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taxpayer-funded paper (or digital) trail
to every lawfully transferred firearm.
Those records form the framework for
a national gun registry, which would
facilitate any future attempt to seize
lawfully held guns.
Even if this happens in incremental
steps, the final outcome is preordained.
Two of Biden's other executive
actions, as I'll explain, would upset
what was considered settled law.
But, the law is never truly settled for
gun-banners as long as law-abiding
Americans still have guns.
Giffords' gun-control agenda is more
expansive, encompassing virtually every
scheme that has been proposed in the
last 50 years to make lawful firearm
ownership more difficult, expensive,
legally perilous and impractical. Giffords
filed a brief in the landmark Second
Amendment case, District of Columbia
v. Heller. The brief argued that, " The
Second Amendment does not limit the
options available to cities to address
the problem of gun violence. " Notably,
Giffords argued that the District's
complete ban on the possession of
handguns by law-abiding Americans was
constitutional. Such an interpretation
would have completely eviscerated the
Second Amendment.
This extremist view put Giffords
sharply out of touch with the American
people. For those who might think
that Giffords has moved on from such
extreme views, their law center's
website still proudly notes that they
filed the brief arguing " that the right
to possess a firearm is not based on
an individual right of self-defense, but
rather related to service in a militia
based on the prefatory language in
the Amendment. " To the degree it
reflects Chipman's view of the Second
Amendment, it indicates he is more
activist than lawman and would
enthusiastically embrace the mostfar-reaching gun control, including
expansive gun bans.
Biden also ordered the Department
of Justice (DOJ) to promulgate a
new rule that would turn unfinished
metal and plastic templates favored
by hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers
into regulated firearm receivers and
stabilizing brace-equipped pistols
into " short-barreled rifles " subject to
special taxation and registration.
Since the founding of the Republic,
Americans have always been able to
make their own firearms for lawful
personal uses. Traditionally, that

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has been considered none of the
government's business until the firearms
entered the stream of commerce.
Current ATF policy does not
consider what are known as 80%
receivers as subject to the same
types of regulations as finished
receivers that are ready to be built
into functional firearms. These 80%
receivers, typically made of metal
or polymers, are shaped to facilitate
their transition into firearm frames or
receivers, but still require relatively
precise drilling and machining to be
usable for that purpose.
The 80% threshold is partly a
matter of practicality. If everything
that could, with sufficient effort and
know-how, be fashioned into a firearm
was itself a firearm, then ATF would
be overseeing the extraction of iron
or bauxite ore from the ground. Lines
have to be drawn.

BUT, THE LAW IS NEVER
TRULY SETTLED FOR GUNBANNERS AS LONG AS
LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS
STILL HAVE GUNS.
Biden obviously wants to move
those lines back to a more primitive
stage of manufacture. If history is
any guide, the ATF will want to set
an arbitrary standard that will be
changed again in the future when
it suits their preference. And how
detached will the policy eventually
become from the legal standards
actually present in the statutes
enacted by Congress?
This proposal will therefore cause
logistical headaches and legal jeopardy
for legitimate firearm manufacturers
and private makers, but it cannot stop
those determined to evade the law to
make and sell guns for nefarious ends.
If people are willing to possess and use
a gun in violation of the law, why would
they have any qualms about violating
the law to make it?
Biden also ordered the DOJ to
promulgate a rule to " make clear when
a device marketed as a stabilizing
brace effectively turns a pistol into
a short-barreled rifle subject to the
requirements of the National Firearms
Act. " You may remember that ATF
already tried to do this last December,
sparking so much opposition and
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outrage that it withdrew the proposal
before the end of its comment period.
This effort has always been a
solution in search of a problem. Braced
pistols are used extremely rarely in
crime, and are also more expensive
than typical handguns. Braced
pistols obviously do not feature the
concealment, portability and relative
affordability as standard handguns.
As with unfinished receivers, they
are being singled out merely as a target
of opportunity, not because doing so
actually solves any pressing problem.
Biden's executive actions also
order the DOJ to publish " model 'redflag' legislation " for states that wish
to empower courts to issue surrender
or seizure orders for firearms whose
lawful owners are determined to be a
danger to self or others. While largely
symbolic and duplicative of the various
such laws and proposals already in
existence, this move demonstrates
that the administration is happy to use
any pretext to encourage seizure of
lawfully possessed guns.
It takes a gun-control advocate
to argue a person is just dangerous
enough to be ineligible to possess
guns, but not for any other kind of
intervention to address the true
underlying cause of dangerousness.
Seizing a person's lawful property
could indeed make a volatile situation
even worse; at least one gun owner has
already been killed from an attempt to
execute an order of this type.
Thanks to your support, NRA has
already started a more than twomillion-dollar campaign to counter
this gun-control push. We've invested
in television and digital ads, mailed
postcards, sent thousands of text
messages and engaged in town halls
in targeted states to ensure that the
United States Senate rejects Biden's
gun-control agenda.
Official proposed language for
the rules and model legislation was
unavailable as this article went to
press. Exact numbers are difficult
to quantify, but clearly millions of
Americans already lawfully own
personally made firearms and braced
pistols. Will they retroactively be
declared criminals if they do not
surrender, modify, destroy, register or
pay new taxes on them? Time will tell.
But the time has passed when
Joe Biden can claim to be a unifying
moderate. His gun grab has officially
begun.



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