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From The Editor | The Big Ban Boom

From The Editor | The Big Ban Boom

If you’ve ever had any doubt that there are politicians in high places who desperately want to gut your Second Amendment rights, wake up now and put those thoughts aside. Sure, anti-gun media talking heads love to poke fun at us, chiding: “Nobody wants to take anybody’s guns.” But a recent deluge of severely restrictive legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress should be enough to convince you otherwise—and one particular measure introduced just last Thursday should top your list of living proof.

A handful of House and Senate Democrats from Connecticut have introduced legislation that would force states to require licensing of handgun purchasers before such purchases could be made. And it’s a registration scheme that—like all registration schemes—sets up the opportunity for confiscation as soon as someone decides to use the list for that purpose.

The authors are calling the measure the “Handgun Purchaser Licensing Act of 2015,” and I suppose it’s refreshing that they came right out and said it in the title rather than trying to deceive everyone. The bill doesn’t exploit the terms “gun safety,” “common sense” or any of the other gun-ban buzzwords.

In a nutshell, the measure would mandate that states require a license issued by police before buying a handgun, even from a friend or family member. It would also provide a taxpayer-funded federal grant to implement the program.

According to the legislation, states must also require individuals applying for a license to meet the following criteria:

  • Provide proof they are at least 21 years old and a lawful resident of the United States;
  • Apply for the license at a law-enforcement agency within the state;
  • Submit to a background investigation and criminal history check;
  • Submit fingerprints and photographs with their application; and
  • Be eligible to purchase a handgun pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

This outlandish proposal comes hot on the heels of several other restrictive anti-gun measures also introduced recently that would:

  • Require liability insurance for all handgun purchasers;
  • Require background checks for all private sales;
  • Require nonexistent “smart-gun” technology be integrated into all handguns; and
  • Give $60 million in taxpayer money to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to do anti-gun research.

Make no mistake about it: There are many in Congress who would love nothing more than to see restrictions on firearm owners become so overwhelming that we abandon guns out of frustration over all the red tape and other legal hurdles.  

That’s yet another reason to do all we can to win next fall’s election, building a stronger pro-gun majority in Congress and electing a president who respects law-abiding Americans and the Second Amendment.

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