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March 5, 2009

What if?

by Chris Feeney

What if a law abiding citizen couldnít buy a gun? Believe it or not, that is the case right now. Not because of any legislative assault on the second amendment, but instead because of the fear of such pending action under President Obama.

Seems like a number of popular varieties of firearms are not available right now, simply because the election of President Obama. The new regime has led many Americans to make a presumptive strike, buying a handgun or other firearm for the personal safety or recreational uses out of fear they may soon not be able to.

Unfortunately those of us that were at the back of the line at the store and didnít get the gun we wanted, may face even more obstacles if Washington has its way.

Enter House Resolution 45 sponsored by U.S. Representative Bobby L. Bush, a Democrat from Illinois.

The following is the official bill summary as provided by the Library of Congress:

Blair Holtís Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 - Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to prohibit a person from possessing a firearm unless that person has been issued a firearm license under this Act or a state system certified under this Act and such license has not been invalidated or revoked.

What does that mean?

Well it means law-abiding gun owners will have to jump through the following hoops in order to keep their gunsÖ

In order to be issued a firearm license under this title, an individual shall submit to the Attorney General an application, which shall include -

(1) a current, passport-sized photograph of the applicant

(2) the name, address, and date and place of birth

(3) any aliases

(4) a clear thumb print of the applicant made in the presence of the permit vendor;

(5) with respect to each category of person prohibited by Federal law, or by the law of the State of residence of the applicant, from obtaining a firearm, a statement that the individual is not a person prohibited from obtaining a firearm;

(6) a certification by the applicant that the applicant will keep any firearm owned by the applicant safely stored and out of the possession of persons under age 18;

(7) a certificate attesting to the completion at the time of application of a written firearms examination, which shall test the knowledge and ability of the applicant regarding

(A) the safe storage of firearms, particularly in the vicinity of persons who have not attained 18 years of age;

(B) safe handling of firearms;

(C) use of firearms in the home and the risks associated with such use;

(D) legal responsibilities of firearms owners, including Federal, State, and local laws relating to requirements for the possession and storage of firearms; and

(E) any other subjects, as the Attorney General determines to be appropriate;

(8) an authorization by the applicant to release to the Attorney General or an authorized representative of the Attorney General any mental health records;

(9) the date on which the application was submitted; and

(10) the signature of the applicant.

Okay, after your attorney charges you a couple hours worth of time to explain that all to you, then you will have to shell out a fee to cover the costs of said application not to exceed $25, which means it will be $25. Keep the checkbook ready, as you will have to renew this permit annually.

GUNS DONíT KILL PEOPLE Ė PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE!

According to the National Center for Injury Prevention & Control (NCIPC) in the latest record year (2005), there were 12,337 firearms related homicides in the United States. Nearly 70% of all homicides that year were committed with firearms.

Does that mean that these 12,337 murder victims would still be alive if this idiotic legislation had been passed in 2004? Go ahead and encourage your representatives to vote for it if you believe that.

But while you are at it, why not suggest similar new laws governing the purchase of tobacco products. According to the American Heart Association, smoking causes 440,000 deaths a year.

Traffic accidents caused 43,500 deaths in 2005, followed by poisoning at 23,500 while nearly 20,000 people died in falls.

So if we follow the logic of this bill, you better be prepared to have a note from your mother, three blood samples and a DNA swab in order to buy that drain cleaner. Then youíll have to submit to a lie detector after being finger printed while waiting in line at the hardware store to buy a ladder.

Bad people, do bad things. Focus on keeping guns out of the hands of bad people and keep your #$%& hands off my guns.


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