Updated: Jun 24, 2022
Let me start by saying, I am totally against all the "gun control" provisions in the ‘‘Bipartisan Safer Communities Act’’ that has been moved forward in the US Senate. While as of this writing, the bill hasn't even been given a number yet or been published on congress.gov, There is one section of the proposed legislation that has many "gun-tubers" up in arms (no pun intended). SEC. 12002. DEFINING ‘‘ENGAGED IN THE BUSINESS’’ is an example of the art of saying something without doing anything. If anyone can tell me how selling a gun here or there and earning a "profit" on a gun throws one into the category of "being engaged in the business of being a dealer in firearms," please tell me how you come to that conclusion.
The law clearly states "through the repetitive purchase and resale of firearms." Yet, the fear mongers will have you believe that under this legislation, if you sell a gun for more than you purchased it, you could be considered a "dealer" and thus targeted for arrest for not being appropriately licensed as such. I call B.S. on that interpretation. I've attached the marked up version of the changes to the law, complete with my sources. I am not a lawyer, and I didn't sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night, so If I'm wrong, please correct me.
To add insult to injury, it appears the authors of the legislation have made a grave error by not deleting the original paragraph (22) before inserting a new paragraph (22), but instead renumbering it to (23) thus creating a nonsensical duplication. Of course, what would we expect from our elected officials who are being pressed to "do something" about "gun violence." How about taking all the money in the bill and putting it toward hardening our schools and training teachers and staff who are willing to carry to protect our kids?