When will this boil over?

Alien, in the comments to today’s QOTD asks :

I’m curious … at what point do you think this boils over into real activity which must be accommodated?

For all practical purposes we know the answer to this.

In September 1994 with a Democrat controlled congress, senate, and presidency they passed the “Assault Weapon Ban”. Even though they knew it would do little or nothing for public safety it was important for reasons they “dare not enunciate”. There was much rejoicing and they almost immediately boldly announced the next step and began to push their bill (actual bill is here for safekeeping) which had actually been written months earlier.

It included “arsenal” licensing, licensing of all handgun buyers, registration of all handguns, oppressive taxes on handguns and ammunition, maximum magazine capacity of six rounds, and more.

David Kopel explained the handgun licensing scheme:

Every handgun buyer would be required to obtain a state handgun license. The license would be good for no more than two years. No-one could obtain a license without passing a state-controlled “safety” course. The fees for the license and the safety course would have no limits. The fees could be set far in excess of the state cost of providing the license and the course; instead, the fees could a source of general revenue.

Nothing would prevent licensing authorities from taking months or years to issue a license. And nothing would prevent the authorities from making the “safety” test so rigorous that almost no-one except an expert shooter could pass.

That an applicant had been shooting handguns for 50 years, or was an NRA certified safety instructor, or a proficient competitive target shooter would not exempt him from the requirement to pay for the government “safety” class.

Every handgun transfer (including one’s adult son an old revolver) would be subject to these restrictions. In addition, every handgun transferred would have to be registered by make and serial number.

Of course the point of the registration was for the confiscation which was to follow (see Pete Shields, chair of Handgun Control International—now The Brady Campaign, in 1976).

An “arsenal” was 20 “guns” or 1000 rounds of ammunition. But a “gun” was defined as any part of the gun, such as a magazine, spare springs, and screws. So your handgun with three magazines, two spare recoil springs, two spare magazine springs, and the original set of grip panels would count as 10 “guns”. Your two bricks of .22 ammo, alone, would require an “arsenal” license. An arsenal license would require:

a person would need to be fingerprinted, obtain permission of local zoning authorities, and pay a $300 tax every three years. Her home would be subjected to unannounced, warrantless inspection by the government up to three times a year. “Arsenal” owners would also have to obtain a $100,000 dollar insurance policy.

So, the answer to the question is, it “boils over into real activity” the instant they have the political power.


10 thoughts on “When will this boil over?

  1. It boils over when it is unsafe for an government official to man a “gun buy back” station, because of the risk of catching lead poisoning.

  2. In this case, it “boiled over” when the Democrats immediately lost both houses of the Congress for the first time in 40 years, although they didn’t really get the message until Gore lost in 2000.

  3. The American Communist party (ie: “Democrats”) are here, now. We have to win every argument to retain our constitutional rights.

    They only have to win once to destroy them.

    We dodged the bullet when the Hillary Beast lost to that other guy, who “is still a beast, but he’s OUR beast!”

    I had to hold my nose to vote for, and now I feel I have to defend, a president whose only redeeming feature is that he supports the Constitution … ALL of it. Hillary would have destroyed the Constitution … MOST of it.

    And you think we’re still holding our breaths in fear of a dystopia?
    We’re already living in it.

    • One thing that baffles me is gun owners voting for Democrats. It suggests we need to do a better job explaining what that means.

      • Here in AL, I’ve got one of the worst, most unqualified Senate candidates ever in the form of Roy Moore. But I’ll be damned if I go in and pull the lever for Doug Jones and help give Chucky Schumer and his merry band of nitwits another cog in their machine….

    • BTW, saying that Trump supports all of the Constitution is a gross exaggeration. But what is true, and worth while, it that he supports some of it, unlike Democrats who support none of it and hate the whole thing.

  4. “So, the answer to the question is, it “boils over into real activity” the instant they have the political power.”

    For a more recent and local example, Joe, see also: https://www.ammoland.com/2017/11/washington-state-lieutenant-governor-habib-announces-gun-ban-senate-galleries/ There is now a Blue trifecta in Washington; Dems hold both houses AND the Governorship.

    1: The LG is *NOT* the State of Wa. (http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.41.290)
    2: The Senate galleries are not restricted by law (http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.41.300)
    3: Seems to me an obvious case of Official Misconduct (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9A.80.010) and/or Coercion (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9A.36.070)

    Now if only we could get the Sheriff to do his duty (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=36.28.011) or find someone to act upon the Sheriff for *not* doing so (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=42.20.100)

    But then the King never prosecutes his own men….

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  6. The left is always trying to define the 2nd Amendment as about “hunting”.

    Fine. No bag limit, no season.

    *innocent look*

    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

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