StopHR5087.com – Oppose H.R.5087, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018

THIS INSANE BILL MUST BE STOPPED!

  • Bill: HR 5087 – Assault Weapons Ban of 2018
  • Author: Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI-1)
  • Position: STRONGLY OPPOSED

1. Send a message to Congress using our Grassroots Action form below.

2. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to connect with your reps – tell them to oppose H.R.5087!

3. Share this page and Take Action message with your pro-gun friends and family!

H.R. 5087 would:

  1. Add new definitions and terms like “semiautomatic pistol,” semiautomatic shotgun,” “semiautomatic assault weapon,” “large capacity ammunition feeding device,” “barrel shroud,” “detachable magazine,” and many more;
  2. Add an incredible number and type of firearms to the list of assault weapons;
  3. Enacts a total ban on “assault weapons” unless it is “otherwise lawfully possessed under Federal law on the date of enactment of the Assault Weapons Ban of 2018”;
  4. Enacts a total ban on “large capacity ammunition feeding devices”;
  5. Enacts manufacturing requirements for “assault weapons” and “large capacity ammunition feeding devices”;
  6. Enacts new storage requirements for people who have “assault weapons”;
  7. Criminalize the exercise of Second Amendment rights and constitutionally-protected instruments;
  8. Imposes new firearm transfer requirements;
  9. Mandates law-enforcement reporting of “assault weapon” transfers or attempted  through NICS; and,
  10. Provides for grants of federal funds for useless “gun buyback” programs.

Use the FPC Take Action Grassroots form below and tell your representatives why they should oppose H.R.5087!

 

https://www.firearmspolicy.org/oppose_hr_5087_assault_weapons_ban_2018

OPPOSE HR 4052 – The Magazine Ban

Send a message using the form below!

HR 4052 is a blatant attack on the Second Amendment.

It would outlaw any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

This is insanity!

Millions of magazines will be confiscated by government forces from law abiding gun owners!

We must stop this RIGHT NOW!

Tell your representative that you strongly oppose HR 4052 and send them an email today.

Link to sign petition:

https://www.firearmspolicy.org/oppose_hr_4052_the_magazine_ban?utm_campaign=1114hr4052&utm_medium=email&utm_source=firearmspolicycoalition  

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Sportsmen’s Bill Offers a Vehicle for Deregulating Suppressors

Gun Owners of America has alerted you this year to great legislation in Congress that would protect your ears and hearing while you spend time enjoying your Second Amendment rights.

Today, that effort took a step forward.   A House subcommittee heard testimony on HR 3668 — a “sportsmen’s bill” which, among other things, will make it easier for you to purchase firearms suppressors. The bill also makes a lot of minor corrections to federal gun law.

But the sponsor of this bill — South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan– took a major step forward when, earlier this year, he agreed to amend his sportsmen’s bill with provisions to protect gun owners’ hearing.

He did this by including language that removes suppressors from the licensure requirements of the 1934 National Firearms Act (NFA) — meaning that you could purchase suppressors for your firearms without paying a tax or submitting to a waiting period.

For that, we commend Rep. Duncan.

Now, Congressman Steven King (R-IA) is prepared to take this legislation a step further, offering an amendment to completely remove all federal regulations on suppressors, both under NFA and under the 1968 Act and the Brady law.

This means that you would be able to purchase a suppressor without a background check.

King’s amendment is based on his Hearing Protection Act bill (HR 3139).

King’s plan is a fantastic idea, because if suppressors are to be removed from the federal licensure requirement, what sense does it make to continue requiring the government’s permission to purchase one?

The King amendment would essentially treat suppressors as any firearms accessory (scope, magazine, etc.).

Congressman King is expected to offer his amendment when the sportsmen’s bill comes up in committee for a vote on Wednesday.

Obviously, not every congressman will have an opportunity to vote on the King pro-gun amendment this week — only members of the committee will. The opportunity to vote on the King language in the entire House may come later.

So that’s why GOA activists all over the country should begin contacting their congressmen now, in favor of the Hearing Protection Act (HR 3139).

Doing so will help create a “buzz” in favor of the King amendment when it is voted on this week.

And that’s why I am urging you to either email your congressman, Rep. Mark Amodei (R), or put in a phone call at the DC office: (202) 225-6155.

Your message is simple. All you need to do is urge Rep. Mark Amodei (R) to cosponsor and support the Steve King bill (HR 3139), which removes suppressors from federal firearms regulation.

This will go a long way to showing support for the Steve King amendment when the Committee on Natural Resources takes up the Duncan bill this week.

In Liberty,

Erich Pratt
Executive Director

P.S. After you contact your congressman, please take the opportunity to keep GOA on the frontlines by Doubling Your Dollar, at no extra cost to you.

 

How to Buy a Suppressor

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Whether you’re a rifle aficionado, pistol enthusiast, or both, suppressors just might spoil you rotten. I can speak for most suppressor users when I say, “Once you shoot suppressed, you never go back.”

Why? While a suppressor doesn’t completely silence the noise of a gunshot, it reduces the sound to tolerable, and often hearing safe, levels. A day at the range is a lot more fun without being subjected to the sound of Thor’s Hammer every time you pull the trigger. Additionally, suppressors tend to smooth out recoil. While energy is energy and recoil is still present, suppressors dampen the feel. Since their purpose is to tame the sudden release of hot gases from the muzzle, you’ll feel a much more mellow sensation.

Also see: A Beretta 92 and the Sound of Silence

Suppressors are regulated both by federal and state government, so you have to consider two sets of rules when purchasing one. While that may sound confusing, the process is actually fairly straightforward.

Let’s consider the state issue first. As of today, suppressors are legal to own in 42 states, and in 40 of those, you can use a suppressor for hunting. You can quickly determine your state’s status by visiting the American Suppressor Association.

If you live in a quiet state, then you can move to step two, the federal process. As part of the National Firearms Act of 1934, they are regulated, so you have to get a permission slip from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE or ATF for short.) While there are some forms to fill out, the process isn’t all that difficult. It’s just more of a nuisance that will set you back some time and two hundred dollars.

You’re eligible to buy a suppressor from a dealer if:

  • You are at least 21 years of age
  • You are a resident of the United States
  • You are legally eligible to purchase a firearm
  • You pass a BATFE/ATF background check
  • You pay a one-time $200 Transfer Tax

You can buy the suppressor as an individual or as an authorized member of a trust or corporation. Whichever method you choose, the process ends the same. The ATF will return a copy of your Form 4 with a colorful new tax stamp attached. That’s your permission slip, and you need to keep a copy of it with you whenever you have your suppressor with you. You won’t be able to take possession of your new suppressor from the dealer until this tax stamp arrives, and that takes a really, really long time. Right now, the ATF is taking 10 – 12 months to process the forms. Be prepared to wait.

While it looks like there are a lot of steps, and there are, remember that your suppressor dealer will help you navigate this process. Let’s explore the process for both individual and trust purchases.

Buying as an individual

Since suppressors are regulated, when you buy as an individual, you are the only one entitled to possess that suppressor. You can’t loan it to a friend, let your brother or sister take it to the range without you, and if you die, no one else can legally use it. It’s kind of like a driver’s license. It’s for you and you only. If you give it to a friend, possession of your license doesn’t entitle them to drive.

1. Fill out the ATF Form 4. This is your application form and, when approved, a copy will be returned to you with the tax stamp attached. You’ll need to submit two copies with your application, one for the ATF to keep and one they return with the tax stamp affixed.

2. Include standard passport photos. These are easy to get. You can take them yourself if you crop and print them to the proper dimensions or you can get them done at most any local shipping store.

3. Fingerprint cards. You’ll need to submit standard FBI FD-258 fingerprint cards. Many local police departments will do this for you but call first to make sure. I got mine done in the booking room of the county jail. That was an interesting experience, but it worked.

4. Include a check or money order for $200 payable to the BATFE. That’s your permission slip fee, and you have to pay it for each suppressor you buy. Yes, it’s highway robbery, but there’s the federal government for you.

5. When your Form 4 comes back, you need to send a copy to your local Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) for their records. Your dealer can help you find out who that is and where to send the forms.

Buying as a trust (or corporation)

You can set up a firearms ownership trust or corporation and have that legal entity purchase your suppressors and own them. While it’s more of a pain to set up, the benefits are that multiple people can be members of the trust or employees of the corporation, and therefore can legally possess suppressors owned by the trust. I have a trust set up for my family so any of the four of us can take a suppressor to the range. If I get hit by a meteor, the trust continues to own the suppressors, and other trust members can continue to use them. Many lawyers offer firearms trust creation services. Also, suppressor companies and the Silencer Shop offer turnkey trust creation services. It’s surprisingly easy to do.

The process for a trust purchase is almost identical to that of an individual purchase, but there are three differences as follows.

Each authorized member of the trust needs to complete an ATF Form 5320.23 (Responsible Person Questionnaire.) Since the trust is filling out the Form 4, the ATF now wants to have documentation for each member of the trust individually. This is a recent change.

When sending the application package to the ATF, you’ll need to include a copy of the trust documentation itself, or, in the case of a corporate entity, a copy of the articles of incorporation.

When your tax stamp is returned, you’ll need to send both the Form 4 and all of the Responsible Person Questionnaires to the local Chief Law Enforcement Officer.

An easier way

While the process sounds like a pain, and it is, enterprising companies have made it easy. Since most of the requirements are relatively simple but time-consuming chores, the folks at Silencer Shop have automated the process using modern technology.

If you buy a suppressor there, they will handle pretty much everything for you. Just complete an online application form to start the process. Then, using their app on your smartphone, you can quickly take your own passport photos which are captured and uploaded to your application packet managed by the Silencer Shop team. For fingerprints, you can visit one of their hundreds of local dealers nationwide and capture your own fingerprints using their automated kiosks. Your prints are also uploaded and added to our application packet. Pay your tax stamp fee online, and the Silencer Shop folks will manage your entire application process. The best part is that if you want to buy another suppressor, your prints, photos, and application information are already on file, so the process is almost entirely automated. Gotta love innovation!

The Hearing Protection Act

You might have heard rumblings of the Hearing Protection Act. As the name implies, this proposed legislation aims to eliminate all of these onerous requirements to buy a suppressor. In many places in Europe, you can buy them over the counter at a hardware store, so why not here? The act is very simple and nets out to this. If you are legally eligible to buy a firearm, you can buy a suppressor – without all the ATF application paperwork.

While we’re all anxiously awaiting passage of this law, remember that it takes Washington 75% of eternity to get anything done, so if you want a suppressor, I wouldn’t wait. Early iterations of the bill had a clause for the refund of recently paid tax stamp fees. While there’s no guarantee, there’s good shot that if you spend $200 today, and the bill passes soon, you might get that money back. Even if you don’t, it might be worth the $200 to enjoy the benefits of shooting suppressed now.

by Tom McHale 

New and Improved Suppressor Legislation in Congress!

As you know, Gun Owners of America strongly opposes all types of gun control — including the National Firearms Act and the NICS background check system.

And now there’s a bill that will deal a major blow to both of those ugly marks on the Second Amendment.

Senators Mike Lee and Mike Crapo, along with Representative Steve King introduced the “Silencers Helping Us Save Hearing Act” or SHUSH Act in both Senate and House (S. 1505 and H.R. 3139).

But you may be thinking: Isn’t there already a suppressor bill in Congress? Yes, there is. It’s the Hearing Protection Act which was has been introduced back in January.

But the new SHUSH Act expands firearm freedom further than the Hearing Protection Act ever did.

The SHUSH Act would not only remove suppressors from the NFA, it would legally treat suppressors as a firearm accessory, which means you could buy a suppressor as you could buy a scope — without a background check.

The fact is that suppressors are little more than elaborate metal tubes. There is no reason — other than blind hatred of gun owners — why these devices should be regulated at all.

So let’s make some noise on Capitol Hill about the SHUSH Act. Contact your Senators and Representatives to urge them to cosponsors S. 1505 and H.R. 3139.

 

In Liberty,

Jordan Stein
Director of Communications
Gun Owners of America
Follow me on Twitter: @jordankstein

P.S. GOA is working hard in the halls of Congress to get more cosponsors for the SHUSH Act. But when you flood their offices with emails, it makes congressional staffers listen a little closer in our meetings. So please contact your legislators — Sen. James Settelmeyer (R), Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D), and Rep. Mark Amodei (R) — in favor of the SHUSH Act now.

 

Suppressor Deregulation Bill Gains Momentum in the House

A year ago, amending the provisions of the overbearing and unconstitutional National Firearms Act would have been considered “a long shot.”

And yet, here we are.  A free-standing bill to remove suppressors from the act — dubbed the “Hearing Protection Act” — has 146 cosponsors, including several Democrats.

That bill is H.R. 367.

Now Representative Jeff Duncan (R-SC) has included the Hearing Protection Act in a larger “Sportsmen’s” bill, which is expected to shortly move in the House.

This second Duncan bill is only in working draft form right now and has not been introduced as a free-standing bill.

This draft bill is expected to be considered in committee this week, which means that suppressor legislation could soon be moving to the full House.

The reality is this:  Foolishly, the antiquated Depression-era National Firearms Act treats hearing protection devices like suppressors as though they were machine guns.

There is a full-scale FBI background check, together with fingerprints and a $200 transfer tax — all for a “health protection” device which is little more than an elaborate tube.

And frankly, this foolishness is perpetuated by a myth:  that suppressors completely silence the sound of firearms, and, hence, are the “weapon-du-jour” for Mafia hit men.

The facts are different.  In fact, in places like Norway, where guns are strictly regulated, the use of hearing protection is actively encouraged.

Please help me ensure that hearing protection for hunters and shooters is encouraged here, as well.

Urge your congressman, Rep. Mark Amodei (R), to cosponsor H.R. 327, the Hearing Protection Act.

GOA’s Legislative Action Center automatically sends “thank you” letters to those Representatives who have already cosponsored the bill — and urges those who are not on the bill to cosponsor it right away.

Finally, your letter will provide your congressman with an excellent Fact Sheet — highlighting the health benefits from using suppressors — that has been prepared by Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership.

Thank you for taking action.

Sincerely,

John Velleco
Director of Operations

P.S. Help put the Second Amendment on offense by becoming a GOA Patriot Member today!  And urge your congressman, Rep. Mark Amodei (R), to cosponsor H.R. 327, the Hearing Protection Act.


 

Nevada: Pro-Gun Bill Headed to Governor Sandoval

Yesterday, May 11, the Senate passed Assembly Bill 118, a pro-gun bill which would allow members of the military and those who have received an honorable discharge between 18 and 20 years of age to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm, with a 20-0 vote.  AB 118 will now go to Governor Sandoval for his consideration.

Stay tuned to www.nraila.org and your email inbox for further updates on this bill.

Link: https://www.nraila.org/articles/20170512/nevada-pro-gun-bill-headed-to-governor-sandoval

 

House to Take Up Anti-Gun ObamaCare Again

The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to again take up a “repeal and replace” bill for the anti-gun ObamaCare law.  

 

The Washington Examiner recently reported that, “Key negotiators are working on a new proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare, led by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and the GOP’s moderate wing leader, Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J.”

The previous “repeal and replace” effort  (H.R. 1628) died in the House because it retained all of the major elements of Obama’s ObamaCare bill:  the mandate, the subsidies, the entitlements, the requirement that everyone be able to get lousy insurance, and the politically correct requirements for every insurance policy.

Being a gun organization, GOA made it clear that we would regard “ObamaCare Lite” as an anti-gun bill unless it took care of three problems.

First, given that the government will still be effectively mandating the purchase of insurance, it is critical that insurance companies cannot ask about gun ownership, penalize gun ownership, or even deny insurance to gun owners.

Even the original ObamaCare law accommodated that concern.

Second, the bill must prohibit doctors from asking about gun ownership and entering that information into a federal health database — accessible to the ATF.

Again, the original ObamaCare accommodated this concern.

Third, the bill must prohibit the ATF from trolling the national health database in order to take away people’s guns — just as Obama proposed to do with Social Security.

Unless these three concerns are addressed, Gun Owners of America will rate this as an anti-gun bill.

Please urge your congressman, Rep. Mark Amodei (R), to demand that the above three gun-related ObamaCare Lite concerns are addressed.

Sincerely,

Larry Pratt
Executive Director Emeritus

 

 

GOA Addresses Congress in Favor of Concealed Carry Reciprocity

There has been a lot of news in the gun community recently.

But one item you may have missed is the briefing that Gun Owners recently hosted for legislators and their staffs.

We are working hard on Capitol Hill to help North Carolina Republican Richard Hudson get a majority of Representatives to sign on to his concealed carry reciprocity bill, H.R. 38.

The results have been very encouraging, so far.

I spoke briefly to the congressional audience two weeks ago, emphasizing that concealed carry reciprocity will save the lives of gun owners and their families.

And I related the story of a New Hampshire concealed carrier, who was disarmed by the laws of Massachusetts.

This gun owning Army veteran was murdered while doing work in the latter state, all because he (as a law-abiding citizen) chose to leave his gun at home. You can read that story here.

Rep. Hudson then followed me at the podium to speak about H.R. 38, the concealed carry reciprocity bill.

“We are already at 146 cosponsors in just a month,” Rep. Hudson reported. “A lot of that has to do with grassroots organizations like Gun Owners of America pushing to get more cosponsors.”

Read that paragraph again.

That is the statement from a U.S. Representative who is thanking YOU for all your hard work.

We at Gun Owners of America are only as powerful as the voice of our membership.

So when you “pound” on your legislators to take action, it makes a HUGE difference on Capitol Hill.

That’s why I am very grateful for the action that you and others have taken in response to email alerts like this one.

In Liberty,

Erich Pratt
Executive Director

 

Senior ATF Official Proposes Loosening Gun Regulations

By CTD Blogger published on in Legal, News

Reports have shown that the second-highest-ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives recently wrote a proposal to reduce gun regulations—including examining a possible end to the ban on importing assault weapons into the United States. However, for many, that may not be the most exciting part. What about loosening the regulations on Short Barreled Rifles (SBR), or deregulating suppressors?

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Read the white paper by clicking here.

Ronald B. Turk, associate deputy director and chief operating officer of the ATF, in a “white paper” called for removing restrictions on the sale of gun suppressors. He also proposed initiating a study on lifting the ban on imported assault weapons among other things.

“Restriction on imports serves questionable public safety interests, as these rifles are already generally legally available for manufacture and ownership in the United States,” Turk wrote of the ban on imported AR-15s and AK-style weapons.

The 11-page white paper, reported on by The Washington Post, is titled “Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms Regulations.” Curiously, the proposal opens with the wording of the Second Amendment and is dated Jan. 20, which coincides with the end of the Obama Presidency and the beginning of Donald Trump’s.

Several of the proposals in Turk’s white paper are supported by the National Rifle Association—some the NRA have been lobbying for years. The report is not without its critics though. In a statement released by Chelsea Parsons, vice president of guns and crime policy at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank:

“This white paper offers a disturbing series of giveaways to the gun industry that would weaken regulatory oversight of the gun industry without adequate consideration of the impact on public safety.

“ATF has long described its regulatory function as a core part of its law enforcement mission to fight gun crime, yet this paper seems to prioritize reducing perceived burdens on the gun industry over an interest in protecting public safety from the illegal diversion of firearms,” Parsons said.

Although the white paper bears the ATF seal on its cover and lists Turk’s name and ATF title, a spokeswoman said it doesn’t represent the views of the ATF.

“It’s simply his opinion, and it’s to generate dialogue,” said spokeswoman Jan Kemp.

While legal to buy silencers in most states, you’ll pay a hefty “tax” and wait six months to year before approval to actually take it home. The gun industry has long sought relief from the National Firearms Act when it comes to suppressors. Crime data supports a relaxation as well.

“We look forward to working with the new attorney general as he puts the focus of the Justice Department back where it belongs—on prosecuting violent criminals, not harassing law-abiding gun owners. After eight years of overreach by the Obama administration, it’s time to roll back regulations that serve no legitimate law enforcement purpose,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action.

President Trump has long held that some of his best advisors are those closest to him—his family. It is no secret that his sons are strong supporters of the Second Amendment, shooting and hunting rights. Backing up the President is a friendly Republican legislature that has proposed legislation that properly addresses issues from reasoned platforms such as the public health issue of hearing loss and suppressors.

“Silencers are very rarely used in criminal shootings,” Turk notes in his white paper. “Given the lack of criminality associated with silencers, it is reasonable to conclude that they should not be viewed as a threat to public safety.”

In 1989, George H.W. Bush’s administration banned the import of semiautomatic assault rifles. Turk’s white paper, which refers to them as “modern sporting rifles,” notes that their use has “increased exponentially in sport shooting.

“Those firearm types are now standard for hunting activities. These restrictions have placed many limitations on importers, while at the same time imposing a heavy workload,” claims Turk.

Turk’s paper states that its purpose is “to provide the new administration and the Bureau multiple options to consider and discuss regarding firearms regulations.”

“These general thoughts provide potential ways to reduce or modify regulations, or suggest changes that promote commerce and defend the Second Amendment without significant negative impact on ATF’s mission to fight violent firearms crime and regulate the firearms industry,” ~Ronald B. Turk, associate deputy director and chief operating officer of the ATF.

Are you optimistic about the future of firearm legislation? Did Associate Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer Turk get it right? Why or why not? Share your answers in the comment section.