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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., updates reporters as Democrats push to bring the assault weapons ban bill to the floor for a vote, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, July 29, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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As firearms sales cool off this summer, House Democrats have helpfully given sales of semi-automatic rifle sales a boost by passing H.R. 1808, their latest attempt at banning the most popular long guns sold in America. AR makers may want to send flowers to Speaker Nancy Pelosi who finally managed to twist enough arms in her own party caucus to narrowly pass the bill this evening.

This latest “assault weapons” ban is, of course, nothing more than political theater. Performative legislating meant only to give hapless Democrats something to run on this November.

The bill has zero chance of passage in the Senate where it would require at least 10 Republican votes. And under the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision, banning a rifle that’s owned by tens of millions of Americans clearly violates the Heller decision’s “common use” standard.

Still, Nancy gets to wave to the crowd and claim a win for “gun safety” through the passage of a clearly unconstitutional bill in front of the adoring media before the House breaks for summer recess.

Here’s NSSF’s statement on this great legislative achievement . . .

NSSF, the firearm industry trade association, condemns the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 1808, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022, as amended. The legislation ignores the Constitutional right, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, for law-abiding Americans to keep and bear arms that are in common use. NSSF estimates that there are over 24.4 million Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs) in circulation in America between 1990 and 2020.

“This legislation is as dangerous as it is revealing of the contempt that the House Democrats hold for the Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “Chairman Jerrold Nadler admitted during debate in his committee that he didn’t care the legislation was unconstitutional and defied Supreme Court precedent. Democratic representatives are not fulfilling the interest of ‘the People,’ instead representing special-interest gun control groups that seek to disarm law-abiding citizens and scapegoat them for crimes committed by others.”

The MSR remains the most-popular selling centerfire semiautomatic rifle in the United States today. There are more MSRs in circulation today than there are Ford F-Series trucks on the road. The Supreme Court upheld that commonly-owned firearms are lawful for private ownership in both the Heller and Bruen rulings. Banning of an entire class of semiautomatic firearms can be viewed as nothing short of an outright infringement of Second Amendment rights – rights which belong to the people and not the government. This legislation, however, also includes some semiautomatic shotguns and handguns.

This legislation does nothing to improve public safety, as it doesn’t address criminals acting without regard for law or innocent life. Instead, it will put the lives of those who obey the law at greater risk by denying them an entire class of firearms that are used for home defense.

The previous 1994 Assault Weapons Ban proved to be ineffective at reducing crime. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded the “assault weapons ban” did not result in crime reduction.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report shows more murders were committed by individuals using knives, fists and clubs than by those using any rifle – not just MSRs like AR-15s.

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  1. joe burden is actively working to drive us all into poverty. Maybe that’s his ultimate gun control move? Make it so no one can afford a gun and least not if they want to eat that day.

    Wonder what Depression 2.0 will do to us?

    • Whoh there, jwm – we’re not even a recession yet… well, if you don’t include fuel and food costs in the figures or consider the trillions we’ve committed to spending.
      Nuthin but blue sky…

    • My garden is currently producing so much food that we can’t come close to eating it all. 😉

      Less money for groceries and more for ammo👍

  2. When you take an oath to defend the Constitution and then betray that oath…. you might be a demonrat/liberal/traitor.

      • Why don’t we just arrest them for Deprivation of our 2nd A Constitutional right under 18-241-242 (conspiracy to violate rights under color of law) starting with malicious Merrick who should be fired for not doing his job of getting his U.S. Prosecutors to start indicting and prosecuting these rights violators?

        I also just wonder why these DumbocRat Jim Crowe racists chose AR rifles–the most popular sporting firearm–to ban when other weapons account for the most violence?

        Could it be because they’re black?

      • Interesting. MSN said this, “ GOP Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and Chris Jacobs, who represents Buffalo, N.Y., and watched his own career come to an unexpected end after he voiced support for the semi-automatic weapons ban after the deadly shooting in his home city.”

      • Kinzinger is the steaming pile in the middle of the sidewalk which you just stepped in. Bucking for a CNN yappin head slot.

    • Go ahead and pass it in the senate…you want a red wave? How about a real insurrection? Or the end of the USA?!? Yer choice Dims n Rinos.

        • I’ll just state it here: I will not comply, period. If this bill does make it through the senate (unlikely) and becomes law, it will be time to take action. Legal action if at all possible, but we’re at the line in the sand with this one.

      • Quote:”Go ahead and pass it in the senate…you want a red wave? How about a real insurrection? Or the end of the USA?!? Yer choice Dims n Rinos.”

        democrats (communist party USA) will steal the midterm election just like they stole the last three national elections.

        The midterm four years ago was predicted to be a “red wave” in the Senate. The left “found” enough votes to gain five seats that time.

        Don’t discount their ability to steal elections.

        Be prepared for the final solution they have planned for the whole people they are demonizing now. That is us.

        • Don’t forget the 10ish NeverTrumpers in the House who retired just before 2018 mids, in a bid to throw their seats to the Dems.

        • Gordon in MO,

          Don’t discount their ability to steal elections.


          And Progressives have already laid the groundwork to leverage monkey pox and allow millions of unverified mail-in ballots just in time for this November general election.

          For the unaware: unverified mail-in ballots–WHICH ARE NOT ABSENTEE BALLOTS–are nothing more than ballots mailed-in without any verification whatsoever that the voters’ names on the ballots actually submitted those ballots. That enables massive election fraud.

          Also for the unaware: Progressives are smart enough to refrain from committing voter fraud everywhere because that would be glaringly obvious and easy to prove. Instead, they identify roughly a dozen precincts where they can submit just enough bogus ballots to secure that state and thus the national election of interest (typically for Pre$ident of the U.S.). And I imagine that Progressives do the same for key state elections.

    • ‘Scuzi my imperfect memory, but were you the one who recommended I try Sticky Holsters not too long ago?

      • I’d be interested as well, I’ve got a tab up with a holster and belly band from them and am debating clicking purchase.

        • I recently bought one – and an extra mag carrier, also IWB – and I really am impressed.

  3. The time to buy was during the previous administration.

    My firearm/ammo/accessory purchasing came to a screeching halt in the 1st quarter of CY 2020.

  4. I believe they put a grandfather clause in there thinking it might shut us up. They figure if you already have one, you won’t care. I think that’s a real miscalculation.

  5. This bill is DOA, even if a miracle happens and it passes the Senate. Under questioning from NC Rep Dan Bishop, Nader was dumb enough to say on the record that the point of the bill was to ban guns that are in “common use.” Heller specifically protects guns under “common use.” Even without that, the contrafactual comments by Dems and their so-called expert witnesses makes a great argument to defeat the bill on the rational basis test (arm braces are bump stocks, AR-15 bullets liquify the targets, exit wounds are a foot in diameter, there aren’t pictures of school shooting victims because the bodies no longer exist after being shot, etc).

    • I’m not interested in relying on fickle courts as the only bulwark between the leftist mob and my rights. You’re right, Bruen and Heller are protections… but only when the courts have the right judges. In a few years, who knows?

      This is a giant problem for this country; half of our elected representatives simply don’t care if the laws they create are constitutional. We scream it all the time: constitutional! Constitutional! But the left hates the constitution – it’s in the way of what they want, which is power.

      We’re playing baseball, the left is flagrantly disregarding the rules, and they have the refs (judges) on the payroll. At what point do we figure out that we stopped playing baseball a long time ago, and now it’s just Calvinball, where anything goes as long as the left wins?

    • Careful, I thought as you, and then recalled the stab wound in our backs, from the fourteen RINO’s that bent over and spread their butt cheeks to pass the recent BSCA. They didn’t even have the cajones to ask for butt lube.

  6. Violates Bruen….cute.
    Meanwhile, Democrats don’t care. Hello, is this thing on?


    I’m baffled by the passivity in this country toward tyranny.

    • “I’m baffled by the passivity in this country toward tyranny.”

      That makes two of us. Extremely disappointed would be another. Feels like the previously arousing “Death to all tyrants” statement would garner nothing more that a sigh and pansies slinking off into the shadows, and perhaps a Karen or ten trying to file a red flag.

      I won’t give up a damned thing and will happily pass in a pile of brass at my feet, taking with me as many as possible.

  7. In regards to the Bruen decision:

    The Court made clear that states are still allowed to require a license to carry a firearm in public, and expressly declined to interfere with the public carry regimes of all the remaining states—including those that require firearm training and deny applicants who pose a danger to public safety. The Court’s opinion makes clear that states can continue to require applicants to meet public safety requirements before carrying a gun in public. In addition, the Court affirmed the constitutionality of laws prohibiting guns in “sensitive places” such as schools, government buildings, polling places, and courthouses.

    Besides the former and present New York concealed carry law , five other states have similar requirements: California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. These states have some of the lowest rates of gun violence in the country.

    In regards to the Heller decision:

    Ever since the day Heller was passed the courts have pretty much ignored it and to prove this an avalanche of anti-gun laws were passed and went into law.

    • First of all, you illiterate moron, the Bruen decision said NO SUCH THING. All Thomas did was state the obvious, that licensing schemes and carry permits are not AUTOMATICALLY invalid – clearly, they, too, will be subject to “text, history, and tradition” – and there are cases pending to challenge several of these, so don’t start crowing about your “victory” just yet, feces-brain. And the “AWB” performative theater of Malig-Nancy is going nowhere, along with all the other idiot “gun safety” laws the Leftist/fascist Dimocrats have been cranking out.

      And NONE of them would pass the Bruen “text, history, and tradition” test, dacian the demented dips***. And Clarence Thomas will be happy to ‘splain it to you, the next time he bitch-slaps one of your idiot “gun safety” laws into the weeds. Blow it out your anal sphincter, dacian the demented dips*** – going to enjoy watching the Senate tell Malig-Nancy to stuff her “AWB” where the sun don’t shine.

      And all the fact-free Leftist/fascist rants in the world won’t change it. “Shall not be infringed”. At least five solid votes on SCOTUS (and a possible sixth, since Roberts the windsock wants to establish a “legacy”). Sucks to be a Leftist/fascist these days, dunnit, dacian the demented dips***???

    • Fuch You! The reason they want ar15 is because its most common. Same with 9mm. They figure that will do away with the most resistance. Problem for the commies is none of them know how to do anything. Don’t learn much smokin dope and playing video games in mom’s basement. Come and take it pu$$y.

  8. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) was going to vote for this regardless because he is not running for his seat again in Illinois. Illinois is better off without him representing that district. Let us see if the Senate will try to pass this also. There are enough Rinos in the Senate to pass this thou if you look at how many voted for the last gun control bill.

  9. Sorry, but I believe there ARE ten RINO’s in the Senate who would vote for this “assault weapons ban”. Murkowski is certainly one of them. The RINO’s rightly assume voters are stupid enough to vote for them in Novembre, thinking they are the lesser of two evils.

  10. Even if it should pass which it won’t every firearm owner in the land should ignore these new laws and simply create an administrative nightmare for them. Don’t answer their mail or phone calls and if they come to your house without a warrant send them packing. They have become the firearm gestapos of American. They have embarked on a campaign of intimidation of both businesses and private citizens, and they should be made to follow the law, and no one should give in to their lawlessness. Its time for civil disobedience and if necessary the invoking of Castle Domain/Make My Day Laws according to your state rules and defend your home in the same manner if they try to enter without a warrant. Red Flag Laws are not constitutional and fight them in the same manner. In short, fight like heck and make them sweat for every transgression they make.

    • They’ll get F-Troop to make some “shock-and-awe” examples that will make Waco look like a Sunday picnic.

      And the victims, err, perpetrators will be thoroughly demonized in the media.

  11. TTAG legal folks –

    Let’s say the Leftist Scum ™ use reconciliation to get this passed by the Senate and it becomes law.

    Since ‘Bruen’ sets a new standard for deciding 2A cases, do we wait for a test case in federal court? Or does a decision there just mean it applies to that particular circuit?

    • And now that she’s super wealthy from that, the next distraction will be to blow out the bridge behind her so no one else can do it. The media and history will paint her as a hero for that.

  12. I hope the flight crew pushes Nancy from the plane on her way to Taiwan. Do us all a favor. Save us from going to war if China shoots her plane down.

  13. Two republicans voted for this bill, five democrats opposed it. And aside from those five its not clear if the bill has the actual backing of all 50 democrats to go a round in the senate. Its unlikely to pass in the evenly split senate where a guaranteed filibuster would need the support of 10 republicans to defeat it to get the bill to pass the senate.

    Anyway, people are buying MSR’s as a result. The Democrats have always been the best sales people people for the MSR

  14. On Jan 13, 2022, Brianna Kupfer was savagely murdered. The attacker stabbed her to death.

    Brianna was at work, the murderer came in and she texted the manager to report the mans presence because he was giving here a ‘bad vibe’. She was dead a couple of minutes later after that text.

    The police arrested the suspect Shawn Laval Smith six days after the murder. Smith has an extensive criminal record. Waiting for a mental health evaluation is holding things up from proceeding to trial.

    ~1,300 victims are attacked with knives by violent criminals daily across the U.S. . That’s ~400,000 victims of knife violence crime annually. Lets ban cutlery.

    • In the United States annually there are over 10,000,000 victims of violent criminal assault where the attacker used other than a firearm for the attack.

      • correction:

        “In the United States annually there are over 10,000,000 victims of violent criminal assault where the attacker used other than a firearm for the attack.”

        should have been:

        In the United States annually there are over 10,000,000 victims of violent criminal assault where the attacker used weapons other than a firearm for the attack.

  15. 🤷‍♂️ Go ahead. It won’t pass, but if it does, the second they try to enforce it it’ll be The Big Boog. There’s plenty of us that don’t march, we don’t protest, we don’t make public noise. But if you come to our towns or neighborhoods or homes, well that’s a new story. Hell, some of us even know what a “contingency plan” is, and have like-minded friends. But it won’t pass anyway, this is all just very revealing political theater. And I’m just some random asshole, I’m no one special. All I do is work hard and pay my taxes on time and hang out with my loved ones, what about the Specialists? Anyway, piss on the Black Pillers, and I wish you all a wonderful and happy day!

  16. Quote:”~1,300 victims are attacked with knives by violent criminals daily across the U.S. . That’s ~400,000 victims of knife violence crime annually. Lets ban cutlery.”

    You mean like the UK? Check their ban list, a view of our future.

    • Not exactly like that. The most common knife used in knife attacks in the United States are common kitchen (e.g. ‘chefs’ type knives) and ‘dinner’ knives (e.g. steak knives) … (what we call generally overall ‘cutlery’).

      According to the U.K. House of Commons in 2001 there were “41,000 (selected) offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in England and Wales (excluding Greater Manchester Police Force)” (for Albert since he does not know how to do actual research >

      The use of the “selected” here for the UK is interesting because that’s how the UK does its crime stats – it uses a ‘selection’ process that picks ‘selectively’ from those which are recorded by police but does not use all crimes that were reported. This is the UK parallel of the U.S. system where crimes make it into stats only, basically, if the perpetrator was identified AND arrested AND (most times) convicted. Both of these systems, the UK and the US exclude 89% of the reported crime from the stats because of this. In over 90% of criminal violent knife crime in the U.S. and the U.K. the perpetrators are never identified AND arrested thus no convictions – these never make it into stats despite the crime being reported. And despite the U.K. ban on those knives you reference the most common knife used in knife attacks in the U.K. is also common kitchen (e.g. ‘chefs’ type knives) and ‘dinner’ knives (e.g. steak knives) … (what we call generally overall ‘cutlery’). The U.K. is full of criminal knife crime the citizens never see reflected in stats.

      But on the subject of knives, a small example using the U.K. the U.K. banned importing, selling, renting Samurai Swords: Overall british criminals who did not use a Samurai Sword added a shorter, cheaply and easily made, widely available version that’s not a real Samurai Sword (sort of ‘Saturday night special’ version) to their arsenal and started using those. Real ‘Samurai Sword’ related violent crime went down sort of because a newer generation of criminals went with the ‘Saturday night special’ version and ‘Saturday night special’ version crime went up. Then when this got noticed, this newer generation of criminals started switching to mostly knives that were easily available (cutlery) about everywhere and anyone could buy (or purloin in some manner and no one would care mostly) and today the U.K. is basically awash in violent criminals carrying cutlery and committing violent crimes with them and around 90% of its not even reported in stats today. So in effect the ‘Samurai Sword’ related violent crime increased after the ban on ‘Samurai Swords’, the ‘Samurai Swords’ just became what was available in cutlery. The U.K. government response – “oh look, we have a knife ban” … for the least likely knives to be used in U.K. violent knife crime today.

    • the last time this was law it led to a great deal of confusion and controversial prosecutions…and, of course…political suicide for many who voted for it….

  17. No matter how you feel about the issue, they’re trying to put a genie back in a lamp. He won’t fit. He’s been out since we threw Prince Albert’s ancestors back into the sea.


    • Texas, I’ve sworn an oath to the Constitution of the United States three times in my life. Once when I joined the U.S. Army. Twice as LEO. Meant it every time. Still do. I’m having a hard time reconciling your opinion with your oath. First, we are citizens. The term civilian refers to those not in the military. But, we are all citizens. Second, as such, we have the God given right to own weapons that can defend the Constitution, the physical security of our country and our nation. Last, if any of the above escapes you I suggest you read the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Federalist Papers. Oh, and you might want to glance at that oath again.

    • NTexas, perhaps you can sign up to be lead door-kicker when it comes time for confiscation. Best of luck in your new (and very brief) career.

    • Strange post for anyone claiming to be a solid believer and supporter of the US Constitution. The 2nd Amendment was not written for only the serving military or veterans. It was written for everybody. That includes the arms we the people are assured the right to keep and bear.

      I own two firearms that HR1808 specifically bans by name, not just generic description. I know the Senate will not pass a Bill like it, that’s not the point. My guns are not hurting anyone. I should not be punished for the bad deeds of anyone who is not me.

      On the Trump comments, guess what, I agree with you. Trump is a traitor to America, a domestic enemy who longs for personal power and, if he had it, he’d violate his Constitutional Oath every day. Trump is not a Constitutionalist, not a gun guy, he is a fraud and a con artist. He failed because he is also a coward, and that’s the only reason our Republic escaped a coup on Jan 6.

    • You Sir, are a part of the Problem, not the solution. You might try reading that document many of us, including myself, swore to protect and defend from all enemies, foreign or domestic., and the related writings of the men who wrote it, because your opinion reeks of indoctrination, not knowledge.

      As for Trump and Jan 6, you’re supposed to sip the Kool Aid, not guzzle it.


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