While the media was occupied with the Boston bombings, Senator Frank Lautenberg decided to use the event to push his new legislation that would regulate the purchase of gunpowder in order to ‘reduce terrorism’.
The Senator from New Jersey made the announcement on his Senate page, detailing how his bill would initiate full background checks on anyone seeking to purchase gunpowder (also known as black powder). A move that would ultimately affect law-abiding citizens who are purchasing gunpowder for their own use, just as ‘gun free zones’ have been shown to allow for criminals to run amok due to the disarmament of the average citizen. Full-fledged terrorists simply will not submit to background checks to purchase gunpowder, especially when there are so many easier options.
As J.D. Tuccille points out in writing for the Reason.com blog, the entire concept of event-based banning is inherently flawed. Virtually anything can be used to make…
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