Friday rant time: The compromise proposal is being sold around DC as an amendment to make to S.649 (aka the Obama Gun Control Package) passable by the Senate. is online for you to scrutinize. It's a bit dizzying at first glance but I see some things that make me cautiously optimistic- for example:
After further study I'm seeing more passages that are worrisome at first glance and saddening after deeper analysis. For example these stipulations on interstate transport of firearms :
… if, during the transportation-
(A) the firearm is unloaded; and
(B)(i) if the transportation is by motor vehicle-
That sounds like a step backwards for those of us who have permits to carry concealed weapons as well as those who enjoy Castle Laws adopted by many states. And that is why I am working on a deep dive into the good and the bad offered up buy the bipartisan
suck-ups saviors. Traditional wisdom applies once again here: guns have two enemies: rust & politicians.
The blogosphere is on fire with analysis- GoA is fanning the flames of panic (which is probably good–I'm shocked at how many gun owners can't seem to find time to simply CALL THEIR SENATORS to lobby for not only their rights but the rights of future generations of Americans- PLEASE JUST DO IT FOR THE CHILDREN!!) I also found some insightful analysis at pagunblog, summarized and flavored with my own snark here:
- Internet sales, gun show and otherwise publicized sales would require background checks
- There are gaping holes left for abuse of FFL records that could be leveraged into a federal gun registry-despite language promising that no gun registry would be established, nothing here would prevent ATF/ government cronies from capturing images of all the form 4473s- not to mention the growing use of computerized 4473s in larger stores. Don't think for a second that information is safe.
It gets interesting in Section (c) of the Amendment, which is supposed to offer protections from a national gun registry, except that the proposed new 18 USC 923(m) fails to forbid the attorney general from compiling a registry from all the information from closed FFLs that’s residing on microfilm in a huge warehouse in West Virginia. This is a huge oversight! By spelling out what he can’t do, you better be thorough, or the implication is that he can do it.
And as we should all know by now, our Attorney General is not exactly bashful about doing things that are questionable. One more log to add to the fire: here is an opinion that temporary transfers (loaning a gun to a friend or relative) require a background check is resurrected by the bill.
That's pretty bad news for the pro-2A crowd– enough for me to make my mind up that this Amendment sucks. We need to oppose it!
Why are law-abiding gun owners (and their elected CongressCritters) supposed to give up any civil liberties when the violence problem in the US is due to the lack of proper mental health systems and a lack of keeping violent criminals in jail? Murder was illegal before last year- last time I checked it was still illegal! Guns used in crimes don't come from legal purchases – and we need to keep this in mind for 2014.