Everything you need to know about the most recent gun-control debate (but didn’t have anyone to ask), Part II

March 22, 2011 05:37

The centerpieces of this “common sense” discussion are bills that would expand and “strengthen” the current National Instant Background Check System (NICS) and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. -Daily Caller

By Jeff Winkler at The Daily Caller


After some relatively quiet years, the national gun debate locked and loaded for another round last week after President Obama hinted his desire to reform the current background check system. Plenty has happened in the past few years with both sides entrenched in deep partisan arguments. To prepare readers for the onslaught of over-exaggerated political rhetoric, ambitious policies and former victims crying before the camera, The Daily Caller is launching a multi-part guide for readers not entirely up to snuff.

Since the 10-year Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) expired in 2004, gun-controllers have been gunning for high-capacity clips. Legislation introduced in both the House and Senate would ban any ammunition-fed device that allows more than 10 bullets.

The AWB was an amendment to the Senate version of the 1993 Crime Bill, which later became law. Of those 56 Senators who specifically voted for adding the amendment, 18 remain in the Senate.

In his op-ed, Obama calls for “enforcing the laws already on the books.” On this point, the NRA totally agrees, although they’re mainly encouraging prosecutors to punish violators more strenuously. Right now, background checks are slow, cumbersome and often records are missing important details. It’s partially the reason gun-rights advocates object to loophole legislation — the system’s broken as is and requiring more people to go through the federal process (which to some is the first step toward a freedom-hating, totalitarian government) won’t solve gun violence.


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