House Democrats were just itching for Congress to get back in session after the August break and no one was itching more than Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York. After last months shootings, he wanted nothing more than to ram through the gun control bills that were before his committee.
Last night, the Judiciary committee approved a high capacity magazine ban on a party line vote. The bill will now go to the full House for likely passage.
Kentucky’s Representative Thomas Massie predicts that if the bill passes the House, it will accomplish one thing . . .
Dems passed “high capacity magazine” ban in Judiciary cmte last night.
It would grandfather about 100 million high capacity magazines already in US circulation.
If this bill passes the full House, it will do precisely one thing:
stimulate sales of high capacity magazines.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) September 11, 2019
Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation and CCRKBA wrote a great piece about this yesterday. The anti-gun Left just doesn’t get it: The more they act to restrict the right to keep and bear arms, the more guns and related accessories people will buy. Like magazines.
From right here at TTAG:
“So far,” CCRRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb observed, “all Democrats have accomplished with their gun prohibition agenda is increase gun sales by 15 percent over the last month. This happens every time they introduce or pass new restrictions. They just don’t get it.”
Gottlieb points out the obvious. Barack Obama was greatest gun salesman in history, keeping sales at record levels through most years in his term.
The media (otherwise known as anti-gun activists with bylines) have, time and time again, claimed that those gun sales went to a declining number of existing gun owners
Like in the Washington Post: “The average gun owner now owns 8 guns — double what it used to be.”
Another wishful thinking story from the Amazon Washington Post: “American gun ownership drops to lowest in nearly 40 years”
Or this one from Al-Jazeera: “Analysis: More guns but fewer gun owners?” Al-Jazeera’s story has the subhead, “Firearm sales have spiked since Obama proposed new rules, but there is a smaller share of households with guns.”
Meanwhile, here in the real world, hard evidence shows the opposite is true.
In Illinois we had about 1.1 million Firearm Owner Identification Card holders when President Obama took office. Eight years later, that number had doubled to almost 2.3 million.
And people don’t go to the trouble to get an Illinois FOID card just for fun. It costs a few bucks, requires the completion of forms, a photograph, and the time and trouble to put all that together in just the proper format to make the Illinois State Police staff happy. If you don’t do everything perfectly, the Land of Lincoln bureaucracy rejects your application and keeps your money.
Democrats vote to ban ‘high cap’ magazines
The Democrats’ bill would grandfather existing so-called “high capacity” magazines over the arbitrary limit of ten rounds.
Here’s the question: Do you have plenty of extra magazines for your handguns and rifles? If not, you may want to visit your local gun store or favorite retailer to place an order while supplies last. Because with the activity at the federal level, we stand at the precipice of another run on magazines.
Those who aren’t old enough to remember 1994, trust me. You don’t want to experience it if you can avoid it.
And after ordering those magazines, you may also want to write your state’s US Senators to urge his or her opposition to this measure.