Below the Radar: Blair Holt Firearm Owner Licensing and Record of Sale Act

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Chicago/United States – -( Sometimes, anti-Second Amendment legislation falls under the radar because it is introduced in Congress after Congress. The Blair Holt Firearm Owner Licensing and Record of Sale Act is one of these bills, and this one is a real doozy should it ever be enacted.

In the 116th Congress, this legislation is HR 4062 in the House of Representatives, where it was introduced by Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL) and S 2272 in the Senate, where Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is the sponsor. Rush has introduced this legislation in 2007, 2009, 2013, 2018, and 2019. For the last two years, Senator Duckworth introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

Rush has been engaging in some savvy marketing, though. He named the legislation after a high school student who died protecting a friend. However, both he and Senator Duckworth are seeking to punish over 100 million law-abiding gun owners for the death of Blair Holt.

According to a release by Representative Rush, this legislation is modeled on the FOID system in Illinois. If you thought the Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act was an injustice in the way it treats those who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights like common criminals, this bill is worse on three fronts. First, it is actually imposed by the federal government. The Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act merely offers states bribes to pass licensing laws.

Second, this bill goes beyond handguns and also places any semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine under the licensing scheme as well. If you remember how rarely rifles are used in crime, and familiar with the latest statistics, then it should be easy to see how much of a crock that provision is.

Third, this bill then proceeds to also mandate a “record of sale.” Let’s call that what it really is, folks: Registration. This is what Nelson “Pete” Shields said was the “second problem” in terms of securing the eventual ban on handguns he sought. Anyone familiar with the way that law-abiding gun owners suffered injustices after mass shootings in England, Australia, and New Zealand should keep in mind that registration made inflicting those injustices possible.

Second Amendment supporters should find the sky-high crime and murder rates in Chicago unacceptable. Governments have the duty to ensure that the streets are safe. The fact is, the solution has been evident since 1999: Project Exile. Proper enforcement of the provisions of 18 USC 922(d), 18 USC 922(g), 18 USC 922(i), 18 USC 922(j), and 18 USC 922(u), along with the sentencing enhancements in 18 USC 924 would do far more to make Chicago safe than the unjust law Representative Rush and Senator Duckworth want to impose on America.

Thankfully, Senators Charles Grassley and Ted Cruz have introduced an alternative to this legislation in the form of the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act. This legislation includes an expansion of Project Exile, as well as other improvements to the situation that those who exercise their Second Amendment rights face.

Second Amendment supporters should take the time to contact their Representative and Senators and politely urge them to oppose the Blair Holt Firearm Owner Licensing and Record of Sale Act and to request that they instead support the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act. Law-abiding gun owners should not be treated like common criminals.

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,, and other national websites.

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Deplorable Bill

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Tyranny is easy to spot if your eyes are open. Treason has a price and it will catch up with you eventually.

Arm up, carry on.


Harol,d you said: “Governments have the duty to ensure that the streets are safe.” THIS IS NOT TRUE!!! Government’s JOB ONE is to see to it our rights as described in the constitution are NOT denied us. WE are the First Responders, the ones on whose shoulders falls the DUTY to maintain “the security of a free state”. FedGov does have the responsibilit repel foreign invasion, when necessary to quell riot and civil disturance, to provide for a NAVY to keep the sea lanes safe and open. NOWHERE does it fall to FedGov to “ensure that the streets are safe”.… Read more »


Well said. 🙂


A Rights License?
No law abiding citizen should ever be forced to purchase some kind of a license, charged a fee for, or never the less taxed in order to exercise any “Right” freely guaranteed by the Constitution.

Will Flatt

The government is not allowed to do that under the Supreme Law of the land. If they try it, ignore it:


They have learned to just move a few words around and can tax and license us as many times as we will allow it to happen. When you make the laws, require the licenses, appoint the judges and hire your enforcers, you have total control.

Will Flatt

If you really were part of the freedom movement, you would know that the ARMED CITIZEN gets the final vote. Mike Vanderboegh said as much.


Our mission will be to kick the Dims’ asses soundly at the polls this year. We seriously need to open that extra can of whoopass on them.


Thank you, Harold!

Will Flatt

LOL you’re funny!!


Project Exile is no solution.

Unless you agree with James Comey.

Country Boy

The only ban America needs is a ban on the entire DNC and dem gov polis. They’re anti American

Will Flatt

All those criminals called Demorat politicians and every last one of their supporters & enablers need to be physically removed from our country, for the rest of us to be free and unoppressed.


Go do it. Get off your ass and kick them out, We will cheer you on. We are behind you 100%.

Will Flatt

This is not a one man job. Shove off! FFFFFFFFFFT!


Bernie Sanders’ supporters support the idea that any who think differently should be deposed or disposed of.

A country which mandates and controls the thoughts of it’s citizenry cannot call itself free or unoppressive. Tyranny is tyranny, we either have protection for all freedom of thought/speech or there is no such protection.

Will Flatt

On an open discussion forum, there will be trolls like this one, but it doesn’t mean we must suffer them gladly. Telling trolls to vamoose is NOT a violation of reciprocity or free speech. If you want to stand with the troll, go ahead, but anyone who stands with the trolls will have their reputation downgraded in my view.


@wjd Flatt I was not talking about trolls. What I was referencing was the idea of restricting someone’s rights based on whether they “Think” the same as you do…… What you talked about was thought control for our government to “allow” someone to live in the US. “supporters & enablers need to be physically removed from our country, for the rest of us to be free and unoppressed.” Do you forget that thought control was one of the reasons our forefathers left England and landed at Plymouth? Or that the Soviet Union used to make the people attend meetings with… Read more »

Will Flatt

@TheRevelator – I’m not into thought control, so I suppose you’re misconstruing what I’m saying. As for the rest, well, we will have to agree to disagree – because to my reasoning, your way of doing things isn’t working. Leftists ALWAYS violate reciprocity, it’s what they demand constantly. As such there can be no co-existence between Left and Right that won’t end in civil war. What we NEED is peaceful separation, and that means the commiecrats should select the leftist-run country of their choice and move, because the rest of us will NOT allow our country to be run on… Read more »

Will Flatt

– The petition continues to gain new signatures!! We just need more people to share it on multiple social media platforms with everyone we know!


@wjd Flatt “Show me on the Right where right-wing social media, etc., are suppressing Leftists.” Facebook – “Say what we think is acceptable, and shut up about your views if they are to the contrary or we will silence you on facebook.” Will Flatt – “If anyone says things I don’t think are acceptable, we need a popularity vote to throw them off of ammoland and make sure they cant say things here!” It’s the same action, and it doesn’t matter which side it comes from it is a violation of Constitutional principles. Guess what? If you want liberty you… Read more »

Will Flatt



I hate to say it: but just defeating these commie assholes at the ballot won’t be enough to stop them. If left unchecked, they will persist, and this will be the new norm. They need to be tried and convicted.

Will Flatt

Very true.


Agreed on the first part, until I got to Social Order. Who’s Social Order? Free Will under who’s social order. What narcissist personality will they have leading these free will’s?

Will Flatt

If you knew sh!t from shinola, you would know that a libertarian society and the manner in which it is ordered is minimalist in design. And from your comment, one can reasonably infer you seek social disorder. Your trolling is failing.


@StW; Agreed! These CONSTITUTIONAL IDIOTS need to be prosecuted for the ABDICATION of their OATH of OFFICE. When THEY bring ANTI-Second Amendment INFRINGEMENT “bills” attempting to make them into “laws” – – THEY are LIARS!

Will Flatt

MORE LIES and appeasement to gun-grabbers from Little Quisling Harold!! Harold says, “Governments have the duty to ensure the streets are safe.” LIE #1! Government has no duty to protect the public and courts have been ruling this way for DECADES. Then Harold says, “The fact is, the solution has been evident since 1999: Project Exile…. would do far more to make Chicago safe than the unjust law Representative Rush and Senator Duckworth want to impose on America.” THAT’S LIE #2. ENFORCING AN EXISTING BODY OF INFRINGEMENTS TO PRE-EMPT THE IMPOSITION OF NEW INFRINGEMENTS IS TYRANNICAL AND TREASONOUS. Can y’all… Read more »

moe mensale

Don’t give up now, Will. Keep pushing. Only 21 more signatures and we’ll all be free of Harold forever! Yay!

Will Flatt

Don’t make me spray you, little troll.


Trolling, Trolling, Trolling, keep those doggies Trolling, .


Wonder what ensuring Domestic Tranquility consists of.


Yeh, Right Willie Wanky. People can judge for themselves, or find the truth, without someone else’s “LIES” or should we call them what they are, “OPINONS”. Do you vote Willie or just voice your opinion? All those capital letters, leave me to believe you must be really pissed. Is this a subliminal way, to convince others of your truth? Everyone needs constructive criticism, don’t we? Keeps us in pursuit of the truth. Find the truth, find your legislators, tell them to vote on the truth. It just might help in keeping one’s blood pressure down. Don’t worry, be “HAPPY”.

Will Flatt



For those who didn’t know, Representative Bobby Rush is one of the co-founders of the Black Panther Party in Illinois. Growing up in Chicago, I remember he achieved some notoriety in and around the Chicago area for his racist and inflammatory rhetoric, which included his advocacy of arming black people against the police.

Will Flatt

Slight correction: Rush advocated arming blacks in order to implement REVOLUTIONARY MARXIST VIOLENCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF OVERTHROWING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL SYSTEM! This wasn’t a libertarian principled effort to resist tyranny in government, it was an effort to foment insurrection!!


Our political “system” is not working any longer. When wimpy little morons from a state where the murder rate in their largest city is worse than anywhere else in the nation, can introduce and conceivably pass, a law that would effect the entire nation, turning the country into the pile of crap that is Chicago, something is very wrong. Just like a San “Fagcisco” resident can become Speaker of the House and effectively control legislation that would result in people across the entire nation having to live like the perverts, sickos and liberal POS in her district live while she… Read more »

Dr. Strangelove

No it’s not. The Second Amendment Foundation has had much more success in overturning anti second amendment legislation.


How right you are GCM. A group of your “choice”. If all our groups, would combine their efforts, we could succeed, at changing many wrongs, the last few generations closed their eyes, ears and mouths to, and helped in putting us where we are today. Government learned in the 60’s how dangerous large groups of like minded people, can be. Most were college aged adults. Their numbers are far beyond large. Why is it, very few vote. Organize is a dirty word, they won’t use. They have forgotten, their power can change the world. If only, they would use it.