Gun Control Bill Confiscates Weapons for ‘Common Use’

“The problem is that they’re in common use,” said Democrat Jerry Nadler of New York.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) in the House Judiciary Committee questioned Democrats whether they deny that the push for gun control bill H.R. 1808, or “Assault Weapons Ban of 2021,” would prohibit weapons in “common use” across the nation.
  • Bishop asked for further clarification from Chairman Jerry Nadler if “it is the point of the bill to ban weapons that are in common use in the United States today.”
  • Without hesitation, Nadler responded, “that’s the point of the bill,” and that “the problem [with firearms] is that they’re in common use.”
  • Rep. Bishop proceeded to cite three Supreme Court cases that contradict the desire behind “Assault Weapons Ban of 2021,” United States v Miller (1939); District of Columbia v Heller (2008); and McDonald v City of Chicago (2010).
  • Due to Democrat resistance to acknowledging historical tradition and fundamental Constitutional rights, Bishop suggested Democrats “defy the Supreme Court of the United States in the same way Democrats mounted resistance to Brown versus Board of Education…the Democrats of the 1960s are the Democrats of the 2020s.”
BILL H.R. 1808:
  • Assault Weapon Ban of 2021 “makes it a crime to knowingly import, sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess a semiautomatic assault weapon (SAW) or large capacity ammunition feeding device (LCAFD).”
  • The firearm ban does not include guns that are “(1) manually operated by bolt, pump, lever, or slide action; (2) permanently inoperable; (3) an antique; or (4) a rifle or shotgun specifically identified by make and model.”
  • View the full bill here.
BACKGROUND:
  • The meeting comes after the Senate passing of the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” a gun control legislation that includes detailed mental health vetting and support for Red Flag laws.
  • Jim Jordan (R-OH) has been an outspoken critic of gun control legislation, stating that the Democrat initiatives would threaten “millions of guns in the homes of law-abiding citizens.”
  • In June, The House of Representatives passed a law raising the age of firearm purchase from 18 to 21, of which 10 votes were from Republicans.