Harris Calls On Congress To Pass Gun Control

H/T Bearing Arms.

The thing that scares me worse than a Joe Pee Pads Biden presidency is a Kalama Knee Pads Harris presidency.

If there’s one person who probably wants to take away your gun rights more than President Joe Biden, it’s Vice President Kamala Harris. Gun control was a major point for both of their campaigns during the primary. While they downplayed it during the general election, it was always there. They just didn’t make a big thing of it until after the general election.

While Biden is trying to do what he can, the fact remains that Harris wants to see gun control pass.

Now, she’s demanding it.

Vice President Kamala Harris is urging lawmakers to pass what she says are “reasonable gun safety laws.”

During an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash that aired on Sunday, Harris was asked why President Joe Biden is not focusing more on the issue of gun violence after it was reported that there were at least 45 mass shootings in March 2021.

She responded by noting that last month Biden took six executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence. She said, “There is only so much, however, that a president can do through executive action. This president, Joe Biden, has a long-standing history of speaking very clearly and unambiguously about the need for smart gun safety laws.”

“Congress has to act because we have to codify… make permanent, make the law. That we agree we should have background checks, that’s just reasonable safety laws. We should have an assault weapons ban. Assault weapons have been designed to kill a lot of people quickly. They are weapons of war,” she added.

When asked if she believed Congress would take action on gun control legislation, Harris responded, “It has to happen.”

Nah, it really doesn’t.

You see, we have background checks. The vast majority of firearm sales go through a background check process already. The media and anti-gun politicians like to pretend they don’t, but that’s simply not the case. Further, it’s already illegal to sell a gun to anyone you have reason to believe may not be eligible to have a firearm.

And yet, criminals keep getting guns. How?

Well, probably because black market gun dealers don’t conduct them. These are illegal transactions at every level, and they’re not going to start carrying out background checks, either. It’s not how they conduct business and it never will be.

All universal background checks will do is make it more difficult to gift firearms lawfully, make it impossible to loan someone a firearm, and heaven forbid you try to pass a gun down to your family after you die.

As for an assault weapon ban, sorry, but that’s simply not going to happen.

First, they’re not “weapons of war.” The AR-15 has profound functional differences from the M-4 used by the military, namely the select-fire feature not being included in the AR-15. The AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle that is functionally no different than many hunting weapons, so why is it the evil one?

Frankly, we’re not giving up our AR-15s. We’re not giving up our right to keep buying AR-15s, either, so a grandfather clause doesn’t fill us with happy thoughts.

What Harris and Biden have failed to address is that violence is violence, whether it’s carried out with a knife or a gun. Knives kill more people every year than AR-15s, so why are we banning AR-15s? Because they’re scary-looking. They make for great headlines because they intimidate people, but they’re not the boogieman. They’re rifles that a lot of us enjoy shooting that also happen to be useful if we need to defend this great land, be it from enemies foreign or domestic.

Harris can make her demands if she wants, but one of many great things about this nation is that members of Congress not only can tell the vice president to go take a flying leap, they’re constitutionally obligated to do so.

God bless America.

Pick Your Poison: Impaired Biden or President Kamala

H/T Town Hall.

While an impaired Joe Pee Pads Biden is bad as president a Kamala Knee Pads Harris would be worse.

Let’s face it: Joe Biden is not totally in control of his mental faculties.

 

You know it. I know it. Everyone knows it. 

The problem we are now faced with is not what should be done about it, because we know what should be done… the problem is: if we were to do what should be done, will we actually be much worse off?

In other words, as frightening as it is to have a mentally debilitated Commander-in-Chief, is it still better than a competent and empowered President Kamala Harris?

As #DementiaJoe trends on social media following President Biden’s shaky performance Thursday night in his address commemorating the one-year anniversary of “Fifteen Days to Slow the Spread,” it’s important to seriously examine just how bad the Biden situation is.

Jim Antle in the Washington Examiner focuses on this issue from the perspective of Mr. Biden’s age, which is certainly part of the issue.

President Biden moves more slowly than when he was vice president under former President Barack Obama. He squints slightly when looking at the teleprompter and sometimes misspeaks anyway.

Before taking office, Biden suffered a minor injury in a fall (the transition office said at the time that he tripped while playing with his dog). Since then, he has yet to hold a solo press conference. Reporters are sometimes shooed away at his public events, where his wife, Vice President Kamala Harris, or aides can be seen pointing him in the right direction.

Of course, we all know people in our lives who are as old or even older than President Biden who do not exhibit the obvious signs of diminished capabilities we are all witnessing, so to write this entire problem off to his age is not entirely accurate.

Earlier this week, I spoke with Rep. Mike Garcia, a Republican from a barely-red district in California.

Garcia held nothing back with regard to his opinion on the president’s condition.

“This, to me, in my opinion, and I mean this as gracefully and tactfully as I can, I think we are seeing nationally one of the most grievous examples of elderly abuse in our nation,” Garcia told me.

“This president is not fit for office. I don’t really believe he understands what he’s doing, and he’s got a political machine behind him that’s propping him up, and it scares the hell out of people like me who value our national security,” he concluded.

You can hear the entire interview right here.

Congressman Garcia just won re-election by a few hundred votes. It’s not like he’s some sort of rabid, flame-thrower who can lob rhetorical grenades. He’s a Naval Academy graduate and a former fighter pilot. He’s a straight-shooter and is not known for wild, irresponsible rhetoric. Given the toss-up nature of his district, he can’t “go there.

 

So, for a relatively cool-headed Republican like Garcia to flat-out declare that Biden is “not fit for office” should be seen as a significant development.

It really makes you wonder what’s being said by Democrats in Congress when the microphones aren’t on.

So given the fact that a congressman like Garcia is so open with his grave concern over President Biden’s capabilities (or lack thereof), it’s quickly becoming a question of when, not if, he is no longer able to serve. As Garcia said, he may be unable to serve as of now.

So back to the original question. Are we actually better off with the diminished Biden than with a fully-capable Kamala Harris?

There may not be a good answer to it. One thing is certain: It sucks that we, as a nation, have been put in this awful position.

 

Matt Gaetz Wonders If a Transition from Biden to Harris Is Already Underway

H/T Town Hall.

I think that Rep. Matt Gaetz(R-FL)is correct we are seeing a transition from Joe Pee Pads Biden to Kalama Knee Pads Harris administration.

On Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” host Maria Bartiromo and Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz made some keen observations about the Biden administration that has some people questioning who’s really in charge over at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. 

 

Bartiromo asked the Florida Republican whether a transition may be already underway, given President Biden’s avoidance of the press while Vice President Kamala Harris meets with international leaders such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Emmanuel Macron.

“What is going on?” Bartiromo asked. “Are we getting ready for some kind of a transition?” 

“You have to wonder whether or not the transition to Harris has already begun,” said Gaetz. “Joe Biden’s had more nap time than he’s had questions from reporters. And you’re right. While the Middle Kingdom grows more ambitious in their goals, we are still toiling away in the Middle East. Joe Biden has had more attacks on Syria than he’s had press conferences.”

Gaetz also questioned whether progressive voters are having buyer’s remorse when it comes to the new president. 

“Is this what you wanted, a warmonger president like Joe Biden, when Donald Trump did so much to bring peace to the world and to actually confront the real threat, China, not to be trying to build democracies out of blood and sand and Arab militias in some desert far away?” asked Gaetz.

Biden is the first president in 40 years not to hold a press conference at this point in his administration. Biden is set to deliver his first address before a joint session of Congress near the end of March, and it’s been reported that Biden is expected to hold a full press conference in coming weeks. But we’ll believe it when we see it. 

 

News Host: ‘Joe Biden Is Struggling with Dementia and the Mainstream Media Is Complicit in Hiding It

H/T Western Journal.

I look for Joe Pee Pads Biden to be removed under the 25th Amendment Kalama Knee Pads Harris has already been taken foreign leaders phone calls.

An Australian commentator on Friday said the only thing worse than President Joe Biden’s mental condition is the extent to which the mainstream media covers it up.

“It is clear U.S. President Joe Biden is not up to the task he has been sworn in to do,”  Sky News host Cory Bernardi, a former Australian political figure, said in his assessment of Biden’s performance in his first weeks in office.

“Never before has the leader of the Free World been so cognitively compromised,” he said.

“It’s clear to me at the least that U.S. President Joe Biden is struggling with dementia and is clearly not up to the task he’s been sworn in to do,” he said.

Bernardi said this is not breaking news.

“The was apparent to many during the election campaign, but such was the hate for Donald Trump by the partisan and poisonous mainstream media, they chose not to highlight anything which may have derailed a Biden victory,” Bernardi said.

The coddling still exists, he said.

“Even now, after he has been sworn in, many of them are still refusing to speak the truth about Biden’s lack of capacity,” Bernardi said, adding that it was “telling” that Vice President Kamala Harris was tasked with making calls to foreign leaders, a job that usually falls to the president.

 

Biden “emerged to participate in a sanitized town hall being interviewed by the Biden-ista Anderson Cooper of CNN,” Bernardi said.

“Biden promptly gave away his teleprompter and the result was nothing short of a disaster,” he said.

Bernardi said that when not offending rural residents and residents of inner cities, Biden was letting China skate for its human rights abuses.

Instead, he lambasted “these excuses for journalists” who “cover up for Biden’s presidency,” as if they were running “a Biden protection racket.”

“It’s all rather pathetic, but even usually smart people are blinded by the nonsense put out by the mainstream media,” Bernardi said. “They believe every perceived sin of Donald Trump while they seem intent on canonizing St. Joe.”

Democrat’s plan to ban outlaw and confiscate guns is illegal

H/T JPFO.

It is going to be a long hard four years for gun owners under Joe Pee Pads  Biden and Kalama Knee Pads Harris.

DISARMING JEWS IS VERBOTTEN!

Disarming everyone else at the same time is no excuse

Broad public disarmament actually makes it worse

Expert analysis of Democrat’s proposed federal gun law HR127 reveals it would have the net effect of disarming wide swaths of the American public, including the Jewish community. The sacred Jewish oath Never Again! taken after the Holocaust, when properly honored, prevents Jews from passively complying with arbitrary, capricious and facially illegal government orders to disarm or subarm (accept inferior arms). In the U.S., where so many Jewish people reside, infringing the public’s right to arms, even incrementally, is flatly banned, a reason many have chosen to live here.

Politicians who walk the path of civilian disarmament must understand that infringement at that level is a direct usurpation of power not granted. Just the opposite is the case, it is prohibited. Rethink your position, instead of risking civil unrest. While JPFO stands four square with all on crime reduction and control, we know this sort of so-called “gun control” is not it. What the current Democrat’s bill attempts in HR127 seeks power you are expressly denied. The language preserving government power to have the arms denied to the public is especially offensive and tyrannical.

Infringement, gun and ammo bans, public licensing and registration for personal firearms and possession are constitutionally impermissible. This should go without saying, and never be the subject of introduced bills, especially under the false flag of reducing crime or improving law enforcement.

A law having the effect of disarming Jewish people, no matter the justification, cannot stand.

 

Lindsey Graham: ‘I Don’t Know How Kamala Harris Doesn’t Get Impeached’ if the GOP Takes Over the House

H/T Western Journal.

It is simple Lindsey Kalama Knee Pads Harris is black and female so the GOP will not have the balls to impeach her.

Democrats who decided to impeach then-President Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion might be having second thoughts before too long, Sen. Lindsay Graham said Sunday.

In an interview with “Fox News Sunday,” the South Carolina Republican said his party could well turn the tactic on Vice President Kamala Harris if it retakes the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterms.

“I don’t know how Kamala Harris doesn’t get impeached if the Republicans take over the House, because she actually bailed out rioters, and one of the rioters went back to the streets and broke somebody’s head open,” Graham said.

“So we’ve opened Pandora’s box here, and I’m sad for the country.”

During the summer’s riots in cities across the United States, Harris actively raised money for an organization called the Minnesota Freedom Fund that bailed out rioters who were arrested.

As the Daily Caller News Foundation reported in September, those releases sometimes involved defendants whose charges were unrelated to the riots, and who were often accused of crimes that would stir up little public sympathy.

One man was accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl. Another had been accused of assaulting an elderly woman while burglarizing her home.

Another man had allegedly stomped on his victim’s head during a brutal robbery on May 25, the same day that suspected counterfeiter George Floyd died in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck — sparking the national rioting.

It isn’t the first time Graham has raised the specter of a Harris impeachment, nor is he the only one talking about it.

A week before Trump’s impeachment trial began, Graham had a similar message for Fox News’ Sean Hannity. And in January, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee raised the possibility in a Fox Business Network interview.

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As is usually the case, Graham’s prediction Sunday got plenty of criticism on social media, but it stirred plenty of enthusiasm

In the “Fox News Sunday” interview, Graham also said the speech by Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday could hurt Republicans in the 2022 elections.

In the speech, McConnell excoriated Trump while explaining the constitutional reasons McConnell would not vote to convict him.

“I think Sen. McConnell’s speech, he got a load off his chest, obviously, but unfortunately he put a load on the back of Republicans,” Graham said. “That speech you will see in 2022 campaigns.”

Biden Uses the Parkland Anniversary to Call for Three Major Gun Control Moves

H/T Town Hall.

The fight to keep and bear arms has just begun.

There will be several anti-gun Executive Orders coming soon from Joe Pee Pads Biden and Kalama Knee Pads Harris.

As predicted, the Democrats are using the third anniversary of the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida to call for stricter gun control laws. President Joe Biden issued a statement on Sunday calling on Congress to “enact commonsense gun law reforms”

 

“This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call. We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer,” the president said in a statement. “Today, I am calling 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. We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now.”

While Biden was on the campaign trail back in 2019, he called for a registry for magazines and so-called “assault weapons” – what the rest of us call AR-15s – that are currently in circulation, in addition to an outright ban on new production. On his campaign website he promised to implement those changes, as well as pushing red flag laws, which allows family, co-workers, teachers and colleagues to petition a court to take away a person’s firearms without due process. Oh, and he wants to make sure all firearms moving forward are “smart guns,” meaning no one can pull the trigger unless their DNA matches the pre-programed information (you can thank James Bond for the idea). Smart guns have not only logistical nightmares but there’s also the privacy concerns surrounding DNA.

When Harris was running for president she threatened to sign an executive order on gun control if Congress didn’t pass “common sense gun laws” within the first 100 days of her being president. Specifically, she called for an Assault Weapons Ban, universal background checks and prosecuting Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs). 

Harris has made gun control one of her top two legislative priorities throughout her time in the Senate. And once she hit the road to campaign for president in parts of flyover, she suddenly became a gun owner (as if 2A advocates wouldn’t notice her aim at the Second Amendment).

It wouldn’t be surprising if these two come out of the woodwork and flat out say Biden will sign yet another executive order if Congress doesn’t pass sweeping gun control laws in the first 100 days. Democrats are so focused on “making history” that they’re willing to do whatever’s necessary for their legacy sake, including signing yet another EO. And you know they’ll word it like “Congress failed to rise to the moment” or “we asked Congress to honor the victims of gun violence by passing much needed reform and they didn’t rise to the occasion.”

 

Shannon Watts Says “The Wait Is Over” For Federal Gun Control

H/T Bearing Arms.

I shudder to think about the gun control schemes that will be coming from Joe Pee Pads Biden and Kalama Knee Pads Harris regime.

Anti-gun activists are expressing confidence that their decades-long wait to pass a new gun control bill through Congress is over, though they’re keeping quiet about what legislation will be their top priority this session. Reporter Christine Stapleton of the Palm Beach Post spoke to several gun control advocates for a story about the political prospects of new restrictions on the right to keep and be arms, and Moms Demand Action’s Shannon Watts was among those predicting swift action and Congressional approval of… something.

“It has been 25 years since the federal government passed a gun safety law,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, a gun safety organization with more than 6 million supporters. “That wait is over.”

It’s not just a question of congressional math — the slim majorities on Capitol Hill — that’s boosting cautious optimism. Momentum built this week on the moral authority front with a vote severely reprimanding a lawmaker for doubting and denigrating school shootings.

 
Let’s talk about moral authority for a second here. It’s true that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s past embrace of a variety of conspiracy theories is being used by Democrats to paint the entire Republican party as a bunch of QAnon-loving cranks, but that doesn’t mean that gun control activists now hold some sort of moral high ground, even if they’re loudly proclaiming that anyone who doesn’t support their anti-gun agenda is beholden to “the gun lobby” and not the Constitution.
 
Ultimately, a new gun control law means creating a crime where one didn’t exist before. Enforcement of any such law will fall on police, and gun control activists and Democrats alike have been clear that they believe “police violence is gun violence”. By creating new, non-violent, federal crimes, Democrats and their anti-gun allies will only exacerbate what they say is a problem that needs to be solved.
 
As for the Congressional math, south Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz tells the Palm Beach Post that she plans on re-introducing a gun control bill that cleared the House last session.

Wasserman Schultz intends to reintroduce Jaime’s Law, a bill that would require universal background checks for the sale of gun ammunition. The legislation is named in honor of Jaime Guttenberg, one of the students killed at the Parkland school.

“Prospects for meaningful gun reforms are the brightest they have been in years,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. Still, she expects some Republicans in the House and Senate will “remain devoted to a diminished NRA.”

“With control of the White House and both chambers, I’m very hopeful we can tear down some of the roadblocks conservatives have consistently erected to block any action at all,” Wasserman Schultz added.

As with almost every other agenda item for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Democrats in Congress, the prospects of passing new gun control legislation lies in the hands of Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Unfortunately, when it comes to universal background checks, Manchin has previously proposed a background check bill of his own. The Manchin-Toomey background check bill was written by the West Virginia Democrat and Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, and would require checks for firearm transfers at gun shows and “online sales.”

That’s a more limited measure than Wasserman Schultz’s proposal, which would impose a blanket prohibition on the vast majority of firearm transfers unless they were conducted by a federal firearms licensee, but it would still pose problems for legal gun owners while being largely unenforceable against violent criminals and those who illegally acquire firearms.

Of course, even with Manchin’s support there aren’t 60 votes for gun control in the U.S. Senate at the moment. If “moderate” Republicans like Pat Toomey, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski were to join Democrats in backing a background check bill supporters would still need to find a half-dozen other Republicans willing to get on board, and that seems highly unlikely.

Shannon Watts can proclaim that the wait for new federal gun laws is over, but given the fact that she can’t change the calculus in the Senate, her boast is a little premature. The only way a gun control bill is going to get to Joe Biden’s desk is through parliamentary tricks like reconciliation or attaching a bill as an amendment to must-pass budgetary legislation.

That’s the method that Biden apparently wants to use for his gun ban, or at least that’s what he told the Las Vegas Sun in a newly-released interview from last year. As soon as he does, however, he ensures that every Democrat in 2022 is going to have to defend the idea of putting millions of Americans in prison for non-violent possessory crimes that they themselves created (all while proclaiming the need for de-policing, de-incarceration, and a more fair criminal justice system).

I think it will be an act political stupidity the likes of which have rarely been seen in Congress, but I do expect Democrats in to take up gun control at some point; just not until it’s more politically expedient to do so. The Biden/Harris administration will almost certainly throw gun control activists a bone or two via executive action in the not-to-distant future, but  Shannon Watts and her anti-gun allies may be waiting a while longer for Democrats in Congress to begin a full-fledged assault on the right to keep and bear arms.

 

Biden Goes After Gun Makers

 H/T   America’s 1st Freedom.

While Joe Pee Pads Biden is no doubt a nightmare Kalama Knee Pads Harris as President will be worse.

It will be a long dark and very hard four years for gun owners and gun makers .

President Joe Biden (D) has made a first move toward going after an industry he called the “enemy.”

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) announced it “paused” publication of its November 2020 rule written to ensure that large banks provide customers fair access to their services.

Put that way, it sounds innocuous. It isn’t. The Obama administration attempted to use financial regulations to go after politically incorrect industries, such as gun manufacturers and dealers, by pressuring banks and other companies not to offer financial services to these legal industries. It was called “Operation Choke Point.”

The Trump administration ended this practice.

Then, very late in the Trump administration, the OCC announced a final rule and sought public comment. Activists on the Left and in some financial sector institutions protested, as they didn’t want to have to assess companies they don’t like. This rule didn’t attempt to force them to work with any companies; instead, it cautioned them from discriminating against entire industries.

Now the rule has been “paused.” The OCC now says it wants to “allow the next confirmed Comptroller of the Currency to review the final rule and the public comments the OCC received.”

“The Biden Administration has fired the first shot by improperly interfering in the affairs of the OCC which is an independent agency,” said Larry Keane, the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s senior vice president for Government & Public Affairs and general counsel.

“There’s no reason for today’s action by career officials in the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency other than bending to political pressure from big banks, and stalling or eliminating the rule will not stop the efforts of those of us who support it from continuing these efforts. The Biden Administration should use this opportunity to demonstrate leadership and not just be puppets for the large financial interests who back them,” Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, said in a statement.

This marks the latest skirmish in a war activists have waged against industries they don’t happen to like. There is some good background information on this issue here.

Now that the Biden administration has chosen to keep this attack on your freedom going, we’ll keep you up to date on what’s happening so that you can respond to legislators or during public-comment periods.

Never Enough: New Zealand Set for SECOND Gun Confiscation

H/T NRA/ILA.

Joe Pee Pads Biden and Kalama Knee Pads Harris would love to due the same thing in America but that Damned pesky Bill of Rights gets in the way.

New Zealand’s beleaguered gun owners are bracing for a second round of gun confiscations following a raft of new gun control measures enacted last summer that are set to take effect on February 1. Kiwi shooters will have until August 1 to turn over their prohibited items or face severe criminal penalties.

On March 21, 2019, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern targeted New Zealand’s law-abiding gun owners by unilaterally halting the sale of semi-automatic centerfire firearms that utilize detachable magazines to normal gun owners. The Arms Amendment Act 2019 was passed into law on April 10 and received royal assent the following day. The key provision of the legislation outlawed possession of all semi-automatic centerfire rifles and their magazines. The legislation also prohibited pump-action and semi-automatic shotguns with detachable magazines or a non-detachable magazine capable of accepting more than 5 rounds and any .22 caliber and lower rimfire semi-automatic rifle “that has a magazine, whether or not detachable or otherwise externally fed, that is capable of holding no more than 10 cartridges.”

In order to enforce the ban, the legislation provided for a firearm confiscation scheme. As with Australia’s 1996 national firearms “buyback” program, law-abiding New Zealand gun owners were forced to turn their lawfully-acquired property over to the government for a set amount of compensation. The program ran from June 20-December 20, 2019. Compliant gun owners were treated to poor compensation and a breach of their personal data

At the end of the confiscation program the government had collected roughly 56,000 firearms. A June 2019 report from consulting firm KPMG had estimated that there were as many as 173,000 newly-prohibited firearms in the country. New Zealand gun rights group, the Council of Licensed Firearms Owners estimated that 170,000 prohibited firearms were still in the hands of Kiwis after the confiscation program

Proving that no gun control measure is ever enough for the anti-gun zealots, Ardern’s Labour government was back at work restricting firearms in June with the Arms Legislation Act 2020.

The New Zealand Police summarized the newly prohibited firearms as follows:

  • Semi-automatic pistols (semi-automatic firearms less that 762mm in overall length) that are not “small” semi-automatic pistols. 
  • Note: a “small semi-automatic pistol” (excluded) is a semi-automatic pistol that: 
  • has an overall length of 400 millimetres or less, excluding any silencer, pistol carbine conversion kit, or other muzzle-fitting attachment; and 
  • has a barrel length of 101 millimetres or more; and 
  • is capable of firing specified ammunition (ammunition used on pistol shooting ranges approved by the Commissioner) only at a muzzle velocity of 1,600 feet per second or less; and
  • is suitable for shooting on a certified pistol range.
  • Centrefire pump-action rifles that are capable of being used with a detachable magazine, or that have a non-detachable magazines (tubular or otherwise) that are capable of holding more than 10 cartridges commensurate with that firearm’s chamber size. 

In addition to prohibiting new categories of firearm, the legislation cut the period for a first time firearms license from 10 to 5 years. The legislation also mandated that police notify a firearm license holder’s physician of the individual’s status as a license holder and required physicians to report to the police on the health conditions of the license holder. Moreover, the Act added new restrictions on the possession and sale of ammunition.

In order to facilitate the government’s future firearm confiscation efforts, the new law also mandated firearms registration. The firearms registry is set to be developed over the next three years.

According to Labour MP Hon Poto Williams, “This year’s buy-back will look very different to the one in 2019 as there will be no large-scale collection events,” noting, “Police will be managing the smaller buy-back through appointments at Police stations.” Compliant gun owners have been told to contact buyback2021@police.govt.nz to arrange an appointment to forfeit their firearms.

The New Zealand government has released a list of prices that the government will pay for the confiscated firearms. The compensation values vary widely based on the condition of the firearm. Presumably the government will determine the condition of a relinquished gun.

Those found in possession of a prohibited firearm face up to five years imprisonment.

In criticizing what he called “gun buyback 2.0,” New Zealand’s National Party Police Spokesman Simeon Brown stated, “The first gun buyback was merely a marketing exercise. After spending $103 million on the scheme, the Government couldn’t even confirm whether it had made New Zealand safer or if it had collected all prohibited firearms,” adding, “That’s because most law-abiding New Zealanders handed in their now-prohibited firearms, but gangs and criminals, those who pose the greatest risk to our safety, did not.”

U.S. gun owners should pay careful attention to New Zealand. The Labour government’s second assault on gun owners in as many years is further proof that gun control advocates will not be satisfied short of total civilian disarmament.