Federal mandatory storage laws could be coming to the US if Democrats have their way.
Virginia Congressman Donald McEachin introduced H.R. 4836, the Firearm Owners Responsibility and Safety Act, on July 29, 2021. McEachin is a seasoned gun grabber. Larry Keane of The Truth About Guns noted that “He’s backed nearly every antigun bill introduced in Congress. He believes in gun control so much, he suggested in 2019 that Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam call out the Virginia National Guard to enforce strict gun control measures in the Old Dominion.”
“We understand and respect the passion people feel for the U.S. Constitution and 2nd Amendment rights.,” Virginia’s National Guard declared in a post on its Twitter account in response to McEachin’s comment. “We will not speculate about the possible use of the Virginia National Guard.”
The funny thing is that in the 2008 DC v. Heller decision, the Supreme Court ruled that DC’s mandatory storage regulation for firearms at a person’s home was an infringement on the Second Amendment. But for a seasoned gun grabber like McEachin, such concerns are cast aside.
Keane noted that McEachin’s bill has yet to acquire a co-sponsor, but there’s another observation he made that should alarm gun owners:
Looks can be deceiving and Rep. McEachin may be using his safe storage bill as an end around on the entire lawful firearm industry. Buried in his bill, Rep. McEachin included provisions to partially repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).
The PLCAA is a law that received bipartisan support, even from the likes of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. According to Keane, the PLCAA defends ”the gun industry from frivolous lawsuits for the criminal actions of non-affiliated third parties who use firearms to commit crimes.” On paper, this law prevents the anti-gun Left from using litigation to bankrupt gun manufactures. However the Left doesn’t care and continues to press forward in its quest to destroy the Second Amendment by any means necessary.
In a press release that he put out at the end of July, McEachin featured several quotes from two prominent individuals who opposed the PLCAA.
Brady President Kris Brown declared, “The Firearm Owners Responsibility and Safety Act will save lives, tackling gun violence in many forms by…removing unprecedented protections for the gun industry.” Linda Lipsen, CEO of the American Association for Justice, gave her two cents, “For too long, the gun industry has been provided unparalleled civil liability immunity.”
Safe storage laws are not the panacea that gun grabbers market them out to be. Pro-Second Amendment researcher Dr. John Lott has made the case that firearm storage laws “effectively disarm citizens in a time of urgency.” In a study for the Journal of Law and Economics, Lott noted that states with mandatory firearms storage laws on the books witnessed north of 300 additional murder and roughly 4,000 more rape cases take place on a yearly basis.
Mandatory storage laws make it increasingly difficult for lawful individuals to use their firearms in encounters with criminals. In such a scenario, criminals will be at an advantage. Criminals never follow laws, while normal Americans generally comply with them even if said laws can leave them in a disadvantaged state in life-or-death scenarios.
If Americans want to practice gun safety, they should do so through voluntary means. Keane highlighted how certain organizations such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) are offering non-state alternatives to addressing gun safety issues:
NSSF’s Real Solutions initiative involves partnerships to educate gun owners and encourages safe firearm storage. These efforts have worked and those programs have been recognized for their effectiveness by the National Safety Council when Project Childsafe was a finalist for their Green Cross Award. The Government Accountability Office also recognized that education of voluntary firearm storage through Project Childsafe was a vital tool in reducing negligent use of firearms.
Indeed, the solution to gun-related problems lies within the Second Amendment community itself, not so much legislation. However, we shouldn’t hold our breath for politicians to ever get that.