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HR 1263: Why 2A Supporters Should Never Give an Inch

Ted Deutch submitted H.R. 1263 to the Congress back in February, that would render all semi-automatic rifles capable of accepting a detachable magazine an NFA-restricted item.

HR 1263: Why 2A Supporters Should Never Give an Inch
New legislation could require shooters to own one of these tax stamps to possess even an M1 Garand, since it could be modified to accept a detachable magazine. (Source: American Suppressor Association)

During the course of the last hundred years, lawmakers in the United States have made attempts both overt and covert, to gradually whittle the Second Amendment away. From the first piece of national gun control in 1934 with the National Firearms Act, to the more recent NY SAFE Act, the majority of these laws were justified with their crime-reducing capabilities, despite a lack of any supporting evidence to suggest they had any efficacy.

While the overwhelming majority of these laws original from the political left in the US, many have actually enjoyed semi-bipartisan support in the past. This was not necessarily because these conservative politicians believed in the anti-gun rhetoric, but because they were true moderates - the type of politician who believes they can make concessions to the opposition in order to build good will or reduce the impact of an otherwise aggressive piece of legislation.

But these concessions are not only futile, but disastrous to the Constitution, the rights of American citizens, and the integrity of the Second Amendment. Historically, every piece of anti-gun legislation passed in the U.S. has come without any benefit to gun owners or the Second Amendment. This is counter-intuitive, since nearly every anti-gun politician proclaims that they just want to pass common-sense gun control laws, and complain that gun-owners aren’t willing to compromise.

Worse yet, even the most vehement of these anti-gun politicians will pretend to support the 2A, but without exception they only mean the private ownership of certain guns. Though, based on historical precedent, these laws ultimately lead to additional restrictions - and any rights lost are almost never regained. Though there is one exception - with the recent ruling in California with the legalization of standard capacity magazines. (That is currently frozen and in legislative limbo.)

Despite one court ruling that banning the ownership of these magazines is unconstitutional, anti-gunners can’t seem to help themselves. They seem almost fixated or obsessed with these magazines and so-called, “assault weapons”.

In fact, a few months ago, one such anti-gun politician submitted what might be the most egregious, intellectually dishonest and overwhelmingly heavy-handed “Assault Weapons” ban law to date.

Congressman Deutch Wants to Destroy Your Gun Rights

Congressman Deutch (D-FL) seems either hell-bent on passing laws about things he lacks even a children’s understanding of, or is an unabashedly anti-Second Amendment.

Ted Deutch (D-FL) submitted H.R. 1263 to the Congress back in February, that would render all semi-automatic rifles capable of accepting a detachable magazine an NFA-restricted item. Essentially, it would legally reclassify them as machine guns.

The reasoning for this law remains a mystery, given that the bill lacks a proper introduction to define what the alleged positive effects of the law would be. Or, for that matter, what data or statistics support the restriction of these firearms. Furthermore, it also lacks any information regarding the benefit of potentially rendering over a million US citizens as felons if they fail to register their weapons within 120 days.

Firearms News reached out to the Washington DC office, Main District Office, and all three district offices of Congressman Deutch, without managing to speak directly to him. Though every aid when given an opportunity to make a comment on behalf of Deutsch, either hung up or stated, “no comment” and hung up.

This latest measure is ill-conceived, short-sighted and realistically just political posturing by another weak-willed politician seeking re-election by stating how “tough” they are on guns and criume..

If readers would like a chance to ask the same questions, the following numbers and addresses are for every office Mr. Deutch occupies or uses.

Washington, DC Office:


2447 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-3001
Fax: 202-225-5974
Send Ted an Email
Visit Washington, DC

Main District Office:

Congressman Deutch's district headquarters is located in Boca Raton and is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. 
7900 Glades Road, Ste. 250
Boca Raton, FL 33434
Phone: 561-470-5440
Fax: 561-470-5446

Community Offices:

Margate City Hall
5790 Margate Blvd
Margate, FL 33063
Phone: 954-972-6454
By appointment only. Please call to schedule an appointment.

Coral Springs City Hall
9500 W. Sample Road, Suite 201
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Phone: (954) 255-8336
By appointment only. Please call to schedule an appointment.

Fort Lauderdale
111 East Las Olas Blvd, Ste. 424
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
By appointment only. Please call to schedule an appointment.

Traveling Offices - please call to schedule an appointment:

Wynmoor, Coconut Creek
1st Tuesday of the month
10am – 12pm
Wynmoor Clubhouse Atrium
1001 Wynmoor Circle
Coconut Creek, FL 33066

Township, Coconut Creek
1st Friday of the month
10:00am to 12:00pm
Township Clubhouse
2424 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek, Florida 33063

Parkland City Hall
Last Wednesday of each month
10:00am to 12pm
Parkland City Hall Conference Room
6600 University Drive
Parkland, FL 33067

Wilton Manors City Hall
1st Wednesday of the month
10:30am to 12:00pm
2020 Wilton Manors
Wilton Manors, FL 33305

Coral Springs City Hall
3rd Wednesday of the month
10:00am to 12:00pm
Coral Springs Commission Chambers
9551 West Sample Road
Coral Springs, Florida 33065 

Century Village, Deerfield Beach
Last Wednesday of the month
10:00am to 11:30am
Century Village Clubhouse Recreation Committee Office
2400 Century Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

Palm Aire Skolnick Center, Pompano Beach
3rd Thursday of the month
10:30am to 12:00pm
800 SW 36th Ave
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Aston Gardens Community
2nd Wednesday of the month
10:00am to 12:00pm
9423 Aston Gardens Court
Parkland, FL 33076

Forum at Deer Creek
11:00am to 12:00pm
3001 DeerCreek Country Club Blvd
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

In the meantime, Firearms News will stay on top of this bill, and other anti-gun legislation that arises. And if shooters wish to buy their own modern sporting rifle to spite these freedom-hating politicians, there are excellent sales going on right now on AR-15 uppers and lowers at PSA.

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