On 22 January 2013, Senator Feinstein’s Assault Weapons Ban bill will be introduced into the US Congress. This is truly a monumental time in the course of our future liberties and this nation. I reckon that 2013 is going to hold for us many D-Days – events which will change the course of our future. This AWB will be the first. (And before anyone accuses me of belittling D-Day, understand that I had a grandfather in the invasion at Omaha; as a combat vet I have a great understanding, appreciation, and respect for the event; and that the likening of the two only serves to describe them as similar turning points in the conflicts.)
The first order should be to stockpile what’s available, within your budget (and maybe outside of your budget, within some reason). If you don’t have an AR-15 and can’t afford the increased cost, then look at a Ruger 10-22, a semi-automatic hunting rifle, or one of the .22 conversions on an AR-15 platform (S&W M&P 15-22 is a nice one for about $500). I suggest 22s if you can’t afford an AR-15 or AK-47 because the rounds are cheap, available, they’re better than nothing, and you might be surprised at what a few dozen 22 rounds can do in a pinch. Get what you can and learn it, whatever it is. 5.56 ammunition, when found, should sell for about $350 per 1,000 rounds; however, at a local gun show I saw prices range from 60 cents to a dollar per round. Frankly, I wouldn’t support anyone who was gouging prices unless it was my only option. We still have some time for the dislocated market to catch up so keep an eye out for a good deal. Whether or not the new AWB bill goes through, I do believe that the EPA will ban lead in bullets in the next few years. We know this administration will attempt to disarm us and turning a $0.35 round into a $3.50 round is part of that plan. Get what you can while it’s around. I’ve seen folks recommending a few thousand rounds per weapon. I would recommend that you purchase as much as possible because if the SHTF, many patriots aren’t going to come up with a standard load (7 mags but I would opt for a few more, mission dependent). And speaking of magazines, I saw PMAGS selling for as little as $40 and up to $75. It was a total disgrace considering this time of need, but it’s their right to sell them for $1,000… because it’s still theirs. I heard from my local gun guys that Magpul is churning out as many black PMAGs as humanly possible and should be continually shipping. I go by my local shop a couple times a week to see what they have in. I recommend doing the same.
The next order should be to engage our Congress critters. Democrat or republican, let them know that violating the Constitution is not congruent with their oaths of office or the will of the People. We have to let them know that by hook or crook, there will hell to pay if they violate the Bill of Rights. That begins with voting someone else in (especially for a republican representative) and ends somewhere I don’t want to go yet.
Confiscation, frankly, probably isn’t going to happen. What’s most likely is that they pass a bill requiring registration of many firearms, including “assault rifles”; something even moderate republicans can get behind. After that, we’ll see legislation creating a few million new citizens under an immigration bill; and when the democrats ensure they never lose another general election, we’re going to see a new bill requiring the registration of all firearms. I doubt they’ll ever knock on doors to confiscate weapons because there just aren’t enough law enforcement officers willing to trade their lives for our guns. Whichever ones are brave enough will be in short supply and shorter supply after the first few incidents.
I’ve read a lot of opinions about our rightful duty to resist registration and here’s my take: registration is for sex offenders. Do not register your firearms. Unlike a sex offender who has a track record (at least one) of crime, 99% of gun owners have never committed a gun crime. Furthermore, I believe there’s a strong case that a warrant would be needed under the 4th Amendment in order to mandate gun registration. What is registration if not a record of search? Registration against one’s will is a form of search because there’s no way authorities would know that one has a firearm, if not through a search. At any rate, you could say that you sold them during the panic for a hefty profit, but check with your state laws to ensure that you don’t need a bill of sale on paper. If the stormtroopers buy it, great. If not, you’re not really anymore screwed than you already were for lying to them, than you were with possession of felony contraband, anyway. If they have a warrant, you’re already screwed and the choice of escalation is up to you.
This has to be our line in the sand. If they take our weapons without consequence, then they’ll take every thing else we have as well; only next time we’ll have no recourse.
If the AWB does go through, support state legislation that Montana and South Carolina (and maybe others) have on the books: if a firearm is manufactured in the state, purchased in the state, and remains in the state, then it’s legal in that state regardless of federal laws. Support state legislation that ignores the federal ban or registration mandate on firearms. Support your county sheriff in his (hopeful) refusal to enforce unconstitutional and tyrannical laws.
On the other hand, if the AWB is voted down and no registration bill gets through, then consider this one of the first small victories we’ve achieved. Allow this moment to create more momentum and see what else we can get repealed, delayed, or struck down (highly optimistic, I know). Don’t allow your representatives to vote YEA on an immigration reform bill that makes citizens of illegal immigrants. This is a surefire way to keep statists in power.
If you have seen or know of any other tactic – that’s not totally obvious (i.e., fatal funnels) – dealing with resistance against firearms registry or confiscation, please share it below.