What Would Real Gun Reform Look Like?

According to Sen. Feinstein, an AR-15 is a military weapon. No militaries use civilian AR-15s. It is most likely she is getting civilian AR-15s confused with M16s or M4 carbines.
According to Sen. Feinstein, an AR-15 is a military weapon. No militaries use civilian AR-15s. It is most likely she is getting civilian AR-15s confused with M16s or M4 carbines.

United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Recently, anti-Second Amendment extremists have taken to using the phrase “gun reform” when it comes to their agenda. But the term, as was the case when they tried to hijack the term “gun safety,” is clearly misapplied by them. What they are proposing is not reform.

Why is that? Well, the American Heritage Dictionary defines reform as “to improve by alteration, correction of error, or removal of defects; put into a better form or condition.” So, it is fair to ask what would constitute true reform in terms of our Second Amendment rights. It should go without saying that while Eric Swalwell said he was for reform during his campaign, his gun ban agenda is anything but that.

Because wrongfully punishing millions of Americans who had nothing to do with shootings like Parkland, Las Vegas, the Tree of Life Synagogue, or Newtown by infringing on their Second Amendment rights is not reform. Instead, the proper word for what these infringements are is injustice. Those who carry out those horrific acts are the ones who should be penalized – those who have not misused their Second Amendment rights ought to keep them.

If you look down the line at those whose campaigns have lasted longer than Swalwell’s, like Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris, and Cory Booker, among others, while some call for “reform,” they’re just trying to convince our fellow Americans to go along with the injustices they intend to inflict on law-abiding Americans. So, we have a sense that when anti-Second Amendment extremists call for reform, it’s really about stripping away our rights.

So, what would real reform look like? In this case, we should look towards the “correction of error” and “removal of defects” portions of the definition of “reform.” And the errors that need corrected and the defects that must be removed are quite plentiful. Furthermore, we can sell this reform to our fellow Americans in conjunction with the right approach to defending our rights.

For instance, in an era where cops can handle an average traffic stop in 20 minutes, to include checking for warrants, there is no reason that the National Instant Check System shouldn’t have an answer in the same timeframe. Furthermore, if there is a system to instantly determine if a person is disqualified from even touching a firearm, then it is pretty clear that waiting periods (like California’s) and licensing schemes (like those in New York and New Jersey) have no legitimate purpose. Reform, in this case, is eliminating waiting periods and licensing schemes, not imposing them, which was supported by the likes of Booker and John Hickenlooper.

In one sense, the same can also be said of items covered under the National Firearms Act. If a person’s prohibited status can be quickly ascertained, do we need the convoluted transfer process that is currently the law? Incidentally, since the real “weapons of war” that are so often demonized by anti-Second Amendment extremists are arguably protected by U.S. v. Miller. After all, the select-fire M4 carbine is currently standard issue for the United States military. So the 1986 Hughes Amendment can go, and anti-Second Amendment extremists have a choice: It can go via legislation, or it can go when the Supreme Court hears the case.

When it come to the carrying of firearms, there is room for reform there. In this case, it will be in the sense of abolishing “abuse or malpractice” in the carry laws of some states. “May issue” jurisdictions are in particular need of this type of reform, since they allow the arbitrary denial of the right to bear arms. And national reciprocity should also be included as well – after all, a driver’s license is valid in all 50 states, why shouldn’t a carry permit be valid?

The fact of the matter is, when it comes to “gun reform,” anti-Second Amendment extremists are gaslighting the American people. When it comes down to it, Second Amendment supporters are the ones who are pushing the real “gun reform” in America.

Harold Hu, chison

About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

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Deplorable Bill

The 2A calls every able bodied American of proper age, who is not in the loony farm or jail, the militia. Militia also infers the use of military firearms. Back during the revolutionary war the musket and cannon were the military arms of the day. These days a M-4 would be found common place on the field of battle. Gun control has never been about gun control, it’s always been about people control. I have no intention of turning in any firearm I may happen to have. Same thing goes for ammo and magazines. When politicians have to lie in… Read more »

Ansel Hazen

I think we are too far down the rabbit hole. The 5th columnists that permeate this country today have managed to corrupt enough of the American way that there will be no option but to listen to the advice of the Founding Fathers.


There are still a few good judges left. We found one yesterday in PA At least for this decision. I think if it would have passed it would have spread like wildfire across the state. https://blog.princelaw.com/2019/10/29/pittsburghs-illegal-gun-ordinances-struck-down/


I love the speeches the D.C. warriors are making.THEY will TAKE THEM, and the American people will COMPLY,but if they don’t!!!!, then they will be punished!!!(for being Patriots).
All of them have it bassackwards it’s them that are the OATH breakers.
You want COMMUNISTS running what’s left of America?, not me,I refuse to ive under their systems.


Amen and Amen Brother.

Wild Bill

Real gun reform can come in the form of any one of the co-equal branches of the federal government declaring that all gun control statutes violate the preemptive character of the Second Amendment, and are null and void.


Harold just doesn’t get it. ANY restriction, alteration, superimposed regulation or compromise on the 2nd Amendment is unconstitutional, illegal and wrong. Harold is more concerned with being politically correct and not offending the gun control leftists and getting them to change their minds, which is NOT possible, than an effective defense of the 2nd Amendment. Being polite to rude people, being logical with illogical people and using common sense with people with no common sense is a monumental waste of time, money and effort. NO compromise in defense of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, especially the 2nd Amendment, anything… Read more »

Green Mtn. Boy

True gun reform would be the total repeal of all un Constitutional gun laws,which is each and every one of them.


None of the Bill of Rights is absolute. Guns are barred from gov’t blgds and all military posts. Businesses have the right to forbid guns in their places. I would agree all the damn Dems want to cross every line to get your firearms. The rule of law is not in their vocabulary.


Guns shouldn’t be banned from government buildings nor military posts. Private businesses do have the right to ban guns, but they should be held responsible if something happens and people can’t defend themselves.


Our Second Amendment Rights do not need reform.
They need to be RESTORED.
Removal of all infringements that have been placed upon them.
Harold offers cover for two enemies of the 2nd. -Booker and Hickenlooper.
Harold once again proves two things – He thinks we are stupid, He is not on our side.


“So, it is fair to ask what would constitute true reform in terms of our Second Amendment rights.”

You miss the point. To them, rights don’t enter into it; they seek to reform the manner and force with which they destroy gun ownership.


When and IF Trump is impeached, and the Dems take the Senate, anyone that is a true patriot had best already be bagged out and ready to rock and roll.Because the Dems will have a Civil War started in less than 60 days after inauguration. NO LAWS will I COMPLY with, unless they can get 3/4ths of the states to hold a Con Con,and overturn the 2nd Amendment.(still rather die if they got that done) They cannot get that done legally, so they will as usual try to PASS UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS.(these morons are traitors, and either are ignorant or criminals(which… Read more »


Since the real purpose of all current “gun control” is to deny or at least make gun ownership too expensive and thus encourage golf club membership. Years ago this was aimed almost exclusively at minorities. Today we are all discouraged.


A great question was asked as the title of this article, “What Would Real Gun Reform Look Like?”, and, as usual, this question was not remotely answered. The fact of the matter is that the answer was already thought out, at least to a large degree, and written into the Second Amendment. There is no way to oppose evil except with ready and superior force. The only ones that can provide this powerful and ready opposition, and the only ones who rightly control it, are the good citizens themselves. The whole idea that only government should provide that opposing force,… Read more »


quote: “after all, a driver’s license is valid in all 50 states, why shouldn’t a carry permit be valid?” driving a big machine is a priviledge. Our firearms are a guaranteed RIGHT. Why is a Mother May I Card to carry a firearm, already a God-given RIGHT, even necessary? The Supreme Court determined that a very small “poll tax”, a fee paid to some government agency as a precondition to one’s exercising their RIGHT to vote, is an unconstitutional infringement. WHY is not the paying of a fee to a state government also an unconstitutional preconditioin to the exercise of… Read more »

Arizona Don

Think about this. Who is it generally restrictive gun laws really effect or should we ask assist? Those who obey laws or those who do not obey laws? It effects those who obey laws right? and who is it those laws assist those who do not obey the laws? Of course that is right. So the second part of that question is who then benefits from restrictive gun laws the most if law abiding citizens obey the law and give up their guns and the criminals do not. Who is disarmed? It is not the criminal is it? So restrictive… Read more »

Ryben Flynn

Gun Reform: No restrictions except for prohibited persons. And even then some of those should be able to own a gun. Bouncing checks is a felony but that doesn’t mean the person is a violent offender likely to go on a shooting rampage.
Anybody have anything to add?


Real gun reform must start at the ballot box and yet these lifetime career politicians never go away. Once elected, they serve only to satisfy those who got them there. They continue to do the samethings over and over yet and yet the only law abiding are losing their rights. Based solely on their performance, they should have been run out of office decades ago. It’s been said Congress has the highest unapproval rating across the nation. Then how do these bastards stay in office and who’s voting for them?


Harold, you had me until the last paragraph. If the laws are properly reformed, then we don’t need National Reciprocity, because we won’t need carry permits.

Wild Bill

@Wombat, Harold is the Neville Chamberland of the Second Amendment civil Rights issue.

Greg K

“The Appeaser is the one who feeds the alligator expecting to be eaten last.” Winston Churchill

Will Flatt

The answer to the title’s question is simple. ABOLISH ALL GUN LAWS, AS ALL GUN LAWS ARE INFRINGEMENTS. Real gun reform is enforcing the universality of the 2A to ALL states and territories, at all times, for all peaceable Americans. Anything less is intellectually dishonest, corrupt and lazy.


There should be no regulations on any guns, even fully automatic ones, unless the goverment doesnt have them. What ever it’s over anyways, we are at the point that the people are boardline mindless, I cant even have a washing machine with out a lid lock cause some morons gonna get thier fat rolls stuck in the spin cycle. Here is what’s gonna happen, the future is this, and it’s pretty, much here. You will be recorded and monitored at all times, most people already do this voluntary by google recording locations, wifi passwords, GPS locations, web history, and then… Read more »


I have a better word “ REPEAL”.

All of the laws, regulations, and restrictions is an INFRINGEMENT on our 2A rights. But when was the last time Harold ever said that word in his compromising sounding articles?


Glad to see that Harold has found some better “stuff” for his pipe and also a better bourbon.


I may be behind in my count of UNJUSTIFIED “reform” ANTI-Second Amendment INFRINGEMENT laws on the books. I believe there are OVER 25,000 “under the color of laws” that are applied DAILY AGAINST LEGAL LAW ABIDING American CIVILIANS. Yes, I said CIVILIANS – – – NOT – – – SUBJECTS or SLAVES living in America.


WHY did you have to use a representative illustration of the GRIFTER TRAMP at the beginning of your article.
THAT person is ABSOLUTELY REPULSIVE along with its millionaire mate.
By the way, I LOVED seeing the ARmalite Modern Sporting Rifle in the picture.

Get Out

Feinstein should practice proper gun control by ensuring the safety selector lever on the weapon she’s holding is on safe. It appears to be in the fire position.