Senator Lautenberg Introduces Legislation to Regulate Gunpowder

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Are you listening hunters? I know many hunters prefer to hand load their hunting cartridges to really dial in the accuracy of their rifles. Well, doing that could become more cumbersome and more expensive if Senator Lautenberg has his way.
    The senator is introducing legislation that would require the sale of gunpowder of all types to be subject to a background check during the purchasing process.
    Obviously, this will raise the price of gunpowder and make ordering online nearly impossible.
    Currently, a person may have 50lbs of black powder on hand. This is an amount that would be appropriate for shooters who like to reload their own ammo to save money and create more accurate cartridges.
    The full press release from the senator’s office is below:
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—In the wake of the deadly bombing attacks in Boston, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced that he will reintroduce legislation he has proposed in a prior Congress to require that sales of explosive powder be subject to a background check. He will also file the legislation as an amendment to the gun violence prevention bill currently on the Senate floor.
    Current law allows an individual to purchase as much as 50 pounds of explosive “black powder” without a background check, and also permits an individual to purchase unlimited amounts of dangerous “smokeless powder” and “black powder substitute” without a background check. Sen. Lautenberg’s proposal would change that and require a background check for any purchase of these explosive powders. These powders can be used as the explosive material in assembling pipe bombs, used in the Columbine school shooting, and pressure cooker bombs, which may have been used in the recent Boston attack.
    “It is outrageous that anyone, even a known terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosives without any questions asked,” said Senator Lautenberg. “If we are serious about public safety, we must put these common-sense safeguards in place. While the police have not revealed what specific explosive materials were used in Boston, what we do know is that explosive powder is too easy to anonymously purchase across the country.”
    Lautenberg will introduce the “Explosive Materials Background Check Act,” which will:
    • Require a background check to purchase black powder, black powder substitute, smokeless powder, or any other explosive, in any quantity;
    • Provide the Attorney General with the authority to stop the sale of explosives when a background check reveals that the applicant is a known or suspected terrorist and the Attorney General reasonably believes that the person may use the explosives in connection with terrorism; and
    • Make it illegal to manufacture homemade explosives without a permit.
    Lautenberg introduced a similar proposal in 2003 as part of his “Homeland Security Gun Safety Act of 2003.” Current law does not require an individual to produce a permit, identification or undergo a background check when purchasing up to fifty pounds of black powder. To make matters worse, no permit or background check is required for the purchase of any quantity of black powder substitute or smokeless powder. Current explosives laws also do not prevent the manufacture of homemade explosives without a license, unless the manufacturer is “engaged in the business” of making explosives.
    In October 2010, Sen. Lautenberg released a report, “Firearms, Explosives and Terrorists – A Looming Threat – A Major U.S. Vulnerability,” examining the dangers posed to the United States by terrorism attacks using explosives. The report points to the Mumbai attacks and attempted bombing in Times Square, as demonstrating the interest and ability of terrorists to launch attacks in the United States using explosives.

  2. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Explosives. Hm. Not BP, not smokeless powder, and not BP substitute. Already need permits for stuff like dynamite, in any quantity. Bungwit.
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  3. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Lautenberg is an Idiot.... Yes, Black Powder is a Class A Explosive, HOWEVER because it is, Retailers and Distributers are REQUIRED to have a ATF APPROVED Magazine to store such Energetic Materials. This is the main reason that REAL Black Powder is not found in MOST Retail Outlets. They just do NOT need the Hassles of an ATF APPROVED Magazine, just to sell a few pounds of Real BP. Especially when the BP Substitutes are available with only DOT ORM-D Transportation Restrictions, the same as any common Smokeless Powders and Ammunition requires. He will find that such Legislation will be fought with equal, or higher vigor, than what they found in the Expanded Background Check Bills, were.
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  4. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    But people are stupid an uneducated... This might pass...
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  5. CaboWabo5150

    CaboWabo5150 Hell's coming with me

    Lautenberg, Feinstein, Shumer, ect... Great example of why there should be term limits.
  6. STANGF150

    STANGF150 Knowledge Seeker

    Term limits hell, I believe in Rope Limits!!! As in the length needed to hang them! All politicians need hung, sum just take a lil longer than others to deserve it.
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  7. Harbin

    Harbin Monkey+

    Another stupid knee jerk reaction to show his constituents he is doing something to give them a pseudo safe feeling. In the end, this too will do nothing to protect.

    All those applause for the leos on the news in Boston made me think of that line from star wars, can't remember it exactly but something like "democracy dies with thunderous applause".
  8. "Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficient. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding."
    -- Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
  9. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Well I guess his next step is to require background checks on pie , pressure cookers, cellphones, wire, batteries, egg timers etc... because they have all been used in making bombs
  10. STANGF150

    STANGF150 Knowledge Seeker

    Oh Crap!!! *hides his Egg Timer*
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  11. Rabid

    Rabid Monkey

    There will soon be a law against having sulphur and charcoal. After that sitcks and stones.
  12. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

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  13. Hazmat54

    Hazmat54 Monkey+++

    Dang. This is bad for us HP rocketry people also. The Tripoli rocketry society had a long running battle with BATF which we finally won. Just got my level 2 certification last year.

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  14. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    Careful if you have a 1/4 oz parachute charge you can be busted for WMD...
  15. mysterymet

    mysterymet Monkey+++

    Don't fart too loud or you will be accused of chemical warfare.
  16. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    i think that would be "Biological weapon" or a "Weapon of Mass Disruption"
  17. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    No problem, its sand powered.
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