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116th Congress    }                                  {    Rept. 116-88
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session      }                                  {          Part 2

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    HOMELAND SECURITY ASSESSMENT OF TERRORISTS USE OF GHOST GUNS ACT

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 June 10, 2019.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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 Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, from the Committee on Homeland Security, 
                        submitted the following

                          SUPPLEMENTAL REPORT

                             together with

                             MINORITY VIEWS

                        [To accompany H.R. 2621]

    This supplemental report shows the minority views with 
respect to the bill (H.R. 2621), as reported, which was not 
included in part 1 of the report submitted by the Committee on 
Homeland Security on May 28, 2019 (H. Rept. 116-88, pt. 1).

                             MINORITY VIEWS

    H.R. 2621 requires the Department of Homeland Security 
(DHS) Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) to 
develop and disseminate a threat assessment regarding the 
availability of ghost guns in furtherance of acts of terrorism. 
The bill is unnecessary and places a significant burden on DHS.
    The requirements in the bill are largely duplicative. In 
the past ten months, DHS and the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation (FBI) have released several reports on ghost guns 
to share information on ghost guns with Federal, state and 
local law enforcement partners. It is worth commending DHS and 
the FBI for analyzing emerging technology and assessing the 
issue of illegal usage of ghost guns seriously. However, the 
requirements of this legislation will only burden the agencies 
with unnecessary and never-ending mandates.
    Furthermore, the threat assessment required under H.R. 2621 
are to assess ``the availability'' of ghost guns rather than 
the intent and actual usage of the devices in a terror attack, 
which will provide little value to law enforcement. A similar 
requirement would be requiring I&A to assess the availability 
of knives or vehicles for use in a terror attack. Availability 
is not the issue.
    The legislation does not include a sunset for assessments. 
Requiring annual threat assessments in perpetuity on this issue 
ignores the lack of evidence that ghost guns are being used in 
terrorist acts and places a significant burden on limited DHS 
resources.
    Finally, the overly broad definitions in this bill will 
unfairly associate the legal acts of lawful gun owners, 
hobbyists, and gunsmiths with acts of terrorism.

                                               Mike Rogers,
                                                    Ranking Member.

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