Departing GOP Rep. Jacobs Introduces ‘Assault Weapons Licensing Act’

Outgoing Republican Rep. Chris Jacobs of western New York has introduced legislation to require a license to "acquire or receive" a so-called "assault weapon." (Dave Workman photo)
So-called “semiautomatic assault weapons.” (Dave Workman photo)

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Republican New York Congressman Chris Jacobs, who received a “C-minus” rating recently in the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s 2022 Congressional “Report Card,” has introduced legislation to “require a license to acquire or receive an assault weapon, and for other purposes.”

It is not likely this legislation will gain much traction, considering Jacobs announced in June he would not be running for another term, “amid backlash over his support for new gun control measures,” as reported in June by WXXI News. At the time, according to the report, Jacobs said he was retiring rather than face what would almost certainly have been “an incredibly divisive election.” His announcement came after he had already been campaigning to run in the recently re-drawn 23rd District.

Jacobs was one of only two Republicans who crossed the aisle in July to vote for H.R. 1808, the House bill to ban the future manufacture and sale of so-called “assault weapons.” The other Republican was Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania. The legislation was loudly condemned by gun rights organizations, and major news organizations almost unanimously predicted it would not pass the Senate, which is evenly split.

According to a press release from Jacobs’ office, this new legislation “would create a new licensing system for any American seeking to purchase a new assault weapon – anyone who already owns an assault weapon at the time of enactment would be grandfathered in.” That exemption also applies to active duty military and law enforcement officers.

This licensing process “would require an individual to take a mandatory safety course, pass an FBI background check, submit fingerprints, and provide proof of identity.” The license would have to be renewed every five years if the licensee wants to purchase or obtain additional semi-auto rifles.

Jacobs’ press release also stated, “If an individual fails to pass a background check at the time of purchase, disqualifying information becomes available, or DOJ finds an individual poses a threat to themselves or others, their license can be withdrawn. Importantly, this bill will also increase the availability of information on criminals that the FBI draws from when conducting a background check. The bill also contains protections for the privacy and constitutional rights of license holders.”

The measure, H.R. 8882, was introduced Sept. 19, and complete language had still not been posted by the House three days later. Considering Jacobs’ earlier vote on banning so-called “assault weapons,” Second Amendment activists in the Empire State might wonder if this is some sort of “going away” gesture.

Jacobs’ current 27th Congressional District is located in northwest New York State, encompassing the suburban Buffalo region. Four months ago, on May 14, a then-19-year-old southern New York resident identified as Payton Gendron allegedly entered a Tops supermarket in Buffalo and fatally shot 10 people with a so-called “assault-style” rifle. The suspect turned 19 in June. The supermarket is located in a predominantly Black neighborhood, and the attack appears to have been racially motivated, according to several published reports.

While Jacobs claims his bill “will better ensure these guns do not fall into the wrong hands, while still protecting Americans’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” there is no guarantee—as with any other gun control legislation—that determined criminals will be prevented from obtaining any such firearm.

According to WKBW News, Jacobs insists his proposal is “common sense gun legislation.” Gun rights activists might suggest this sounds like rhetoric from the gun prohibition lobby.

“We can honor and protect our Second Amendment,” Jacobs said in a prepared statement, “while also ensuring that dangerous weapons do not fall into the wrong hands. We must do more to ensure the safety of our schools and communities, and I urge my colleagues to join me in sponsoring this legislation.”

At this writing, H.R. 8882 did not have a single co-sponsor, and with midterms looming, attaching one’s name to such a bill might be a problem, especially for incumbents in swing districts.

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Ledesma

No more permits. No more stupid licenses. No more “extended” background checks. No more dumb trigger locks. They’re just pulling your chain folks because if they don’t trust you with a firearm by now then a new piece of paper won’t convince them either.

musicman44mag

Your right. It’s all a scam to make you not want to own one and to make it too expensive and a pain in the ass just like they have done with hunting and fishing with all the rules and regulations. If you were licensed and the gun registered once, why would you have to do it again every five years. TAX money. Oregonistan on full display in new dork. We were one of the first states to make RED FLAG LAWS legal here. All of Merica has it now. We were one of the first if not the first… Read more »

JH1961

It isn’t a matter of ‘trust’. It’s FEAR.

Oldvet

Townhall article … FBI Whistleblower ” Political Hits are More Important Than Protecting Children “

Wild Bill

The Fat Boy Institute was created by a memo; and can be decommissioned by a memo. It would just take the right man.

JMacZ

And yet the C Suite denizens complete that we don’t have any trust in them.

Wild Bill

Another politician that has lined his pockets enough for the rest of his life is now departing, and has nothing to lose.

musicman44mag

It seems that is the way it always works. All I can think of is Mc Cain. He sold out to the dems and showed me what a RINO is. President Trump by his actions made the RINOS show who they are by flushing them out by threatening their ability to gain wealth. Romney and Cheney and the list goes on.

Take care.

LLP

I am old enough to remember US. Dem. Sen.Dennis DeConcini of AZ. who was more of a 2nd Amd. supporter than RINO McCain. (he was known for calling batf a bunch of jack booted thugs.) Also it was Mits dad George {a Rockefeller Rebublican, they were called back then) who led the mob to destroy Goldwaters Presdential campaign against LBJ. names change, song remains the same.

musicman44mag

If you are a music aficionado, the last part of the sentence after the last comma is my favorite Led Zepplin album. You struck a chord with that one.

I know, today it is so hard to tell who is lying or not especially when you call them on it after they are elected and the have the attitude, what do you expect? I am a polititian.

Let’s hope we don’t get fooled again.

3%er

Music, The Who did “Won’t Get Fooled Again” didn’t they?

Oldvet

3%er… Yes .

musicman44mag

But what was distinctive back then was each band had its own unique sound not like today when you can’t tell one from the other.

Wild Bill

Those vinyl albums are worth a fortune, now-a-days.

musicman44mag

Oh, I have about 400 records and a super nice belt driven teac strobe tuned turn table with a stylus that cost me 125 bucks back in the 1990s when Radio Shack was still alive. A Marantz tuner and two KLM cabinets with two 15 inch JBL speakers with tweeters and horns in each. Talk about a sweet sound. I love listening to Janice Joplin and big brother record holding company and blast combination of the two. What a killer song. I love what I call acid lead guitar. Montrose was not bad too with Space Station Number Five. But… Read more »

musicman44mag

Too cool. Take care.

Oldvet

MM44… I have a simple magnavox stereo console purchased in 67 trying to get repaired . It was called a hybred because it had early solid state and…Tubes… . mainly because it had the pin that I could put on 5 or 6 records and let it play .

musicman44mag

I wouldn’t doubt that my parents had the same one. Brown cabinet with light brown tweed and 4×6 speakers. You know that stacking records is not the best thing for them, right?

Oldvet

MM44 … Yeah but it worked when I was busy with other pursuits of recreation . Use to be able to unbutton a blouse and un hook a bra with a thumb and one finger .

musicman44mag

Lol, and the shock look in their eyes and reaction is worth a thousand bucks right? You made me smile about my younger good ol days and the thoughts of a few old girlfriends. Thanks.

Oldvet

3%er .. As do I except mine go back farther .
Ventures , Beach Boys, Tornados etc.

3%er

Oldvet, my oldest sister was crazy about The Beach Boys. I still remember, ‘little deuce coupe’, and ‘surfer girl’ blaring from her room. I think it was flip sides of the same single.

LLP

Oldvet & 3%er Jan & Dean, The Association
Jon Sebastian, Turtles, The Grass Roots, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry…….

Wild Bill

Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show, the Kinks!

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musicman44mag

Yep, sorry it took so long, I went shopping.

LLP

I listen to every thing from Benny Goodman to ZZ Top, Lena Horne to Darius Rucker and Patsy Cline to Joe Cocker.

musicman44mag

OH, I know what you mean. I have seen ZZ three times and Skynard twice once with both of them together. I played both of them so much that it made me crazy and I started feeling so blue that I found myself wondering if I could get by with a little help from my friends. Right now I really want to see Marty Stewart and the Superlatives. He can play the hell out of that Fender B bender and the mandolin. I love the way he sings, the tone and the Harmonies of the band are killer especially when… Read more »

LLP

Stopped in Nashville last week on a cross country road trip saw The Gatlin Bros. and Mark Wills at the Opry. Also was amazed at the talent, playing for tips, in almost every restaurant and bar.

LLP

Downside was the No Firearms signs were almost universal.

musicman44mag

It’s getting so bad that I am to the point that I don’t care. I have a CCW and have a perfect record but they keep changing the rules and the laws to the point that I am getting so tired of jumping through this hoop and that hoop that I am just going to carry everywhere no matter what. If they catch me and make me a felon, then I will be a felon, CARRYING A GUN. I don’t care anymore. The nation of the USA needs constitutional carry. No more hoops, no more excuses. 2022 if we have… Read more »

LLP

I couldn’t agree more. I ignore most of the signs and CC anyway, some of the larger venues have metal detectors now. Could not carry nail clippers into Jefferson’s Monticello.

LLP

He must be rolling in his grave!

musicman44mag

I don’t know what Jefferson’s Monticello is but isn’t it odd that they would use Jeffersons name and then close it off to the freedom that Jefferson stood for. Typical demonratt.move. We don’t have the metal detectors yet but it doesn’t matter because I avoid all places that have the circle around a gun with a line through it and I will not spend a dime there but I do make sure to send my wife in there to let them know that they are missing out on thousands of dollars because my husband will not come it and you… Read more »

Wild Bill

Monticello was Thomas Jefferson’s house. He designed it himself, and famously forgot to account for the distance that the mortar between the bricks took up. So he ordered too many bricks. You can walk on the very road that the British marched up to try to capture Jefferson. You can see Jefferson’s garden, nail making operation, even Jefferson’s office and letter copier. Monticello is just outside of Charlottesville, Va. where the University of Va, my alma mater, is located. UVA was also built by Jefferson. If a guy was looking to take a vacation, Monticello, UVA, and Charlottesville would be… Read more »

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musicman44mag

Went to the James Monroe house and took a picture with us by his statue that hangs on the wall. Saw Alison Krause in Charlottsville and had Middle Eastern food at three different restaurants. We camped up on Skyline Drive for two weeks, went to Virginia Beach, drove all of Sky Line, got to see our first bear live about 45 feet from us just off the road munching something, maybe a stupid driver that got out of his car for a closer look. He he. Funny we were at Yellow Stone three years prior and we looked for a… Read more »

Oldvet

mm44… Would love to see a Trump/ DeSantis ticket !

Ope

Oldvet, my prediction is that’s exactly what the ticket will be too. That also will give Desantis a very clear path to ‘28/‘32 also.

Oldvet

Ope. One can hope but I am picking up chatter he may go for some dame I don’t remember her name but I think she is a rino . except she supported Trump during all the impeachment hearings .

musicman44mag

Would love to see a Trump Nome ticket more. Trump Desantis then Desantis Nome then Nome ? Palin? is what I am hoping for. Almost any woman but Hitlary and another obummer or a Chelsea. God forbid.

Ope

Music, Hillary is still a very bitter and angry bull duke. She just recently compared all Trump supporters to nazis. Them socialists are just terrified of Trump running in ‘24 because they will have no way to steal it. Their only chance is to have him disqualified to run for public office, and that will never work.

Boom

How bout a Desantis / Trump ticket?

Plus that would leave it, one more; open for the future too ya know?

3%er

Boom, I don’t think Desantis would ever get the Republican nomination over Trump. Plus, with Trumps ego ,being a former president, and wanting revenge over the stolen election, the nomination is his if he runs. Trump just doesn’t play second fiddle to anyone. We will just have to wait and see how everything plays out.

Boom

I kind of thought that would be the consensus…

Oldvet

Boom … Consider their ages .

Boom

Indeed. But also look at their Twitter post history… Trump’s Twitter account is what really did him in, especially amongst sheeple…

Regardless, I don’t think a President should be “tweeting”…

I do realize that he would have been assaulted whether he was tweeting or not… But it certainly didn’t help matters.

Boom

Yeah I guess so

musicman44mag

Cool, glad you had a good time. When I was there my leg was bothering me so bad that the wife went into the Ryman and the Grand Ole Opry and took pictures for me. Big cities are not my gig. We went to Pidgeon Fordge after that. If you haven’t seen it, you gotta go. One year, hopefully soon depending on obiden fuel prices, we hope to go there for Christmas after we have gone back to Rosine Kentucky and seen the home of Bill Monroe and our brick on the path to his statue, a bunch of bluegrass… Read more »

LLP

We got to tour the Ryman but the shows were sold out. Funny we took in Pidgeon Forge 2 summers ago. I share your dislike of big cities Nashville traffic drove me Nuts.

musicman44mag

I know what you mean about the traffic. I hit a pothole in the road that was at least 8 inches deep by 2 foot wide and thought I was going to blow a tire or bend a wheel when I hit it. Thank God neither happened. I am a bbq guy. We went to the number one BBQ place and almost took the motorhome but decided to camp and use the tracker instead. Thank God, the streets were so narrow and the BBQ wasn’t even as good as I can make myself. They used BBQ coals and lighter fluid.… Read more »

LLP

I had heard the same about
Nashville BBQ so did not try any.
Dolly Wood was closed when there in 2020, I assume because of Wuhan. Still plenty of other attractions and shows.
If you enjoy small family friendly amusement parks check out Knobles Grove near Elysburg PA. family owned, free admission, reasonable food and ride prices. Most rides are restored antiques, as old as us, tent and RV camping next to the park is pricey but not outrageous. Music ranges from average to awful.

musicman44mag

LOL, music ranges from average to awful. Good line. I have heard and played music in both. Many times the musican that was the leader of the band wasn’t half as good as I was but they had the reputation for years and most of all friends that frequented the establishment. I know what you mean.

3%er

Tommy Dorsey?

LLP

Him too, Glenn Miller to Glen Yarbrough, all genres as long as they are good at what they do, heard Ice Tea do a rap version of Johnny Cash’s Don’t take Your Guns to town, haven’t been able to find it any where since.

3%er

LLP & Oldvet, was that in the Big Band era?

3%er

LLP & Oldvet, my dad was crazy about the Big Band era sound and those bands.

Ansel Hazen

This is why any legislator with an R next to their name needs to be scrutinized with a microscope.

Tionico

Right. How’s about a background check, FBI report, social media examination, political history evaluation, education history, and employment history for ALL candidates for public office..AFTER they have passed a comrehensive examination on constitutional government.

Boom

I think you should make that happen …

Montana454Casull

No wonder he is retiring, his C rating just went to a F rating . Clowns on both sides of the aisle are running from being exposed for what they really are. Complete on the take money grubbing commie idiots ! This clown has now exposed himself as fitting in all the above descriptions.

Boom

He’ll be back.

Jonesy

Lots of RINOs do lots of damage.

JMacZ

Nice stupid and completely asinine parting shot for this buffoon Republican New York Congressman Chris Jacobs. A true dyed jn the wool RINO. Must want to come back as a democRat.

Jarhead

I’m not worried about it, I have never owed a assault weapon I had one when I served 68-74 USMC now that was a real assault weapon.I do believe the ones civilians have are called something else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jonesy

Yes they are, Jarhead. Though according to the Police, a baseball bat is an assault weapon.

hippybiker

That would be MSR’S Modern Sporting Rifles!

Boom

No, that was just a service rifle ….it wasn’t an Assault weapon, then; either…

GomeznSA

Boom – you can call it a ‘service rifle’ but it still meets the military and legal definition of an assault rifle which is not a pejorative term, unless it gets used interchangeably with the bogus ‘assault weapon’ term – which the antis and the lame stream media repeatedly do.

Boom

Ok.

In all my years in the military, I have never heard of a rifle being refered to as an assault rifle .. yes that term has legally been defined but I’ve never seen any curriculum, syllabus, field manual, technical manual, schoolhouse, course, qualification, Etc; ever refer to a rifle as an assault rifle….

But then again, I was not the Wehrmacht, nor Bundeswher..

Tionico

I don’t like them either, don’t own one and don’t want to’HOWEVER I will fight hard for the right of anyone to own one, unless a Prohibited Person.
same with Bump Stocks, fifty round mags, full auto, etc.
ANY weapon of military usefulness is protected as “arms”.

Boom

Bump stocks are ugly

GomeznSA

‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ 😉

Chuck

My sentiments as well. Just because I don’t own or want one, doesn’t mean someone else should be denied one.
“Shall Not Be Infringed” extends to parts and gizmos as far as I’m concerned.

GomeznSA

Sorry Jar but what you had was not an “assault weapon” since there is no such thing. What you had was an assault rifle (nee ‘sturmgewehr’) which has a very specific military and legal definition. Unfortunately far too many folks conflate the terms which ‘well’ serves the goal of the character who popularized that bogus term – to sow confusion amongst the rabble who do not know anything about guns. NOTE I am not picking on ya by any means but we must be careful about the terms we use.* *FWIW I qualified on the M16A1, the M16 and the… Read more »

Oldvet

BEARINGARMS article by Tom Knighton .
USPS Spied on progun protesters and has a Law Enforcement Arm which conducts covert social media surveillance called ICOP (Internet Covert Operation Program) Which brags they can reach into every home and business in the country !

Wild Bill

That is scary.

Oldvet

WB…Hope the CFO of Florida and the 24 AG’s can pound some fear into CEO’s of the whole banking industry ! Need to make them personally responsible for any repercussions .

Roland T. Gunner

Guy’s not a Republican; he’s a shitbag.

GomeznSA

Roland – those individuals who are ‘sentenced’ to the use of colostomy bags just ‘might’ take exception with being compared to that particular low life.

UncAl

After all the conjecture and lecturing, you would think that at least “one” DumboRat would realize that we never had “assault rifles”; instead they were in reality “Armalite Rifles”!!!!

DDS

Seems to me that we do need to pass some kind of license requirement. Politicians should be required to pass a basic test on the US and/or their state constitutions before they can run for office.

That’s a license I could vote for.

Wild Bill

I love the idea, but I can hear the screaming already!

musicman44mag

I agree or at least make them recite the Declaration and Constitution at a minimum. That way you would know if they can memorize it usually means that they are of strong mind and know that all men and women are created equal by the, you know, you know the thing!!!!

Boom

Haha!

DDS is funny…

musicman44mag

I think that is smart. If they think we should have a training requirement to buy a gun the requirement for the license and training to be a politician should instill in them the reason why we don’t and if they pull a hitlary and don’t recall? Automatic dismissal.

Ope

DDS,the majority of elected socialist tyrants couldn’t even pass the written test part for a driver license.

musicman44mag

It’s sad but if you questioned someone in Oregoneistan that just graduated college and a person that just got their citizenship you would find the foreigner knows more about the USA than a natural born citizen.

boredonsight

one of the greatest accomplishments of the djt admin is that it exposed

the gop’s attachment to the lefts agenda

once the left figured out to take off their sheets and replace them with the

suit and ties for the cameras ,,post 1960

the gop started snuggling up to the welfare states appeal

boredonsight

this is why lefty and rinos keep criminals out of prison

so that the good people will have to endure the

lawsuits and possible prison time etc as the citizen

faces the juries and the leo is no longer has his/her pension on the line

and the city sees a decrease in payouts etc

but the fear factor to the good guy for defending themselves???

priceless to the communis/na zi lefty

TGP389

How can it be a right if you have to get permission? Enough of this crap.

KK

This guy Jacobs is a real SOB. This is a subversion of the Second Amendment. Beyond these “licenses” being an intimidation to anyone who wants to purchase an “assault weapon” (Which goes way beyond an AR/AK rifle. There is a LONG list of firearms that are controlled.) WE ARE WATCHING YOU! Beyond classes being meant to price the Second Amendment out of reach of many American citizens. (The cost of “classes and range time” to be eligible for a concealed carry license and comply with the new NY CCIA law is $1,500.00. They are not sure if this will be… Read more »

JH1961

Politicians that willfully violate their Oath of Office should be publicly stripped, tarred and feathered, and deposited on the opposite side of our border.

musicman44mag

Send them to Gavin Newsome so he can make fertilizer out of them.

Boom

Stop paying federal taxes. I dare you.

musicman44mag

I think that is why we are getting 87,000 armed IRS agents. The government is afraid that people will fight by not contributing to their own demise.

Boom

Yes, that’s part of it… Alot of it ..

jukk0u

GOP is broken.

Boom

Apparently so.

james

What about due process? So the DOJ makes the call vs a jury of my peers?

DOJ finds an individual poses a threat to themselves or others

Wild Bill

Well, James what process do you think is due prior to being put on some lis?. I ask because due process comes from the expectations of a free people.

Juries are part of the process that is due to the accused in a criminal trial or civil suit, and we, as free people, expect that.

Boom

There’s some “dudes” with some real ‘Bitch Tendencies’ on this site nowadays… Just like socialism is the minor of communism, so called men having Bitch Tendencies is the minor of being a neo-marxist fascist pig. Pettiness. The Hallmark of idiocy. This is not directed at you Mr Workman. Sound the Charge. Come. What. Will. ………little punkass dweebs…I bet you three took the shot, too. I bet you three are just as steeped in cancel culture, as the rest of your so-called woke mob… My 10yr Daughter has more intestinal fortitude then the three of you ever will…. ……and she’s a… Read more »

Roland T. Gunner

I bet your family just dreads sitting down around the dinner table with you.

Boom

That’s snappy.. your disgrace to the name Gunner.

Boom

Yeah I do, pogues like you. 3% er, lol..

3%er

Boom, when you start insulting people on this site you’re not going to make many friends. I’ve never insulted you before at all, but you insult me? Why?

Boom

I definitely wasn’t expecting you to class your way out of this …but nonetheless, you have.

So, I’ll tell you….

You responded…

I was engaged in a Recon by fire. You shot back. So I shot back for confirmation..

I guess you’re not the guy I was looking for. I do apologize. …to you.

3%er

Boom, there’s nothing to apologize about. It’s done,over with, and forgotten. Take care.

Patriot Solutions

I still say you can learn more about all this on Gab in just minutes than 15 years here on Ammoland. These guys are a dime a dozen.

https://media.gab.com/system/media_attachments/files/116/287/231/playable/677a34068de6fc24.mp4

Heck, I just hired some ex libtarded athiests from Denver to do some work for me who know more about what is going on than I have ever heard discussed on this censorship site.

LMFAO……….

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Boom

Whoa. That’s interesting..at the least..