Senate Bill Forces Gun Owners to Buy “Smart Guns”
Communist Gun Grabbing Massachusetts Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation last week which is not only unconstitutional, but also a very dumb idea (pun intended). According to the bill, “anyone selling a handgun must retrofit it with personalization technology before that sale can be completed.”
The “Handgun Trigger Safety Act” is touted as a means of gun safety. However, at its root, it is a bill that is unconstitutional due to the fact that the government has been given specific instructions not to infringe on the rights of the people when it comes to arms.
The legislation would mandate that within ten years, “anyone selling a handgun must retrofit it with personalization technology before that sale can be completed.”
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Furthermore, within five years of the bill becoming law, it would ban the “manufacture in the United States a handgun that is not a personalized handgun.”
Senator Markey issues a press release in which he stated, “The epidemic of gun violence in America is not preordained, it is preventable. In the 21st century, we should use research and advances in technology to our advantage and save lives from tragic and needless gun violence. These bills will keep guns out of the hands that of those who shouldn’t have them and provide better information about what is causing gun violence and what can be done to prevent it. These are sensible proposals that everyone, regardless of political party or affiliation, should be able to support. I thank Rep. Maloney for her partnership on this effort, and I recommit to stopping the hemorrhaging of lives and spirit that gun violence causes for families in Massachusetts and across the country.”
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) said, “Some would have us believe that the laws currently on the books are sufficient to address the tens of thousands of gun related deaths that occur each year. A few extremists even oppose basic public health research to help us understand why gun violence has reached epidemic proportions. They also oppose implementing new smart gun technologies that can help reduce the tragic number of accidental shooting deaths each year, many of which have taken the lives of young children. The majority of Americans support sensible steps to reduce the bloodshed in our streets, schools, churches and other public spaces. The bills I am introducing with Senator Markey today would help save lives and make our communities safer.”
Maloney has no idea what she is talking about, or perhaps she does and this is just her sales pitch. However such actions will not result in safety, but probably will result in more dead people like Carol Bowne, who was stabbed to death in cold blood because New Jersey couldn’t get her a gun permit within the allotted 30 days.
However, speaking of Maloney, she helped advance The Firearms Risk Protection Act, which would require gun owners to purchase liability insurance. Again, this is unconstitutional and does nothing to stop criminals. All of these measures are attempts at gun confiscation.
The legislation is absolutely ridiculous given a recent report about the chapter 11 restructuring of a smart gun company, which gun grabbing politicians, like Markey and Warren have endorsed.
Part of the issue is the cost and a lack of actually keeping criminals from obtaining weapons that can be used in the commission of a crime. As I have written previously:
To make matters worse, what criminal will acquire a gun that they have to deal with such restrictions? None, and that’s the point. These guns will be marketed to law-abiding citizens, not criminals.
While the iP1 is a .22 caliber with a ridiculous price of $1,800 (one of many really, really bad marketing moves), the company is also attempting to produce the iP9, a 9mm version.
These types of guns are simply gun control in another form. I’m glad the company has had to file chapter 11. Now, let’s hope they have to file chapter 13 bankruptcy.
There is not doubt in my mind that the American people will not stand for this in the same manner they didn’t stand for Obama’s gun grab following Sandy Hook, nor the backdoor attempt at violating the Second Amendment when the unconstitutional ATF sought to ban AR-15 ammunition.
Smart guns are a bad idea. Forcing people to buy smart guns is a really dumb idea.