I pulled up S.374 - Protecting Responsible Gun Sellers Act of 2013 on Thomas, and I came up with a two-page shell of a bill that means nothing.

To ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale.

Well, gosh! Who could have a problem with that, right? I mean, didn’t the panel of gun banners last night at the town hall tell us that these are just common-sense measures to prevent people who shouldn’t have guns from having them?

At first glance it’s a pretty easy bill.

A BILL

To ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the national instant criminal background check system and require a background check for every firearm sale.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Protecting Responsible Gun Sellers Act of 2013”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress makes the following findings:

(1) Congress supports and respects the right to bear arms found in the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

(2) Congress supports the existing prohibition on a national firearms registry.

(3) There are deficits in the background check system in effect before the date of enactment of this Act and the Department of Justice should make it a top priority to work with States to swiftly input missing records, including mental health records.

(4) If the citizens of the United States agree that in order to promote safe and responsible gun ownership criminals and the mentally ill should be prohibited from possessing firearms, it should be incumbent upon all citizens to ensure weapons are not being transferred to such people.


Who could possibly have a problem with a bill like this, right?

Well, there’s obviously a reason sleazy Chuckie Schumer hid the text of the bill until it passed committee! Because when legisleeches ask who could possibly oppose a bill to keep guns out of the wrong hands, they mean YOUR hands.

No more private sales, folks! Each transaction will have to go through an FFL, after paying a fee set by…

…the Justice Department!

Does anyone else see anything wrong with allowing Eric Holder – the man embroiled in a scandalous program that funneled thousands of firearms to Mexican drug cartels – to set a fee for a private transfer of a firearm? Heck, all he has to do is set the price prohibitively high, and he’s just prevented a whole lot of people from exercising their rights!

Karen Marangi from Mayors Against Illegal Guns made it a point to tell us that gifts between family members and spouses, as well as firearms passed through estates are exempt from the bill’s onerous provisions. A temporary transfer of a firearm doesn’t have to go through an FFL either… IF the temporary transfer of possession occurs in the home or curtilage of the unlicensed transferor; IF the firearm is not removed from that home or curtilage during the temporary transfer; and IF the transfer has a duration of less than seven days.

So what if I go TDY for a month, like I will this summer, and Rob has my firearm for a month? We’re not married. An overzealous prosecutor may charge me with an unauthorized transfer.

Oh, and by the way – if we happen to come home and our house has been ransacked by robbers, our possessions strewn all over the house, our home destroyed, our possessions, including my firearms stolen…

…I’d better have those things reported to the police within 24 hours. No getting over the victimization. No taking a breath to get over the shock. Report it, or you’re in violation of federal law.

Same if you lose a gun on a trip. Your ass had better get back within 24 hours to report it, or it’s prison for you!

You know what?

No thanks!

No wonder that swine Chuckles kept this bill under wraps until the last minute!

If you haven’t read this thing, you need to.