The American Thinker has been thinking about guns. And while the mainstream media has been reporting [semi-petulantly] that the Obamacrats have been silent on gun control, the Supremes are on the verge of “liberating” gun owners from onerous state and local gun regs, and assault sales remain stable at their pre-Obama elevated level; thinker Anthony W. Hager warns that paranoia is part of the price of owning an AR-15. Or something like that. He lists a number of pieces of proposed federal legislation which threaten to infringe his Second Amendment rights. Of which I’ll share with you.

– Rep. Bobby Rush’s Firearms Licensing and Record of Sale Act would require a license to possess a firearm. That license would also be required to transfer a firearm, and a tracking number would be assigned to each sale. Most ominous is H.R. 45’s prohibition on storing firearms and ammunition in any manner that a child could access.

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee produced the Gun Safety and Gun Access Prevention Act (H.R. 257). Section Three in Rep. Lee’s proposal would impose ten-year prison sentences upon firearm sellers if they have “reasonable cause to know” that their customers intend criminality. Section Four criminalizes the sale of a firearm without an approved security device. Section Five effectively forbids keeping a loaded firearm for self-defense whenever a child is present, much like H.R. 45. Section Six requires adult chaperones for minors at gun shows. Under Section Six (b)(8), the offending parent can be charged with child abandonment.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act (S.1317) denies firearms to “dangerous” terrorists (is there another kind?) . . . Section 922A(1) of S. 1317 grants the Attorney General discretionary authority to deny access to firearms. The AG, under Section 922B(g)(1), can also withhold information used in the denial from the aggrieved party.

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