Many horrifying gun control bills have been introduced, from “increased rate of fire” devices, to magazine bans, to literally embedding a tracking device in firearms. CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES.
H.R.39999 – Banning increased rate of fire devices – To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun, and for other purposes.
S.1916 – Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act – similar to HR3999, but even worse
H.R. 3947 – Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act – To prohibit the possession or transfer of certain firearm accessories, and for other purposes. Also similar to HR3999
This bill has been talked about here before. This bill is extremely problematic as it does not actually ban all devices that can aid shooters in firing semi-auto rifles more quickly. Instead is bans many popular aftermarket accessories in common use. Furthermore, what is the rate of fire of a semi-automatic rifle? Can anyone tell me?
H.R.3962 – Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2017 – Preventing the purchasing of ammo online.
Can anyone tell me what this would stop? In most states, anyone of age can buy ammo. What would this do except raise the prices of ammo? Since this doesn’t prevent anyone from getting ammo at all, what does this actually prevent? Something tells me that is the point. This won’t stop anyone from buying ammo, it will simply increase the barrier of entry to lawful firearms usage. Have a rifle chambered in an unusual caliber or old historical rifle? Sorry, no stores in your area carry that ammo.
H.R.4018 – 3 day waiting period to buy a handgun – To provide for a 3-day waiting period before a person may receive a handgun, with exceptions.
Studies have shown that waiting periods do not have an overall reductions in homicides or suicide rates. Instead, it can deny someone the personal protection they need when they need it now, not later. Such as when Carol Bowne was murdered by her ex while waiting on a New Jersey gun permit. This woman is dead due to gun control. Remember, cops can take 7-15 minutes to arrive, or even longer in rural areas.
H.R.4052 – Banning “large capacity” magazines – To prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices, and for other purposes.
S.1945 – Keep Americans Safe Act – another “large capacity” magazine ban bill
Many mass shootings have been committed with average handgun magazines, holding 10 or 12 rounds. Someone does not need a “large capacity” (what we call “standard capacity”) magazine to commit mass murder. Columbine shooters used 10 round magazines. The Virginia Tech shooter used mostly 10 or 15 round magazines. A reload can be done in under a second with training, under two seconds with just barely any practice.
Remember, the purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to arm the population to create the citizen’s militia to defend America against tyranny, both foreign and domestic. Restricting the nation’s small arms weakens our nation.
Noticing a trend? They’re introducing multiple bills that are similar, throwing as many at the wall as they can and hoping one will stick.
H.R. 3984 – Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act – To repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, and provide for the discoverability and admissibility of gun trace information in civil proceedings.
This would mean manufacturers of firearms and firearm accessories are liable for what people do with their products. This is exactly the same as holding Jack Daniels and Ford liable for people who drink and drive.
H.R.3987 – Protecting Americans from Gun Violence Act of 2017 – Allocates $10 million per year to the CDC for gun violence research and requires lost/stolen firearms to be reported within 48 hours of discovery.
First off, remember the CDC can (and does) research guns and gun crime. It is a lie that the government is forbidden from researching guns. Instead, this will cost the taxpayers even more money when we already have many studies from the government showing guns are used more often in self defense than they are in crime. This bill also increases the fee for a background check, making everyone who buys a gun pay even more to buy a gun. Personally, I’m all for more studies on guns. It will continue to prove our arguments. However, I’m not interested in the government spending even more money. Remember, members of the CDC are on record saying they want to push for gun control and ban guns.
As for the reporting of stolen firearms, the same previously linked study shows that most guns used in crime aren’t stolen or purchased through gun shows. Most guns used in gun crime come from other illegal means. Instead, this will put innocent gun owners behind bars who all they are guilty of is being the victim of a crime. The penalty is up to a $10,000 fine and/or up to one year in jail per firearm stolen.
H.R.4025 – Multiple Firearm Sales Reporting Modernization Act of 2017 – To amend title 18, United States Code, to expand to all firearms the requirement that Federal firearms licensees report sales of 2 or more handguns to the same unlicensed person within 5 consecutive business days.
Can anyone else tell me what other constitutionally protected right has a limit on the quantity in time? “Sorry, you’ve already been to two protests this week. You can’t go to a third until next week.” What crime has been stopped because a criminal couldn’t get a third gun when they only had two?
H.R.3986 – Stopping the Iron Pipeline Act of 2017 – To provide for the establishment of a national standard for incorporating a passive identification ability into all firearms sold in the United States.
This bill requires that all firearms be embedded by a device that can locate and identify a firearm by a reading device. It essentially embed RFID chips into guns so scanners can track guns and identify them when you walk past a scanner. Think of it as a microchip in your gun that allows the government to track your movements. Because no criminal could or would simply remove it from their gun… And all guns need to be modified to include this device. There is no grandfathering.
S.1923 – Background Check Completion Act of 2017 – prevents the purchase of a firearm until a background check is completed
This can result in people being unable to purchase a firearm due to any wide number of technical glitches that have nothing to do with any criminal status. Currently, if a gun dealer runs a background check and gets no response, the person can still purchase the gun. By striking away some clauses, citizens will not be able to purchase a gun until they get a response from the system. There have been reports of the system not working for people for weeks. Sorry, you can’t exercise your 2nd Amendment rights because of a server error.
H.R.4064 – Banning binary explosives. – To impose restrictions on the sale of binary explosives, and for other purposes
Binary explosives can be made with the cleaning chemicals under your sink. They are extremely safe to handle and can only be detonated with a high velocity impact, like from a bullet. Think of these as fireworks without the colors you set off with a gun. While technically not a “gun control” bill, this is simply another feel good bill which doesn’t actually keep us safer as there are many other things that can cause bigger explosions, such as pressure cookers, like from the Boston Marathon Bombing.
H.R.3998 – Protect America Act of 2017 – permits the Attorney General to deny the transfer of firearms or the issuance of explosives licenses to known or suspected terrorists, and other purposes.
H.R.4057 – similar to the Protect America Act – To increase public safety by permitting the Attorney General to deny the transfer of a firearm or the issuance of firearms or explosives licenses to a known or suspected dangerous terrorist.
Unfortunately, there is no due process to become a “suspected terrorist.” This can, and will, result in people being unable to obtain firearms because of an honest misunderstanding, much like the no-fly list. People have been labeled as suspected terrorists for something as simple as having the same name as someone who is an actual terrorist watch list. As the no-fly list has taught us, the only way to fix that is a costly lawsuit against the government which can take years.
CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
Urge your representatives to oppose all proposed gun control bills. Anti-gunners hope these are slippery slope gun bills which lead to even more gun control. The Republican controlled House and Senate has done nothing this presidency to restore our gun rights, now the least they can do is keep our gun rights from being eroded.