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.