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Category Archives: Second Amendment

Missouri House Committee Passes “Second Amendment Preservation Act”

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, March 11, 2020: 

On Monday the Missouri House General Laws Committee approved House Bill 1637 — the “Second Amendment Preservation Act” — and referred it to the full house with a “do pass” recommendation. The bill has more than 80 sponsors, enough to pass the bill.

The bill, if it became law in Missouri, would prohibit any person, including any public officer or employee of the state, from enforcing any past, present, or future federal “acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules or regulations” that infringe on the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms.

The bill defines “infringement” as taxes and fees on firearms, accessories, or ammunition; registration or other schemes devised to track the ownership of firearms; any act that forbids the possession, use, or transfer of a firearm or its accessories or ammunition; or any act that orders the confiscation of firearms or its accessories or ammunition from law-abiding citizens.

That would include President Trump’s “bump stock” ban and any federally mandated “red flag” laws. It also pertains to any federal agents who try to enforce those laws in Missouri.

The knee-jerk reaction from the Michael Bloomberg-funded anti-gun group Moms Demand Action was predictable, and wrong:

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When Will the Supreme Court Rule on Unconstitutional Red Flag Laws?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, February 28, 2020: 

With more than a dozen states passing so-called “red flag” laws – aka ERPOs or Extreme Risk Protection Orders – the question is more relevant than ever: when is the Supreme Court going to rule on their constitutionality?

Connecticut was the first state to impose such a law on its citizenry 20 years ago, and an appellate court ruled it to be constitutional. Since then? Nothing but silence.

But things are heating up in New Mexico that just might force the issue: the governor expects local sheriffs to enforce her shiny new unconstitutional red flag law, but the sheriffs are refusing to do so.

What if she presses the matter?

Upon signing into law Senate Bill 5 – the state’s version of an ERPO or “red flag” law – on Tuesday, New Mexico Governor Michelle Grisham claimed that “this law is sensible and balanced. It is a good public safety measure. If it saves even one life, and it will, we will have done good work here.”

Not if those good intentions violate the U.S. Constitution, say the sheriffs she is counting on to enforce it. Sheriff of Cibola County Tony Mace is also chairman of the New Mexico Sheriffs Association. In a public statement, he made clear that sheriffs don’t work for the state, the governor, or the legislature:

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New Mexico Governor: Sheriffs Should Enforce Red Flag Law or Resign

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, February 27, 2020: 

Upon signing into law Senate Bill 5 — an ERPO or “red flag” law — on Tuesday, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham claimed that “this law is sensible and balanced. It is a good public safety measure. If it saves even one life, and it will, we will have done good work here.”

Not if those good intentions violate the U.S. Constitution, say the sheriffs she is counting on to enforce it. Sheriff of Cibola County Tony Mace is also chairman of the New Mexico Sheriffs Association. In a public statement, he made it clear that sheriffs don’t work for the state, the governor, or the legislature: “The sheriff is elected by the people within a sovereign state and county to protect and serve all people within the county.… [He] swears a solemn oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States as well as the Constitution and laws of the state of New Mexico, in that order of precedence.”

And he and his association think that the red flag law doesn’t conform to either constitution:

Modern “Red Flag Laws” deny responsible gun owners notice or a chance to defend themselves against an initial confiscation order….

 

Citizens have a right to bear arms and we cannot circumvent that right when they have not even committed a crime or even been accused of committing one. “Shall not be infringed” is a very clear and concise component of an Amendment that our forefathers felt was important enough to be recognized immediately following freedom of speech and religion.

 

We sheriffs have sworn to uphold those and other God-given rights for our citizens at all costs.

In response, Governor Lujan Grisham told reporters that the sheriffs “cannot not enforce. And if they really intend to do that, they should resign as a law enforcement officer and leader in that community.”

Lea County Sheriff Corey Helton is one of dozens of sheriffs who have signed a resolution drafted by the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association. Regarding the newly minted red flag law, he said, “I’m proud to say I’m a constitutional sheriff and I’m just not going to enforce an unconstitutional law. My oath prevents me from doing that.”

That resolution holds that

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Virginia House Passes Bill Banning Possession of AR-15 Style Semi-automatic Rifles

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, February 12, 2020:

In a rush to beat a Tuesday deadline, the Virginia House Democrats passed a bill banning possession of “assault”-style weapons by innocent Virginians, including the popular AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle.

The bill also makes it a felony (punishable by up to five years in jail) to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, possess, or transport “large capacity magazines, silencers, and trigger activators [bump stocks].” In addition, the bill also forbids any formerly law-abiding Virginian from carrying a shotgun with a “magazine that will hold more than seven rounds of the longest ammunition.”

It further infringes on rights of Virginians by requiring formerly law-abiding citizens owning the soon-to-be outlawed firearms to obtain a permit to possess them “in accordance with procedures established in the bill.”

The bill now moves to the Democrat-controlled Senate, where passage is expected.

Democrats used the mass shooting that took place in Virginia Beach in May 2019 as cover for their egregious infringements of the Second Amendment. Missing from any of the arguments supporting the bill was

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How Will Virginia Enforce Its New Unconstitutional Gun Laws?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, February 5, 2020: 

Now that the newly compliant Democrat-controlled legislature in Richmond, Virginia has passed most of Democrat Governor Ralph Northam’s gun controls, he faces the next challenge: how to enforce them.

He says he’s up to the challenge.

Following the Democrat Party’s takeover of both houses in Virginia last November, the party gained control of both the legislature and the governor’s mansion for the first time in a generation. Gun owners awakened, saw what was coming and pressured nearly all of the state’s counties and many of its cities to pass “Second Amendment sanctuary” resolutions. These were passed to protest the coming abrogation of their rights by politicians in Richmond, the state’s capitol.

The governor’s spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky, referring specifically to one of those bills (making it a felony for a gun owner to “recklessly leave a loaded, unsecured firearm” in a way that endangers a minor) said “This bill will keep children safe from loaded, unsecured firearms.” She added that this “is something that everyone … should support.”

But what if they don’t? Will those resolutions keep Governor Ralph Northam from enforcing them anyway?

When he was asked, Northam said they will be enforced, and any law enforcement officer, including county sheriffs, who doesn’t will face “consequences”:

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How Will Virginia’s New Gun-control Laws Be Enforced?

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, February 4, 2020: 

Following the Democrat Party’s takeover of both houses in Virginia last November, the party gained control of both the Legislature and the Governor’s Mansion for the first time in a generation. Gun owners awakened, saw what was coming, and pressured nearly all of the state’s counties and many of its cities to pass “Second Amendment sanctuary” resolutions. These were passed to protest the coming abrogation of their rights by politicians in Richmond, the state’s capitol.

When speaking about a bill that would make it a felony for a gun owner to “recklessly leave a loaded, unsecured firearm” in a way that endangers a minor, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky said, “This bill will keep children safe from loaded, unsecured firearms.” She added that the bill “is something that everyone … should support.”

But what if everyone doesn’t support the bill, or any of the new gun-control legislation? Will those Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions keep Governor Northam from enforcing them anyway?

When he was asked, Northam said the new gun-control measures will be enforced, and any law-enforcement officer, including county sheriffs, who doesn’t enforce them will face “consequences”:

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Backdoor Attack on Second Amendment Through Credit Card Transactions

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, January 27, 2020: 

Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-Va.) has devised another way to attack the rights of law-abiding gun owners: tracking their purchases of firearms using credit cards.

The core of her bill (H.R. 5132, the Gun Violence Prevention Through Financial Intelligence Act) seems, on the surface, innocuous enough:

To request information for financial institutions for the purpose of developing an advisory about the identification and reporting of suspicious activity … relating to how homegrown violent extremists and perpetrators of domestic terrorism procure firearms … for the purpose of carrying out “lone actor” or “lone wolf” acts of terror within the United States.

Said Wexton when introducing her bill:

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The Real Reactionaries Are Anti-gun Politicians Who Seek to Punish Law-abiding Citizens for Criminals’ Lawlessness

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, January 27,  2020: 

“If a crime involves the use of a firearm, it must be the firearm’s fault” is almost the automatic reaction of anti-gun politicians plagued by crime in their jurisdictions. Since guns were involved in all three of the shootings that occurred in Seattle, Washington last week, politicians are threatening to infringe further on law-abiding gun owners’ precious rights in retaliation.

Following the third shooting in Seattle in as many days, Mayor Jenny Durkan said “We will not allow this to be the new normal. We know gun violence is preventable and are taking urgent action.”

A similar statement was issued by Congressional Representative Democrat Pramila Jayapal, who pointed to the need for stronger gun controls.

The shooting Wednesday night in front of a McDonald’s located in Seattle’s high crime area was gang-related. One of the three thugs was wounded while the other two bolted but were later apprehended by police. Seven bystanders caught in the crossfire following an argument were either killed or wounded.

The thug who was wounded, 21-year-old Jamel Jackson, was booked into jail for unlawful possession of a firearm following being treated at a local hospital. The other two who bolted from the scene

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Seattle Politicos Call for More Gun Control Following Third Shooting in Three Days

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 24, 2020: 

Following the third shooting in Seattle in as many days, Mayor Jenny Durkan said on Thursday, “We will not allow this to be the new normal. We know gun violence is preventable and are taking urgent action.”

A similar statement was issued by Representative Democrat Pramila Jayapal, who pointed to the need for stronger gun control.

The shooting Wednesday night in front of a McDonald’s located in Seattle’s high-crime area was gang-related. One of the three thugs was wounded, while the other two bolted but were later apprehended by police. Seven bystanders caught in the crossfire following an argument were either killed or wounded.

The thug who was wounded, 21-year-old Jamel Jackson, was booked into jail for unlawful possession of a firearm following being treated at a local hospital. The other two who bolted from the scene were captured shortly afterwards. Between the three of them, they have a history of more than 65 arrests for numerous felonies and misdemeanors and yet, despite Seattle’s strict gun controls, they were able to obtain the firearms they used in the gang war.

Marquise Latrelle Tolbert has been arrested 21 times, convicted of three felonies and 12 gross misdemeanors. William Ray Tolliver has been arrested 44 times, convicted of one felony, 18 gross misdemeanors, and one misdemeanor. Both are 24 years old.

Police Chief Carmen Best said the shooting was

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Second Amendment Freedom Fighter Bill Richardson Dead at 92

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, January 21, 2020: 

Gun Owners of America (GOA) announced the passing of its founder, Hubert Leon “Bill” Richardson, on January 13, calling him a “feisty” Republican from Southern California who challenged the powers that be. Called “Wild Bill” by his friends, Richardson served as a California state senator for 23 years, from 1966 to 1989. He failed in efforts to gain a seat in the U.S. Congress, but left a legacy in how successful political campaigns are run.

Blessed with an effervescent personality and a sense of humor, he galvanized efforts to

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Another Campaign Promise Fulfilled: Marines Now Allowed to Carry Concealed on Base

This article was published by TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, January 3, 2020:

On the day he was inaugurated, President Donald Trump made a number of promises, including this one: “[I will] get rid of gun-free zones on schools and on military bases.” It took three years and two attacks on military bases in December to get Lieutenant General G. W. Smith, deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations, to implement Trump’s promises.

Smith’s memorandum, signed on December 31, reads:

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Pa. Attorney General Declares “Receivers” Are Now “Firearms” Under State Law

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 24, 2019:  

Just days after Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued his “legal opinion” that “receivers” — the part of a firearm that contains the trigger mechanism — are now to be treated as complete firearms by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed suit. The group claimed that Shapiro stepped outside his legal authority:

Rule by executive fiat was rejected by the 13 American Colonies, including Pennsylvania, when they declared independence from England, and we reject such lawlessness today. The attorney general’s revisionist legal opinion adds an entire class of inanimate objects to the definition of “firearm” under Pennsylvania law that the General Assembly never considered, nor intended.

Federal law holds that receivers may be bought and sold (as well as created at home using 3-D printing technology) without federal notice as long as they aren’t completely operable. Referred to as “80 percent receivers,” they can be purchased and then finished at home without having to put a serial number on them or otherwise notify the government.

But, according to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, this is a federal “loophole” that he hopes the expanded opinion from his attorney general will plug:

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Why All the Fuss Over “Ghost Guns” in California and Pennsylvania?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on December 25, 2019:

The manufacture and sale of “ghost guns” – those without serial numbers – is a virtual cottage industry in California, and The Trace (a Bloomberg-funded anti-gun outlet) is unhappy about it. Back in May, it claimed that “nearly a third of firearms recovered in the state are homemade, unserialized, and untraceable.”

In a totalitarian society, such a situation cannot be tolerated. The government must know the location of every firearm owned by every citizen. Otherwise the natives might get restless over the onslaught of progressives seeking to control their lives.

In 2016, California decided it was time to take aim (sorry) at those citizens who had the audacity to make their own guns at home using 3-D technology, or purchasing receivers (the part of a firearm that contains the firing mechanism) from gun dealers and making them operational at home.

The legislature passed a law requiring gun owners to register their homemade firearms with law enforcement. (It also passed a second law that outlawed the possession of any firearm that wasn’t registered.) To its dismay, the anti-gun outlet reported that “records obtained by The Trace and NBC indicate that the law has had little effect. Compliance with the law is low, and prosecutors have never brought charges under the new statute.”

The group noted that,

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Pa. Attorney General Declares “Receivers” Are Now “Firearms” Under State Law

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 24, 2019:  

Just days after Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued his “legal opinion” that “receivers” — the part of a firearm that contains the trigger mechanism — are now to be treated as complete firearms by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) filed suit. The group claimed that Shapiro stepped outside his legal authority:

Rule by executive fiat was rejected by the 13 American Colonies, including Pennsylvania, when they declared independence from England, and we reject such lawlessness today. The attorney general’s revisionist legal opinion adds an entire class of inanimate objects to the definition of “firearm” under Pennsylvania law that the General Assembly never considered, nor intended.

Federal law holds that receivers may be bought and sold (as well as created at home using 3-D printing technology) without federal notice as long as they aren’t completely operable. Referred to as “80 percent receivers,” they can be purchased and then finished at home without having to put a serial number on them or otherwise notify the government.

But, according to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, this is a federal “loophole” that he hopes the expanded opinion from his attorney general will plug:

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What Does Record Number of Gun Background Checks Really Mean?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, December 4, 2019: 

Brian Miller, co-founder and owner of the Ammo.com blog, thinks he knows:

So what does this mean for America? It means that guns and the law-abiding citizens who carry them make and keep it a safer country. It means when a criminal knows you’re carrying a firearm, you’re less likely to become a victim. It means that there are positive benefits of gun ownership for Americans and that gun legislation is not the best way to safer streets.

Rising anti-gun rhetoric from Democrat presidential hopefuls, and the entry of anti-gun Michael Bloomberg into the fray last week, have driven gun background checks to record levels, according to the FBI. The agency reported that it conducted 202,465 gun background checks on Black Friday, the second-highest number since the bureau implemented the background check system (NICS, or National Instant Criminal Background Check System) in 1998. The record was recorded on Black Friday 2017 when the FBI ran 203,086 checks.

While gun background checks do not have a one-on-one correlation to purchases (many purchasers buy more than one firearm with a single background check), it indicates that more Americans than ever are enjoying their Second Amendment right to purchase, possess, and use (“keep and bear”) firearms. By the end of the year it is estimated that Americans will own upwards of 400 million of them.

And the far-left progressives now in control of the Democrat Party want to take them away. Hard-core progressives like Biden, Warren, and Sanders have used the English language to cover up their intentions, claiming they “respect” the Second Amendment but want “common sense” gun laws to reduce gun violence.

But during a Democrat debate in September, candidate Beto O’Rourke lifted the veil: “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!”

Matt Boggs, the owner of Alpha Dog Firearms in Tempe, Arizona, saw this blatant announcement of intent as a marketing opportunity, posting this on his store’s Facebook page:

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Americans Arming Themselves at Record Rates

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, December 3, 2019:  

Rising anti-gun rhetoric from Democrat presidential hopefuls, and the entry of anti-gun Michael Bloomberg into the fray last week, has driven background checks to record levels, according to the FBI. The agency reported that it conducted 202,465 gun background checks on Black Friday, the second-highest number since the bureau implemented the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. The record was recorded on Black Friday 2017 when the FBI ran 203,086 checks.

While gun background checks do not have a one-on-one correlation to purchases (many purchasers buy more than one firearm with a single background check), it indicates that more Americans than ever are enjoying their Second Amendment right to purchase, possess, and use (“keep and bear”) firearms. By the end of the year it is estimated that Americans will own upwards of 400 million of them.

And the far-left progressives now in control of the Democrat Party want to take them away, or at least greatly restrict their ownership and use. 2020 Democrat presidential candidates such as Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders have used the English language to cover up their intentions, claiming they “respect” the Second Amendment but want “common sense” gun laws to reduce gun violence.

But during a Democrat debate in September, former candidate Beto O’Rourke lifted the veil: “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47!”

Matt Boggs, the owner of Alpha Dog Firearms in Tempe, Arizona, saw this blatant announcement of intent as a marketing opportunity, posting this on his store’s Facebook page:

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Sandy Hook Lawsuit Against Remington Sent Back to State Court

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, November 13, 2019: 

When Connecticut’s Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling last March that Remington Arms was protected from a lawsuit by families of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, Remington appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Without comment, the Supreme Court on Tuesday turned back the appeal that allows the lawsuit against Remington to proceed.

The essence of the case against Remington is this:

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Pregnant Wife Defends Husband With AR-15 During Home Invasion

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, November 5, 2019: 

Jeremy King, a resident of Lithia, Florida, a small town east of Tampa, was enjoying a quiet evening at home last Wednesday night with his wife, who is eight months pregnant, and their 11-year-old daughter. Suddenly, without warning, two masked and armed thugs broke down his back door and started demanding money and anything else of value.

Here’s how it went down, according to King:

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A “Good Gal with a Gun” Makes All the Difference

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, November 6, 2019:

Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s CEO and Executive Vice President, caught a lot of flak in 2012 when he said, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 26 people dead, that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” Suggesting that teachers should be allowed to be armed, along with armed security personnel, was “ludicrous,” “an insult,” and “insane,” according to his critics.

What no one said was that LaPierre’s suggestion was “sexist.”

Jeremy King was very happy that his wife could handle a firearm just as well as he could. Not only was she his wife, she was also good with a gun.

King, a resident of Lithia, Florida, a small town east of Tampa, was enjoying a quiet evening at home last Wednesday night with his wife, who is eight months pregnant, and their 11-year-old daughter. Suddenly, without warning, two masked and armed thugs broke down the back door and started demanding money and anything else of value.

Here’s how it went down, according to King:

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Anti-Gunners Fail to Derail Oklahoma’s New Constitutional Carry Law

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, November 4, 2019:

Somehow Oklahoma City Democratic representative Jason Lowe didn’t get the
memo – or, if he did, he’s ignoring it: Oklahomans want full enjoyment of
their God-given rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. Simply put,
those citizens want to make their own decisions on when to carry a firearm
for their own protection, and where. They don’t think they should have to
request permission from the government to exercise their rights.

In his first official act as Oklahoma’s new governor, Kevin Stitt

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