Now that Joe Biden has been officially declared the president, his gun control policies will make it difficult for millions of people to express their second amendment rights. Biden supports gun control legislation that would require AR-15 owners to surrender or register their firearm with the federal government and pay a $200 tax. Knowing this, it should be no surprise that millions of people are buying up AR-15s online from big, trusted online stores like Primary Arms.
If you love your firearms, you need a plan to be prepared for the next potential gun ban. Even if it doesn’t happen now, tensions are high and it could happen under any future administration.
Here are some tips to get prepared and get through the next gun ban.
- Be prepared for your favorite firearm to be permanently banned
Gun bans aren’t new. States have been enacting bans for years. For instance, California banned the Intratec TEC-9 pistol by name after an elementary school shooting in 1989. To get around the ban, Intratec created the TEC-DC9 and changed the location of the sling points. However, all models were banned under the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB) of 1994.
Although the AWB has since expired, Intratec found a way around the ban. The company started producing the AB-10, which is basically just a TEC-9 Mini without a threaded barrel so it can’t accept attachments. When Intratec was still in business, the AB-10 was sold with smaller, 10-round magazines as opposed to the 20 and 32-round magazines sold with the original TEC-9.
When the next ban is enacted, manufacturers will produce new models with new names and change the characteristics of existing models. However, the federal government will probably pass legislation with verbiage that prevents manufacturers from sliding by like they could in the past. If your favorite firearm is under attack, be prepared for the possibility that it might be banned for good.
- Buy the firearms you want now
The firearms you prefer may never be included on the list of banned guns. However, legislation that includes a gun ban tends to have a ripple effect that affects other aspects of owning a firearm. The biggest threat with currently proposed gun control legislation is one that can put firearms manufacturers out of business.
Biden supports legislation that would hold gun manufacturers responsible for crimes committed with their firearms. This means a gun doesn’t need to be banned via legislation to be taken off the market. States could simply pursue a lawsuit against the manufacturer of a gun used in a crime and successfully put that manufacturer out of business.
This is exactly what happened to Remington when they were sued by victims of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. The 204-year-old company went into debt paying for legal expenses and had to file for bankruptcy twice. Remington is now auctioning off assets and going out of business for good.
We are entering an era where it doesn’t matter if a mass shooter steals their weapon from an irresponsible parent or other adult to commit their crimes. If manufacturers can be sued, they can be bankrupted into oblivion before they even get a chance to have a jury trial. Buy what you need now before your favorite manufacturers are bankrupted by lawsuits.
- Play by the rules
As tempting as it is to bury your AR-15s to avoid federal registration, you may want to reconsider. Up until this point, a national firearms registry has been deemed illegal, but it looks like that could change. While it is possible the registration is a way for the government to track and confiscate AR-15s later on, it’s not worth facing felony charges, especially if you have a family.
- Buy some backup rifles
If you love AR rifles and pistols, consider that in the future, they might be deemed illegal. If they are deemed illegal and you have to turn them in, don’t get caught without a backup firearm. You don’t have to build a giant cache, but you should have at least one basic rifle and one basic pistol that would work as a substitute in case you need to give up your AR collection.
Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst
It’s no longer a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when’ the next gun ban will be enacted in the United States. Proposed legislation is targeting Armalite firearms, and although it’s unfair, it seems like there’s little hope of stopping it completely.
Hopefully, this gun control legislation will at least be amended before it gets passed in any form. However, be prepared to potentially surrender or register certain brands of firearms at the federal level sometime in the future.