Antigun Politicians Aim for America’s Most Popular Guns With Expansive Ban

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Antigun Politicians Aim for America’s Most Popular Guns With Expansive Ban
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)
National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

Fairfax, VA – -( Hoping to capitalize on tragedy, ignorance, and hysteria, 174 opportunistic anti-gun Democrats – led by Rep. David N. Cicillinie (RI) – introduced legislation last week proposing perhaps the most sweeping gun ban in U.S. history. The bill, H.R. 5087, is dubbed the “Assault Weapons Ban of 2018.”

Yet its scope is so vast, and its drafting so poorly executed, that that the only semiautomatic firearms it clearly doesn’t reach are those listed in an appendix of what the authors consider permissible guns (many of which will be unknown or unavailable to the average consumer, if they’re available at all).

The bill would ban firearms by name, “type,” and generic formulae. Rifles and pistols would be included if they are semiautomatic, can accept a detachable magazine, and have – or perhaps merely can accept – any of various listed features. Semiautomatic shotguns would need only one listed feature to be banned.

The disqualifying features include threaded barrels.  All pistol grips and folding, telescoping, and detachable stocks would be prohibited without limitation. This may mean, although it’s not clear, that only straight stocks would be permissible on semiautomatic long guns.

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Any firearm magazine that has a capacity of more than 10 rounds, or that can be “changed” to accept more than 10 rounds, would also be banned.

How some models or features made the cut and others didn’t is a mystery to anyone with the most elementary knowledge of firearms technology. Clearly, however, two of America’s most popular defensive firearms – the AR-15 and the Glock 17 – would be prohibited under the Act. The former is banned by name (“[a]ll AR types”) and the latter as a “semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm” (i.e., the Glock 18). That alone puts the bill at odds with existing Supreme Court precedent, which makes clear the Second Amendment protects the sorts of firearms in common use for lawful purposes.

So what wouldn’t be banned? Well, the Cabanas Phaser Rifle would still theoretically be available, as would the Russian made TOZ Model H–170. Yet it’s cold comfort to one who loses his horse to be told he can have a unicorn. Other exempted firearms are more common, but the emphasis – again clearly contrary to Supreme Court precedent – is on models used for hunting, competition, or recreation, rather than for personal defense.

People who have the banned firearms could keep them, but they could only be transferred or loaned to others through an FFL. Firearms borrowed at a range would have to be “kept within the premises of the … facility” at “all times,” perhaps suggesting that the only guns that could be used by multiple people at a range would have to belong to the facility itself and be kept on site.

Bans of this sort are among the gun control lobby’s most ambitious efforts, but even staunch gun control advocates admit they are the least likely to materially contribute to public safety.

The logic of gun control, however, demands that the innocent must be punished for crimes they didn’t commit. And you can be sure that as expansive as H.R. 5087 is, its proponents see it only as a “good step in the right direction” on a road that inexorably leads to the end of your right to armed self-defense.

That’s why your U.S. Senators and Congressional Representative need to hear from you TODAY. Please tell them you, as a law-abiding gun owner, do not accept the blame for the criminal acts of a deranged individual. Please tell them your fundamental rights are non-negotiable. Most of all, please tell them not to trade real Second Amendment rights for the false promises of gun control. And finally, please tell them that you, and millions of fellow NRA members like you, will hold them accountable for their decisions at the ballot box. To identify and contact your legislators in Washington, D.C., you can use our “Write Your Reps” feature or you can reach your member of Congress by phone at 202-224-3121.

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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Frank Clarke

I’m beginning to think that instead of writing our congresspukes to protest new gun laws. we should be writing to encourage them to “go for the gold”. Some DC idiot-pol will propose “The Straw That Broke The Camel’s Back Act of 20xx” and we can get this all over with before our grandchildren have to deal with it.


Does it matter if we put some one else in charge of the NRA. Or does it matter if we put some one else in the white house. Will it make a difference and really make a change, if just that person represents us all. We all need to gather our selves and show them all for once. And show up at the white house and show them all, that we the People that represent the Constitution of the United States of America will not lay down and die with out a fight. and defend our right to bear arms.… Read more »

Country Boy

All I have to say is : Molon Labe You Spinelss, 2nd A Hating Politicians.

Keep it up and you’ll soon find out why the ForeFathers of Our Great and Free Country wrote the 2nd Amendment.

And you ain’t gonna like it…………..

Timothy Votaw

There is a grand conspiracy afoot amidst the panic and tantrums, being utilized to incite the mostly ignorant and uninformed general population of this nation (NOTICE I did not use citizenry or Americans to describe this group, as it is rapidly becoming a misnomer for who is living in America now!). That organizing body consists of 90 percent of Congress, much of the Trump Administration, and a vast majority of the deeply-complicit media. The Deep State anti-government, no longer underground, but right squarely in our faces with lies and false propaganda, is actively funded by deep pockets, those of staunchly… Read more »

Wild Bill

@TV, thank you for your service, Sir.


Vote these people out. The oligarch’s have betrayed their oath to the American public, it does not matter if they are Republican or Democrat, or any other party. They took an oath to protect the Constitution of the United States of America, not a reinterpretation of. The old worn out cry, is that these documents were written when the technology of firearms was the musket, this is a moot point and has no basis or foundation. Our Four fathers who constructed these documents had more intelligence in the tip of their little fingers than the entirety of the Republican/Democratic parties… Read more »

Green Mtn. Boy

Please send money,that will please Negotiating Rights Away and do nothing for We The Peoples second amendment right. History 1791: The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified. The amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” After That 1871: The National Rifle Association was formed by Union Army veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate. After that, they start going the other way 1934: 1939 1968: 1986: 1993 1994… Read more »


Wow! The NRA proposed these changes! That’s amazing! Now I learn from you the NRA supports massive gun bans! Do people know this?

Green Mtn. Boy


The NRA uses tough talk Stand and Fight,when in reality it’s stand and capitulate.
I have always belonged to other 2 nd. amendment organizations as well as the NRA,such as GOA 2nd. foundation,APRA and so on.

There is some hope for the NRA as a fellow named Adam Kraut is running for the board of directors in hopes of righting the NRA to their core mission.

Ansel Hazen

Further discussion at this point should be “which states militia did you join today?”

The politicians have stopped listening to their constituents.


Exactly! – “NRA selling out it’s members since 1934”

NRA make $M’s on having something to fight, therefore they have a vested interest in keeping the fight going.

Wayne La Pierre and Chris Cox have GOT TO GO, as in leave the NRA.

Dear Wayne and Chris, go set up your “Gentlemen’s club” elsewhere. Bring in Larry Pratt, and merge NRA under GOA

Salty Dog

Wouldn’t recommend that at all as “A little yeast leavens the whole loaf.”