In 1994 the anti-gunners pushed for gun control and the NRA stood in opposition. The NRA lost that critical battle which resulted in the 10-year “Assault Weapons Ban.” Fortunately, the NRA and Second Amendment advocates have not lost a major national battle since. While that is celebratory news, gun owners need to wake up and quick or we are going to be outflanked.
Since 1994 the NRA has worked diligently to lobby and help elect gun-friendly legislators to both the House and Senate—Democrats and Republicans. This has had a de facto effect of shutting down the gun control efforts sponsored by zealots such as Schumer and Feinstein. It has even rebuffed the efforts of Obama and Biden.
Unfortunately, that has put far too many Second Amendment advocates at ease. The opposition has changed tactics and is gaining serious ground at the city and state level. It is time to take a page from the NRA’s playbook and start paying more attention to where our rights are being trampled below the Federal level.
“We needed a bill that was going to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate.” Those were the words of New Jersey lawmakers caught on a hot microphone. Already judged in the top three most restrictive gun states by Brady Campaign, New Jersey is looking to push the bar even higher. New Jersey has proposed a bill to limit magazine capacity from 15 to a maximum of 10 rounds. The bill applies to both fixed and detachable magazines. Therefore, among a host of other sporting arms, tube fed .22 caliber rifles would suddenly be declared assault weapons. Ownership would be punishable by 10 years in prison, with a minimum mandatory sentence of three to five years with no possibility of parole.
The left coast made the news recently with the ruling from the liberal leaning 9th Circuit that affirmed Californian’s right to bear arms and not be denied a concealed carry permit without good cause. The California State Attorney is now seeking to have Peruta v. County of San Diego reversed. After the ruling, the local Sherriff stated he was ready to comply and begin issuing permits. This apparently earned the ire of the state’s attorney who claimed the “existing parties (those named in the suit) did not adequately represent the state’s interests.”
This is a backhanded tactic. The only way the court can truly reconsider the case would be for the San Diego County Sherriff to ask for en banc. En banc is a hearing where all of the judges of the court consider the decision rendered by a panel of judges. Since that did not happen, the State is on a fishing expedition for a liberal judge. By reinterpreting the rules and unduly attempting to influence the court, the State is essentially lobbying the judges in an attempt to get one of them to request the en banc and allow the state another bite at the apple. In this effort, the Brady campaign has weighed in by offering support as well as the police association. Time will tell if the rule of law or the power of politics holds more sway in the Golden State.
The smallest state in the nation is looking to become the biggest enemy of the Second Amendment with it proposed SAFE Firearms Act. According to New Jersey Democrat Almeida, selective fire rifles, pistols and shotguns can all be assault weapons. He has a laundry list of firearms and cosmetic features that would fall under his personally redefined definition of “assault weapon.” Under the Safe Firearms Act, cosmetic accessories such as a flash suppressor, thumbhole stock, flare launcher, folding or telescoping stock, pistol grip that mounts under any portion of the action, or a host of other accessories would merely need to be owned—even if they were not actually attached to a firearm—with the capability to be attached to an otherwise legal firearm to make the owner guilty of a felony. That means you could own a rifle with a solid wooden stock, but f you also had a thumbhole stock lying around you would be guilty of a felony. The law is really that absurd.
Molon Labe! Did anyone really expect Connecticut residents to roll over and register or give up his or her firearms to Connecticut? How about standard capacity magazine? Connecticut has mandated a registration for certain firearms and magazines with a capacity of over 10 rounds. Of the estimated 375,000-400,000 firearms deemed “assault weapons” by the State; more than 325,000 remain “undocumented.” Only about 50,000 have been registered thus far. The requirement to register standard capacity magazines faired no better with less than 40,000 of an estimated 2 million standard capacity magazines being registered with the state.
To say Connecticut has a gun problem is an understatement. Legislators enacted the law in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, but firearm owners do not seem willing to comply. Connecticut now has the daunting task of trying to figure out how they plan to round up all of the undocumented firearms and magazines. Law enforcement certainly does not want to be viewed as donning jackboots to enforce the totalitarian anti Second Amendment politics of a few.
While we have made great strides at the federal level, we are still being assaulted at the local level. These are only a few of the egregious attempts by anti-gunners to trample the Second Amendment. If you love the Second Amendment, stay alert; stand up for your rights and support efforts to defeat the efforts of those who seek to trample our rights to bear arms.
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