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is even more confusing. With estimates
on these stabilizing braces in
private hands ranging from 3 million
to as many as 40 million, I know of
only one mass murder event where
the perpetrator used a gun with a
stabilizing brace. Yet, at the time
of this writing, the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF) had published a proposal
to regulate handguns with attached
stabilizing braces-both new ones
and those currently owned-under
the existing federal law that regulates
items like machine guns and suppressors,
requiring registration and
a $200 tax. And that proposal was
done at Biden's behest, as regulating
handguns with such braces is near
the top of his gun-control wish list.
In reality, you could have an outright
" ban " on such fi rearms and
accessories with a life-in-prison penalty
for ownership included, and it
wouldn't aff ect violent crime. People
intent on committing assault and
murder already ignore gun laws.
4
Biden Wants
to Make it
Harder for the
Law-Abiding
to Buy Guns
PRESIDENT BIDEN AND OTHER
anti-gun politicians say they want to
make it harder for criminals to get
guns; however, their eff ort to close
the supposed " Charleston Loophole "
would not reduce violent crime, and
might even increase it. Th at's mainly
because studies have shown that
most violent criminals get their
guns by stealing them or purchasing
them from a fellow gang member or
other criminal on the street, so such
laws won't stop them.
Here's the truth about that " loophole. "
Th e National Instant Criminal
Background Check System (NICS)
was included as part of the 1994
Brady Handgun Violence Prevention
Act. When the Brady Bill was
introduced, it included a mandatory
fi ve-day waiting period before a
prospective purchaser of a handgun
could take possession of the handgun.
During that fi ve days, the federal
government intended to force
local law enforcement to conduct a
background check on the purchaser.
Th is unfunded mandate was later
struck down as unconstitutional by
the U.S. Supreme Court in the NRAbacked
case of Printz v. U.S. (1997).
Th e development and implementation
of NICS to replace the fi veday
waiting period was included in
what fi nally passed as the Brady Act.
Realizing that these background
checks wouldn't always be " instant, "
however, pro-gun lawmakers managed
to include an amendment saying
that if the background check
was not completed within three
business days, the gun dealer would
have the option to proceed with the
transfer. Th is would prevent the
potential background-check bureaucratic
bottleneck from becoming
another sneaky way to prevent
people from exercising their rights
in a timely fashion. In a nutshell,
that three-business-day provision is
what gun-ban activists now call the
" Charleston loophole. "
If you dig deep into the topic,
you'll learn that this " loophole " is
named after a tragedy that would
not have been prevented by lengthening
the three-day period. Extending
that three-day period would just
give the government power to delay
gun sales, possibly indefinitely.
5
Biden is
Politicizing
the DOJ and
the ATF Against
Law-Abiding
Gun Owners
WITH SEVERAL RECENT
appointments, including the attorney
general and associate attorney
general, Biden has created a Department
of Justice-and possibly, as this
was going to print, an ATF-that are
much more antagonistic toward gun
makers and lawful gun owners.
One example is Attorney General
Merrick Garland. Most readers
will likely remember that Garland,
as then-President Barack Obama's
nominee to replace the late Justice
Antonin Scalia in March 2016, had
indicated, while serving on the U.S.
Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia, that he does not believe
the Second Amendment protects
an individual right to keep and bear
arms. At the time, his nomination
fi red up pro-Second Amendment
advocates so much that they worked
hard and stopped a vote. Now,
Garland is running Biden's Justice
Department, which includes overseeing
the FBI and ATF.
And, speaking of the ATF, things
won't get any better there if Biden's
nomination of David Chipman
to head the agency charged with
enforcing the country's gun laws is
successful.
" Th e nomination of Chipman is a
troubling reversal of years of proactive
safety cooperation between ATF
and our industry, " said the National
Shooting Sports Foundation's Larry
Keane. " It is an undeniable targeting
of a constitutionally protected
industry by President Biden who
called us 'the enemy.' It is also a
reckless betrayal of the brave men
and women of the ATF who have
a diffi cult enough job without the
politicization of the ATF. "
THESE FIVE FACTS ARE JUST SOME
examples showing that Biden is
more interested in inconveniencing
and taking freedom away from
America's lawful gun owners than
he is in stopping violent criminals
from preying on others.
Both crime studies and common
sense tell us that the best
way to stop violent criminals is to
actively target those who prey on
others. We need to arrest criminals,
prosecute them and put
them in prison. Yet Biden and his
anti-gun allies in Congress never
mention such proposals. Th ey're
focused on disarming law-abiding
citizens, not protecting the American
people from violent criminals.
It is clear that the victims of violent
crimes are mere props to sell Biden's
gun-control wish list to America.
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