Below the Radar:
The Gun Theft Prevention Act

By Harold Hutchison. February 6, 2020

( The old saying "actions speak louder than words" is one that Second Amendment supporters should keep in mind. As Maryland Governor Larry Hogan showed, it's easy to talk a good game on the campaign trail but disappoint in office. But it is also important to look at what a bill does and not what its title is or what some say about it. One example is HR 2674, the Gun Theft Prevention Act.

Introduced by Representative Joseph Morelle, this law is not like the one introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham. Just reading the release from his office shows that Morelle's legislation is supported by Bloomberg's Everytown group. That alone is a red flag about this bill. But let's look at what it actually does.

In remarks on the House floor in May 2019, Morelle said, "Last year, more than 500 gun shops were burglarized nationwide, releasing thousands of deadly weapons onto our streets and into the hands of criminals."

However, looking at the text of the legislation, Morelle's response is not to target the bad guys, as Senator Graham did. Instead, Morelle proposes to target not just the Federal Firearms Licence holders (FFLs) who end up as victims of crimes, but potential victims of crimes as well. .....

Awareness of the ever increasing number of attacks on the 2A is essential, as 2020 already demonstrates - the battle to preserve rights has never been more vital. As so often, it is the good guys we see penalized while criminals get a free pass, as seen here with stolen guns.
"Criminals, not the victims of crime, should be the ones punished over stolen firearms."


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