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Quick look at H.R.7910, Passed by the House on June 8, 2022

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On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7910, euphemistically titled “Protecting Our Kids Act”, 223 for to 204 against. The bill was passed primarily along party lines with Democrats voting for it and Republicans voting against it.

The bill is a collection of long-standing Progressive efforts to restrict American people from having access to some of the most popular rifles and shotguns in the country. 

As has become the norm, Progressives are using a rare, emotional event to push sweeping legislation across the finish line, which could not be done through reasoned debate.

This is precisely the opposite of how legislative decisions should be made. It maximizes the power of the Media to control legislation through emotional manipulation.  The Congressional Budget Office lists the primary effects of the legislation. From the Congressional Budget Office (cbo.com):

H.R. 7910 would change federal gun laws by creating new federal crimes and expanding federal firearms regulations. Specifically, the bill would:

  • Raise the purchasing age for semiautomatic rifles from 18 to 21;
  • Ban the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, and possession of large-capacity ammunition feeding devices;
  • Establish new federal crimes for gun trafficking and straw purchases;
  • Require gun owners to meet residential gun storage requirements and establish criminal penalties for violating those requirements;
  • Require registration of existing bump-stock-type devices under the National Firearms Act and bar the manufacture, sale, or possession of new bump-stock-type devices for civilian use; and
  • Change the definition of “ghost gun” and require background checks on all firearm sales.

Having quickly read the bill, this correspondent notes the bill also raises the purchasing age for semi-auto shotguns. The broad language of the bill would have far reaching effects. From the bill: 

 “(B) any semiautomatic centerfire rifle or semiautomatic centerfire shotgun that has, or has the capacity to accept, an ammunition feeding device with a capacity exceeding 5 rounds, to any individual who the licensee knows or has reasonable cause to believe has not attained 21 years of age and is not a qualified individual; or

The bill would grandfather in existing “large-capacity” ammunition feeding devices.  This shows how ineffective this measure would be. There are hundreds of millions of magazines with capacity of more than five rounds existing in the United States. 

In the “gun trafficking section, the bill bans the gift of firearms between anyone but closely related family members.  

The bill would require all firearms, except those legally in existence prior to 1968, to have a government mandated serial number. Privately made firearms which do not have government approved serial numbers would become contraband.

The bill places “bump stocks” broadly defined, into the same category as National Firearms Act items such as machineguns, short barreled rifles and shotguns, and silencers. 

The sale of all firearms would require approval through the government before being consummated, essentially eliminating the private sale of firearms.  As all firearms other than those manufactured before December, 1968, which were not required to have serial numbers, would be required to have a government approved serial number installed, this creates a potential registration system.

There are some less prominent parts of the bill. It creates a fund for “buy-backs” of ammunition feeding devices. “Buy back” is an Orwellian term. Most of those items were never owned by the government to begin with, so they cannot be “bought back”. 

The bill expands the definition of an “undetectable firearm” to any “major component” which is “undetectable” by the previous standards, and exempts government agents from penalties for possession of “undetectable firearms”. This may effectively outlaw composite receivers and may outlaw some carbon fiber barrels with a liner.

The bill mandates “safe storage” of firearms in homes where anyone under the age of 18 is living. 

Commentary: 

The overall thrust of the bill is to put the federal government firmly in control of the ownership and sale of firearms in the United States, effectively nullifying the Second Amendment. 

The bill seems unlikely to pass the Senate. The votes of 60 senators would be required to overcome the Senate filibuster rule. 

The danger is some Republicans would cave to the Media pressure to “do something”, which always seems to move toward total government control.

©2022 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included.

Gun Watch



Source: http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/2022/06/quick-look-at-hr7910-passed-by-house-on.html


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    • Bob DD

      “A rare emotional event—-or “alleged one?”

    • Odysseus

      The ‘Residential Lock Provision’ was originally contingent on children under the age of 18 being in (or reasonably expected to be within) the house in question of the owner…but they then removed this provision…not sure if they put it back, modified it, or left it out.
      I know FOR A FACT that they DID add the ‘Red Law’ adder to it…that if someone was deemed ‘a threat’ or had a ‘history of mental illness’, that they could have their firearms removed from their dwelling as a result…and that the Democrats are now calling this ‘a Bipartisan Support Bill’…
      Now…about Uvalde, and how this 18-year old came up with $5,200 to purchase NOT ONE, BUT TWO AR’s to conduct this attack with…I guess we won’t trouble poor Latinos with ‘funding source’…or that he had a record for cutting up his own face ‘for fun’, or that he has a record of threatening sexual assault on women ON-LINE…as in-any-way violating such ‘Red Law’ provisions.
      What you will find, if this goes forward, is that like all other laws that COULD keep us safe (and that already exist), no liberal attorney or judge is going to ENFORCE the sentencing to actually STOP any crimes or punish those that do them, in the future! This isn’t about protecting you…this is all about generating GREATER PERSONAL PROFIT AND GAINS for the Judicial System!

      • Patrick

        Remember “theatre of the absurd” that is what the Uvalde and Buffalo mass shootings are imo . To base new gun laws on false events only weakens America’s ability to defend itself . Crisis actors and child trafficing made Uvalde believable . However the child victim’s of Uvalde appear to be missing their birth certificates , see for yourself !

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