With Joe Biden’s ascension to president seeming more likely by the day, the Democrat’s gun control proposals are making millions of gun owners fear losing their firearms and their wallets.
The former Vice President did little on the campaign trail to quell the uneasiness American gun owners felt when thinking of what a Biden administration might mean for their 2nd Amendment rights.
Among about a dozen proposals, Joe Biden’s campaign website promises two options for owners of assault weapons: mandatory forfeiture to the government, or registering their weapons under the National Firearms Act with the ATF and paying the $200 tax stamp – the standard fee for any firearm or firearm accessory registered with the ATF.
The most recent data suggests 20 million rifles and 150 million magazines would be subject to Joe Biden’s gun tax, according to the NSSF, the firearm industry trade association. Americans could be forced to pay upwards of $34 billion just to keep the rifles and magazines they already own.
Because the ATF requires the $200 tax stamp for rifle accessories like suppressors, it stands to reason a Biden administration would allow gun owners to keep their 30 round magazines if they cough up the cash. Biden’s website does promise to ban magazines with a capacity larger than 10 rounds.
30-rounds is considered the standard size for rifle magazines, and factory handgun magazines typically range between 7 and 18 rounds.
NSSF spokesman Mark Oliva told the Washington Free Beacon that numbers of that magnitude could inhibit Biden’s plans. “I think if [Biden and his team] were smart, they would look at those numbers and get an idea of where America stands on gun ownership and gun rights,” Oliva said.
“America’s attitude on gun control is shifting more toward the idea that we need to protect our rights and away from the idea we need government control of our destiny,” he continued.
The NSSF’s annual report found that 11.4 million firearms were produced or imported into the U.S., and half of “all rifles produced and imported (less exports) in 2018 were Modern Sporting Rifles.”
Since 1991, 214 million firearms were produced for the American market, adding to the cumulative 434 million firearms circulating the U.S. With the vast majority in the hands of private owners, a full fledged confiscation and enforcement of their buy back would be logistically impossible.
The Beacon adds the NSSF’s “estimates may actually be undercounts. While NSSF used the latest Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives manufacturer reports, those only cover up to 2018, and Oliva said AR-15s have continued to grow in popularity since then.”
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NSSF President Joe Bartozzi said “the Modern Sporting Rifle continues to be the most popular rifle sold in America today, and with nearly 20 million in circulation, is clearly a commonly-owned firearm that is being used for lawful purposes every day in America. The continued popularity of handguns demonstrates a strong interest by Americans to protect themselves, their family and homes, as well as to participate in the recreational shooting sports.”
Biden’s campaign website also states “federal law does more to protect ducks than children” because using more a shotgun with a magazine capacity greater than three to hunt migratory birds is illegal on the federal level. I must’ve missed the memo that hunting children is now permitted?
He’s also pushing legislation that’ll prevent “prevent manufacturers from circumventing the law by making minor changes that don’t limit the weapon’s lethality.” However, designations used to classify a rifle as an “assault weapon” do not actually add to a bullet’s lethality or the rifle’s accuracy. The stock, grip, foregrip, style of magazine, or presence of rails are almost entirely cosmetic.
Assault weapons is a term popularized by Democratic politicians to segregate semi-automatic rifles with cool accessories for the purpose of compromising with the public to only ban “scary weapons.”
When asked whether Americans should be allowed to own “assault weapons,” Biden chided they “should be illegal. Period.”
On multiple occasions Biden told members of the press and voters alike that he is coming for their firearms, especially modern sporting rifles, commonly dubbed by the media as “assault weapons.” He went as far as promising to let former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a notorious gun grabber, head the mission to restrict gun rights.
Biden would also remove legal protection from firearm dealers if their products were used in a crime. Under current law, victims of gun violence cannot sue the firearm’s manufacturer or retailer for damages provided the sale was entirely legal. If this ruler were revoked, gun producers would be under constant threat of lawsuits, all but ensuring their closure and killing 12,000 jobs.
Erroneous lawsuits from the families of Sandy Hook victims played a significant role in the bankruptcy of the 205-year-old Remington firearms company. Plaintiff’s allege Remington’s marketing significantly contributed to the tragic and evil massacre which claimed 26 innocent lives.
But under a Biden administration, every firearm manufacturer could be subject to the same fate.