A More-Serious Attempt At Gun Control Pending

We’ll see where this goes:

Senate Democratic leaders expect to introduce a gun bill that includes most of the proposals backed by President Barack Obama, with the notable exception of a ban on military-style, semiautomatic weapons, a top aide to Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said.

The bill would likely seek to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines; expand background checks to include sales at gun shows and other private transactions; and require better record keeping to keep guns out of the hands of those with mental illnesses. It would also try to curb gun sales in states with more relaxed gun laws to buyers in states with stricter laws.

The details provide the first snapshot of how Senate Democrats plan to move forward on major gun legislation in coming weeks.

So it looks like they’re paring back the more onerous restrictions against the most popular rifles in America, but still going after the most popular magazines in America, as well as private sales.

There’s no bill number listed here, so I can’t read the text. Honestly the only thing that might do ANY good is strengthening the NICS reporting, but I need to read the bill to see their methods.

Of course Private sale bans should be looked at with extreme caution because it can lead to backdoor registration, as well as make future restrictions on FFLs could make sales of firearms very difficult in the future. And again I must note that selling a gun to a felon or somebody severely mentally ill is a serious crime on the federal level.

Magazine restrictions are just foolishness. It restricts the lawful home owner, who might be defending the home (and not wearing a gun belt with several magazines), or carrying concealed on the streets and not wanting to carry multiple magazines. Meanwhile we have the Virginia Tech Massacre, which is the most deadly school shooting, and all but two of the dozens of magazines used held only 10 rounds. Also I must note that the most deadly attack was in 1927 and used explosives.

Contact your representation here! Let them know that you don’t get to choose the location of an engagement, only your attacker can do that, and such restrictions will only put us in MORE danger, not less.


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6 Responses to A More-Serious Attempt At Gun Control Pending

  1. Guav says:

    How would requiring background checks for private sales be any more of a lead-in to backdoor registration than the current requirements of background checks for FFL sales?

  2. Joe in PNG says:

    My thought on what’s happening: they’ll start off with legislation that ‘aims for the moon’ so to speak. Thus, DiFi’s odours little mess that riles the gun community but has little chance of passing.

    Next, propose something less restrictive as a “compromise”, and see if it catches on, or until the pro gun side just gets tired and stops paying major attention. Repeat until something gets banned or restricted. I’m thinking that it will be person to person sales when it’s all said and done.

    • The Jack says:

      There’s no reason why they shouldn’t do exactly that.

      The more they press the more they win. Even getting a “little” bit is still a huge win.

      And it’s not like it’s *their* money or political capital they’re spending on this push.

      • Joe in PNG says:

        It’s the smart thing to do, politically. “Bite and hold”, to use an old WWI tactic, is more sensible way to get things done. Get a small thing passed, and then let people get used to it. Then try again a few years later.

        But push too hard and too far, and you tend to get a massive backlash… like in 94.

  3. Jason K says:

    Another consequence is that you wouldn’t be able to gift or bequeath guns to family members in your will. Who gets your guns then?

    This bill is evil…..if the anti-gunners want “compromise”, then they should give us something in good faith…..repealing NFA ’34, for instance….

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