Senate Committee Passes Gun Trafficking Bill
A Senate panel passed the first piece of proposed gun legislation out of committee Thursday morning with an 11 to 7 vote in favor of a bill to stem weapons trafficking.If you answered "that was made illegal by the Gun Control Act of 1968", have another cookie. It's hard to tell, from the article, if there is something additional in this bill that would differentiate it from the '68 GCA; but I am reasonably certain that buying a firearm and giving it to someone that cannot legally possess it is already illegal. This bill apparently makes it double-plus illegal. So, is this what's going to happen? We're going to pull up existing laws and duplicate them? You know, this is not the worst thing that could happen with this subcommittee... Maybe next they can make killing people illegal, too! I keep hoping there's more to it - or perhaps this is some grand judicial ju-jitsu that will keep things tied up so that no new legislation will pass.
The bill, which is sponsored by committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., would make "straw" purchasing, which occurs when a buyer buys a gun on behalf of someone who cannot legally purchase one, illegal.
I fear, however, that it's simply a case of ZOMG WE MUST DO SOMETHING!!!!!1111eleven! I suspect that this is just bad law shoveled on top of more bad law in some frenzied attempt to capitalize on tragedy while trying to look like they're DOING SOMETHING. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe the new bill has some super new amazing powers to actually stop people from breaking the law. Maybe it'll put some teeth into the current law so that - like in the case of the Columbine shooters, who were both ineligible, got a classmate to buy the guns for them, and she was never prosecuted - people will actually go to jail for breaking the law.
While I'm dreaming, I'd like my flying car, too.
That is all.