Sig Sauer’s recent lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives is exactly why we should not give the feds a single inch – literally – on our right to keep and bear arms.

The lawsuit was filed in response to ATF’s decision to classify Sig’s muzzle brake as a silencer, thus subject to regulation under the federal Gun Control Act. Sig is claiming the brake merely reduces recoil and muzzle rise when a shot is fired.

Let’s put all the legalese speak aside, as well as the impracticalities involving the enforcement of such regulations, and let’s instead focus on the main problems that led to this lawsuit.

First and foremost, the GCA is unconstitutional. The Second Amendment prohibits the federal government from taking any action that restricts our right to keep and bear arms. No exceptions. Only in the legal system, where “it depends on what your meaning of ‘is’ is,” is the meaning of “shall not” difficult to grasp.

Consequently, the ATF is also unconstitutional. There is no section of the Constitution granting Congress authority concerning the sale or consumption of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, or explosives. As the saying goes, the ATF should be a store, not a government agency.

But beyond that, giving the feds the power to regulate anything related to firearms in any way, thereby placing restrictions on them, allows them to engage in a form of mission creep, a tactic also used in military situations in which the mission extends beyond its original purpose.

Think the IRS Tax Code; it did not start out the size it is today. It grew into the byzantine monstrosity it is now in small increments over decades.

Considering how the tax code has been used recently by the feds to persecute organizations and political dissidents, we do not require a crystal ball to see how onerous gun regulations could be used to the same effect, culminating in a de facto gun owner’s equivalent of the tax code.

This is exactly what will happen, however, if we do not resist the feds at every turn. We create a line in the sand and do not yield.

The Second Amendment Protection Act can serve as that line in the sand for your state.

Help draw that line today.

TJ Martinell

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