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2/14/09 9:52 PM
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jscorbett
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Any speculation on what is coming down the pipe?
2/14/09 10:39 PM
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found this one:

Big Brother's New Target: Tracking Firearms

Friday, January 23, 2009

U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) recently sponsored H.R. 45, also known as "Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act." The bill is, at its core and as its name implies, a licensing and registration scheme.

The measure calls for all handgun owners to submit to the federal government an application that shall include, among many other things: a photo; an address; a thumbprint; a completed, written firearm safety test; private mental health records; and a fee. And those are only some of the requirements to be licensed!

The bill would further require the attorney general to establish a database of every handgun sale, transfer, and owner's address in America. Moreover, the bill would make it illegal to own or possess a "qualifying firearm" -- defined as "any handgun; or any semiautomatic firearm that can accept any detachable ammunition feeding device..." [emphasis added] without one of the proposed licenses.

Additionally, the bill would make it illegal to transfer ownership of a "qualifying firearm" to anyone who is not a licensed gun dealer or collector (with very few exceptions), and would require "qualifying firearm" owners to report all transfers to the attorney general's database. It would also be illegal for a licensed gun owner to fail to record a gun loss or theft within 72 hours, or fail to report a change of address within 60 days. Further, if a minor obtains a firearm and injures someone with it, the owner of the firearm may face a multiple-year jail sentence.

H.R. 45 is essentially a reintroduction of H.R. 2666, which Rush introduced in 2007. H.R. 2666 contained much of the same language as H.R. 45, and was co-sponsored by several well-known anti-gun legislators--including Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel. H.R. 45 currently has no co-sponsors.

Rest assured that NRA-ILA will continue to monitor this bill closely, and will keep you informed of any developments if they materialize.
2/15/09 9:16 AM
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HR 45 has been introduced numerous times and never goes anywhere. Let's hope it stays that way.
2/15/09 11:07 PM
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LOL @ that shit getting through Congress. It won't even get to the floor. Crackpots introduce ridiculous legislation all the time that never goes anywhere.
2/17/09 10:37 AM
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HR 54 doesn't sound that different than CT's standing handgun laws.
I had to submit proof of testing, photos, fingerprints, notarized statements about my mental health...
It was still easier than trying to register in NYC.
2/17/09 11:25 AM
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"LOL @ that shit getting through Congress. It won't even get to the floor. Crackpots introduce ridiculous legislation all the time that never goes anywhere."


difference is, right now, your congress and senate are run by the crackpots.
2/17/09 12:42 PM
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"HR 54 doesn't sound that different than CT's standing handgun laws.
I had to submit proof of testing, photos, fingerprints, notarized statements about my mental health...
It was still easier than trying to register in NYC."

It's not too different from Massachusetts either. I had to take a class, submit fingerprints, background check in a "may issue" state... etc. All firearms MUST be sold with a trigger lock or something similar and must be stored with either said lock or in a safe. They cannot be kept unlocked anywhere.

They are trying to introduce legislation where it will be illegal to let your id expire (since the state takes forever to run renewals, this is common) and not to report a stolen firearm. On top of that, you'd have to photo every one of your guns and submit that photo to a firearm registry.
2/17/09 3:09 PM
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Possible Human - On top of that, you'd have to photo every one of your guns and submit that photo to a firearm registry.

 "That's the one, officer! It was definitely that gun. I recognized that unique 'Made in Austria' marking on the side."

"Good. We'll bring in... Mr.Jones of 34 Taylor Avenue right away."

2/20/09 7:21 PM
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wheeels - "LOL @ that shit getting through Congress. It won't even get to the floor. Crackpots introduce ridiculous legislation all the time that never goes anywhere."


difference is, right now, your congress and senate are run by the crackpots.


Congress has always been run by crackpots.

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