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Old September 18, 2017, 10:51 AM   #76
Glenn E. Meyer
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Here's the typical blather why the bill is dangerous as it will lead to silenced gangs of terror:

I was watching a show about cheese, Cheese Slices. The host goes to different places that make fancy cheese to see how it's made, etc.

In one episode, he went to a farm in the UK and they went rabbit hunting for lunch. The shooter had a upscale bolt action rifle with a truly expensive scope and a suppressor. It was to not annoy the neighbors. No one blinked about it. It was just a nice, idea.

To cut to the chase, anything that changes gun ownership in a way that loosens up restrictions must be opposed.

It will be a shame though if the HPA (which is really trivial) in the greater RKBA scheme is the only thing that is passed as compared to reciprocity (granted that is debatable as to implementation) or the SAGA act which would wipe out state bans on mags and gun types. I'm sure if the HPA passes it will be proclaimed as a great achievement. Then some organizations can go back to selling insurance and wine.
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Old September 18, 2017, 01:34 PM   #77
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Originally Posted by MagnumWill
It'll be interesting to see what happens, especially when the discussion is to be had that... suppressors are a common firearm accessory in Europe
Almost all of those countries have much more stringent gun-purchasing requirements than the U.S. does. Among antis, this talking point inevitably leads to the conclusion that the U.S. should adopt such regulations as well.

From the NYT article linked by Glenn, my emphasis in boldface:
You can still get a silencer if you want one and you’re not, say, a criminal. It just takes a while, since there’s a fee, fingerprinting and a background check. And you can’t do an end-run around the rules by buying one at a gun show or on the internet. The silencer law, in fact, is exactly what the gun purchase law would be in a rational system.
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Old September 19, 2017, 02:51 PM   #78
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HPA is now attached to the SHARE Act - and the SHARE Act has a lot more at stake than just the HPA. If it managed to somehow make it past the Senate (unlikely), that would be a massive win for gun rights - on par with Heller or the end of the 1994 AWB at least.

Because among other things, the SHARE Act also does away with the "sporting purposes" nonsense that is behind so many gun regulations.
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