Supreme Court Will Not Save Second Amendment, New Legislative Attacks

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United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Assuming a favorable ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, many Second Amendment supporters think that the legislative battles will be over shortly. That would be a huge mistake. Anti-Second Amendment extremists won’t give up. If anything, they will take new approaches to attack our civil rights.

Why? Because they really see no limits. If they cannot ban the guns legislatively, they can find “short of banning” attacks to launch, some of which will be devastating. Worse, these attacks can often be made to seem very reasonable, particularly in light of Supreme Court rulings that take gun bans off the table. This is not to say we shouldn’t pursue those rulings, but the time to plan to defend against these attacks is NOW.

Here are some of the legislative attacks we could see:

Licensing and Registration Schemes

Licensing and registration has long been the “holy grail” for some anti-Second Amendment extremists. In fact, it has been noted earlier on Ammoland pages that Lyndon Baines Johnson wanted to enact licensing and registration in the 1968 Gun Control Act. It didn’t happen, much to his displeasure.

Recent Congresses have seen several licensing and registration schemes emerge, though. There is the Sabika Sheikh Licensing and Registration Act, the Blair Holt Firearm Owner Licensing and Record of Sale Act, and the Handgun Licensing and Registration Act of 2021 among others.

Raising The Cost And Adding Red Tape

If they cannot ban guns, anti-Second Amendment extremists will certainly settle for making it more difficult for those who wish to exercise our Second Amendment rights to do so. This has taken a number of forms.

Some have sought to require gun owners to have insurance or to provide reimbursement for the “societal costs” of gun ownership. The former has been introduced at the federal level by Carolyn Maloney, while the latter is being pushed at the local level in San Jose.

How would those “societal costs” be determined? Why, they’d likely end up using “research” from the CDC to come up with the figures. It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out which guns will be targeted for higher fees.

Then, of course, there is the possibility of expanding the scope of the National Firearms Act, which could make it far more difficult to obtain certain firearms. There is already one such version targeting semiautomatic long guns pending in Congress.

Litigation

We could also see a flurry of lawsuits intended to bankrupt gun companies. Despite the passage of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, Remington was sued into Chapter 11 bankruptcy over the use of a stolen rifle in the Sandy Hook shooting. Could there be other suits, especially given that anti-Second Amendment extremists were able to concoct a way around the PLCAA that SCOTUS didn’t stop?

The fact is, favorable rulings at the Supreme Court do not mark the end of the fight to protect our rights, or even the beginning of the end. Instead, as Winston Churchill once put it, they will make the “end of the beginning.” It will be imperative for Second Amendment supporters to work hard to defeat anti-Second Amendment extremists at the federal, state, and local levels via the ballot box as soon as possible.


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.Harold Hutchison

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Pa John
Pa John (@pa-john)
1 month ago

Every elected position in government requires swearing an oath of office, which includes swearing to uphold the US Constitution. Oath breakers must be removed from office. That is the simple straight forward tactic that I believe must be taken far more often. Swearing an oath to uphold the US Constitution, and then working directly against that constitution, whether it be over violating the 1st Amendment (do a search for “does 1st Amendment apply to the states” and you will find that yes it does), or the 2nd Amendment, or any of the others, constitutes breaking that oath of office. You… Read more »

Bill
Bill (@navy-cwo)
1 month ago

Hmmmm. How about regulating reloading components or regulating repair parts for firearms? The eventual aim is to do away with the Second amendmnet; why not just side step it. Eventually guns would be “wall-hangers” as they would not function or there would be no ammo to shoot in them. The other side is going for the long game, much like the CCP.

Roland T. Gunner
Roland T. Gunner (@freecompanier)
1 month ago

What is a “sabika sheik” anyway? Is it even a thing?

Boz
Boz (@boz)
1 month ago

The wonderful thing about 2A is that it protects and saves itself. It is VERY cIose to becoming self-activated as the Founding Fathers foresaw.

nrringlee
nrringlee (@nrringlee)
1 month ago

A People Numerous and Armed shall save our God Given, Natural Law based liberties. We have a rogue federal government, all of it, and many rogue state governments. Reset is on the way. People are drawing the line when their 14 year old daughters get raped by drag queens in the girls room of your local high school. Enough. The Progressive New Left has kicked the slumbering bear. The bear is coming for them.

Roland T. Gunner
Roland T. Gunner (@freecompanier)
1 month ago
Reply to  nrringlee

It has come out that the 14 yo girl had previously serviced the perverted freak consensually on multiple occaisions. Puts the incident in a different perspective.

SGT_Wombat
SGT_Wombat (@wbielins)
1 month ago

remember he’s a repeat offender, did the same thing in the other school he was sent to.

donfranko
donfranko (@donfranko)
27 days ago

Please don’t victim blame.

2gats
2gats (@2-gats)
1 month ago

AMMOLAND….HAROLD…..

Infringing the second amendment is TREASON. The punishment for treason is and should be death.

PUBLISH POLITICIAN HOME ADDRESSES!!!!!!

Make it clear we know where they live AND WHERE THEY KEEP THEIR FAMILIES. The fight has to come home to THEIR HOUSES. Make them fear the constituents they are selling out and ignoring. Make them support THEIR constituents over the party……OR MAKE THEM QUIT IN FEAR.

EVERY TRAITOR POLITICIAN HAS A HOME IN THE DISTRICT. EVERY AMERICAN HAS A MATCH.

Roland T. Gunner
Roland T. Gunner (@freecompanier)
1 month ago
Reply to  2gats

I’m a big fan of that concept.

TargetAssassin
TargetAssassin (@jimbon)
1 month ago
Reply to  2gats

Bravo!

Arizona
Arizona (@arizona)
1 month ago

We “could” see these attacks, Harold? FFS man, of course we WILL see those. And a sh1t ton more! You pretend as if it is a breaking news announcement that the socialist authoritarians will try any and everything they can to attack the industry.

nrringlee
nrringlee (@nrringlee)
1 month ago
Reply to  Arizona

The Progressives have been at it for 130 years.

Jaque
Jaque (@jaque)
1 month ago

Pelsoi was overheard saying the American people are stupid. She spoke the truth. We have allowed the political class to to grow the federal government into into a bloated monster. We have allowed a Chinese bio warfare attack on the homeland to go without a response. We have allowed the borders to be overrun and 12-15 million illegals to live among us and steal benefits we paid for. We have allowed a presidential election to be stolen. We have allowed so many criminal transgressions against the people perpetrated by the political ruling class that the we no longer are the… Read more »

swmft
swmft (@swmft)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jaque

need to use one law they seem to follow on them ,law of jungle, line them up and mow the grass, ship the garbage to china dont want the carcasses polluting our soil

Roland T. Gunner
Roland T. Gunner (@freecompanier)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jaque

Best post I have read in months.

TargetAssassin
TargetAssassin (@jimbon)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jaque

If the politicians are so set against our Constitutional Republic, I believe they should all pack up and go live in China. Let’s see how they like true oppression and subjugation.

JimQ
JimQ (@jimq)
1 month ago

Under Barry Sotoero’s EPA, they sued lots of firms and when asked they admitted that they knew they would lose the lawsuits. Soteoro’s little Eichmanns said that they knew they would eventually lose but between starting the case and losing, the company would have to comply with their onerous restrictions. I’m sure many anti rights folks feel the same way with their lawsuits. They’ll force companies to spend money on lawyers rather than development, marketing and production of firearms.

JQ