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.

Maryland Sheriff: “We Will Not Comply” With Gun Control

Thomas DiGennaro | @tom.digennaro

We Will Not Comply, a Maryland gun rights movement has sworn to exercise civil disobedience against any new gun control bills that may pass through the state legislature. The interesting aspect of this group is that Wicomico County Elected Sherrif Mike Lewis is a supporter.

“If these bills pass, we will not comply”

According to Sherrif Lewis in a speech to supporters seen in a video posted to YouTube, he also promises that his department will not enforce these laws if they pass.

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Congressman Introduces Two New Gun Control Bills

Thomas DiGennaro | @tom.digennaro

Representative Ted Deutch introduced two new gun control bills in the House of Representatives, the National Firearms Amendments Act of 2019 and the Keep Americans Safe Act, which impose new restrictions on detachable magazines and semi-automatic firearms. If passed, the National Firearms Amendments Act of 2019 would subject all semiautomatic rifles to the stringent National Firearms Act (NFA) requirements.  Meanwhile, the Keep Americans Safe Act would ban all magazines with a capacity over 10 rounds.

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Kentucky Passes Constitutional Carry

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On Tuesday, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed Kentucky SB 150 into law. This bill extends constitutional carry into Kentucky to concealed carry. Prior to SB 150, Kentucky limited constitutional carry to open carry. As a result, the list of constitutional carry states now rises to 16.

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HR 1112 Passes House, Following HR 8

Thomas DiGennaro | @tom.digennaro

On Thursday, February 28th, immediately following the passage of HR 8, HR 1112 made its way through the Democrat-controlled House as well. 228 votes to 198, HR 1112 will now go to the Senate floor.

HR 1112 extends the allotted time for the FBI to complete federal background checks. Prior to the law, it was three days, but it could now take up to ten days to purchase a firearm.

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HR 8 Bipartisan Background Checks of 2019 Passes House

Thomas DiGennaro | @tom.digennaro

HR 8, a bill greatly expanding federal background checks coasted through a Democrat-controlled house the morning of February 27th, 2019. The bill also had eight Republican signatures on it, five of whom were co-sponsors. Democrats and gun control advocates describe this as a major victory and “the most significant gun control measure in two decades”.

It is unlikely that the bill will pass through the Senate. If the unlikely occurs, President Trump has publicly expressed that a veto would come from his office. 

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