HR 45 – Gun Control Bill

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Here we go again. Another odious gun control bill. This one is aimed at restricting guns, forcing people to get a mandatory gun license that requires licensees that move to register a current address within a prescribed period of time or face a penalty, creates a tracking database for licensees, makes it a crime to allow someone under 18 years of age to have access to your firearm, and on and on. Oh yeah, and if you do not keep your license current and pay the required fees, you cannot own a firearm, and if you lose your firearm or it is stolen, you have 72 hours to report it.

Maybe they should regulate spoons. After all, since our country has an obesity problem, it must be the spoons’ fault. Let’s license them. Anyone in possession of a spoon must keep it out of reach of anyone who is 20 or more pounds overweight, or face a fine or possibly 2 years in prison.

Here is the full text:

HR 45 IH

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 45

To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 6, 2009

Mr. RUSH introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


 

A BILL

To provide for the implementation of a system of licensing for purchasers of certain firearms and for a record of sale system for those firearms, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS.

(a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as ‘Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009’.

(b) Table of Contents- The table of contents for this Act is as follows:

TITLE V–FIREARM INJURY INFORMATION AND RESEARCH

TITLE VII–RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER LAW

TITLE IX–EFFECTIVE DATE

SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES.

(a) Findings- Congress finds that–

(1) the manufacture, distribution, and importation of firearms is inherently commercial in nature;

(2) firearms regularly move in interstate commerce;

(3) to the extent that firearms trafficking is intrastate in nature, it arises out of and is substantially connected with a commercial transaction, which, when viewed in the aggregate, substantially affects interstate commerce;

(4) because the intrastate and interstate trafficking of firearms are so commingled, full regulation of interstate commerce requires the incidental regulation of intrastate commerce;

(5) gun violence in the United States is associated with the majority of homicides, over half the suicides, and two-thirds of non-fatal violent injuries; and

(6) on the afternoon of May 10, 2007, Blair Holt, a junior at Julian High School in Chicago, was killed on a public bus riding home from school when he used his body to shield a girl who was in the line of fire after a young man boarded the bus and started shooting.

(b) Sense of the Congress- It is the sense of the Congress that–

(1) firearms trafficking is prevalent and widespread in and among the States, and it is usually impossible to distinguish between intrastate trafficking and interstate trafficking; and

(2) it is in the national interest and within the role of the Federal Government to ensure that the regulation of firearms is uniform among the States, that law enforcement can quickly and effectively trace firearms used in crime, and that firearms owners know how to use and safely store their firearms.

(c) Purposes- The purposes of this Act and the amendments made by this Act are–

(1) to protect the public against the unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with the unrecorded sale or transfer of qualifying firearms to criminals and youth;

(2) to ensure that owners of qualifying firearms are knowledgeable in the safe use, handling, and storage of those firearms;

(3) to restrict the availability of qualifying firearms to criminals, youth, and other persons prohibited by Federal law from receiving firearms; and

(4) to facilitate the tracing of qualifying firearms used in crime by Federal and State law enforcement agencies.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

(a) In General- In this Act:

(1) FIREARM; LICENSED DEALER; LICENSED MANUFACTURER; STATE- The terms ‘firearm’, ‘licensed dealer’, ‘licensed manufacturer’, and ‘State’ have the meanings given those terms in section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code.

(2) QUALIFYING FIREARM- The term ‘qualifying firearm’ has the meaning given the term in section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, as amended by subsection (b) of this section.

(b) Amendment to Title 18, United States Code- Section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘(36) The term ‘qualifying firearm’–

‘(A) means–

‘(i) any handgun; or

‘(ii) any semiautomatic firearm that can accept any detachable ammunition feeding device; and

‘(B) does not include any antique.’.

TITLE I–LICENSING

SEC. 101. LICENSING REQUIREMENT.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘(aa) Firearm Licensing Requirement-

‘(1) IN GENERAL- It shall be unlawful for any person other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to possess a qualifying firearm on or after the applicable date, unless that person has been issued a firearm license–

‘(A) under title I of Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, which license has not been invalidated or revoked under that title; or

‘(B) pursuant to a State firearm licensing and record of sale system certified under section 602 of Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, which license has not been invalidated or revoked under State law.

‘(2) APPLICABLE DATE- In this subsection, the term ‘applicable date’ means–

‘(A) with respect to a qualifying firearm that is acquired by the person before the date of the enactment of Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, 2 years after such date of enactment; and

‘(B) with respect to a qualifying firearm that is acquired by the person on or after the date of the enactment of Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, 1 year after such date of enactment.’.

SEC. 102. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS.

(a) In General- In order to be issued a firearm license under this title, an individual shall submit to the Attorney General (in accordance with the regulations promulgated under subsection (b)) an application, which shall include–

(1) a current, passport-sized photograph of the applicant that provides a clear, accurate likeness of the applicant;

(2) the name, address, and date and place of birth of the applicant;

(3) any other name that the applicant has ever used or by which the applicant has ever been known;

(4) a clear thumb print of the applicant, which shall be made when, and in the presence of the entity to whom, the application is submitted;

(5) with respect to each category of person prohibited by Federal law, or by the law of the State of residence of the applicant, from obtaining a firearm, a statement that the individual is not a person prohibited from obtaining a firearm;

(6) a certification by the applicant that the applicant will keep any firearm owned by the applicant safely stored and out of the possession of persons who have not attained 18 years of age;

(7) a certificate attesting to the completion at the time of application of a written firearms examination, which shall test the knowledge and ability of the applicant regarding–

(A) the safe storage of firearms, particularly in the vicinity of persons who have not attained 18 years of age;

(B) the safe handling of firearms;

(C) the use of firearms in the home and the risks associated with such use;

(D) the legal responsibilities of firearms owners, including Federal, State, and local laws relating to requirements for the possession and storage of firearms, and relating to reporting requirements with respect to firearms; and

(E) any other subjects, as the Attorney General determines to be appropriate;

(8) an authorization by the applicant to release to the Attorney General or an authorized representative of the Attorney General any mental health records pertaining to the applicant;

(9) the date on which the application was submitted; and

(10) the signature of the applicant.

(b) Regulations Governing Submission- The Attorney General shall promulgate regulations specifying procedures for the submission of applications to the Attorney General under this section, which regulations shall–

(1) provide for submission of the application through a licensed dealer or an office or agency of the Federal Government designated by the Attorney General;

(2) require the applicant to provide a valid identification document (as defined in section 1028(d)(2) of title 18, United States Code) of the applicant, containing a photograph of the applicant, to the licensed dealer or to the office or agency of the Federal Government, as applicable, at the time of submission of the application to that dealer, office, or agency; and

(3) require that a completed application be forwarded to the Attorney General not later than 48 hours after the application is submitted to the licensed dealer or office or agency of the Federal Government, as applicable.

(c) Fees-

(1) IN GENERAL- The Attorney General shall charge and collect from each applicant for a license under this title a fee in an amount determined in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2) FEE AMOUNT- The amount of the fee collected under this subsection shall be not less than the amount determined by the Attorney General to be necessary to ensure that the total amount of all fees collected under this subsection during a fiscal year is sufficient to cover the costs of carrying out this title during that fiscal year, except that such amount shall not exceed $25.

SEC. 103. ISSUANCE OF LICENSE.

(a) In General- The Attorney General shall issue a firearm license to an applicant who has submitted an application that meets the requirements of section 102 of this Act, if the Attorney General ascertains that the individual is not prohibited by subsection (g) or (n) of section 922 of title 18, United States Code, from receiving a firearm.

(b) Effect of Issuance to Prohibited Person- A firearm license issued under this section shall be null and void if issued to a person who is prohibited by subsection (g) or (n) of section 922 of title 18, United States Code, from receiving a firearm.

(c) Form of License- A firearm license issued under this section shall be in the form of a tamper-resistant card, and shall include–

(1) the photograph of the licensed individual submitted with the application;

(2) the address of the licensed individual;

(3) the date of birth of the licensed individual;

(4) a license number, unique to each licensed individual;

(5) the expiration date of the license, which shall be the date that is 5 years after the initial anniversary of the date of birth of the licensed individual following the date on which the license is issued (or in the case of a license renewal, following the date on which the license is renewed under section 104);

(6) the signature of the licensed individual provided on the application, or a facsimile of the application; and

(7) centered at the top of the license, capitalized, and in boldface type, the following:

‘FIREARM LICENSE–NOT VALID FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE’.

SEC. 104. RENEWAL OF LICENSE.

(a) Application for Renewal-

(1) IN GENERAL- In order to renew a firearm license issued under this title, not later than 30 days before the expiration date of the license, the licensed individual shall submit to the Attorney General (in accordance with the regulations promulgated under paragraph (3)), in a form approved by the Attorney General, an application for renewal of the license.

(2) CONTENTS- An application submitted under paragraph (1) shall include–

(A) a current, passport-sized photograph of the applicant that provides a clear, accurate likeness of the applicant;

(B) current proof of identity of the licensed individual; and

(C) the address of the licensed individual.

(3) REGULATIONS GOVERNING SUBMISSION- The Attorney General shall promulgate regulations specifying procedures for the submission of applications under this subsection.

(b) Issuance of Renewed License- Upon approval of an application submitted under subsection (a) of this section, the Attorney General shall issue a renewed license, which shall meet the requirements of section 103(c), except that the license shall include the current photograph and address of the licensed individual, as provided in the application submitted under this section, and the expiration date of the renewed license, as provided in section 103(c)(5).

SEC. 105. REVOCATION OF LICENSE.

(a) In General- If an individual to whom a license has been issued under this title subsequently becomes a person who is prohibited by subsection (g) or (n) of section 922 of title 18, United States Code, from receiving a firearm–

(1) the license is revoked; and

(2) the individual shall promptly return the license to the Attorney General.

(b) Administrative Action- Upon receipt by the Attorney General of notice that an individual to whom a license has been issued under this title has become a person described in subsection (a), the Attorney General shall ensure that the individual promptly returns the license to the Attorney General.

TITLE II–RECORD OF SALE OR TRANSFER

SEC. 201. SALE OR TRANSFER REQUIREMENTS FOR QUALIFYING FIREARMS.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by section 101 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘(bb) Unauthorized Sale or Transfer of a Qualifying Firearm- It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, deliver, or otherwise transfer a qualifying firearm to, or for, any person who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector, or to receive a qualifying firearm from a person who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector, unless, at the time and place of the transfer or receipt–

‘(1) the transferee presents to a licensed dealer a valid firearm license issued to the transferee–

‘(A) under title I of Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009; or

‘(B) pursuant to a State firearm licensing and record of sale system certified under section 602 of Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 established by the State in which the transfer or receipt occurs;

‘(2) the licensed dealer contacts the Attorney General or the head of the State agency that administers the certified system described in paragraph (1)(B), as applicable, and receives notice that the transferee has been issued a firearm license described in paragraph (1) and that the license remains valid; and

‘(3) the licensed dealer records on a document (which, in the case of a sale, shall be the sales receipt) a tracking authorization number provided by the Attorney General or the head of the State agency, as applicable, as evidence that the licensed dealer has verified the validity of the license.’.

SEC. 202. FIREARM RECORDS.

(a) Submission of Sale or Transfer Reports- Not later than 14 days after the date on which the transfer of qualifying firearm is processed by a licensed dealer under section 922(bb) of title 18, United States Code (as added by section 201 of this Act), the licensed dealer shall submit to the Attorney General (or, in the case of a licensed dealer located in a State that has a State firearm licensing and record of sale system certified under section 602 of this Act, to the head of the State agency that administers that system) a report of that transfer, which shall include information relating to–

(1) the manufacturer of the firearm;

(2) the model name or number of the firearm;

(3) the serial number of the firearm;

(4) the date on which the firearm was received by the transferee;

(5) the number of a valid firearm license issued to the transferee under title I of this Act; and

(6) the name and address of the individual who transferred the firearm to the transferee.

(b) Federal Record of Sale System- Not later than 9 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall establish and maintain a Federal record of sale system, which shall include the information included in each report submitted to the Attorney General under subsection (a).

(c) Elimination of Prohibition on Establishment of System of Registration- Section 926(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking the second sentence.

TITLE III–ADDITIONAL PROHIBITIONS

SEC. 301. UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECK REQUIREMENT.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by sections 101 and 201 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘(cc) Universal Background Check Requirement-

‘(1) REQUIREMENT- Except as provided in paragraph (2), it shall be unlawful for any person other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to sell, deliver, or otherwise transfer a firearm to any person other than such a licensee, unless the transfer is processed through a licensed dealer in accordance with subsection (t).

‘(2) EXCEPTION- Paragraph (1) shall not apply to the infrequent transfer of a firearm by gift, bequest, intestate succession or other means by an individual to a parent, child, grandparent, or grandchild of the individual, or to any loan of a firearm for any lawful purpose for not more than 30 days between persons who are personally known to each other.’.

SEC. 302. FAILURE TO MAINTAIN OR PERMIT INSPECTION OF RECORDS.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by sections 101, 201, and 301 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘(dd) Failure To Maintain or Permit Inspection of Records- It shall be unlawful for a licensed manufacturer or a licensed dealer to fail to comply with section 202 of Blair Holt’s Handgun Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, or to maintain such records or supply such information as the Attorney General may require in order to ascertain compliance with such Act and the regulations and orders issued under such Act.’.

SEC. 303. FAILURE TO REPORT LOSS OR THEFT OF FIREARM.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by sections 101, 201, 301, and 302 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘(ee) Failure To Report Loss or Theft of Firearm- It shall be unlawful for any person who owns a qualifying firearm to fail to report the loss or theft of the firearm to the Attorney General within 72 hours after the loss or theft is discovered.’.

SEC. 304. FAILURE TO PROVIDE NOTICE OF CHANGE OF ADDRESS.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by sections 101, 201, 301, 302, and 303 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘(ff) Failure To Provide Notice of Change of Address- It shall be unlawful for any individual to whom a firearm license has been issued under title I of Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 to fail to report to the Attorney General a change in the address of that individual within 60 days of that change of address.’.

SEC. 305. CHILD ACCESS PREVENTION.

Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by sections 101, 201, 301, 302, 303, and 304 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘(gg) Child Access Prevention-

‘(1) DEFINITION OF CHILD- In this subsection, the term ‘child’ means an individual who has not attained the age of 18 years.

‘(2) PROHIBITION AND PENALTIES- Except as provided in paragraph (3), it shall be unlawful for any person to keep a loaded firearm, or an unloaded firearm and ammunition for the firearm, any 1 of which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, within any premises that is under the custody or control of that person, if–

‘(A) that person–

‘(i) knows, or recklessly disregards the risk, that a child is capable of gaining access to the firearm; and

‘(ii) either–

‘(I) knows, or recklessly disregards the risk, that a child will use the firearm to cause the death of, or serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 of this title) to, the child or any other person; or

‘(II) knows, or reasonably should know, that possession of the firearm by a child is unlawful under Federal or State law; and

‘(B) a child uses the firearm and the use of that firearm causes the death of, or serious bodily injury to, the child or any other person.

‘(3) EXCEPTIONS- Paragraph (2) shall not apply if–

‘(A) at the time the child obtained access, the firearm was secured with a secure gun storage or safety device;

‘(B) the person is a peace officer, a member of the Armed Forces, or a member of the National Guard, and the child obtains the firearm during, or incidental to, the performance of the official duties of the person in that capacity;

‘(C) the child uses the firearm in a lawful act of self-defense or defense of 1 or more other persons; or

‘(D) the person has no reasonable expectation, based on objective facts and circumstances, that a child is likely to be present on the premises on which the firearm is kept.’.

TITLE IV–ENFORCEMENT

SEC. 401. CRIMINAL PENALTIES.

(a) Failure To Possess Firearm License; Failure To Comply With Qualifying Firearm Sale or Transfer Requirements; Failure To Maintain or Permit Inspection of Records- Section 924(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘(8) Whoever knowingly violates subsection (aa), (bb), or (dd) of section 922 shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.’.

(b) Failure To Comply With Universal Background Checks; Failure To Timely Report Loss or Theft of a Qualifying Firearm; Failure To Provide Notice of Change of Address- Section 924(a)(5) of such title is amended by striking ‘(s) or (t)’ and inserting ‘(t), (cc), (ee), or (ff)’.

(c) Child Access Prevention- Section 924(a) of such title, as amended by subsection (a) of this section, is amended by adding at the end the following:

‘(9) Whoever violates section 105(a)(2) of Blair Holt’s Handgun Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, knowingly or having reason to believe that the person is prohibited by subsection (g) or (n) of section 922 of title 18, United States Code, from receiving a firearm, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.

‘(10) Whoever violates section 922(gg) shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.’.

SEC. 402. REGULATIONS.

(a) In General- The Attorney General shall issue regulations governing the licensing of possessors of qualifying firearms and the recorded sale of qualifying firearms, consistent with this Act and the amendments made by this Act, as the Attorney General determines to be reasonably necessary to reduce or prevent deaths or injuries resulting from qualifying firearms, and to assist law enforcement in the apprehension of owners or users of qualifying firearms used in criminal activity.

(b) Maximum Interval Between Issuance of Proposed and Final Regulation- Not later than 120 days after the date on which the Attorney General issues a proposed regulation under subsection (a) with respect to a matter, the Attorney General shall issue a final regulation with respect to the matter.

SEC. 403. INSPECTIONS.

In order to ascertain compliance with this Act, the amendments made by this Act, and the regulations and orders issued under this Act, the Attorney General may, during regular business hours, enter any place in which firearms or firearm products are manufactured, stored, or held, for distribution in commerce, and inspect those areas where the products are so manufactured, stored, or held.

SEC. 404. ORDERS.

The Attorney General may issue an order prohibiting the sale or transfer of any firearm that the Attorney General finds has been transferred or distributed in violation of this Act, an amendment made by this Act, or a regulation issued under this Act.

SEC. 405. INJUNCTIVE ENFORCEMENT.

The Attorney General may bring an action to restrain any violation of this Act or an amendment made by this Act in the district court of the United States for any district in which the violation has occurred, or in which the defendant is found or transacts business.

TITLE V–FIREARM INJURY INFORMATION AND RESEARCH

SEC. 501. DUTIES OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL.

(a) In General- The Attorney General shall–

(1) establish and maintain a firearm injury information clearinghouse to collect, investigate, analyze, and disseminate data and information relating to the causes and prevention of death and injury associated with firearms;

(2) conduct continuing studies and investigations of firearm-related deaths and injuries; and

(3) collect and maintain current production and sales figures for each licensed manufacturer.

(b) Availability of Information- Periodically, but not less frequently than annually, the Attorney General shall report to the Congress and make available to the public a report on the activities of the Attorney General under subsection (a).

TITLE VI–EFFECT ON STATE LAW

SEC. 601. EFFECT ON STATE LAW.

(a) In General- This Act and the amendments made by this Act may not be construed to preempt any provision of the law of any State or political subdivision of that State, or prevent a State or political subdivision of that State from enacting any provision of law regulating or prohibiting conduct with respect to firearms, except to the extent that the provision of law is inconsistent with any provision of this Act or an amendment made by this Act, and then only to the extent of the inconsistency.

(b) Rule of Interpretation- A provision of State law is not inconsistent with this Act or an amendment made by this Act if the provision imposes a regulation or prohibition of greater scope or a penalty of greater severity than a corresponding prohibition or penalty imposed by this Act or an amendment made by this Act.

SEC. 602. CERTIFICATION OF STATE FIREARM LICENSING SYSTEMS AND STATE FIREARM RECORD OF SALE SYSTEMS.

Upon a written request of the chief executive officer of a State, the Attorney General may certify–

(1) a firearm licensing system established by a State, if State law requires the system to satisfy the requirements applicable to the Federal firearm licensing system established under title I; or

(2) a firearm record of sale system established by a State, if State law requires the head of the State agency that administers the system to submit to the Federal firearm record of sale system established under section 202(b) a copy of each report submitted to the head of the agency under section 202(a), within 7 days after receipt of the report.

TITLE VII–RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER LAW

SEC. 701. SUBORDINATION TO ARMS EXPORT CONTROL ACT.

In the event of any conflict between any provision of this Act or an amendment made by this Act, and any provision of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2751), the provision of the Arms Export Control Act shall control.

TITLE VIII–INAPPLICABILITY

SEC. 801. INAPPLICABILITY TO GOVERNMENTAL AUTHORITIES.

This Act and the amendments made by this Act shall not apply to any department or agency of the United States, of a State, or of a political subdivision of a State, or to any official conduct of any officer or employee of such a department or agency.

TITLE IX–EFFECTIVE DATE

SEC. 901. EFFECTIVE DATE OF AMENDMENTS.

The amendments made by this Act shall take effect 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act.

41 Responses

  1. Enough already!! I am so sick of seeing this legislation. It seems like every day I have to email another stupid politician to tell him/her to stay out of my life. I can’t wait for the Civil War II. It’s gonna be fun!

  2. Jeff,

    It won’t be a civil war (isn’t that an oxymoron?) but another revolution. If you recall our founding fathers thought that the foot on their necks from England was a bit too much to bear and took action.

    One of the easiest ways to prevent a revolution is to first disarm your opponent. This is precisely what these gun laws are attempting to do.

  3. Enough, IS enough…. The revolt starts today!!!!

  4. All this bill will do, if it does pass, is cause all the guns sales in the country to go underground or black-market. Do you really think that people will stop selling guns? Ammo will be even harder to find, and it will be far more expensive than it is today. There will be a rash of reported gun thefts or reports of guns being “lost.” I will probably make such a report and then hide the guns I (will) have. Will the government come to my house and look for them? Maybe one day they will, but not before I finish hiding them really well.

    It will be a very sad day if this bill actually passes. Many supporting politicians will be on their way out of office, and then the criminals (who already have their gun caches in place) will be on the loose!

    Those who have concealed carry permits will be at risk of having them revoked. The carrying will continue, but doing it legally will be over and done with – until we get a patriot as a president, instead of a stinking politician.

  5. Driving the gun sles underground. Thats only part of the problem what about all of the American comapnies being run out of business by all these gun legislation bills running in and out of congress?

  6. (6) on the afternoon of May 10, 2007, Blair Holt, a junior at Julian High School in Chicago, was killed on a public bus riding home from school when he used his body to shield a girl who was in the line of fire after a young man boarded the bus and started shooting.

    So why do we NEED this “law” again?… for the children??

    Guns are illegal in Chitcago, so that incident could have never happenend.

    Someone needs to make a law dammit!

    • Some kid got shot in Chicago, we all understand it, however all this stupid big brother crap need to stop. Guns do not shoot people, people shoot people and kids on the streets of Chicago and any other city will get guns from the criminals who already illeagly sell hot guns. So making it a pain in the rump for law abiding people is going to do nothing more than make those who are tired of having our constutional rights taken from us rebel aginst the COMINUST Obama Party.

  7. And so it begins…

  8. As a gun owner and American Citizen I am totally against this Bill which is pretty much unconstitutional. Why can’t people figure out that laws like these accomplish nothing but keeping LAW ABIDING citizens from owning guns. As a member of the military I am also angered that while I’m sacrificing my time and potentially my life for our great country, we have law makers who want to take away our rights.

  9. This is amazing. I will comply and register all my firearms…as soon as the law is enforced on criminals instead of citizens. Then again, they are being written by criminals in different clothes and hours of operation.

  10. Does anyone find it interesting that the author of this Bill 45 comes from CHICAGO. Its very important that EVERYONE email/fax/call their Representative that they do NOT approve passage of H.R. 45.

    Don’t you remember that the NAR warned us of this IF OBAMA became President.

  11. H.R. 45 IS THE BEGINNING OF ‘DISARMING AMERICANS’… Do your history reading of other countries/politicans who have taken away people’s right to arm themselves.

  12. It ain’t time to bury them folks……
    It’s time to dig them up……..

  13. The first battle of THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION was fought at Lexington and Concord AS the British Army marched to the armory of the militia to SEIZE THE WEAPONS!!!!

    The British Army had their butts kicked that day by farmers shotting squirrel guns from behind trees!!!! The US tropps fighting in Afganastan and Iraq OWN their OWN guns.

    Every state has a militia, join it!!!!! Alaska has one dating back to WWII when it was a territory and little army to defend it from Japan.

    Under law, every male under the age of 70 is a member (even if most don’t know it!) Militias across the US had an upswing in members under Bill Clinton AFTER Waco and Ruby Ridge when the FBI and ATF murdered women and children under orders to shoot to kill!!! issued by Bill Clinton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Google (your state) militia and join!!!!!! Power to the people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Death to tyrants!!!!!!!! A quote from our founding fathers who knew one day this would happen and wrote AND RATIFIED the Second Ammendment, APPROVED BY THE SUPREME COURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Can one be charged with anything if they write their congressmen and senators and president (as he has to sign it) quote our founding fathers. DEATH TO TYRANTS???????????

    Be interesting to find out if the attorney general would arrest millions of people for quoting a simple line from our history when obama quotes from lincon, who suspended habius corpus and other laws!!!!!!

    Sounds better than what the man who played Moses said as president of the NRA – They can have my gun when they pry it from my dead cold fingers!!!!! Don’t it???

  15. What a piece of work! Another attempt of the Liberals in Congress to impose their will upon the people

    I wonder how this would play out in a national election? Liberals like to cite polls, try this one Obama, Teddy, Harry, Nancy and the rest of you.

    What a bunch of idiots!

  16. This is another BS bill being submitted by the gun control freaks. For all of the gun laws we have on the books, gun crimes still happen. Why? Because criminals DO NOT FOLLOW THE LAW.

    A criminal can obtain a gun easier than a law abiding citizen can. Something is very wrong here, and it all starts with these anti gun idiots. Vote them out and replace them with pro gun Democrats like Kristen Gillibrand.

    This bill will only further restrict law abiding citizens from owning guns.

    Gun control advocates like Carolyn McCarthy (D – NY) have *no idea* what they are doing or what they are even banning. They ban things like bayonets (a knife), yes New Yorkers are not able to attach a knife to their gun, pistol grips, barrel shrouds (McCarthy did not even know what this was) , flash suppressors, adjustable stocks, etc.

    All of the items listed above are cosmetic, they have no impact on the lethality of a firearm. It is amazing to me how stupid these people are.

    We all knew this was going to happen, that’s why the only business that is recession proof now-a-days is the gun industry.

  17. This has gone far enough!!!!! What is it going to take before all you sheep finally REALIZE YOUR LIFE IS A FARCE YOUR GOVERNMENT IS STRIPPING YOU OF ALL OF YOUR FREEDOMS IN THE NAME OF HOMELAND SECURITY!!!!!!!!!!! And yes you allowed it to happen. This GUN CONTROL ACT isnt an act its a tracking system to monitor were the guns are so they know were to go first. Anyone who lays down there right to defend them self or there family willing in trust of the government deserves to be cast out into exile for YOU ARE WEAK AND WILL BREED FURTHER WEAKNESS. Pay attention soon it will be the real id act and then they will say these micro chips are ok its easier than cash!!!!!! First they pose a boogie man to the population to produce cohesion. Next they strip you of your rights. So let me ask you this If I am required by law to register my weapon at the time of purchase as the law in my state WAS then they already know I have a gun why do I have to let them track me? And what happens if I dont abide by these rules they strip me of my privelage and throw me in jail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who will get off there ass and stand up to this garbage?When is enough enough????? OPEN YOUR EYES TO THE TRUTH WE ARE NOT FREE AND IT IS GETTING EVEN WORSE!!!!!!!!!! OUR FORE FATHERS WERE PATRIOTS ANYONE NOW TO STAND UP AND SHOUT BACK IS CONSIDERED A TERRORIST!!!!!!!!!!! WHY DO WE DEAL WITH THIS. ONE DAY THEY ARE JUST GOING TO COME AND GET ALL OF THEM AND THEN WHAT. THEY SAY THEY DONT WANT CRIMINALS TO HAVE FULL AUTOS BUT THEY HAVE THEM ANY WAY!!!!!!!! Its just to keep the playing field stacked on there side. LIVE FREE OR DIE Remember your roots and how we got here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LIVE FREE OR DIE!!!!!!!! UNITE

  18. They will never take away my guns…

  19. Make me a criminal, you can put me in jail and pay for my care and feeding. I will never comply. and as soon as this law is enacted i will hide my guns and ammo. It is time for a revolution to re-instate the constitution of the United States of America! It will be a great Jihad!!!!!!!!!!

  20. This is complete and utter BS. This will accomplish nothing except cause more headaches for the government. If you want to get a gun, you’ll get it. No stupid law will keep it from happening. Really? Let’s spend our tax dollars a little more efficiently. All those ridiculous over the top liberals give good Democrats like me a bad name.

  21. It is the responsibility of every just citizen to disobey an unjust law. (paraphrased Jefferson). As Madison, Washington, Jefferson, and Adams had noted in their letters and journals the Bill of Rights is only valid as long as the Second Amendment stands. Fear the Government who fears your guns!

  22. Australia gave up their guns and crime skyrocketed 50%. The more guns they take here the more crime will go up. The more the government steps on the constitution they more the public will want to step on them. Get a brain people this government does not care about us they care about the almighty dollar and any way for them to take it from us is their goal. My constitutional rights trump any stupid law todays facisit government can come up with. This country was built on certain beliefs of freedom. Our fore fathers would lead the revolution if they were still alive. “licence” we don’t need no stinking “license”. I along with many others will say F@*K You to that idea. If you wanna come and get my guns you better bring an army and plan on having many casualties. This is one citizen who will not stand for freedom through control. This gun bill is obviously unconstituional and anyone who supports it is in my eyes a terrorist. I have my terrorist license!!! Remember : People with guns are CITIZENS People without guns are SUBJECTS!!

  23. All that is happening now is taking place because for the time it has taken us to get over 200 gun laws ,we the people have sat on our hands saying they will never do it. BUT THEY ARE & THEY HAVE NRA members like myself have been trying to beat it into this country’s brain but everyone put blinders on. Here is the big picture . We the honest people , the tax paying people are going to be put into the prisons while the thugs take over the country. This way we will have health care, insurance, the gas shortage will be resolved because we won’t have any auto’s and the drug dealers will pay the taxes to support the honest people. The government will completely take care of us, thanks to the thugs. What great people they are. You think this sounds bad, hear this. America is going to be changed to NORTH AMERICAN UNION in order to wipe out the Constitution. Thats right , All of our rights will be gone & we are to late again. Why because we sat on our hands. MAD matched on Washington, they got what they wanted, Black Panthers marched they got what they wanted. But we sit on our hands & do nothing so we get nothing.
    COME ON PEOPLE OPEN YOUR MOUTH TELL YOUR OFFICALS YOU DON’T WANT THIS . oTHERWISE HITLER IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE A SAINT.
    JOIN THE NRA , NOW ARE ANY OTHER GUN SAVING GROUP. WRITE YOUR SENATORS . LETS GO

  24. I first heard of this bill when I was listening to a talk radio station and just needed to make my reply. I took the time to research the story of Blair Holt who was shot to death on a Chicago public bus and found out that the person who did the shooting was a member of a gang. Now it seems apparent that Rep. Rush has overlooked a VERY important fact in his rush to present his bill: the gun used was used by a person that has fully intended his life be directed and controlled by criminal intentions. Thus making him a criminal. So WHY THE HELL ARE LAW ABIDING CITIZENS BEING PUNISHED FOR THE CRIMINAL ACTIONS OF CRIMINALS?????? When are these people going to wake up and realize that if good, honest,hard working people cannot defend themselves and protect their families, do you think that the police force can????? Get real. I have many times needed a cop in my neighborhood and had to wait so long and call them numerous times about people who are shooting off their automatics in the hood and it took about 30 minutes for officers to respond to a gang breaking into my garage trying to steal food and other items. These punks broke my garage door off the hinges, but we caught them soon enough to keep them from stealing anything but all I had to confront the leader was a shovel. Those people on the Hill have their Ivory Towers to live in with security but we will be for all intents and purposes be without any means of keeping safe if we have to lock up our weapons or have them unloaded while the criminals go around packing and terrorizing with impunity. By the time we get our weapon, load in a clip, well lets say we wont have time to do that before we are shot or one of our loved ones are shot. It a damn shame that the lessons of history cannot be our guide when stupid, yes I said stupid, politicians make stupid laws that endanger honest, hard working and law abiding and tax paying citizens.

  25. Now is the time that we all call and e-mail our senators and congressmen to let them know if they even think about passing this one, that we will be glad to help lead a revolution on Washington.

  26. I fought for America with a rifle in my hands, I will die in America….With a rifle in my hands. SMAirborne (ALL THE WAY!)

  27. I hope all you people that put these idiots in control are happy. You wanted change and look around you are getting it.

    • Gary,

      Unfortunately, we the people are left with no choice in a political campaign run as a sideshow act. The real change-makers were weeded out and we were left with 2 choices that no matter which one got elected, the same path would have been taken. Maybe with a slightly different slant, but the same path none the less.

      Barb

  28. Anyone know of any marches or protests to take place?
    I wouldnt mind taking a road trip to support our constitution.

  29. Politicians in Washington have their own agenda and very little of it has to do with what the common people actually want. They say they are defending their constituents but in reality they are enforcing their own agendas. The time has come and past that we stand up for what we really believe in and band together to get our point across – that the 2nd Amendment does give us the right to hold and bear arms for not only our safety but in the case of those of us who hunt for our pleasure as well. The comments about joining the NRA are valid – who else do you know of that is making a concerted effort to uphold our rights???? Certainly not any of the other foundations out there like the Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation etc – where will they find themselves if the NRA cannot keep our rights intact for us. The NRA not only has a foundation of which you can become a member but there is a branch of the NRA which holds fund raising banquets in every state called the Friends of NRA. Fifty percent of all proceeds from the banquets go to the NRA foundation to provide funding to keep fighting for our rights – the other fifty percent goes to state organizations such as 4H, Boy Scouts, gun clubs etc to fund shooting awareness and sports – you can find a local banquet at http://www.friendsofnra.org – As far as this bill is concerned – I agree – I have no intention of further registering my firearms – I went through the ATF process and registered them when I bought them – that should be quite enough. Quit bitching and start doing something about it for a change – get your congressmen on the phone or e-mail and starting letting them know how you feel each and every week about this bill and all the other stupid gun control bills that are being proposed – nobody missed the U.N. poverty act and the hidden little nugget in there did they??

  30. AMEN. I’m sick of this underhanded ____ that keeps popping u0p to take our constitutional rights away. I will NOT see this happen.

  31. The 2nd Admendment states that all citizans have the legal right to bare ARMS. It does not state anything to due with caliber or ammo capacity of said ARMS. Now I do agree with some things these wing nuts in power say. There is absolutly no reason the average citizan needs a fully AUTOMATIC WEAPON. Would I like to own one HELL YES; do I need one NO not really. One of hitlers first move was to remove the guns from his people when he formed his party. If the citizans of a nation due not have the ability to fight back they wont fight back. I believe we are well on our way to a socailist society. The Gov wants to disarm the law biding citizans, So there can be no revolution. Our fore fathers seen this threat over 200 years ago. If the armies of this country are turned inward there will be no way of stopping it. The current us goverment wants it people to be soley dependent on the goverment for everything. Even down to a daily ration of food. That is why the goverment bail out for the banks is so open ended. If the goverment is givin’ voting power in any bank that accepts the bail out, then the geverment can take total control of cash flow of the people. If the people can access their money, they can’t feed themselves. We will go running to the gov for food & drink. Even though I sound like an extremist, find a flaw in my logic! Prove me wrong! The goverment wants us disarmed so we have no chance off fighting back agianst the communist we have become! I remeber learning in history class that ” America will never support a communist country” Well if that statement were true. Why does most of the product we sell and Buy in this once GREAT NATION now come from the communist china. AND WHY ARE WE SO MANY TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN DEBT TO THESE PEOPLE! Everyone likes to put all of the blame on the president. Well the President only makes up 1/3 of our goverment. I mean Hell Bush had to get permission to invaid Iraq from the other 2/3’s. But most of those @$$holes got re elected How F***ed up is that! Obahma got elected to office and the news was a clammer about how we are gooing to be so much better off. All I see is we are still in the same boat. The economy is still in the tank. And his bail out plan has so much “pork” in it we will never crawl out from this hole we are in. AND THEY KNOW IT. That is why they want to disarm us. Its not to get the Violent weapons of death off the streets. Its so we cant defend our illusion of freedom that we have. This has been said many time and britian is a great example of this, But if you take the guns away from the law biding people, the only people with guns will be the criminals. If teachers had to carry guns to school would columbine happened. Would those kids thought twice about what they had planned. If every convinent store clerk carried a pistol would people consider “is it a good idea for 50 bucks?” If they don’t want criminals owing a gun, then DONT LET VIOLENT OFFENDERS OUT OF PRISON. If they are that dangerous to the people then let them get the penalty they deserve. If your crime is such to get the death penalty then why let them stay on death row until they can get a laywer to get the off on a technicality. After all the tax payers dont mind if they pay for 26 appeal hearings. Only to keep the scum in jail for life. If you get a life sentence with no chance of parol, your life should be 5 minutes long. I’m sorry but if your innocent then GOD will take care off you. If you are supposed to die in a car wreck then guess what YOU DYING IN A CAR ACCIDENT. Do not pass go Do not collect $200.00. Enough of my rambling on, Our goverment wants us to be totally depended on them, after all they know whats best for us. My Point is if everyone one gods green earth carried a gun how many criminals would act on their thoughts. I would bet my life they would think long and hard about it. And DR. Kavorkian (<– Sorry i can’t spell very well, if you haven’t noticed already) Wouldn’t be in jail, he would be INCHARGE of jail. After all no thinks bad about putting down a sick animal.

    Thank You for reading my rambelings
    One for A STRONGER TOMORROW

  32. Well this is what you get with you put this kind of fella in the WHITEHOUSE

  33. All of these comments make sense. But we ALL need to contact our congressmen or congresswomen and our senators and let them know where we stand. As was done several years ago when it appeared our elected representatives were going to route of taking our second amendment righs away, we let our vote be our revolution and we voted all those that were willing to take our second amendment righs away right out of the house and senate. We ALL need to to this again with the upcoming midterm elections. Make our votes count and take a stand. Contact your elected officials by phone, email and mail. Let them know we will not allow them to do this under any administration. Join and support the NRA and local state organizations that support our second amendment rights. As of now this is still the United States of America. If we fail to act, it could eventually be called something entirely different.
    Act and act now!

  34. Who submitted this bill (Mr. Rush) and what state does he represent?

  35. Bobby Rush, Illinois 1st District

    He submitted it last year as well and it died in committee, just like this year’s version seems likely to do. Heck, it hasn’t even managed to get a single co-sponsor this year unlike last year.

  36. Unless you’re a redneck, gangbanger, or murderer, you shouldn’t have a problem with this. The right to bear arms is an antiquated idea that should be eliminated from our constitution. Marijuana never killed anyone and it’s illegal – where’s the sense??

    • I have a very big problem with being a victim. Criminals will have guns no matter what type of legislation there is against them. This leaves only law abiding people without protection. Maybe we should eliminate free speech from our Constitution also because people lie. Or, maybe we should just tear up the Constitution because it is comprised of words, and words can be used to hurt people. While we’re at it, let’s also get rid of cars because drunks kill people in car accidents. I’ll keep my gun, thank you. And I’ll support the Organic Constitution the way it was written.

  37. i have a problem with our Government. seems like all they won’t to do is to put into laws things that hurt the American people,Here’s an idea take all the time the government is putting into trying to disarm america and create job’s for the people. If these people are so Hell bent to take our guns, then are they going to take all the knives also the last count i had they kill people also. This country needs a President with a back bone that will stand up for it Not tear it down.

  38. Check with all of the countries which disarmed their citizens. Crime has not been stopped or reduced and the government has taken full control of the citizens rights and needs. USA is supposed to be a country of FREE individuals. I think it is Denmark which issues a gun to each citizen of a certain age and trains them on the proper handling and use of that firearm. Armed crime is almost non-existent.
    If we wish to remain free, the politicians need to concentrate on issues which will improve life in a FREE nation, not take our freedoms away and tell us how much better off we are because they are taking care of us since we do not know how to do for ourselves. I SAY STOP MAKING UP LAWS WE DO NOT NEED AND WORK ON IMPROVING HEALTH CARE, OUR INFRASTUCTURE, OUR BANKING SYSTEM, OUR COMMERCE AND FOREIGN TRADE, LET’S MAKE SOMETHING IN AMERICA, AND INSTEAD OF GIVEN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE GIANT CORPORATIONS AND BANKS, GIVE THE CITIZENS ENOUGH TO CLEAR THEIR FINANCIAL PROBLEMS AND ALL OF THE MONEY THE HAVE AFTERWARDS WILL BE SPENT ON ENJOYING LIFE IN A FREE COUNTRY!!!

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