An 11-year-old girl showed up to a hearing in the Idaho state House on Monday with a loaded AR-15 rifle strapped to her shoulder in order to support a pro-gun bill being heard by the legislative body.
Proud patriotic father Charles Nielsen gave testimony against the while his 11-year-old daughter Bailey stood by his side.
“Bailey is carrying a loaded AR-15,” Charles Nielsen said to the lawmakers. “People live in fear, terrified of that which they do not understand. She’s been shooting since she was 5 years old. She got her first deer with this weapon at 9. She carries it responsibly. She knows how not to put her finger on the trigger. We live in fear in a society that is fed fear on a daily basis.”
Nielsen pointed to his daughter as an example of an individual who is a responsible gun owner, and noted that the hysteria pushed by the far left is absurd.
“When they come to Idaho, they should be able to carry concealed, because they carry responsibly,” he said. “They’re law-abiding citizens. It’s the criminal we have to worry about.”
Republican Rep. Christy Zito proposed the measure to strengthen the state’s “Constitutional Carry” law. It would clarify the law to make sure that U.S. citizens who are not residents of the state as well as military personnel could carry concealed in addition to the people of Idaho. She believes that no lawful U.S. resident should have their rights denied to them in her state.
“I stand here before you today as a mother and grandmother who has had to use a firearm to defend their child,” Zito said.
“Even though I didn’t have to pull the trigger, just the fact that they could see it, and they knew that I had it, was the determining factor,” she added.
Gun grabbers such as the Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action group are standing in opposition of the measure and oppose “Constitutional Carry” laws in general.
“The vast majority of states require that a person get a permit before carrying a concealed gun in public,” said Diana David of Moms Demand Action. “That’s a common-sense policy.”
Regardless of the opposition of gun-grabbing lobbyists, the measure passed in the committee and will be headed to the full state House for a vote in the near future. Idaho is one of the states that is standing strong for the 2nd Amendment while our fundamental rights are under siege like never before.
Gun Owners of America Calls Out ATF for Undermining the Presidency
The ATF Continues to Show Why It’s an Unconstitutional Federal Agency
On October 27, 2020, Gun Owner of America Vice President Erich Pratt called out the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for a change it made in a well-established interpretation of the statutory and regulatory definition of “handguns” under the Gun Control Act (GCA).
Due to this change in interpretation, a number of handguns which fire ammunition that is usually used in rifles or handguns manufactured from receivers that have additionally been used to make rifles can no longer be imported. The agency apparently used new and stringent standards in a modified importation test in order to come to this conclusion. In a GOA press release, the revised importation test is “arbitrarily used to evaluate whether a weapon meets the statutory ‘sporting purposes’ requirement. Congress has never defined what ‘sporting purposes’ means.
Further, the ATF also hinted at how firearms that are legally imported “may wrongly have been approved for importation” and that these “firearms may require reevaluation.”
The scope of the suggested “reevaluation” is unclear. However, if the GCA interpretation is used for domestic firearms, then these weapons could fall under the National Firearms Act (NFA) definition of “Any Other Weapon (AOW).” If a firearm is categorized as an AOW, mandatory registration, taxation, travel restrictions, and a long waiting period would be slapped on it. At that point, gun owners would face criminal prosecution for possessing an unregistered NFA weapon. This kind of charge could have an individual facing a prison sentence of ten years and fines could reach $250,000.
Regard this new development, Erich Pratt declared “By disregarding orders to stand down, rogue ATF agents seem prepared to help usher in a Joe Biden Administration, especially because their actions appear to be purposefully timed to anger President Trump’s base immediately before an election.”
Despite an executive action from President Trump prohibiting the imposition of ‘new standards’ without express authorization by law, the apparent interpretation by a rogue and reckless ATF has implications that could criminalize millions of otherwise non-violent and law-abiding gun owners,” Pratt added. “This continues to demonstrate why the National Firearms Act should be repealed and the agency itself should be fully dismantled.
Pratt pointed to some of Trump’s successes in issuing executive orders that fire rogue government employees:
It also demonstrates why President Trump recently issued an Executive Order creating a new classification of ‘Schedule F’ employees. This new classification allows the President to ‘drain the swamp’ by firing policy-making employees who would rather go rogue than follow the law.
The GOA VP warned about the ATF’s rogue behavior and how it will mesh with a potential Biden administration:
The recent Honey Badger gun ban and revelation of absurd private classification rulings represents a pro-Biden ‘October Surprise’ by an out-of-control, anti-gun ATF. By disregarding orders to stand down, rogue ATF agents seem prepared to help usher in a Joe Biden Administration, especially because their actions appear to be purposefully timed to anger President Trump’s base immediately before an election.
ATF’s actions are just a taste of what is to come in Joe Biden’s gun controlled-America. The Biden gun control plan seeks to treat many commonly-owned, semi-automatic rifles as NFA weapons, which endangers the freedom of tens of millions of peaceful individuals who own these guns, possession in and of itself should not be a crime.
The ATF takes advantage of its bureaucratic status to sneak in its tyrannical acts under everyone’s noses. Thankfully, there are gun lobbies such as GOA who work tirelessly to expose such treachery. We need more of this kind of activism to expose just how nefarious the ATF is.
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