House Democrats Continue Unprecedented Push for More Gun Control

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Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) Image NRA ILA Stock
Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) Image NRA ILA Stock

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)-  As was continually threatened while Congress was on its six-week Summer break, House Democrats hastily convened a hearing on a recent Tuesday to promote their latest batch of anti-gun bills.

The House Judiciary Committee’s markup of three bills, with Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) controlling the process, went as one might expect.  The anti-gun Democrat majority railed against guns, while Republicans demonstrated the innumerable flaws with each proposal.

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The first bill taken up, H.R. 1236, is the federal version of extreme risk protection orders, or “red flag” laws.  As implemented at the state level, these gun confiscation laws generally authorize the confiscation of firearms from individuals without due process.  A petition for one of these protection orders often can be originated by a broad class of individuals, to include roommates and anyone with whom you've had an “intimate relationship.”  Unchallenged statements made by a accuser before a judge, alleging that someone is a danger to themselves or others in an ex parte proceeding—prior to any formal court hearing at which the accused can be represented by counsel and present counter evidence—would be sufficient for law enforcement to enter that person’s home and confiscate their private property.

The federal bill seeks to establish a grant program for states to establish and/or operate their own system.  It was amended during markup to create a similar system at the federal level.

H.R. 1236 and similar initiatives are being heavily promoted by anti-gun organizations, and are generally supported by the legacy media.  As previously reported, one media outlet went so far as to exaggerate the results of a recent study on California’s “red flag” law by anti-gun researcher Garen Wintemute.  We can only presume this to be an attempt to promote the concept to the general public.

Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) pointed out that these schemes flip on its head the long-held presumption that one is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  With law enforcement authorized to seize firearms after an ex parte proceeding, a citizen subject to one of these orders is now presumed guilty until he or she can prove his innocence.

After amending and approving H.R. 1236 on straight party-line votes, the Committee took up H.R. 1186, a ban on magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Arbitrarily-determined limits on magazine capacity have been proposed for decades, with the items being mislabeled by anti-gun extremists as “high capacity” or “large capacity” magazines. The limits that have been proposed have varied over the years, with advocates calling for all sorts of limits, including 20, 15, and 10 rounds.  Joe Biden, the front-runner for the Democrat nomination to run for President in 2020, seems to want to ban virtually ALL magazines.

The standard restriction among those opposed law-abiding gun ownership, at least for now, seems to be 10 rounds, as H.R. 1186 seeks to ban anything capable of holding more.  And while the current version of the bill allows for those currently in possession of such magazines to continue to possess them should the ban go into effect, Representative Eric Swalwell (D-Cal.) told the committee he would support the government running a “buy-back” program for existing magazines affected by H.R 1186.

Of course, the same sort of magazine ban was already tried once before in 1994.  While Republicans tried to point out that the previous iteration was deemed unsuccessful in accomplishing anything in the realm of lowering violent crime, the Democrats in control advanced the bill, undeterred by facts.

Finally, the committee took up H.R. 2708, which would add to the list of prohibitions on the purchase or possession of firearms anyone convicted of a misdemeanor hate crime. This bill uses the legitimate and serious issue of hate crimes as a smokescreen for its real goal – banning firearms ownership.

While NRA has always supported efforts to keep firearms out of the hands of violent felons, and we presume virtually any violent crime has an element of “hate” involved in it, we do have concerns regarding the continued efforts from anti-gun proponents to expand the list of those who should be prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm.

As many have said, if a crime is considered serious enough to warrant someone convicted of it losing a right protected under the Constitution, why not make that crime a felony? It seems ludicrous to consider someone to be of such a potential danger for committing a particular crime that they lose their right to own a firearm, but they are not such a danger to warrant being incarcerated for longer than allowed for most misdemeanors.  A violent criminal is a danger to society, regardless of the motivation for his or her violent ways.

Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) a former prosecutor, pointed out constitutional concerns for the legislation ensnaring people with old convictions and for being vague.  He also suggested, if enacted, it could dramatically slow down the judicial process, as courts struggle to determine which violations are actually prohibitive “hate crimes.”

Furthermore, in today’s increasingly divisive political climate, many are being accused of harboring “hate” for simply supporting political views that others oppose.  San Francisco recently passed an outrageous resolution, calling NRA a “domestic terrorist organization”, simply because NRA advocates for defending the Second Amendment.

Considering San Francisco’s ridiculous publicity stunt, is it that much of a stretch of the imagination for someone to start calling for NRA to be designated a “hate group”?

Not if you visit change.org.

While the anti-NRA petition drive at change.org was an absolute bust, we know full well that the gun-ban movement will do everything it can to achieve its ultimate goal of disarming law-abiding gun owners. Labeling NRA and its five millions members a “hate group” would certainly help the cause of those seeking to abolish the Second Amendment.

Tuesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing was little more than another dog and pony show orchestrated by the anti-gun extremists that are in complete control of setting the agenda for the Democrat Party.  For other examples, see hereherehere, and here.

And don’t expect this to end any time soon.

Democrats made it clear on Tuesday that they plan on pushing more gun control in the near future.  Many referred to each bill as, admittedly, not a solution to violent crime, but part of a greater plan.  Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Was.) referred to a “tapestry of laws” that Democrats wish to pass.  Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) referenced an upcoming vote to ban semi-automatics, and implied anyone who wishes to possess a semiautomatic rifle should simply “go away.”

Again, please contact your United States Representative  by clicking the “Take Action” button above and ask them to oppose these gun control bills.


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    Circle8
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    Circle8

    DEMOCRAPS believe anyone who disagrees with them is automatically guilty of what ever. The red flag BS takes away DUE PROCESS of the citizens but when did the democraps ever display a belief in DUE PROCESS until the acussed was a democrap. Why didn’t they prosecute the rapist clinton, or maybe “she has committed too many crimes to list clinton”, or the gun runner holder, or loretta lynch for her behind the scene deal meeting in a jet on the tarmac and so many other criminal acts because they were DEMOCRATS. If you support the california crime family, members of… Read more »

    Will
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    Will

    It’s hard to believe our tax pay money pays for the security detail for that fat useless son of a bitch !

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    Little round Nadler has never had the audience he has now. He is in the lime lite and enjoying every moment. Why are they not solving some of the problems this country has rather than trying to impeach anyone they don’t like. Solving problems could be a task and a lot of work and it is easier to sit back and look tough rather than do the work they were sent to do. It would be great if the people that sent them there were smart enough to see what is going on and correct it at the next primary.

    Will Flatt
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    The Demonrat Party exists to destroy America; they are our true enemy of liberty. They don’t want to solve problems, they want to create them & blame conservatives!

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Tcat, Nads Nadler … what a resume: by night: neo-nazi; by day: democrat, dick-takor, and corn fed corpulent. Oh … and hobby: hard core unemployable.

    Mark 2nd
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    Mark 2nd

    The picture attached to this article looks to be straight out of WW2 Nazi Germany. These evil bastards are American Nazis make no mistake. Nadler and his Nazi ilk will turn our country into Hitler’s Germany or Stalin’s Russia given half a chance. We may have a chance to avert this catastrophe if all true patriots get out and vote solidly conservative. Never give up and never give in, and never ever give up your weapons, no matter what “laws” the criminal “government” may pass.

    Will Flatt
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    That’s why I call them commiecrats. Given the chance, they would go “Full Stalin” on us and put us in death camps. That’s why they want to take our guns.

    JoeUSooner
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    JoeUSooner

    The Sergeant-at-Arms needs to drag fatboy Nadler out of the building and bounce his happy azz unceremoniously across the parking lot… and refuse to allow Nadler re-entry, under any circumstances. Then follow that action with a public statement that “now sane adults can address the real issues.”

    If the Leftist constituents are that damnably rock-stupid – to elect a waste-of-human-skin like Nadler – they DESERVE to be completely unrepresented. [Remember that the conservatives in his state are already unrepresented, so removal of fatboy cannot further harm them.]

    Reloader7
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    Reloader7

    If citizens are assumed guilty until proven innocent, how does one prove anything that has not happened yet? The answer is you can’t. This is nothing but a gun confiscation attempt from the beginning. Remember, when you vote democrat, the last thing you get is democracy.

    Old Ch.E.
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    Old Ch.E.

    Ask New Jersey how mandatory buyback or confiscation of high cap magazines is going, Police sources estimate they got 1% of what they believe the number of 10+ magazines in the state to be. Did you recently read that New Zealand’s highly publicized ban/buyback/.confiscation netted an estimated 10%. Lots of folks have the “Come and Take It” attitude it seems. As usual the beltway boys are wasting their time and our money.

    Will Flatt
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    Actually I can tell you the exact number of magazines surrendered in NJ: ZERO. NADA. NOTHING. Several 2A news outlets have confirmed this!

    james
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    james

    Congressman COBBLEPOT must resign.

    james
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    james

    Capacity does not matter, Sheriff has video on youtube to demonstrate it.
    The sum of the parts is equal to the whole. QED
    No matter the number of rounds in the magazines, you must pull that trigger each time.

    Bowserb46
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    Bowserb46

    Every time a socialist democrat plan fails, it is recalibrated to be effective “in the long run.” I’m sure there some old guys still saying that Prohibiton would have worked, if it had just been given enough time.

    Heed the Call-up
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    Heed the Call-up

    Prohibition did work. It put most smaller beer, wine, and liquor companies out of business. Mostly only the large corporations were able to survive. Only in the recent few decades since do we see small businesses becoming successful again on a similar scale of size and numbers that existed previously.

    Prohibition created a huge black market. The Kennedy’s would not have become what they were without Prohibition. And we might not have had NASCAR.

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    @Heed…Funny how they all become the moral elite after they fill their pockets !

    Bowserb46
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    Bowserb46

    Extensive studies have shown that 2-3 hits with a 9mm round is the average requirement to stop an attacking criminal. With home invasions, as well as street robberies and carjackings, often being perpetrated by four or five attackers, then one might need 15 hits–with zero misses–of the bad guys to be safe. Looks like sales of handguns using .50AE and .50S&W may increase. Or two-gun holsters like in the old TV westerns, will become the norm, along with learning to shoot with right and left hands at the same time–again like in the movies. The last “assault weapons” ban accomplished… Read more »

    StreetSweeper
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    StreetSweeper

    That short, fat lump of dough Nadler is greatly underestimating “rural Americans”.

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    Doesn’t he fill the picture of the little amount to nothing fat kid who is getting 15 minutes of fame .

    wolfzatDawn
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    wolfzatDawn

    Did they have “armed” guards at the door to these meetings? Hypocrites!

    tetejaun
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    tetejaun

    When the communist democrats speak of a “gun buy back”, as communists they believe everything and everyone belongs to the government.
    For over 150 years the American People have allowed the city, state & federal governments to run rough-shod over them and to limit & deny Rights.
    Do not expect it to stop until the American People make it stop.

    Darkman
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    Darkman

    None of what is happening the House has any relevance in the Anti 2A agenda. Regardless of the efforts of Mr. Nadler or any other democrat. Including Anti 2A Can’tidates. The entire fight will be based on the results of the 2020 elections. That is why it is imperative that the democrats are defeated at every level. Especially at the national level(House,Senate and President). As well as at the state and local level. Only through the defeat of the democrat party and the agenda of it.s Leadership. Can this fight be won in a bloodless fashion. If they are allowed… Read more »

    Bowserb46
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    Bowserb46

    Darkman, you have nailed it. Imagine 100% of conservatives voting in every local, state, and national election, voting Republican every time (in this case even a RINO is better than a Democrat.) The real challenge, I think, is getting all gun owners to realize that they are going to lose their ability to defend themselves as well as to engage in sport shooting, hunting, etc. Too many gun owners believe that it is only other gun owners who are at risk. We have got to get out the vote.

    Stripeseven
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    Stripeseven

    The Socialists have got some serious mommie issues that need to be worked on. Serve not Rule…

    “A nation of sheep will soon have a government of wolves” – Edward R. Murrow

    Bowserb46
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    Bowserb46

    We have gone to war to defend nations of sheep from the wolves inside and outside their borders. Now we are becoming sheep ourselves.