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Proposed Law May Allow Obama AG Holder to “Ban Guns at Will”
January 7, 2009
|Holder wrote a brief in the (District of Columbia) Heller case supporting the position that you have no right to have a working firearm in your own home.|
It looks like the gun-grabbers may have a field day when the new Congress convenes.
According to Bob Unruh, writing for WorldNetDaily, Obama’s AG nominee, Eric Holder, may have the ability to ban guns at will. Unruh cites H.R. 1022, sponsored by New York Democrat Carolyn McCarthy and 67 co-sponsors. It was introduced in February 2007 and the next month referred to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, where it bogged down.
“But that could change in the 111th Congress, sworn in today,” writes Unruh, who cites Alan Korwin, author of Gun Laws of America. Korwin mentioned H.R. 1022 in a recent commentary.
Korwin said the plan would allow the U.S. Attorney General – possibly Holder – to add to the list of guns banned to the public any “semiautomatic rifle or shotgun originally designed for military or law enforcement use, or a firearm based on the design of such a firearm, that is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, as determined by the Attorney General.”
“Note that … Holder … wrote a brief in the (District of Columbia) Heller case supporting the position that you have no right to have a working firearm in your own home,” Korwin said.
H.R. 1022 states that “there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a firearm procured for use by the United States military or any federal law enforcement agency is not particularly suitable for sporting purposes, and a firearm shall not be determined to be particularly suitable for sporting purposes solely because the firearm is suitable for use in a sporting event.”
According to Korwin, H.R. 1022 “virtually dismisses the principles of the Second Amendment.”
“Korwin said the Democrats listed in H.R. 1022 a framework for guns to be banned that includes originals, copies or duplicates of a wide-ranging list of shotguns, pistols and rifles,” writes Unruh. “One of the red flags for semiautomatic rifles would be ‘anything’ that can serve as a grip, and as set up now, the Democrat members of the Judiciary Committee ‘are all sworn enemies to the Second Amendment and are unlikely to be swayed at all by any firearms related arguments,’ he said,” citing Korwin.
It is expected Obama will will appoint at least one or two Supreme Court justices, thus stacking the deck against the Second Amendment. The Supreme Court decided in the D.C. vs. Heller case that the Second Amendment provides an individual right to own firearms, not just the right for states to form armed militias. Under Obama, all of this may change for the worse.
“America’s 85 million gun owners have ample reason to be pessimistic about how their civil rights will fare under the Obama administration. Mr. Obama will have a Congress with an anti-gun Democrat majority leadership to push his gun control agenda. Gun owners have not forgotten Mr. Obama’s acknowledged opposition to concealed carry rights, nor his support for a ban on handgun ownership when he was running for the Illinois state senate,” explains Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.
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