On Tuesday, a Republican congressman introduced a gun control bill aimed at law-abiding Americans and it has at least nine Republican co-sponsors.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Seth Moulton (D-MA) introduced the bill as “bi-partisan,” meaning that the unconstitutional legislation is supported by members of both parties.
What does the bill entail?
It seeks to ban the manufacture, sale, and use of “bump stocks” and similar devices.The legislation would also make violation of the law a felony and allow for increased penalties for offenders through a review of federal sentencing guidelines.
It reads as follows:
To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. PROHIBITION ON MANUFACTURE, POSSESSION, OR TRANSFER OF ANY PART OR COMBINATION OF PARTS THAT IS DESIGNED AND FUNCTIONS TO INCREASE THE RATE OF FIRE OF A SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLE BUT DOES NOT CONVERT THE SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLE INTO A MACHINEGUN.
(a) PROHIBITION.—Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
‘‘(aa) It shall be unlawful for any person-
‘(1) in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, to manufacture, possess, or transfer any part or combination of parts that is designed and func-
ions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun; or
‘‘(2) to manufacture, possess, or transfer any such part or combination of parts that have been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign com-
(b) PENALTIES.—Section 924(a)(1)(B) of such title is amended by striking ‘‘or (q)’’ and inserting ‘‘(q), or (aa)’’.
(c) SENTENCING GUIDELINES.—Pursuant to its authority under section 994 of title 28, United States Code, and in accordance with this subsection, the United States Sentencing Commission shall amend and review the Federal sentencing guidelines and policy statements to ensure that the guidelines provide for a penalty enhancement of not less than 2 offense levels for a violation of section 922(aa) of title 18 of such Code if the device described in such section 922(aa) has been-
(1) used, carried, or possessed during or in relation to a crime of violence or drug trafficking crime (as such terms are defined in section
924(c)(3) of such title 18); or (2) smuggled unlawfully into or from the United States.
(d) EFFECTIVE DATE.—This section and the amendents made by this section shall apply with respect to conduct engaged in after the 90-day period that begins with the date of the enactment of this Act.
Great! Rep. Curbelo just banned the belt loops on your jeans that do precisely what he’s talking about.
Additionally, Rep. Curbelo might want to consider that shoulders and technique will also be used to bypass this non-sense legislation.
It’s co-sponsored by the following Republicans
Peter King (NY-2)
Leonard Lance (NJ-7)
Patrick Meehan (PA-7)
Ed Royce (CA-39)
Chris Smith (NJ-4)
Erik Paulsen (MN-3)
Ryan Costello (PA-6)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)
Charlie Dent (PA-15)
It’s also co-sponsored by the following Democrats:
Jared Polis (CO-2)
Robin Kelly (IL-2)
Jacky Rosen (NV-3)
Beto O’Rourke (TX-16)
Matt Cartwright (PA-17)
Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2)
Ruben Kihuen (NV-4)
John Delaney (MD-6)
Gene Green (TX-29)
“For the first time in decades, there is growing bipartisan consensus for sensible gun policy, a polarizing issue that has deeply divided Republicans and Democrats,” Curbelo said. “This common-sense legislation will ban devices that blatantly circumvent already existing law without restricting Second Amendment rights. I’m proud to join Representative Moulton to lead our colleagues in this important first step to address gun violence in our country and show that Congress is capable of working constructively in a bipartisan way to make Americans safer.”
No, it’s not “common-sense legislation. It’s criminal legislation as Mr. Curbelo took an oath to uphold the Constitution and part of that is that he is not allowed to infringe on the right to keep and bear arms of any kind, and this does just that.
Furthermore, it does nothing to stop bump firing a semi-automatic and would have done nothing to stop the Las Vegas shooting.
Just remember that Rep. Curbelo is “proud” to attack your rights Florida and America with something that will not “address gun violence,” but simply make law-abiding Americans criminals.
“I am proud to be leading on the only bipartisan effort to take action in the wake of this tragedy,” said Moulton. “We can always be doing more, but this bill is a crucial starting point. Congress needs to take a serious look, after every crisis, at whether a law consistent with the 2nd Amendment would have prevented it. It is time for Democrats and Republicans alike to find the courage to act. Keeping this conversation going, passing this legislation, and listening to the American people will allow us to will allow us to help make America safer so that we do not need to live in fear of weapons of war being used against our families and friends.”
I can say the same thing for Rep. Moulton. Massachusetts already has heavy, unconstitutional gun laws that our forefathers would have never tolerated after their liberation from England. Now, he’s looking to target more law-abiding gun owners there and across the country, and he’s only too “proud” to do it.
“Congress needs to take a serious look, after every crisis, at whether a law consistent with the 2nd Amendment would have prevented it.,” is what Moulton said.
Well, Rep. Moulton, where are you given any authority in the Constitution or the Second Amendment to put forth the legislation you are putting forth? After all, if you can ban a bump stock, you can ban a rifle with a bump stock. Furthermore, you can start banning all sorts of accessories, bullets and guns, things you simply were not given any authority to do.
This entire piece of legislation, like all gun control legislation, is trying to act like they are doing something when they are doing nothing except violating your rights and their oath of office. This bill, like all gun control bills will not stop one single criminal from committing a crime, but it will infringe on your right to own an arm with a bump stock on it. It will even make you a criminal if you have one.
In short, contrary to Rep. Curbelo’s claim, there is absolutely no “common sense” gun legislation.