Knox County, TN – 2A Win! Commission meeting video

Hello everyone!

If you had not heard, Knox County passed a 2A Sanctuary Resolution!  This is a HUGE deal as it is a very large Metro area for Tennessee!

I am attaching a link to the meeting that was conducted live/online due to…. well… you know.  I plan on going over it again and take the time to make discussion/rebuttal points for those looking to make future presentations to their respective County Commissions.  We are sitting at 66 counties now in Tennessee that have passed some form of 2A statement.  The 2A Resolution segment starts at 01:11:22.

https://archive.org/details/co-com-r-267-200526-business

 

The Right To Liberty

The 1st Amendment of the Constitution reads:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances”.

The 14th Amendment of the US Constitution states:

“Section. 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”.

In addition to the 2A, which is our focus on this website, our founding fathers had the foresight to guarantee additional rights. WE THE PEOPLE have the right to PEACEFULLY assemble to protest anything we PERCEIVE the government is doing wrong. Whether they (the elected representatives of our government), like it or not.  Whether they want us to, or not. Whether they like the message, or not. Whether the PRESS likes it or not.

TN Quarantine Protests

 

Perhaps, even more, concerning than being “told” we can NOT assemble is this:

Connecticut using drones…

This is a CLEAR violation of the 4th Amendment.  Yes, you give up CERTAIN rights when you wander out in public. Your picture being taken for one. This goes WAY beyond a simple photo. Having your Temperature, Heart Rate, and Cough monitored and documented WITHOUT Consent is a search and seizure. If having your bodily functions monitored WITHOUT your consent doesn’t violate an unreasonable seizure, I don’t know what does.

 

 

 

 

Are we being tested under the guise of “protection”? Our ELECTED Representatives are OPENLY violating our Constitutional rights and liberties. Are they testing to see how many liberties they can take from us before we PEACEFULLY start protesting? How deep of a tear will they make in our Constitution before we take a UNITED stand to stop them?

I don’t have the answers. I know the Corvid-19 virus IS real and it IS taking lives. My heart breaks for those that have lost loved ones and those sick. I also know that we can NOT continue to allow the open and overt removal of our liberties and the Constitution to continue.

The peaceful assemblies taking place are NOT large enough to send a LOUD enough message. There should be THOUSANDS of people at every rally location. Wear a MASK if you feel safer by doing so. YES, socially distance, but get OUT from behind your keyboard! Send those emails, make those phone calls, but unless you fall into a risk category you SHOULD and NEED to be out getting your objections heard.

It’s time to start taking a stand to protect YOUR Rights and Liberties. The rights of your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Once our liberties are gone, they will be GONE forever. Is that what you want? It’s time to make a choice. You either stand up, speak up and PEACEFULLY assemble or you sit behind your keyboard and become a citizen of a Socialist country.

 

Pictures courtesy of Jessica Phillips-Brezinican 

Fiction Or Possibility?

It started when I was a child. I was too young to be caught up in the why’s.  All I know is one day I wasn’t allowed to play outside with my friends anymore or go to school because people were getting sick. My parents starting fighting a LOT and I couldn’t see my grandparents anymore. I remember we used to go for walks with our dog. One time I saw my best friend across the street walking with her mom. I ran across the street to hug her, and my mom ran after me and stopped me, yelling at me that I couldn’t be close to her. I remember crying and yelling at my mom. My mom told me it was to protect my friend and me.

A few months later, there was a knock at the door.  There were men in military uniforms wearing riot gear and face masks. They told my dad that someone had reported that he had violated “quarantine” and that they were there to talk to us. The men came in and said they were from quarantine enforcement. They told us that someone had reported that my dad had left the house after dark. (It wasn’t true. He had never left the house after dark. Neither had my mom). Dad asked who had reported him.  The men wouldn’t tell him. They handed him a paper he had to sign and told him he would have to pay a fine, and if he did it again, they would be back to take him to jail.

They told my parents that they couldn’t go out of the house for anything except an emergency, doctor’s appointment, or get medicine. They could go out for groceries, but they said the government wanted them to order them to be delivered if they could.   They were reminded that they could NEVER go out after dark without calling for special permission and an escort.

My mom asked about the violence that the news had reported. She wanted to know how they could protect us since all the gun shops in our state were ordered closed while under “emergency declarations.”  One man said that they should just call the police, and they would respond if they could.  The man also said they should report anyone breaking curfew or trading/selling ammunition or firearms to a dedicated phone number.

I remember my parents looking scared after the men had left and trying to guess who had reported my dad. Whoever did it had deliberately lied to cause trouble for my family.  Now we didn’t trust the neighbors.

A few weeks later, there was another knock at the door. This time it was different men. This time, they took my dad away. This time someone had reported he had a gun.

 

Fiction or Possibility?

Forty-two states currently have what is being called “Stay at Home Orders.”  Essential employees are required to carry “papers” proving they are “allowed” to continue to and from their places of business. Neighbors are being PAID to turn neighbors in for “violating” curfews and “social distancing.”  Schools and playgrounds are closed.  Citizens are being fined and threatened with being arrested for violating curfews and leaving their homes for other than “essential trips.” Grocery stores have limited hours, and some have rationing in place to prevent hoarding. Some areas have activated the National Guard to “assist” in expanding medical care and testing. Cities have stopped responding to some crimes while letting CRIMINALS out from prison and jails early, to “protect” THEM.

While COMMON SENSE precautions ARE necessary, the things we see NOW are WAY beyond that. Homeschooling right now makes sense. Kids pass infections amongst themselves like no other group. They then take it home. It makes sense to prevent that from occurring. It also makes sense to eliminate MASS events. Again, the sheer density of attendance of concerts and sporting events makes rapid transmission and spread inevitable.

However, in our opinion, restaurants SHOULD have been allowed to stay open WITH restrictions. I.e. no more than than 5 tables or 10 patrons allowed in at a time OR if space allowed no more than four tables in a section and eight patrons in a section (think how big your local Olive Garden or comparable local eatery is. They could EASILY have accommodated that). Same with shops. No more than five customers in a small shop, 10 for medium and 10 per 100 sqft for large). Masks required—no need to shut down businesses and folks’ livelihood. If people want to take the risk of going out, they have the consequences of being sick and bringing it home. THAT’S ON THEM.

ONLY those with PREEXISTING documented autoimmune, cardiac, or respiratory illnesses or with those fitting that criteria IN THEIR HOME would be ALLOWED to CHOOSE to stay at home and collect supplement unemployment. The rest of the folks work or stay at home and live off their saving.

Harsh? Why aren’t folks saving? It’s not the government’s responsibility to support you unless something unexpected and catastrophic happens to you.

We are ALLOWING our liberties to be removed one at a time. QUARANTINE is supposed to be the isolation of those SICK (think back to TB Sanctuary Hospitals). It is NOT to limit the movement of the HEALTHY. THAT is TYRANNY  and should NEVER be permitted. We are idling sitting in our homes while the First Amendment Right to Assemble has been dismantled. We are no longer “permitted” to assemble,  EVEN IN OUR VEHICLES IN THE PARKING LOT in some states, to attend religious services. Yet standing in line to get into a Lowe’s, Walmart or HomeDepot is. We certainly are not permitted to assemble to protest the quarantine. 

 

We see the 2A under attack. Even WITH the President’s order declaring gun stores and Firearm manufacturing essential, we see states like CA and VA continue to close stores and implement laws against possessing firearms.How many more Liberties and Constitutional Rights are you willing to watch fall before your voice starts rising? Have you emailed and phoned your Representatives? Are you going to stand silent while your Inalienable Right to defend yourself and your community is taken away?  Once our rights are gone, they are gone, getting them back may be daunting. Are you willing to risk that? If not, SPEAK UP. We are not talking about being a Keyboard Warrior on FACEBOOK. Contact your Representatives! Local, State, and National. Go on record with your opposition!

How Does the Pandemic Affect the 2nd Amendment? Perhaps more than we think!

Editors Note: We have deliberately kept discussion of COVID-19 OFF the website, as we want to keep discussion FOCUSED on the 2A. However, we are seeing to more and more evidence that the pandemic is being used as a political tool to suppress your Constitutional Rights. The views in this article are the views of the guest contributor and do not necessarily the reflect 
views of the 2A Movement staff. 

Under Constant Attack by the Left….

Our 2nd Amendment Rights have been threatened more than ever in the past decade as anti-gun groups push for gun control legislation.  Democrats have targeted the 2nd Amendment in order to gain votes and to maintain control and power, while gun confiscation is the hidden agenda of the United Nations.  The 2nd Amendment sets us apart from any other country in the world – without it we would become vulnerable to dictatorship. 

We have seen the hate for President of the United States to ASTOUNDING measures.  In fact, no President in the history of America has ever been so attacked while in office.

Can we blame Obama for everything?  Of course not.  What is happening in our country started long before Obama.

Behind the scenes ……

Many Democratic Governors calling for people to “stay home” shut down many local “non-essential” businesses, including many gun stores.   Gun owners everywhere found themselves unable to buy weapons or ammunition in a time where violence has the potential to skyrocket, especially with people being out of work.  After the situation was brought to the President’s attention he was quick to “declare” gun shops “essential” businesses.

Additionally, Democrats certainly wasted no time submitting  H.R. 5717 before the House floor, which is one of the biggest gun control bills in the history of our nation.  The bill discusses limiting ownership to “only” those with permits, and included background checks and registration of all sales, etc.

Similarly, while negotiating “relief” for those affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, many of the Democrats and their leader, Pelosi, had no problem delaying assistance for the American people in order to assure their interests and agenda was represented in the bill. Why would funding the Kennedy Center of Fine Arts $25 M dollars be more important than American’s who are suffering? Or the Center for Humanities? Why were they willing to withhold help to AMERICAN CITIZENS until they got their pork?

Interestingly enough the Democrats are using the deaths related to the COVID-19 in order to criticize Trump for his actions and handling of the situation concerning COVID-19.  In an interview Pelosi has already stated that, “Trump was too slow in acting,” and “this was something that warranted investigating.” Any smell another Impeachment Hearing coming yet?

Constant Attacks …..and Hatred

Michael Bloomberg, previously a Democratic candidate for the office of President, was quick to join forces with “anti-gun” activists group Mom’s Demand Action in efforts to attack gun ownership in America.   Bloomberg has invested millions of dollars in the campaign for gun control by bankrolling Mom’s Demand Action and establishing Everytown for Gun Safety.

Biden, Warren, Sanders, Bloomberg, and every candidate that was running for the Presidency was promising gun control measures and threatening the 2nd Amendment “rights” in this country under the Constitution, while pushing their socialistic agenda’s such as health care for all, abortion and many others including their support of the United Nations.

It was obvious after the Impeachment Hearing that the Democrats were totally against the President.  Not to mention all the ads where various politicians called for violence against both Trump and his supporters.

Could a “tailspin” in the Economy Cost Trump the Presidency?

Perhaps!

Millions of American’s are now on unemployment as we watch the stock market plummet.  Many lost their jobs and ability to support their families as a result of “social distancing” measures recommended by the CDC and NIH and NIAID, which are all a part of the Health and Human Services in the US, and the WHO.

Having ones’ financial circumstances threatened for weeks and possibly months by the shut down of many area businesses across the country has lead to much controversy over social distancing in America.   While I am not going to talk about the Corona-Virus specifically and focus on the 2nd Amendment, I will say individual beliefs regarding issues like  social distancing and whether or not the death rate warrants such drastic measure that have the potential of destroying our economy and causing a great recession is not only dividing this country further, but also dividing gun owners as a whole.   As a result, Democrats as well as some Republicans have started criticizing the President for what they feel is unnecessary “social distancing” and financial hardships caused by the shut down of many businesses that has lead to the loss of incomes and financial instability and inability to provide for their families.

Currently several states have called in the National Guard to assist with supplies and setting up additional treatment facilities.  Yet many remember the tragedy of Katrina when the calling in of the National Guard to help with rescue efforts resulted in gun confiscation from residents that had refused to comply with leaving their home during the evacuation.  Although there was a court order to return the citizens property, some still report that their property was not returned.  As a result, many gun owners fear the possibility of “Martial Law” being enacted to enforce “Stay Home Orders” by various Democratic governors across the country that are being hit the hardest, such as New York and California.   Gun owners believe that the governors in blue states will use this as an opportunity for gun confiscation and further infringements on the 2nd Amendment.   These beliefs are justified by the previous actions of both the governor of California and Virginia as well as others that have spoken against the 2nd Amendment.

So could the loss of ones’ job and incomes that are vital in providing for ones’ family be a pivotal point that causes some gun owners to turn their backs on the President and vote for the opposing candidate? Possibly!

Should Democrats Gain Control? 

If the Democrats can tank the economy and prevent Trump from getting re-elected, regain control of both the House and the Senate, and have a Democratic President in office – it is a win-win situation for them.

The worst thing that gun owners can do right now is to divide.   Without a the “united” front that was shown by gun owners across the state of Virginia and those that attended the huge Rally in Virginia we are no longer a voice or political threat to Democratic party.   Rest assured that the Democrats would like nothing more than to see division among gun owners which would enable them to pass gun control legislation with little to no resistance.

Should Democrats gain control you can rest assured that they will re-write the Constitution ONE BILL AT A TIME or  could enact the 28th AMENDMENT that abolishes gun ownership in this country altogether.

How Possible Is a 28th Amendment? 

What could happen if a 28th Amendment was proposed by Congress with a Democratic majority?   Congress could introduced an Amendment in one of two ways:  1) by passing both houses with 2/3’s vote and then being sent to the states legislators for ratification;  or 2)  proposed by congress and ratified by a Convention of the States.   Either way ratification of an Amendment would require a 3/4 vote or for 38 states to agree.

Additionally, there are two other ways to Amend the Constitution without ratification.  The first is called Informal Amendment.”   First, “Informal Amendment” can occur for two reasons:  either a “change in circumstances” or when it is proven that the “meaning changed over time.”   Both reasons for an “Informal Amendment” have been used before.  An example under “change in circumstances” was changing the voting age to extend the right to  a larger group.  Changing an Amendment when “meaning changed over time”  involves the judicial  system and determines how an Amendment will be viewed – an examples would be how we viewed such things as marriage and abortion .  Lastly, an Amendment can or changed by the popular vote of the people through a  “national vote” and thus, is called the “Popular Amendment,” although this method has never been used.

While ratification has been used several times through legislation, it would be much easier to enact an “Informal Amendment” with control of both houses.   Similarly, while a “Popular Amendment” has never been enacted  “if” a party believed that there was enough support they could call for a national vote.   Either of these avenues could be devastating to our 2nd Amendment rights.

https://www.usconstitution.net/constam.html

So what can we do?   

The answer is pretty obvious!                                                                                           

  1. Stay United
  2. Stay Home
  3. Remain Calm
  4. Keep up to date on Gun Legislation and what is happening
  5. Continue to push for 2nd Amendment Sanctuary Counties – most of your commissioner’s phone numbers are online
  6. Continue to Prepare
  7. AND STOP CRITICIZING THE PRESIDENT  for trying to protect the American people in this difficult situation – undecided voter’s are listening to our negative remarks about the President!
  8. And do what you can to help others!  That is what being American is all about!

Remember:  We need to protect the 2nd Amendment and to do that we need Trump to be re-elected! 

God Bless America!

 

 

 

 

ATTENTION TO ALL VOTERS !!!!

Several Democratic “BLUE” States have already  issued “STAY HOME ORDERS” until after the Republican Primaries on JUNE 9th

VA has issued Stay Home Order till June 10th
MD & DC issued Stay Home Order till June 10th
NY issued a Stay Home Order till June 14th
California issued Stay Home Order till June 23rd

I have not checked other states but I feel sure that they will follow

THIS IS PATHETIC !!!

WE ALL KNEW THAT THE DEMOCRATS WERE DESPERATE, BUT TO ISSUE STAY HOME ORDERS IN ORDER TO PREVENT VOTERS FROM GOING OUT – THIS IS ABSURD !!!

Carrying On Our Forefather’s Dream

Our forefathers had a dream of a new nation where “we the people” would be FREE. They fought for their dream in a way that we cannot imagine in this day and time with all our modern day luxuries. Many that reached this country died during the first years when facing the cold without adequate food and shelter, and many were slaughtered by the British while continuing to fight for their INDEPENDENCE. But above all they were a UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ONE NATION UNDER GOD. And it was not until years later than political greed and taxation lead us to division and resulted in a CIVIL WAR and it took us years to rebuild our nation – some said that we would never recover.

Our forefathers pinned the Constitution and the Bill of Rights that were to govern the lands and to allow us as a people to avoid a dictatorship which they had escaped. The Bill of Rights did not give us our freedoms, but limited government from infringing upon our inalienable rights that came only from our “creator.” One’s rights were never meant to be forced on another or to limit others based upon our feelings and beliefs. The government was never meant to make moral judgments that has lead us to where we are today.

Today, we once again face the “unknown” as our rights and securities are being challenged in a way that they have never been before. We have so much going on in our country today – seems that we are being pulled in all directions – with the abortion rights, gun rights, religious freedoms, violations of the constitution, corrupt politicians, wondering whether or not our republic will survive many more generations, and then we have a pandemic that no one really knows anything about that threatens people’s security even further as IRA’s and savings dwindles. I, myself have always been independent and a loner but have always believed in America and the freedoms in which we stand for. But right now I see a lot of fear and uncertainty and hear people saying things that perhaps they have never said before …. turning on each other and the elderly….. I am heart broke ….. because that is the last thing we need to be doing right now as a nation. I remember a time when America stood tall and united at least in my mind and in the mind of my father. So while many of us say “it is time to take back America” let’s not forget what that REALLY MEANS – take time to be an American!

God Bless this Great Country!  United We Stand!

Inalienable Rights – Where Do They Begin and Where Do They End?

Understanding ones’ Rights

Inalienable Rights definition: not transferable or to be taken away.

Inalienable Rights were outlined in the Bill of Rights and was ratified as part of the Constitution.  The Bill of Rights outlined various rights that were believed to be granted by our creator to ALL mankind.  Among these rights were the “freedom of speech” and the “right to bear arms” and the “right to property and life” as well as others that represent fair and just treatment of individuals being accused of crimes.  It is these inalienable rights that allow us our “freedoms” that we hold dear in the United States, and that many have died to protect.

“The first 10 amendments to the Constitution make up the Bill of Rights. James Madison wrote the amendments, which list specific prohibitions on governmental power, in response to calls from several states for greater constitutional protection for individual liberties”

Bill of Rights

But do our “inalienable rights” give us the right to forget that the rights of others exist?   It has often been said, others need to learn that his liberty ends where some other fellow’s nose begins.  So what does this mean?  Does it matter if what we do offends others? Of course not, but what it does mean is that we cannot “intentionally” or “unintentionally” infringe upon the rights of others. You have your “rights” and I have “mine,” and yours ends where mine begins.  As the passage suggests the end of ones’ rights stop at the nose of another.

However, there are a lot of arguments today over “ones’ rights,” especially with the current pandemic and the attack on the 2nd Amendment.  Should ones’ right over-ride the rights of another?  No!  According to a constitutional scholar John B. Finch, “your liberty ends where the liberty of others commences.”  So just because someone does not like something does not mean that they can take that right from me – taking guns for example. One cannot stop me from saying something just because they disagree with my theories, nor is another’s belief superior. However, when one infringes upon your rights that is going past where theirs ends.

With that being said we as citizens have the “obligation” to avoid infringing upon the rights of others – otherwise, how does “freedom” exist?  We cannot shout freedom while creating bondage for some.

The bottom line is we “ALL” have a moral obligation to protect the “rights” and “lives” of others just as many have done before us. Many have died so we can express ourselves and live in freedom.  It is then and only then that we have true “freedom” and “peace.”

During the pandemic situation maybe we should think about “individual” rights and where ours begins and stops, after all, we cannot say we stand for “freedom” for all when our rights are superior to others, and we as 2A supports should know all too well what “infringement” feels like.  So if we are going to stand for “rights” let us stand for ALL rights.

Just because we have “rights” does not mean that we should not do what is morally right even when no one is watching! 

H. R. 5717 This Must Be Stopped. Part 4

As I finished Section 1 of this Bill, I thought it couldn’t get worse. I was wrong.

HR5717

Honestly, I don’t see the point of continuing to break this Bill down. NEVER  have I seen a Bill written with such clear contempt of the Constitution.

This Bill sets forth MANDATORY criteria for Red Flag Laws that are beyond anything I have ever seen. Basically, ANYONE, you have ever dated, their family members, etc. can file an order. A law enforcement officer can. If you have a substance abuse issue or a mental health issue (undefined which is VERY concerning. PTSD? Depression? ), you can be under an ERPO.

If an ERPO is issued ALL your firearms MUST be turned over to Law Enforcement. NOT a family member. Even if they have a Federal-Firearm License. Good luck getting them back.

One of the many grounds for granting the ERPO is ANYTHING that can be interpreted as a threat. This is through ANY  “medium.” Meaning FB is included. If you post anything on FB that someone INTERPRETS as a threat, such as a meme that says “it’s not my dog you have to worry about it’s my gun”. Guess what. The ex says that was a threat against her. You now have an ERPO and have lost your firearms. They also report you to State Mental Health Agencies. The Extreme Risk Protection order portion of the Bill is SO detailed it runs from page 58-94.

Of course, there are  “Assault Weapons and Firearms Silencers and Mufflers Ban” and “Assault Weapons Ban.” included in this Bill.

Here is the definition of an “Assault Weapon”:

A semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any 1 of the following: (i) A pistol grip. (ii) A forward grip.(iii) A folding, telescoping, or detachable stock, or is otherwise foldable or adjustable in a manner that operates to reduce the length, size, or any other dimension, or otherwise enhances the concealability, of the weapon (iv) A grenade launcher. (v) A barrel shroud. (vi) A threaded barrel.

(B) A semiautomatic rifle that has a fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds, except for an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with .22 caliber rimfire ammunition.

(C) Any part, combination of parts, component, device, attachment, or accessory that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but not convert the semiautomatic rifle into a machinegun.

‘(D) A semiautomatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any 1 of the following:

(i) A threaded barrel. ‘‘(ii) A second pistol grip. (iii) A barrel shroud. (iv) The capacity to accept a detachable magazine at some location grip. ( v) A semiautomatic version of an automatic firearm. (vi) A manufactured or more when unloaded accept a detachable outside of the pistol version of an auto-weight of 50 ounces. (vii) A stabilizing brace or similar component.

(E) A semiautomatic pistol with a fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.

(F) A semiautomatic shotgun that has any 1 of the following: (i) A folding, telescoping, or detachable stock. (ii) A pistol grip. (iii) A fixed magazine with the capacity to accept more than 5 rounds. (iv) The ability to accept a detachable magazine. (v) A forward grip. (vi) A grenade launcher.

(G) Any shotgun with a revolving cylinder.

(H) All of the following rifles, copies, duplicates, variants, or altered facsimiles with the capability of any such weapon thereof

(i) All AK types,

(ii) All AR types, All Thompson rifles, 

(i) All AK–47 types,

(ii) All AR–15 types,


There are PAGES and PAGES of additional firearms that will be illegal. Frankly, it would have been easier to list the firearms that WILL be allowed. That list probably would have been just a short paragraph.

The bottom line….they do NOT WANT US TO HAVE FIREARMS PERIOD. The rational part of me says there is NO way this Bill would move forward. It’s too extreme. It openly violates numerous Amendments of the Constitution. No way it would advance. Then there is the side that reminds me about VA. That whispers about Ill, NJ, NY and CA. We see further and further encroachment every day on ALL our rights. Not just the 2A. 

 This Bill not only forces states to create laws and agencies to monitor, report and investigate its citizens, it also forces states to permanently make ALL places of learning “Gun Free Zones.”  This includes Colleges and Universities, public or private. Whether the citizens want then that way or not. 

This Bill wants to significantly limit state sovereignty when it comes to the 2A.  This will be done by forcing states to write and enforce laws that not only violate their individual state constitutions but the Constitution of the United States as well.  

States will be FORCED to write EXTREME Red Flag Laws according to the FEDERAL statutes created in this Bill, and enforce them. States will be FORCED to create agencies to monitor those that are “allowed” to own a firearm. States will even be REQUIRED to report a person who does not pass a background check to the AG. This is NOT America. This sounds like Mother Russia where citizens are monitored by the KGB. This Bill completely disregards the 10th and 11th Amendments regarding State Soverntiy.

Then, there is the database they want to establish. That is not only a VERY VERY slippery slope, but it’s also a scary one. If you want to own a firearm, suddenly you are monitored and investigated as if you are a terrorist. 

The way this bill is written it is clear the SOLE purpose is to completely destroy not only the 2A but to remove the protection of the 4th amendment from firearm owners. 

I’m not going to continue breaking down and reviewing this bill. I have seen MORE than enough to be absolutely LIVID and sickened by the attempt of this Congressman. We absolutely MUST work to stop this Bill. Be LOUD. Contact your Representative and tell them in NO way is this Bill acceptable to you. Tell then you EXPECT them to uphold their oath of office and uphold the Constitution.

H. R. 5717 This Must Be Stopped. Part 2

On 1/30/2020 Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4] (This clearly 2A hating Congressman as been in office since 2007), introduced a 128 page Bill that forces a NATIONAL Firearms License, Extreme Risk Order and MORE to be rolled into one big Constitutional violation of a Law.

Below is a link to the Bill in its entirety. I can’t stress the importance of reading the Bill. You MUST arm yourself with its contents and be knowledgeable about both what it contains as well as the consequences to the 2A if it becomes Law.

https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hr5717/BILLS-116hr5717ih.pdf

I will be covering the Bill Section by Section for clarity. It will also keep the amount of reading in each article manageable (I hope).  If you have any questions, comment or would like further clarification at the end of each article, please post them in the comment section. I love hearing from you!


H.R. 5717 Section 1

TITLE I—FIREARM LICENSING

Sec. 101. License to own firearms and ammunition.

§ 932. License to own firearms and ammunition-

 (a) GENERAL-“Except otherwise provided in this section, it shall be unlawful for any individual who is not licensed under this section to knowingly purchase, acquire, or possess a firearm or ammunition.”   You can’t get any clearer than that. Unless stated SPECIFICALLY in the Law,  NO ONE will be able to purchase, acquire or possess a firearm OR ammunition. PERIOD. Buh bye 2A, effective upon passage of this Bill.

(b) ELIGIBILITY.—”An individual shall be eligible to receive a license under this section if the individual—(1) has attained 21 years of age and (2) has completed training in firearms safety, including (A) a written test, to demonstrate knowledge of applicable firearm laws; (B) hands-on testing, including firing testing, to demonstrate safe use of a firearm”.  In other words, there will be a uniform MANDATORY classroom course of study and testing process before you are even ELIGIBLE to APPLY for a National License. Count of the Federal Government to make the course of study and testing so onerous and expensive that 80%+ of folks won’t be able to afford, complete or pass just the class portion. After all, the GOAL here is NOT public safety or our children’s safety. The GOAL is to eliminate your RIGHT to have a firearm period.

(C) as part of the process for applying for such a license—” (i) has submitted to a background investigation and criminal history check of the individual, including a background check using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, to ensure the individual is not prohibited from possessing a firearm under subsection (g) or (n) of section 922; and (ii) has submitted a photograph of the individual;

(D) has not been determined by a court,-“in accordance with subsection (c)(5), to be unsuitable to be issued a Federal firearm owner’s license;” and

(E) is not otherwise prohibited by Federal, State, Tribal, or local law from possessing a firearm.


(c) ESTABLISHMENT OF FEDERAL FIREARM OWNER’S LICENSE.

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Attorney General shall issue a Federal firearm owner’s license to any individual who is eligible under subsection (b).

(2) ISSUANCE OF LICENSE OR NOTICE OF DENIAL.—Not later than 40 days after the date on which an individual submits an application for a Federal firearm owner’s license under this section, the Attorney General shall—

(A) determine whether the individual is eligible to possess a license under this section; and

(B) based on the determination under subparagraph (A)—(i) issue a Federal firearm owner’s license to the individual; or

(ii) provide written notice to the in-dividual of—(I) the determination that the individual is ineligible to possess such a license based on the requirements described in subsection (b), which shall include an explanation for the determination; or

(II) a petition filed under paragraph (5).


(3) EXPIRATION.—A Federal firearm owner’s license issued under this section shall expire on the date that is 10 years after the date on which the license was issued.


(4) RENEWAL OF LICENSE.

(A) IN GENERAL.—A Federal firearm owner’s license issued under this section may be renewed at the end of the 10-year period described in paragraph (3).

(B) REQUIREMENTS.—The process for renewal of a Federal firearm owner’s license under subparagraph (A) shall include(i) an up-to-date background investigation and criminal history check of the individual; and (ii) a recent photograph of the individual. All at significant cost to the firearm owner I’m sure.

(C) ISSUANCE OF RENEWAL OR NOTICE OF DENIAL.—Not later than 40 days after the date on which an individual submits an application for a renewal of a Federal firearm owner’s license under this paragraph, the Attorney General shall—(i) issue a renewed Federal firearm owner’s license to the individual; and(ii) provide written notice to the individual of—(I) the determination that the individual is ineligible to possess such a license based on the requirements described in subsection (b), which shall include an explanation for the determination; or (II) a petition filed under paragraph (5).


(5) ATF DETERMINATION OF UNSUITABILITY.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—The Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives may file a petition, which shall contain a written statement of the reasons supporting the request required under subparagraph (C), in an appropriate district court of the United States to request that—(i) an individual who has applied for a Federal firearm owner’s license, or renewal thereof, under this section be denied the request for such license; or(ii) a previously issued Federal firearm owner’s license be suspended or revoked.

(B) NOTICE.—Any petition filed under subparagraph (A) shall include written notice to the individual who requested, or is in possession of, the Federal firearm owner’s license, as the case may be, describing the facts and circumstances justifying the petition.

(C) HEARING.—Not later than 90 days after the date on which a petition is filed under subparagraph (A), the court shall conduct a hearing.

(D) FACTORS TO DETERMINE UNSUITABILITY.—Not later than 15 days after the date on which a hearing is conducted under subparagraph (C), the court shall find that an individual is unsuitable to possess a Federalfirearm owner’s license if, based on a preponderance of the evidence, there exists—(i) reliable, articulable, and credible information that the individual has exhibited or engaged in behavior to suggest the individual could potentially create a risk to public safety; or (ii) other existing factors that suggest that the individual could potentially create a risk to public safety. What “other existing factors”? The Judge’s personal beliefs regarding the existence of the 2A?? If no “reliable, articulate and credible information” was presented that the individual exhibited or engaged in “behavior” to suggest they could POTENTIALLY create a risk to public safety, then what other FACTUAL standings would the courts have to deny the license? It appears then a Judges’ PERSONAL opinion would then be the deciding factor. I also have a significant issue with the word POTENTIALLY being used here. Unless they have a HISTORY of illegal violent behavior or a delusional violent psychiatric history and diagnosis, you can’t strip someone of their rights because of what they “might” do. This goes beyond the 2A right. This also strips other rights away as well. 

(E) NOTICE OF DETERMINATION—If a court finds an individual is unsuitable to possess a Federal firearm owner’s license, the court shall notify the applicant in writing, setting forth the specific reasons for such determination.


(6) REVIEW—A determination of the Director of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives or a district court of the United States under this subparagraph may be appealed to the appropriate court of the United States.

(d) EXCEPTIONS.—(1) PREVIOUSLY POSSESSED FIREARMS.—Subsection (a) shall not apply to the possession of any firearm or ammunition by an individual who otherwise lawfully possessed the firearm or ammunition under Federal law on the date on which the Attorney General begins issuing Federal firearm owner’s licenses under this section.

(2) STATE LICENSES.—(A) IN GENERAL.—Subsection (a) shall not apply to an individual in a State if the Attorney General determines that the State—(i) has in effect a process for issuing a State firearm owner’s license to eligible individuals in the State that is substantially similar to the requirements of subsection (b); and (ii) provides to the Attorney General real-time validity information relating to firearm owner’s licenses issued by the State, for inclusion in the database described in section (f). Looks like we will have both a FEDERAL and State Firearm License. ONLY if the Feds determine the State License meets 100% of the Federal Guidelines AND the State provides ALL your information to the Feds will the requirement of holding a Federal License be waived. Wonder how many states will require a State License? The expense on the States will be significant to follow the Federal Law.

(B) PUBLICATION OF LIST OF QUALIFYING STATES.—

(i) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of the Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020, the Attorney General shall publish a list of States that have in effect a process described in subparagraph (A). (ii) UPDATED LIST.—The Attorney General shall update the list described in clause (i) immediately upon determining that a State should be included on or removed from the list.

(3) LICENSED DEALERS, MANUFACTURERS, AND IMPORTERS.—Subsection (a) shall not apply to an individual who is a licensed dealer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed importer.


(4) AGENCIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS.—(A) IN GENERAL.—Subsection (a) shall not apply to—(i) the importation for, manufacture for, sale to, transfer to, or possession by the United States or a department or agency of the United States or a State or a department, agency, or political subdivision of a State, or a sale or transfer to or possession by a qualified law enforcement officer employed by the United States or a department or agency of the United States or a State or a department, agency, or political subdivision of a State, for purposes of law enforcement (whether on or off duty), or a sale or transfer to or possession by a campus law enforcement officer for purposes of law enforcement (whether on or off duty); or(ii) the importation for, or sale or transfer to a licensee under title I of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 for purposes of establishing and maintaining an on-site physical protection system and security organization required by Federal law, or possession by an employee or contractor of such licensee on-site for such purposes or off-site for purposes of licensee-authorized training or transportation of nuclear materials. I find the use of the term “political subdivision of a State” interesting here. What in the heck does that mean?

(B) DEFINITION.—For purposes of subparagraph (A), the term ‘campus law enforcement officer’ means an individual who is—(i) employed by a private institution of higher education that is eligible for funding under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1070 et 2  seq.); (ii) responsible for the prevention or investigation of crime involving injury to persons or property, including apprehension or detention of persons for such crimes (iii) authorized by Federal, State, or local law to carry a firearm, execute search warrants, and make arrests; and (iv) recognized, commissioned, or certified by a government entity as a law enforcement officer.

(e) PROHIBITION OF STRAW PURCHASING.—It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully use a valid Federal or State firearm license to purchase a firearm or ammunition on behalf of another individual, regardless of whether the other individual has a valid Federal or State firearm license. Straw purchases for firearms are ALREADY illegal. That is not new. However, under this Bill, even if the person you are purchasing ammo for HAS their licenses….you are NOT permitted by law to purchase ammo for them.

(f) PENALTIES.—Any person who violates subsection (a) or (e) shall be imprisoned not more than 2 years, fined in accordance with this title, or both.

(g) DATABASE.—The Attorney General shall establish an electronic database, which shall be accessible by Federal, State, Local, and Tribal law enforcement agencies and licensed dealers, through which a licensed dealer may verify the validity of a Federal firearm owner’s license issued under this section. THIS is scary stuff right here. A listing of everything they need to know about you at their fingertips. Down to the number of rounds you have purchased.


(h) REVOCATION OF LICENSES.

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Attorney General shall revoke the Federal firearm owner’s license issued to an individual under this section upon the occurrence of any event that would have disqualified the individual from being issued or renewed a Federal firearm owner’s license under this section or for a violation of a restriction provided under this section.

(2) REQUIRED NOTICE.—Upon revocation of a Federal firearm owner’s license under paragraph (1), the Attorney General shall provide written notice of such revocation to the individual to whom the license was issued.

(3) APPEAL OF REVOCATION.—
(A) IN GENERAL.—An individual who has the Federal firearm owner’s license of the individual revoked under this subsection may appeal the revocation determination to the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

‘‘(B) REQUIREMENT.—Not later than 14 days after the date on which an individual appeals a revocation determination under subparagraph (A), the Director of the Bureau of  Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives shall conduct a hearing on the appeal. This is NOT going to be cheap. So you can see how this is NOT about ensuring your rights are preserved and protected, but making it cost-prohibitive for you to fight. Thus ENSURING your inalienable rights to keep and bear arms are stripped from you.

(C) NOTICE OF DETERMINATION—The Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives shall provide written notice of the determination made after a hearing under subparagraph (B) regarding the appealed revocation to the individual.

(D) APPEAL—If the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives determines after a hearing under this paragraph to uphold the revocation, the determination may be appealed to an appropriate district court of the United States. You will have the right to appeal. At GREAT cost to you. 

(i) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS—There are authorized to be appropriated to the Attorney General such sums as are necessary to carry out this section.

(b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT—The table of sections for such chapter is amended by adding at the end the following:

932. License to own firearms and ammunition.

(c) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by subsections (a) and (b) shall take effect on the date that is 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act.

(d) REGULATIONS.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall promulgate regulations to carry out section 932 of title 18, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), including a regulation requiring that any firearm manufactured after the effective date described in subsection (c) of this section be legibly and conspicuously engraved or cast with the date on which the firearm was manufactured. This is going to increase the manufacturing cost of firearms. 

(2) REQUIREMENT.—The Attorney General shall conduct, not less frequently than annually, a background investigation of each individual to whom a Federal firearm owner’s license is issued under this section to ensure that the individual is not prohibited from possessing a firearm under subsection (g) or (n) of section 922 or under State law. In reality, your Federal License will be reviewed YEARLY. Not every 10 years. This is a tremendous invasion of privacy as well. We will be undergoing a FEDERAL background check every single year. 

(e) ANNUAL REPORT.—Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, and each year thereafter, the Attorney General shall submit a report to Congress on the implementation of section 932 of title 18, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), and recommendations, if any, for improvements of the system required to be established under such section 932.



There is MORE in Section One. However, at this point, I want to recap what I learned in the above portion.

  1. This Bill creates a National Federal-Firearm License.  It sets ambiguous criteria, that frankly, is yet to be determined.  We have NO idea the breadth and depth that the required course will be. How long they will be, what will be covered or the cost? There is no set criteria for the firing portion. Only that there WILL be a required firing portion that one WILL be required to pass.
  2. It will be ILLEGAL to own, possess or acquire ANY firearm or ammunition without the Federal OR APPROVED State License. Even if a friend or family member HAS a Federal or approved State Firearm License, it will be illegal to purchase ammunition for them.
  3. In THEORY, the Federal License will be good for two years. However, you WILL be undergoing a Federal background check on a YEARLY basis in order to keep it.
  4. The final determining factor is NOT indisputable evidence you are a danger. It clearly states in the law AFTER listing the evidence that is SUPPOSED to be proven,  if it is NOT proven and substantiated that you are a danger to self or others, the final determination to deny you your 2A Rights will be based on “other factors”. These factors include what you “could do.” It appears the REAL determining factor may very well be whether or not it is a Caonstitutuiol judge hearing your case or one who has a liberal agenda and wants to see the Constitution destroyed or ensure the preservation of your rights.
  5. The appeal process, if you are denied, is onerous and will be EXTREMELY expensive. Thereby excluding the vast majority of folks from the ability to appeal the decision banning you FOR LIFE, the right to keep and bear arms (ammo too).
  6. If you live in a state in which the Federal Government feels that the state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed theirs, you will NOT have to have a Federal License. However, you will still be going through a yearly Federal background investigation.
  7. Your information will be kept in a Federal database. As will the information of every firearm and ammo purchase you make.
  8. It seems to be creating a whole new entity in law enforcement as well. The  “political subdivision” of Law Enforcement. Since when does ANY political group or department have the RIGHT to be the arm of law enforcement??? Slippery slope here folks.
  9. This would be an INCREDIBLY costly Law to enforce. The Attorney Generals office, ATF and several other agencies would require millions of dollars simply to set UP the program in each department. Then the influx of new staff and the implementation and maintenance of the program will be cost-prohibitive as well.

DON’T get fooled into how they (gun-grabbers) will try to make this taste better. Supporters will say this is actually a License that will cross State lines and allow you to carry EVERYWHERE. In effect a NATIONAL CARRY PERMIT. Don’t believe it for a second.  The goal is the shred the 2A in its entirety. 

Remember. If the 2A falls…so will the rest.

I will continue on with Section 1 in the next article.

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