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.
“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.
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.
2020 Was a Record Year for Gun Sales
Americans will not abandon their gun rights.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation reported that 2020 was a record-setting year with over 21 million background checks conducted on gun sales.
In a press release that was published on January 4, 2020, Mark Oliva, the director of public affairs, stated:
“This record year surpassed 2019’s totals by 60 percent and the previous record of 2016 by 34 percent. NSSF estimates that more than 8.4 million people legally purchased a firearm for the first time in 2020.
This occurred under the most challenging of circumstances. Law-abiding Americans demanded to exercise their right to lawfully purchase, keep and bear arms. Some governors, mayors and even Members of Congress actively stood in the way of that and didn’t relent until faced with court action. At the same time, workers in these firearm and ammunition factories, distributors, retailers and ranges made adjustments to keep their workforce safe and protected from infection while keeping pace with the demand of the American public. That’s a testament to the determination of the American worker that makes our freedoms possible.”
The overload of the National Instant Check System (NICS) shows how serious Americans are about defending themselves in times of unrest.
Oliva recognizes that Americans will still be buying firearms in large quantities.
“Retail shelves are still sparse, telling us there is still a strong demand and that elevated levels of firearm sales could continue for some time,” Oliva noted.
On top of 2020 being a record year for firearm sales, December 2020 turned out to be the busiest month in NICS history. According to Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms, 3,937,066 background checks were processed in December. According to estimates adjusted by the NSSF, roughly 1,906,916 firearms were sold in December. This represented a 22.7% increase compared to December 2019.
While there’s a lot to be anxious about, one thing remains clear: Americans still want to stay armed. The Left can deny this reality all they want, but any overzealous effort to regulate the right to bear arms will be met with fierce resistance.
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