About two weeks ago New York Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D), introduced HR 1022, which will ban just about any semiautomatic firearm in production today. The two biggest catch-alls are firearms that has the capacity to hold more than ten rounds — which is any semi-automatic rifle or pistol — or a large number of weapons by specific make and model (the AK-47 family, for instance). Unlike the original “Assault Weapons Ban,” this version will be permanent, and it will be illegal to buy, sell, or transfer a new weapon that fits the criteria. It is my understanding of the bill that grandfathered weapons must be sold through a licensed firearm dealer, similar to California’s current setup.
I normally don’t get political on this site, and I normally try not to paint anyone’s political beliefs in such black and white terms, but bill HR 1022 is a horrible piece of legislation, and Rep. McCarthy should be ashamed of herself for introducing such an illogical piece of garbage. While “assault weapons” make the news highlight reel whenever they are used in a crime, these types of weapons are statistical minorities when firearms are used in the commission of a crime. As you’ll see from the suggested form letter below, they account for less than one percent of the guns used in crimes.
So, please, whether you own firearms or not, whether you live in a state that is “gun friendly” or not, please, please email, write, fax or call your representatives and tell them to oppose HR 1022. Here is a form letter that someone else on another forum wrote. I have modified it slightly to remove the word “draconian” from the original.
Dear Representative ——,
I am writing you in opposition to House Bill 1022, introduced on February 13, 2007 by New York Rep. McCarthy. This bill would actively seek to limit the rights of U.S. citizens by imposing restrictions on our Second Amendment rights. This bill is a reimplementation of the failed Brady Bill “Assault Weapon” ban that attacks legally owned firearms on the basis on their appearance.
This bill is framed by its supporters as a method of reducing violent crime. The facts are, however, that so-called “assault weapons” are used in less than one percent of all homicides according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Statistics.
The original Brady Bill was wisely allowed to sunset by Congress in 2004 because of the complete lack of efficacy in deterring crime. The only effect that it had was limiting the constitutionally guaranteed rights that we as American citizens have. With these facts in mind I respectfully ask you to actively oppose any attempts to move this bill forward, and oppose any other attempted infringements on our Bill of Rights.
Please email, fax, and/or snail mail this letter (or something to this effect) to your local representative, and any delegate from your state on this list, as they are the initial gatekeepers of this bill.
It looks like this bill make make it out of committee, as enough of the people in committee are anti-gun, historically. Keep your fingers crossed that logic and intellect prevails.