Alot of people are under the misguided idea that all of the current gun control just involves making sure that background checks are done on FFL (Firearms Licensees). Well the fact of the matter is we’ve had background checks since 1993. If you are not familiar with it, let me break it down for you;
On November 30, 1993, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 (Brady Act), Public Law 103-159, was signed into law. The Brady Act required the United States Attorney General to establish a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) for Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) to contact for information to be supplied immediately as to whether the transfer of a firearm would violate Section 922 (g) or (n) of Title 18, United States Code (U.S.C.) or state law.
Through a cooperative effort with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); the Department of Justice; and state and local law enforcement agencies, the FBI developed the NICS which was implemented on November 30, 1998. (Source : http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/nics/general-information/nics-overview)
So I keep seeing people say, “Well what’s the big deal? It’s just a background check!”, just a background check? No. It’s not that simple. The laws are being written to where it becomes law for anyone who will be in possession of the firearm to have a background check done, and if not compliant, then not only are you breaking the law, but the firearm can be seized by federal agents. These laws are being written so broadly that if you were to allow a family member, son, daughter, mother, father to even hold one of your weapons, it can be “lawfully” confiscated, while you could be charged, fined and possibly even imprisoned.
Check out this case taken from The Daily Caller’s website about a recent gun control bill passed at the state level in Colorado that “expands background checks”…
A consortium of plaintiffs led by 54 of Colorado’s 62 elected county sheriffs filed a lawsuit in federal court against the state Friday in an effort to overturn two new gun control bills that are set to go into effect on July 1.
The plaintiffs have in their sights one law that effectively bans all firearm magazines, and one that requires a background check for every gun transfer when the gun will be in the possession of someone other than the owner for more than 72 hours.
“On one hand, I’m proud to be part of this historic case,” said Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, who spoke on behalf of 18 sheriffs who attended a press conference announcing the suit.
“But on the other hand, it saddens me that we have to be here at all,” he added. “It should never have gotten to this point in the first place.”
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said the laws are not only unconstitutional, but also confusing and unenforceable.
For example, the ban on magazines was discussed by its Democratic sponsors as applying only to those that hold more than 15 rounds, in response to mass-shooting incidents in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.
But the law also outlaws any magazine that can be easily converted to hold more than 15 rounds, which applies to practically all magazines with a removable base plate that can be replaced with an after-market extender.
After July 1, the owners of such magazines cannot sell them, loan them or give them away. In effect, it means that even if they give their weapon to someone else for safekeeping — or, in the case of one wheelchair-bound plaintiff who spoke Friday, to hold momentarily as he gets in and out of his chair — they will be breaking the law.
The background-check requirement is also unduly burdensome, the sheriffs say. Maketa gave as an example a neighbor of his who, under the new law, would have to perform a background check on his fiancé if he left his firearm with her when he deploys with the military.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/18/colorado-sheriffs-sue-the-state-over-new-gun-control-laws/#ixzz2TlowHJWv
And if that isn’t scary, maybe Dianne Feinstein’s “Assault Weapons Ban of 2013″ bill, which aims to “stop the spread of deadly assault weapons” which sounds nice and cozy on the surface, actually will ban everything from bolt-action rifles, M1 Garand’s, target/sporting rifles, semi-automatic rifles, and shotguns, and even some hunting rifles! Here are some examples of the weaponry they talk about banning completely, then read on below it to sift through the bill yourself…
- 1 ‘‘(v) A semiautomatic version of an auto2 matic firearm.
- 3 ‘‘(E) A semiautomatic pistol with a fixed maga4 zine that has the capacity to accept more than 10
- 5 rounds.
- 6 ‘‘(F) A semiautomatic shotgun that has any 1
- 7 of the following:
- 8 ‘‘(i) A folding, telescoping, or detachable
- 9 stock.
- 10 ‘‘(ii) A pistol grip.
- 11 ‘‘(iii) A fixed magazine with the capacity to
- 12 accept more than 5 rounds.
- 13 ‘‘(iv) The ability to accept a detachable
- 14 magazine.
- 15 ‘‘(v) A forward grip.
- 16 ‘‘(vi) A grenade launcher or rocket launch17
- 18 ‘‘(G) Any shotgun with a revolving cylinder.
- 19 ‘‘(H) All of the following rifles, copies, dupli20
cates, variants, or altered facsimiles with the capa21
bility of any such weapon thereof:
- 22 ‘‘(i) All AK types, including the following:
- 23 ‘‘(I) AK, AK47, AK47S, AK–74,
- 24 AKM, AKS, ARM, MAK90, MISR,
Read the full bill below…
- 113TH CONGRESS
- 1ST SESSION S. 150
- To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear
arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.
- IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
- JANUARY 24 (legislative day, JANUARY 3), 2013
- Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. WHITEHOUSE,
- Mr. BLUMENTHAL, Mr. LEVIN, Mr. ROCKEFELLER, Ms. MIKULSKI, Mrs.
- BOXER, Mr. REED, Mr. LAUTENBERG, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mr. CARDIN,
- Mrs. GILLIBRAND, Mr. SCHATZ, Mr. MURPHY, Ms. WARREN, Mr. CARPER,
- Mr. FRANKEN, Ms. HIRONO, and Ms. KLOBUCHAR) introduced the
following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the
- A BILL
- To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to
keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.
- 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa2
tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
- 3 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
- 4 This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Assault Weapons Ban
- 5 of 2013’’.
- 6 SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
- 7 (a) IN GENERAL.—Section 921(a) of title 18, United
- 8 States Code, is amended—
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- •S 150 IS
- 1 (1) by inserting after paragraph (29) the fol2
- 3 ‘‘(30) The term ‘semiautomatic pistol’ means any re4
peating pistol that—
- 5 ‘‘(A) utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing
- 6 cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and
- 7 chamber the next round; and
- 8 ‘‘(B) requires a separate pull of the trigger to
- 9 fire each cartridge.
- 10 ‘‘(31) The term ‘semiautomatic shotgun’ means any