17 January 2009

What you missed at the SHOT show

14 January 2009

Well

that didn't take long.

H.R.45
Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 (Introduced in House)


Purposes- The purposes of this Act and the amendments made by this Act are--

(1) to protect the public against the unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with the unrecorded sale or transfer of qualifying firearms to criminals and youth;

(2) to ensure that owners of qualifying firearms are knowledgeable in the safe use, handling, and storage of those firearms;

(3) to restrict the availability of qualifying firearms to criminals, youth, and other persons prohibited by Federal law from receiving firearms; and

(4) to facilitate the tracing of qualifying firearms used in crime by Federal and State law enforcement agencies.


Amendment to Title 18, United States Code- Section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(36) The term `qualifying firearm'--

`(A) means--

`(i) any handgun; or

`(ii) any semiautomatic firearm that can accept any detachable ammunition feeding device


Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(aa) Firearm Licensing Requirement-

`(1) IN GENERAL- It shall be unlawful for any person other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to possess a qualifying firearm on or after the applicable date, unless that person has been issued a firearm license--

`(A) under title I of Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, which license has not been invalidated or revoked under that title; or

`(B) pursuant to a State firearm licensing and record of sale system certified under section 602 of Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, which license has not been invalidated or revoked under State law.


Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by section 101 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(bb) Unauthorized Sale or Transfer of a Qualifying Firearm- It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, deliver, or otherwise transfer a qualifying firearm to, or for, any person who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector, or to receive a qualifying firearm from a person who is not a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector, unless, at the time and place of the transfer or receipt--

`(1) the transferee presents to a licensed dealer a valid firearm license issued to the transferee--

`(A) under title I of Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009; or

`(B) pursuant to a State firearm licensing and record of sale system certified under section 602 of Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 established by the State in which the transfer or receipt occurs;


Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by sections 101 and 201 of this Act, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(cc) Universal Background Check Requirement-

`(1) REQUIREMENT- Except as provided in paragraph (2), it shall be unlawful for any person other than a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, licensed dealer, or licensed collector to sell, deliver, or otherwise transfer a firearm to any person other than such a licensee, unless the transfer is processed through a licensed dealer in accordance with subsection (t).


So. If you want to own a handgun, or a rifle with a detachable magazine, you have to sign up for a Federal License to own said weapon.

And if you were to purchase a firearm from a friend or acquaintance, and didn't present your new Federal license, and a licensed dealer was involved in the transaction.

Just what, exactly, that has to do with reducing crime is beyond me because as you know and I know, criminals don't fill out paperwork.

Needless to say, call your Congress people. Let them know this is unacceptable. The Messiah isn't even President yet and 2009 is only a few weeks old and we're getting hit with firearm registration already. Get used to it folks, it's gonna be a long four years.

CHANGE

we can believe in, right? Isn't that what we were promised during the election?

Well, how's the old saying go? The more things change, the more they stay the same? Or, to quote the Talking Heads, same as it ever was? Or maybe even The Who - we won't get fooled again, right?

The Chosen One hasn't even taken office yet and already his Cabinet smacks of the same ole, same ole issues that Washington politics seem doomed to repeat.

First, his choice for Commerce Secretary bows out. Seems there might just be some improper business that was conducted in New Mexico under his watch. I mean *ahem* some alleged improper business.

Next, we find out that the Messiah's choice to head the Treasury Department has a minor issue of not reporting income to the IRS and owing $34,000 in back taxes. And, oh yes, I had an illegal immigrant as a nanny too. No biggie, though, as it's apparently an "honest" mistake. Riiiiiiight. How long would MY jail term be if I made an honest mistake like that?

And now we're treated to the spectacle of the Secretary of State designee dancing around the issue of foreign countries donating money to hubby's foundation. I'm sure, no, I'm outright 100% positive that no foreign country would seek to receive favorable treatment from the United States of America by donating money to the various Clinton initiatives. After all, Senator Clinton herself states:

that under the agreement, foreign government pledges will be submitted to the State Department for review. She said it was unprecedented for a former president to agree to the disclosure her husband has, and that she was confident the current arrangement would avoid even the appearance of conflicts of interest.
Am I the only one who notices that having the State Department (which Hillary will be in charge of, by the way), review donations for possible conflicts of interest is somewhat like having the fox guard the hen house?

Change we can believe in?

Heh.

13 January 2009

Look

what showed up in the mail today:







Range report to follow shortly....