The Democrat-controlled House Committee on Homeland Security has advanced yet another meaningless gun-control bill. If passed, the bill would order the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to offer a threat assessment for unserialized firearms.
Sponsored by Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) the bill identifies what it labels “ghost guns” as an emerging threat to public safety. At the heart of the bill is the growing popularity of the 80% AR-15 lower receiver.
What concerns Rose is that the 80% AR-15 lower receiver is not, by definition of law, considered a firearm because it is not 100% completed. An AR-15 lower requires a private gun owner to finish the last 20% of millwork. Among its advantages are that a “lower” does not require a Federal Firearms License (FFL) and serialization is not required.
Rose, a decorated veteran, is pushing his bill “Keep military-grade weapons out of the hands of criminals.” Once again, gun-control legislation is more window dressing than something that addresses the real problem.
Unserialized guns are more expensive, less reliable than new riles, and harder for criminals to obtain than other weapons, according to Ammoland.
The bill also targets 3D printed firearms which are also notoriously less reliable. Much of the scare over 3d printed firearms emanates from a much-publicized demonstration of the Liberator, a .380 ACP caliber 3D printed firearm.
Named after the pistols dropped to French resistance fighters in World War II, the Liberator is a single shot pistol. At present, the cheapest printer that can produce a gun with the quality of a Liberator is the Stratasys F120 which costs about $12,000. Anti-gun nuts forget that even the most dangerous of guns costs far less than that price tag and would be easier and quicker to obtain.
Rose defended his proposed bill, saying, “The notion of terrorists being able to get weapons that have no serial number, potentially even plastic weapons that they can bring through metal detectors, is incredibly alarming. We pride ourselves in this country on terrorists not being able to buy weapons. Here it is totally possible for a homegrown terrorist or a foreign terrorist who has infiltrated our country to buy a ghost gun.”
One more example of meaningless legislation is that these so-called “ghost guns” cannot defeat metal detectors. Even the Liberator has a metal firing pin, making it fail in Rose’s assertion that it is an example of an undetectable firearm.
Even if the Liberator was undetectable, the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988, would make it already illegal. Democrats used a line from Die Hard 2 then to convince a gullible public that metal detectors could not identify a Glock. It seems they remember people have a way of believing false information.
It is doubtful whether a Liberator type firearm has been used in criminal activity to any degree. AmmoLand’s research found a total of four cases where someone used an unserialized firearm in the commission of a crime. Two of those occurred in California where these guns had already been outlawed and one in Chicago which has some of the toughest gun laws in the U.S.
In the wake of the Parkland High School shooting in Florida which saw 17 high schoolers, teachers, and coaches shot and killed last year, Rose was quick to present his “Five-Point Plan for Reducing Gun Violence.”
Once again, a gun-control zealot claimed to support the 2nd Amendment and had no interest in taking guns away from law-abiding citizens. Rose said, “I’m a supporter of our right to keep and bear arms. This isn’t about confiscating or registering anyone’s guns … I believe we can respect the Second Amendment while also doing more to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.”
Rose’s plan begins with a familiar litany of poorly researched statistics. He points to 300 school shootings in the last five years, as though we should accept that number as settled fact. Even James Allen Fox of the liberal paper USA Today called that number “misleading” just days after the Parkland shooting.
In an article titled “School shootings are not the new normal, despite statistics that stretch the truth” Fox wrote, “It’s easy to believe that school shootings are the “new normal” as has been intimated, or that we are facing a crisis of epidemic proportions.”
We appreciate Congressman Rose’s service but his assertion mass shootings have never been so bad is based on statistics from Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety lobby group.
Those findings have been debunked over and over again, yet Rose uses them to justify calling for a new law that won’t work on top of existing ones that aren’t enforced.