Friday, August 9, 2013

Oh THIS Is Rich...

Brad_in_MA sends in a link to this proposed bill:

H.R.2910 - Gun Violence Prevention and Reduction Act of 2013

The fact that it's sponsored by Henry Waxman should tell you something right there. Basically, ol' Henry's got his knickers in a twist that people can actually assemble their own firearms. There's a lot of hand-wringing about "do it yourself" "assault weapons" - one presumes this is the 80% receiver business that he's blathering about - but very little in the way of actual definition other than basic nonsense. Look at this:
(a) Banned Hazardous Products.--Notwithstanding section 3(a)(5)(E)
of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2052(A)(5)(E)), a firearm
receiver casting or firearm receiver blank that--
(1) at the point of sale does not meet the definition of a
firearm in section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, and
(2) after purchase by a consumer, can be completed by the
consumer to the point at which such casting or blank functions
as a firearm frame or receiver for a semiautomatic assault
weapon or machine gun,
shall be considered a banned hazardous product under section 8 of such
Act (15 U.S.C. 2057).
Okay, so a "firearm receiver casting ... does not meet the definition of a firearm". Really? What defines it as a "firearm receiver casting", then? Because you say so? Sorry Hank, doesn't work that way. The Federal government has a fixed definition of what is and what is not a firearm for a reason. You don't get to change the terms arbitrarily because you feel like it. Because that "80%" receiver you're all concerned about? They'll move it back to 79%. We saw this with your ridiculous "Assault Weapons Ban" where you banned certain features. When manufacturers removed those feature to comply with the ban, you called it a loophole.

We see through the charade. Drive-by bayonetings and "shoulder things that go up" had nothing to do with crime and everything to do with making it harder for people to buy popular firearms. In the past 20 years you have sold more semi-automatic rifles through your fear-mongering and demagoguery than ArmaLite and Colt sold the previous 30 years with targeted marketing campaigns and military contracts. Bravo, dunce. Keep trying to ban these rifles. The more you try to ban them, the more people buy them. The more people buy them, the more they realize just how handy they are to have - and that they're pretty fun to shoot, too.

It probably won't go anywhere, but it's worth keeping an eye on...

That is all.


Bubblehead Les. said...

One response to this Foolishness: Pipe for Sten Guns.

Going to close down the Plumbing Businesses in the U.S. Henry because they are selling "Unfinished Receivers?"

Dave H said...

My guess is Rep. Waxman subscribes to the "an ounce of image is worth a pound of performance" philosophy. He needed to look like he's doing something, so he did what comes naturally to a representative - he introduced a bill. It doesn't have to be a good bill, it just has to have his name on it.

Geodkyt said...

Not just plumbing, Les -- fencing companies.

REAL easy to make a SMG receiver from standardized galvanized fence tubing. . .

Heck, SMGs are dirt simple -- making a decent semiauto pistol or rifle, now that takes some actual skill.

Ed said...

"To protect American children and their families from the epidemic of
gun violence by banning access to certain weapons" should be the tip-off that nonsense follows. A thorough risk-benefit analysis would show that there would be little benefit, but at great cost.

Since more children are killed by drowning, wouldn't banning pools have a greater benefit?