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Legislative Time Bomb Could Retroactively Outlaw the Possession of Virtually all Guns with Non-Metal parts

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Wood stocks could be prohibited

“We look at [the plastic gun ban]
as an infringement,” said GOA’s Erich Pratt.  “The law does nothing to
keep undetectable guns out of the hands of criminals [who have] no
regard for the law in the first place.” -- The Hill, November 28, 2013

URGENT ACTION:  The House did not take up the plastic gun ban yesterday.   So please continue contacting
your legislators -- especially your Representative -- with today’s new
message.  The House will most certainly vote today.  If you can, please
call your Rep. at 202-225-3121.

Gun ban would be mischief for an anti-gun administration.
Sometimes it takes decades for a poorly-drafted anti-gun law to
rise up and bite you. The 1968 gun ban for "mental defectives" sat
around for 25 years before an anti-gun Clinton administration decided to
use it to disarm more than 150,000 law-abiding veterans who had never
been before a court.

The "plastic gun ban" is another massive time bomb sitting in
federal law. And it will be reauthorized (for as much as a decade) in
the next two weeks -- if we don't stop it.

Unless it existed before December 10, 1988, the plastic gun ban
absolutely bans any gun that is not as detectable in a "walk-through
metal detector" as a Security Exemplar [18 U.S.C. 922(p)(1)(A) and (6)].

The “Security Exemplar” is a piece of metal that the ATF uses to
calibrate how much steel a manufacturer needs to put in the gun to make
it beep in the metal detector.  Other than the fact that it has to
contain 3.7 ounces of steel and look sort of like a gun, anti-gun
Attorney General Eric Holder can determine, by regulatory fiat, the
characteristics of the Exemplar.

He can determine whether you test guns with a "top flight" metal
detector -- or a crummy one. He can determine how many times (or
thousands of times) a gun has to pass in order not to be banned.

In addition, every "major component" of every firearm has to pass
through an airport x-ray in such a way that its shape is "accurately"
depicted [18 U.S.C. 922(p)(1)(B)].

The statute contains a list of parts of guns which are definitely
"major components."  But is that list exclusive?  If we didn't have a
President and an Attorney General who have violated and perverted the
law again and again and again, we might be able to conclude that it was
exclusive.  But the language is not so definitive as to protect us
against an administration intent on destroying us.

So what if Holder determines that a wooden stock is a “major component”?

According to an expert we consulted, a wooden stock would produce
an x-ray image which is "fuzzier" (less "accurate") than a metal gun
would produce.  Interestingly, a wholly plastic gun would also produce
an x-ray image, according to this expert, although it would be "fuzzier"
(less "accurate") than that of a metal gun.

So, for those Republicans who are talking about locking us into an
extension of this statute that could ban lots of guns ... tell them,
“please don't.”

A couple of more points:

* It is simply not true that, if this statute is allowed to lapse,
"killers can freely go into airports, courthouses, and schools to commit
mass murder and mayhem."

X-ray machines will pick up the images of plastic guns.  And,
unfortunately for the safety of the inhabitants, guns in airports,
courthouses, and schools will remain illegal under 18 U.S.C. 922(q) and

* And it is foolish to assume that the Jared Loughners and Adam
Lanzas of the world -- intent on committing mass murder -- would somehow
be deterred by a plastic gun ban.  That genie is already out of the

* Finally, it appears that New York Senator Chuck Schumer would
like to take the potentially significant gun ban and expand it even

Thursday, November 21, Schumer tried to pass an expansion though
the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent without even usual a standard
Senate procedure for notifying other senators, called hot-lining. Almost
two weeks AFTER HE TRIED TO PASS IT, the text of the Schumer bill was
still not available.

But we do know that Schumer has been working all year to expand the
plastic gun ban to shut down every gun manufacturer in America who
makes guns using a mold.  We also know that Schumer has been trying to
extend it even more explicitly to gun parts and magazines -- although
it's hard to see what danger a plastic magazine would pose.

ACTION:   Click here to contact
your senators and representative.  Tell them to oppose this effort to
ban guns with wooden stocks. Call him or her at 202-225-3121.