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.