Author: Thomas DiGennaro

Thomas has been a Contributor at 71Republic since November 2018 and an Associate Editor since January 2019. He is an Undergraduate student of Philosophy at Long Island University: C.W. Post Campus. On campus, he is a Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Democracy and Liberalism under Director Dr Shawn Welnak. He is most passionate about gun rights, more libertarian forms of government, free speech, and free markets.

Oppressive Gun Bills in the Oregon State Legislature

Thomas DiGennaro | @tom.digennaro

OR SB 501 is still currently circling around in the Senate Judiciary Committee. This Oregon gun bill, nicknamed the “Oregon Gunpocalypse”, imposes ridiculous restraints on legal gun owners. OR SB 978 is also gaining traction in the State Senate. OR HB 3223 is in the House Judiciary Committee as well. Clearly, someone ignorant on the subject of firearms drafted these bills. High School students, “Students for Change”, drafted OR SB 501, which State Senator Robert Wagner proposed. Apparently drafting gun bills when you know nothing about guns is a trend in Oregon.

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Gun Rights: Death By A Thousand Cuts

As much as I hate to admit it, they’re never going to just “come and take it”. Disarmament of American gun owners and the death of their rights will be a very gradual and well-disguised process. There obviously is not enough support for such extreme measures of gun control, given that 43% of all American households own at least one firearm. They won’t be coming for your shotguns and bolt action rifles and commonly owned handguns… yet.

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Pelosi Sneaks More Gun Control Onto Violence Against Women Act

Thomas DiGennaro | @tom.digennaro

In 1994 then-Senator Joe Biden, under Bill Clinton’s presidency, passed the Violence Against Women Act. Every five years since then, Congress reauthorizes the act. The bill allowed for the creation of the Office of Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice. It also allocates funding for such. Rep Karen Bass (D-CA) bought the 2019 reauthorization to the floor of the House of Representatives, labeled HR 1585 of the 116th Congress. However, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi managed to sneak some red-flag type gun control provisions onto the bill.

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An Update on FPC’s Fight Against the Bump Stock Ban

Thomas DiGennaro | @tom.digennaro

On March 26th, the bump-stock ban officially went into effect. President Trump’s administration issued the ban back in December of 2018. From the start, Firearms Policy Coalition has been engaging in fundraising efforts and litigation to combat the ban.

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The Bump Stock Ban: What You Need to Know

Thomas DiGennaro | @tom.digennaro

Today, March 26th, the Trump administration’s bump stock ban officially moves into effect. In December of 2018, Trump issued the rule that banned bump stocks. This ban came in wake of the Las Vegas massacre and the Parkland school shooting.

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