Jan 152015
 

It is estimated there are at least 4 million assault weapons in our country, however there are also many definitions of assault weapons. Some people classify assault weapons according to military specifications. To others, all high-powered auto-loading weapons with large capacity magazines are assault weapons. Still others believe an assault weapon is any gun that is not a hunting rifle, shotgun or handgun. Many people have difficulty envisioning practical uses for assault weapons. Since the 1980s however, selling militarized firearms to civilians has been the gun industry’s main marketing strategy. Called “modern sporting rifles” by manufacturers, these weapons are the fastest growing segment of the rifle–manufacturing industry, boasting a growth rate of 27%. Although assault weapons have been used for many horrific mass-shootings in our nation, they are used in only about 20% of all gun crime. Supporters claim assault-style weapons are no more or less dangerous than most hunting rifles. Opponents say a semi-automatic weapon is capable of causing much greater carnage than a hunting rifle.

Pending Legislations:

S.150 & H.R.437 – Assault Weapons Ban of 2013

I oppose reforming current assault weapons policy and wish to defeat S.150 & H.R.437

I support banning the import, sale, manufacture, transfer, or possession of a semiautomatic assault weapon, including a semiautomatic rifle that can accept a detachable magazine and has any one of the following characteristics: a pistol grip; a forward grip; a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; a grenade or rocket launcher; a barrel shroud; or a threaded barrel; a semiautomatic rife or pistol with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds. A semiautomatic pistol that can accept a detachable magazine and has any one of the following characteristics: a threaded barrel, a second pistol grip, a barrel shroud; the capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location outside of the pistol grip, or a semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm. A semiautomatic shotgun that has any one of the following characteristics: a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock; a pistol grip; a fixed magazine that can accept more than five rounds; the ability to accept a detachable magazine; a forward grip; or a grenade or rocket launcher; a shotgun with a revolving cylinder; all belt-fed semiautomatic firearms; any combination of parts from which any such prohibited firearm can be assembled; and the frame or receiver of a prohibited rifle or shotgun, and wish to pass S.150 & H.R.437

 Posted by at 12:00 am
Jan 152015
 

The ATF’s National Tracing Center (NTC) is our nation’s only firearms tracing facility. It provides gun ownership and trafficking information to law enforcement agencies and tracks the intrastate and international movement of firearms. The NTC draws on several databases that contain firearm tracing information from millions of traces performed since 1989. These databases include reports of gun sales, suspected guns used in crimes, traces of subsequent owners of a gun and lists of guns that were stolen. Once a gun is traced, the personal data of the buyer is permanently retained in the trace file regardless of their innocence. Critics say that under the 1986 Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, it is illegal for the ATF to keep these records. The ATF, claiming compliance, continues consolidating and centralizing records maintained by federally-licensed gun dealers into the Firearms Tracing System.

Pending Legislation:

S.1337 – Crime Gun Tracing Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current gun tracing policy and wish to defeat S.1337

I support increased funding for law enforcement officers to trace guns used in crimes and wish to pass S.1337

I support identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill to prohibit the ATF from keeping personal data from law abiding citizens stored in the National Tracing Center database

 Posted by at 12:00 am
Jan 152015
 

The term Saturday night special refers to inexpensive, compact, small-caliber handguns that are common in low-income, high-crime communities. Gun safety advocates say these “junk guns” increase the likelihood of crime because their low cost makes them available to those who otherwise could not afford to own a gun. Gun rights advocates say this assumption is not necessarily true. Studies have shown there is no clear statistical relationship between the price of a firearm and its likelihood to be used in a crime. Surveys have also shown that Saturday night specials are used in less than 3% of all violent crime. Some say that a ban on these junk guns would hurt poor minority communities most. This is because the people most likely to be deterred from acquiring a cheap handgun are not criminals, who can steal a gun if needed, but rather poor people who have decided that they need a gun for protection.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.965 – To prohibit the possession or transfer of junk guns, also known as Saturday Night Specials

I oppose reforming current Saturday night special policy and wish to defeat H.R.965

I support prohibiting the possession or transfer of a junk gun which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce; exempts the continuous and otherwise lawful possession of such a gun that began before the effective date of this Act. Defines “junk gun” to mean a handgun that is not a sporting handgun (i.e., a type of handgun generally recognized as particularly suitable for or readily adaptable to sporting purposes); and any combination of parts from which such a handgun can be assembled, and wish to pass H.R.965

 Posted by at 12:00 am
Jan 152015
 

The Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 makes it illegal to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer or receive any firearm that is not detectable by walk-through metal detectors or airport x-ray machines. At the time this law was passed, concern was focused on the damage hijackers could do should they smuggle a ceramic weapon onboard an aircraft. However, with the advent of 3-dimensional printing technology, nearly undetectable plastic weapons can be constructed at home. The absence of a serial number or sales record makes these home-made firearms practically untraceable. Although not yet reliable, these guns could still pose a danger to air travel. Metal 3D printing, using aluminum and titanium powder rather than plastic, is the next goal in developing this new manufacturing technology. Advocates say that 3D printing has the potential to render many gun laws obsolete, not to mention many gun manufacturers.

Pending Legislation:

S.1149 – Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act

I oppose reforming current undetectable firearms policy and wish to defeat S.1149

I support prohibiting the manufacture, importation, sale, shipment, delivery, possession, transfer, or receipt of any receiver for a rifle or handgun, or of any ammunition magazine, that is manufactured by a person who is not a licensed manufacturer; is not as detectable by walk-through metal detectors; or does not generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of a receiver or an ammunition magazine when subjected to inspection by airport x-ray machines, and wish to pass S.1149

 Posted by at 12:00 am
Jan 152015
 

The Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 makes it illegal to manufacture, import, sell, ship, deliver, possess, transfer or receive any firearm that is not detectable by walk-through metal detectors or airport x-ray machines. At the time this law was passed, concern was focused on the damage hijackers could do should they smuggle a ceramic weapon onboard an aircraft. However, with the advent of 3-dimensional printing technology, nearly undetectable plastic weapons can be constructed at home. The absence of a serial number or sales record makes these home-made firearms practically untraceable. Although not yet reliable, these guns could still pose a danger to air travel. Metal 3D printing, using aluminum and titanium powder rather than plastic, is the next goal in developing this new manufacturing technology. Advocates say that 3D printing has the potential to render many gun laws obsolete, not to mention many gun manufacturers.

Pending Legislation:

S.1149 – Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act

I oppose reforming current undetectable firearms policy and wish to defeat S.1149

I support prohibiting the manufacture, importation, sale, shipment, delivery, possession, transfer, or receipt of any receiver for a rifle or handgun, or of any ammunition magazine, that is manufactured by a person who is not a licensed manufacturer; is not as detectable by walk-through metal detectors; or does not generate an image that accurately depicts the shape of a receiver or an ammunition magazine when subjected to inspection by airport x-ray machines, and wish to pass S.1149

 Posted by at 12:00 am