Democrats Preparing 8-Bill, Gun Control Package for House Judiciary Committee
From the moment a mentally disturbed, evil, 18-year-old used two legally purchased rifles to kill 19 kids and two adults at a Texas school, anti-gun lawmakers began their move to restrict the Second Amendment. This Thursday, Anti-Gun Democrats will hold an emergency meeting and present an 8-bill gun control package to the House Judiciary Committee. For the traditionally anti-gun Democrats, this is par for the course. However, we may be in a moment where Republicans abandon America's responsible gun owners and jump on board with anti-gun Democrats.
Here is what is in the “Protecting our Kids” gun control package.
“Protecting Our Kids” Gun Control Package —
The Raise the Age Act (H.R. 3015, Rep. Anthony Brown of Maryland)
This bill establishes new restrictions on the sale or transfer of certain semiautomatic firearms to individuals under 21 years of age.
Specifically, this bill makes it unlawful for a licensed gun dealer, importer, manufacturer, or collector to sell or deliver a semiautomatic center-fire rifle that has (or has the capacity to accept) an ammunition feeding device with a capacity of more than five rounds to an individual who the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe is under age 21.
The prohibition does not apply if the individual under age 21 is a full-time law enforcement officer or active-duty member of the Armed Forces.
The bill also requires the Federal Bureau of Investigation to report on the operation of its public access line, including a description of information sharing protocols and recommendations for improving such protocols.
Prevent Gun Trafficking Act (H.R. 2280, Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois)
This bill establishes new federal criminal offenses for gun trafficking and related conduct.
First, the bill establishes a stand-alone federal criminal offense for gun trafficking. A violation is punishable by a fine, a prison term of up to 10 years, or both. The bill also authorizes the seizure and forfeiture of the firearms and ammunition involved in the offense, the property involved in the offense, and the proceeds (or property traceable to the proceeds) derived from the offense.
Second, the bill makes it unlawful to sell or dispose of a firearm or ammunition to any person knowing or having reason to believe that the person intends to sell or dispose of the firearm in violation of a federal law, or to sell or dispose of the firearm to a person in another state in violation of that state's law. A violation is subject to existing penalties under current law—a fine, a prison term of up to 10 years, or both. Current law already authorizes the seizure and forfeiture of firearms and ammunition involved in the offense. This bill also authorizes the seizure and forfeiture of the property involved in the offense and the proceeds (or property traceable to the proceeds) derived from the offense.
The Untraceable Firearms Act (H.R. 3088, Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island)
Most notably, this bill addresses “ghost guns” by changing the definition of what constitutes a “gun”. Here is the first section:
(1) in paragraph (10), by adding at the end the following: “The term ‘manufacturing firearms’ shall include assembling a functional firearm or molding, machining, or 3D printing a frame or receiver, and shall not include making or fitting special barrels, stocks, or trigger mechanisms to firearms.”;
Ethan’s Law (H.R. 748, Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut)
This bill establishes a framework to regulate the storage of firearms on residential premises at the federal, state, and tribal levels.
At the federal level, the bill establishes statutory requirements for firearms on residential premises to be safely stored if a minor is likely to gain access without permission or if a resident is ineligible to possess a firearm.
An individual who violates the requirements is subject to criminal penalties. A firearm stored in violation of the requirements is subject to seizure and forfeiture.
At the state and tribal levels, the bill requires the Department of Justice to award grants to implement functionally identical requirements for the safe storage of firearms.
The Safe Guns, Safe Kids Act (H.R. 6370, Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan)
This bill establishes federal statutory requirements to regulate the storage of firearms on residential premises.
Specifically, the bill requires firearms on residential premises to be safely stored if (1) a minor is reasonably likely to gain access without permission, and (2) a minor obtains the firearm and uses it in a crime or causes injury or death to themselves or another individual.
An individual who violates the requirements is subject to criminal penalties.
The Kimberly Vaughan Firearm Safe Storage Act (H.R. 130, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas)
This bill establishes a federal statutory framework to regulate the storage of firearms and ammunition on residential premises.
Specifically, the bill requires firearms and ammunition on residential premises to be safely stored if a minor is likely to gain access without permission or if an individual who resides at the residence is ineligible to possess a firearm.
The firearms and ammunition must be safely stored in one of two ways: (1) secured, unloaded, and separated in a safe and locked with a trigger lock; or (2) off the premises at a storage facility or gun range. Safes, trigger locks, and storage facilities must be certified by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Finally, an individual who violates the safe storage requirements is subject to penalties—criminal penalties if the violation results in the discharge of a firearm, or civil penalties if the violation does not result in the discharge of a firearm. Additionally, DOJ must seize and safely store the individual's firearms and ammunition.
Closing the Bump Stock Loophole Act (H.R. 5427, Rep. Dina Titus of Nevada)
To regulate bump stocks in the same manner as machineguns.
The Keep Americans Safe Act (H.R. 2510, Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida)
This bill establishes a new criminal offense for the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD).
The bill does not prohibit certain conduct with respect to an LCAFD, including the following:
- importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession related to certain law enforcement efforts, or authorized tests or experiments;
- importation, sale, transfer, or possession related to securing nuclear materials; and
- possession by a retired law enforcement officer.
The bill permits continued possession of, but prohibits sale or transfer of, a grandfathered LCAFD.
Newly manufactured LCAFDs must display serial number identification and the date of manufacture.
Additionally, the bill allows a state or local government to use Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program funds to compensate individuals who surrender an LCAFD under a buy-back program.
In Closing —
As I mentioned above, none of this proposed legislation should come as a surprise. I'm more interested in seeing which Republicans cave to the pressure. Let us know what you think about these proposed bills and, if the bills pass out of committee, which Republicans will vote in favor of them.
FJB and his How. This is a joke. The gun is not an issue. It’s the person pulling the trigger. Lets face it….everyone is stressed from the pressure the economy and state of affairs from the trilogy of idiots.
Let’s go Brandon!
I’m sorry but none of these laws are going to prevent a lunatic from gaining access to a firearm and using it maliciously. All they do is hurt responsible and licensed firearm owners.
Let’s try putting armed guards in our schools, and having Federal, State, County, and municipal law enforcement officers and supervisors that aren’t afraid of confronting criminals with firearms. As we have all learned the hard way, giving an order not to go in and only setting up a perimeter doesn’t work. Our children are our greatest asset and the future of this nation. It is bad enough that most teachers do not teach our history and only teach liberal ideals and beliefs.
All of this is nothing more than another step towards disarming law-abiding gun owners that are practicing their Second Amendment rights.
WHY IS THERE NOTHING IN ANY BILL REGARDING THE SAFE STORAGE OF THE MENTALLY DISTURBED? WHY IS THERE NOT A BILL TO PROVIDE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR ARMED SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS?
As a Veteran I consider all of the bills as pure hog wash. Not a single one will curb crime or stop an evil person from doing what they intend to due. Instead, they tie the hands of law abiding Americans. Leave it to the democrats to fail to see the real problem, namely the attacker. Arm the schools. Revoke the gun free zones and protect our kids!
In my opinion these laws are only spearheaded to meet one demand. That is gun confiscation. With the amount of so called assault weapons and large capacity magazine’s in America it would be absolutely impossible to keep any one of these out of the hands of criminals. Period.
I can only say, these laws would make felons from law abiding American citizens that would not give up there freedom of the second amendment. I as one. Blood ship would follow.
I only pray Republicans will not fold.
The hysteria about taking guns from law abiding citizens is just that hysteria. What should come out of the two recent mass shootings is this, ARs should be referred to as MSRs and that folks under 21 have borne the brunt of the Covid situation. Shooting will continue to happen unfortunately but gun confiscation won’t
Unfortunately the term MSR has no real meaning to the media or politicians. They are all too stupid to realize that AR DOES NOT stand for assault rifle. They always refer to them as military style assault weapons.
Feel good “laws”
If any Republican crosses over, they will lose their job in Nov.
The proposed legislation really does not apply to me personally. I have no minors in the house, my firearm of choice is a 9mm semi-automatic with 10-15 round magazines. Do not own an AR-15.
These proposed laws impact law-abiding citizens and do not address the reasons behind the mass shootings.
These proposals are all symbolic. They will not pass as written. There are already rushes on higher capacity magazine in Washington. The opposite effect is what usually happens with these proposals.
The Left’s politicization of the Uvalde shooting started immediately when the news first broke. The dead weren’t even cold yet. Absolutely reprehensible behavior!
There are many changes that could and should be undertaken to make our schools safer and stem the tide of these lunatic shootings. But these bills are not those changes.
For example, safe storage of firearms in the home makes good common sense, especially when minors and mentally ill people are present, as long as self-defense weapons can still be at the ready. There’s a tension there, isn’t there? Yes, but there are ways it can be done.
But the major flaw with those bills dealing with residential safe storage is that this is not in the jurisdiction of the Federal Government. The Constitution does not allow the Federal Government to dictate what you do in the privacy of your own home.
State and/or local governments could perhaps legally pass a law that holds the owner of a firearm responsible for any crimes committed by a minor or mentally ill person who gets access to an improperly stored firearm. But this is NOT within the Constitutionally authorized powers of the Federal Government.
More gun laws aren’t going to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals. That’s true. But a lot of these mass shooters are gaining access to firearms in the home or by legally purchasing them. And I think we can all agree that should not be happening.
It’s time that we, as a society, recognize that we have a very small subset of our population who are seriously mentally disturbed. Some of these are engaged in planning mass murders with the specific intent of setting a new record for the most people murdered in one event.
I believe if we could objectively study these individuals we would find certain commonalities between them. Obviously, most, not all, are white young males, but I mean beyond that.
I believe we would find that all have been struggling with mental illness for some time. Most would be on prescribed psychoactive drugs. Most would be heavily engaged in playing violent video games, watching violent movies and TV shows and/or other violent content available via the internet.
Many have been bullied. Some have bullied others. Many have displayed cruelty to animals. Most are not properly supervised by their parents. Many do not feel a normal attachment to one or both parents.
Many have made credible threats of violence against other people. For whatever reason, they simply do not value human life in the same way most of us do. I could go on and on.
Until we learn to identify these common factors and get the individuals displaying them the help they need before they snap, this problem will continue and likely will continue to increase in frequency and severity.
And it isn’t about guns. In the past, particularly prior to the 1990s, young white males had far easier access to firearms, especially in rural areas, yet mass shootings of the like we are experiencing today were virtually non-existent.
So what has changed? Don’t tell me it’s the proliferation of semi-automatic “assault” rifles. A proficient person could have shot a whole slough full of people with a lever action carbine before any of them knew what was going on.
No it’s us who have changed. Faithful Christians will tell you it started when we took prayers and Scripture and a respect for God and goodness and righteousness out of our schools. And they’d probably be right. They’d also tell you that when a nation allows the killing of unborn babies in the womb, especially unrestricted and when the mother’s life is not in danger, that leads to a deterioration in the value its people place on life.
It’s not too late to turn the Nation’s morals around. But it will take time and prayer. Lots of prayer. But in the meantime we need to start identifying and intervening in the lives of our next most likely mass shooters — before they’re able to carry out their plans.
There are certainly personal freedom issues at play here and we must act prudently and carefully. But supposing the Uvalde shooter had threatened to shoot up a school before he tried to purchase the firearms. And supposing that threat was made a part of his records in the NICS database. He might have been able to obtain the firearms some other way, illegally; but when his attempt to purchase the firearms was thwarted, local police could have been alerted.
I know this sounds a lot like the “red flag” laws lefties are passing. But wouldn’t that be exactly the kind of situation that we actually do need to flag?
Food for thought.
Nobody proposed a bill,to do a background check into their juvenile records, or some type of run ins with Law enforcement!
As responsible law abiding gun owner, I believe in deep juvenile background checks are needed. Reasons a wackos
perpetrated by someone who was legally prohibited from possessing a firearm;
perpetrated by someone who displayed prior warning signs;
intermingled with acts of domestic violence.
Our 2nd Amendment is our protection and rights to defend ourselves.
What’s the point to having a firearm for self defense or home protection if you have to keep it unloaded and the ammo locked up separate and it has to be in a DOJ approved safe. This is just one of the many idiotic things that are being proposed. GUNS AREN’T THE PROBLEM, PEOPLE ARE. I know a lot of people who have a lot of firearms and none of them are criminals or psycho. The only thing I read in that whole mess that I would even consider is raising the age to 21, but I doubt that would even help.
I go to a auto mechanic to fix my car, he screws it up! That’s ok’ his tools are at fault not the mechanic. Or the problem of death’s on the highway are the cars, not the drivers! It’s the same story over and over. My guns never hurt
anyone, nor me, but I’m not a mental case that needs monitoring! An 18 year old that’s off kilter needs checked and corrected or anyone young or old who’s sick mentally needs attention. Let’s fix the real problem!