What Anti-Gun Candidates Introduced: Federal Firearm Licensing Act of 2019


Cory A. Booker
Cory A. Booker

New Jersey/United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Candidates for U.S. President who are in the House or Senate often will introduce legislation that reflects their agenda. Senator Cory Booker, who dropped out in January, not even making the Iowa caucuses, did just that during his campaign.

During his presidential run, Booker had a very bad platform on the Second Amendment, which regular AmmoLand readers should be familiar with. Much of the approbation centered not just on his support for banning modern multi-purpose semi-automatic firearms, but also for his support of corporate gun control. That being said, in the fall of 2019, after the AmmoLand News profile of his already awful positions on Second Amendment issues ran, Booker, made his platform worse.

On September 10, 2019, he introduced S 2449, the Federal Firearms Licensing Act. It wasn’t enough to ban commonly-owned modern multi-purpose semiautomatic firearms. It wasn’t enough to “take down” the NRA, an organization representing millions of those who objected to the injustice of being punished for crimes and acts of madness they didn’t commit. It’s wasn’t enough to even be a two-bit copy of Andrew Cuomo and try to muscle financial companies into adopting an anti-Second Amendment agenda.

According to a release from his Senate office, Booker paints this as a “simple concept” akin to driving a car. But the comparison of buying a gun to driving a car is phony. For one thing, you don’t need a license to buy a car. Booker wants to require it to exercise the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. In one sense, a license to drive a car is more akin to a concealed carry permit. One big difference – no states have the temerity to try to refuse to honor another state’s driver’s license.

Booker’s scheme, like the Blair Holt Firearm Owner Licensing and Record of Sale Act, treats those who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights like common criminals. The process also gets repeated every five years. Oh, and you get checked on as well, with the Justice Department having the ability to revoke your license at any time.

Carol Bowne
Carol Bowne

That aside, his own release indicates Booker had more than licensing in mind. The application for a license includes, “the make, model, serial number” and information about the previous owner of the firearm someone wishes to purchase. In addition, the text of the bill adds this little nugget: One of the factors that can be used to deny a license is “any recent acquisition of firearms, ammunition, or other deadly weapons.”

What we have here is a Senator who lacked either the honesty or the courage to admit he was also requiring at least partial registration of firearms. Keep in mind, registration has been the precursor to confiscation in England, Australia, and New Zealand. Second Amendment supporters have been wise to make civil disobedience their preferred course of action.

For someone who claims to have seen the effects of gun violence even when serving as a tenant lawyer, Booker is remarkably unable or unwilling to figure out that New Jersey’s increasingly strict laws haven’t stopped crime. Project Exile, though, has been successful at reducing crime in the places where it runs rampant. We also should not forget that New Jersey’s licensing law cost Carolyn Bowne her life.

His presidential bid has thankfully failed. But even as a Senator, he can still propose anti-Second Amendment legislation, and we need to make sure this legislation goes down in flames. Second Amendment supporters should contact their Representative and Senators and politely urge them to oppose this legislation and to instead support the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act.

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 right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.” It’s a RIGHT not a privilege. It’s a GOD given mandate, it’s an unalienable RIGHT, it’s a constitutionally protected RIGHT to keep and bear arms. By definition, what he’s doing is illegal and evil. I am amazed as to why people like him are not brought up on charges for disavowing their oath of office. What he’s doing is an attack on the whole of America, is that not treason? He and those like him should be in jail waiting for their turn on a rope,… Read more »


Anti-Constitutionalist’s=Anti-Americans=Enemies of the United States…

Green Mtn. Boy

All of them are anti Constitution,anti 2 nd. amendment, un American Communists,the entire lot of them.

Ansel Hazen

So Harold are you going to politely ask Booker to stop introducing anti-gun legislation?


Question, I D for target, reason why?


Will. I did. 3 years ago.
ATFE should be a General Store. Not an government agency!


That should have been a result of United States v. Miller (1939), in which the finding of the SCOTUS was that the 2nd Amendment protects the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms SUITABLE FOR MILITARY USE. Even then, though, the people of America’s greatest threat to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, was the Congress!


It will be… someday. Whenever the sheeple RElearn how to read (and think…). But until then they will be content with whatever they are TOLD instead. 🙂


I get the same attitude whenever I ask for trans fluid at a gas station. “What are you doing looking for oil at a gas station? Get to a grocery store where you belong…” 🙂


I think you meant: “pick up a box of CARTRIDGES” from the shelf. Bullets are only the projectiles. Loaded rounds are cartridges. Sorry, but you jiggled one of my pet peeves. I have had new reloaders (I’m a gunsmith… and a reloader since 1976) actually refer to bullets as “tips”. They’ve spent so long calling cartridges bullets, that they now have to stray even further into nonsense by calling bullets, “tips”! Downward they go, into another descending spiral. Yet another form of cognitive dissonance. Making up new words to replace ones we already have, but they don’t want to bother… Read more »


Me too. All my life, when someone said; “or else”, my reaction has always been; “Or else… what?”!
And, for those of us with functional brains, it will soon be easy to find each other. After the sheeple forget how to process oxygen, I mean… 🙂


That’s why I like Montana so much. That citidiot shit hasn’t yet gotten a toe hold here except in Missoula and the “California Triangle” (that’s what we natives call Kalispell/Whitefish/Colombia Falls). Here, Last month my son bought a Desert Eagle in .50 AE. He had to special order the gun. When it came in he signed for it at the gun counter, and they asked him to take it to the front to pay. The ammo he picked off of the shelf on the way forward. Took it to the door, sat it all on the counter and paid in… Read more »

Behind The Lines in N.J.

Like all the blowhard self-serving NJ DEMOCRATS before him, Booker sees “gun control” as an easy way to guaranteed media coverage the likes of which mega bucks of campaign funds, [which he could not legitimately generate], could not buy.


He can’t tell the truth!


Cory Booger is on the list!


Surprising that Cory Booker is seen as a particularly significant threat in a government branch that includes Diane “But, I need a gun!” Feinstein and so many others that have continually beat this drum over many years. Any one of them can, and do, introduce anti-gun efforts. Good to know, though, in case anyone wasn’t aware that the Democrats have been showing extremely anti-gun colors in recent months. In the House, of course, these kinds of bills are coming in a flood, and in that Democrat-dominated body, of course, they pass.


Hey Cory, how do you feel about people lying on their form 4473 to buy a gun? Capt. Mark Kelly did that trying to buy an AR15 to show how easy it was, he was busted for lying and not a single thing happened to him. Even if it’s a felony! I guess if you know Obama it’s ok to lying on it.


Another article by Harold, discovering boiling water, or that the sky is some color. Put a sock in it, Harold. Stop running this moron’s stupid mumblings, Ammoland. Author’s name is too long – didn’t read.