We Already Have “Common Sense Gun Laws”

GUN CONTROL HOBBIT: “We just want common sense gun control.”

GUN OWNER: “You’ve already had it.”

GUN CONTROL HOBBIT: “We’ve had one, yes, but what about second common sense gun control?”

GUN OWNER: “You’ve had that too.”

GUN CONTROL HOBBIT: “What about third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh? Hm? What about them? ”

GUN OWNER: “You’ve had those too.”

GUN CONTROL HOBBIT: “Don’t be paranoid. No one is coming after your guns. All we want is a little more this time. Eventually we’ll stop… honest.”

GUN OWNER: “When there are no gun rights left?”

GUN CONTROL HOBBIT: “Correct. Then we’ll go after knives.”

GUN OWNER: “Whom do you serve?”

GUN CONTROL HOBBIT: “Saruman! I mean… you immature children need to have your dangerous toys taken away. You only want them because you’re compensating for having tiny, inadequate genitals.”

GUN OWNER: “You know you’re hobbits, right?”

GUN CONTROL HOBBIT: “That’s racist! Check your human privilege! Educate yourself!”

It doesn’t take too much effort to see that we already have more than a little common sense gun control. In fact, we have so much that Grabbers probably couldn’t stomach reading it all. Let’s have a look at what’s on the books.

National Firearms Act (1934)

“While the NFA was enacted by Congress as an exercise of its authority to tax, the NFA had an underlying purpose unrelated to revenue collection. As the legislative history of the law discloses, its underlying purpose was to curtail, if not prohibit, transactions in NFA firearms. The $200 making and transfer taxes on most NFA firearms were considered quite severe and adequate to carry out Congress’ purpose to discourage or eliminate transactions in these firearms. The $200 tax has not changed since 1934.”

See what they did there? They tried to make it so only rich people could have them. In 1934, $200 would have been a major obstacle for the average American. It was an attempt to ban by taxation.

https://www.atf.gov/rules-and-regulations/national-firearms-act

The NFA Handbook, provided in electronic form only, has a table of contents showing 207 pages. It identifies NFA-regulated weapons and devices, which include some shotguns, weapons made from shotguns, some rifles, weapons made from rifles, weapons described as “any other weapon”, machineguns, silencers, destructive devices, explosive devices, and large caliber weapons.

https://www.atf.gov/firearms/docs/atf-national-firearms-act-handbook-table-contents/download

If you think showing a state-issued ID is too great a burden to vote, how do you feel about filling out federal forms, passing a background check, and paying $200 for each ballot?

Federal Firearms Act of 1938

“The Federal Firearms Act (FFA) of 1938 required gun manufacturers, importers, and dealers to obtain a federal firearms license. It also defined a group of people, including convicted felons, who could not purchase guns, and mandated that gun sellers keep customer records. The FFA was repealed in 1968 by the Gun Control Act (GCA), though many of its provisions were reenacted by the GCA.”

http://time.com/5169210/us-gun-control-laws-history-timeline/

United States v. Miller (1939)

“The court stated that there was no evidence that a sawed off shotgun ‘has some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia,’ and thus ‘we cannot say that the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear such an instrument.’”

http://time.com/5169210/us-gun-control-laws-history-timeline/

Just so we’re clear, fully automatic weapons DO have a reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia.

So, either the court was right about its interpretation (which means the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear military weapons) or the court was wrong about its interpretation (which means suitability for military service is not the defining factor) and Miller got screwed by the Federal government.

Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968

Among other things, this law increased the minimum age to purchase a handgun to 21. It also prohibited interstate trade in handguns. Can anyone name another civil right unavailable to citizens until they are 21?

https://transition.fcc.gov/Bureaus/OSEC/library/legislative_histories/1615.pdf

Gun Control Act of 1968

“This Legislation regulated interstate and foreign commerce in firearms, including importation, “prohibited persons”, and licensing provisions. (The Gun Control Act of 1968) imposes stricter licensing and regulation on the firearms industry, establishes new categories of firearms offenses, and prohibits the sale of firearms and ammunition to felons and certain other prohibited persons. It also imposes the first Federal jurisdiction over “destructive devices,” including bombs, mines, grenades and other similar devices. Congress reorganizes ATU into the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division (ATTD) and delegates to them the enforcement of the Gun Control Act.”

https://www.atf.gov/rules-and-regulations/gun-control-act

Firearm Owners Protection Act (1986)

“In 1986, this Act amended the NFA definition of ‘silencer’ by adding combinations of parts for silencers and any part intended for use in the assembly or fabrication of a silencer. The Act also amended the GCA to prohibit the transfer or possession of machineguns. Exceptions were made for transfers of machineguns to, or possession of machineguns by, government agencies, and those lawfully possessed before the effective date of the prohibition, May 19, 1986.”

https://www.atf.gov/rules-and-regulations/national-firearms-act

Law Enforcement Officer Protection Act (1986)

“Amends the Federal criminal code to define “armor-piercing ammunition as projectiles constructed from specified material which may be used in handguns. Excludes from the definition: (1) shotgun shot required by Federal or State regulations for hunting; (2) frangible projectiles for target shooting; or (3) projectiles that the Secretary of the Treasury determines are primarily intended for sporting purposes or industrial use.

Makes it unlawful for any person to manufacture or import armor-piercing ammunition. Allows for: (1) the manufacture or importation of armor-piercing ammunition for the use of the United States or any State or local government; (2) the manufacture for the sole purpose of exportation; and (3) the manufacture or importation for testing or experimentation authorized by the Secretary. Allows for the sale and delivery of armor-piercing ammunition for these purposes.

Establishes a licensing fee of $1,000 per year for manufacturers and importers of armor-piercing ammunition.”

https://www.congress.gov/bill/99th-congress/house-bill/3132

Undetectable Firearms Act (1988):

“Amends the Federal criminal code to make it unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer, or receive any firearm: (1) which is not as detectable as the Security Exemplar (after the removal of grips, stocks, and magazines) by walk-through metal detectors calibrated and operated to detect the Exemplar; or (2) of which any major component, when subjected to inspection by x-ray machines commonly used at airports, does not generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of the component.”

https://www.congress.gov/bill/100th-congress/house-bill/4445

Gun-Free School Zones Act (1990):

“Amends the Federal criminal code to impose criminal penalties for the possession or discharge of a firearm in a school zone, with specified exceptions, including the possession or discharge by an individual as part of a school program or by a law enforcement officer acting in an official capacity.”

Does anyone know of a case where a would-be mass murderer was stymied by this legislation?

https://www.congress.gov/bill/101st-congress/senate-bill/2070

Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (1993)

“The Brady Law imposed as an interim measure a waiting period of 5 days before a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer may sell, deliver, or transfer a handgun to an unlicensed individual. The waiting period applies only in states without an acceptable alternate system of conducting background checks on handgun purchasers. The interim provisions of the Brady Law became effective on February 28, 1994, and ceased to apply on November 30, 1998. While the interim provisions of the Brady Law apply only to handguns, the permanent provisions of the Brady Law apply to all firearms.”

https://www.atf.gov/rules-and-regulations/brady-law

Federal Assault Weapons Ban (1994–2004)

“The provisions of the bill outlawed the ability to ‘manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon,’ unless it was ‘lawfully possessed under Federal law on the date of the enactment of this subsection.’ Nineteen military-style or ‘copy-cat’ assault weapons—including AR-15s, TEC-9s, MAC-10s, etc.—could not be manufactured or sold. It also banned ‘certain high-capacity ammunition magazines of more than ten rounds,’ according to a U.S. Department of Justice Fact Sheet.”

This was also known as the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which was a subsection of the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act. Democrats are really into banning guns based on appearance.

http://time.com/5169210/us-gun-control-laws-history-timeline/

Tiahrt Amendment (2003)

“The Tiahrt Amendment, proposed by Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), prohibited the ATF from publicly releasing data showing where criminals purchased their firearms and stipulated that only law enforcement officers or prosecutors could access such information.”

Doxing is not new, that’s why this amendment was necessary. Imagine being an honest gun dealer today, without such protection. The news expresses outrage over a trendy tragedy du jour. Then the threats pour in, choking your phone lines, your website, and your social media. Then the SJWs begin to protest outside your store: they block traffic and harass your customers at first, possibly assaulting, trying to provoke a reaction. Then the SJWs dox your customers and harass their employers. That’s the best case scenario. The Left has openly embraced violence through Antifa and other groups. Vandalism, assault, arson, bombing, vehicle attacks, and gun violence are not out of the question… and any response by the owner, the employees, or the customers will be probably be portrayed unfairly if at all possible.

http://time.com/5169210/us-gun-control-laws-history-timeline/

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (2005)

“(The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act prevents) gun manufacturers from being named in federal or state civil suits by those who were victims of crimes involving guns made by that company.”

This was necessary because lawsuits were being filed against lawful companies for the actions of unlawful individuals. What would the auto industry look like if car manufacturers and dealerships could be taken to court for damages caused by drivers convicted of crimes involving automobiles? The merits of the cases would be irrelevant; the expense of legal defense would crush such businesses (which, of course was the plan with firearms).

http://time.com/5169210/us-gun-control-laws-history-timeline/

District of Columbia v. Heller (2008)

The Left perpetually makes the absurd claim the Second Amendment—unlike every other civil right—was somehow a governmental right and not a right of the people. Heller affirmed the Second Amendment was an individual right unconnected with service in a militia.

http://time.com/5169210/us-gun-control-laws-history-timeline/

The Attempted Ban on Green Tip Bullets (2015)

Under the President Obama administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) proposed a ban on a very common 5.56 mm cartridge which had previously been exempt from the Law Enforcement Officer Protection Act due its widespread use in shooting sports. President Obama’s administration dropped the idea after private citizens, lobbyists, and 238 members of House of Representatives opposed it.

Regulations Banning Lead Ammunition on Federal and State Lands

President Obama’s administration banned the use of lead ammunition on most federal lands, it was later reversed by President Trump’s administration. A lead ammunition ban isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it does show there is no lack of governmental interference in weapons and ammunition.

http://www.nola.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2017/01/outgoing_obama_administration.html

But wait, there’s more!

The ATF provides a listing of State Laws and Published Ordinances. You can find the links here: https://www.atf.gov/firearms/state-laws-and-published-ordinances-firearms-32nd-edition

Alabama ……………………………………………………………………………….. 14 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Alaska…………………………………………………………………………………… 12 pages of Laws and Ordinances

American Samoa………………………………………………………………………. 4 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Arizona…………………………………………………………………………………. 14 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Arkansas……………………………………………………………………………….. 17 pages of Laws and Ordinances

California…………………………………………………………………………….. 158 pages of Laws and Ordinances

California Municipal…………………………………………………………………. 60 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Colorado……………………………………………………………………………….. 17 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Connecticut……………………………………………………………………………. 38 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Delaware………………………………………………………………………………. 17 pages of Laws and Ordinances

District of Columbia…………………………………………………………………. 30 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Florida………………………………………………………………………………….. 34 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Georgia…………………………………………………………………………………. 18 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Guam……………………………………………………………………………………. 12 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Hawaii…………………………………………………………………………………… 12 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Idaho……………………………………………………………………………………. 15 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Illinois…………………………………………………………………………………… 60 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Indiana………………………………………………………………………………….. 22 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Iowa…………………………………………………………………………………….. 11 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Kansas………………………………………………………………………………….. 15 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Kentucky……………………………………………………………………………….. 19 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Louisiana……………………………………………………………………………….. 13 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Maine…………………………………………………………………………………… 18 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Maryland………………………………………………………………………………. 47 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Massachusetts………………………………………………………………………… 49 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Michigan……………………………………………………………………………….. 47 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Minnesota……………………………………………………………………………… 29 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Mississippi…………………………………………………………………………….. 14 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Missouri………………………………………………………………………………… 19 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Northern Mariana Islands…………………………………………………………. 18 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Montana…………………………………………………………………………………. 8 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Nebraska……………………………………………………………………………….. 18 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Nevada…………………………………………………………………………………. 17 pages of Laws and Ordinances

New Hampshire……………………………………………………………………….. 7 pages of Laws and Ordinances

New Jersey…………………………………………………………………………….. 26 pages of Laws and Ordinances

New Mexico…………………………………………………………………………….. 7 pages of Laws and Ordinances

New York………………………………………………………………………………. 51 pages of Laws and Ordinances

North Carolina………………………………………………………………………… 25 pages of Laws and Ordinances

North Dakota…………………………………………………………………………. 12 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Ohio…………………………………………………………………………………….. 39 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Oklahoma……………………………………………………………………………… 28 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Oregon…………………………………………………………………………………. 20 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Pennsylvania………………………………………………………………………….. 26 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Puerto Rico……………………………………………………………………………. 18 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Rhode Island………………………………………………………………………….. 17 pages of Laws and Ordinances

South Carolina………………………………………………………………………… 21 pages of Laws and Ordinances

South Dakota…………………………………………………………………………. 11 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Tennessee……………………………………………………………………………… 24 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Texas……………………………………………………………………………………. 27 pages of Laws and Ordinances

US Virgin Islands……………………………………………………………………… 13 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Utah…………………………………………………………………………………….. 21 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Vermont…………………………………………………………………………………. 5 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Virginia…………………………………………………………………………………. 30 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Washington……………………………………………………………………………. 26 pages of Laws and Ordinances

West Virginia………………………………………………………………………….. 14 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Wisconsin……………………………………………………………………………… 27 pages of Laws and Ordinances

Wyoming………………………………………………………………………………… 5 pages of Laws and Ordinances

California has 218 pages of laws and ordinances. It has some of the country’s most extreme gun control laws, yet it still has plenty of shootings, even mass shootings. How is this possible? Cough—San Bernardino—cough!

https://www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/14/shooting-near-red-bluff-is-latest-in-a-long-list-of-firearm-assaults-in-california/

How many more gun control laws will be enough? Is there a magic number? If so, it must be pretty high. All of the laws on the books now don’t seem to be sufficient.

When a gun grabber says we need to take action, ask him or her, “What specifically should the law say?” Don’t let them get away with invoking the UK or Australia. Press them until they spell it out. Then ask them, “Are you sure that isn’t already a law? Let’s look together, shall we?” A quick web search may find that such a law is already on the books somewhere. California and New York are good places to look.

What do I know? I’m Justa Gaibroh.