- Written by Michael Z Williamson
I will try once again to explain to the ignorant why this will NEVER, EVER work, no matter how much you want it to.
It will do nothing about firearms already in existence, which, depending on whose numbers you use, are between 350 million and 1.2 billion. Yes, that's in the US.
Lawsuits will kill it. The first time an authorized shooter, cop or citizen, pulls the trigger, nothing happens, and the bad guy's gun works, they or their family will sue. I need it to FAIL TO THE UNLOCK STATE.
The first time an unauthorized shooter is able to access it, the victims will sue.┬áThe mfr needs it to FAIL TO THE LOCK STATE. It cannot do both.
Any disclaimer that the mfr is not responsible for failure of the lock means no one will buy.
There's no guarantee said gun will fit the ergonomics and tastes of existing shooters. People who don't shoot seem to think all guns are the same. Every brand, model, and even individual guns are different. I don't┬ácare how safe it is, if it feels like, say a Beretta 92, I will never buy one. Others don't like Glocks.
Guns are increasingly mechanically very simple. It needs repeated to you, no matter what the electronic component is, there will be a simple way to bypass it. If not bypassed, it can be jailbroken.
Your spouse/partner/buddy/trained kids/companion needs to be able to use it if you're down or not available.
Now, does this thing use batteries? ┬áDo I need to comment on that?
Technology is irrelevant. The idea is crap.
So then I got commentary below an article about this.
"Well, that's just your OPINION! Those aren't facts."
Actually, yes, what I stated were facts. You could possibly come to a different conclusion, but I'd question your logical chain in doing so.
"The military manages to make missiles work on the battlefield will all kinds of electronics." They do. A missile works ONCE. And to do so, requires a large team of technicians performing regular maintenance, and spends a percentage of its time not ready for deployment. They cost thousands to millions of dollars. ┬áMost of them are transported in secure, padded, isolated, electrically grounded containers against damage while in transit.
"My car has ABS and airbags! And they work!" How well does your ABS work after 1000 impacts? Or even 1000 panic stops? How many cars does your local dealer have in the shop for ABS failure? Airbags are DESIGNED to fail. That's what they do. Yet the last time I was hit, my airbag failed to deploy.
"Ever hear of a grandfather clause?"
21 of the revolvers in this image were made in the 19th century and still shoot. My daughter's favorite is a century old this year. ┬á
Even if you sell a million smart guns (you won't), that's .35% of those in existence. Actual effect on guns used in contact crime cannot exceed .0175% (because a lot of gun crime is non-violent (license violations, carrying where not allowed, etc), and criminals will simply use other guns. You will spend billions, and have zero effect for generations.
If by "grandfather clause" you mean those valuable antiques will become contraband at some point, it's a shame about that 5th Amendment, isn't it?
Stop trying to be smarter than me about a subject you know nothing about.
Simple question: Once you've installed this mythical "smart" circuitry in the gun, let's say, a common Glock, where will it interface? What component will your smart circuit block to prevent the weapon from firing?
When you can answer that question, I'll then tell you why that won't last three minutes against someone with hand tools.
Until you can answer even that, stop pretending you have any knowledge of the subject whatsoever.
EDIT: ┬áIt's still going. ┬áSome idiot invoked airbags again. ┬áIIRC, there are 34 million of them awaiting recall.
One of my cars is on recall for an ignition switch that┬ásuddenly go from run to accessory. That's like a "smart" gun where pulling the trigger ejects the magazine.
- Written by Michael Z Williamson
ATF has guidelines for what constitutes "Engaging in the business" of selling firearms, though has no concrete definitions on how many guns one may sell. ┬áThe new "advisory" they just published as part of President 0's new "gun control" push simply reiterates exactly what they already say.
Official link is here:┬áhttps://www.atf.gov/file/100871/download
Here is a layman's summary of the matter:
To buy new guns at wholesale, one must have an FFL--Federal Firearm's License, which come in several flavors for selling, smithing, manufacturing, ammunition, explosives, and with addenda for import or restricted National Firearms Act weapons--silencers, machine guns, short barrels, destructive devices and certain oddities.
If one plans to "Engage in the business" of selling firearms, new or used, an FFL is required.
A PRIVATE CITIZEN not "engaged in business" may buy and sell guns for purposes of collecting or using. ┬áIf you get tired of your old XDm and want a Glock, you can sell your XDm to anyone who is not a prohibited person (felon, domestic abuser, drug or alcohol abuser, and not under 18, etc). ┬áIf you decide you want to sell off your old revolvers and upgrade to newer pistols, you can do so. ┬áIf you decide you're 80, have done all the shooting you're going to, you can unload your collection without a license.
If you sell online, you can either meet a resident of your own state face to face and see ID, or, you can send it to an FFL who will log it in, transfer it to them, and conduct the background check, for a small fee. If they are not a resident of your state, you MUST follow this method. If it is a longarm, they may, as long as their state allows, receive it from an FFL in your state. ┬áIf it is a handgun, it MUST be shipped to an FFL in their state. ┬áYou can't even hand it to said FFL in your state at a gun show for him to take back to his state. ┬áHe must receive it via common carrier. ┬áDon't ask why this is the law. It just is. ┬áTHERE IS NO "LOOPHOLE" FOR SELLING GUNS ON THE INTERNET. FEDERAL LAW APPLIES. Enforcing it is another issue, but the law is the law.
Every major online firearm site is even set up to tag "FFL Required?" with YES for firearms and NO for accessories. ┬áThey patrol their listings regularly, and very few people will risk selling a gun without it going to an FFL in case of a sting. Trust me on this, there are sellers who won't even sell to collectors, or demand an FFL for non-firearm items out of paranoid fear. ┬áI'm sure there's a seller on Arms America somewhere who'll agree that for an unmarked MO or Western Union, he'll ship to your apartment. ┬áGood luck finding him. And if you do: He's willing to violate the law to do this. You're willing to violate the law to do this. He probably has a PMB box somewhere under a false name, and may just keep your money and not ship the gun. It's not as if you can complain to the cops that he wouldn't ship your gun illegally. ┬áFFLs actually offer protection to the buyer as well as the seller, to ensure both parties are legit. ┬áIf it wasn't necessary, few sellers would bother, though depending on the value of the gun, they might. But, since it's the law, there are benefits with the hindrances, and you make use of them.
Yes, some such deals go through, and always did, and always will, and no law is going to stop them. There are too many USPS, UPS, FedEx and DHL packages to ever search even 1% of them, and there's no guarantee the shipper's name and address is real. ┬áOnline funds and barter work as well as Western Union and gas station money orders always did. Just because we've had these laws for almost 50 years doesn't mean people comply with them, just as they don't comply with bans on selling pot or coke.
Exempt from the "only through a dealer" or "only via common carrier for handgun" are certain collectibles known as Curios and Relics, which ATF keeps a list of, or, are 50 years old an IN THEIR ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION (not with a different stock, shorter barrel, etc). ┬áAny mods reset the 50 year clock for purpose of being a C&R only. There is an FFL, the Type 03, for C&R collectors. If you don't have a C&R FFL and receive one, you can do as you wish within the law. If you have a C&R FFL, you can receive such items directly by mail or carrier to your home of record, and must keep a log. ┬áIf you have logged the weapon as a C&R you MAY NOT modify it with aftermarket stocks, etc, that change its format.
A C&R weapon may go to any FFL anywhere at any time. So, the seller WOULD be able to transfer it to an out of state buyer who was in state, who had a C&R FFL, without having it shipped to a receiving FFL.
Clear? I hope so.
Now, a C&R holder is a collector, and may, for example, buy a crate of 20 Mosin Nagants, Russian surplus, look through the crate, keep 5 with arsenal marks they need for their collection, and sell the other 15. That the 15 sell individually for more than the buyer paid is not of itself "engaging in business." ┬áTheir purpose is to build a collection, and their documentation will show it. Most such collectors will then plow the sale money back into more guns for the collection.
An important but not widely known exception to all of this are weapons made before 1899, or using black powder, or not using fixed cartridges (such as pinfire).┬á When the Gun Control Act of 1968 was passed, those were exempted due to their age and function. A firearm is legally defined as firing a fixed cartridge, and manufactured on or after Jan 1, 1899.┬á There is a regular trade in antiques among both collectors, and shooters who prefer anonymity. Pre-99 and non-fixed guns may be modified within the limits of the National Firearms Act (you may not cut them short, silence them, or convert them to full auto), because they are not firearms under the GCA. They can be shipped without transfer papers.┬á It is important to note this is a federal law only, and most states still make felons ineligible to own them, and some states require dealer transfer on all items that shoot. THIS LAW APPLIES OUTSIDE AND INSIDE A GUN SHOW. There is no "loophole."
It is probable that the value of paperwork exempt antiques just increased with the greater scrutiny that will be placed on private sellers, since ATF officially may not, and does not want to, take notice of them.
So let us consider several sellers at a gun show.
First is a dealer with an FFL from that state. He can buy and sell, and transfer to anyone in state, and to long gun buyers from out of state (as long as their state permits). THIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS IS REQUIRED OUTSIDE THE SHOW AT HIS PLACE OF BUSINESS. ┬áThere is no "gun show loophole."
Next is a dealer from out of state, who may exhibit (usually high end collectibles) and arrange to sell and transfer via common carrier, through a dealer in that state. Again, he can't just hand the guns over to that dealer. They must be shipped.┬á┬áTHIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS IS REQUIRED OUTSIDE THE SHOW AT HIS PLACE OF BUSINESS. ┬áThere is no "gun show loophole."
A C&R holder may buy, and sell to anyone in state with ID, or anyone from out of state with any kind of FFL--dealer or collector. ┬áHowever, this collector must be able to document his intent to collect. ┬áLet's say he has 15 Mosins on the table, as mentioned above, and has a sign, "Looking for Finnish Mosins and parts," or "Want to Buy SMLEs, Mausers and related militaria." ┬áOr let's say he doesn't have the sign, but an educated observer can look at him and say, "This guy's a C&R looking for deals and selling off the old stuff." ┬áTHIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS IS REQUIRED OUTSIDE THE SHOW. ┬áThere is no "gun show loophole."
A collector, without a C&R, can do what the C&R holder above can, but may not buy anything from out of state without having an FFL DEALER transfer it to him. ┬áA C&R holder may buy and sell, but MAY NOT transfer, because he can't access the National Instant criminal background Check System. ┬áThe collector may have a couple of old Colt Special Police revolvers, an old NYPD Glock, a couple of 1960s shotguns and a Mauser. ┬áHe also is buying and selling, but he's obviously looking for specific things. ┬áSomeone walks by with a 1970s Colt Gold Cup, he might buy it. If they have a .25 Jennings for $30, he ignores it, because it's junk and he's not interested.┬áTHIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS OUTSIDE THE SHOW. ┬áThere is no "gun show loophole."
A private owner walking around, who's looking to unload some old guns for new guns. He has a half dozen older revolvers, and a sign, "Want to Buy Glock 23 or XD .40 cal." ┬áAgain, he can only sell to in-state residents, or ship to their FFL out of state. ┬áTHIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS IS REQUIRED OUTSIDE THE SHOW. ┬áThere is no "gun show loophole."
A retired guy who's got a table with a metric crap ton of Mausers, Mosins, 2nd Model Smith & Wesson revolvers, Winchester shotguns...and is selling them because he's retired and needs money. ┬áHe's not buying replacements. He's just unloading.┬áTHIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS WOULD HAPPEN OUTSIDE THE SHOW. ┬áThere is no "gun show loophole."
A dealer in antiques and black powder firearms, who has only historical firearms made ┬ábefore 1899, or black powder originals or reproductions. He does not need an FFL and never did, because under the law, what he is selling are not firearms. THIS IS NOT A LOOPHOLE, THIS IS FEDERAL LAW.
Now we come to the joker. ┬áHe has a table with a dozen mixed guns on it. ┬áHe sells some. He buys others. He sees the $30 Jennings and buys it, sticks a $40 tag on it, and puts it back on the ┬átable. THIS guy is "engaging in business" without a license. He's not selling many, and likely not actually making a profit after table fees and gas, but his intent is to sell guns for more than he paid for them. That's the "unlicensed dealer."┬á
Or is he?
He might also have a collection, and be using the funds from that sale to build his collection. So what's the call?
And the call is, "I would know if I looked at his table, and so would an ATF agent." ┬áMuch like porn is, "I know it when I see it." If he has a business card, it shows intent. A sign reading, "Always buying and selling guns" MIGHT show intent. ┬áTHIS IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS IS THE LAW OUTSIDE THE SHOW. ┬áThere is no "gun show loophole."
There isn't a clear way to define a volume for "engaging in business," especially since firearm law is part of the Tax Code, and any change to it will be exploited into other items of trade for purposes of collecting or avoiding tax.┬á
As part of the Prez's latest push, ATF has reiterated their existing rules, and it's possible they'll follow up with more agents at gun shows (And there are pretty much ALWAYS ATF agents at gun shows. ┬áMost people in ATF like guns and buy for themselves as well) (Our local show has agents on hand to answer dealer inquiries). ┬áThose agents will have to make those calls based on available evidence.
And the unlicensed dealers?
The agents will know them when they see them. Just as we all do.
But as before, exceedingly few criminals walk into a building full of cops, feds, veterans, licensed dealers and hired security looking to buy a Hi Point Fotay to do a drive by with. ┬áThere are much easier ways to get a gun.
So, literally nothing has changed.
The emperor has no clothes.
EDIT: ┬áoh, to note--you can sell as many guns as you want, transferred through a dealer, at any profit margin you can get, and it's not "business," because you've involved the dealer...even if he makes $10 on every transfer, and you make a half million selling off a huge estate.
Edited on 6 Jan with clarifications on antiques and minor style changes.
- Written by Michael Z Williamson
- All sellers must be licensed and conduct background checks, overturning current exemptions to some online and gun show sellers
This is already federal law. That he's unaware of reality, and keeps bleating about the mythical "gun show loophole" speaks volumes. ┬áThe NICS process is set up for dealers. ┬áAllowing private citizens to access it is a huge risk to personal data. I predict failure to implement, nevermind judicial review.
- States must provide information on people disqualified due to mental illness or domestic violence
This requires Congressional funding, or is a dictate from Executive to the States, and they can, and should, tell him to go screw.
- FBI will increase workforce processing background checks by 50%, hiring more than 230 new examiners
Thank god. Those 20 minute waits for review during busy hours get irritating.
- Congress will be asked to invest $500m (┬ú339m) to improve access to mental healthcare
That might ACTUALLY help...if they actually set up mental health clinics, and don't stigmatize anyone asking for help and threaten to revoke their rights for doing so.
- The departments of defence, justice and homeland security will explore "smart gun technology" to improve gun safety
All three have already said, "Fuck, no," and there are so many reasons why a "smart" gun is complete fantasy bullshit there's no reason to write another book about it here.
Can our next president not be a complete shithead? ┬áPlease?
- Written by Michael Z Williamson
This came about over several PSAs that note fully automatic weapons are "effectively illegal" for Americans to own or "virtually banned" or similar phrasing, which was then challenged by pedants who wanted to argue for "highly restricted" or "complicated" to acquire.
Folks, no sound bite or PSA can ever be 100% accurate.
For example, the Earth is not a perfect sphere. There's both an oblation due to centrifugal force, and two other bulges that interrupt even that shape, to a ratio of .00005.
And of course, centrifugal force doesn't actually exist.
And no one cares. The Earth is a sphere, near enough not to matter to anyone.
As far as the fact that full auto are not totally illegal to everyone in every state:
I could cite NFA 34, GCA 68, NDA 1916, FOPA 86, define every term from pre-May to post-May to SOT, list the relevant state statutes, describe Form 1 and Form 4, explain the history behind the .00033% of firearms in this country it relates to, by which time I'd have written a fucking book, which would be outdated and in need of a second edition before it hit Kindle, and cause everyone's eyes to glaze over, and as you can see, even in THIS thread, people who want to know are confused and underinformed of the details. Then, as noted, I could mention the increasing price, which is a hindrance to probably 95% of the population off the bat.
Statistically, no one cares about details that fine. They don't fit in an infomercial, and full auto are effectively illegal for 99.99986% of the population.
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