H.R. 225 Bill Addressing Interstate Firearm Transportation Introduced

H/T AmmoLand.

If this bill crosses the President’s desk after January 20,2021 it will be DOA.

 

New Jersey – -(AmmoLand.com)- In the midst of an already shaky legislative session both politically and socially speaking, bills are still being introduced in dribs and drabs.  There is a lot of doom and gloom in both arenas, as we as  Americans, try to wrap our heads around recent events.  Some things are business as usual, and really, given the history of this proposed bill, it should not be…The passage of this bill is long overdue.

 

On January 6, 2021, Representative Morgan Griffith [R-VA9] has reintroduced “H.R. 225: To amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, to more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms or ammunition”.

As American gun owners, we are currently protected by law when transporting firearms interstate from one location which we can legally have them to another location where we can legally have them.  This may not seem like a big deal in certain geographic areas, however, it offers many much-needed protections for those traveling through states with varying laws and really, varying levels of respect of the Second Amendment.

Looking at the bill history, similar bills have been introduced in every congress going back to 2012.  With hot button topics such as nationwide concealed carry reciprocity taking the center stage, H.R. 225 still has plenty of important relief to offer.  In particular, when traveling, the protections afforded in this bill will protect someone’s ability to stay overnight in a state they are traveling through which may be hostile to civil rights.  From the text of a former version of this bill filed in the last session:

In subsection (a), the term transport includes staying in temporary lodging overnight, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, and any other activity incidental to the transport…

This provision is very helpful to safeguard the rights of gun owners on long road trips.  Take for example someone driving from Maine to Florida.  A concealed carry permit holder of both of these states would have to travel through many states that have unconstitutional laws.  If a motorist needs to stop for gas or stay overnight in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, or Maryland through the course of their travels, they are being left subjugated to draconian laws with still felony penalties.

And this is not some Chicken Little view, not when over the years there were a series of several suspect stops in Maryland dealing with the presumption of firearm possession-based solely on the fact someone had a concealed carry permit [or just an NRA sticker].  From a 2015 Washington Times article, “A Case for National Reciprocity, MD Police Target Concealed Carry Holder’s Guns”:

John Filippidis of Florida was driving south with his family on Interstate 95 when the Maryland Transportation Authority Police pulled over his black Ford Expedition and proceeded to raid it while his twins, wife and daughter looked on — separated in the back seats of different police cruisers.

The officers were searching for Mr. Filippidis‘ Florida-licensed, palm-size Kel-Tec .38 semi-automatic handgun, which he left at home locked in his safe. (Maryland does not recognize handgun permits issued by other states.)

When the search turned up nothing, Mr. Filippidis, 51, was allowed to go and was issued only a speeding warning.

From the article, a very compelling question is asked: “How did the police know he was licensed for concealed carry, and what right did they have to search through his personal items on the side of the busy interstate…”? 

Abuses of information and 4th amendment rights violations are just some of the problems gun owners face in today’s society.  On a personal level, a friend was once pulled over in Massachusetts heading from Maryland to Vermont and the officer demanded to be able to search his vehicle.  What was the just cause of the stop?  He had a camouflage jacket in plain view in the rear window of his pickup truck.  He was without a firearm and acquiesced to the search, but we as citizens of a free nation should not be threatened by such illegal practices.

Some of the other text of the formerly proposed bill seems to protect the style of firearm as well as the magazines:

A person who is transporting a firearm, ammunition, magazine, or feeding device may not be arrested or otherwise detained for violation of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof related solely to the possession, transportation, or carrying of firearms, ammunition, magazine, or feeding device unless there is probable cause to believe that the person is doing so in a manner not provided for in subsection (a).

Without a critical and judicial review of the text, on face value, it appears people will be able to drive through states like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, etc. with their standard capacity magazines above 10 rounds, and hollow-point ammunition, etc.

Takedown Briefcase AR15 Rifle
Briefcase AR15 Rifle – Planes, Trains and Guns

If there is a time that lawful gun owners need more protection, that time would be now.

With constant assaults by financial institutes, governmental agencies, executive overreach, judges legislating from the bench, and continuing to deal with irrational and erroneous “screaming Mommy’s” from the ilk of Moms Demand Action, Handgun Control Inc. (Brady), Giffords, et.al. things like the interstate of lawful transport of firearms need to be protected in a more affirmative manner.  As it is today, too much is left for interpretation.

Representative Griffith does have an insurance policy built into the law to act as an incentive for overreaching police to comply:

When a person asserts this section as a defense in a criminal proceeding, the prosecution shall bear the burden of proving, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the conduct of the person did not satisfy the conditions set forth in subsection (a).

(3)When a person successfully asserts this section as a defense in a criminal proceeding, the court shall award the prevailing defendant a reasonable attorney’s fee.

Legislators like Griffith need to be commended and support for this bill and bills like it need to be known by our leaders.  Reach out to Griffith to thank him for having the moral fortitude to continue the tradition of introducing this bill and reach out to your lawmakers to get them onboard.  This is about respect, the 2nd Amendment, and the 4th Amendment, to name a few rights that will be further protected.

The law-abiding population deserves this, and it’s unfortunate that it needs to be even discussed.

David Hogg, Beclowns Himself, Advocating For Stupid Policy

H/T Bearing Arms.

David Camera Hogg’s fifteen minutes of fame has long pasted he needs to STFU and go away.

David Hogg has never really covered himself in glory. Oh, if you agree with him, you think he’s great. Then again, you’re also probably part of the small segment of society that actually believes those stories about five-year-old kids supposedly asking supposedly poignant and inciteful questions about various policies.

See, all Hogg did was go to a high school where something bad happened. He turned that into a career advocating for gun control, even though he really didn’t understand the subject in the least.

 

Now, he’s still going at it, but yesterday, he decided to push for something that took the stupid so far beyond his usual brand, I had to say something.

Yes, he actually wrote that crap. It’s a wonder he’s capable of mastering human speech.

See, in David’s world, people go to gun stores and obtain a firearm through legal means simply to commit crimes. Yes, there are a select few people who do just that. They represent a tiny slice of those who commit violent crimes with firearms each and every year.

Most of those injured or killed in violent firearm-related crimes are hurt with guns obtained through illegal means–either through stealing a firearm from a law-abiding citizen or off the black market.

I assure you, no one buying a gun on the black market is going to get insurance.

Now, I can see the desire to have some mechanism for the victims of violent crimes to not be saddled with the expenses that arise from medical treatment for their injuries. I get it.

The problem is, ideas like this–and Hogg isn’t the first to talk about this–is that it’s predicated on an idea that law-abiding citizens aren’t really law-abiding. For something like this to have any impact, the good guys with guns would really have to be bad guys and be shooting up the place. That’s simply not what’s happening and any realistic look at the data can tell you that.

But for people like Hogg and his anti-gun buddies, it’s about what it’s always about. It’s about making things more difficult for the law-abiding citizen.

It’s funny, though. David Hogg also tweets a lot of other progressive politics, suggesting that he’s all kinds of worried about poor people. What he doesn’t get is that this very policy would have a deeper impact on poor Americans living in more crime-ridden neighborhoods. They may not be able to afford to move, but they can afford a shotgun or a cheap handgun.

Yet by requiring insurance, these income disadvantaged gun owners would now have to factor in insurance costs into purchasing a gun, leaving many of them disarmed in the face of numerous criminals.

In other words, David and his crowd love poor people just so long as they know their place.

Honestly, ideas like these aren’t remotely serious. Sure, those who espouse them think they’re serious, but they’re not.

All they are is another way for anti-gunners to try and punish gun owners for the unforgivable sin of having a firearm.

Biden’s Call To “Defeat The NRA” A Warning For All Gun Owners

H/T Bearing Arms.

It is Joe Pee Pads Biden’s wet dream to be able to say he defeated the NRA.

Below are links to Second Amendment groups.

I am going to add one more and you do not need to be Jewish to join JPFO.org.

We already know that Joe Biden ran on the most anti-gun platform of any presidential candidate in American history, but if gun owners had any doubt about the sincerity of the next president’s desire to attack the right to keep and bear arms, Biden’s tweet on Friday pledging to “defeat the NRA” should put those doubts to rest.

The National Rifle Association responded to Biden’s message in a tweet of its own on Sunday, urging members and gun owners to stay engaged in the political fights ahead.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?creatorScreenName=BearingArmsCom&dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1348411742729199617&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fbearingarms.com%2Fcam-e%2F2021%2F01%2F11%2Fbiden-call-defeat-nra-warning-gun-owners%2F&siteScreenName=BearingArmsCom&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=500px

The NRA isn’t the only Second Amendment organization reacting to Biden’s threat. Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, says that Biden may have called out the NRA by name, but the upcoming political assault on the right to keep and bear arms is going to be directed against every American gun owner.

“Joe Biden has labored relentlessly for decades to reduce the Second Amendment to rubble,” Gottlieb stated. “He may attack one group by name, but his goal is to crush the rights of every gun owner in our country. 

“By attacking the Second Amendment Rights of 100 million Americans,” Gottlieb continued, “Biden is not bringing us together but dividing us further. If people take to the streets in protest, if violence occurs it will be his fault and he should be impeached for violating our constitutional rights and inciting violence. Maybe it is time to ban him from Twitter and Facebook!”

Gottlieb says that SAF is kicking off a major advertising effort aimed at recruiting tens of thousands of gun owners into its 2nd Amendment First Responder program; a grassroots effort that empowers gun owners to use their voice in the political process. The 60-second commercial will air on several national networks, including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, One America News Network, CNBC, and HLN, and urges gun owners and Second Amendment supporters to get involved by texting PROTECT 2A to 474747. 

“Joe Biden isn’t fooling anybody,” Gottlieb observed. “He spent 47 years on Capitol Hill trying to turn the right to keep and bear arms into a regulated privilege. Now that he’s headed to the White House, he thinks he will be able to complete his mission. We’re working to swell the ranks of our 2nd Amendment First Responder project to stop him.

We’re in an all-hands-on-deck situation right now, and I’d echo the calls from the NRA and the SAF to get involved now. I’d also encourage all gun owners to join a state-level 2A org as well that will be able to keep you updated on good and bad bills dropping in your statehouse.

No matter how depressed, discouraged, or downtrodden you feel about the prospect of being able to defeat gun control legislation right now, the simple fact is that politics never stops. Disengaging from the political process only hurts our own cause. Even during the War of Independence and the Civil War we had elections and legislative sessions, so I feel confident in stating that the political process is going to continue during this period of unrest and uncertainty.

We need to be in the arena and not on the sidelines as state legislatures return to session and Democrats in control of Congress plan on their priorities for the coming months, and gun owners need to be unified in their opposition to any bill that seeks to address public safety by restricting the constitutionally protected rights of the People.

**Update**

Since this post is getting quite a bit of traction, I’m going to add links to some of the bigger 2A groups to make it easier for you to join and get involved.

National Rifle Association

Second Amendment Foundation

Firearms Policy Coalition

Gun Owners of America

Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, where, in full disclosure, I am an unpaid member of the board of directors.

Get Ready for the Biden Administration’s Assault on Gun Makers

H/T The Truth About Guns.

It is going to be a long dark and hard years for gun manufacturers and gun owners under Joe Pee Pads Biden and that crazy bastard Robert Francis O’Rourke.

Whether or not President Biden and gun czar Beto aim for a program of national gun confiscation, we should expect some sort of major crackdown against the Second Amendment and against our other liberties. The congressmen who ducked, covered, and cowered – in now iconic photos – when protestors entered Capitol Hill will almost certainly draw the wrong conclusions. They will not – like Congresswoman Lauren Boebert – realize that their safety is fundamentally in their own hands and therefore carry arms and fight for the right of all Americans to do so.

No, they will act based on an intensified fear and perhaps even loathing of their fellow citizens after seeing what some of them proved capable of. The left will attack the First and Second Amendment at the same time, arguing that the free flow of information is dangerous in a country where citizens are armed and can take up action against perceived tyranny.

We’ve already seen what private tech companies are willing to do to curtail First Amendment freedoms, and we’ll soon find out what Democrats on Capitol Hill want to do to eviscerate the Second Amendment.

The Biden campaign promised to “hold gun manufacturers accountable.” Certainly, car manufacturers are – and should be – accountable when a defect that they knew about gets people killed. But we don’t hold Toyota accountable when someone drives drunk and kills a pedestrian. If we did, then Toyota wouldn’t exist.

That’s exactly what the Democrats are hoping to do with gun companies like Remington. They want to blame them and fine them for every time a gun crime is committed. If they did that, then gun companies would have almost no choice but to go out of existence. And – believe me – there is really a clear path to this actually happening. The Democrats now have a majority in the House and Senate. While they maybe couldn’t pass a bill that says this directly, they are savvy enough to find some small bit of language to insert into some unrelated bill, which federal rule-making agencies would then use to make a regulation – working hand-in-glove with anti-gun lawyers – to set the stage for a legal assault against gun manufacturers.

Rogue ATF Agents are Cracking Down on Legal Guns in Anticipation` of Biden Admin

H/T AmmoLand.

It will only get worse under Joe Pee Pads Biden’s regime.

 

Honest citizens should enjoy the right to assemble their own firearms for lawful purposes, and they should be able to do so without being terrorized by their government.” — GOA’s Erich Pratt, AmmoLand, December 11, 2020.

ATF Agent NRA-ILA
GOA and other pro-2A groups are suing the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives.

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- On Thursday, federal agents raided the headquarters of Polymer80, one of the largest manufacturers of homemade firearm accessories.

 

For years, Polymer80 has been producing “80% complete” lower receivers which the ATF determined to be incomplete and non-regulatable by the ATF as firearms. These receivers require holes to be drilled and surfaces filed before they become an actual, usable receiver, hence the term 80% receiver.

You might have heard an anti-gunner refer to a completed homemade firearm as a “ghost gun” before.

According to the ATF in numerous letters to Polymer80, their 80% receivers did not require a manufacturer’s license, the unconstitutional Pittman-Robertson tax, a serial number, or a NICS check before purchase.

Anti-gunners have been advocating for a ban on homemade firearms for years, even recently appealing to the Trump Administration.

Once again, the ATF appears to be reversing its longstanding interpretive guidance and is arbitrarily redefining a crucial term to enact a gun ban.

ATF is Expanding its Crackdown

AmmoLand News broke the news yesterday that ATF is raiding more companies than just Polymer80:

The ATF did raid or show up at other companies that sell other kits that include 80% part kits, barrels, and slides that are not Polymer80. AmmoLand News sources inside the ATF say that the agency is now considering 80% kits with all the parts needed to finish a pistol as a firearm. None of the companies had any warning on the change to ATF’s regulations before actual agents showed up making attempts to retrieve customer information.

Apparently, the ATF now considers an 80% lower receiver sold with a parts kit — such as the one offered by Polymer80 as a Buy Build Shoot Kit — to be a firearm requiring a background check. .

But the statute defining a firearm hasn’t changed.

ATF Leadership 2020 Acting Director Regina Lombardo & Associate Deputy Director Marvin Richardson
ATF Leadership 2020 Acting Director Regina Lombardo & Associate Deputy Director Marvin Richardson

What did change?

ATF is arbitrarily redefining firearms using interpretive guidance. Acting Director of the ATF Regina Lombardo must feel emboldened by the apparent victory of presidential candidate Joe Biden.

In November, she even began working early with the “Biden Transition Team.”

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Her reported priorities? Pistol braces and 80% receivers.

But this is more than cooperating with a transition team. Lombardo has begun advancing the Biden-Harris gun control agenda during the Trump Administration!

Take action and tell President Trump to fire Acting Director of the ATF Regina Lombardo and her anti-gun subordinates responsible for this anti-Second Amendment attack on homemade firearms.

These anti-gunners have got to go!

In liberty,

Aidan Johnston
Director of Federal Affairs
Gun Owners of America

PS: If any readers have been contacted by ATF regarding 80% receivers or Polymer80 products please contact AmmoLand News.


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Get Ready for the Biden Gun Grab

H/T Town Hall.

Joe Pee Pads Biden is having wet dreams about his gun grab.

Democrats now have single-party control of the federal government. President Joe Biden styled himself as the most moderate candidate his party had to offer. And still, during the campaign he promised to put Beto O’Rourke – the man who blurted out “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15s” in charge of his administration’s gun policies. 

 

Whether or not President Biden and gun czar Beto aim for a program of national gun confiscation, we should expect some sort of major crackdown against the Second Amendment and against our other liberties. The congressmen who ducked, covered, and cowered – in now iconic photos – when protestors entered Capitol Hill will almost certainly draw the wrong conclusions. They will not – like Congresswoman Lauren Boebert – realize that their safety is fundamentally in their own hands and therefore carry arms and fight for the right of all Americans to do so. 

No, they will act based on an intensified fear and perhaps even loathing of their fellow citizens after seeing what some of them proved capable of. The left will attack the First and Second Amendment at the same time, arguing that the free flow of information is dangerous in a country where citizens are armed and can take up action against perceived tyranny. 

We’ve already seen what private tech companies are willing to do to curtail First Amendment freedoms, and we’ll soon find out what Democrats on Capitol Hill want to do to eviscerate the Second Amendment.  

The Biden campaign promised to “hold gun manufacturers accountable.” Certainly, car manufacturers are – and should be – accountable when a defect that they knew about gets people killed. But we don’t hold Toyota accountable when someone drives drunk and kills a pedestrian. If we did, then Toyota wouldn’t exist. 

That’s exactly what the Democrats are hoping to do with gun companies like Remington. They want to blame them and fine them for every time a gun crime is committed. If they did that, then gun companies would have almost no choice but to go out of existence. And – believe me – there is really a clear path to this actually happening. The Democrats now have a majority in the House and Senate. While they maybe couldn’t pass a bill that says this directly, they are savvy enough to find some small bit of language to insert into some unrelated bill, which federal rule-making agencies would then use to make a regulation – working hand-in-glove with anti-gun lawyers – to set the stage for a legal assault against gun manufacturers. 

Biden also wants to ban the sale of “high capacity magazines” and “assault weapons” altogether. The old argument “why would anyone need a high capacity magazine” should have been effectively answered by scenes from this summer’s riots, as business owners faced off against huge mobs intent on burning down their business and ending their livelihood. But the left doesn’t want them to have that protection. And as for the old question “what exactly is an assault weapon?” You can bet that they will try to define it as expansive as possible, to try to ban as many physical varieties of guns as they can.

The Biden campaign also promised to do a national “buy-back” of so-called “assault weapons.” The misleading term “buy-back” conceals the fact that if Americans don’t want to give up their guns, they will be forced to register them with the federal government. The fear about this has always been that this national database could be the prelude for a direct federal gun confiscation program, like what the left always applauds Australia for and like Beto O-Rourke said he wants to do here. 

If you had asked me last week just how endangered our Second Amendment freedoms are, I might have been less concerned. I would have said that a Republican Senate will hold back the worst excesses of the left. I would have pointed out that many people argue that Biden is a good enough politician to realize that he won on an historically small and contested margin and commands historically small legislative majorities, that he therefore knows he does not have the same mandate Barack Obama thought he had to “fundamentally transform” America after his landslide victory and the total implosion of the Republican Party after eight years of George W. Bush. 

But today, I’m less sure. The Democrats now have total control over the federal government. And whatever prudent caution Biden might have felt will now likely be over-ridden by the left’s firm conviction that last week proved that whether America wants it or not, it must be fundamentally transformed. 

I can’t tell you exactly what they’re planning. But with two weeks left before Biden’s inaugurated, just remember – it’s a lot easier for them to stop you from buying a gun than to take one out of your hands. 

Firearms Policy Coalition Statement on Incoming Biden Administration

H/T AmmoLand.

It is going to be a long dark time for gun owners under the Joe Pee Pads Biden and Kalama Knee Pads Harris administration.

 

U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- Firearms Policy Coalition has released the following statement after Congress today affirmed the Electoral College vote for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris:

As we have said before, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris represent a clear and present danger to liberty, freedom, the Constitution, and the values that have made America the greatest country in the world. Given the results of the Georgia runoff election, anti-rights politicians and bureaucrats are set to control the Congress, the White House, and the administrative state, including the rogue Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

 

Biden and Harris have made it clear that their dangerous agenda includes incredibly expansive and unconstitutional gun control policies, and that they expect Congress to pass many new laws restricting rights, conduct, and property. Indeed, since the 117th Congress was sworn in, many statist, anti-American gun control bills have already been introduced.

In the coming months and years, the attacks on our fundamental rights and liberty will likely be unprecedented, relentless, and lawless. From expanding categories of prohibited persons and “red flag” laws to “universal background checks,” bans on free speech and ‘3D’ printing technology, encryption bans, deplatforming, “Operation Choke Point” and banking restrictions, new prohibitions and restrictions on firearms, magazines, ammunition, and other constitutionally protected arms, expansion of the irrational National Firearms Act, laws to incarcerate thousands more people every year, and, sadly, much, much more. It is not hyperbole to say that the Biden-Harris era may be the most challenging of our lifetimes.

However, as we have explained before, our fundamental rights do not come from the government, the people, or even the Constitution itself. Our right to keep and bear arms exists with or without official legal recognition of it, with or without judicial enforcement of it, and with or without a desire for them to be exercised or respected.

FPC and our Grassroots Army members are resolved to aggressively counter these unconstitutional and immoral proposed policies and unforgivable infringements of our natural, human rights. Our FPC Law team is steeled and prepared to take on important issues and many new lawsuits. And we are confident that, if we hold fast and work together, the right to keep and bear arms—and our Republic—will endure. FPC will continue to fiercely execute our advancement strategy, fight forward based on philosophy and principles, defend and restore the rights and liberty of the People, and create a world of maximal individual liberty.

Firearms Policy Coalition (firearmspolicy.org) and its FPC Law team are the nation’s next-generation advocates leading the Second Amendment litigation and research space, having recently filed two United States Supreme Court petitions for certiorari (review) (Folajtar v. Attorney General and Holloway v. Attorney General) and several major federal Second Amendment lawsuits, including challenges to the State of Maryland’s ban on “assault weapons” (Bianchi v. Frosh), the State of Pennsylvania’s and Allegheny County’s carry restrictions (Cowey v. Mullen), Philadelphia’s Gun Permit Unit policies and practices (Fetsurka v. Outlaw), Pennsylvania’s ban on carry by adults under 21 years of age (Lara v. Evanchick), California’s Handgun Ban and “Roster” laws (Renna v. Becerra), Maryland’s carry ban (Call v. Jones), New Jersey’s carry ban (Bennett v. Davis), New York City’s carry ban (Greco v. New York City), the federal ban on the sale of handguns and handgun ammunition by federal firearm licensees (FFLs) to adults under 21 years of age (Reese v. BATFE), and others, with many more cases being prepared today. To follow these and other legal cases FPC is actively working on, visit the Legal Action section of FPC’s website or follow FPC on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube.

FPC’s mission is to protect and defend constitutional rights—especially the right to keep and bear arms—advance individual liberty, and restore freedom through litigation and legal action, legislative and regulatory action, education, outreach, grassroots activism, and other programs. FPC Law is the nation’s largest public interest legal team focused on Second Amendment and adjacent fundamental rights including freedom of speech and due process, conducting litigation, research, scholarly publications, and amicus briefing, among other efforts. FPC is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization.

NOTICE — POTENTIAL PLAINTIFFS NEEDED!

FPC is urgently seeking individual and FFL plaintiffs for a number of lawsuits that are being prepared to challenge laws and policies that infringe on fundamental rights, including (but not limited to):

  • Laws and policies that prevent individuals from purchasing and/or possessing so-called “assault weapons” (semi-automatic firearms with standard characteristics) and “high-capacity” magazines (standard magazines that hold more than 10 rounds)
  • Laws and policies that prevent adults over the age of 18 but under the age of 21 from purchasing handguns from FFLs
  • Laws and policies that prevent adults over the age of 18 but under the age of 21 from carrying loaded handguns and other arms outside of their home
  • Laws and policies that prevent individuals from acquiring and/or possessing handguns and other arms without first acquiring a “purchase permit”
  • Laws and policies that prevent individuals from acquiring or possessing firearms due to a conviction for a non-violent crime, or mental health adjudication that did not involve an involuntary commitment
  • Laws that prevent honorably discharged veterans from acquiring or possessing firearms because they have been classified as “a mental defective” due to the agency’s determination that they “lack the mental capacity to contract or manage his or her own affairs” because they need assistance managing VA benefits and have a fiduciary

If someone you know meets the criteria above, or if you would be interested in participating in litigation as a supporting FFL, please contact us:

  • On the web at www.firearmspolicy.org/hotline
  • By email at potentialplaintiffs[at]fpchq.org
  • By phone at (855) 252-4510 (FPC Legal Action Hotline available 24/7/365)

If you would like to support FPC’s many pro-Second Amendment lawsuits, legal action, and research, please chip in $5, $10, $25, or whatever you can at https://www.firearmspolicy.org/donate or Join the FPC Grassroots Army at JoinFPC.org.

Nearly 23 Million Firearms Sold During 2020

H/T Breitbart.

Joe Pee Pads Biden would love to confiscate all of these 23 million guns plus all of the other gun that are owned by Americans.

Americans underwent over 21 million background checks and purchased nearly 23 million firearms during 2020.

Fox Business reports that 21 million-plus background checks represent an increase of “60 percent from 2019.”  Moreover, the number of background checks conducted in 2020 broke the 2016 record by 34 percent.

Breitbart News tracked these record background checks throughout last year as each month — January 2020 through December 2020 — set a record for the most background checks in its respective month.

For example, January 2020 witnessed more background checks than any January in history, February 2020 more background checks than any February in history, March 2020 more than any March in history, and so it went all the way through December 2020.

Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting estimates nearly 23 million firearms were sold during 2020, and the National Shooting Sports Foundation indicates over 8.4 million first-time gun buyers were among those making purchases last year.

 

Thomas Massie: ‘Several of Us’ Were Glad to Be Armed While Barricaded

H/T Breitbart.

I know I would have been relieved to been armed during the riot.

The day after riots brought the U.S. Capitol to a standstill, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) noted that “several” representatives were happy to be armed while barricaded in their offices.

Following the riotous events, Massie tweeted, “The next member who argues Congressmen shouldn’t be allowed to carry firearms at work needs to be laughed out of the Capitol.”

He added, “Several of us were glad to be armed while barricaded for hours in our offices with our staff.”

Massie co-chairs the House Second Amendment Caucus along with Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO).

On January 3, 2021 — just three days before the Capitol riots — Boebert tweeted about the caucus’s fight to preserve House members’ ability to be armed for self-defense:

 

On December 23, 2020, Boebert told Breitbart News she would “carry a firearm each day in D.C.”

She said, “I’ve already gone through the concealed carry firearm courses to obtain a Washington, DC, permit,” explaining that she, as a representative, will not be driven from her residence to the Capitol “in an armored vehicle.” Rather, her safety will be in her own hands.

Firearm Friendly Freshmen Class, Reports for Duty

H/T AmmoLand.

I hope these pro Second Amendment Freshmen will help make a difference.

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- The 117th Congress gaveled into session on Jan. 3 and among the new faces in the U.S. House of Representatives are dozens of firearm-friendly freshmen. It’s the most diverse Republican freshmen class ever and includes military veterans, minorities, and a historic tally of women.

 

The GOP freshman class, outnumbering Democrats by a three-to-one margin, arrived at Capitol Hill at the same time America is watching the face of gun ownership change. A record 21 million firearm purchases were made in 2020. That includes 8.4 million people who bought a gun for the first time last year. By all counts, the image of who is buying guns no longer fits dated caricatures. Forty percent of 2020’s gun buyers are women. African American gun buyers grew 58 percent over 2019.

The threats to Second Amendment rights are real and the new Members of Congress have staked out their position to defend those rights.

Taking the Oath

Six Second Amendment-supporting freshman members hail from Texas, including Navy veterans U.S. Reps. Tony Gonzalez and Ronny Jackson and former Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls. Former Irving, Texas Mayor Beth Van Duyne was sworn in, campaigning on a message of firearm ownership and personal security for women and calling out the “defund the police” movement that puts lives at risk. Rep. Pete Sessions regained a congressional seat and former Texas state legislator Pat Fallon was also elected – both hold strong, well-known records on gun rights.

California sent five new members to Congress and all are stalwarts on the Second Amendment. Reps. Michelle Steel and Young Kim are the first two Korean-American Members of Congress and each back firearm rights. Congressman Jay Olbernolt, who was a state legislator, previously criticized California infringements on the Second Amendment, saying “I know what the solutions aren’t. The last thing we ought to be doing is taking the arms out of the hands of our concerned citizens who know how to use them properly.” Rejoining Congress are Reps. Darrell Issa and David Valadao, each with gun rights records.

Florida added Congressman Byron Donalds, a former state legislator. He said, “In Congress, you can expect me to defend your Constitutional rights, no matter the cost. Shall not be infringed, means Shall not be infringed!”

Congresswoman Kat Cammack, herself a Florida concealed carry permit holder, agreed, saying “I will always uphold and defend our Second Amendment rights. As a concealed carry permit holder and the wife of a first responder, I am adamant about protecting this most basic American right. This issue is personal to me and my family.”

U.S. Reps. Scott Franklin, Maria Elvira Salazar, and Carlos Gimenez also join the ranks from the Sunshine State.

In South Carolina, gun rights supporter Rep. Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from The Citadel, took back a congressional seat from a gun control congressman. Congressman Andrew Clyde will represent his Georgia district, bringing his experience as a firearm business owner and former Navy officer along with Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has been vocal on her gun rights positions.

Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert has a well-known reputation as a Second Amendment supporter and already made a splash for gun rights by forcing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to cave on implementing new gun control rules in the House of Representatives.

The great news for gun owners and Second Amendment supporters across the country is that there are dozens of more new members who will also be allies in Congress. They’ll be needed as the threats to the firearm industry and gun owners are expected to grow.

The Stakes Ahead

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won’t be slowed. The most anti-gun presidential ticket in history is ready to move on several gun control proposals, including plans to confiscate and ban modern sporting rifles, impose red flag laws that deny due process, suffocate firearm small businesses through regulation, and above all, eliminate the firearm industry by repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).

NSSF is already forging relationships with these Members of Congress, showing them the importance of the industry to their states, districts, and the rights of the citizens they represent.