GOA Praises Introduction Of Home Defense And Competitive Shooting Act

BY Herschel Smith
8 months ago

GOA.

Springfield, VA — On December 2, 2019, the Home Defense and Competitive Shooting Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Roger Marshall.

The bill undoes the egregiously unconstitutional registration, taxation, and regulation of short-barreled rifles by removing them from the National Firearms Act (NFA) and forcing the ATF to destroy all related records.

“The introduction of this bill is yet another landmark towards restoring the constitutionally-recognized right to keep and bear arms without infringement by federal regulations and whimsical rulemaking by anti-gun D.C. bureaucrats,” said Aidan Johnston, Director of Federal Affairs for GOA. “When the Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment, intending to protect individuals from infringements, they did not ‘leave room’ for a federal agency to regulate barrel lengths on rifles or pistols.”

Under current law, the difference between a “pistol AR-15” and a “short barreled rifle AR-15” is ATF rulemaking and mind-numbing definitions and differences between “rifle stocks” and “pistol braces.”

GOA supports a full repeal of the NFA and has challenged the NFA’s unconstitutional regulation of suppressors with the Silencers Help Us Save Hearing Act, the Hearing Protection Act, and Kettler v. US. But for far too long, other aspects of the National Firearms Act—an act of gun control by nature—have gone unchallenged in Congress.

“Now gun owners have a legislative vehicle to attack another element of the National Firearms Act’s meaningless regulation,” Johnston concluded. “GOA urges every member of the House of Representatives to cosponsor this bill.”

Okay.  Even if this goes nowhere (as I suspect it will in the den of demons, gargoyles and pit vipers we call Washington, D.C.), I am now a fan of two members of the House, the first being Thomas Massie.  Roger Marshall can be added to the list of good guys.  It’s a short list.


Comments

  1. On December 4, 2019 at 8:54 am, Fred said:

    The last time it looked like some bills such as these would actually get traction, R’s controlled the whole gov, there was a mass shooting in Vegas. The only good news here is that this time no mass shooting will be necessary stop the bills because these bills have no chance. But at least the GOA is trying! How are Wayne and his cute little blonde, comfy, well fed, well entertained, well traveled, laughing all the way to the bank?

  2. On December 4, 2019 at 10:26 am, TommyA said:

    Need a bill number to start the push on other Reps

  3. On December 4, 2019 at 7:34 pm, TRX said:

    > regulation of short-barreled rifles by removing them from the National Firearms Act

    Oh, noes! My SBR will lose “value”!!!

    Previous attempts to re-open the MG registry were bitterly opposed by the dealers and collectors who had a lot of money wrapped up in machine guns.

    SBRs are still easy enough to get, if you’re patient, so I don’t see that kind of resistance to the bill. And, hey, maybe that old SBR paperwork will add collectible value all on its own…

  4. On December 4, 2019 at 9:21 pm, Jeffersonian said:

    SF author Michael Z. Williamson contemplated this:

    http://www.michaelzwilliamson.com/blog/index.php?itemid=449

  5. On December 6, 2019 at 12:23 am, Dan said:

    Bill is a nice idea. In the current Congress it’s DOA. Will probably not even get out of committee and if it does it is doomed in the House.

  6. On December 6, 2019 at 9:10 pm, Poshboy said:

    Mr. Marshall’s bill number is HR 5289. Here is the Congress.gov listing for it:

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/5289?s=3&r=1

    _17_ cosponsors. Really.

    If you are writing your House member, urge them to be a cosponsor. The bill may go nowhere, but the more cosponsors a bill has, the stronger the indication to leadership that this an issue that has wide support. Meaning it will show up again in a better Congress.

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