“The SHARE Act was supposed to be about making it easier to hunt wildlife. The gun provisions inserted in the bill at the direction of the NRA to deregulate silencers and armor-piercing ammunition make it easier to hunt people,” Rep. Raúl Grijalva, (D-AZ)
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to urge Rep. [___] to vote against HR 3668, the SHARE Act.
More script if you want it: The deregulation of gun silencers is dangerous to public safety and security. We must not roll back sensible gun laws that provide a safer community for all.
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com
Here’s why this bill exists…Follow the money.
●Opens up a huge new market, for both silencers and guns.
- By recklessly deregulating silencers, they are opening up a huge market for those products and more guns to go with them. Many silencers screw on the gun barrel. Smith & Wesson and Glock are now manufacturing new guns with threaded barrels to accommodate the expected spike in silencer sales. Do the math.
●They are trying to reverse a decline in the numbers of legal customers.
- The hunting-related industries hope that expanding hunting on public lands will boost the decline in people who hunt and the amount of money hunters spend.
●They don’t want to become the next “cigarette” industry.
- The gun lobbies are working hard to be sure that people do not equate their deadly products with death and injury. They saw what happened to the tobacco lobby and they don’t want the same to happen to their products. Gutting firearm laws normalizes firearms despite clear evidence that guns do not make people safer.
●They want to start limiting who gets to sue whom over shooting incidents.
- The SHARE Act also prohibits people from suing the U.S. government if they are shot at a firing range owned in whole or part by the U.S. government.
Here’s what the bill will do. It’s a lot more than silencers…
●Allowing people to bring assault guns and other weapons through jurisdictions where they are banned.
Law enforcement officers who stop to question people suspected of trafficking firearms across state lines could be sued personally for detaining the suspect.
The bill would no longer require firearms to be stored in a container or trunk. Guns would be allowed in the passenger compartment.
●Rolling back decades-old regulations on the use of silencers.
Silencers would be removed from the purview of the National Firearms Act which means they would be much easier for criminals to purchase.
Unlicensed sellers and private sales would not require a background check for purchase or transfers of silencers.
- The current registry of silencer sales will be destroyed.
- They do not care that police are united against this bill.
●Protecting the use of armor-piercing bullets.
- Eliminates ATF’s authority to reclassify popular rifle ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.”
●Easing importation of foreign-made assault rifles.
- Provides for the lawful importation of any non-NFA firearm or ammunition that may otherwise be lawfully possessed and sold within the United States.
●Remove the ATF’s authority to use the “sporting purposes” clauses in federal law as a guideline to ban certain firearms and to regulate guns.
- The Gun Control Act of 1968 specifically banned imported firearms not suitable for “sporting purposes.”
- The key phrase “sporting purpose” permits products with that designation to be less regulated and, therefore, easier to sell. It’s one reason why the gun lobby does not want an AK 47 or AR 15 to be called an assault rifle; it prefers the sound of “modern sporting rifle” so as to escape regulation.
- At this time, the Army Corps of Engineers has not disclosed to Ceasefire Oregon if guns will be allowed at dams, reservoirs, or levees. Guns were prohibited at dams after the September 11, 2001 attacks.)
●Continues the use of polluting lead products.
- Prohibit the regulation of ammunition and fish tackle based on lead content. This allows lead from firearm ammunition and fish tackle to continue to pollute our forests and rivers.
Allow guns on federal water resource developments.
●Protecting the practice of baiting birds with grain as they migrate and then mowing them down.
●Undermines the 1964 Wilderness Act and severely limit the National Park Service’s authority over the management of hunting and fishing within national park boundaries.
- It would replace the current requirement for reasonable limits on fishing with a lower standard of protection, resulting in overfishing and the destruction of habitats.
●Reduces the ability of the National Park Service to regulate hunting, even in Alaskan wildlife preserves.