Kamala Harris & the News Media Don’t Know What They Don’t Know

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Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- By now gun owners have become accustomed to a certain measure of ignorance from anti-gun politicians and their lapdogs in the mainstream press on matters of firearms policy. It’s the flamboyant stridency of that ignorance that remains shocking.

Last week, the presidential campaign of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced that if elected president the candidate would ban the importation of AR-15-style “assault weapons.” Characterizing the campaign’s proposal, Politico reported,

Harris wants to ban AR-15-style assault weapon imports and suspend all other assault weapon imports until the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can analyze whether they should be permanently banned under U.S. law. Her campaign argues the weapons could be banned because they aren't “suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes.”

At a campaign event in Nashua, N.H. Harris herself told those gathered, “I’m announcing for the first time today here with you to take executive action to ban the import of assault weapons into our country.”

Predictably, Harris’s proposal was trumpeted by an uncritical press.

Apparently unbeknownst to the candidate and her media sycophants, the federal government already prohibits the importation of so-called “assault weapons.”

Under the Gun Control Act of 1968, the Attorney General has a measure of discretion regarding what firearms may be imported into the United States. 18 U.S.C. § 925 states,

(d) The Attorney General shall authorize a firearm or ammunition to be imported or brought into the United States or any possession thereof if the firearm or ammunition–

(3) is of a type that does not fall within the definition of a firearm as defined in section 5845(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and is generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes…

The “generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes” language has become known as the much-maligned “sporting purposes test.”

In 1989, the George Bush administration used the sporting purposes test to prohibit the importation of certain types of commonly-owned semi-automatic rifles. In 1998, under the direction of  President Bill Clinton, ATF used the sporting purposes test to expand the 1989 import ban to encompass a larger category of semi-automatic firearms. The Clinton import ban included what the bureau termed “large capacity military magazine rifles,” or LCMM rifles. LCMM rifles are those capable of accepting standard capacity magazines; like the AR-15. In an April 1998 document titled “Department of the Treasury Study on the Sporting Suitability of Modified Semiautomatic Assault Rifles,” ATF determined that “LCMM rifles are not generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes and are therefore not importable.” At the time, White House official Jose Cerda told the press, “We are taking the law and bending it as far as we can to capture a whole new class of guns.”

NRA-ILA opposes the sporting purposes test as well as ATF’s application of the test. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as interpreted in District of Columbia v. Heller protects an individual’s right to access firearms in common use for lawful purposes. Self-defense is a lawful purpose, and therefore firearms suitable to that purpose should be available independent of any “sporting” application.

Regarding interpretation of 18 U.S.C. § 925, ATF has adopted a cramped reading of the operative passage. As explained in ATF’s January 2011 “Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns,” the agency refuses to recognize informal sport shooting such as plinking and practical shooting competitions like 3-gun as falling under the scope of “sporting purposes.” Moreover, the agency has read the “or readily adaptable” language out of the statute entirely, as evidenced by the popularity of commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms for the traditional sports of target shooting and hunting.

However misguided, for more than 20 years the federal government has prohibited the importation of commonly-owned semi-automatic rifles that Harris would term “AR-15-style assault weapons.”

Harris’s proposal to enact a policy that has already been in place for two decades reveals the candidate’s appalling disregard of the facts. The mainstream media’s complicity in this embarrassing episode reveals their inability or unwillingness to correct even the most egregious statements from their preferred candidates.


National Rifle Association Institute For Legislative Action (NRA-ILA)

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    Mark

    She’s so unqualified to be President of our great USA!! I’ve watched her being interviewed and her responses to most questions were “well have to have a conversation about that.” She didn’t know the answers to most of the questions….What has she done to reduce the black on black crime in her District???

    Patrick D
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    Patrick D

    What a JERK OFF.

    willy d
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    willy d

    Use the RED FLAG LAW AGAINST HER, she is a threat to herself and others, isn’t that what the law was designed for? Just drop the coins and let the police do the work, no paperwork needed!!!!!!! Better than a citizens arrest!!!!!!

    David
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    David

    The article fails to mention that Harris has a concealed carry permit, owns guns, and American manufacturers make more semi autos than any other country. So the point is….

    That’s right nothing. I want my minute back

    Tad Pole
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    Tad Pole

    Dem’s Got the Brains of a Grapefruit, ohhh that’s right A Grapefruit doesn’t have Brains.

    circle8
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    circle8

    Nobody ever accused a DEMOCRAP as having any intelligence except another DEMOCRAP and we all know they lie.

    Mr. Bill
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    Mr. Bill

    There is a very simple determination available for what individual citizens should be able to own and use.
    If a weapon, armor, or vehicle is in the possession of or allowed to be purchased by any non-military government entity it should also be available to the general public.

    George
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    George

    When we had Kamalala Hairass as the CA State AG here in Commiefornia, she was with NO doubt the most useless POS AG we ever had! Her only goal was to advance her own career to the national level, and she finally made it. God help the US if this useless liberaturd ever succeeds to advance even further! At worst, let her remain as the ‘next’ psychotic ‘Maxine Waterless’!

    Charles17121
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    Charles17121

    Not to worry ! Article ll Section 1 Clause 5 of the US Constitution will finally find it’s way to the US Supreme Court and this time they ( the Supreme Court ) will have to affirm Minor V. Happersett . Too many people running for an office they are not qualified for (the US Presidency) under Article ll Section 1 Clause 5 of the US Constitution for it to be ignored again . Did you hear that Ted Cruz , Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal , Kamala Harris and the fraud and usurper barack hussein obama ?

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    While the bogus AtG is scrutinising the laws to try and suit her own purposes, she ought to scrutinise the Constitition as it specifically addresses the qualifications for the various positions of pubic office, and in particular to the qualifications for President/Vice President.

    She is NOT eligible, and she knows, or should know, that fact.
    WHEN will someone with some clout stand up and toss THAT live grenade her way in public?

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    the weapons could be banned because they aren’t “suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes Sporting purposes, eh? What about things kile target shooting, clanging steel at 250 yards, blowing up watermelon because they are fun to watch. Three gun competition shooters most often select the AR platform for the rifle section, as do competition ski and gun contests. Murdering tin cans at 100 yards is also “sporting”, though the cans don’t stand much of a chance. Not very sporting, eh? Then we have utilitarian purposes, such as farmers in eastern Oregon using the AR for killing sage rats… Read more »

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    John

    Advocating converting the Exercise of Constitutional Rights into a crime is tantamount to hate speech. President Trump got away with it (so far) with his support of the bump stock ban and red flag laws (take guns first, due process second). Least we forget the NRA too supports such encroachments upon our Right(s). Harris, now emboldened, is threatening the law abiding citizenry by promising to expand upon these encroachments. Nothing happens by accident in politics, These threats, no doubt, appear to be designed to garner a reaction; a reaction of not only of words voiced against such encroachments, but civil… Read more »

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    JPM

    It would appear the biggest threat to our nation, not to mention the 2nd Amendment, are the idiots California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and other dyed-in-the-wool liberal states are electing and sending to Washington D.C. to try and reproduce at a national level the same sh*tholes they have made out of their own states. The media are their allies in this mission and they are gaining ground every day with the aid and assistance of the small-minded and brain-dead citizens who vote and believe anything they see on a screen or hear on radio (I would have said “read”,… Read more »

    Macofjack
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    Macofjack

    Harris as with all liberals only know three things – LIE, STEAL, and CHEAT!

    Kap
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    Kap

    as bad as the Muslim Bitch from Minnesota.

    hippybiker
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    hippybiker

    Harris is not qualified to be President. Neither one of her parents were American citizens when she was whelped. At best, she is native born, not natural born! Wit( that being said, she’s still a disloyal B*tch!

    MB
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    MB

    Horizontal Harris is only interested in what furthers her career, not the truth, or the safety of Americans.

    Native Son
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    Native Son

    The “Concubine General” of the US is just proving that she is not ready to be the President. She is Highly Trained to Service our Country.

    No Bull
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    No Bull

    There is nothing accidental, naive or ignorant about what Harris says. It is carefully calculated to continue the practice of disinformation being used by anti-gun/anti-freedom politicians and the MSM to keep the Democrat base foaming at the mouth to kill the Second Amendment.

    Mark R
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    Mark R

    EXACTLY THE POINT! Good to see someone else understands their continued foaming at the mouth is a an agenda not born out of ignorance but patience to kill the 2A.

    Rocky Mountain
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    Rocky Mountain

    Yeah like Russian collusion. Communists believe that if they believe in something hard enough that it will materialize. There’s videos about me you tube that go into great detail showing how insane they are. Eco communists are the worst. They believe rocks are living things that have feelings. FBISIS/CIAISIS taught them well.
    I wonder what the lunatics are going to do once all thier masters have been indicted and dragged away. A lil birdy told me Comey is first in line.

    Rocky Mountain
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    Rocky Mountain

    “Them” not “me”.
    Damn auto pilot.

    Rocky Mountain
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    Rocky Mountain

    Could also make note that over on Dave Hodges show he’s discussing that Jussie Smollet is Kamaltoe Harris’s nephew though you might risk being called a racist. Lol.

    Rocky Mountain
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    Rocky Mountain

    But Dave also likes Muslim takeover and worships Omar so what does that tell you.
    Common sense show is FBISIS Muslim takeover of USA.

    Sierra556
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    Sierra556

    Pardon me if this question seems like a stupid question but if target shooting, plinking, and other various shooting disciplines including competions aren’t sports, then just what the eff are they??? I guess the only sports the Dems acknowledge are fund raising and telling lies.

    Sierra556
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    Sierra556

    Pardon my grammar, too! Didn’t mean the redundancy.

    Rocky Mountain
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    Rocky Mountain

    Beto says sports are running us down with his car if he becomes President.
    Seems that regardless the candidate death will follow. At least with Hillary we know she will blow up the ENTIRE world. If Trump is not about killing then electing him will certainly touch off the war they promise so it’s like history has shown that the greatest civilizations destroyed themselves from within. Disarm, destroy and their work will be finished here. Loooooool.

    Calvin
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    Calvin

    Democrats are a Coilition of the willfully duplicitous leading the willfully ignorant.

    Rocky Mountain
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    Rocky Mountain

    A better article would be the gov demanding Trump to surrender although there is no evidence as to why surrender is required.
    Communist/eco terrorists believe that if they “will” it to happen that their will will materialize. They also believe rocks are living things that have feelings and can think.

    Rocky Mountain
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    Rocky Mountain

    Ghetto momma has apparently never read ANY law.
    Not even actually worth posting as an article. Slow news day.