March 2018

Gun Laws in the News

I hate to be a downer in these pages, but there’s crazy anti-gun stuff going on all over the country. It seems that because gun owners don’t have much to fear federally, gun-restrictive states are going their own way with new regulations, fees, and other infringements on the right to keep and bear arms. Here’s a sampler of a few things that you might devote a couple of brain cells to:

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  • January 31 marked the official deadline for more than 370,000 handgun owners in the state of New York to register those guns with state police. For what: To build a comprehensive record of gun owners a la California. Anyone who took out a handgun license in New York before 2013 — when the state passed a landmark gun-control law — had to contact state police by Jan. 31 or risk criminal charges. That is just making criminals of the law-abiding citizen. But New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, won’t face political consequences for penalizing his own constituents.
  • In Virginia, the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee has considered a number of anti-gun measures. Very worrisome is House Bill 597/House Bill 819, which makes it a crime to knowingly possess a device that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm. This could potentially criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers and ergonomic changes that make firearms more suitable for self-defense. Another bad one is House Bill 814/House Bill 1019/House Bill 1052, which seeks to allow localities to prohibit law-abiding individuals from being able to carry a firearm for self-defense at lawful demonstrations, protests, parades, rallies, or other similar events.
  • And in Washington State, a bill debated in the Senate Law and Justice Committee would require the holder of a concealed pistol license to get permission to bring a gun into another person’s residence. Sen. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, the bill’s sponsor, called it a way to “protect someone’s castle from unwanted firearms,” according to a story in the Spokesman-Review. Decent manners should largely solve this; if I’m in someone’s home and they don’t want me armed, I’d respect their choice and either leave with my gun or leave my gun locked up in my car. And, I wonder, would this require an exemption for law-enforcement officers who often carry concealed weapons when off duty?

Comments (1)

Jon Rappoport always has an informative and thought provoking opinion on culture, etc.

On guns and more you may want to read his thoughts. He has an interesting background as an investigative journalist.

Posted by: nightworker | February 28, 2018 9:02 PM    Report this comment

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