Below The Radar: Stopping the Fraudulent Sales of Firearms Act

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United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- Second Amendment supporters often have to make difficult decisions. Not in the sense of Glock vs. Colt vs. Springfield Armory, but more along the lines of how to address a given piece of anti-Second Amendment legislation.

Take for instance the Stopping the Fraudulent Sales of Firearms Act, known as S 3776 and HR 6997. The legislation purports to prohibit the importation, sale, or manufacture of firearms “by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises.”

On the face of it, this seems unobjectionable. Nobody wants to be sold a firearm on the basis of misrepresentation or a false promise, right? But there are red flags when Second Amendment supporters think things through some more.

For starters, the Senate bill is sponsored by Dianne Feinstein, a long-standing enemy of our Second Amendment rights. So that is a red flag right there. Her co-sponsors include Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal, also committed opponents of the Second Amendment.

Aside from who sponsors it, there is one other question: Who decides what constitutes “false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises?”



This is a big deal on multiple fronts. Remember how the CDC is getting back into the gun-control business? They worry that it will be used to justify censorship by Silicon Valley is big, but this legislation could add another threat.

Suppose some anti-Second Amendment extremist decides that those who advertise firearms for self-defense are making ““false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises?” That now becomes a new way to hit someone with a five-year jail term and a felony conviction.

This also is a way to “legalize” suits like the one brought against Remington over Sandy Hook. Never mind that the rifle used was stolen (after the shooter killed the rightful owner), the claim from the suit was centered around the advertising. In other words, prove there was “false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises” in the advertising, and all of the sudden, it becomes easier to sue gun manufacturers.

This is a dangerous end run around the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Again, we need to remember what Feinstein said so long ago on 60 Minutes. She wants an Australia-style ban, but if she can’t have it, she’ll figure out what she can get legislatively (see the Age 21 Act). Or she’ll enable other attacks outside the legislative process.

What makes it doubly hard is that this bill seems very reasonable, so Second Amendment supporters have to be very careful about the optics while opposing it. After all, nobody wants to support those who sell anything (including firearms) with “false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises.”

Second Amendment supporters need to contact their Representative and Senators and politely urge them to oppose the Stopping the Fraudulent Sales of Firearms Act. Then. They need to work to defeat anti-Second Amendment extremists via the ballot box this November.


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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Roland T. Gunner

Jeez, y’all sound just like a bunch of old women at a beer drink.

Roland T. Gunner

These bills violate “truth in advertising”. Take back our language, its been hijacked by the left.

Cruiser

But, But “It’s for the children.” “If we can just save one life.” “It will stop gun violence.” Same crap, different diaper, these clowns won’t stop unless they are removed from office.

Ronnie

CITIZENS – THIS GOV’T IS NOT & NEVER WILL BE WORKING ” FOR THE PEOPLE”! IT WAS INFILTRATED MANY YEARS AGO BY THE NAZIS! TRUE! FAMILY MEMBERS RELATED WITHIN ‘OUR GOV’T ARE “ALL PART OF > DISARMING THE PEOPLE” ! < WHY? = TOTAL CONTROL OF PEOPLE! JUST LIKE WHAT THEY DID TO THE “CITIZENS IN GERMANY ” BACK THEN!!! THEY WISH TO “REPEAT IT “! AND – THE PROOF THEY WISH TO DO THIS ? >> FROM THE VERY START OF “WE GUN OWNERS – HAVE HAD TO ‘HIRE OR SUPPORT 2ND AMENDMENT ORG’S ” FOR MANY YEARS!!! THAT… Read more »

Montana454Casull

I would say it’s more critical to stop fraudulent acts by our government and people who do not honor thier oath to uphold the constitution. It appears DC is full of these POS on both sides of the aisle. They all showed thier true colors when they stabbed gun owners in the back in the middle of the night . Yellow appears to be the new color of all those piles of crap who voted for the anti gun measures this week in the cloak of darkness thinking they would not be exposed . Your true color yellow shines like… Read more »

RanchoFiesta

I emailed my Congressman. I’m in a conservative, rural small town in CA.

I’ll stop fighting for our rights when I’m dead.

Roland T. Gunner

And surrounded by a pile of hot, smoking brass?

Knute Knute

How Harold can have the brass-plated gall to still keep publishing his “under the radar” series, after completely ignoring: https://www.ammoland.com/2022/03/under-cover-of-darkness-senate-passes-new-gun-control-laws/#axzz7NXd1g55P , is utterly beyond my understanding. How can one man be so two-faced and duplicitous? Either his “radar” is both blind and ignorant… or he ignored it because it was signed and supported by the Republican buddies that he’s always trying to shill votes for. Wake up, sheeple. Harold is NOT your friend… unless you are a Shannon Watts supporter. THEN Harold is your GOOD FRIEND…. and accepted by at least some of the ones you call “enemies”! “A nation… Read more »

Bpjsurf

Knute……. meh. You are being harsh on Harold just for the sake of being harsh. Harold works on assignments for Ammoland and does not cover breaking news unless asked by the team. “how can one man be so two-faced and duplicitous” says knute knute, what a moron.
-theoverloard

Knute Knute

You are just as well-informed as most of Harold’s followers. Just FYI, Harold DOES NOT work for ammoland. They just publish some of his work. He is what is called a “freelance” ‘journalist’, albeit a poor one. That is a writer who writes, and then sells or gives anyone the right to publish. Such ones do not work for the places that publish them.
Also FYI, if you would become informed about the subjects you weigh in on, you would appear less foolish. Good luck with that! 🙂

Wild Bill

Knute, brother, I am not a Harold fan, either, but everyone has to earn a living. I look upon Ammoland giving Harold writing assignments as a kind of … philanthropy. Which is a good reflection on Ammoland.

Russn8r

Is Ammoland a welfare office? Lots of gun grabbers need a living if that’s what qualifies as a good deed

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Wild Bill

Well, it is kind of like me hiring my cousin’s mentally challenged son to work on the ranch. This is only an example by the way.

Russn8r

More like you taking one of your socks off lap dance duty, which is surely more effective than your bloviating.

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Knute Knute

Don’t get my thoughts wrong here. If you think back you’ll realize that I have never, not even once, suggested that ammoland shouldn’t publish his pieces. I believe in freedom of speech, and Harold is a great example of WHY! Because BAD IDEAS like his need to be heard, and tried out, so that people can know a bad idea when it comes knocking on their door. But I too have the right to free speech, and someone needs to point out the duplicitous nature of the harolds of the world. My only complaint comes only when a bunch(9at the… Read more »

Wild Bill

Hey brother, we all collect a few down votes. It is just short hand when people disagree, but don’t have time for a dissertation.

Russn8r

Nice try, aka John-TEX-Jesse-Will-Bill etc

Knute Knute

It is also true that many are PAID to write comments and vote. But those should not count, because they aren’t REAL. Think about a century ago, when anyone spending a 2 dollar bill after an election was a suspect, since that was the favored price for crooked politicians to buy votes with! You must admit, a certain group, much smaller than their number of votes, follows Russn8r and I around like puppies. Isn’t it obvious? Now, I ignore the votes. because I happen to know they’re crooked, rigged, the game is fixed, etc. But it simply is not statistically… Read more »

Wild Bill

Wow, talk about inflation!

Knute Knute

But it is NOT “a few”. Always nine, at least on this page. Doesn’t just the raw statistical iimplausability of that at least get your attention?

Wild Bill

Freddy, once mentioned that about 35,000 people viewed ammoland each day. So, ten is not much.
I try to be polite and not get baited into quibble, but I get down votes, too.
There are a couple here that do not care who they insult or what they say. The number of people that voice their disapproval of their misbehavior is growing.

Russn8r

Respectfully, stop dissembling. You try to be polite, not get drawn into quibbles? You’re the King of Insult, Bait & Quibble. You’ve now taken to insulting indirectly instead of directly. Cowardly M.O. It’s your sock puppet posse that downvoted knute 10-20x above for a net 10 down. No way casual visitors did it. Then you chime in all coy with the Dr. Evil pinkie like you had nothing to do with it.

Who do you think you’re kidding?

I can smell your socks a mile upwind and I’m only part Indian.

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Wild Bill

What makes you think that they are casual visitors?
Those are your socks that you smell.

Russn8r

It says, upvoting itself over 10 times in 10 minutes.

john

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john

Overall, the Bushido code calls for an appreciation and respect for life, and teaches that people should lead by example, express benevolence, and show mercy.

I myself find this fulfilling my love for blade is strong never mistake my kindness for weakness. The first move will always be mine.

Finnky

Knute, AmmoLand us a business. Yes there is a political aspect to the business, but they publish what works to earn money and keep them in business. Harold gets them clicks, reads, and comments all of which drive advertising dollars. WTF wouldn’t they kee running Harold? Personally I glance through Harold”s writing as he occasionally offers a nugget of info – but spend far more time on comments which are both entertaining and informative. Harold is not wrong that we need a recognized gun rights organization speaking to politicians, he’s just wrong about NRA. I suspect most politicians think NRA… Read more »

Knute Knute

See my comment above about being a big supporter of Harold’s right to free speech. I just happen to ALSO support MY right to free speech! AND yours… as well as everybody else that limits themselves to ONE avatar. I do not, and can not support multiple sock puppets, because those AREN’T REAL! THEY are only ballot box stuffers, and should honestly be held accountable for such actions. Anyone with two accounts on any site should rightly be banned from that site for life.
OFC, such isn’t possible with today’s technology, which is more suited for MISuse than use.

john

Everyone has a right to express a opinion or put a article out for others to read. When two people disagree politely while writing a contract talking through ideias you get the best possible outcomes always. Disagreements with open minds help all involved learn and avoid costly mistakes.
Could you imagine our politicians doing just that for all Americans

Russn8r

Really? You and Bill should try disagreeing politely for a change. Jesus don’t like hypocrites.

Oldman

You keep and bear that thought til you meet Him…

Russn8r

Sure thing, TEX. Who do you think you’re kidding?

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Russn8r

Or rather you = TEX = Bill = Jesse = Will et ilk

Wild Bill

Ok, … John, I politely disagree.

Russn8r

Sure thing, John.

Russn8r

Ever run an effective grassroots campaign, or volunteered for one?

Think DiFi & Schumer quake in fear when you call them?

Think it’s “tactical” to call them instead of calling someone who might actually give a F?

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Russn8r

ButFudd Harold wants 2A supporters in states like CA-WA-OR-IL-NY to politely contact committed gun grabbers in secure seats like DiFi & Schumer instead of potentially vulnerable and therefore potentially receptive pols in other districts & states. Idiotic waste of time.

Bpjsurf

Idiotic waste of time” – so says you. But I say tactical as fuck.

Wild Bill

I want to thank you for conversing with Russ. You are most gracious. Nobody else wants to and suffer his retaliatory abuse. You, on the other hand, don’t need to worry about that.

Oldman

Agree most heartily!

Oldman

Let’s see how long this post awaits approval

Oldman

That’s a little more like it Ammoland……..

Russn8r

You won’t converse as you have no intent to discuss issues rationally & politely. Just deflection. Hence your sock puppets.

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Wild Bill

I fully intend to discuss issues in my areas of expertise rationally and politely. Others here have given you many chances, but you just could not keep up your end of the peace.

Russn8r

LOL. Anything to save your chatroom commando sandbox.

Russn8r

Wow. Genius use of the F word, but appropriately revealing.

You say tactical as F based on WHAT? Do you consider making DiFi laugh a great use of time when you could be calling legislators who might actually give a F?

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