House Judiciary chairman rejects universal checks on gun purchases

The House Judiciary Committee will not include a universal background check system in legislation it produces to reduce gun violence, the panel’s chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), said Wednesday.

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Feinstein's 'assault weapon' ban goes to committee, as bans become irrelevant

At 10:00 AM Eastern Time today, Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) S. 150, to ban so-called "assault weapons," and "to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited," will be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee. S. 150 has perhaps an even chance of being passed in committee, and proceeding to the Senate floor. Once there, as St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner has noted before, further progress looks exceedingly unlikely, with the caveat that a Beslan-scale massacre committed with such firearms could energize the gun ban fanatics (and intimidate our congressional "allies") beyond anything we have ever experienced.

Meanwhile, the Judiciary Committee members should take note that "assault weapons" bans are on the cusp of becoming irrelevant (there's still time--if you do it right now--to call them and tell them). On Sunday, the hard working, liberty loving innovators of Defense Distributed brought their "Wiki Weapon" project to an entirely new level (see sidebar video). They have now used a 3-D printer to "print" a plastic lower receiver for an AR-15 "assault weapon," rugged enough to stand up to hundreds of rounds (and counting). They will soon be making the CAD files available for free to anyone with internet access.
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