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Bill Seeks To Stop BATFE Abuse Against Gun Owners By Removing Vague Language Exploited By Agency

The 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with hunting and it sure as hell doesn’t have anything to do with “sporting purposes.”

The 2nd Amendment is in the Bill of Rights because it is the right of all Americans to defend themselves from tyranny.

That is what the Founding Fathers believed, that is what I believe and that is what the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled.

Yet, leave it to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) to ignore all of that and focus on an vague, undefined term in some gun control legislation passed decades ago.

The term is “sporting purposes.”

The term “sporting purposes” is undefined by federal statute and has been subject to several reinterpretations by the BATFE and its predecessor agency.  BATFE and anti-gun administrations have exploited the lack of a clear definition of “sporting purposes” to bypass Congress and impose gun control through executive fiat. The most recent (and perhaps most infamous) example of this was the Obama administration’s attempt to ban a highly popular form of ammunition for the AR-15, America’s most popular rifle.

Yesterday, Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 2710, the “Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act of 2015” in order to cut the legs out from the BATFE’s mockery of Constitutional Law.

HR 2710 would do the following:

Eliminate ATF’s authority to reclassify popular rifle ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The federal law governing armor piercing ammunition was passed by Congress to target handgun projectiles, but BATFE has used the law to ban common and popular rifle ammunition, as it recently attempted with M855/SS109 5.56×45 ammunition.

Provide for the lawful importation of any non-NFA firearm or ammunition that may otherwise be lawfully possessed and sold within the United States. BATFE has used the current discretionary “sporting purposes” standard to deny the importation of firearms that would be perfectly legal to manufacture, sell, and possess in the United States.

Protect shotguns, shotgun shells, and certain rifles from arbitrary classification as “destructive devices.”

Broaden the temporary interstate transfer provision to allow temporary transfers for all lawful purposes rather than just for “sporting purposes.”

So long as agencies like the BATFE can use vague and undefinable language to undermine the 2nd Amendment and weasel around common sense the right itself is in danger.

This is an example of how the fight for the 2nd Amendment must not only be won in the courts but also in the halls of Congress.

Gun Controllers hate freedom and they will use any sneaky, underhanded and unethical tactics and means available to gut liberty wherever they find it.

HR 2710 shines a light on the rat nest that is the BATFE and we should all contact our representatives in order to ensure that it goes forward.

 

  • RM Molon Labe

    One of the greatest evils are those who take an oath to govern by “delegated
    powers” but use it to take from others what they keep for themselves.

    “A
    Government that does not trust its law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms,
    is itself, unworthy of trust.” –James Madison, chief wordsmith of the
    Constitution

    “Any government that would attempt to disarm its people is
    despotic; and any people that would submit to it deserve to be slaves.”–
    Stephen F. Austin, 1835
    “The historical reality of the Second Amendments
    protection of the right to keep and bear arms is not that it protects the right
    to shoot deer. It protects the right to shoot tyrants, and it protects the right
    to shoot at them effectively, with the same instruments they would use upon us.”
    –Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Molon Labe

  • btlbcc

    Hey, I’m fine with “Sporting Purposes.” Shooting criminals and traitorous government officials is sporting, isn’t it? Fun and ganes will be had by all!

    • Bullets First

      Hahahaha…Well said.

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  • mtman2

    Let’s get with it folks- you awake+aware Patriotic Americans have a job t do !!!

    All these un-elected agency’s filled with bureaucrats that are now in place were originally
    appointed by elected representatives of WE the People, to work for the benefit of WE the People.
    The proper over-sight for these now ensconced public employees in public agencies is missing for so long they don’t take WE the People serious or OUR politicians.
    They’re by ex post fac’to a separate guvmint over us now, this is wrong and shouldn’t stand!
    THIS ABOVE FACT MUST BE FORCED INTO THE DAYLIGHT OF THE PUBLIC ARENA!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Half of these people don’t do anything useful but collect a huge paycheck in various redundant positions in redundant agencies. The ones that do something mostly run things the way they feel is PC and is aided by politicos(D-mostly) that promise to keep funding them as well as covering for them.

    This has been happening over the last 102-yrs, since the 1st socialist professor 1913 Woodrow Wilson+D’s started it w/ the FED+IRS.
    Since the American voter/citizen has allowed themselves to increasingly except that this nation as:
    OF, BY+ FOR the Guvmint, “and you’all should just sit back and obey” -this is OUR fault to correct.

    Ronald Wilson Reagan touched a sleeping part of the average American Psyche by saying:
    “We’re from the guvmint and are here to help” – as the ” nine worst words you can hear”.

    Since then only part of the Conservative movement awakened to the dark ending to this reality.
    Tho allowing socialist Mao’bama two terms- many more in the middle+moderates are finally becoming skeptics and are listening to what WE are saying.

    BUT if WE don’t follow thru to fairly awaken enough folks to just show up on each ELECTION-DAY to “throw the bums out” WE will lose this nation as Founded by far Wiser, Faithful and Courageous people than We seem to grasp., or deserve the privilege to!
    The Founders gave us elections to be able change things without further bloodshed as they GIFTED us such freedoms In Liberty because of their sacrifice.

    Now -only pointing-fingers won’t help bring about a wise-understanding to open the eyes of the nation! OUR true task of “re-Learning and re-Educating fellow Americans” is what the Founders would want, as the un-Civil War was an unspeakable holocaust of fine American manhood on both sides; many of who’s lives ended before fulfilling great things or that their lineage might have brought to this nation and the world- that outside of God we’ll never know.
    60,000 American’s died at Gettysburg, Pa in one battle- that is more than OUR all U.S. dead in the entire U.N. style Vietnam Police Action+Conflict-(Had it been a war to win- WE’d have won it).

    The true battle now is for the soul of the nation, as the socialists are working night and day to
    win at any cost by “hook or crook”. That certainly should be exposed as against the values of the American-Idea.
    Being a RINO is complicit by allowing the socialist-(D’s) the upper hand by NOT standing for Who+What- America should be- instead of “going along to get along” by ‘drafting in the wake’ of busloads of socialists speeding through OUR true history of American past values of exceptionalism and world uplifting presence. From Christian-missionaries helping peoples worldwide, to helping nations strive for freedom in Liberty, to defeating tyrants and communism, so far we’ve helped make it a better world. Bu

    As I first stated WE let Globalist’s in to run OUR monetary systems(International Bankers=IMF+WB)
    by voting in the first liberal-socialist-professor in 1912; whereupon in one year he+(D’s) sold us- just as liberal-socialist-professor Mao’bama+(D’s) did w/ Obama-care(ACA).

    We can end it if WE the People care enough to dedicate ourselves to be personally seriously involved.
    With research+study, w/OUR volunteered time+$$$ helping organisations that stand for true
    Liberty = that’s what dedicated socialist sycophants have been doing now for many decades,
    It is OURS to lose and face the “1,000-yrs of darkness” -Ronald Reagan warned us about ~!

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