Cap'n Ball's Gun Control Issues

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"Those who hammer their swords into plowshares will plow for those who do not."
Thomas Jefferson

The current political situation requires constant vigilance and your active participation. Write to your senators and representative about gun issues frequently. A post card is enough. Financially support your choice of gun lobby group(s).
National Rifle Association NRA
Legislative Alerts
Gun Owners of America Second Amendment Foundation
Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership Calguns Foundation Brady Campaign
See what they're up to.
The Shootist Gun Law News    
An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials

Already signed by Clinton, if ratified by the Senate, places control of firearms and ammunition under Executive control. No Congressional approval required! Initially would outlaw handloading.

HR 45
Test required for eligibility. Applicant must provide all mental health records. Permanent registration required for all firearms. $25 fee per gun. All transfers, even within family, must go through an FFL dealer. Severe storage requirements if minors live in the house.
A registration list is a defered confiscation list. It has no other function.
Cap'n Ball

If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an out-right ban, picking up every one of them... 'Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in,' I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren't here."
Senator Dianne Feinstein: on CBS-TV's "60 Minutes", February 5, 1995

So much for the Bill of Rights!

DHS Report
Defines political opponents as right wing extremists and potential terrorists. Singled out are gun owners and veterans. See HR 2159 at right. Napolitano is on the short list for appointment to the Supreme Court. She is responsible for and defends this report.
Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act
HR 2159 would allow AG to deny gun rights to citizens regarded as extremists with no legal action. See report at left.
Assault Weapon Ban
This has been been announced, but not actually entered. Basically the old Clinton ban with a much longer list of banned fire arms. Link to text will be added when available.

A letter to Holder opposing reintroduction of this bill was signed by 65 Democrats in the House. See text. A hopeful sign that it may not be introduced this session.

Proposed bill includes text that the U.S. Attorney General can add any "semiautomatic rifle or shotgun originally designed for military or law enforcement use, or a firearm based on the design of such a firearm, that is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, as determined by the Attorney General."

Gun Shows
S. 843 places severe restrictions on gunshows including a mandatory signed log of an attendees, with addresses verified with photo ID. It also requires permanent records of all gun transactions (de facto registration).
Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
Some You Win
National Park Gun Ban
At the end of the Bush term a change was implemented to make gun rules in the NPS land conform to the laws of the surrounding state. One federal judge issued an injunction against the implementation of the new rules and the Obama administration declined to appeal the ruling. The senate voted 67 to 29 and the house 279 to 147 for the Coburn amendment. This really only applies directly to CC licenses, but is a step in the right direction.
The government changed regs so that DODE used brass had to be destroyed, not sold to reloaders. Your letters reversed the decision in 4 days!
Military personnel were ordered to register all personal weapons, included ones stored off base. Turns out that it was only one company and the order was recinded.  
Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.
State Movements
Gov. Brian Schweitzer has signed into law a bill that aims to exempt Montana-made guns from federal regulation. This is going to be a tough fight. Not only is it an in-your-face stance, there are already several Supreme Court decisions allowing the federal government to control materials commonly used in interstate commerce even though neither is the local producer involved in interstate commerce nor does the actual product ever leave the state.
Other States
Bills similar to Montana's have been offered in:Sovereignty Resolutions
37 states have introduced 10th Amendment resolutions in some form or other.
I cannot hope to keep up with all state level gun related bills. However, there are two I am researching for inclusion. One is the ammo serialization and registration because it has been introduced in several states. The other is California's "Safe Gun Roster". Washington, DC is trying to use a similar method to circumvent the Heller decision. If successful, we can expect a number of these.
Cap'n Ball
Microstamping Ammunition
See: In 2008 Congress and these states; Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Washington. had microstamping bills. Watch out for re-introduction as in New York.
  • California passed one.

    Current Bills

  • California
    California maintains a "Safe Gun Roster". Sale of any gun not on the list is illegal. The manufacturer must pay a $200 annual fee for every model. If the gun was made after 2007 and the manufacturer does not continue to pay (as in the case of a discontinued model) Further sales become illegal. If a gun comes in a choice of colors or finishes, each is considered a separate model. Lots of other stuff too, like a chambered round indicator on semi-autos.

    The best description I have found of a rather convoluted series of laws is in the SAF Complaint.

    You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.
    Editorial Opinions
    The Gathering Storm Over Guns
    By Wayne LaPierre * * * HumanEvents

    Barely 100 days into the new Obama-Biden administration, ominous storm clouds are already gathering over your most fundamental right as a free citizen: Your right to own a gun to protect yourself, your family and your freedom. Betraying all their campaign promises to protect your right to keep and bear arms or your freedom to hunt, the Obama administration has put its chess pieces in place and set in motion its strategy to do just the opposite...


    Testimony of Darrell Scott Selected Quotes  
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