What Republican Control of Congress Could Mean for Gun Owners.

Miguel over at Gun Free Zone has a list. While I can understand wanting to repeal the NFA, I don’t see it happening yet. We may be able to remove suppressors from the NFA though and I would be all for that.

As for the items on Miguel’s list I am in agreement. We need national reciprocity on CCW as too many have fallen victim to the patchwork of laws and reciprocity agreements we currently have. Especially since some states, (Pennsylvania) have been known to change their reciprocity listing overnight. States that take a dim view of civil rights will try to oppose this, but I think it is something we will see either through legislation or the courts (maybe both).

Enacting the Coburn Amendment as is would blunt Dr. Cocteau’s Bloomberg’s plans to pass seemingly benign legislation through the state referendum process. See I-594 in Washington, that is not a simple background check. It criminalizes normal behavior. Illinois enacted something similar to the Coburn Amendment with its CCW law. You call a number at the State Police, input a prospective buyer’s ID and they simply tell you yes or no. No other details are passed. Doing something similar with NICS, both makes sense and allays fears of a Government firearms registry.

Finally strengthening and adding teeth to the FOPA is long overdue. I would suggest that this legislation include both criminal and civil penalties for those jurisdictions and officers directly that choose to abuse Gun Owners. Additionally measures should be taken to ensure the law is enforced to the fullest.

The biggest roadblock to this wishlist sits in an office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to pass the legislation now because the debate will serve to educate the public. Then with a (hopefully) more civil-rights friendly Government after the next election getting these measures enacted should be easy.

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