This man needs to be removed from office for the direct and intentional offense of attempting to define the victim of a crime as a federal felon.
Senate Bill 649 says (Look for S.649 in the bill number)
SEC. 123. LOST AND STOLEN REPORTING.
(a) In General- Section 922 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end--
'(aa) It shall be unlawful for any person who lawfully possesses or owns a firearm that has been shipped or transported in, or has been possessed in or affecting, interstate or foreign commerce, to fail to report the theft or loss of the firearm, within 24 hours after the person discovers the theft or loss, to the Attorney General and to the appropriate local authorities.'.
(b) Penalty- Section 924(a)(1) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the following.
'(B) knowingly violates subsection (a)(4), (f), (k), (q), or (aa) of section 922;'.And if you follow the reference:
shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than five years, or both.A person who has their firearms stolen is the victim of a crime. To impose upon them the affirmative duty to report same to the Attorney General is an outrage. These people are not criminals, they are victims in that their property has been taken unlawfully.
This will lead to thousands of annual prosecutions of people who are claimed not have not reported "within 24 hours" their "alleged knowledge" of the theft. While there are certainly times that knowledge is obvious, such as when someone tears your gun safe off the concrete floor and rips a hole in the room in which it was formerly present to do so, a huge number of firearms are stolen without the person who has them taken being immediately aware of it.
This law explicitly authorizes and promotes political prosecutions where the exact time of the offense cannot be ascertained but the person has "allegedly" failed to so-report.
The traitorous jackasses in the Senate who support this crap need to be removed from office and imprisoned for attempting to define victims of criminal acts as felons.
But the assault does not stop there.
This bill goes far further and effectively bans lawful gun retailing!
I wondered why they were talking about "Straw Purchasers" in their news releases when straw purchasing is already illegal and exposes the person who does so to severe criminal penalties.
The reason is that now they intend to steal all property involved in the straw purchase even for an unaware participant -- such as a gun store where a straw purchase takes place!
'(a)(1) Any person convicted of a violation of section 932 or 933 shall forfeit to the United States, irrespective of any provision of State law--
'(A) any property constituting, or derived from, any proceeds the person obtained, directly or indirectly, as the result of such violation; and
'(B) any of the person's property used, or intended to be used, in any manner or part, to commit, or to facilitate the commission of, such violation.Note the language. Not only will this be construed to steal the house, vehicle and other property of both the straw purchaser and the ultimate recipient as-written it can and probably will also be construed to attack a retailer who has an employee that is involved in such a transaction.
If you didn't understand Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell's filibuster intent (along with others) you should now understand it quite-clearly. Not only is there an attempt to define the victims of a crime as federal felons in this piece of blatantly unconstitutional trash but in addition there is a thinly-veiled attack upon lawful firearms retailers in the form of forfeiture provisions that can be (and presumably will be) easily abused to seize property upon the flimsiest of pretext.