Two proposed bills in Congress would completely overhaul the country’s gun laws – and they are terrifying

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressional lawmakers are pushing for significant gun control legislation and have introduced two bills aimed at sweeping overhauls of the nation’s current gun laws.

According to reports, a bi-partisan group of lawmakers, led by California Rep. Mike Thompson have reintroduced legislation that will require background checks for all gun purchasers. Thompson also leads the congressional task force on gun violence prevention. 

The legislation was first introduced in the House back in January 2019 following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The school shooting caused a wave of youth-led activism that rallied Democrats around gun control.

The legislation passed in the House in February 2019, making it the first significant piece of gun legislation to be approved by the House in nearly 25 years. However, when it made its way over to the Senate, it stalled. Thompson said in a statement:

“Time and time again, we have seen that the American people want universal background checks, in fact public polling shows that the majority of people, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents support this.”

He added:

“We began our work to combat the scourge of gun violence eight years ago after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and will not stop until we deliver for the American people.”

Reportedly, the bill is being co-sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; Democratic Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, Robin Kelly of Illinois, and Lucy McBath of Georgia. 

Republican Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan, Christopher Smith of New Jersey, and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania are also co-sponsoring the bill. In a separate matter, Majority Whip James Clyburn recently announced that he was going to re-introduce legislation that would close what has become known as the “Charleston loophole.”

Allegedly, that loophole allowed Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who killed nine people in 2015 at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., to buy a handgun even though he should have been barred from purchasing the weapon.

According to Clyburn, the House is expected to vote on that legislation in the coming week. He said in a statement:

“Enacting common-sense gun control measures is a priority for President Biden and his Democratic Congress and this legislation is a good first step.”

He added:

“A large majority of Americans, including gun owners, support universal background checks. This legislation is needed to keep weapons out of the hands of those who should not have them and save lives.”

The new legislation push on gun control comes as members of the Biden administration, including Susan Rice, head of the Domestic Policy Council and Cedric Richmond, the director of the Office of Public Engagement, have both met with representatives of groups pushing for stricter gun laws as well as community groups that are focused on violence prevention.

In a statement marking the third anniversary of the Parkland shooting, Biden called on Congress to:

“Enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.”

He added:

“We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change.” 

When asked about Biden’s timetable for passing such measures, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that throughout his career, Biden has advocated for “smart gun safety measures.” She added:

“He is not afraid of standing up to the NRA. He’s done it multiple times and won on background checks and a range of issues. And it is a priority to him on a personal level.”

Biden has a history of dealing with gun legislation. After the Sandy Hook shooting, President Obama dispatched Biden to lead the push for sweeping new gun laws. However, at that time the bill requiring expanded background checks died on the Senate floor.

As a senator in 1994, Biden sponsored the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which included a 10-year-ban on assault-style weapons. However, it also included some provisions that he has come to regret, including harsh penalties for drug-related crimes. 

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Bloomberg-backed gun control initiative: Demand credit card companies monitor gun purchases

February 22nd, 2021

Originally written by Larry Keane for our friends at National Shooting Sports Foundation.


Shannon Watts wants to know what’s in your wallet. Even more, she wants what’s in your wallet to decide what you can buy.

Michael Bloomberg’s front woman for his bought-and-paid-for gun control group Moms Demand Action is demanding credit card companies monitor and police cardholder purchases.

Specifically, she wants credit card companies to ban purchases of precursor firearm parts.

Watts derides them as so-called “ghost guns” and wants to ban their sale.  Her claim is that the ATF recovered 10,000 of these “ghost guns” last year, but those included firearms with obliterated serial numbers and older firearms not legally required to serialized.

Here’s the problem. It’s perfectly legal for anyone who can buy a gun to build their own at home.

She’s stomping her foot and demanding that credit card companies do what tech companies are doing. She wants them to dictate law and to be the arbiters of what’s legal, of what’s allowed and what rights law-abiding citizens can exercise.

Can I Buy a Law?

Watts proposes in a Business Insider op-ed that credit card companies deny purchases of precursor firearm parts.

She points to a lawsuit that her partner gun control organization Everytown for Gun Safety brought against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to force them to regulate 80 percent unfinished receivers as firearms.

She conveniently ignores that the Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss in a related and coordinated lawsuit filed by Giffords and the California Attorney General. ATF will soon file for summary judgment in the Everytown case.  

Among the several reasons the DOJ seeks to dismiss the case is the fact that a receiver blank is not a receiver under the law.

Once a firearm receiver crosses the so-called “80 percent” threshold for being finished, manufacturers are required by the law and ATF regulations to serialize the receiver because, under the law, it is a “firearm.”

Everytown’s lawsuit wants to force ATF to define a “frame or receiver” and any part “that is designed, intended, or marketed to be used in an assembled, operable firearm.”

Everytown’s definition would mean that a forging or billet, a solid un-machined block of metal with no holes drilled in it, that a manufacturer would purchase from a supplier, would itself be a “firearm” requiring the raw material supplier to have an ATF manufacturing license and mark and serialized the forging or billet with its name, location and a serial number.

This, of course, is not what the Gun Control Act requires. As ATF explains in moving to dismiss the Giffords case, “Congress has defined “firearm” with specificity as, inter alia, “(A) any weapon . . . which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive,” or “(B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon.”

In doing so, Congress changed the prior definition to explicitly exclude “‘any part or parts’ of a firearm,” other than a receiver…. A receiver blank may not “readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive,” is not “designed to . . . expel a projectile” in and of itself and is not itself a “receiver.”

It is therefore not a “firearm” within the meaning of the statute.”

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The ATF explains that a “receiver” is “[t]hat part of a firearm which provides housing for the hammer, bolt or breechblock, and firing mechanism, and which is usually threaded at its forward portion to receive the barrel” and how it determines when something is readily convertible. 

A forging and so-called “80 percent receivers” are clearly not readily convertible to fire a projectile and so therefore not a frame or receiver of a firearm.

Scaremongering Bogeyman

Home-built firearms have always been legal. Even before the founding of our nation, Americans were building and assembling firearms in their homes for their private use.

This is perfectly legal and is the practice predominantly of hobbyists.

The overwhelming majority of firearms in the United States are bought through retail purchases, which are completed with a face-to-face transfer and completed FBI background check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

This happened 21 million times last year.

Watts ignores that those who can’t buy a gun at retail also are barred from building and possessing a home-built firearm. If a person is prohibited from buying a firearm at retail, they are also prohibited from possessing a home-built firearm.

If a person builds their own firearm at home and sells those firearms to be “in the business” of making and selling a firearm, they must obtain a license from the ATF.

Being “in the business” without a license is a felony.

Dirty Deeds

Watts attempts to make the case that there’s a precedent for credit card companies to take active role with the abhorrent comparison of lawful firearm ownership with sex trafficking and pornography.

Watts’ ham-fisted attempt to denigrate law-abiding citizens is as crude as her comparison.

It shows that there is no brush too wide for her to use to tar the reputation of law-abiding citizens who choose to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Watts also shows that there’s no idea she’s not willing to co-opt to achieve her gun control agenda. This isn’t the first time the idea of having credit card companies police Americans’ private purchases was floated.

New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin pitched the idea in 2018. He attempted to publicly shame credit card companies for the horrific crimes committed by deranged individuals.

Spokespersons for both Visa and Mastercard rejected this idea then. They would be wise to do it again.

Michael Bloomberg, who writes the check for Watts’ Moms Demand, infamously admitted during a town hall even during his failed presidential bid that he had no problem being protected by guns. After all, he’s rich.

But Bloomberg has never had an issue with telling others how to live their lives.

Now, he’s got Watts selling his bad ideas of getting credit card companies to climb on board with his big brother gambit.

Watts might be playing from an outdated playbook, though.

This year is different. More than 8.4 million people who never owned a gun before 2020 now have one in their possession.

The likelihood of those people buying guns that cost hundreds to thousands of dollars in wads of cash is unlikely. They bought them with a credit card.

Guns are just today’s cause du jour.

After big tech colluded to silence dissent online, it’s not a stretch to see when those bankrolling these cancel culture campaigns move on from gun control and deny the ability to buy a fossil-fuel-powered car or purchase red meat or any other grievance they become offended by.

It took a judge to stop Bloomberg’s Big Gulp ban in New York City.

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