Congressional Gun-Banners Introduce Extremist Federal Gun License Bill

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Congressional Gun-Banners Introduce Extremist Federal Gun License Bill

Washington, DC – -(Ammoland.com)- A trio of perennial Capitol Hill gun banners have introduced legislation that would require American citizens to obtain a federal license from the Department of Justice before they could buy or receive a firearm, with periodic mandatory re-licensing and training.

New Jersey Democrat Senators Cory [Sparticus] Booker and Bob Menendez, and Connecticut Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal are behind the 11-page measure, dubbed the “Federal Firearm Licensing Act.”

As noted by Politico, “The DOJ license would require both a written firearm safety test and hands-on training, a criminal background check and submission of fingerprints and proof of identity. The license would only be available to people over 21 years of age, essentially raising the age of gun ownership to 21.”

The bill would amend Chapter 44 of Title 18. Right upfront, the legislation states, “it shall be unlawful for any individual to purchase or receive a firearm unless the individual has a valid Federal firearm license.”

But there is more, and it is disturbing.

“The Attorney General shall issue or deny a license under this section not later than 30 days after the date on which the application for such license is received.

“Each license issued under this section shall be valid for the purchase of a single firearm, which shall be purchased not later than 30 days after the date on which the license is issued.”

In two paragraphs, the Booker-Blumenthal-Menendez bill reduces a constitutionally-protected fundamental right to the level of heavily-regulated government privilege. Proof of that is underscored by a remark from Booker in his press release, in which he compares the right to keep and bear arms to driving a car, which is not mentioned anywhere in the Bill of Rights.

“This bill moves us in the right direction and is based on a simple concept – if you need a license to drive a car, you should need one to buy and possess a gun,” Booker stated.

The anti-gun trio figures to capitalize on the tragic May 14th, 2022 shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y.

The New York Times is reporting that with the current 50-50 makeup of the Senate, restrictive gun control legislation doesn’t have much of a chance to advance, however. In the aftermath of the Buffalo shooting, “Democrats on Capitol Hill were publicly conceding that their paper-thin majority in the Senate meant there was little they would be able to do to prevent the next tragedy,” the NY Times acknowledged.

Quoting anti-gun Democrat Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the report said Durbin admitted, “We’re kind of stuck where we are, for the time being.”

Durbin, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, reportedly was “playing down the chance that even a modest bill to strengthen background checks for gun purchases could overcome a Republican blockade.”

But Durbin didn’t mention that the accused shooter in Buffalo had actually passed a background check when he bought the firearm allegedly used in the attack. Only after the purchase, according to authorities, was the weapon apparently modified, and the suspect acquired full-capacity magazines, which are already illegal in New York state.

Translation: Nothing Durbin mentioned would have prevented the Buffalo shooting. Durbin’s three anti-gun Democrat colleagues think their new bill will fix that. At least, that’s what they are asserting.

“The Federal Firearms Licensing Act would put in place a certification process that includes firearm safety training and a thorough criminal background and identity check requiring the licensee be 21 years of age,” Menendez said in Booker’s news release. “We have a moral obligation to prevent these senseless massacres in our schools, supermarkets, places of worship and shopping malls that are tearing communities and families apart. It is my hope that my Republican colleagues will once-and-for-all recognize the urgency of action and join us in passing this legislation before more lives are senselessly lost to gun violence.”

Elsewhere in Booker’s press release, his office reveals, “The federal firearm license must be renewed every five years at which point the applicant will have to go through a background check and undergo firearm safety training again. (Emphasis added) The bill contains a mechanism for the DOJ to revoke the license if the individual poses a danger to themselves or to others. It would require the Federal Bureau of Investigation to regularly conduct checks to ensure that individuals are in compliance with federal license requirements and keeps in place requirements that all people purchasing firearms from a federal firearms licensee undergo a background check.”

The New York Times editorial page is ramping up the rhetoric, blaming Republicans and Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for promoting so-called “Replacement Theory” ideas, which allegedly guided the Buffalo gunman, but it is only well into the editorial that the real purpose comes clear.

“The focus on the gunman’s motives should not obscure the fact that the most important step the government can take to impede similar attacks is to limit the availability of guns,” the editorial states.

Essentially, the newspaper takes the country right back to the gun ban strategy.

Whether the Booker-Blumenthal-Menendez legislation has any chance may be debatable. If the U.S. Supreme Court hands down a ruling next month in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen that strikes down New York’s extremist “good cause” carry permit requirement, the gun control movement would suffer a withering defeat.

There is another case up for review consideration by the high court, challenging a semi-auto ban in Maryland. If the court accepts that one for review, and comes down on the side of the right to keep and bear arms, it is essentially “game over” for the gun prohibition lobby, and they know it.

The Booker-Blumenthal-Menendez legislation requiring a federal license to buy or possess a firearm has long odds of passing, and even if it did, there is no doubt it would be challenged by every firearm rights organization on the map, possibly joined by other rights groups that would see some ugly writing on the wall.

Federal Firearm Licensing Act of 2022


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Patriot Solutions

Lol……

ExGob

The anti-gunners always try to capitalize on any crime involving a firearm, hoping the masses will believe that there would be peace untold if we would outlaw firearms and develop a means to police and enforce it. That is an insult to the intelligence of practically everyone on planet Earth! Anyone bent on the idea of committing a crime with a firearm, isn’t concerned about laws, licenses or repercussions relative to firearms obtainment, ownership or usage. Guns will always be available, license bedamned. Everyone involved with the election of these three bill drafters ought to be ashamed to admit it.

JayDubya

What a joke! Booger and the other insane boys are just digging their holes deeper.

fireball4

Sparticus must be campaigning pretty heavy on this trash. If something like this were to pass into law, it would just create a few million more criminals in this country.

Grim

Booker, Menendez and Blumenthal – Get a rope and round them up!

willyd

Then a speedy trial with a vitric and Immedient trip to the GALLOWS for hangman!!!!! Menendez should already be in jail!!!!!!!!

Bill

Riiiiight! Like this is gonna fly!

fireball4

Just about as well as the NJ mag ban.

Boz

The 2A supersedes that, so….. Take your “Iicensing act” and ram it where the sun don’t shine! By proceeding with this illegaI act, they would be activating the 2A to be used for it’s actual intended purpose, the suppression of tyranny.

Ope

It won’t ever happen and they know it.It’s just some “feel good” bullshit after Buffalo. The three morons behind this says it all.

Ope

Where is Feinstein ? This seems like the same type of BS that won’t ever happen that she would sign on to.

Mystic Wolf

Are you kidding dianne frankenstein is in worse shape than biden is, 90% of the time she can’t even talk and she has trouble even walking, yeah frankenstein is on her way out along with several others.

Ope

Thanks for advising me about Feinsteins current mental and physical condition. I always enjoy getting wonderful news. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving bit.h.

Wild Bill

Ahhh, good news.

Tackleberry

Not really, she’s showing massive decline in mental faculties yet will not step down. With the garbage bills once again coming out of her office, you quickly realize it’s her staffers and special interest groups eagerly putting forward whatever they wish while using her name and office. While Feinstein is no friend of the Second Amendment she at least knew enough to hold off on what she knew wouldn’t pass, voters wouldn’t accept, and or what was not possible constitutionally. Now, just as with the vegetable and chief, we have an empty suit in a position of power that makes… Read more »

Wild Bill

But if she is that decrepit, then she can not last long. When she is gone, her staff will change, right?

Finnky

Sure the staff will change, but no one will be considered more experienced or more qualified than her upper level staff members. Thus we are likely to see more and worse from whomever the democrat party picks to replace her. 🙁

Bill

She’s busy trying to determine where she is at any given time!

Arizona

Like that stain on humanity, the corrupt and detestable POS John Mccain, she won’t resign because azzzzholes like them refuse to … they want to die in office, despite not actually serving for the last year or so as they revert to drooling babies that mess their diapers?

fireball4

Isn’t she brain-dead?

Ope

I know the witch really started losing it after her ‘94 AWB expired in 2004. She was so proud of her signature piece of bullshit that did nothing in those 10 years to lower firearm related crimes.

DDS

IIRC, the amount of crime involving long guns, not just assault weapons, was then (as now) around 3%. So if the 94AWB had magically stopped ALL long gun crime, not just assault weapon crime, the improvement could not have been greater than 3%. Now there are obviously a bunch of people in Mordor on the Potomac who have trouble with fractions and percentages.. But still, 3% ain’t a whole lot of crime reduction after all the hoopla surrounding the passage of the bill. And that’s because the bill was never really seen, by its supporters, as a means to reduce… Read more »

Wild Bill

Good report.

Ope

I sure agree with Bill. That was a very good report.

Wild Bill

Yes, since she was a young girl!!!

Arny

This would surely affect gun manufacturers & ilk. Where are their voices ? Their high paid lawyers they have on retainers. Would this not affect their sales ? They can’t all live off Govt contracts. Or can they ? Why can’t they find a good 2A Candidates to run for offices ? They have the platforms that would help to get the candidate elected. IF we can get honest elections. There surely has to be some smart, honest persons among them to fill the seats.

Mystic Wolf

The dc corruption is at an all time high! Just look at those that are ruining the country at this time. The guy in the W/H is connected with china as well as with Ukraine, and those in congress will sell their souls for that almighty dollar, or should I say millions of dollars from foreign countries.

Wild Bill

It has been that way since they replaced the Articles of Confederation. After that, the seat of power was consolidated in one place, just like the British Parliament had been, prior to the revolution.
Under the Articles of Confederation the seats of power were the various states.

Last edited 1 month ago by Wild Bill
swmft

and the armies were of the states and that was still true until the dick act

Wild Bill

I am pretty familiar with that Act of Congress, and there is a lot of room between what that Act did and what some people say on the computer.

swmft

funny they are likely paid in the currency they are making worthless

fireball4

They aren’t worried about it. That shows how much clout, the Libs have.

Cruiser

Blumenthal and Menendez two pillars of virtue. Blumenthal is a liar and Menendez is a pedophile. They should not be telling anyone what they can do.
I don’t need any of the three of them telling me what my rights should be.

Montana454Casull

I am not paying these clowns one red cent for a permission slip to exercise my 2nd amendment right . Cory and Bob can bend over and stick it where the sun don’t shine . LETS GO BRANDON #FJB – MOLON LABE

Mystic Wolf

Well kory bugger boy is about as bad as some from cali he not only hates guns but he also wants the white population put into camps of some sort or other

fireball4

Don’t even give them the publicity, that they are striving to get.

YankeeBill

Echoing the old screed, ENFORCE THE DAMNED LAWS ALREADY ON THE BOOKS! Make the punishment meet, or exceed, the crime. As a former LEO, I will tell anyone, in all honesty, that there is a particular segment of our populace, about 15-20 percent, that commit the majority of violent crimes. Year after year. Currently, that segment is being allowed to run free, committing heinous crimes with and without firearms. Without any consequences for their action. Once again, the liberal anti-gunners are looking to enact legislation that will punish the 80-85 percent of us who are law abiding Americans. The scumbag… Read more »

Arny

Do these political clowns think they will collect all the guns ? Good luck with that one. Like the M&M commercial went, “he (Santa) does exist.

, Ghost guns do exist.

JSNMGC

“Do these political clowns think they will collect all the guns ?” Of course the politicians don’t think they will collect all the guns. “They” know they won’t collect any guns. The politicians use taxes and increasing debt to pay hundreds of thousands of armed government employees to enforce gun control laws, just like they always have and just like they will continue to do. Those armed government employees have been seizing Americans’ firearms for over 100 years. While the Federal Firearm Licensing Act will not be passed (at least not in the next couple years), we will have more… Read more »

JSNMGC

The downvoters only want to discuss the BATFE, anti-firearm rights politicians and the people who vote for them. They don’t want to discuss how firearm laws are actually enforced. They especially don’t want to discuss this:

“Launched in 2001, the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement officials” to enforce gun laws.

https://www.justice.gov/psn

fireball4

Just goes to show, if you’re going to do something like this, you should get along with your neighbors.

JSNMGC

Yes, and ostracize those neighbors who enforce unconscionable gun laws against their fellow countrymen.

buzzsaw

I looked at the NY Post article. A young man, 18 years old, is making guns with his grandfather. So? What’s wrong with that? (It might “illegal” but does that make it wrong?)

1000 rounds of ammo. Only? That’s not a stockpile. That’s a day or two at the range.

JSNMGC

I agree.

So why did the enforcers follow orders to enforce those unconscionable laws against their fellow countrymen?

Maybe if those enforcers are completely ostracized from their community, their colleagues won’t do something similar.

Last edited 1 month ago by JSNMGC
Henry Bowman

Existing gun laws are infringements. They all need to be repealed, not enforced. If a criminal breaks the law with a firearm, charge him for the crime, period. The only thing in law that ought to apply regarding guns… is as a sentence modifier (extra time), nothing more.

What needs to be enforced is the CONSTITUTION!

Boz

BlNG0! Nailed it.

Mystic Wolf

Use the laws that are already on the books, there is one that says if you use a gun in a robbery then you are facing 20 years, if you use a gun in a homicide then that is automatically life in prison with no parole. Yeah the DEMONcrats have twisted the laws to make it so the criminal can do anything with no consequences. We have the laws they just need to be used the right way and punish the criminals for the things they do.

WeWereWarned

Sir, hopefully you get the cognitive dissonance of saying all gun laws are infringements, as you support criminalizing the possession of a Constitutional protected weapon. Murder, attempted murder, carjacking and aggravated assault are the same crimes no matter what weapon was involved. What you are saying is that it is worse for a criminal to use a gun, than using another weapon. That only makes sense if you are trying to stigmatize the Constitutional protected weapon. You are doing exactly what Thomas Paine warned not to do when he was talking about a guarding your enemy from oppression, since it… Read more »

Russn8r

Exactly. Our side must stop using enemy assumptions.

Henry Bowman

I NEVER said I supported criminalizing possession of a firearm. Read what I said over again, then again, and again some more. I was talking about sentencing guidelines ONLY. And while we’re on that topic, I do believe that similar guidelines for other means, such as infectious materials, can also be a sentence enhancer. But even before that, the crime itself is what should be prosecuted.

Russn8r

Yes, it’s the crime that should be prosecuted. But to the extent a crime with a gun is subject to a harsher sentence then the same crime with the same result using a different tool, it criminalizes gun possession and use, not the crime itself, and that is a gun grabber principle. First Principles requires the same sentence regardless of the tool.

musicman44mag

My new book, Rules for Anti Radicals, says the same thing. Someone previously rebutted a statement I had made regarding how gun crime should be handled. I didn’t argue it though I didn’t agree. That was then, this is now. I see the realization of what your statement is and have analyzed it and I now agree. It shouldn’t matter what the weapon is. Muder is murder should it be by a gun or a rock and should carry the same penalty. Enhancing the penalty because a gun was used is playing right into Alinsky and the Marxists game.

Russn8r

Thanks. I’m not surprised Paul Valone agrees.

Henry Bowman

I’m not singling out firearms. I mean ANY deadly weapon, and every state in the union has sentence modifiers (aggravating circumstances) that add extra time for any deadly instrument used in a violent felony.

Russn8r

Gun control enforcers should be imprisoned or worse. Legislators don’t enforce laws. Without Oathbreaker cops, gun controls would be moot.

Last edited 1 month ago by Russn8r
Patriot Solutions

Cut their budget like we do in my county. We only about 6 cops and they don’t even work at night. Can go 3 months without even seeing one.

Henry Bowman

Awesome! I live in a county that is so big it covers over 6,800 square miles and there’s only 2 deputies on duty at any time. Average response time for a 911 call is 45-60 minutes on a good day. Everyone here is their own first responder. NOT a good place for criminals to ply their trade on account of that time frame because they’ll likely bleed out and take the room temperature challenge waiting on EMS.

Russn8r

More time for “gun crime” is a gun grabber principle. The crime should determine the sentence, not the tool.

Last edited 1 month ago by Russn8r
Bill

Unintended Consequences by John Ross

buzzsaw

Why are there no consequences for violating the Constitution, aka the Supreme Law of the Land like there are for other, presumably lesser, laws? Who is supposed to enforce it, and by what means?

For those who have sworn …to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. How does one identify an enemy of the Constitution? Once an enemy is identified, how should they be dealt with?

Last edited 1 month ago by buzzsaw
JSNMGC

Consequences?

Do you mean for politicians?

Or, do you mean for politicians and LEOs?

There can be consequences. All it takes is a community willing to ostracize them.

musicman44mag

Remove them from office. Start with uncle joe kamalatoe obiden and work your way on down. Remove them all on the same day so no one has a chance to cover their tracks, change rules or laws and produce fake news to program others as to what isn’t really happening.

hippybiker

So, basically what these miscreants want to do is turn the Free Republic of the United States into the Peoples Republic of New Jersey!
That’s not a viable option!

Mystic Wolf

Remember that several of those in office at this time are card carrying communists, and there are some that would like nothing more than to see this country torn to shreds and broken into pieces.

Wass

Notice, Chuck Schumer is conspicuously absent from the group. Best guess, he already committed himself to “supporting the Second Amendment”.

Mystic Wolf

Cock schemer is one of the biggest anti gun fanatics you will ever find. About 10 years ago that guy said that all gun owners should be shot to remove them from society.

Wass

Now, there’s a politician for yah!

musicman44mag

Boy, that really sounds like someone that supports the constitution!!!!! After that he should have been removed calling for violence and suppression of a 2nd amendment right.

USMC0351Grunt

“…and the suspect acquired full-capacity magazines, which are already illegal in New York state.”

Wait! WHAT? What are “full capacity magazines”?

gregs

ones that are loaded to the capacity limit of the magazine, idk. they probably meant standard capacity magazines, which is what the manufacturer ships with the firearm.

musicman44mag

Hi. I saw that and thought the same thing. Full capacity not standard capacity. I have a few 60 round mags. When they are full, they are at full capacity. In my book the more the marrier.

Semper fidelis

DDS

They might have some difficulty getting that stuff to jive with Heller and McDonald.

But it will work just fine with Pres. Brandon’s version of the Second.

Wild Bill

I think that the word “purchase” is a clue that these leftists are basing authority for the legislation on the commerce clause.

uncle dudley

This legislation was written by Dumb Dumber and Dumbest.

Boz

Commie, commier and commiest.

Arizona

“Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule-making or legislation which would abrogate them.”
-–Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966)

“If the State converts a right (liberty) into a privilege, the citizen can ignore the license and fee and engage in the right (liberty) with impunity.”
–Shuttlesworth v. City of Birmingham, Alabama, 373 U.S. 262 (1969)

john

Democrats against freedom are that names that appear here Those listed here are nothing more than those that have no sense of a moral compass and hate America.
Power hungry slese bags that the media covers to push the left’s agenda.

Menendez charged with 18 federal counts walked now thats not funny