NRA-Republican Backed Bill Makes It Easier For Feds To Disarm Citizens

Authored by Tho Bishop via The Mises Institute,

On Wednesday, the Republican controlled house voted to further federalize gun laws in this country.

While Ryan McMaken has noted the danger in further centralizing gun legislation, there is another deeply troubling aspect to this bill: it expands the ability of the Federal government to restrict Americans’ right to bear arms.

During the legislative process, the NRA supported merging the bill aimed at nationalizing concealed carry permits with another piece of legislation aimed at “fixing” the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS.) Obviously this legislation was inspired by the failure of the US Air Force to report the criminal record of Devin Kelley, who went on to commit a horrific shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. While the motivation to do something after this atrocity is entirely natural, unfortunately this bill is simply another example of the Federal government using its own failure to justify expanding its own power.

After all, the “Fix NICS” bill doesn’t seek to punish the US Air Force for its failure to properly process paperwork. Instead, it provides $760 million in additional funding for the Department of Justice to establish new guidelines to ensure compliance among Federal agencies. That funding can also be used “to ensure maximum coordination” between State government and Indian tribes with the NICS.  

While the idea of bolstering the already existing Federal gun registry may strike some as relatively benign, it’s important to understand how it has been used in the past.

As Congressman Thomas Massie noted in his own criticism of the bill:

When President Obama couldn’t get Congress to pass gun control, he implemented a strategy of compelling, through administrative rules, the Veterans Administration and the Social Security Administration to submit lists of veterans and seniors, many of whom never had a day in court, to be included in the NICS database of people prohibited from owning a firearm. Only a state court, a federal (article III) court, or a military court, should ever be able to suspend your rights for any significant period of time.

While Republicans and supporters of the NRA may not fear the Trump Administration coming after their guns, it is obviously reckless to grant additional power and resources to future administrative states that may be quite hostile to the right to gun ownership. To put it simply, there is never a good reason to give Federal agencies the power the revoke an individual's ability to lawfully purchase a weapon without due process. 

Further, if one needed an example of how dangerous it is to centralize gun legislation in Washington DC, look no further to what gun owners in states like Ohio and Hawaii are currently facing. Both states, having recently legalized the use of medical marijuana, have placed those who need it with the choice of either owning a gun or receiving life-improving medicine.

In 2011, the Federal government sent a letter to licensed gun dealers reiterating that marijuana users were prohibited from owning a gun – even if it they have a medical prescription. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld this decision last year. Hawaii, which requires gun registration, has gone as far as to sending letters to permitted gun owners with marijuana prescriptions requiring they turn over their weapon. While the state is currently asking for “voluntary cooperation,” it could be a matter of time before it turns into compulsory compliance.

While the simplicity provided by nationalizing laws is an understandable appeal, especially if you’re a gun owner who frequently travels, political centralization is never the answer. By supporting this flawed attempt at “National Concealed Carry Reciprocity,” the NRA and their supporters in the House have sided with the power of Federal agencies over the Second Amendment rights of Americans. 


Battlefield USA UmbilicalMosqu… Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:58 Permalink

UmbilicalMosque Says: "Long past the time to eliminate the usurpers! They should fear the wrath of We the People.  Paybacks will be a motherfucker! Count on it!"Hilarious! For 37 years I have been hearing and reading about how the the American people are going to rise up for freedom and liberty. Let me let you in on some reality... If the American people were handed a golden bejeweled platter, heaping full of freedom and liberty, the American people would FREAK OUT, run around in circles crying like babies in shock, heave and puke, have a massive brain freeze, and dump the platter down the toilet and flush it. That includes 99.9% of ZH'ers.There is not going to be an uprising for freedom and liberty. Ever. Never, and ever. Forever. The American people are to stupid, and morally compromised.

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jaxville Battlefield USA Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:26 Permalink

   The majority of Americans are white and Christian.  That implies there is a level of decency they practice that may be foreign to you.  Good guys don't initiate violence.  They don't start fights, they just finish them.  Don't confuse decency with cowardice.  At some point the proverbial straw will be put upon their backs.  When that happens all that is indecent will be wiped off the face of the nation.   It will mean change for the better. The process however will not be a good thing and you would be a fool to wish for it.

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pods RedBaron616 Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:21 Permalink

It is insane that there even needs to be an organization to help us. The amendment is pretty fucking clear.How the hell any of these laws stand up to muster is beyond me.  Fucking travesty.I guess the same thing is happening with all the other amendments as well. The 4th is getting tossed around like Jodie Foster playing pinball.Why I should need a permission slip to carry a weapon at all I will never understand.  You do not get permission to exercise a right. Permission is needed for privileges.pods

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Sudden Debt Chupacabra-322 Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:54 Permalink

Let's see how American will take it when one of their ammendment rights goes up into smoke. My guess: it will take 1 free hamburger for each citizen at least before they all sell out and hardcore resistance will even need fries with that before they surrender... Most probably they'll use discount coupons to convince people to bring in their weapons at first. That will yield about 50% of all guns.then they'll ban bullets.and in less then 2 years, they'll control the territories.

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Bwana Chupacabra-322 Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:30 Permalink

Actually the Gun Control Act of 1968 was taken directly, by the Democrats, from Hitlers gun control law ( in believe in 1938) which prevented the Jews from owning firearms. About 50% of the GCA of 1968 is a word for word translation. I was a competition shooter and 22 years old in 1968 and I would like to know just what legislation GOA has introduced and what pro-gun cases the GOA has taken to the SCOTUS. Also tell me what safety programs the GOA has in place and what grass roots programs they have. OR do they just collect money and make a lot of noise.

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LightBeamCowboy Killtruck Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:50 Permalink

I was a member of the NRA for one year, about 30 years ago. Then the NRA ran an editorial in their magazine, written by a guy whose photo betrayed severe and long-term abuse of both alcohol and nicotine (yes folks, it's detectable in your face, just like meth abuse) who called for the effective suspension of the entire Bill of Rights (except the 2nd Amendment, of course) in order to put anyone who had ever been caught anywhere near an illegal drug in a "concentration camp" (yes, he used that phrase). It was that editorial that made me realize the NRA has no respect for freedom, individual choice, or the Constitution, they just happen to like guns and they like making their livings selling fear of losing gun rights, while secretly selling out all of your rights, including gun rights.

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yellowsub LawsofPhysics Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:22 Permalink

Laws are meant for the commoners not for those class of peole.  Even the dumb fools that proclaim this is a nation of laws still selectively chooses which crimes should be prosecuted.  They've been conditioned to accept victimless financial crimes.  Imagine how quickly Wall Street's schemes would come to end if while in their suits are beating up commoners to rob them.They crucify petty criminals more than the collaborative effort to swindle trillions and seemingly don't care because it hasn't affected them directly.

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claytonmoore50 HopefulCynical Mon, 12/11/2017 - 09:57 Permalink

Listen folks! They will never try to 'come to your house to confiscate your weapons'!It's too much work, way too messy!They will simply pass laws that will make you a felon for posessing certain, or any firearm and you will be compelled to turn the weapons in or go to prison if you are caught in possesion of a firearm (Like they did in Australia).Most people will surrender their firearms, rather than run afoul of the law and go to prison.It will happen incrementaly, slowly, slowly, then suddenly.

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Sudden Debt claytonmoore50 Mon, 12/11/2017 - 10:04 Permalink

When I grew up, my grandparents had guns allover the place.There where twobarrel riffles in the embrella box, twobarrels on all the walls, twobarrels in the barns, just about everywhere.Everybody had guns!And after WOII, the place was full of guns and artillerie.It only took 1 decade before people started to bring them all in. As a kid, I had a girlfriend who's parrents had a full container of weapons and ammo which they gave to the government when their parents died. And now? Weapons are pretty rare over here. Only about 1 in 20 still owns a gun! And gunlaws make it really hard to even travel with them. And when you can't buy bullets, guns start to rust because nobody uses them anymore.

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Offthebeach Sudden Debt Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:31 Permalink

It was common before the War, for poor rural boys,to walk to and from school with .22, 410's to shoot squirrel/birds.  Rifles were placed in with the coat closet.  Of course thst was a time before scientific socialism and urban Mythpsycology and mass boy medication for not being still in class

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