Action Alert: Calls needed to Congressman Peter Welch: “No to H.R. 4269”

Please call Peter Welch’s office and politely relate “No to H.R. 4269” this is a semi-auto ban and standard cap. magazine ban.
Calls by you, friends and family to Peter Welch’s get the attention of the congressional staff.  888-605-7270 or 802-652-2450.

Americans have the right and advantage of being armed –
unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are
afraid to trust the people with arms.
— James Madison, The Federalist Papers No. 46 at 243-244.

New Ban Bill Hits Congress: Targets Semi-Automatic Rifles & Handguns:
“To Ensure That The Right To Keep and Bear Arms Is NOT Unlimited”

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings we warned that
sweeping changes were in the works for Americans’ right to
bear arms. It started with ammunition tax proposals,
restrictions on firearm accessories imports and most
recently Governors began bypassing Congress altogether by
banning gun ownership for those on any of the government’s
many watchlists. The Obama administration has also targeted
licensed firearms sellers across the United States by
forcing banks to treat them like pornography businesses and
impeding their access to transaction processing systems and
business banking accounts.

States like California already ban “assault weapons” and
outlaw “high capacity” magazines that can hold more than ten
rounds of ammunition. But the kinds of restrictive laws
that strike at the very heart of the Second Amendment of the
U.S. Constitution have thus far been limited to just a
dozen or so heavily liberal states.

Until now.

While Americans anxiously prepared for their Christmas
festivities, anti-gun proponents in Congress were hard at
work drafting a new bill. If passed H.R. 4269 would
literally redefine the Second Amendment as evidenced by the
bill’s description, which in no uncertain terms clarifies
its ultimate goal:

“To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the
right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for
other purposes.”

The bill directly targets every semi-automatic firearm in
the United States including handguns, shotguns, and rifles.
It specifically mentions certain firearms and manufacturers,
including the popular AR-15 and AK-47 rifles.

Because the law is Federal it would blanket the country with
new restrictions, including making it illegal to own any
magazine that exceeds a capacity of ten (10) rounds.

And here’s the kicker, even if your weapon has a
legally-defined low capacity detachable magazine but is
modified with any of the following accessories, it is
considered an “assault rifle” and would be outright banned
in the United States.

Semiautomatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a
detachable magazine and any 1 of the following:

“(i) A pistol grip.

“(ii) A forward grip.

“(iii) A folding, telescoping, or detachable stock.

“(v) A barrel shroud.

“(vi) A threaded barrel.

“(B) A semiautomatic rifle that has a fixed magazine
with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds,
except for an attached tubular device designed to
accept, and capable of operating only with, .22
caliber rimfire ammunition.

“(C) Any part, combination of parts, component,
device, attachment, or accessory that is designed or
functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a
semiautomatic rifle but not convert the semiautomatic
rifle into a machinegun.

Click for full text of bill

To be clear, the new bill puts all half measures aside and
goes for the jugular.

This is the worst case scenario that many Americans have

If you own a weapon on the ban list or have accessories as
described by the bill, your firearm will be outlawed in the
United States of America.


(a) In General.—Section 922 of title 18, United
States Code, is amended—

(1) by inserting after subsection (u) the following:

“(v) (1) It shall be unlawful for a person to import,
sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or
affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a
semiautomatic assault weapon.

“(37) The term ‘large capacity ammunition feeding

“(A) means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or
similar device, including any such device joined or
coupled with another in any manner, that has an
overall capacity of, or that can be readily restored,
changed, or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds
of ammunition;

“(w) (1) It shall be unlawful for a person to import,
sell, manufacture, transfer, or possess, in or
affecting interstate or foreign commerce, a large
capacity ammunition feeding device.

The bill was introduced in Congress on December 16, 2015 and
currently has 123 co-sponsors – all democrats.

We know that gun bans don’t work but one can’t help but
think the agenda goes much further than the notion that they
want to make us safer. If that were the case then our
lawmakers wouldn’t allow drug cartels, gang members, and
Islamic terrorists to cross into the U.S. through our porous
southern border.

The reality is that a cloud of tyranny has descended upon
America. For it to be successful the American people must
first be disarmed.

As history has proven time and again, a disarmed populace
can easily be led to slaughter. But unlike the tens of
millions executed in ethnic, religious and political
cleansings of the 20th century, Americans have a rich
tradition of personal liberty and the right to bear arms.
It is embedded in our culture and our founding document.
And as Texas police chief Randy Kennedy recently warned, if
the government pushes too far they may well incite a