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Mike Lee and Rand Paul Shun The NRA, Block Gun Control

The NRA refused to fight back.

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Earlier this week, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY) led the fight to block an anti-gun and anti-free speech law targeting 3-D printed plastic guns. The law would prevent 3-D gun blueprints from being posted online by making it a crime to do so.

While most politicians, seemingly with the blessing of the National Rifle Association, were ready to allow the bill to go into law, Sens. Lee and Paul refused to back down.

When Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) attempted to pass the bill with unanimous consent, Lee objected, citing the fact that he hadn’t even had a chance to read the bill, while the first few words of it brought up red flags for him.

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“It begins with the words, ‘It shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally publish … ‘ That ought to be concerning to us, to each and everyone one of us, Democrats and Republicans alike. On that basis, I object,” Lee stated on the Senate floor.

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Speaking with Capital Hill insiders, Big League Politics has learned that the pro-gun move was orchestrated by both Paul and Lee, who are two of the most pro-gun voices in Washington D.C.

Big League Politics spoke exclusively with Dudley Brown, the President of the National Association for Gun Rights, whose group was the only visible opposition to the bill.

“NAGR was the only national gun rights group to work to defeat this sneak attack on the Second Amendment,” Brown stated. ” It’s no surprise that the two most pro-gun Senators, Sens. Lee and Paul (both NAGR Members) were the opposition to this gun grab.”

Brown also spoke about the NRA, who have done nothing to fight this piece of gun control legislation, by stating that “they put out a statement claiming credit for a long-standing gun ban that Nelson’s legislation would augment.”

The statement that Brown is referring to was from NRA’s Executive Director, Chris Cox, which takes credit for a bill banning untraceable firearms. In the statement the NRA refused to decry the attempt to enact an anti-gun, and anti-free speech measure.

If passed, the bill being pushed by Sen. Nelson would punish anybody who chooses to publish what is essentially a file made up of code.

The company that started the uproar, Defcad, has been forced to remove the 3-D gun files from their website after receiving an order from a federal judge in Washington.

In response, free speech and gun rights advocates have been publishing the 3-D gun files on web pages which have been continually removed online. If somebody wanted to find the files, they could be easily found, and no law would change that.

 

 

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Trump Designates Gun Retailers and Manufacturers as Essential Businesses

The guidance throws a wrench in plans to shut down gun stores.

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The Department of Homeland Security has designated gun retailers and manufacturers as essential businesses, a major step in protecting the firearms industry from mandatory closures at the behest of state and local governments as a result of states of emergency declarations involving the Chinese coronavirus.

The DHS guidelines describe the following workers as “essential:”

Workers supporting the manufacturing of safety equipment and uniforms for law enforcement, public safety personnel, and first responders.

Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.

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The guidelines ultimately don’t stop states, counties and municipalities from ordering firearms retailers and manufacturers closed as part of emergency declarations, but Americans reliant on the firearms industry now can cite federal guidelines to make their case that gun stores should remain open.

Gun sales have surged throughout the coronavirus epidemic, as Americans seek to arm themselves in response to what they see as the increasing insecurity of American society during the unprecedented medical epidemic.

Some local governments, perhaps most notably Los Angeles county, have sought to force gun retailers to close. Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva was initially shut down in an attempt to close gun stores, but county authorities later permitted him to order the institutions closed. The state of New Jersey has also ordered the limited number of gun stores in the state closed.

Lawrence Keane, general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, had called upon DHS to identify firearms retailers as essential earlier in the month as state and municipal governments began ordering them to close.

We have seen over the past week hundreds of thousands, even millions of Americans choosing to exercise their right to keep and bear arms to ensure their safety and the safety of loved ones during these uncertain times,” emphasized Keane. “Americans must not be denied the ability to exercise that right to lawfully purchase and acquire firearms during times of emergency”

Shutting down the lawful firearms industry during a national pandemic is actually an efficient way to weaken trust in local authorities, harming their ability to effectively respond to the outbreak of the virus.

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