posted on Nov, 7 2012 @ 05:12 PM
Right before and after the first election of Obama to President there was a huge run on gun and ammo purchases, especially "assault rifle" type
weapons and prices rose extremely high.
Part of the backlash from all that has been that prices on assault rifles have come down to an all time low since then.
Now's the time to buy an assault rifle. The number and type of new laws already in Congress lean heavily to a 2nd term President who can pass
legislation without regard to public opinion. Plus, it's a win / win for gun owners to buy right now. Not only do you get the best pricing at this
time but if the administration does start making a run on gun rights and the prices rise you could turn around and re-sell for more than you paid,
probably quite a bit more if I'm right.
There are some pretty scary laws being worked on quietly in the background:
* Gun bans for anyone placed on any "watch list" by the government (you can be on a watch list without being notified which means you could
potentially find yourself arrested for a federal gun felony while carrying a firearm you have a perfectly legal permit to carry. See the recent TSA
stranding thread for an example of a member who could have been affected by this proposed law if it passes).
* Moving gun free zones that can show up anywhere and anytime without any notice.
* More efforts to ban magazines that hold more than 5 or 10 bullets.
* Ban of private sales in the US completely (included in multiple bills)
This bill would allow the Attorney General to outlaw the possession of a firearm by anyone whom the administration, at its discretion, decides to
put on a “watch list” -- i.e., anyone “known (or appropriately suspected) to be or have been engaged in conduct constituting, in preparation
for, in aid of, or related to terrorism, or providing material support thereof, and the Attorney General has a reasonable belief that the prospective
transferee may use a firearm in connection with terrorism.” In addition, the government may withhold information concerning why it put someone on
the “watch list.” Take into consideration that the federal definition of “terrorism” is very broad, and could, under some circumstances, be
used by a hostile administration to go after Second Amendment organizations.
This bill would:
withhold federal crime-fighting funds from states which fail to provide a sufficient number of names to the FBI’s Instant Check system (with
penalties possible for states that fall as little as 10% short of providing all names) [sec. 101]; require federal agencies to turn over the names
of all prohibited persons (which would presumably include the names of all persons admitting to having smoked as little as one marijuana cigarette)
[sec. 102]; redefine “adjudicated as a mental defective” (18 U.S.C. 922(g)(4)) to impose a gun ban in any case in which a “lawful
authority” (including, presumably, a school or a Medicare-funded doctor) prescribes counseling or medication in response to “subnormal
intelligence, mental illness, or incompetency”
[sec. 103]; require colleges to set up a procedure for investigating students who are acting strange and “reporting” them
[sec. 103]; ban all private person-to-person sales of firearms, requiring that all sales go through federal firearms licensees or the
police, who would conduct a background check [Title II].
Various (multiple bills)
Make it illegal to carry a weapon within a range of 250 to 1000 feet of a member of Congress no matter where they are. These laws will establish the
precedent for moving gun ban zones which can appear anywhere at any time without any notice to the public.
In the Senate:
This is the Senate version of the semiautomatic magazine ban. It would prohibit private transfers of magazines holding more than 10 rounds, even
if they were grandfathered.
This bill would allow the Attorney General to prohibit you from owning firearms by placing your name on a "watch list" and notifying you of that
fact. The Attorney General doesn't need to tell you (or a court to which you appeal your disability) the basis for the loss of your gun rights (other
than summaries and "redacted" documents which can be submitted to the court). We have seen other statutes -- notably the Brady Law -- under which
you are supposedly given the statutory right to appeal your gun ban, and our experience in those cases has been that ATF frequently just ignores
This is an effort to embody Barack Obama's Arizona newspaper article into legislation -- and to milk political advantage from the tragedy in
Tucson. It would: withhold federal crime-fighting funds from states which fail to provide a sufficient number of names to the FBI's Instantcheck
system (with penalties possible for states that fall as little as 10% short of providing all names
[sec. 101]; require federal agencies to turn over the names of all prohibited persons (which would presumably include the names of all persons
admitting to having smoked as little as one marijuana cigarette)
[sec. 102]; redefine "adjudicated as a mental defective" (18 U.S.C. 922(g)(4)) to impose a gun ban in any case in which a "lawful authority"
(including, presumably, a school or a Medicare-funded doctor) prescribes counseling or medication in response to "subnormal intelligence, mental
illness, or incompetency"
[sec. 103]; require colleges to set up a procedure for investigating students who are acting strange and "reporting" them
[sec. 103]; -allow a person to be put on the FBI's drug abuser list if, among other things, he admitted to "possessing a controlled substance
unlawfully within the last five years" (thereby, humorously, removing current law's theoretical gun ban for large numbers of unadmitted pot smokers)
[sec.104]; ban all private person-to-person sales of firearms, requiring that all sales go through federal firearms licensees or the police, who
would conduct a background check [Title II].
Multiple new regulations for gun shops that make running or working at one too high of a risk such as mandatory prison for everyone working in a shop
that sells to someone making a "straw man" purchase. (If someone w/ legal rights to buy a gun turns out to be buying it for someone else the entire
gun shop staff will be prosecuted even if they had no way of knowing).
Multiple new regulations that will make gun shows impossible.