Illiniois Rep. Kelly
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Illiniois Rep. Robin Kelly

In March Rep. Robin L. Kelly [D-IL-2] introduced H.R.6318 – Urban Progress Act of 2020. As the short title suggests, it is a massive catch-all full of social engineering. At The Truth About guns, we’re concerned with TITLE III—COMMON SENSE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION.

To start, let me describe what Rep. Kelly — bless her heart, she’s not the brightest bulb in the chandelier — is attempting to do. Then we’ll look at what she’s actually doing.

1) She creates a brand new 18 U.S.C. § 932 to make straw purchases illegal and to make it a crime to knowingly transfer or receive a firearm, to a prohibited person or if either party knows the firearm will be used unlawfully. All of this is, of course, already unlawful

2) She requires the Surgeon General to “submit to Congress a report on the effects on public health of gun violence in the United States during the relevant period, and the status of actions taken to address such effects,” so the CDC can generate more anti-gun rights propaganda. To ensure no one tries to stop that, she modifies the Rules of the House of Representatives with a new paragraph.

“(g) A provision prohibiting the use of funds to study the public health effects of gun violence may not be reported in a general appropriation bill and may not be in order in any amendment thereto.”

So she’s trying to short-circuit the Dickey Amendment and provide endless funding for the CDC’s “research.” Under her bill, it would be against House rules to cut it.

3) Kelly adds some new classes of prohibited persons to 18 U.S.C. § 922(d) and (g), such as those convicted of underaged possession of alcohol.

4) The bill incentivizes states to report all those newly prohibited persons to NICS, including those affected by her new definition of “mental defective.” If you ever ended up in court for something like a bit of vandalism committed in a brief fit of rage and were ordered to attend anger management counseling as part of deferred adjudication to avoid conviction, you would automatically become a mental defenctive and a prohibited person.

As a kicker to that:

An individual who has been adjudicated as a mental defective before the effective date described in section 203 may not apply for relief from disability under section 101(c)(2) of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (18 U.S.C. 922 note) on the basis that the individual does not meet the requirements in section 921(a)(36) of title 18, United States Code, as added by subsection (a).

Once “mentally defective,” always “mentally defective.” You can’t ask for relief because you’re better now.

5) Kelly strikes paragraph (s) from 18 U.S.C. § 922, which was largely redundant once NICS became operational. She renumbers (t) to be the new (s), and adds a new paragraph (t) to require…universal background checks, with some exceptions for some loans and transfers between certain family members.

6) Mandatory reporting of lost or stolen firearms within 48 hours of discovering the loss. You would be required to report that to local law enforcement…and to the US Attorney General.

7) Finally, she ends the default proceed after three days exception. That means the FBI can take as long as they want to give you an answer on your background check and you have no recourse.

Take a break. Grab an adult beverage. Because now le’s talk about what Rep. Kelly really did in this bill.

Number 1 was simply a waste of time and electrons, redundantly making an already unlawful act more unlawfuller.

Number 4 is bizarre. It includes this language.

“(B) EXCEPTION.—For purposes of sections 102 and 103, the terms ‘adjudicated as a mental defective’ and ‘committed to a mental institution’ shall have the same meanings as on the day before the date of enactment of the Fix Gun Checks Act of 2018 until the end of the 2-year period beginning on such date of enactment.”.

There was no Fix Gun Checks Act of 2018. I don’t know if Rep. Kelly is referring to the Fix NICS Act of 2018 or to her own “Subtitle D Strengthening Gun Checks Act of 2018.” That title itself is peculiar when you recall that we’re looking at a bill introduced on 03/23/2020. Clearly this was a cut-and-paste job from some other document, but only Kelly knows what.

At step 5, she completely struck 18 U.S.C. § 922(s), and replaced it with what was paragraph (t). And then she added a brand new (t).

Proceeding to number 7, she edits out language from her new (t) that isn’t even in it. That language…

(ii) 3 business days (meaning a day on which State offices are open) have elapsed since the licensee contacted the system, and the system has not notified the licensee that the receipt of a firearm by such other person would violate subsection (g) or (n) of this section; and

…is now 18 U.S.C. § 922(s)(1)(B).

But there are other oddities. Where she modified 18 U.S.C. § 922(d) and (g), she included this.

“(10) in the most recent 10-year period, has been convicted in any court of a crime of violence (as defined in section 16);

Section 16 of what? There is no Section 16 in Chapter 44, where she’s committing her legislative butchery. Better yet, when she refers to the amendment of § 922(g), she actually links to… Document not found, because her URL is

She attempted to link to 26 U.S.C. § 922, which does not exist in Chapter 44. It’s in the tax code; Requirements of a domestic international sales corporation.

Proposed rights infringement aside, I could almost want this passed as-is, just for the giggles. C-SPAN could livestream video of clerks losing their minds trying to apply the edits to U.S. Code. It would make some great reality TV.

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  1. Gave it to a clerk or assistant to draft…bet any money…and then it never got proofed…OOPS

  2. Democrats doing what democrats do. It’s the Republicans that need watching. Unless we get a Ron Paul style take over of the GOP things will just keep getting worse.

    Anyone know what happened to barnbwt? Just curious have not seen him here in ages.

  3. Ya know, the most disturbing thing about ALL this bulls*it is the authors of it actually believe we’re as dumb or dumber than they are. November’s comin!

  4. Where’s the link I can click to tell my elected “representatives” that I want them to oppose this bill and the “author”.

  5. Welcome to f#&king Illinois. I live here. We’re used to this. The ISRA and “downstaters” will have a good time with this. Much as I hate to abandon the ISRA, my relatives on the farm and law abiding gun owners, I will be leaving as soon as I can retire. I’m 67. Northern GA, KY, TN, AR and, even TX look good! Water for sailing, boating, hunting, cheap land. Illinois’ population is shrinking. Anybody wonder why?
    Murder somebody with an illegal gun on Chicago’s south or west side and you’ll be home in a couple of hours. Best case, they’ll give your illegal gun back.
    Illinois is a GREAT PLACE …to be FROM!

    • BTW, I downloaded a list of over 900 class X felons released in March 2020 in Illinois and, over 4,000 misc. scumbags and child molesters ..also released in March. We wouldn’t want them to get sick, now would we?

  6. “3) Kelly adds some new classes of prohibited persons to 18 U.S.C. § 922(d) and (g), such as those convicted of underaged possession of alcohol.”

    Said it here long ago, and I’ll say it again –

    If we win bigly for gun rights, they will do whatever they can to *massively* increase what makes someone a ‘prohibited person’.

    Potential example – A careless driving conviction. Someone who can’t be trusted to operate a motor vehicle safely can’t be trusted to own a gun.

    Just think of the possibilities!

    • Those charged with violating pandemic restrictions would be a nice catch all. (For those with out sarcasm detectors, I am NOT advocating this policy myself, I am just say that it is natural place to go for the likes of Rep. Kelly)

      • Don’t be surprised if when this pandemic lightens up that many will try to keep gun stores closed stating that we got along fine during the emergency, so we should be able to get along fine now with gun stores closed. They say they don’t need guns and think POTG do not need them either. “Participating in a gun buy-back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids! C. Eastwood

      • “…I am NOT advocating this policy myself,…”

        Nor I!

        There is no limit as to how far they can go with it. Get into a heated argument with some jerk, those who cannot control their emotions can’t be trusted with guns. It’s infinite the damage they can do…

    • If we “win bigly” regarding gun rights, prohibited person will not be a thing.

  7. THIS thing is my Congresscritter. Or why we’re stuck with dumbocrats in ILL. The plantation will never go away…

      • FWW,

        Geoff is correct! You should run! But you should run as a Dem, a Trojan horse!

      • Thanks for the vote of confidence but I’d need a ton o’ bucks which I ain’t got. Ever wonder WHY so many dumbocrats run unopposed in Chiraq and environs??? Donor’s & lot’s of support(Bloomie bux too). The republitard’s are nearly as bad as the ass ee)r donkey party…hoping for a move east when my girl turns 62.

  8. Grifters can’t write. All they can do is swindle their equally illiterate constituents.

    • Ralph,

      “All they can do is swindle their equally illiterate constituents.”

      Can I get an “Amen”, brothers and sisters? Shout it!!


  9. In March Rep. Robin L. Kelly [D-IL-2] introduced H.R.6318 ,you have her labeled wrong.

    In March Rep. Robin L. Kelly [Communist-IL-2] introduced H.R.6318 .FIFY.

    • Norman Thomas, the six-time Socialist Party candidate for U.S. President, said the following in a 1944 speech: “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism,’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened. I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”
      And, today, the Republican Party RINOs have adopted it as well. It is no longer a situation of “enemy in the wire”. Today….as for several decades….the enemy sits in the Command Post. America has been overrun.

  10. Dear Rep. Kelly,

    Why are you spending so much time trying to take guns away from law-abiding citizens? Why do you think you have a better vision for this country than those who wrote our Constitution? Here are a few items which might actually help your constituents:

    — Fix the failing educational system in your state’s big cities. Do away with Common Core.

    — Help get businesses back open, reduce unemployment.

    — Promote strong families.

    — Get the houses of worship back open; help them help their communities.

    — Help those who are not able to defend themselves obtain the means and the training to do so.

    If you need more suggestions, just post your request here on TTAG. We are a generous, friendly group, willing to advise.

    Best wishes!!!

    • “Dear Rep. Kelly, Why are you spending so much time trying to take guns away from law-abiding citizens?”

      because if she tried to take guns away from the gangsters, they would shoot her right in her fat @$$.


  12. I hate to day but this is why we have to elect lawyers. They cut through the bull and understand legality. We simply need smart conservative lawyers to send to Washington.
    Bad thing is she aint nearly as ugly as most Democrats. Actually nice looking. Poor girl tho mixed up in the head.

  13. “Furthermore, anyone who has ever gone into another room, and then forgotten why they went in there, will be prohibited from owning a firearm.”

  14. “Any individual caught sneezing after glancing at the sun will be prohibited from owning a firearm.”

  15. I doubt this will ever get out of committee. But I could be wrong. She’s not bad looking and might give good h….

    • Looks has nothing to do with it. Best I had was from a fat ugly chick that didn’t know when to stop….

  16. No, no trust the plan, trust the Q, trust Trump… if you all think Trump, and many republicrats are acting in our best interests with regards to 2A, you are a moron.

    Why did Trump allow the ATF via Sessions to redefine what a machine gun is and ban bump stocks? They did it illegally and Trump ok’d it just like that circus clown promoted red flag laws. It aint about bump stocks tard, so stop right there and digest what happened, and quit being a cuck. If Trump is best 2A prez ever Why aren’t we repealing the 1986 FOPA and the 1968 Gun Control Act. That would be progress.

    • Because, sadly, Trump was elected President, not dictator. Unlike Obama, he remains well aware of that fact. Oh, and don’t give me that “Republicans controlled both houses of Congress” bullshit. We all know it takes 60 votes to pass any major law in the Senate and for good reason.

  17. “if either party knows the firearm will be used unlawfully”

    This is a really dangerous sentence. I sell you a firearm. You seem to be normal and well adjusted. No history of being a cop or other any kind of degenerate. But you are buying the firearm with the intention of committing a drive by of the local chicken ranch. You don’t tell me this, but I am now responsible for reading your mind and knowing you intend to use the firearm unlawfully?

    • ““if either party knows the firearm will be used unlawfully” This is a really dangerous sentence.”

      I picked up on that as well. It’s devious as hell, but it fits their mindset *perfectly*.

      They consider us as nothing more than a criminal to be, and if we know what’s good for us, we’d never risk going to jail, and that means the only safe way to get rid of a gun will be for us to turn it in for destruction…

    • A clause like this is a reach back. It allows them to charge the person who sold something ( gun, knife, ballbat) to a person who decides to do harm. It would completely irrelevant if you knew or not tha ey would imply you did. Prove you didn’t.
      Not only would they have another person to blame, sue and ultimately strip rights from they would also have created fear. People would be very afraid to do any business with anyone, even family.
      We used to laugh at other countries with laws like that. We won’t be smiling here.

      Will this pass? No. Will elements of it be considered? Yes.

  18. In other words the bill isn’t meant to pass, much less work, it’s just something she can put in a taxfunder-paid brochure to send out come election time

  19. The bill reeks of her democRat Party racist ancestor’s Gun Control agenda. Cockless robin is a scatterbrain tossing around whatever she thinks will stick. It’s all Gun Control residue from days past. It’s like the marxism the democRat Party has for years packaged, and repackaged and sugarcoated the same old manure over and over again. If gullible useful idiots actually knew what filth they were consuming they would vomit.

  20. Here’s the thing fellow voters…. STOP ELECTING THESE FUCKING DIP SHITS. They are the root cause of this entire upheaval. This is exactly what the Demos want. They are funding the Antifa movement. If you don’t think so, ask the Clintons. When you put the shit into office/power you get shit back.
    Just sayin. Look around if you don’t believe me.

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