Rep. Pelosi Wants to Punish Law-Abiding Gun Owners

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posted on June 15, 2022
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The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed two gun-control bills that would punish law-abiding gun owners.

The first, H.R. 7910, was introduced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and rushed to the House floor. The anti-gun bill would “ban law-abiding 18-20-year-old adults from acquiring semi-automatic rifles and shotguns. This unconstitutional legislation would extinguish law-abiding adults’ Second Amendment rights and contends that these individuals are responsible enough to defend their country or vote in an election, but cannot be trusted to follow the law,” reported the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA).

This, however, is far from the only provision that lies within the bill. It would also generally ban standard-capacity magazines, which are commonly owned and often politically mislabeled as “high-capacity.” Amongst the bill’s other provisions is a prohibition on the building of personal firearms, a tradition older than this very nation, and “safe storage” mandates that are in direct conflict with the D.C. v. Heller (2008) decision.

The House also passed a second bill, H.R. 2377. Essentially, it is a combination of legislative proposals to create “red-flag” laws, which allow for the confiscation of law-abiding citizens’ firearms without due process.

“H.R. 2377 would strip Second Amendment rights of individuals by confiscating firearms without constitutional due process by allowing courts to issue ex parte (meaning the accused is not present) firearm confiscation orders. A person could be forcibly disarmed of otherwise lawfully-possessed firearms before he or she had so much as an opportunity to contest the accusations—this would represent a clear denial of constitutional due process protections,” reported NRA-ILA.

Moreover, this opens the door for indefinite firearms seizures and sets no time limits for a law-abiding citizen to be able to once again exercise their Second Amendment rights. It blatantly runs counter to both Fifth Amendment due process protections and Second Amendment protections of the right to keep and bear arms.

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