Repeal "The Hughes Amendment" of the FOPA
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Repeal "The Hughes Amendment" of the FOPA

    1. David Johnson
    2. Petition by

      David Johnson

      Cleveland, AL

This petition is to repeal “The Hughes Amendment” as part of the Firearm Owners Protection Act, H.R. 4332 as the ban has no discernible benefit. We the people ask that this violation of our rights as free law abiding citizens of the United States be removed.

We do not support crimes committed with firearms. Purchasing, owning, carrying a firearm, or multiple firearms, or type of firearm is a choice to be made by a law abiding citizen and should never be illegal or restricted.

The NFA places an inalienable right under the whims of government regulators. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have no set guidelines. They can and often do enforce their unconstitutional will upon citizens. The NFA drives up the cost of many firearms through supply and demand effectively denying the legal right to all but the wealthy. The inaccessibility of arms to poorer citizens results in higher crime rates and denies them equal protection under the law. Yet the entertainment industry has access but law abiding, tax paying citizens do not and that is a travesty.

The Hughes Amendment does not prevent crimes committed with firearms, The NFA of 1934 imposes more taxes upon the law abiding citizen if they wish to possess them. This is not exclusive to machine guns. It includes suppressors, short barreled rifles (SBR), short barreled shotguns (SBS), and what the ATF defines as Any Other Weapon (AOW).

It is fact that after the NFA of 1934 was signed into law only one murder was committed with a legally registered machine gun. This is up to present day 2012! Law abiding citizens are not criminals. references Targeting Guns, authored by Gary Kleck. They cite: “In 1980, when Miami's homicide rate was at an all-time high, less than 1% of all homicides involved machine guns. (Miami was supposedly a "machine gun Mecca" and drug trafficking capital of the U.S.) Although there are no national figures to compare to, machine gun deaths were probably lower elsewhere. Kleck cites several examples:

(a.) Of 2,200 guns recovered by Minneapolis police (1987-1989), not one was fully automatic.
(b.) A total of 420 weapons, including 375 guns, were seized during drug warrant executions and arrests by the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad (Will and Grundie counties in the Chicago metropolitan area, 1980-1989). None of the guns was a machine gun.
(c.) 16 of 2,359 (0.7%) of the guns seized in the Detroit area (1991-1992) in connection with "the investigation of narcotics trafficking operations" were machine guns.”

What defines a criminal? Webster's Dictionary defines a criminal as: “one who has committed a crime, a person who has been convicted of a crime.” Therefore, if criminals do not follow rule of law, then why would they follow steps in order to possess a firearm or certain firearm legally? What law abiding citizens want and cannot possess, criminals already possess.

Gun control only starves the average law abiding citizen their 2nd Amendment rights; rights given to us by our founding fathers and guaranteed under the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution is an amazing document, forged in blood and souls of men fighting to be free; free from tyranny of government. There is a reason it is the 2nd Amendment after all. They believed in it's importance to maintain the Constitution in and of itself and keep people free.

George Washington said: “A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them which would include their own government.” “‎Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people's liberty teeth keystone... the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable... more than 99% of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference. When firearms go, all goes, we need them every hour.”

Benjamin Franklin said: “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

Thomas Jefferson said: “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

Teddy Roosevelt said: "No man who refuses to bear arms can give sound reason why he should be allowed to live in a free country."

We are proud to be American citizens. Many of us are veterans, law enforcement, and first responders. As such, we swore an oath to the Constitution of the United States. This oath we do not take lightly. We live by it because we love our country and what it stands for. We see the necessity of firearms everyday. There is no need to fear them, we respect them as taught at a very young age the consequence of mishandling them. That is why we set to educate the people who fear them so they too can defend themselves against lawless criminals.

We the people, ask for the repeal of “The Hughes Amendment” as there was no basis for it's passage. There is also video evidence in which may prove that it never passed at all. ( During 2011, pro-gun legislation swept through the US. This has carried over into 2012. If the “Hughes Amendment” is to be repealed, the time is now. Firearms are not evil. The demonization some individuals portray is simply lack of knowledge and ignorance. We do not support any firearm restrictions on law abiding citizens including but not limited to the "Hughes Amendment" of the Firearm Owners Protection Act. Remove the prohibition of civilian owned machine guns manufactured after May 19, 1986.

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
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      David Johnson
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Fellow Liberty lovers,

      I haven't updated anything here in awhile, and I feel that this petition is self explanatory. I come to you today to tell you about another petition that you may not know about. Another individual has started his own petition regarding removing suppressors from NFA regulation on the website and it has gained some steam. It however needs a lot more support and signatures before the deadline. I encourage you all to sign it, share it and tell everyone you know about it. It can be found here:

      Thank you for your continued support. Please continue to share my petition as well to all your like-minded friends, and gun clubs.

      In Liberty,

      David Johnson

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 1 day ago

      I believe that the Hughes amendment is revoking part of my second amendment freedoms.

    • mike newman ALVA, FL
      • 3 days ago

      law abiding citizens have a right to defend themselves from lawless criminals and lawless government with the same guns they have.

      • 6 days ago

      The Hughes Amendment is in principle unconstitutional. It should have never existed in the first place.

    • Alex Payne MOULTON, AL
      • 6 days ago

      Unlike the gun control community thinks,we, LAW ABIDING CITIZENS have the RIGHT to defend ourself and our families. The criminals,terrorist, ect all have the weaponry that NFA says we cant have. select fire firearms sbs sbr aow, so why on earth should we be outmatched? an armed society is a polite society, Hitler did not invade switzerland because he knew that not only would the military be well arned but so would THE PEOPLE! these laws only apply to those who CHOOSE to follow it a criminal whos intent is to kill will not stop because of another ridiculous law when they intend on breaking them anyway. our constituion is clear and the people infringing on our rights need to be prosecuted for what they are TYRANTS AND TRAITORS. God bless this great Nation

    • Ben Allen WASHINGTON, DC
      • 7 days ago

      I believe that people have a right to own a firearm, and that "The Hughes Amendment" puts pointless and needless restraints on that process that accomplish nothing but hinder the acquisition of firearms for law abiding citizens.


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