J. Kb. already started with a great analysis and I am just going to throw in some thoughts I have. As usual IANAL warning and here is a link to the text of the bill. The comments are about what is published today and may not cover future changes in the bill.

(a) Banned hazardous products.—Notwithstanding section 3(a)(5)(E) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2052(a)(5)(E)), the following shall be considered banned hazardous products under section 8 of such Act (15 U.S.C. 2057):

This has been one of the Anti Gunners Holy Grails: to define firearms as hazardous products like cigarettes or dioxin. The way I am reading it, they are trying to make black come under the purview of not only ATF for regulation but also the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. It is the old lie that “a teddy bear is more regulated than guns” thing brought into law form. Adding another regulatory agency to the mix will slowly force people in the business to quit rather than deal with the tons of paperwork required plus the constant threat of jail whenever they change regulations and you missed it. This was done with great efficiency in Europe by the EEC and led to the closing of many small producers of wine for local consumption. The stack of paperwork having to be submitted several time a year was simply too much of a waste of time or money (hire experts) and many wine producers simply quit, and either switched crops or sold their land to (drum roll) big wine makers.

SEC. 3. Prohibition of advertising do-it-yourself assault weapons.
(a) In general.—It shall be unlawful to market or advertise, on any medium of electronic communications, including over the Internet, for the sale of any of the following:
(1) A firearm receiver casting or firearm receiver blank or unfinished handgun frame that—
(A) at the point of sale does not meet the definition of a firearm in section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code; and
(B) after purchase by a consumer, can be completed by the consumer to the point at which such casting or blank functions as a firearm frame or receiver for a semiautomatic assault weapon or machinegun or the frame of a handgun.
(2) An assault weapon parts kit.
(3) A machinegun parts kit.

This one is interesting in its wording. It only covers “electronic communication” and I wonder it is because the internet  does not have the body of First Amendment cases and Jurisprudence that would shut down this section on purely on Constitutional violations. The printed gun files lawsuits are still going on, right? Anyway, this is my take: they are throwing shit in the sink hoping with will clog the drain.

 

Requirement that homemade firearms have serial numbers
“(1) BAN ON MAKING FIREARM BEFORE OBTAINING SERIAL NUMBER.—
“(A) IN GENERAL.—It shall be unlawful for any person, in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, to make a firearm, unless the person has obtained a serial number and identifying mark for the firearm under this section.

With this one I am going with trying to “fix” the “fail” in the actual law the does not require a serial number for personally made firearms. Remember, serial numbers do not solve murders, but make easier for the government to know who owns what and that is all they care about come Confiscation day.

(d) Administrative provisions.—
“(1) ESTABLISHMENT OF TRACEABILITY SYSTEM.—
“(A) IN GENERAL.—Within 180 days after the date of the enactment of this section, the Attorney General shall, in consultation with licensed dealers, establish a system that enables the Attorney General to identify any licensed dealer who issues a serial number and identifying mark pursuant to this section.

See above. It is like we can smell the assholes’ intentions several states away.

(2) the term “assault weapon parts kit” means any part or combination of parts designed and intended to enable a consumer who possesses all such necessary parts to assemble a semiautomatic assault weapon;

This one is so generic is not even funny, specially with their definition of “semiautomatic assault weapon” that I will cover next. From a new sight to even a 10 round magazine can be considered a part and thus banned. I have not checked if there is a grandfather provision in this bill, but if not, every single magazine in your possession will probably end you with a felony.

 

(4) the term “semiautomatic assault weapon” means—
(B) a semiautomatic pistol that has—
(i) the capacity to accept a detachable ammunition feeding device; and
(ii) any one of the features described in subsection (b);
(b) Special features of a semiautomatic pistol.—The special features described in subsection (a)(3)(B)(ii) are—
(1) an ammunition magazine that attaches to the pistol outside of the pistol grip;
(2) a threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer;
(3) a shroud that is attached to, or partially or completely encircles, the barrel and that permits the shooter to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned;
(4) a second hand grip;
(5) a manufactured weight of 50 ounces or more when the pistol is unloaded; and
(6) a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm.

This is straight out Dianne Feinstein AWB 2 bill that died an inglorious death during the Obama administration. This is not an attack on AR pistols or AK pistols alone but most  semi auto pistols. Are there 1911s, Glocks and Berettas that shoot full auto? Well my Lord yes there are!  The Democrats get to ban the three most popular semi-automatic pistols in America! Hallelujah!

Is anybody still thinking this is just about Evil Black Military-style rifles that have no business in our streets?

To be continued.

 

 

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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.

20 thoughts on “My intitial thoughts on HR 7115 (Part 1)”
  1. “(2) a threaded barrel capable of accepting a barrel extender, flash suppressor, forward handgrip, or silencer;”

    Forward hand grip attached to a threaded barrel? Is this really a thing? Maybe someone from USA Today was helping them with the possible modifications.

    1. C’mon, ya’ll. Clearly the intent is to cast the net WIDE. Doesn’t matter if you wouldn’t use a threaded barrel to install a fore-grip, cover everything no matter if ridiculous.

  2. So basically, when the Democrats manage to steal Presidency and have both houses of Congress, we’ll be looking at a full semi-auto ban.

    Any contemplation I had about moving out of New York has pretty much been quelled by the reality that one day, there won’t be anywhere to run to.

  3. CT has an assault weapons parts provision. Afaik nothing has come of it or anyone has been prosecuted for having assault weapons parts at this time.

    You wanna talk about vauge, arbitrary, and capricious, this is it.

  4. As an 07 manufacturer, when I build a machine gun or sbr it is already serial number and marked with my info. I have 48 hours to go on to ATF site and register it.
    I dont see this going anywhere IF. We the People flood congress with phone and email NO.

    1. I’m trying not to be pessimistic about this, but I can’t shake the reality of this one bit of advice:

      Never underestimate the stupidity of RINO squishes in Congress-sized groups.

  5. The way I read it, special feature 1 outlaws the Mouser “Broomhandle”. Special feature 2 effectively outlaws suppressors by outlawing any handgun that could use a suppressor.
    As for a ban on advertising a product, that should make an entertaining 1st Amendment case.

    1. “Common-sense” restrictions on advertising cigarettes have been upheld. I’m guessing that one reason (of many) they’re trying to classify firearms/ammunition as “hazardous materials”, just like cigarettes and dioxin, is to provide a judicial path to uphold such First Amendment violations based on prior precedent, especially in the Nutty Ninth Circuit.

      1. Just because the courts shat all over the Constitution in the name of anti-smoking policies doesn’t make those decisions valid, any more than they would be if they were made this time around.

        1. Agreed. The all-too-common sentiment that the courts will fix everything is foolhardy at best. We cannot depend on the judicial system to uphold our rights – no, not even with the Trump Administration stacking the federal courts (a temporary reprieve at most). At the direction and rate we’re going, eventually, we’ll have to demand their recognition…

          … by force, if necessary, though I pray to God it never comes to that.

          But the “Progressive” Left is not taking the hints we’re dropping, or leaving us alone.

  6. There’s a hidden bomb in banning sale of “ any part or combination of parts designed and intended to enable a consumer who possesses all such necessary parts to assemble a semiautomatic assault weapon;

    It makes it illegal to work on your own guns. You can’t change out a barrel, replace a trigger, anything, if you have to get Fed approval for all those things. At best, this makes everything go through a licensed gunsmith. Gunsmiths might like that, or some of them might. The rest of us, not so much.

    It also sounds like serializing every single spring, every single pin, screw and everything else in a gun. How else do you cover “any part or combination of parts”?

    Right now, if you were notified to turn in a gun with a certain serial number, the only thing you need to turn in is the serialized part. Generally the receiver. If you were asked to turn in an AR-15, you take off the upper, take out the trigger group, and strip it down to the serialized lower receiver. That’s the gun Now you take the parts, finish the 80% lower you’ve been using as a paperweight, and you’re back where you were.

  7. You can respond by turning in your weapons and relocating into ghettos. Or you can respond by ignoring such a law, like you ignored additional gun registration in Connecticut in 2014 and California in 2018. I predict this second option will occur.

    Let them steal the Florida election, let them outlaw guns, let them pass whatever laws they want. If they try to push the Overton window faster or farther than it will go, they look like Wile E. Coyote running off the cliff and standing on air.

  8. In the last 100 years, the common man’s travel speed increased from horses to intercontinental airlines. Yet in the same timeperiod, the common man’s personal self-defense weapon improved from a handgun, to a handgun which doesn’t fire when dropped. Gun control has been the first world’s governments’ most successful policy.

    Imagine suppressed .22 shorts tipped with nonlethal but instantly disabling jellyfish sting, or the self-contained tasers currently sold in 12 gauge shrunk to 9mm. Imagine drones with heat vision cameras and pistols with disabling rounds patrolling your property. CO2 metal-cutting lasers mounted in ground turrets like pop-up sprinklers. Claymore mines mounted under the front walk’s paving stones, pointed up. Every time someone innovates, the junior G-man government-obeyers squeal on them.

    Can someone explain the moral argument which claims it’s valid to disobey gun control, but invalid to disobey anything the slightest bit less immediate than gun control? Why is it morally invalid to disobey, and defend your successful disobedience, of the Affordable Care Act, which banned major medical health insurance? Aren’t you more likely to suffer a car crash than bankrupts you, than a murderous attack by a gunman?

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