Powder Attack: The Next Wave of Gun Regulation

By Woody published on in Ammunition, General

Senator Harry Reid has introduced a new bill, S.792, that the majority leader (D-NV) has labeled as “A bill to strengthen the enforcement of background checks with respect to the use of explosive materials.” In short, the measure would require background checks for anyone purchasing “explosive materials” or “powders” commonly used to manufacture ammunition and fireworks, according to The Hill.

Because language of the Lautenberg bill isn't official, it's possible that all types of powders and ammunition propellants could be affected.

Because language of the Lautenberg bill isn’t official, it’s possible that all types of powders and ammunition propellants could be affected.

The pretext for the bill is the Boston bombings, which S.792’s co-sponsor Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) “shows that background checks are needed for explosive materials.”

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, now deceased, and his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who’s currently in a prison hospital after being wounded in a shootout with police, are said to have used blackpowder from common fireworks to manufacture the bombs that left three people dead and hundreds wounded. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, a crime that carries a potential death sentence.

Lautenberg said in a press statement, “It defies common sense that anyone, even a terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosive powders without a background check or any questions asked. Requiring a background check for an explosives permit is a small price to pay to ensure the safety of our communities.”

Purchasing more than 50 pounds of blackpowder already requires a background check. The new bill would lower the thresholds and will also include “smokeless powders,” which are used for the production of ammunition.

Source: TheHill.com

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Comments (37)

  • Farrok

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    I lived in the Middle East and I have seen government go off the rails. The very first think they do is to go after firearms and ammunition. Then the want gun registration due to crime, militant threats etc. The all of a sudden NO guns and NO ammunition is allowed. Then the government Jackboots’ come out of the closet and you will find one on Your throat. Don’t put up with this or you will suddenly find yourself a slave and the powers to be will gun you down in the street like rabbits and they will have a free hand to do so as you will be powerless to resist. Once the 2nd Amendment to the Bill of Rights is gone so is America!

    Don’t put up with these lies as they are pure poison and will eventually cost you and your family their lives, their Freedom and Liberty…………….. If the 2nd Amendment dies you will die right along with it. Don’t think it can’t happen here as it Can!

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  • Rod Parker

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    I have just had it with all the “People contro”l bs. I bought my legal guns with my legal wages after taxes paid. If the freaky fed was not bad enough now the UN wants to chime in on guns here. Folks it ain’t happening while I am still breathing. Now I hear Wendy the Abortion Queen wants to be gov and what else does she bring up? Gun Control. Have any of you read the Obamacare lingo about forced in Home instections? I hope they show up wearingan Obama mask.

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  • Neil Schmidt

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    Almost forgot: #9 Post by Robert Stuart: Well said, Robert!

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  • Neil Schmidt

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    That bastard Harry Reid just never stops. For a man who is supposed to be so intelligent, he really wears blinders. How Nevadans keep voting him into office is a mystery.

    Reid has never stopped to realize that creating such a stupid law will do NOTHING to dampen firearm or bomb-related crime. The only reason he is touting such a law is because he knows the news media will applaud his thinking, flawed as it is.

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  • John

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    NO “It defies common sense that anyone” cannot see the Nazi Agenda of the Obama Crowd in DC….its the same old thing….in American Society you have Groups A, B and C, the A Group folks are exemplary, charitable, law abiding every day hard working good people, B Group are good folks who do only what is required to live day by day and the C Group are the scumbags our government wastes time and money on chasing every day only to justify their jobs. Today’s US Government treats all A and B Groups just like they do the C Group. It easier, more profitable (in fines and permit fees) and they can gain control over the good folks. They use the acts of the scumbags to justify the exercise of more control on the good folks. Obama….why waste a good crisis? Lautenberg and Reid quote “Requiring a background check for an explosives permit is a small price to pay to ensure the safety of our communities.”
    No, its a huge price to pay when such control erodes our Constitutional Rights and when they jack up the fees in coming years and restrict the timely issuance of permits because the 1000’s of government employees they will have to hire to properly “regulate” the ridiculous laws they pass but can’t administer. Oh, and don’t forget that the head of the dept. will need to spend $40K of our tax money on a portrait of themselves to hang in the dept. office. Leave it to each state to regulate these kind of issues. Its time to fire em all……honestly these Feds don’t give a hoot about the American People.

    Best joke I’ve heard in the past year…..did you hear, Obamacare is going to put a huge tax on Aspirin……..because its white and been working for many years.

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  • James Veasaw

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    L4D2 Old Dude I DID SOME RESEARCH AND IT LOOKS LIKE YOU DID NOT GET YOUR BACK GROUND CHECK TO EXERCISE YOUR FREE SPEECH RIGHT ….

    DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA THE PENALTY FOR EXERCISING YOUR FREE SPEECH RIGHT WITHOUT A PERMIT…?
    IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY IT IS THE SAME AS EXERCISING YOUR 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS WITHOUT A PERMIT

    I BET A RASCAL LIKE YOU DON’T EVEN HAVE A PERMIT FOR YOUR 4TH or 5TH AMENDMENTS RIGHTS EITHER…

    FOR YOU INFORMATION => IF IT WAS NOT FOR BACKGROUND CHECK BUREAUCRATS (POLITICAL FRIENDS — WHO WERE GIVEN or BOUGHT THEIR JOBS (VEASAW Vs UNITED STATES))

    WOULD NOT HAVE JOBS AND WOULD HAVE TO GO OUT INTO THE REAL WORLD FOR A REAL JOB

    WHERE IF THEY TRIED TO PULL THEIR NAZI POLICIES ON THE PEOPLE
    WHILE NOT WEARING THE NAZI UNIFORMS… WELL YOU KNOW PEOPLE WOULD JUST ….

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  • L4D2 Old Dude

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    You’ll need to have a background check everywhere you shop. W-Mart, gun shops – black and smokeless powder, products containing lye like drain cleaner at the supermarket, fertilizer, paint thinner, pesticides, metal pipe and propane at the hardware store, battery acid from Sears, match heads from anywhere,etc. Am I going to need a background check and a waiting period to buy Vaseline? The federal government is already a big pain in my a** and I won’t even be able to treat it!

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