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Why the New Gun Control Bill Sucks Like a Collapsing Star

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Depicted: Maximum suck

Well, here’s another one for the Supreme Court to strike down …

Thursday, June 23 was the best of times; it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, and it was the age of foolishness. On the one hand, the Supreme Court was finally able to rule that the plain text of the Second Amendment means what it says, and says what it means. On the other hand, the U.S. Senate, complete with several Republican quislings who decided to vote against gun rights, passed a bill that’s unconstitutional on its face. Sooner or later, the Supreme Court will have to strike it down … but that’s likely to take a few years. Here’s NRA’s Institute of Legislative Action to explain why this bill sucks like a collapsing star.

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On Thursday, the U.S Senate passed a sweeping package of gun control measures. The text of the legislation was only unveiled Tuesday evening. And while much of the 80-page bill did indeed seek to address underlying issues with our nation’s mental health system and funding for improved school security, the legislation contains a sweeping set of gun control measures. It is because of these gun control measures that NRA is opposing the package.

The package includes three main gun control provisions:

Unconstitutional Red Flag Laws

The gun control package would allow states to use federal taxpayer dollars to implement state-level gun confiscation orders, i.e. “red flag” laws. The legislation provides insufficient safeguards to prevent states with the lowest standards of procedure from qualifying for the funding, including those that currently have “red flag” laws allowing ex parte confiscation orders. Under such orders, lawfully-owned firearms could be seized before the accused had so much as an opportunity to contest the accusations against them. (Additional background on “red flag” laws can be found here and here).

Discretionary Waiting Periods for Law-Abiding Adults

The legislation would also create unnecessary, ineffective and arbitrary waiting periods for certain law-abiding adults who are not prohibited from purchasing firearms. The text would give anti-gun Attorney General Merrick Garland the discretion to delay firearm sales for mere “cause,” in order to do a secondary background check on juvenile records. Nothing in the legislation prevents DOJ and FBI from finding “cause” to delay all such purchases, with the practical effect of becoming a waiting period, with only the possibility, not a guarantee, the nonprohibited purchaser will be able to receive the gun.

NICS Expansion for Misdemeanors 

Additionally, the gun control package would significantly increase the number of Americans who are federally barred from possessing firearms by expanding prohibitions for non-domestic, non-violent misdemeanor convictions. Virtually no other constitutional right is taken away for misdemeanor convictions and this legislation would treat the Second Amendment as a second-class right. (Additional background here).

The bill was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, June 24, and is on its way to President Biden’s desk for signature. You can support NRA-ILA in its legislative efforts (without buying Wayne LaPierre a private jet) here.

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Jim

    July 8, 2022 at 9:40 am

    It shouldn’t take years, it should be attacked, and buried before the carnage begins.

  2. dustydog

    July 3, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Lawyers rake in millions, while we get to spend our ENTIRE LIVES fighting for the SAME OLD RIGHT.

  3. StLPro2A

    June 30, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Sorry, Slo Joe. “….shall not be infringed” followed by a PERIOD, seems pretty damn ABSOLUTE. Maybe there needs to be Red Flag Laws for politicians that infringe We The Little Peeps’ Freedoms, Liberties, and Rights. Our Founding Fathers did some Red Flagging of some English tyrant goons.

  4. James Blodgett

    June 27, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Ok, what do you propose we do?

  5. Gary B. Wells

    June 27, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    The “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act” is a wholesale sellout by RINOs and the dream of every liberal. The result is several more gun laws while spending HUGE amounts of money on government programs and grants that will have no impact on crime or school shootings. The following article takes a look at the bill and explains several of the new laws, changed laws, and the numerous problems of this ill-conceived legislation. The “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act”: The Bad and The Ugly: https://firearmslaw.attorney/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Firearms-bill-analysis-article.pdf

  6. John B

    June 27, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    Let’s come up with solid ideas to protect our children and ourselves from immature, or poor decision makers, or mean people, or criminals. We responsible gun owners are paying for the losers among us.
    A U.S. VET

  7. JonsOn

    June 27, 2022 at 11:52 am

    This bill violates several amendments in the Bill of Rights including: 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th. The repubeicans that voted for this need to answer for it by being thrown out of office at the first chance.

    • Laddyboy

      June 28, 2022 at 10:36 am

      AGREED 100%!

  8. Jim

    June 27, 2022 at 11:43 am

    Even a Black Hole can become unstable and explode.

  9. CommonSense

    June 27, 2022 at 11:29 am

    Heh….yea, good luck with that. Just always remember that the only reason these laws are passed and nothing is done is because the vast majority of the American public are a bunch of feckless lazy pieces of garbage, each generation gets worse, and this is far beyond it ever changing. They will never stand up for their rights, and so therefor you will never have any either.

  10. James Cappel

    June 27, 2022 at 11:18 am

    Understand, and never forget, the reason the liberal democrats must take our firearms away is that you can not implement Socialism on an armed citizen. That is the end game of all these new laws, they don’t care about you or children, think about this for just a moment. They are all upset over the Roe – Wade reversal that prevents them from killing unborn and just burn babies, if the kill babies by the tens of thousands, why do you believe they care about school age children. They don’t, it’s a lie, the disarming of the American people to force Socialism on us is the only reason they push Cr more gun laws. Anything they tell you otherwise is a LIE.

  11. George

    June 27, 2022 at 11:14 am

    FJB and his Communist Handlers

  12. Alan Legath

    June 27, 2022 at 11:11 am

    Let the GOP know you will not donate one single cent until the RINO traitors are censured and cut off from all GOP funding. If they want to vote with the dems let them get their funding from the dems. And don’t ever vote for a RINO. Vote libertarian or other independent. They won’t get the message until they start losing seats. If the dem wins we lose nothing, we just get the knife in the chest instead of in the back.

  13. Bone Crusher

    June 27, 2022 at 10:52 am

    Any illegal and unconstitutional laws passed by congress and signed into law by the POTUS are null and void,and we do not have to abide by them.All who signed onto and voted for these illegal and unconstitutional laws have violated their oaths of office and the Constitution of the United States of America.They can and must be arrested by U.S. Federal Marshals,applicable charges filed against them,and be removed from office for these violations.

    • Ron

      June 27, 2022 at 12:02 pm

      It matters not at all. the new law does not satisfy the second amendment. which goes back to when the founders wrote the original. it must be historical tied to the original 2nd amendment. Such shall not be infringed. so politicians tried to over run the new law. Can you say dumb bunnies LOL

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