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Text of the new “Ugly Gun Law”

Posted by emeraldgryphon on Friday, 23 February 2007

As I posted earlier, the new “Ugly Gun Law” has been introduced in the house. you can read the text of the bill here. Now, i’m not an attorney or a Constitutional law professor, but I have a really hard time accepting that any part of this bill is constitutional. In particular, i am bothered by Sec. 3.A.30.(L), where it says

“`(L) A semiautomatic rifle or shotgun originally designed for military or law enforcement use, or a firearm based on the design of such a firearm, that is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, as determined by the Attorney General. In making the determination, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a firearm procured for use by the United States military or any Federal law enforcement agency is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, and a firearm shall not be determined to be particularly suitable for sporting purposes solely because the firearm is suitable for use in a sporting event.'”

In light of the stated purpose of the Second amendment to ensure that the citizens of this country are able to defend themselves from a government gone bad and its Army, this passage seems especially egregious. 

Also, in Sec 6 it states

“`(5) It shall be unlawful for any person to transfer a semiautomatic assault weapon to which paragraph (1) does not apply, except through–

    `(A) a licensed dealer, and for purposes of subsection (t) in the case of such a transfer, the weapon shall be considered to be transferred from the business inventory of the licensed dealer and the dealer shall be considered to be the transferor; or
    `(B) a State or local law enforcement agency if the transfer is made in accordance with the procedures provided for in subsection (t) of this section and section 923(g).”

If I’m reading this right, this says that a private citizen who legally owns one of these will now be prohibited from selling it except to and /or through a dealer. This creates a new record of the transaction and registers the weapon with the new owners fingerprints. At the risk of sounding tinfoil-hattish, the bureaucracy has neither the right nor the need to retain the records of what guns I possess and how I dispose of them.

 I encourage everyone interested in protecting our freedoms in this country to write / email / call your respective congresscritters to decry this law as unconstitutional. You can get your Senators and representatives information here.




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