Harold Hutchison
January 24, 2020


United States – -([Only registered and activated users can see links. ])- Often, when threats to the Second Amendment are discussed, the focus is on bans on modern multi-purpose semi-automatic firearms, licensing and registration schemes, and universal background checks. However, a lot of other attacks are coming, and many are under the radar – but can still have a huge effect.

One such bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Norma Torres (D-CA). The legislation is officially known as [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. The title is “The Multiple Firearm Sales Reporting Modernization Act of 2019.” On the face of it, it does seem unobjectionable – but on closer examination, it’s a bad bill and makes the situation worse for law-abiding citizens who wish to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Under current law, located at [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], federally licensed dealers are required to report the sale of multiple handguns (the text of the law says, “two or more pistols, or revolvers, or any combination of pistols and revolvers totaling two or more”). The justification for the current reporting requirement, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], is to fight firearms trafficking. The ATF reportedly estimates that [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

Now, current laws for firearms trafficking are pretty harsh, especially when the person is buying the guns for criminals, drug dealers, fugitives, etc. In 1999, the NRA [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] on the prison sentences one very small-time operator who ran just five guns would get. The total was 995 years in prison. But when was the last time you ever heard of someone getting hit with a serious sentence for any of this?

Congresswoman Torres wants it expanded to all firearms – including rifles and shotguns of any type. In [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] issued the day the legislation was issued, Torres claims this is a “commonsense solution to make communities safer.” She makes a big deal about modern multi-purpose semiautomatic firearms, as well.

Sounds reasonable, right? For many Americans, it does. Then again, they don’t know what we know. When a person looks at [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and their misuse in crime (more accurately, the lack of their misuse in crime), or if they have seen [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] from the Justice Department, this legislation is not as reasonable as Representative Torres makes it out to be.

In essence, if you were to get a family member interested in cowboy-action shooting a revolver and lever-action rifle (say a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], both in .357 Magnum), the FFL would now have to fill out a multiple firearms sales report. The same would apply if you were buying three [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] bolt-action rifles. That’s extra paperwork for guns not often used to commit crimes. IF the laws were enforced, it would be a minor hassle.

The problem is, of course, that it seems the laws on the books don’t get enforced – or they aren’t enforced enough to deter those who would engage in firearms trafficking. So that really tips the balance on this law as a low-grade, stealthy attack on our rights. It adds one more hoop to be jumped through – not as onerous as having to wait weeks for a license or be arrested for an innocent mistake as which happens all too often in New Jersey, but it is still an infringement.

Second Amendment supporters should take the time to contact their [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and politely urge them to oppose this legislation. Let them know that there are laws on the books that should be enforced with regard to the misuse of firearms.




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