Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) today joined a letter with 156 other Republican members demanding that red-flag laws be removed from the House-passed version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

The letter expresses deep concern that if Sec. 529 of the NDAA were to be enacted, the Second Amendment rights of U.S. military service members would be violated by allowing military judges and magistrates to issue military court gun confiscation orders. Such orders could be issued on an ex parte basis, without the servicemember even being present in court to defend themselves.

Almost every year that Nancy Pelosi has been Speaker of the House, House Democrats have included red flag laws in their version of the NDAA. Each year, this provision has been removed from the final bill, which typically passes with overwhelming bipartisan support.
Rep, Miller-Meeks committed to not voting in support of the final NDAA if it includes red-flag laws.

“I am strongly opposed to “red flag laws,” which are unconstitutional laws that violate the due-process rights of gun owners. I am opposed to the inclusion of these provisions in the NDAA and it is imperative that we remove them from the NDAA before the House votes on this legislation again,” said Miller-Meeks.

“I voted for the NDAA with the understanding that any possible “red flag” provisions will be removed from the final version of the bill. If they are not removed, I will not vote for the bill when it returns to the House for final passage. I fully expect that the red flag provisions will be eliminated in the final version of the NDAA, and I look forward to voting on a final version of the bill that funds our military and protects the due-process rights of our servicemembers.”

The full letter is available below.