Below The Radar: The Safe Gun Storage Act

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New York – -(AmmoLand.com)- There are a number of ways to try to sneak an attack on our Second Amendment into law. That being said, the one big requirement for politicians – and legislation is to stay under the radar is for the politician to not really grandstand when talking nonsense about our Second Amendment rights.

Put it this way, Charles Schumer may have been known for pushing gun control, but he also has become a means by which many Second Amendment supporters can be motivated to act, whether by writing lawmakers, sending donations to pro-Second Amendment groups like the NRA, SAF, or GOA. This means Schumer’s mouth – and his introduction of legislation – is sometimes a liability for the other side.

If HR 4691, also called the Safe Gun Storage Act had been introduced by Schumer, we’d be seeing red, we’d be burning the phone wires with calls, we’d have piles of letters, and there would probably be so many e-mails that some wireless networks and e-mail servers would have given up the ghost.

But you probably haven’t heard much about this bill. That’s because the Representative who introduced it isn’t known for pushing gun control. Eliot Engel (who introduced the Flamethrowers? Really? Act and the PLEA Act) is better known for his foreign policy work. Hopefully, after learning about this scheme, loyal Ammoland readers can change that.

Now, we’ve dealt with some “safe storage” laws before. More accurately, they make firearms virtually inaccessible for self-defense. Quite frankly, if this was merely just a “safe storage” law, it would be bad enough. Engel, though, has come up with something even worse.

The text of the legislation is a Pandora’s box that sends power away from elected officials… and hands it to unelected bureaucrats. These bureaucrats are at the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Now, we’ve discussed other bills that open this door, the TASERS Act and the Gun Suicide Prevention Act.

Those two bills merely were a camel’s nose under the tent. Engel’s bill actually goes further than those two because it now tells the CPSC to develop standards and regulations for gun locks and gun safes. They have 90 days to start the process and it must be done in a year.

This is how Engel will open a Pandora’s box of anti-Second Amendment mischief. Once he has locks and gun safes under CPSC, the argument will then follow that what goes into the gun safes should also be regulated. That is why this bill is so dangerous.

It goes without saying that this bill needs to be stopped. Second Amendment supporters need to contact their Representative and Senators and politely urge them to oppose HR 4691. There is no good that can come from letting the CSPC get regulatory authority that comes anywhere close to our Second Amendment rights.



 

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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Sandbagger
Sandbagger
2 months ago

The CSPC isn’t even elected government. Next you know they’ll have gestapo coming in your house what the hell is wrong with our government.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  Sandbagger

@bagger, These things do not effect us in the country. This will happen in the city first. We in the country will have time to figure out what to do.

gunnerdd517
2 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

how much time would you need ? I know what I`d do, already.

RalphieBoy
RalphieBoy
2 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

RU serious?

fireball4
fireball4
2 months ago
Reply to  Sandbagger

Nothing, according to them.

RalphieBoy
RalphieBoy
2 months ago
Reply to  Sandbagger

Bagger, this is nothing new, just more overreach by politicians who have figured out that they can achieve their nefarious ends by creating unelected, free standing, self-perpetuating regulatory agencies, e.g. EPA, OSHA, EEOC, CPSC, FAA, the list goes on and on. Did you vote for these? Me neither. The pols can then sit back and let that agency take the heat. These agencies are basically answerable to no one, while combining the power to make laws, enforce them and adjudicate them. They couldn’t be more unconstitutional. But does SCOTUS grow a pair and rule on the constitutionality of such basic… Read more »

PMinFl
PMinFl
2 months ago

Harold said politely again. Let the fun begin( cue neanderthals).

uncle dudley
uncle dudley
2 months ago

A mans home is his castle and what goes on there isn’t any business of the government, that has been the cry from the group who believe in same sex marriages, so if it is okay for that leave my guns alone!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
2 months ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

@ud, in the libtard world homosexuality is ok, preferred even, but you having a gun drives them insane.

gunnerdd517
2 months ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Yes, but them having a gun is OK.

JPM
JPM
2 months ago

The only law that should apply to any gun is prosecution for abuse of it (assault, murder, etc.). How I keep or carry it is nobody’s concern, especially politicians and liberals.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
2 months ago

Harold, Any bill that puts any control of any item that can be owned by any LEGAL LAW ABIDING American CITIZEN into the hands of any “UNELECTED bureaucrat”/ Politburo – MUST be TRASHED for it is a COMMUNIST PLOY for that is all it is worth. These COMMUNIST “representatives” need to be called out and ostracized / punished for their ILLEGAL ACTIONS against the Constitution!

fireball4
fireball4
2 months ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

I keep thinking, maybe some 50s era McKarthyism is in order.

RoyD
RoyD
2 months ago
Reply to  fireball4

fireball4: I am down with that. (Joseph McCarthy that is).

RoyD
RoyD
2 months ago

Eliot Engel, just another commie Jew. [Admin – Comment policy vilolation] Roy your ad hominin attack is a violation of the Ammoland comment policy https://www.ammoland.com/ammoland-comment-policy/ please take time to read and understand this policy. If I am drawn into the comments to find your violations at the request of several other Ammoland readers/commenters I will nuke every comment you have made in our system and ban your commenting by IP, email and other nefarious methods to block 100% of your comments from reaching our pages. This is your one and only warning. “A supporter of gun control, Engel has in… Read more »

Jedge
Jedge
2 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

You lost many of us with your first line. Most 2A supporters know better than to attack someone because he or she is a Jew. That kind of hatred doesn’t belong here. I’m sure you can find places on the internet for your mindless hatred.

RoyD
RoyD
2 months ago
Reply to  Jedge

Apparently, Jedge, you missed the word in front of the word Jew. You see, Jedge, context means a lot. Perhaps you are just not used to a spade being shown to be a spade. Apparently you went and cried to Ammoland because they say I have been a bad boy. All I have done is speak the truth. And also, why don’t you try speaking for yourself instead of this, “lost many of us” tripe. See you around, Jedge. Or maybe not.

Jedge
Jedge
2 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

I despise commies and lefties too. Some have Jewish ancestry. Many don’t. Communism hates religion, Christian or Jew. Your comment is irrelevant as are you.
If you do see me around you won’t see any horns. You will see an armed Jew though.

RoyD
RoyD
2 months ago
Reply to  Jedge

“Eye dialect definition, the literary use of misspellings that are intended to convey a speaker’s lack of education.” That sounds about right.

loveaduck
loveaduck
2 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

??

SEMPAI
SEMPAI
2 months ago
Reply to  Jedge


I’m okay with it

gunnerdd517
2 months ago
Reply to  Jedge

Might I suggest a wonderful site, ” Pamela Geller ” She prints news reports around the country&world regarding Islamist misdeeds. She happens to be Jewish and proud of it, She cites the occasional article which contains info about certain individuals or groups who support liberal causes. Unfortunately, there are some Jews who are quite liberal. I support Israel 100%. Warnings or censorship here, will not alter fact. According to my Bible, Hebrews are Gods chosen people. Cant argue with that. However, people can be mistaken sometimes, no matter who they are. Many Jews supported Hitlers rise to power, to late… Read more »

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
2 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

@USA; These “interest-balancing” act of the Politburo communists along with the over 25,000 infringements upon the Second Amendment’s REAFFIRMATION / RECOGNITION of Americans’ RIGHT needs to be addressed. Yet, the Supreme Court Judges keep on punting the can into the future instead of making a decision/judgement based upon the SUPREME LAW of the LAND which is based upon the CONSTITUTION!!!!!!!

Mitch
Mitch
2 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

How bout this Roy! FU and your commie Jew comment. Everything you may have said after that hate bullshit is irrelevant and you should be banned from this page. Your one warning by the admin helps spread your obvious high IQ level

RoyD
RoyD
2 months ago
Reply to  Mitch

Aww, did little Mitchee get angry? Suck it up buttercup the truth hurts some times. Apparently you have a problem with the truth; too bad for you.

loveaduck
loveaduck
2 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

The truth is Jews run the gamut of left and right positions. To place them all as “communists” is showing prejudice and that ain’t right. Would you bring back pogroms?

RoyD
RoyD
2 months ago
Reply to  loveaduck

loveaduck: Is English your first language? From your lack of understanding it, it doesn’t seem so. Or, perhaps, you never got beyond, “See Dick and Jane run.” In any case your ignorance, whether real or feigned, is glaring. One might even say it was stupefying. Now, that wasn’t a personal attack, just an observation. Just so you know.

loveaduck
loveaduck
2 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

Why thank you, RoyD, for being so observant. Sorry, it seemed like prejudice to me but I’m just a poor ignorant 76 year old.

RoyD
RoyD
2 months ago
Reply to  loveaduck

loveaduck: You know Joe Biden’s mental problems started showing up about a year ago. He was 76 then as you are now. Just saying.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax
2 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

RoyD, No, you aren’t just saying, and it wasn’t just an observation. He made valid points and rather than address them you engaged in ad hominem attacks. I’ve cut you, and others, a lot of slack in the past because I strongly believe in the 1A. This is, however, NOT a 1A issue. This is a private forum with public access. I am NOT in charge. If the policy is enforced more strongly, remember that you have been warned.

RoyD
RoyD
2 months ago

Well Dave, why don’t you point out where he made a valid point? A “valid” point Dave not just personal opinion. Show me, show us, where, “To place them all as “communists” is showing prejudice and that ain’t right.”, has anything to do with what I posted that has gotten a few people’s panties in a wad. I never did that and there seems to be a lack of understanding of the English language by quite a few here for whatever reason. Though I am reminded that half of the population has a IQ of less than 100. So, there… Read more »

Dave in Fairfax
Editor
Dave in Fairfax
2 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

RoyD, My post was about your caveats, “Just saying, and an observation” predominantly. Other than that it was meant to point out to you that there may have been a tightening of the policy administration. His comment about Jews and Communism is valid, although not quoting you directly. You have, in the past, made several comments that today’s Jews are not Jews and posted a wide variety of posters that advance a number of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories linking Jews to Communism. Your comments about his use of English and age are ad hominem attacks. I notice that you didn’t address… Read more »

RoyD
RoyD
2 months ago

No Dave, it is your opinion which is irrelevant. If you are going to make defamatory statements back them up by giving examples. But you can’t do that can you. You suck at the truth thing Dave.

Dave in Fairfax
Editor
Dave in Fairfax
2 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

RoyD, Since it seems that we will never agree on these points, continued discussion is pointless. Please keep in mind what I said about the policy of the forum.

Dave in Fairfax
Editor
Dave in Fairfax
2 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

RoyD, My apologies.

I just went back through my records and realized that I had confused the comments about Jews not being Jews with those of another person. I was incorrect about the conspiracy theories as well, same person.

My statement about the ad hominem stands, however.

gunnerdd517
2 months ago
Reply to  Mitch

read it again. Even George Soros is a Jew,so is Henry Kissup Kissinger. Big deal. Nancy Pelosi is a Catholic who supports Planned Parenthood killing babies. Many Catholics disagree w/her. So freakin what ? The subject here is the Government being able to order private citizens how to store their guns. There definitely is a comprehension problem in comment sections,sometimes.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
2 months ago

There Harold goes again with his BS “be polite to your slavemasters” schtick. It’s really really getting old, as is the whole ‘under the radar’ premise. It is an insult to the awareness of every 2A activist who reaches out daily to know what’s going on. http://chng.it/Sjs8VzLz

And it goes without saying that if Congress is in session, your rights are in danger. And that commiecrats – ANY commiecrat – are an absolute enemy to your liberty whether they’re a household name or not.

moe mensale
moe mensale
2 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

Ah, the stupid little man with the stupid little petition makes another “Let’s get Harold!” appearance. I see you’re having problems getting those last 14 imbeciles and morons (but I repeat myself) to sign your stupid little petition. It must be driving you crazy to know you’re only this far away -> <- from purging old HH from the pages of Ammoland. Don't give up now. The goal is in sight! In the meantime, keep jacking off in mom's basement. At least she'll know you're not out in public making a fool of yourself. You do it right here. Ass… Read more »

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
2 months ago
Reply to  moe mensale

And nobody here asked for a whiny little bitch, yet here YOU are. Go away, little troll, you have no power here.

RoyD
RoyD
2 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

WF, have you noticed how much time moe spends projecting. It’s almost like a compulsion. Come on moe, I know you got something for me, make it worth reading if not remembering.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
2 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

Roy, moe’s just bent because I’m picking on his boyfriend. He doesnt always sound off but when he does it’s only because he’s taken a moment to pull Harold’s part out of his mouth long enough to bitch about me.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
2 months ago
Reply to  moe mensale

One other thing, moe. Unlike you, I’m an actual adult who moved out over 30 years ago, raised a family, and am retired. You judge others by your own example. And leave my dead mother out of this or I’ll reach through the internet, rip your arms off & beat you to death with them.

Finnky
Finnky
2 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

@WF – IF I’m reading Harold right, he is not suggesting that you beg anything of Engel. He is suggesting that you contact your employees in the legislature and communicate instructions on how you need them to do their job. It is generally more effective to treat your employees politely, with understanding of their limitations and motivations, and with respect for what they are capable or incapable of. For most of of us living in relatively friendly states such as Texas, we are simply reminding them of our priorities and providing them talking points as to how strongly their constituents… Read more »

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
2 months ago
Reply to  Finnky

@Finnky – I wasn’t even thinking of Engel at all, let alone suggest that Harold was saying ‘beg Engel’. No, my beef is that Harold tells readers to beg our employees as you correctly identified them. They ARE our employees. They’re supposed to do as we tell them. They’re supposed to obey us and more importantly, the Constitution. They do none of that, they thumb their noses at us, and behave as though they are the masters. These traitors do not deserve politeness. They deserve at a MINIMUM a stern talking-down-to. But when you try to assert your supremacy over… Read more »

Finnky
Finnky
2 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

@WF – Haven’t you seen that video of biden clarifying his position on gun control to autoworkers during one of his campaign stops? Autoworker commented to biden that he works for us and biden so politely agreed and listened carefully. Oh wait – actually he screamed that his questioner was full of $#!& and threated to take him behind the woodshed for a beating. Such an exhibit of an utter lack of understanding of constitutional government, democracy, manners, politeness, and awareness of his physical limitations. I doubt he could have survived a physical confrontation with the gentleman in question even… Read more »

loveaduck
loveaduck
2 months ago
Reply to  Will Flatt

Being polite isn’t begging. If their reaction to you is nasty then take off the verbal gloves.

Will Flatt
Will Flatt
2 months ago
Reply to  loveaduck

They are not polite, they’re tyrants. And Harold is definitely telling readers to beg for their rights to be respected. Begging is when a SUBJECT goes to their MASTER and asks for something, rather than the employer going to the employee and TELLING THEM what to do (or not do) else be fired (or worse). And if you’ve been paying attn to the commiecrats, they’re nasty all day every day. Some RINOs too.

gunnerdd517
2 months ago
Reply to  Finnky

Politeness? So many of our benevolent politicians hate us. I see no reason what so ever to be polite to them. I`ve tried it.