Below The Radar: Home Defense and Competitive Shooting Act, VOTE YES

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Below The Radar: Home Defense and Competitive Shooting Act

United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Not all legislation that Second Amendment supporters don’t notice right away is a threat to our rights.

Roger Marshall (R-KS)
Roger Marshall (R-KS)

Sometimes, the legislation that comes in below the radar actually improves the situation. One such bill is HR 5289, The Home Defense and Competitive Shooting Act, introduced by Representative Roger Marshall (R-KS).

According to a release by Representative Marshall, this legislation removes certain rifles from the provisions of the National Firearms Act. Specifically, rifles with barrels shorter than 16 inches.

“Opponents of the Second Amendment want to use bureaucracy and regulations to obstruct citizens attempting to exercise their God-given right to keep and bear arms. The firearms addressed in this bill are commonly used for hunting, personal defense, and competitive shooting,” Representative Marshall said in the statement.

“Since I came to Congress, I have fought tooth and nail to stop attempts that would strip our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. This bill will eliminate regulations designed not to protect Americans, but to deny them their Constitutional rights.”

While it might seem like a small step, this bill does a lot more than many might think. It provides huge benefits to those who wish to use modern multi-purpose semiautomatic firearms like the AR-15 for home defense.

This happens much more often than many are thinking, although the stories are buried by a biased national media. It’s no wonder that the National Shooting Sports Foundation estimates that more than 16 million modern multi-purpose semiautomatic firearms have been sold.

What are these benefits stemming from this modification to the National Firearms Act?

Well, for starters, it means that to buy an AR-15 (or any other rifle) with a barrel less than 16 inches long will only require passing the National Instant Check System. No need for a $200 transfer tax, no need for permission from the chief law enforcement officer in your jurisdiction, no need for permission to travel across state lines. Heck, buying an AR-15 upper with a barrel under 16 inches and installing it on a rifle you currently own will not put you at risk of a federal felony conviction leading to ten years and a $250,000 fine.

That alone is huge, but there is something even bigger than all of those benefits: The end of the registration requirement. Not only would new short-barrel rifles not have to be registered, but the legislation also calls for the destruction of registration records currently being held. In essence, this bill does the opposite of the TRACE Act introduced by Representative Michael Quigley (D-IL). In addition, state laws would be preempted. In short, a lot of onerous restrictions would be lifted. It should be noted that both the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action and Gun Owners of America are backing this bill.

“On behalf of the NRA’s five million members, I thank Dr. Marshall for introducing necessary legislation that will restore Constitutional rights to law-abiding Americans to choose which firearms best suit their needs,” NRA-ILA executive director Jason Ouimet said. “It’s time Congress eliminates costly and unnecessary government regulations on short-barreled rifles, which are used in sport shooting, hunting, and are especially popular with women gun owners for self-defense.”

The Home Defense and Competitive Shooting Act is a step in the right direction for Second Amendment rights.

Second Amendment supporters should take the time to contact their Representative and Senators and politely urge them to support this legislation. In addition, they should also take the time to send a thank-you note to Representative Marshall.


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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@Will That was a quote from NRA-ILA’s Jason Ouimet who we understand to be little more than a mouth piece puppet, and if you look behind the podium will no doubt see an arm attached to WLP inserted into Ouimet and working him good. The 5 million number does need to be audited. So many of us have left the NRA its no joke. Perhaps a new numbers set should be looked at, Life members who they count anyway, Current Paying/donating Members, and then current Members not donating. All lapsed memberships being discounted of course. My guess is that the… Read more »

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@Will

I know. Same goes for the SAF.

The problem is that people will only believe in a lie for so long before they grow tired of it and stop listening. Instead of being honest, the NRA chose to operate on a lie. When they did that they automatically set themselves up to lose members. And just like countless examples through history they follow the same path as others before, when the lie stops working on their target audience they begin to lie to themselves rather than admit wrong(and it usually ends in self destruction)

TheRevelator
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TheRevelator

@Will I agree. That is why I am continually harping on people here about consistency. If someone says they love and defend the constitution, but are willing to violate it to suit their needs I hold them accountable for their words not matching their actions. Same for those who claim to be Christian, but try to twist scripture to justify their own world view and thus violate God’s law and teachings. Hypocrisy for personal gain/benefit should be called out. However, the vast majority of people do not have the integrity or strength to admit they are wrong when called on… Read more »

King Reno
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King Reno

Barrels under 16 inches, not only a felony and $250,000 fine… You could get a Gov. goon squad staking out your property, shoot your dog and execute your family.

a.x. perez
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a.x. perez

The NFA was passed during a time when the USA was at extreme risk of Communist and Fascist uprisings and which the rulers (FDR and company) were taking steps to prevent the same that could have provoked armed resistance. Currently the US is facing a situation where people on both sides of the aisle have shown a blatant disregard for the rights of Americans not provoked by crises we are facing. Perhaps it is time to junk the NFA, either in one fell swoop or in pieces.

SGT_Wombat
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SGT_Wombat

I thought the NFA was passed because of Capone and all the violence caused by Prohibition.

Will Flatt
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Actually FDR passed more socialism than any POTUS up to that point, and his wife Eleanor was an all-out communist in all but name. And the NFA was passed in reaction to the crime wave that came out of the Great Depression, which was unduly prolonged as a direct consequence of FDR’s economic policies.

NRA may be sitting on its’ hands, but Gun Owners of America is actively working to abolish NFA, one piece at a time.

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TheRevelator

@A.X. Perez In light of your comment, I would like to offer up a substantial point in clarification. Please read carefully. There is no crisis which may allow or mandate any measure, action, or restriction against rights protected and prohibited from infringement by the United States Constitution unless such exemptions may be found within the Constitution itself. (Example~ The 4th Amendment grants exemption for legitimate probable cause upon proof of evidence and issuance of a warrant via the court.) There is no such exemption to the Second Amendment, so regardless of the reason/excuse there is not one level of government… Read more »

Xaun Loc
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Xaun Loc

This bill isn’t just below the radar, it is below contempt — and so are its sponsors. This isn’t serious legislation. The sponsors know the bill will never be reported out of committee. Sponsoring this farce has nothing do to with legislation, this is absolutely, totally, 100% completely a CAMPAIGN STUNT. We have seen several of these bills in congress and in various state legislatures — lots of “Republicans” are busily drafting pie-in-the-sky bills they can introduce just to get publicity (like this!) to drum up support among conservatives and gun rights supporters. These same politicians were nowhere to be… Read more »

Will Flatt
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This is just filler from the computer of Little Harold, not a proper article. Be sure to share the petition to dump him: http://chng.it/nwrb2gvTKW

Ej harbet
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Ej harbet

Want to give your lady a real pdw like a roni glock or a ps90 with 10inch barrel she can easily carry and will give her a superior weapon against the goblins that prey on women??? We need this deregulation!

Ej harbet
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Ej harbet

This is my legislative dream! I love the sbr concept and wish to own several! They are very handy and useful for home defense and pest control being more likely to be in reach than longer weapons. BUT IT DOESN’T STAND A CHANCE AS LONG AS PILL-lOW-SEE HAS HER CROQUET MALLET IN THE HR!!!
We have to regain control of our government!,,

Terry
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Terry

Please always supply site to legislators when publishing these type of articles. Your response shoukd more than double.

Oldman
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Oldman

I will give it a thumbs up. Going in a better direction than down.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

Yup, that could be handy.

Arm up, carry on.

Finnky
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Finnky

While I’m more bothered by NFA application to suppressors, this is a HUGE step in the right direction. While I think NFA should be tossed in entirety, this step begins that process and should set precedent by demonstrating how little NFA contributes to safety.
If leftists do not succeed in starting CW2, murder rates will continue to decline and we can simply point at the decline (rather than change in rate) as proof that change in the law has been harmless.