AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reported on an Arizona gun store owner’s belief that a Joe Biden administration would devastate small gun vendors and fundamentally undermine the Second Amendment.
Breitbart reached out to George Urmston, the owner of Cave Creek Guns located in Phoenix, Arizona. In their correspondence, there was a major focus on Biden’s proposal to impose a tax of $200 on AR-15 rifles, and on any other rifle that falls under the category of “assault weapon.” In addition, they talked about the $200 tax Biden plans to slap on “high capacity” magazines.
Urmston believes that these taxes would slam small businesses like his firearms store and make it nearly impossible to stay afloat. He expanded on how such a tax would impede his business’s ability to operate:
People are already paying an elevated price for guns and accessories, due to basic supply and demand. The demand for guns right now is through the roof and the supply is not sufficient to keep up with demand. So people are sometimes paying an astronomical price just to get the peace of mind the Second Amendment provides. Add a $200 tax to a rifle already in high demand and that would put an immediate damper on business.
The gun store owner also talked about how Biden’s proposal to gun and magazine taxes, combined with Biden’s plans to implement a one-gun-a-month firearm purchase limit, universal background checks, and resurrect Social Security gun ban, would “erase Arizonans’ Second Amendment freedom.”
Urmston was explicit in his view that the Biden administration presents an existential threat to the right to bear arms:
[It] would erase our freedoms and liberties, from the inside. Biden and his administration would hit us where it hurts, would constrict our ability to produce and supply Americans the freedom that they are allowed. And this is not like past elections, these people are getting smart. They are literally focusing their energies on taking away our freedom.
The Arizona gun store owner asserted that 30 percent of the gun purchases realized at his store in 2020 were made by first-time buyers.
Urmston is very confident that first-time gun buyers could serve as a potential voting bloc that President Donald Trump and the Republican Party can tap into.
He stated, “As far as Arizona goes, we have this mass influx of people from California. They are coming here and they continue to vote the way they did to ruin their state. But what can change that is the fact that we have so many first time gun buyers flooding into our store. And when they come in, concerned over civil unrest, you can see this fear in their eyes. You see this look, like they’re fully exposed. So we not only sell them a gun, but we would send them with firearms instruction and information on instructors. They would come into the store a few weeks later and they exuded a confidence that you cannot believe, and that was from the peace of mind that they got from being able to protect their families.”
Urmston is of the opinion that buying and receiving firearms instruction “changed the way they will live their lives,” and influence the way new gun owners will vote. Arizona is a Second Amendment bastion. Its gun laws are among the best in the nation, which has earned it a 1st place ranking in Guns & Ammo magazine’s annual rankings for most pro-gun states.
With how close the race in Arizona has become in the 2020 election, the Trump campaign should continue to press forward with a strong pro-Second Amendment message.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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