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Senate Bill 649

In case you missed it, Harry Reid’s gun control bill, also known as Senate Bill 649, has been released. You can read the entire bill here, and here’s a brief summary. The short version is that S. 649 is exactly what we thought it would be. 

Bill Synopsis

Here is the bill synopsis, emphasis added:

To ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale, and for other purposes.

And what, pray tell, are those “other purposes”?

Background Checks and Registration

In typical fashion, there’s quite a bit in this bill and it’s not exactly straightforward, but what most concerns me are the sections pertaining to background checks and registration.

Background checks will be required for nearly every firearm transfer with a few exclusions. This part is fairly straightforward, on the surface doesn’t seem too bad. However, once you dig a little deeper, you find the real problem, and that’s registration.

Section 122 Firearms Transfers, which details how transfers would be regulated, has this little gem, emphasis added:

(B) Regulations promulgated under this paragraph…(ii) shall include a provision requiring a record of transaction of any transfer that occurred between an unlicensed transferor and unlicensed transferee accordance with paragraph (1).

This is bad news folks. If you think that this bill isn’t registration without coming out and explicitly saying it, you’re not paying attention. Even though Senator Paul has promised to filibuster this bill, we can’t rely on that alone. Contact your Senators today and tell them to oppose S. 649.


5 Responses to Senate Bill 649

  1. Greg Toal March 29, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    I read the entire Bill, it does make me think.How can anyone write like that? How can you write so many words & say so little actual meat. Here is the prime example of Political no-speak. The built in ambiguities, vague ideas, loopholes, IT IS DISGUSTING ! This is how our rights are whittled away, little by little, bit by bit. Here is PROOF the POLITITIONS have NO regard for what the people, WE THE PEOPLE want. This and all Polititical self interest must go. We have to save this Country FROM the politicoes!

    • james becquart March 29, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

      this is why you should write your senators and us the strongest language you can to get them to vote no.

  2. Dan April 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    Totally agree on deceptive language in legislation. However, consider: “Cars don’t kill people, people kill people.” We have registration and licensing for cars, we should also have some of it for guns. I have a gun; I use my gun. I have no problem with background checks in the proposed law. You have registration for your website. So, what’s the problem?

    • Brandon April 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

      First off, cars aren’t a God-given right (natural right). Second, cars aren’t protected by the Constitution. Third, just because I have a driver’s license, doesn’t mean I agree with it.

  3. annie b April 10, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    As of now, we have sufficient laws on the books regarding gun violations. The current passion for more laws is solely to infringe upon the law-abiding citizen. Another step in the direction toward a Marxist state.