The national gun debate is heating up again. The nation’s top legislators and Presidential hopefuls introduced bills and new restrictions on guns. Many are calling for new assault weapons bans, and bans on un-serialized and 3D-printed firearms. Many of these proposals have put the venerable AR-15 right in the crosshairs. Learn how America’s politicians are targeting the 2nd Amendment, and how it could affect you in 2019 and beyond:
Congress sets its sights on undetectable, untraceable “Ghost Guns”
Newsweek reports Congress has allowed a bill to reach the Floor, which recognizes the “destructive potential of ghost guns”. Legislators are referring to the manufacturing of 3D-printed firearms and firearms (specifically the AR-15) built with 80% lower receivers, like the ones we sell. The proposed bill would direct the Department of Homeland Security to conduct an annual threat assessment of such firearms.
While the legislation doesn’t propose any restrictions on firearms or the making of them, it may provide state and local investigative agencies with tools to begin building a case for the banning of these firearms.
Washington state toughens gun laws, bans “Ghost Guns”
The Daily Caller reports Washington state has taken a harder stance on so-called “ghost guns” by outright banning them. Residents of the state will no longer be allowed to manufacture 3D-printed firearms or firearms built using receiver blanks, 80% lowers, or un-serialized receivers.
Anyone purchasing a “gun-making kit” will be required to submit to a background check.
Other gun-related bills were also passed by the state, including a bill that calls for the removal of firearms from any person with restraining orders against them. It also calls for the confiscation of firearms in the possession of domestic violence suspects.
Other passed bills require temporary gun bans on anyone ruled incompetent to stand trial, as well as those placed under psychiatric hold.
Assembly passes bill banning untraceable DIY firearms known as ‘Ghost Guns’
New York has jumped on the bandwagon as well. New York Daily News reports the state Assembly passed legislation only yesterday, May 20th, that bars homemade, untraceable weapons with plastic parts manufactured by a 3D printer.
The bill specifically outlaws the making, selling, transporting, or possession of firearms or parts that can’t be detected by an X-ray machine.
The bill is now headed to Governor Cuomo’s office, where many expect he will review and sign it into law.
Kamala Harris would ban AR-15 style assault weapons imports
CBS News reports California’s representatives are also getting back into the gun debate. State Senator Kamala Harris (who is running for President in 2020) made a campaign promise of banning imports of the AR-15 and any other “assault-style weapons” at the Federal level via executive power, if elected. Her promise parallels Senator Dianne Feinstein’s own introduction of a new Assault Weapons Ban in January.
The NRA has called this far-reaching proposal a “failed 2008 and 2016 presidential candidate’s gun control playbook”. Although the election is far away and very much undecided, Kamala’s promise of taking executive action on gun control in her first hundred days is worrying.
Other 2020 hopefuls – including Sen. Klobuchar of Minnesota, Sen. Gillibrand of New York, Sen. Warren of Massachusetts, and Sen. Sanders of Vermont – all support Kamala’s and Feinstein’s proposals.
Gillibrand calls for assault weapon and large magazine ban to combat gun violence
The Washington Examiner reports Presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has introduced three legislative proposals to restrict firearms at the Federal level. Gillibrand’s three proposals include 1.) universal background checks for all gun purchases, 2.) a federal law against trafficking guns, and 3.) a federal ban on bump stocks (the Trump administration has already banned them), large magazines, and “military-style assault weapons”.
Corey Booker wants a ban on ‘assault weapons’, and yes, it means putting gun owners in jail
The Washington Examiner also reports Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has introduced bills like Senator Gillibrand’s. Senator Booker’s proposals are draconian: A total “assault weapons” ban, and a requirement that every American gun owner obtain a license from the Federal government.
Booker is too running for President in 2020 against an incumbent President, making his campaign promises somewhat alarming. Booker’s proposals call for a “reasonable” grace period, after which any gun owner who refuses to give up his or her “assault weapon(s)” will be forced to do so, or face prison.
Bump Stock Ban Lawsuit Tossed Out
In March, the Trump administration banned the AR-15 bump stock at the Federal level. The bump stock allowed AR-15 owners to achieve a high rate of fire, like a fully-automatic rifle. Shortly after the ban, gun rights advocacy groups filed lawsuits challenging the ban.
WCTV reports one lawsuit in Florida challenging the ban was recently tossed out by a Leon County circuit judge. Judge Ronald Flury sided with the Florida legislator, rejecting the lawsuit’s claim that the ban represented an unconstitutional taking of property.
While other lawsuits challenging the bump stock ban are on-going, this ruling sets a precedent that is likely to uphold the federal ban.