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A Summary of the U.S. House's Latest Gun Control Proposals

February 3, 2013
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Source: Lee Rogers, Blacklisted News

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In my previous article we analyzed the various gun control bills that have been proposed in the U.S. Senate. In this article we are going to take a look at the different gun control bills that have been proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives. It is important to note that all gun control bills are unlawful and in violation of the second amendment of the Constitution. The second amendment clearly states that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Attempts at gun control infringe on an individual’s right to bear arms. It is that simple. Like it or not, the Constitution is the supreme law of the land. This is despite the best efforts by the traitors in the federal government and the corporate media propagandists who continue to try to convince the people otherwise. What’s so absurd about many of these bills is the fact that many of them give the Attorney General and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives more power. This is comical considering that the ATF was recently involved in the Fast and Furious gun trafficking scandal in which the federal government deliberately funneled weapons to Mexican drug cartels. Some of these weapons were used in murders and they have also been linked to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent. Giving these agencies more power by passing additional gun control laws is illogical and is the equivalent of putting a fox in charge of protecting a chicken coup. With this in mind, it would seem more rationale to impose gun control restrictions on the federal government instead of the average person.

Let’s now take a look at some of these gun control bills.

HR 21 or the National Rifle Association (NRA) Members Gun Safety Act of 2013 would require a background check for every firearm sale, a background check for all gun shop employees, would empower the Attorney General to prohibit people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms, would require gun owners to report to police when their guns are lost or stolen and establish a federal standard for concealed carry permits. Congressman Jim Moran a Democrat from Northern Virginia who introduced this bill claims that these measures are non-controversial and supported by a majority of NRA members. Assuming that this is true, those NRA members that support these measures should give their support of them a second thought.

First off, the government and the corporate media have been pushing the idea that Constitutionalists, gun owners and liberty minded people are potential domestic terrorists for some time now. This is a back door way for the government to restrict average people from obtaining a firearm by simply putting them on a terrorist watch list. Second, any federal standard implemented for concealed carry permits will undoubtedly make it more difficult for people to obtain one. Third, background checks should be eliminated and not expanded as the checks themselves infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms. Moran actually claims that this bill helps protect the public in ways that do not infringe on the second amendment when that is obviously false.

HR 65 or the Child Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act of 2013 would prohibit people under the age of 21 from owning a handgun or semiautomatic weapon. It also increases the penalty for anyone under the age of 21 who is caught possessing such a weapon. In addition, it makes it illegal to sell or transfer a firearm to someone unless they are provided with a secure gun storage or safety device. Finally, it imposes other stupid penalties and restrictions involving firearm access and gun show attendance as it pertains to individuals under the age of 18. In other words this bill would greatly hinder anyone under the age of 21 from being able to legally defend themselves with a firearm. The bill should actually be renamed to the 21 and Under Endangerment and Discrimination Act because that’s a more accurate description of what it does.

HR 117 or the Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2013 would empower the Attorney General to establish a federal system for licensing and registering all handguns in the United States. Any firearm licensing or registration system obviously runs contrary to the second amendment. The true purpose of a system like this is so the government can get a list of people who own handguns so confiscation becomes easier at a later date. This bill has absolutely nothing to do with preventing gun crime.

HR 137 or the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013 would require a background check for every firearm sale. It also appears to broaden the types of individuals who would be prohibited from buying a gun via background checks. This is yet another bill that would increase the amount of red tape people need to go through just to buy a gun.

HR 141 or the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2013 is similar to Senate Bill 22 or the Gun Show Background Check Act of 2013. The bill would require criminal background checks on all firearms transactions occurring at gun shows. It would also force anyone wishing to run a gun show to register with the Attorney General. Other unconstitutional regulations and restrictions on gun shows are also included.

HR 142 or the Stop Online Ammunition Act of 2013 is similar to Senate Bill 35 of the same name. It would eliminate the online sale of ammunition and require that all ammunition transactions be conducted face to face. Bulk purchases of over 1,000 rounds of ammunition would need to be reported to the Attorney General. This is obviously another unconstitutional bill as it infringes upon someone who wishes to purchase ammunition for their weapons.

HR 226 or the Support Assault Firearms Elimination and Reduction for our Streets Act would amend the Internal Revenue Code to give people a tax credit for voluntarily turning in a firearm classified as an assault weapon. It is interesting to see how the government is trying to push a program like this right at the same time that everyone is struggling financially. Obviously they want to get as many guns out of the hands of average people as they can because if the economy gets much worse, the average person might make the decision to fight back. Perhaps this is why the Department of Homeland Security recently purchased 1.4 billion rounds of ammunition in 2012.

HR 227 or the Buyback Our Safety Act would establish a gun buyback program through the Attorney General’s Office. Maybe if this gets passed into law the Attorney General can buyback all the guns that they previously provided to Mexican drug cartels through the Fast and Furious debacle.

HR 236 or the Crackdown on Deadbeat Gun Dealers Act of 2013 would increase the number of times the government could inspect gun dealers. It would increase penalties for regulatory violations made by firearms licensees and allow the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to hire at least 50 more people to carry out additional inspections. In other words this bill would give the ATF which has proven its irresponsibility through the Fast and Furious scandal more power to conduct inspections of gun dealers. Why give more power to an agency that just recently committed multiple gun trafficking offenses? It is totally devoid of common sense. If anything the ATF should be abolished not expanded.

HR 329 or the Strengthening Background Checks Act of 2013 would seek to expand the National Instant Background Check System by enforcing penalties on states that fail to provide their records to the system. The background check system should really be abolished as it was enacted as a means to selectively choose who can and can’t own a firearm. Any expansion of it is not good for the second amendment.

The full text of the following three bills have not yet been made available by the Library of Congress but it is clear from their description what their purpose is.

HR 404 would enhance criminal penalties for straw purchasers of firearms.

HR 427 is drafted to prevent the illegal sale of firearms, and for other purposes.

HR 431 seeks to restore authorities of the ATF to administer firearms laws. As stated before, there is no reason to give this criminal agency anymore power after the Fast and Furious scandal. The fact that a bill like this is even being proposed is beyond insane.

HR 437 is the House version of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s much publicized Assault Weapons Ban bill. It would ban the sale of hundreds of different types of weapons and various large capacity ammunition feeding devices. It would also require background checks for the transfer of grandfathered semiautomatic weapons. This is a truly awful bill that is completely unconstitutional in every respect one could imagine.

It is really sad that we have so many people in Congress who have no concept as to what their oath of office means. It is either that or they are outright criminals who are trying to destroy what remaining freedom is left in this country. Considering that we continually see anti-freedom agendas pushed in Washington DC, one can only conclude that we are dealing with a group of criminally insane people who have taken control.

Simply put, anyone trying to infringe on the second amendment with new gun control proposals is an authoritarian control freak who hates freedom. We should be talking about repealing all gun control laws on the books not introducing new ones. The easier it is for the average person to obtain a firearm, the less violent crime you will have. Most people are not criminals and therefore would use a firearm responsibly for self-defense and other purposes. It is unbelievable that certain people can’t seem to grasp this very simple concept. The country seemed to do pretty well before we had background checks and ridiculous gun control regulations, so why not go back to the way it was before?




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