Georgia Democrats have filed HB 731, “A Bill to Get Every Democrat In Georgia Tarred and Feathered.”
Here’s the purposes of the (unofficially) unnamed bill.
To amend Article 4 of Chapter 11 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, 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 enhanced penalties for the possession and use of machine guns; to provide for definitions; to provide for exemptions; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
The bill would outlaw millions of common semi-automatic firearms, standard-capacity magazines, and define a wide-range of bullets as “armor-piercing,” including brass bullets that are becoming increasingly popular for big-game hunting and other lead bullet alternatives.
HB 731 violates both the letter and the spirit of United States and the Georgia constitutions in regards to the natural right to bear arms for self defense. The bill specifically targets those arms and accouterments best suited for a “well-regulated militia,” not those most commonly used to commit crimes.
It would turn millions of Georgia gun owners into felons when they refuse to turn in or “render permanently inoperable” their lawfully purchased guns, magazines, and ammunition.
Proving their willingness to trigger an armed insurrection by forcing law enforcement to attempt the confiscation of millions of these arms, the Democrats behind HB 731 direct that “the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shall seize and take possession of” these common firearms if the law passes.
I rather strongly suspect that these legislators have no idea of how violently the public would respond to attempts to confiscate their arms and ammunition by force, and how inadequately staffed the GBI would be attempting to confiscate firearms from an unorganized militia twice the size of then entire U.S. military.
In 2014, the Connecticut State Police suggested they might attempt confiscation of several hundred thousand guns from between 80,000-100,000 gun owners who refused to register their weapons. Connecticut’s gun owners dared them to try.
Connecticut’s authorities had the good sense to back down.
Fortunately, Republicans hold a nearly 2-1 advantage over Democrats in the Georgia legislature, so the odds of this absurdly anti-American bill passing into law are exceedingly remote.