Tuesday, April 24, 2012

S.1813 Allows IRS To Order Confiscation Of Passports, Poses Threats To Second Amendment Rights; Senators Mark Begich And Lisa Murkowski Voted Yes

On Infowars, Daisy Luther alerts us to potential defects in S.1813, entitled "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" or the MAP-21. It was passed by the U.S. Senate on March 14th, 2012. Luther finds it contains at least two provisions which could undermine the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.

-- Read the full text of S.1813 HERE.
-- Read how the senators voted HERE.

The first defect is found on page 1323 of the PDF copy of the bill (or scroll down to Section 34013).

The Secretary may modify, suspend, or terminate a special permit or approval if the Secretary determines that —(1) the person who was granted the special permit or approval has violated the special permit or approval or the regulations issued under this chapter in a manner that demonstrates that the person is not fit to conduct the activity authorized by the special permit or approval; or (2) the special permit or approval is unsafe.

Although gun permits are not mentioned, they are not specifically excluded. Note that the Secretary gets to make the determination -- NOT a judge or jury. Our Second Amendment rights could be curtailed by arbitrary executive fiat.

NOTE: A commenter points out that the special permits in question apply to overweight vehicles, since it falls under that subparagraph heading. Most rational people might accept that interpretation, but would the federal government also use it as an excuse to curtail the Second Amendment rights of those with overweight vehicles? You can trust the federal government to find endless pretexts to impinge upon the constitutional rights of ordinary citizens. The remainder of the bill still has enough problems to warrant re-visitation.

The second defect is more subtle. While it does not, by itself, impinge on the Second Amendment, it could trigger a series of events which together could curtail our Second Amendment rights. Specifically, if the bill passes in the House and becomes law, the IRS will have the authority to take away the passports of those whom they say owe more than $50,000 in taxes. This section is found on page 1447 of the PDF copy of the bill (or scroll down to Section 40304). But here's what Daisy Luther suggests can happen if the IRS action triggers revocation of your passport:

-- You go on the no-fly list.
-- Placement on the no-fly list can lead to you being considered a potential domestic terrorist.
-- You will be denied the right to bear arms.

S.1813 also contains other prospective infringements upon liberty, to include requiring “stalker boxes” on our vehicles, placing more restrictions on travel and transportation within the US, and allowing the government to revoke documents and licenses in deliberately ambiguous language designed to shift the burden of proof and accountability away from the government, such as was done in the old Soviet Union.

The roll call vote shows that both Alaska Senators Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski voted in favor of this bill.

Ideally, we need to convince to U.S. House to vote against S.1813. But if that's not possible, the desired fallback goal is to strip Section 40304 from the bill. Visit the Member Information Page to find out how to contact your Representative.

3 comments:

  1. The Secretary may modify, suspend, or terminate a special permit or approval if the Secretary determines that —(1) the person who was granted the special permit or approval has violated the special permit or approval or the regulations issued under this chapter in a manner that demonstrates that the person is not fit to conduct the activity authorized by the special permit or approval; or (2) the special permit or approval is unsafe.
    ____They key word is PERSON.Are you a person?Check Blacks Law Dictionary(Fourth Edition). It's all a con.If they can con the people that they(people)are persons and are bound to this (law???)then they got you in their net.

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  2. The special permits in question have nothing to do with guns. The special permits are for overweight vehicles, and the Secretary referred to is the Secretary of Transportation.

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  3. Anonymous 7:06 A.M: You make a valid point, and I have now incorporated it into my post. The question is, would the federal government obey its own law, or use it as an excuse to go after the Second Amendment rights of someone with an overweight vehicle? Excuse me if I don't trust the Feds after their behavior in the Ted Stevens case and impending behavior in the Schaeffer Cox case.

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