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Monday, October 1, 2007

If the anti-gunners win...

Dave Kopel last week reviewed "Brady II" over at the Volokh Conspiracy. For those who don't remember, Brady II was introduced in Congress during 1994 but the Clinton Administration was focused on the Crime Bill with it's so-called assault weapons ban so Brady II never came up for a vote. When the Republicans won a majority in Congress (partly as a result of the NRA's all out push to defeat those members who voted for the assault weapons ban) Brady II did not resurface.

With a presidential campaign looming, and the two front-runners (Clinton and Guiliani) have less than stellar records on the issue of guns, Kopel apparently thought it would be good to give gun owners a look of what we might face if an anti-gun president and anti-gun leadership in Congress (at least in the House with Harry Reid in the Senate being pro-gun).

Brady II included:

Arsenal licensing - Any person who owns 20 or more firearms or more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition or primers (e.g. two "bricks" of rimfire ammo) would be required to get an "arsenal" license.

Licensing - Every handgun buyer would be required to obtain a state handgun license. The license would be good for no more than two years. No-one could obtain a license without passing a state-controlled "safety" course.

Taxes - Brady II would increase the taxes to 30% on handguns, and 50% on ammunition. So a $500 pistol would cost $650, and a $20 box of ammunition would cost $30.

There are other provision. You can read them all here. Hat tip to NRANews' Cam & Company for bringing this to my attention.

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