action, Chris W. Cox, released the following statement regarding terror watchlists:
"We are happy to meet with Donald Trump. The NRA's position on this issue has not changed. The NRA believes that terrorists should not be allowed to purchase or possess firearms, period. Anyone on a terror watchlist who tries to buy a gun should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and the sale delayed while the investigation is ongoing. If an investigation uncovers evidence of terrorist activity or involvement, the government should be allowed to immediately go to court, block the sale, and arrest the terrorist. At the same time, due process protections should be put in place that allow law-abiding Americans who are wrongly put on a watchlist to be removed. That has been the position of Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Tex.) and a majority of the U.S. Senate. Sadly, President Obama and his allies would prefer to play politics with this issue."
Shults Media Relations: One of the key elemental problems regarding these various government watch lists as well as the latest information on the Form 4473 or NCIC (National Crime Information Center) is if you get on one of these denial lists/watchlists for any reason (it can happen pretty easily) you do NOT have any method to get off of the list in question!
There is NO appeal process available--none! That is the NRA's major problem with this situation/process.
The general media does not really think through that this applies to everyone-not just gun owners or NRA members. Additionally we feel the appeal process should be a reasonably simple thing to accomplish. Currently you are or would be guilty until you could prove your innocence--but that (prove your innocence) process and mechanism does NOT even exist.
This is NOT a gun or NRA issue this is a basic freedom and Constitutional rights issue.