Bill to remove firearms exemptions from Consumer Products Standards

You can bet that when someone mentions “Safety” in the same breath as “Firearms” that this is a backdoor method to make widespread changes to law.

To amend the Consumer Product Safety Act to remove the exclusion of

pistols, revolvers, and other firearms from the definition of consumer
product in order to permit the issuance of safety standards for such
articles by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Firearm Safety Act of 2015”.

SEC. 2. REMOVAL OF EXCLUSION OF FIREARMS FROM THE DEFINITION OF
CONSUMER PRODUCT.

Section 3(a)(5) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C.
2052(a)(5)) is amended by striking subparagraph (E) and redesignating
subparagraphs (F) through (I) as subparagraphs (E) through (H),
respectively.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/225/text

Well heck, let’s not be paranoid about this, how bad could it be? It sounds innocent enough, right?

Wrong.

To start with, this bill was introduced by Robin Kelly, Democratic rep from Illinois.  Kelly is responsible for this gun control wishlist: http://robinkelly.house.gov/sites/robinkelly.house.gov/files/wysiwyg_uploaded/KellyReport_1.pdf

Page 63 has the detailed breakdown of what they’d like to see passed, including:

TOP PRIORITIES FOR THE 113TH CONGRESS
The following federal gun bills have garnered tremendous support from gun reform and community safety advocates and represents opportunities for Congress to pass common sense gun reforms this year.

COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY REGULATIONS

  •  Establish Universal Background Checks (H.R. 1565—Rep. Peter King).
  •  Reauthorize the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (H.R. 437— Rep. Carolyn McCarthy).
  • Require Ammunition Sellers to Obtain a License (H.R. 142— Rep. Carolyn McCarthy).
  •  Regulate Guns Like Other Potentially Dangerous Consumer Products (H.R. 2464—Rep. Robin Kelly). The Improving Gun Safety Standards Act would amend the Consumer Product Safety Act to include firearms in the definition of “consumer product”— thereby permitting the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue consumer safety rules for firearms in the same manner as other potentially harmful consumer products like fireworks, bicycles,
    car safety seats and cribs. Firearms are currently specifically excluded from the statutory definition of “consumer product.”
  • Help the ATF Track Straw Purchase Data (H.R. 661—Rep.Barbara Lee).

PUBLIC HEALTH REGULATIONS

  •  Expand the Federal Definition of “Intimate Partner” (H.R. 1177—Rep. Lois Capps).
  •  Keep Guns From High Risk Individuals (H.R. 2648—Rep. Robin Kelly).
  •  Examine Gun Violence as a Matter of Public Heath (H.R. 2465—Rep. Robin Kelly).
  •  Promote the Tracing of Firearms Used in Criminal Activity (S. 1337—Sen. Richard Durbin).
  •  Waive Gun Manufacturer Liability Exemption (H.R. 332— Rep. Adam Schiff).

TOP PRIORITIES FOR STATES

  •  Repeal Stand Your Ground Laws.
  • Develop a Firearm Restraining Order Petition Process.
  • Expand Domestic Violence Statutes to Include Stalking and other Dangerous Activity.
  •  Require Court or Medical Professional Pre-Clearance for Gun Reinstatement for Individuals Hospitalized for Mental
    Health Purposes.
  • Require Physicians to Ask Child-Wellness Questions to Promote
  • Home Safety. Just as pediatricians advise parents on safety measures such as bicycle helmets, food products and home supplies, so too should doctors be able to give patients candid advice on gun ownership safety and proper storage to prevent accidents, suicides and homicides of children in the home.

NON-LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

  •  Promote the Understanding of and Attention to the Mental Health Needs of Students.
  •  Increase Academic Research on the Costs of Gun Violence.
  •  Invest in Smart Gun Technologies.
  •  Change the Social Dynamic in Urban Communities and Increase Proactive Prevention Programs in Schools.
Nothing to worry about at all, I’m sure.  Truly she’s just using common sense right? Sigh.
Kelly is also responsible for:
  • HR 378 – Responsible Body Armor Possession Act
  • HR 377 – Homemade Firearms Accountability Act
  • HR 752 – To prohibit the transfer or possession of large capacity ammunition feeding devices
  • HR 225 – Firearms Safety Act of 2015
  • HR 226 – Keeping guns from high risk individuals Act
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