The denial is over: Government is coming for the guns.
February 14, 2013
Democrats Rory Ellinger and Jill Schupp have introduced House Bill 545, a law that with the stroke of a pen will turn thousands of law-abiding Missourians into class C felons. It will ban the possession, sale, transfer or manufacture of semi-automatic rifles and magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds.
The law is in effect de facto confiscation demanding the “surrender” of firearms to the government.
“Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution,” the proposed law states.” Residents will be ordered to “remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri… Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or… Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations.”
Missouri’s proposed law is strikingly similar to one recently enacted in New York:
“If you own a large capacity magazine greater than 10 round capacity that was a grandfathered magazine as a result of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapon Ban, within a year, you must do one of the following: dispose of it to another person outside New York State, surrender it to law enforcement officials, or permanently alter such to only accept 7 rounds.” (emphasis added)
Following California Senator Dianne Feinstein’s high-profile effort to introduce legislation calling for outlawing semi-automatic firearms and a national “gun safety” campaign initiated by the Obama administration, Democrats around the country began calling for government confiscation of firearms and the destruction of the Second Amendment.
Feinstein, a long time opponent of the Second Amendment, told CBS in 1995 that the ultimate plan is to have “Mr. and Mrs. America” turn in their guns to the government.
In December, New York governor Andrew Cuomo began an aggressive effort to restrict firearms in the state and confiscate the weapons of citizens who do not comply with retroactive rules on so-called assault weapons.
“Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it,” Cuomo said.
Prior to passage, Cuomo declared the Second Amendment “is a scourge on society” as Democrats said the legislation does not endanger the constitutional right to own firearms.
On January 13, 2013, H.R. 226 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Connecticut Democrat Rep. Rosa DeLauro. The bill will amend the 1986 IRS code and allow a credit if taxpayers “surrender” their guns to the government.
Cited as the “Support Assault Firearms Elimination and Reduction for our Streets Act,” the proposed legislation represents another effort to convince citizens that they must voluntarily turn in their guns as a civic duty and to do their part to reduce “gun violence” and protect children, as Obama said on January 16.
“The bill is yet more evidence that federal and state governments are now pulling out all stops short of door-to-door confiscation in their coordinated effort to disarm the American people,” we reported at the time.
Earlier this month, Democrats worked feverishly on “a facsimile of the President’s plan, which was also the impetus behind the bevy of gun control bills that are now circulating the Senate,” S.H. Blannelberry wrote.