Big Brother's new target: Tracking of all firearms

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by Quigley_Sharps, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Big Brother's new target: Tracking of all firearms
    'This is nothing less than a declaration of war on American gun owners'

    By Drew Zahn

    U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., is hoping to pass a firearm-licensing bill that will significantly rewrite gun-ownership laws in America.

    Among the more controversial provisions of the bill are requirements that all handgun owners submit to the federal government a photo, thumb print and mental heath records. Further, the bill would order the attorney general to establish a database of every handgun sale, transfer and owner's address in America.

    The bill claims its purpose is "to protect the public against the unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with the unrecorded sale or transfer of firearms to criminals and youth."

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    Columnist David Codrea of Guns Magazine, however, calls it a "ridiculous affront to liberty."

    "This is nothing less than a declaration of war on American gun owners," Codrea writes on Gun Rights Examiner.

    Rush's proposed bill, H.R. 45, is alternatively known as "Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009," named after an Illinois teenager killed by a gunshot.

    According the bill's text, "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."

    The bill then argues that interstate firearm trafficking and children dying from gun violence create legitimate cause for the federal government to monitor gun ownership and transfers in new ways.

    If passed, the bill would make it illegal to own or possess a "qualifying firearm" – defined as any handgun or any semiautomatic firearm that takes an ammunition clip – without a "Blair Holt" license.

    To obtain a "Blair Holt" license, an application must be made that includes a photo, address, all previous aliases, thumb print, completion of a written firearm safety test, release of mental health records to the attorney general and a fee not to exceed $25.

    Further, the bill makes it illegal to transfer ownership of a qualifying firearm to anyone who is not a licensed gun dealer or collector. Exceptions to this rule include transfer to family members by gift or bequest and loans, not to exceed 30 days, of a firearm for lawful purposes "between persons who are personally known to each other."

    The bill also requires qualifying firearm owners to report all transfers to the attorney general's database. It would also be illegal for a licensed gun owner to fail to record a gun loss or theft within 72 hours or fail to report a change of address within 60 days.

    And if a minor obtains a weapon and injures someone with it, the owner of the gun – if deemed to have failed to meet certain safety requirements – faces a multiple-year jail sentence.

    H.R. 45 is a resurfacing of 2007's H.R. 2666, which contained much of the same language and was co-sponsored by 15 other representatives and Barack Obama's current chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel. H.R. 2666 was assigned to the House Judiciary committee, where no action was taken.

    H.R. 45 currently has no co-sponsors and is likewise assigned to the House Judiciary committee.
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  2. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Title: 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.
    Sponsor: Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] (introduced 1/6/2009) Cosponsors (None)
    Latest Major Action: 2/9/2009 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.

  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Not gonna pass.
  4. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    This from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms:

    "This nefarious bill seeks to strip us all of our Constitutional Rights to possess and bear firearms of any distinction. It requires, within the first two years, that all new guns be registered. The bill goes retroactive after two years. Meaning that two years after the passage of the bill, ALL FIREARMS in a citizen's possession must be registered, not just those purchased after the bill passes, and this apparently applies to antique firearms as well.

    Every five years the firearm owner must go through a complete renewal process for each weapon owned. Failure to comply carries stiff penalties including confiscation of the firearms and jail time (penalties as high as ten years imprisonment in some cases). The bill also authorizes government searches without warrant, the creation of a federal bureaucracy to monitor firearm possession, etc.

    The following is a summary of the bill as provided by the Congressional Research Service. If you read the whole bill, you'll find it will effectively preclude the ownership of any firearms by law-abiding people unless directly licensed by the Attorney General :

    1/6/2009--Introduced. Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 - Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to prohibit a person from possessing a firearm unless that person has been issued a firearm license under this Act or a state system certified under this Act and such license has not been invalidated or revoked. Prescribes license application, issuance, and renewal requirements.

    Prohibits transferring or receiving a qualifying firearm unless the recipient presents a valid firearms license, the license is verified, and the dealer records a tracking authorization number. Prescribes firearms transfer reporting and record keeping requirements. Directs the Attorney General to establish and maintain a federal record of sale system.

    1. Transferring a firearm to any person other than a licensee, unless the transfer is processed through a licensed dealer in accordance with national instant criminal background check system requirements, with exceptions;
    2. Licensed manufacturer or dealer from failing to comply with reporting and record keeping requirements of this Act;
    3. Failing to report the loss or theft of the firearm to the Attorney General within 72 hours;
    4. Failing to report to the Attorney General an address change within 60 days;
    5. Keeping a loaded firearm, or an unloaded firearm and ammunition for the firearm, knowingly or recklessly disregarding the risk that a child is capable of gaining access, if a child uses the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury.
    Prescribes criminal penalties for violations of firearms provisions covered by this Act. Directs the Attorney General to:
    1. Establish and maintain a firearm injury information clearinghouse;
    2. Conduct continuing studies and investigations of firearm-related deaths and injuries; and
    3. Collect and maintain current production and sales figures of each licensed manufacturer. Authorizes the Attorney General to certify state firearm licensing or record of sale systems. "
  5. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    The big danger of this bill is that it plays well on the Liberal antigun and non-gun-owner's ear - it sounds like what the Liberals call "Common Sense" and "Reasonable" gun law. In truth, it is an attempt to put a spiked collar & leash on ALL honest, responsible and law-abiding gun owners!
    We MUST keep an eye on this kind of garbage and keep onto our Congress Criitters to oppose schemes such as this!
  6. ozarkgoatman

    ozarkgoatman Resident goat herder

    I've got some ammo they can track [sawgunner][gun]

  7. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    "In truth, it is an attempt to put a spiked collar & leash on ALL honest, responsible and law-abiding gun owners!"

    That's what they'll need too!
    But what do you put a spiked collar on?
    A really nasty, "junk-yard", type of BAD dogs!
    The leash, well,..... good luck!
    (ever kick a sleeping dog, or a bear?)
    That's what they'll find themselves up against, "IF" and/or "when", those idiots try to
    impose their self-righteous laws on the hunters and sportsmen of this country!
    The word RABID will take on a new definition!
  8. tsiemens

    tsiemens Monkey+++

    I would gladly give up some of my liberties for freedom!

    Bring on the double speak hypocrisy!

    Tim out.
  9. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    teach me good sir to follow my betters,[slow][axe]:sick:
    And While your at it I need a house of my own, a kitchen and a car
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