The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


Gun legislation is swinging wildly from state to state. Some states are seeking to restrict or ban certain classes of firearms; others are expanding gun-ownership rights in ways we wouldn’t have thought possible just a few years ago. And the Supremes have taken up a 2nd Amendment case that has the possibility of striking down a gun ban — whodathunkit? Here’s a roundup of some of the legal efforts that qualify as The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (hat tip to director Sergio Leone).

The Good:

  • Constitutional Carry legislation has passed in Oklahoma;
  • According to the New Mexico Sheriffs’ Association, 29 counties are working to become Second Amendment Sanctuary counties in which any new restrictive statewide gun rules won’t be enforced;
  • The Supreme Court will review a New York City gun law that limits residents from transporting their guns outside their homes, the first Second Amendment case in nearly a decade.

The Bad:

  • U.S. House Democrats may have already passed a measure that mandates federal background checks on all gun sales, including private transactions;
  • House Democrats have also scheduled a vote on legislation to extend the deadline for federal background checks from three business days to as many as 20.

The Ugly:

  • Look no further than California for a cornucopia of horrible anti-gun laws under consideration, including Assembly Bill 18, which would impose an excise tax on handguns and semi-automatic firearms;
  • Assembly Bill 879, which would require precursor firearms parts (barrels, ammunition feedings devices and upper receivers) to be sold/transferred through a licensed precursor parts dealer in a similar process to the new laws regarding ammunition purchases; and
  • Assembly Bill 1602, which would prohibit an insurer from either selling or advertising liability coverage for bodily injury or property damage resulting from the insured’s discharge of a personal firearm.

And take note of this wisdom from the movie, spoken by Blondie (Clint Eastwood): You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.


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