NDAA by Tom Reynolds
The annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) funds our nation’s military. It’s a “must-pass” bill, so it attracts lots of amendments that would not pass on their own. Most of those amendments fail and we wish a similar fate to Senator Chris Murphy’s attempt to use the NDAA to further the left’s war on guns. He is making several attempts to deny our military their 2nd Amendment rights.
Senator Murphy (D-CT) is introducing an amendment to NDAA to require that any firearm on a military installation must be stored and locked in the home and all ammunition stored separately.
The requirement that firearms in the home be kept inoperable is unconstitutional because the Court concluded in Heller v D.C. that requirement “makes it impossible for citizens to use them for the core lawful purpose of self-defense.”
That pesky Constitution messes up another great liberal idea!
The amendment would also require all privately-owned firearms to be registered with military base authorities, which would include firearms legally purchased and kept off-base; the firearm may never be brought on the base.
Senator Murphy’s goal here may be a national firearm registry, starting with all gun owners in the military. That registry, by the way, is against the law.
Murphy’s amendment would also allow the Defense Secretary to collect all gun owner information for both military and civilian employees; “… if such information is necessary for the purposes of injury and mortality prevention.”
Injury prevention is so broad that liberals would drive a fire truck through it.
And again, that’s the start of that illegal national firearm registry.
Murphy also submitted another amendment that would force a federal seven-day waiting period for the purchase of any firearm and a four-day waiting period for ammunition purchases on military installations.
Another of Murphy’s laws was an amendment that “prohibits the possession of privately owned firearms that are not related to the performance of official duties on property of the (Defense) Department by anyone who does not live on property of the Department.”
Like many Senators who try to use the military for political purposes, Murphy has never actually served in the miliary, so he does not seem to be aware that many military members don’t live on base. Retirees also patronize on-base recreational shooting ranges. It would also deny those same individuals the opportunity to hunt on military installations.
And Murphy was not alone.
In 1988, Congress passed a bill banning “undetectable” firearms. It was reauthorized in 2013 and now the Undetectable Firearms Act might be up for permanent reauthorization, hidden in the NDAA. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) is working with Republicans in the Senate to get the bill’s reauthorization attached to the NDAA.
The problem with undetectable firearms is that they are not undetectable. The slide, barrel, firing pin, and many other parts are produced using metal. The brass, lead, or copper in ammunition would set off metal detectors.
Perhaps we could put this issue to bed by letting Senators Murphy and Reed attempt to fire an undetectable, all plastic / polymer firearm so they can experience what happens!
It’s useless to think that New York’s Senators could be persuaded to use common sense where 2A is concerned. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently announced the 3D Printed Gun Safety Act; federal legislation that would ban online distribution of blueprints for the 3D printing of firearms and help prevent the proliferation of “ghost guns.”
“Ghost guns” has many definitions, one of which is the scary way of saying undetectable.
While Senators Schumer and Gillibrand are unresponsive (as in brain dead on 2A issues), we should let the people who vote for them know how misguided the Democrat leadership’s anti 2nd Amendment efforts are.