Gun Control Proposals in Congress

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Current gun control proposals in Congress:

1.  Bill Number(s):  S.66 and H.R. 1296 (Identical Legislation)

Short Title:  Assault Weapon Ban of 2019

Constitutional Authority Statement:  Article 1, Section 8

          (I believe they are referencing the “Necessary and Proper Clause contained in Clause 18)

Summary:

          “This bill makes it a crime to knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD).

The prohibition does not apply to a firearm that is (1) manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action; (2) permanently inoperable; (3) an antique; or (4) a rifle or shotgun specifically identified by make and model.

The bill also exempts from the prohibition the following, with respect to a SAW or LCAFD:

  • importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession related to certain law enforcement efforts, or authorized tests or experiments;
  • importation, sale, transfer, or possession related to securing nuclear materials; and
  • possession by a retired law enforcement officer.

The gun control proposal permits continued possession, sale, or transfer of a grandfathered SAW, which must be securely stored. A licensed gun dealer must conduct a background check prior to the sale or transfer of a grandfathered SAW between private parties.

The bill permits continued possession of, but prohibits sale or transfer of, a grandfathered LCAFD.

Newly manufactured LCAFDs must display serial number identification. Newly manufactured SAWs and LCAFDs must display the date of manufacture.

The bill also allows a state or local government to use Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program funds to compensate individuals who surrender a SAW or LCAFD under a buy-back program.”

Penalty Statute:  18 USC § 924

Current Status:  Senate Judiciary Committee and House Committee on the Judiciary

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2.  Bill Number(s):  S. 447 and H.R. 1186

Short Title:  Keep Americans Safe Act

Constitutional Authority Statement:  Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18 (Necessary and Proper Clause)

Summary:

          “This bill establishes a new criminal offense for the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD).

The bill does not prohibit certain conduct with respect to an LCAFD, including the following:

  • importation, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession related to certain law enforcement efforts, or authorized tests or experiments;
  • importation, sale, transfer, or possession related to securing nuclear materials; and
  • possession by a retired law enforcement officer.

The bill permits continued possession of, but prohibits sale or transfer of, a grandfathered LCAFD.

Newly manufactured LCAFDs must display serial number identification and the date of manufacture.

Additionally, the bill allows a state or local government to use Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program funds to compensate individuals who surrender an LCAFD under a buy-back program.”

Penalty Statute:  18 USC § 924

Current Status:  Senate Judiciary Committee and Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security in the House.

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3.  Bill Number(s):  H.R. 282

Short Title:  SAFER Now Act

Constitutional Authority Statement:  Article I, Section 8 (Once again, I believe they are referencing the Necessary and Proper Clause)

Summary:  (Read this Bill in its entirety)

          “This bill establishes new restrictions and requirements regarding the sale, transfer, and possession of firearms. Specifically, it does the following:

  • prohibits a licensed gun dealer from transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person prior to the completion of a background check;
  • generally prohibits the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD);
  • requires a gun dealer to conduct a background check prior to the sale or transfer of a grandfathered SAW between private parties;
  • requires law enforcement agencies to be notified when a prohibited person attempts to purchase a grandfathered SAW;
  • allows Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program funds to be used to compensate individuals who surrender a SAW or LCAFD under a buy-back program;
  • requires a person who operates a gun show to meet certain requirements (e.g., minimum age and registration);
  • makes trafficking in firearms a stand-alone criminal offense;
  • prohibits firearm sale or disposition to or receipt or possession by a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of stalking; and
  • prohibits the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a trigger crank, a bump-fire device, or any part, combination of parts, component, device, attachment, or accessory that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun.”

Penalty Statute:  18 USC § 924

Current Status:  Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

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4.  Bill Number(s):  H.R. 820

Short Title:  Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2019

Constitutional Authority Statement:  Article I, Section 8 Clause 18

Summary:  This bill would require criminal background checks on all firearm transactions that take place at gun shows.  Requires vendors at gun shows to maintain records of the transactions and may be required to submit them to the Attorney General.  This Bill also grants the ATF authority to hire personnel to inspect gun shows. 

Penalty Statute:  18 USC § 924

Current Status:  Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

___ Please note that none of the mass shooters have even been proven to purchase their guns at a gun show.

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5.  Bill Number(s):  H.R. 1112

Short Title:  Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019

Constitutional Authority Statement:

Summary:  “This bill revises background check requirements applicable to proposed firearm transfers from a federal firearms licensee (e.g., a licensed gun dealer) to an unlicensed person.”  This bill also changes the terminology for those with mental illness to, “Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended in each of subsections (d)(4) and (g)(4) by striking “adjudicated as a mental defective” and inserting “adjudicated with mental illness, severe developmental disability, or severe emotional instability”.  (In my opinion this language is extremely vague and ambiguous on its face and is therefore unconstitutional.  The intent may be to keep guns from mentally unstable individuals but the way they have drafted this bill will only hurt law abiding citizens in the long run and it can be used as a weapon against the People. In particular, it can be used against US military veterans.)

Curent Status:  Passed the House and is in the Senate – 03/05/2019 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 30

Note: Background checks have never stopped a mass shooting. The gun control proposals in this batch will never be able to stop something that is driven by a mindset.

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6.  Bill Number(s):  H.R. 8

Short Title:  Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019

Constitutional Authority Statement:  They only reference Article I

Summary:  “This bill establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties (i.e., unlicensed individuals).

Specifically, it prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check.

The prohibition does not apply to certain firearm transfers, such as a gift between spouses in good faith.”

Current Status:  Passed the House and is in the Senate – 03/04/2019 Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 29.

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7.  Bill Number(s):  S. 42

Short Title:  Background Check Expansion Act

Constitutional Authority Statement:  No statement

Summary:  “This bill establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties (i.e., unlicensed individuals).

Specifically, it prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check.

The prohibition does not apply to certain firearm transfers, such as a gift between spouses in good faith.”

Current Status:  Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

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8.  Bill Number(s):  S. 1924 and H.R. 1705

Short Title:  Jaime’s Law

Constitutional Authority Statement:  Article I, Section 8

Summary:  This act will require background checks for the purchase of ammunition.

Current Status:  Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security

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In short, these gun control proposals are what Dems promised to bring to the Congress as soon as they got back from their “vacation.” Background checks on ammunition is a ridiculous hindrance to law-abiding gun owners. Libs will never figure out that criminals don’t abide by the law. But then, the agenda is to disarm the populace.

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  • Louis Pawloski
    Reply

    Well, if any of these ridiculous proposals pass into law, we will all be criminals and the laws will no longer apply to us.

    **PLEASE NOTE**
    The FIREARMS OWNERS PROTECTION ACT OF 1986 prevents
    NICS from being used to create a federal gun registry of firearms and
    owners.

    But I don’t imagine that makes any difference since creating a Red Flag Law violates the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Ammendments.

  • TIM
    Reply

    BULL SHIT!

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