I don’t know what to say other than this is just utter stupidity. But maybe you have a more articulate way of describing the three bills introduced this month by Congressman Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley).
Designed to “increase public safety” and “aid law enforcement,” the bills ban civilians from possessing body armor, require homemade guns to have serial numbers and ban the sale 80 percent lower receivers.
“These bills are sensible, reasonable measures to limit the damage that can be inflicted by guns and those who mean harm with them,” said Congressman Honda in a press release.
“We have seen too many people injured and killed by guns to just stand by and do nothing,” he continued. “These bills will modernize our gun laws to reflect how weapons are currently getting into the wrong hands.”
Given that both the House and the Senate have a GOP majority, it’s doubtful that this California Democrat’s legislative agenda will go very far. And this isn’t the first time Honda has tried to gain traction for banning body armor. He made an attempt to garner traction last year with his body armor bill (see video below).
Not surprisingly, Honda’s received support from some of the usual suspects.
“Representative Honda’s bills would fill gaping holes in our nation’s gun laws that make it far too easy for mass shooters, gun traffickers, and common criminals to build homemade military-style firearms and acquire military-grade body armor,” said Kristen Rand, legislative director of The Violence Policy Center.
“3D printed guns remain unregulated and law enforcement deems them a threat. We applaud Rep. Honda for introducing legislation to regulate 3D printed guns to protect our kids and communities,” added Brian Malte, the senior national policy director for The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Here’s a look at a brief description of the bills:
The Responsible Body Armor Possession Act – This bill allows law enforcement to respond to active shooting situations more effectively. The bill prohibits the purchase, sale, or possession of military-grade body armor by anyone except certain authorized users, such as first-responders and law enforcement.
The Homemade Firearms Accountability Act – This bill will require that guns that are self-assembled or manufactured at home be regulated the same as those that are purchased. It will require that all homemade guns have serial numbers, so if they are used in the commission of a crime, the police are able to trace the bullet back to the weapon.
The Home-Assembled Firearms Restriction Act – This bill will ban the sale and purchase of “incomplete lower receivers,” which are easily purchased and converted into functioning firearms. Banning these transactions would severely reduce the number of untraceable weapons on our streets.