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Friday, April 03, 2009

Just So You Know

Once again, paranoid gun grabbers are trying to take away rights:
H.R. 45: Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009
And here's a bunch more detail from Snopes:
In a nutshell, the Blair Holt bill would:

* Prohibit possession of any handguns or any semiautomatic firearms that can accept detachable ammunition-feeding devices (excluding antiques) by anyone who has not been issued a firearm license.

* Require all sales of those types of firearms to go through licensed dealers.

* Direct the Attorney General to establish and run a federal record-of-sale system.

* Require the possessors of firearms to secure them (by secure gun storage or safety devices) when they are kept in locales where children might be capable of gaining access to those firearms.

In order to be issued a firearm license under the provisions of the Blair Holt legislation, applicants would be required to submit the following information to the Attorney General:

1. a current, passport-sized photograph of the applicant that provides a clear, accurate likeness of the applicant

2. the name, address, and date and place of birth of the applicant

3. any other name that the applicant has ever used or by which the applicant has ever been known

4. a clear thumb print of the applicant, which shall be made when, and in the presence of the entity to whom, the application is submitted

5. with respect to each category of person prohibited by Federal law, or by the law of the State of residence of the applicant, from obtaining a firearm, a statement that the individual is not a person prohibited from obtaining a firearm

6. a certification by the applicant that the applicant will keep any firearm owned by the applicant safely stored and out of the possession of persons who have not attained 18 years of age

7. a certificate attesting to the completion at the time of application of a written firearms examination, which shall test the knowledge and ability of the applicant regarding:

* the safe storage of firearms, particularly in the vicinity of persons who have not attained 18 years of age

* the safe handling of firearms

* the use of firearms in the home and the risks associated with such use

* the legal responsibilities of firearms owners, including Federal, State, and local laws relating to requirements for the possession and storage of firearms, and relating to reporting requirements with respect to firearms

* any other subjects, as the Attorney General determines to be appropriate

8. an authorization by the applicant to release to the Attorney General or an authorized representative of the Attorney General any mental health records pertaining to the applicant

9. the date on which the application was submitted

10. the signature of the applicant
I'm sure the bad guys who stole their guns are going to line up to get their firearms license too, right?



Pique Oil said...

Here in New Zealand we have to be licensed to own guns. Pistols and automatics are very strictly licenced and controlled. at least that is what the authorities believe and preach.
Our cops are not armed, however they do have and use guns regularly.
Of course this means we have very little gun crime. Yeah Right.
We have armed holdups, we have shootings and we are a country of only four million.
Gun control does NOT stop naughty people using guns, all it does is stop them defending themselves.
Fight for your rights with all your might.

Pique Oil said...

should read that it stops good people from defending themselves.

curmudgeon said...

Yes, I've heard the stories of the so called safety of the unarmed.
It's hard to fathom that people actually believe in the effectiveness of gun control.

Anonymous said...

I watched "Shane" yesterday with my wife. It's the old Western morality play filmed in 1953. At one point, the hero is teaching a kid to shoot, and the mom comes out to make him stop. He tells her a gun is just a tool, like an axe or a saw. She says "if only there weren't any guns in the valley, we'd all be better off. That includes your gun, Shane."

But in town are the bad guys and their hired gun, none of whom have any qualms about killing people as they have recently demonstrated by gunning down one of the farmers who went to town for supplies.

You have to wonder, have there just always been these people who can't deal with reality and prefer to live in "life as it should be."

curmudgeon said...

"If there weren't any guns in this valley..."
Yeah, and if there weren't any knives, axes, bombs, baseball bats, tire irons, cars, ...

The list of things people use to kill other people could go on forever.

Anonymous said...

Hey, you ain't dead, is ye? Not like you to go so long without a post.

Pique Oil said...

New South Wales in Australia has a gun amnesty at the moment.
Surprise surprise, no naughty people have sent in their guns. Perhaps they haven't heard about it yet?
The stupidity of the people that hand them in astounds me. In the times we live in disarming is the worst possible move.
NSW gun laws are not as strict as here in NZ but there is no way you would be allowed to carry, concealed or not.

curmudgeon said...

Go figger - they're not turning them in.