In a letter sent nearly two weeks ago, New York Senator Chuck Schumer pushed Secretary of the Army John McHugh to refuse to purchase firearms from manufacturers not complying with gun laws that haven’t passed Congress yet, and likely won’t in the future.
It’s a backdoor attack on the Second Amendment, against the very people that need those weapons more than most – Army soldiers.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has asked the Secretary of the Army to ignore the Second Amendment and US law in contracting for purchases of $600 million worth of handguns. This is a huge deal because Schumer is insisting that Secretary of the Army John McHugh require companies bidding for the contracts comply with laws that haven’t even been passed yet. This creates two legal issues. The first is that it prevents gun manufacturers who are obeying all US laws from bidding on the contracts.
The specific law in question is the “Good Neighbor Gun Dealer Act,” a law that has not and will not pass Congress. This denies legal gun manufacturers from receiving equal protection under the law and by limiting competition, will increase the cost of the guns to the Army. The law requires gun dealers to learn several new classification of buyers, with some groups outlawed from buying guns even if they pass a background check.
As far as manufacturers go, they must be actively working on “smart guns.” Any company not currently working on them should be denied according to Schumer.
Schumer is using “smart gun” requirements – an unproven technology at best, and one that would actually be detrimental in a battlefield scenario – to deny necessary weapons to Army soldiers. And he’s pressuring the Army to refuse to purchase from arms manufacturers if they aren’t complying with laws that currently do not exist.
Unfortunately, Schumer isn’t the first to put forward such a careless proposal. Back in 2000, the Clinton administration tried to strong-arm firearms manufacturers into carrying out their gun control wish list by promising lucrative local police contracts to those who signed onto an agreement with several gun control provisions. Notably, then-Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary and current Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo threatened defiant gun companies if they did not comply.
Cuomo made clear to one industry member that they risked business by defying the administration, stating, “I have a lot of push with these Democratic mayors.”
As for Schumer, since when is the Army the proper front for conducting experiments on gun control proposals which have not been passed into law?