Busy Week for the Second Amendment

By Faye Higbee

This promises to be a busy week for the Second Amendment, as some states are gearing up to advance good bills, while others – including Congressional DemocRATS – are planning something quite the opposite.

The gun control bills

Congress – these are set to be voted on this week

The Universal Background Check bill (HR 8) may be voted on this week. It effectively creates a gun registration database and requires the federal government to retain Form 4473. The NRA stated, “Such records would include information currently maintained on federal Form 4473, documenting the identity of the firearm purchaser and the make, model and serial number of the firearm transferred. Over time, as people sell or bequeath their firearms, a registry of firearm transfers would become a registry of gun owners.” 

The other bill, HR 1446, introduced by Rep Clyburn, allows authorities to slow-walk firearms purchases. Currently, the “so-called Charleston loophole” allows a firearm transfer to proceed if the background check can’t be completed within 3 days. HR 1446 would allow the FBI to take as long as they want to complete the background check. The NRA writes “Most importantly, the safety-valve provision ensures that the FBI carries out its background check duties in an expedient and responsible manner that recognizes the right to keep and bear arms as a constitutionally-protected individual right.” 

Hawaii: making gun control even more restrictive

Senate Bill 301 “Expands the ban on pistols with a detachable magazine with over ten round capacity to any firearm with a detachable magazine with over ten round capacity.” SB 523 “Requires the licensing of sellers of ammunition, and for the identification and proper permitting of purchasers or possessors of ammunition. Regulates ammunition in the same manner that firearms are regulated.” SB 307 and House Bill 251 “prohibit the manufacture, possession, sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquisition of any firearm or rifle with the “capacity to fire ammunition of fifty caliber or higher.”

Self Defense bills

Congress: Rep Richard Hudson reintroduced the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (HR 38). Though the legislation is bipartisan, with Democrats in control, its fate is in doubt. Its purpose is “to provide a means by which nonresidents of a State whose residents may carry concealed firearms may also do so in the State.”

Iowa: HSB 254 cleared the Iowa House Public Safety Committee by a vote of 2-1. The bill allows anyone 21 or older to carry or acquire a firearm without a government permission slip (permitless carry). It has a ways to go yet, but is one step close to Constitutional Carry.

Kansas: HB 2058 recognizes all out-of-state concealed carry permits, and allows those who have been licensed to carry a firearm in any state to do so in Kansas. Although the anti-gun Governor, Laura Kelly will likely not sign it, the legislature has a Republican super-majority that can override her.

South Dakota: HB 1212 was passed in the state Senate, bringing an important enhancement to their Stand Your Ground law. It will now go to Governor Krisit Noem, who supports it. The bill specifically explains when justifiable force can be used in defense of person and property.

Utah: We previously reported that they became the 17th Constitutional Carry state. But the legislature also passed two self-defense bills. HB 227 defines what constitutes justifiable force, and how it applies to defense. HB 216 clarified Utah’s provisional carry process.

Tennessee: The Constitutional Carry Bill HB 786 is set for Committee hearing on Wednesday. Senate Bill 765, the companion has not yet received a hearing date. If passed eventually, Tennessee would become another state not needing a government permission slip to carry a firearm.

So this is a busy week for the Second Amendment. It’s important that you contact your legislators to make your position known on the bills in this article.

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