If you are a gun owner in the USA, this will rock your world. Gun rights in this country are about to change in ways you never imagined. H.R.5717 and S.3254 are the worst gun control we’ve seen. In short, if you have firearms or have thought about getting a firearm for self defense, it is absolutely imperative that you stop and do everything possible to oppose H.R.5717 and S.3254. If there is only one time in your life where you take action for your rights, this is it.
We have seen bills introduced here and there that threaten a portion of our gun rights almost every year. The intent behind them is to chip away at our rights little by little in such a way that you really don’t notice. Pretty much along the lines of the boiling frog theory. The Gun Control Left figured it would be an excellent time to sneak through the most unconstitutional, anti-gun legislation the country has ever seen while America is being distracted by Covid-19. This bill includes every piece of anti-gun legislation that has ever been introduced all in one bill.
H.R.5717 and S.3254 will end all gun rights in this country in their entirety with one fell swoop.
You can easily contact Congress and oppose this bill here.
Here is a brief breakdown of what is in it.
Federal Firearms Owner’s License
Title 1 requires the American citizen to have a Federal Firearms Owner’s License to purchase, acquire, or possess firearms or ammunition. In short, this means the individual must pass a firearms training safety course that includes a written test and a shooting qualification. How is a person to become skilled enough to pass a shooting qualification if they aren’t able to purchase a firearm to learn with? I can only imagine how ridiculously difficult they will make that shooting qualification on top of it all.
To be clear, if you are a gun owner today, in order for you to buy ammo after this bill passes, you will need a Federal Firearm Owner’s License.
You can easily contact Congress and oppose this bill here.
The individual may be granted the license only after the Attorney General has determined him/her eligible. Far from how the 2nd Amendment reads.
This bill also places a restriction on the number of guns an individual may purchase to one firearm per month.
Firearms and Ammunition Tax
H.R.5717, if passed, will impose a 30% tax on the sale of all firearms. Furthermore, it imposes a tax of 50% on all ammunition.
Assault Weapons Ban
First of all, let’s make it clear that there is no such thing as an “assault weapon”. The term assault weapon is nothing more than a term made up by the media and the government. The same holds true for the term “assault rifle”. There is no such thing as an assault rifle. The AR found in the names of some sporting rifles does not and has never meant Assault Rifle. It stands for Armalite Rifle. Again, the media has coined the AR to mean Assault Rifle to push an agenda.
Let’s discuss what firearms fall under their definition of an assault weapon and would be banned if this bill passes. You simply may not believe it. I will only cover the most blatant and invasive definitions in the interest of brevity.
- A semi-automatic shotgun that has one of the following – a fixed magazine that can hold more than 5 rounds, has a forward grip or a pistol grip, a stock that can collapse or fold in some way, or the ability to accept a detachable magazine.
- A semi-automatic pistol that has one of the following – a threaded barrel, a stabilizing brace of some sort, a foldable or collapsable stock, a barrel shroud, or allows for the attachment of a second pistol grip.
- A semi-automatic rifle that has one of the following – can hold more than 10 rounds, has a threaded barrel, a detachable magazine, a stabilizing brace of some sort, a pistol grip, a foldable or collapsable stock, a barrel shroud, or allows for the attachment of a second pistol grip.
- The bill goes on to list all variants, copies, or duplicates of any AR or AK variety in addition to well over 150 other rifles or pistols listed in the bill.
- This is, by far, the farthest overreaching gun ban bill ever to be introduced in the history of the United States. If this bill passes, you will be a felon if you own any firearms that meet any of this criteria. Chances are, you do.
- You can easily contact Congress and oppose this bill here.
Red Flag Law or Extreme Risk Protection Order
This proposed federal bill will instate red flag laws at a national level removing this decision from the states. What this essentially means is your right to possess a firearm for self defense or any other lawful purpose lies in the hands of virtually anyone.
For example, if an ex-girlfriend wants to “get back” at her ex-boyfriend, all she has to do is make up some story that the court believes is “reasonable” to have every one of her ex-boyfriend’s firearms confiscated. Let’s take this example one step further. What if we reverse it? Let’s say the ex-boyfriend wants to harm the ex-girlfriend, but she inconveniently takes her self defense seriously and is armed. All the ex has to do is file an Extreme Risk Protection Order request against the ex-girlfriend, her firearms will get confiscated by law enforcement, and now she is a sitting duck with no way of defending herself against her estranged ex-boyfriend.
It is important to recognize that this bill details that these orders require due process. It is also important to recognize that the courts are typically very liberal and that their decision is solely based on what they deem to be “reasonable”.
Most of my students know my position on firearm storage and how it should prevent all unauthorized access. In other words, you should purchase adequate firearm storage before buying the firearm. H.R.5717 now makes it a crime if your firearms are not adequately secured with a penalty of up to five years in prison and/or a $500 fine.
A new seven day waiting period will also be imposed on any new gun purchases. Remember, this is at the federal level.
H.R.5717 also requires that any firearm private sale or transfer of any kind must go through a licensed dealer. Gone will be the days a family member can gift or bequeath their firearms to another member of the family or to a friend and be done with it.
I have tried to cover the most intrusive articles of these bills. There is plenty more that I didn’t cover, but I hope this at least gives you the idea. If H.R.5717 or S.3254 passes, it is the end of our gun rights in this country. It will do great harm to the ability of the American citizen to defend themselves against violent criminals and a tyrannical government. Please do your part to oppose it. It’s the only chance we have to preserve what liberty we have left. You can easily contact Congress and oppose this bill here.
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Joe Shahoud is the owner and lead instructor at Safe Family Defense LLC, a firearms training academy that serves the greater Columbia, SC area specializing in pistol, concealed weapons permits, and general education in personal safety.
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