In Oregon, there is a bit of a legal rush going on to clarify some new state gun laws that potentially classify powder-actuated nail guns as a firearm. Being classified as a firearm, as the law is written, would thus require a criminal background check to purchase these tools. While this clearly wasn’t intended by lawmakers on either side of the proverbial aisle, it’s a “whoops” that all parties involved recognize needs to be fixed. According to an article in The Oregonian, current Oregon law–written into law last month–defines a firearm as a device that “by whatever name known, which is designed to expel a projectile by the action of powder.” That vague description is problematic for obvious reasons. While most nail guns used compressed air, some use electric power, some use gas and others deesigned for fastening to steel and concrete use a powder charge. Legislators are currently working to amend the original bill

Source: Background Checks for Nail Guns? – Fine Homebuilding

So as the law stands right now, anybody buying one of this guns at Home Depot without the proper background checks is breaking the law. And, of course, so is Home Depot for selling firearms without being a firearms dealer and performing the obligatory background checks.

And I believe that Nail Guns should go through background checks. Any gun that throws a projectile that can perforate concrete and steel, would easily defeat the body armor worn by police officers. Home Depot and other House Improvement Big Box Stores are actually illegally selling Cop Killer Guns and that must be stopped.

Call your state legislator and demand that all Nail Guns should go through Universal Background checks. Do not kowtow or surrender to the powerful Construction Lobby. Do it for the Children.

Via Grant Cunningham.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

6 thoughts on “Gotta love those Unintended Consequences”
  1. I’m so sick and tired of this. F*** Y**!!! If you cant understand how things affect the real world, you know no business passing laws for the rest of us to follow. NO!…..YOU GET WHAT YOU PASSED!!! The people of Oregon have only themselve’s to blame. Same with Colorado, when Magpul Pulled out…”WE’LL GIVE YOU AN EXEMPTION!”…NO….Its Over! When the voters of Oregon realize that they can no longer do construction projects, can no longer defend themselves, then someone will stand up…. Its over!

    1. I wanted to say that Colorado voters really aren’t to blame for what happened to them. I wanted to say that the law in question was passed despite the fact that it was unpopular, by a Senate majority leader who told his fellow anti-gun democrats to ignore the pressure and phone calls, and pass the law anyway. It was then singed by our feckless, gutless piece of $#!+ governor.

      I wanted to say all that. Except that, when given the chance to un-elect the anti-gun governor, they didn’t. When given the chance to keep the pro-gun state senator who replaced the anti-gun senate leader (who was defeated in an historic recall effort), they didn’t, instead voting back in an anti-gun democrat.

  2. It’s moments like this that I want full enforcement of the law. I want managers of home improvement stores arrested for illegal firearms sales. I want construction workers carrying nail gun arrested for illegal open carry. I want school kids in art class arrested for for possession of a firearm on school grounds for having a staple gun.

    People won’t learn just how bad some idiot politicians are, and how onerous some law are until those idiot laws are enforced against them. Make the liberals feel the pain of the laws that they pass.

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