The bill was introduced by Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Illinois.
Possibly the most ominous part of this bill is the definition of firearms covered by the legislation:
"SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.
"(a) In General - In this Act:
"(1) FIREARM; LICENSED DEALER; LICENSED MANUFACTURER; STATE - The terms 'firearm', 'licensed dealer', 'licensed manufacturer', and 'State' have the meanings given those terms in section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code.
"(2) QUALIFYING FIREARM - The term 'qualifying firearm' has the meaning given the term in section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, as amended by subsection (b) of this section.
"(b) Amendment to Title 18, United States Code - Section
"(36) The term 'qualifying firearm' --
"(A) means ---
"(i) any handgun; or
"(ii) any semiautomatic firearm that can accept any detachable ammunition feeding device; and
"(B) does not include any antique."
As you might have noticed, that pretty much covers everything except your fake Civil War musket and your water pistol.
If there's any good news, it's that the bill appears stuck in committee.
And speaking of Democrats and Illinois, state Rep. Kenneth Dunkin wants all gun owners to be forced to carry at least $1 million in personal liability insurance.
Ever checked out new Attorney General Eric Holder's attitude toward the Second Amendment? The Volokh Conspiracy, a Web site focusing on the courts and legal system, lists some Holder stances when he was deputy attorney general. He:
This from someone who has sworn to uphold the Constitution and yes, that still includes the Second Amendment.
Did you notice what might be the scariest part of H.R. 45? It talks about the implementation of licensing and acquiring sales records for firearms ... "and for other purposes."
"Other purposes" could easily become handy catch-all way for any federal agency to collect any information it wanted on anyone it wanted. It could be effectively argued that such is already the case, but "other purposes" would sure make information-gathering a lot easier.
H.R. 45 is a measure that is absurd in its sweep, but absurdity too often rules the day in the halls of Congress. It appears that H.R. 45 shouldn't have a chance of passing out of committee, but stranger things have happened.
To help keep stranger things from happening, call your senators and representatives and tell them what you think of H.R. 45. I guess the American People were justified in going out and stocking-up on guns and ammo, I am sure glad I received my Walther PPK, now for some more ammo.