Quick Takes – The Democrats’ Coming Assault on the Second Amendment

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: If the government can whittle down your rights, you don’t have rights.

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

     Demonstrating the importance of denying anti-gun leadership concomitantly in both houses of Congress and in the Presidency, Speaker “San Fran Nan” Pelosi and company have introduced HR8, which would “require a background check for every firearm sale“.

     In summary:

“HR8 requires that loans, gifts, and sales of firearms be processed by a gun store. The same fees, paperwork, and permanent record-keeping apply as to buying a new gun from the store. If you loan a gun to a friend without going to the gun store, the penalty is the same as for knowingly selling a gun to a convicted violent felon. Likewise, when the friend returns the gun, another trip to the gun store is necessary, upon pain of felony.

“A clever trick in HR8 effectively bans handguns for persons 18-to20.

“The bill has some narrow exemptions. The exemptions do not cover stalking victims. Also excluded are farming and ranching, sharing guns on almost all public and private lands, NS storing guns with friends while on vacation. The limited exemption for family excludes first cousins and in-laws. The minuscule exemption for self-defense excludes stalking victims.

“The bill authorizes unlimited fees to be imposed by regulation.”

     The text as introduced:

Bipartisan Back5 ground Che… by on Scribd

     This, of course, is not the be all end all of the Left’s attack on the 2nd Amendment, since the House of Representatives still has to deal with winning elections in red/purple districts.

     Leftist dominated states, on the other hand, are far more willing to show their true feelings. Such is the case in Oregon under SB 501:

“Senate Bill 501 Requires person to secure permit before purchasing or otherwise receiving firearm. “May issue” by the Sheriff.

“Restricts ammunition receipt to 20 rounds within 30-day period. Prohibits transfer of firearm by gun dealer or private party until latter of 14 days or Department of State Police has determined that recipient is qualified to receive firearm.”

     More specifically:

“Requires person to secure permit before purchasing or otherwise receiving firearm. Specifies qualifications for permit and manner of applying for permit. Creates procedures for appealing denial of permit. Punishes receipt of firearm without valid permit by maximum of 364 days’ imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both. Requires person who owns or possesses firearm to secure firearm with trigger or cable lock or in locked container.Punishes failure to secure firearm by maximum of 30 days’ imprisonment, $1,250 fine, or both. Requires person who owns or possesses firearm to report to law enforcement agency loss or theft of firearm within 24 hours.Punishes failure to report loss or theft by maximum of 30 days’ imprisonment, $1,250 fine, or both. Prohibits possession of magazine with capacity to hold more than five rounds of ammunition. Provides that person in possession of such magazine must sell or otherwise dispose of magazine within 180 days of effective date of Act. Punishes unlawful possession of magazine capable of holding more than five rounds by maximum of 364 days’ imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both. Requires criminal background check before transfer of ammunition. Restricts ammunition receipt to 20 rounds within 30-day period. Prohibits transfer of firearm by gun dealer or private party until latter of 14 days or Department of State Police has determined that recipient is qualified to receive firearm.”

     The text as introduced:

Oregon Senate Bill 501 (2019) by on Scribd

     And if they can’t get what they want by an open and honest attempt to ban guns, they’ll do it in a more dishonest and sneaky fashion:

“California Democrat Maxine Waters is the new chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee. To judge from the party’s past behavior and the various proposals emanating from the left, Waters’s Democrats are going to pressure banks, credit unions, and payment companies to severely curtail and even terminate their relationships with firearm manufacturers, licensed gun retailers, and law-abiding citizens exercising their right to purchase and own firearms. In other words, they will use political pressure to force private institutions into creating social policy that threatens constitutional rights.

“In 2013, senior banking officials at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, with support from the Department of Justice, forced banks to dissolve their relationship with “high-risk” businesses the Obama administration found objectionable or face federal investigations, despite the legality of the businesses. Known as Operation Choke Point, the effort targeted industries including ‘firearms and ammunition sales, adult entertainment, check cashing, and short-term lending,’ according to a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.”

     TTFN.

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