“Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04) introduced the Start Advancing Firearms Enhancements and Technology (SAFETY) Act,” a Thursday press release from the Democrat (naturally) representative’s media flacks announced. “The bill provides incentives for manufacturers and consumers designed to promote the development and purchase of smart-gun technology such as biometric or fingerprint locks and radio-frequency identification.”
The bill is H.R. 6109: “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide an enhanced research credit for the development of smart gun technologies.” It’s been assigned to the House Ways and Means Committee. The bill summary and text are not yet posted to Congress.gov (Firearms News obtained an advance copy prior to number assignment). Also unknown at this writing is who else wants to grandstand by attaching their names as cosponsors—or even if Ways and Means’ Republican Chair Kevin Brady of Texas (rated “A” by NRA) will let it get out of committee.
If it does, it promises to do something about the “115,000 Americans [who] fall victim to gun violence – over 36,000 fatally.”
It won’t, of course, because it can’t, nor will it do a thing about the “350,000 thefts reported each year.” Unless both houses of Congress and the White House are lost to the gun-grabbers, Himes’ play for attention will be just that. What he’s doing is posturing and getting his name mentioned in advance of the elections. The constituency dumb enough to trust this oath-breaking fraud with power is now primed to believe he’s “doing something about gun violence.”
So naturally, the Gungrabby Gabby group is solidly behind it. They welcome all potential incremental infringements on the way to the goal of citizen disarmament, because that’s been the game plan