Georgia's HB 731 Calls for Gun Confiscation
|It's not paranoia when they really ARE coming to take your guns.|
I think we can safely say that any liberal that tells us they don't want to confiscate guns is full of it. First we had California's A.B. 1014 that took effect on January 1st of this year. This absolutely horrible law allows authorities to issue "gun violence restraining orders." These orders essentially allow the authorities to confiscate your guns if someone (family, friends, law enforcement, whoever) can convince a judge that you are a danger to yourself or others. What's worse is you won't be present at the hearing where this decision is made. In fact, you won't even be told about this order until the cops literally show up to take your guns. Oh, and these orders can be extended for up to a year (or more if a judge decides).
Georgia democrats must have looked at California's law and decided it didn't go far enough. A few days ago several of them introduced H.B. 731. Why exactly is that noteworthy? Well just take a look at the bill's summary (emphasis added):
That's right, ladies and gentlemen. Georgia's H.B. 731 specifically calls for the confiscation of weapons and ammunition designated as contraband. Of course scary assault weapons (a classification that doesn't actually exist) are considered contraband. So what's the definition of an "assault weapon" under H.B. 731? The bill itself defines an "assault weapon" as:A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 4 of Chapter 11 of Title 16 of the O.C.G.A., relating to dangerous instrumentalities and practices, so as to prohibit the possession, sale, transport, distribution, or use of certain assault weapons, large capacity magazines, armor-piercing bullets, and incendiary .50 caliber bullets; to provide for crimes involving the possession, sale, transport, distribution, or use of certain assault weapons, large capacity magazines, armor-piercing bullets, and incendiary .50 caliber bullets; to provide for criminal penalties; to designate certain weaponry and ammunition as contraband and to require seizure of such by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Any selective firearm capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic, or burst fire at the option of the user or intended for use with such firearm.There are more definitions contained within the text of the bill, along with a list of specific weapons that are banned. The long and short of it, though, is H.B. 731 essentially bans anything that isn't a single-shot weapon. Georgia Democrats also decided to ban any "high-capacity magazines," because what would an unconstitutional gun confiscation bill be without a high-capacity magazine ban? What is a high-capacity magazine? Any magazine that accepts more than ten rounds.
H.B. 731 gives anyone who possesses any weapon that has been banned a deadline of October 31, 2016 to modify the weapon so that it's rendered inoperable. Gun owners also have the option of surrendering their contraband guns to the proper authorities. Additionally, anyone who moves into the state that owns a banned weapon has 90 days to either modify it, or turn it in to authorities. Any gun owner in possession of a contraband firearm, ammunition, or magazine will be charged with a felony punishable by one to three years in prison.
Section three of H.B. 731 is where things start to get interesting. This entire section doesn't mention assault weapons, but does mention "machine guns" several times:
Any person who possesses a machine gun in a crime of violence shall be guilty of a felony, and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment for a period of not less than 10 nor more than 20 years.What's interesting is that there is zero space in H.B. 731 devoted to defining what a machine gun actually is. Does it use a similar definition to assault weapon (probably)? Is it merely a semiautomatic gun? Is a machine gun one of the specific TYPES of guns listed earlier? There's absolutely no explanation. In addition, there's this little nugget at the end of section three:
The presence of a machine gun in any room, boat, or vehicle shall be presumptive evidence of the possession or use of such machine gun by each person occupying such room, boat, or vehicle.Now I'm no fancy, big-city lawyer (or really any lawyer), but it seems to me that one little paragraph is speaking volumes. From my amateur perspective it looks like if there happens to be a "machine gun" (whatever that is) in a room or vehicle, then every single person in said room or vehicle can be charged with the crime of possession. If that machine gun happens to have been used recently then everyone gets charged with using that weapon and can be slapped with 10-20 years.
So let's take this hypothetical example. Let's say you're out with, oh, say 20 of your closest friends at a party on a boat. Now one of those friends happens to have a semiautomatic pistol with a magazine that holds, say 15 rounds. The party gets a little wild, the noise levels go up, and someone ends up calling the cops and telling them about the "drug party on the drug boat." So the cops roll up on the boat, and just happen to find your friend's semiautomatic pistol on him. Now under H.B. 731, at least the way I read it, every single person can be charged with possessing that pistol. Assuming, of course, that the definition of "machine gun" is the same as the definition of "assault weapon."
The other interesting thing about H.B. 731 is that, while it calls for the seizure of contraband firearms, there's no method of enforcement specified. How exactly is Georgia expecting to take these weapons from people? Are these weapons only going to be confiscated if they're discovered, or used in the commission of a crime? Will Georgia cops be going door-to-door and taking weapons from people's homes? Is Georgia going to force its citizens to register their weapons for confiscation? If so we've already seen that movie before. New York required its citizens to register their weapons last year, and a whopping 95% of New York gun owners flat out refused to do so. I think we can expect about the same level of compliance if that's the way Georgia decides to go.
H.B. 731 is yet another example of the true intentions of liberals when it comes to gun control. It's not enough to restrict the ability of lawful citizens to buy guns for protection. Liberals have to make sure no one but the state has a gun. Georgia Democrats are simply coming out of the shadows and making their gun control desires known. Will H.B. 731 pass? I have no idea. I don't expect that it would, however I'm not current on Georgia politics at all. I hope and pray that Georgia lawmakers will see reason and kick H.B. 731 to the curb. Regardless, this is definitely one law we all need to keep a close eye on.
You can read the full text of Georgia's H.B. 731 here: https://legiscan.com/GA/text/HB731/2015