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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/29/2020 02:13 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/29/2020 02:13 PM
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Attorney General Becerra and Giffords Law Center Lead Lawsuit Demanding the Trump Administration Address the Threat of Unregulated Ghost Guns

Sacramento, CA...California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence led a coalition today in filing a lawsuit against the Trump Administration demanding the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) correct its interpretation of what qualifies as a firearm. The coalition also includes Bryan Muehlberger and Frank Blackwell, the fathers of Gracie Anne Muehlberger and Dominic Blackwell, respectively, who were tragically murdered in the November 2019 Saugus High School Shooting in Santa Clarita that involved a “ghost gun”. ATF maintains that the unfinished pistol frames and rifle receivers used to make untraceable “ghost guns” are not subject to the same regulations as other firearms. The lawsuit asks the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to vacate these determinations and direct ATF to classify so-called “80 percent” frames and receivers as firearms subject to federal firearms statutes and regulations.





“Ghost guns are untraceable weapons that have been used in mass shootings throughout the country and right here in California — from Santa Monica in 2013, to Tehama County in 2017, and at Saugus High School just last year,” said Attorney General Becerra. “We can’t afford to wait for another tragedy to happen before we take action. It’s time for ATF to prioritize the safety of our communities by calling these products what they are: firearms, and regulating them accordingly.”

“If you can assemble Ikea furniture, you can definitely build a ghost gun,” said Hannah Shearer, Giffords Law Center Litigation Director. “And you’ll probably be able to do it faster: there are kits and tools that let you assemble a ghost gun in under 15 minutes. Yet for no reason at all, the parts used to build ghost guns aren’t treated as firearms under federal law. The effects of ATF’s mis-classification of ghost guns are real and they are devastating. We demand accountability for the industry actors who are enabling gun violence to line their pockets. And we demand justice for Gracie Anne Muehlberger, Dominic Blackwell, and others tragically killed by ghost guns.”

Ghost gun kits, which commonly contain unfinished frames and receivers, can be sold by unlicensed sellers and later made into untraceable firearms at home. They contain the components of a nearly complete firearm that can be manufactured and then assembled in minutes into a fully functional weapon. Buyers of these kits do not have to undergo a background check, and the resulting firearm is ultimately untraceable because in most states they are not required to have a serial number. California law mandates that anyone who possesses, manufactures, or assembles lawful firearms in the state apply to the California Department of Justice for a unique serial number for each of their self-made firearms.

According to ATF, these unfinished frames and receivers, also referred to by the misnomer “80 percent receivers and frames” are not guns, and therefore not subject to regulation because they have not reached the stage in the manufacturing process that would qualify them as firearms. ATF currently allows sales of these unfinished frames and receivers to go unchecked despite having the authority under the Gun Control Act to regulate them.

In today’s lawsuit, the coalition argues ATF violated the Administrative Procedure Act in relation to its policies on ghost guns for the following reasons:
  • ATF’s determinations are not in accordance with law because they disregard the Gun Control Act, which refers to a firearm as any weapon designed or easily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, including the frame or receiver of any such weapon; and
  • ATF’s position change on ghost guns without reason was arbitrary and capricious. Previously, ATF considered unfinished frames and receivers that are identical to the 80 percent receivers and frames on the market today as equivalent to finished frames and receivers, and therefore subject to regulation by the Gun Control Act.
Attorney General Becerra is committed to protecting the public and upholding California’s commonsense gun safety laws. Earlier this year, Attorney General Becerra joined a multistate lawsuit to block the Trump Administration’s irresponsible efforts to loosen regulations governing blueprints for 3D-printed ghost guns. Last month, the Attorney General continued his defense of California’s ban on large-capacity magazines by filing for an en banc review of the Duncan v. Becerra ruling. Attorney General Becerra also filed a petition in August in the San Francisco Superior Court requesting that the court order San Diego-based Glockstore, a business that sells factory made serialized Glock handguns, aftermarket parts, and ghost gun kits, to comply with an outstanding subpoena and investigative interrogatories previously issued by the Attorney General. In addition, the Attorney General sponsored legislation last year in California to strengthen firearm safety laws in the state and close firearms licensing loopholes. A video highlighting the California Department of Justice’s Armed Prohibited Persons System and its work to protect public safety by keeping firearms out of the hands of individuals who are prohibited by law from possessing them is available here.

A copy of the lawsuit can be found here.



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Posted on: 2020-09-29 14:25:44   By: Anonymous
 
Donald is desperate if he’s asking for urine and to search Biden’s orifices before the debate.

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    Re: Trump's Third Nomination For 2020 Nobel Peace Prize
    Posted on: 2020-09-29 15:26:47   By: Anonymous
     
    Trump wanted Joe to do a drug test to see if he on and dementia medication, joe refused because he is. This makes it right off the bat he's not competent to be president.
    Joe's team asked for a 15 minute break after every 30 minutes, Trump team said no.
    Trump team asked to have ears checked for communication devises, Biden team said no, joe's going to need that to help him, and no doubt Joe will also wear a shock collar to keep him awake.
    Biden team, the entire Summer ended all softball lob questions by the friendly media by 10am, because the later it came in the day, the more gaffes Joe made ( that's why Biden team said no drug testing)

    Read the truth all right here, TRUMP NOMINATED FOR THIRD NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, MEDIA WONT PRINT IT, MAY HURT A DO NOTHING EX VP CHANCES AT DEBATE


    President Trump received his third 2020 Nobel Peace Prize nomination in September, this time from a group of Australian law professors.

    “What he has done with the Trump Doctrine is that he has decided he would no longer have America involved in endless wars, wars which achieve nothing but the killing of thousands of young Americans and enormous debts imposed on America," Australian legal scholar David Flint told Sky News Australia on Sunday. "He's reducing America's tendency to get involved in any and every war.

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      Re: Trump's Third Nomination For 2020 Nobel Peace Prize
      Posted on: 2020-09-29 16:12:03   By: Anonymous
       
      The “ear piece” thing- false. “Biden asked for breaks every 30 min” - false. Think you’re a victim of good ol’ fake news! Keep on trucking dipsh-t!

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    Re: asking for urine
    Posted on: 2020-09-29 20:45:13   By: Anonymous
     
    Trump is used to wanting golden showers.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-09-29 14:45:17   By: Anonymous
 
I’m not really into politics but my hat is off to anyone brave enough to run for President. Seems like Biden & Trump both want what’s best for the country, they just have different ideas about how to get there. Excited to learn more at tonight’s debate. 🇺🇸

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    Posted on: 2020-09-29 14:47:35   By: Anonymous
     
    It's going to be one sided, Trump going to kick slow joe's ass...

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2020-09-29 16:13:52   By: Anonymous
       
      If that’s true, that would the first time in Trump’s life he’s ever kicked anyone’s ass! Even when he had “won” something so many more lost.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-09-29 15:01:31   By: Anonymous
 
I think donkey Joe may be a little retarded

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2020-09-29 15:26:28   By: Anonymous
     
    Following WWII, social scientists became interested in the psy- chological processes that would facilitate the adoption of fascist ideologies such as National Socialism (NAZI) in Germany. The well-known Authoritarian Personality construct came out of this theorizing, along with measures such as the original F (fascism) Scale and Altemeyer’s more recent Right-Wing Authoritarianism scale.

    Authoritarianism includes extreme conservative political ideology, dominance of inferiors, submission to superiors, stereotyping other groups, cynicism, “projectivity” (seeing your own negative characteristics in others but not in yourself), valuing power and toughness, and rejection of “intraception” (humanistic, psychological soft-heartedness).

    One of the most consistent and troublesome findings in the thousands of studies of this construct has been the social class difference: work- ing class people consistently score higher in authoritarianism.

    Authoritarianism is linked both to certain types of child-rearing practices (e.g., harshness) that are more common in working class families, and to other personality measures such as dogmatism and low cognitive complexity. Working class children become more authoritarian for several reasons, including child-rearing practices, attitudes and values passed down from their parents, and poorer cognitive environments.

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      Posted on: 2020-09-29 15:37:08   By: Anonymous
       
      So are the democrats wanting Socialism or Marxism?
      All I know is the Dems if elected are looking to tax us somewhere in the tune of 4 Trillion Dollars, harris wants to end private medical ins, and all of the Dems want free college, wipe off student loans, free healthcare, open borders, refund police...just where will they get these 100's of Trillions of dollars? Oh, that's right, promises politicians, like the career ones always make and never deliver. Like when Michael Brown was shot and the last administration made promises about police reform 🙄

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        Posted on: 2020-09-29 17:19:44   By: Anonymous
         
        So they would do tons of bad things, but they won’t because they are politicians?

        Compelling argument. I miss the restraint of politicians to not do every stupid whim, I’d love to not have to check the news to see if the president has started a random war every day. Some sleepy government sounds lovely.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-09-29 16:49:55   By: Anonymous
 
Attorney General Xavier Becerra. You spelled his name wrong it's Brocero.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-09-29 17:58:33   By: Anonymous
 
95% of these weapons are owned by beaners, is this guy an Italian?

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