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Weekly Wrap: Lawmakers Intro Bill Requiring Gov-Issued Permits to Own Guns

Lawmakers want to require permits to own guns in the U.S., IL outlaws "ghost guns," and senators fire off letter to FTC over gun marketing to minors.

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    Lawmakers Intro Bill Requiring Government-Issued Permit for Gun Ownership

    Illinois lawmakers introduced legislation that would require gun owners to have a government-issued permit to legally possess guns.

    H.R. 7730, or the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act, would effectively outlaw possession and transfer of firearms unless a person has a government-issued permit. The bill would also create a federal registry for gun sales and use fingerprint-based nationwide criminal background checks.

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    Mid Sized Handguns

    Introduced by Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), the bill uses Illinois’ own Firearm Owners Identification Card as a model.

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    Illinois FOID

    According to Rush and Duckworth, the bill would do the following:

    • Protect the public against the unreasonable risk of injury and death associated with the unrecorded sale or transfer of qualifying firearms to unlicensed individuals.
    • Make sure that owners of qualifying firearms are knowledgeable in the safe use, handling, and storage of those firearms.
    • Restrict the availability of qualifying firearms to criminals, children, and other persons prohibited by federal law from receiving firearms.
    • Require universal background checks for all purchases or transfers of firearms.
    • Facilitate the tracing of qualifying firearms used in crime by federal and state law enforcement agencies.

    It’s worth noting that the FOID process has been challenged in court, with a Southern Illinois judge ruling it unconstitutional in 2021.

    Nevertheless, Rush and Duckworth say requiring permits to own guns is the right step to reduce gun violence.

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    Awesafe Gun Safe

    “Gun violence has needlessly claimed the lives of too many children, and I have repeatedly introduced this commonsense legislation to prevent more families’ lives being shattered by bullets,” Rush said in a press release.

    “Although we cannot prevent all deaths, we can eliminate unnecessary risks and give law enforcement and communities better tools to keep guns away from people who have no business using them.”

    Congressman Intros Legislation to Protect Firearms Owners in Bankruptcy

    Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) introduced legislation last month that would offer some protection to gun owners facing bankruptcy.

    The Protecting Gun Owners in Bankruptcy Act, H.R. 7493, would modify existing federal bankruptcy law and allow those in debt to exempt one or more firearms up to a maximum value of $3,000 from their bankruptcy estate.

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    “An American’s right to protect themselves and their family is not conditioned on their financial standing. People fall on hard times, but their fundamental rights afforded under the Second Amendment are ensured by our Constitution and must be protected,” Jacobs said in a press release.

    “I am proud to lead this effort in the House to ensure any law-abiding American can continue to defend themselves despite financial hardship, and I will continue my work to protect and defend the Second Amendment.”

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    Variety of Handguns

    The bill was co-sponsored by 15 other representatives, including Reps. Cawthorn (NC-11), Newhouse (WA-04), Weber (TX-14), Mooney (WV-02), Van Drew (NJ-02), Garbarino (NY-02), Stefanik (NY-21), Tenney (NY-22), Mullin (OK-02), Gosar (AZ-04), McKinley (WV-01), Budd (NC-13), Norman (SC-05), Feenstra (IA-04), and Herrell (NM-02).

    IL Becomes First Midwest State to Outlaw “Ghost Guns”

    Lawmakers in Illinois successfully targeted so-called “ghost guns,” with the Land of Lincoln becoming the first midwestern state to ban 80% parts and kits.

    Signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker Wednesday, H.B. 4383 requires all firearms – including 80% parts and 3D printed guns – to be marked with serial numbers.

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    80% Arms GST-9 Tan in Box

    Current owners would have 180 days to have these stamped with a serial number. Those who opt out of serializing 80% builds and 3D-printed guns would be guilty of a Class A Misdemeanor for a first violation, followed by a Class 3 felony for a second violation.

    “A child should not be able to build an AR-15 like they’re building a toy truck. A convicted domestic abuser should not be able to evade scrutiny by using a 3D printer to make a gun,” Pritzker said at the bill signing.

    “This law will ban those ghost guns and others, and will help keep families and communities safe.”

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    80% AR-15 Lowers

    While anti-gun groups applauded the move, pro-gun supporters spoke out against the measure saying that laws already exist preventing bad guys from buying guns.

    “It is already illegal under state and federal law for prohibited persons, such as felons, to possess any firearms, whether commercially made or home built,” the National Rifle Association explained.

    President Biden showing an 80% kit during a Rose Garden address.

    The bill tracks alongside President Biden and the Department of Justice’s new ruling reclassifying 80% kits as firearms and placing them under the purview of the Gun Control Act. (Read more about that here.)

    Senators Demand FTC Investigate Guns Marketed to Minors

    Eleven U.S. senators fired off a letter to the Federal Trade Commission demanding the organization investigate the marketing of guns to kids.

    Sent on Wednesday, the letter outlines the need for a full investigation into the marketing of firearms – specifically AR-15s – to minors in the U.S.

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    Pair of AR-15 Pistols

    “These are weapons of war that have no place in the hands of our nation’s children, and can cause them substantial harm and even death,” the letter said.

    “Despite the unacceptable levels of gun crime and its devastating effect on our youth, some weapons manufacturers are blatantly flaunting their efforts to market firearms to children.”

    Pointing to Wee1 Tactical’s JR-15, the senators say the company markets to youth by featuring pictures and videos of kids holding and firing the AR-style rifle on its Facebook page.

    (Photo: Wee1 Tactical)

    For its part, Wee1 Tactical said its products are designed to promote gun safety and respect for firearms.

    “We believe that this introduction early on will produce a deep respect for firearms that continue and last for a lifetime of safety,” the company said in a press release.

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    Running an AR-10 in .308 Win on a deer hunt at the age of 12.

    It’s worth noting that Remington settled with victims of the 2012 Newton Elementary School shooting to the tune of $75 million after attorneys argued the company unfairly marketed its products to “troubled men.”

    What do you think of the headlines above? Let us know in the comments. Also, catch up on other Weekly Wraps or news in our News Category.

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    • Commenter Avatar
      Joe Smith

      When w/ Americans rise up and take back this country from the illegal president ( small letters) , ,Lier Joe , who stole the 2020 election from the true President ( Trump) ?

      August 30, 2022 3:17 am
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      Douglas L Dicketts

      That's what we need, more knee jerk laws with little research supporting their implementation.

      May 26, 2022 6:47 am
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      Mr. Mark

      A friend's house, and then his gun safe, was broken into. Eight handguns were stolen. Over the past two years, five were confiscated in Chicago, one in New York City, and one in California. These states strict gun laws don't seem to be hurting criminals. Another point: How many legally purchased guns are confiscated from law abiding citizens, and how many illegally owned guns are confiscated from criminals? I bet the answer would exhibit how effective gun control laws are.

      May 23, 2022 9:38 am
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      Any gun related regulation from IL should be laughed out of the room. And this from an IL resident that abides by all the draconian rules and still sees weekly if not daily shootings and loss of life in Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state.. These rules are beyond ironic. They are wrongheaded and heartbreakingly ineffective..

      May 22, 2022 9:32 am
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        Robert Trier

        You have that right . None of those legislators know the meaning of SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED ...

        May 22, 2022 6:03 pm
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      Interesting that the same group worried about a teen or early teen lawfully shooting will encourage the same group to make their own decisions to vaccinate or have an abortion w/o parents notice

      May 21, 2022 3:37 pm
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      John Lakey

      Guns exist to keep Government from turning citizens into subjects.

      May 21, 2022 11:49 am
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      There needs to be a penalty for lawmakers who introduce blatantly unconstitutional legislation like this. Immediate removal from office at minimum, but personally I'd rather see something like treason charges.

      May 21, 2022 10:12 am
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