Bipartisan attacks on the Second Amendment

Bipartisan attacks on the Second Amendment

Gun Rights

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (C) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) point to a photograph of a rifle with a “bump stock” during a news conference to announce proposed gun control legislation at the U.S. Capitol Oct. 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. In reaction to the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Feinstein’s legislation would ban devices that could make weapons fully automatic. . (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would expand the national background check system to require almost everyone selling firearms, including private collectors who supplement their incomes by selling firearms at gun shows, to perform background checks on the potential buyers. The bill has a section purporting to bar creation of a national firearms registry. However, the expanded background check system will require the government to compile lists of those buying and selling guns. In other words, it creates a de facto national gun registry. Similar to the experience with other types of prohibition, making it more difficult to legally buy a gun will enhance the firearms black market. Criminals, terrorist, and even deranged mass shooters will thus have no problem obtaining firearms. It is no coincidence that the majority of mass shootings take place in “gun-free zones,” where shooters know their targets will be unarmed. This shows that any law making it more difficult for Americans to own and carry firearms makes us less safe. If Congress really wanted to reduce the incidence of gun violence, it would repeal the […]

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