Wait, you mean a gun control bill proposed by a New York Democrat isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? . . . Proposed NICS Fee Bill Would Also Create Gun Registry
A measure introduced in Congress that would require gun purchasers to pay a fee for their NICS background check would also create a gun registry of firearms sold to law-abiding Americans.
The bill, House Resolution 3987 by U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., calls for gun purchasers to pay a $1 fee for each NICS check, with the first $10 million in fees collected going to the anti-gun Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In other words, law-abiding gun owners who obey the law would pay their money so an anti-gun entity could further blame us for criminal violence.
One more time…you can’t stop the signal . . . Gun Control in a Maker World
Producing a gun is something that a decent machinist could likely do with a lathe and milling machine, tools that have been around for ages. This is made even easier by the fact that gun parts such as the barrel and stock can be purchased without any checks. Only the part of the gun — called the receiver — that essentially connects all the other parts is considered “the gun” and receives an ID number that can be traced to the owner.
It is currently legal to make your own gun, provided it is not intended for sale or distribution. However, you are not allowed to make guns that would be illegal to purchase otherwise, such as a fully automatic machine gun.
It is also legal to purchase a receiver that has been 80 percent machined and therefore is almost complete. Even though there is 20 percent of machining required to finish it, it is not considered a gun, so it is legal to sell without any checks or serial numbers.
Maybe Daniel Defense could have gotten the NFL to run their ad during the Super Bowl if they had included little Lab and Golden Retriever puppies playing in a field of clover. Nah. Who are we kidding?
Short answer: no . . . Do Gun Laws Reduce The Gun Homicide Rates In States?
So finally we found a study with data from the CDC, the NRA-ILA, and The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. It seems like as unbiased a data source as any. It compared the averages of states where background checks are required for all gun sales, including private ones. And the average gun-related homicide rate per 100,000 people among gun control states (3.31) was lower than those with no regulation of private gun sales (4.28).
But there’s a problem. Two gun control states, and nine gun rights states had too few gun homicides to calculate a rate, and were left out of the study. Rather than ignore this important result, my students and I created a 2×2 table, with high (1) and low (0) gun homicide rate states, and those that regulate private sales (1), and those that do not (0). And here are our results.
In comparing our observations to a random model, we found that there was little to no difference in the results. We cannot conclude that states that regulate private gun sales have a higher, or lower, gun homicide rate.
Apparently not hard enough . . . Mere weeks after Las Vegas, the GOP is quietly pushing a gun-lover’s pipe dream
So what gun policy measure are lawmakers discussing in Congress these days? An absurd yet dangerous proposal that would drastically undercut states’ abilities to set reasonable rules about who gets to carry a weapon.
The proposed federal law, the so-called Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, would require any state that issues permits for carrying concealed weapons to recognize concealed-carry permits issued by other states — even if those states have different eligibility and training requirements and less stringent restrictions on gun ownership. In the House, the measure has picked up 212 co-sponsors (including three Democrats); a companion Senate bill has 38 co-sponsors, signaling significant support.
And speaking of pipe dreams . . . Senator launches push for broad expansion of federal background checks for gun sales
Sen. Chris Murphy is introducing legislation Wednesday to expand background checks for firearm purchases, calling it “a best case scenario for the anti-gun violence movement.”
The bill is broader than a measure the Senate defeated in 2013 and has no hope of passing now, but the Connecticut Democrat said it can be used as a platform for negotiations with Republicans. It would expand the federal background check requirement to include the sale or transfer of all firearms by private sellers, with exceptions for loans of firearms for hunting or gifts to relatives.
“This would bring hundreds of thousands of gun sales that happen today in gun shows and on Internet sites into the background check system,” he told USA TODAY.