Donald Trump just won a hard fought campaign for President of the United State, to our amazement and grateful relief. During that campaign, he assured us that our gun rights would be safe if he were elected. Of that we are confident. Surely more confident than if the Hildebeast had won. But what really can we expect to happen to our rights.
Category Archives: Gun Rights
I had someone stop by here asking if the Second Amendment, and thereby the Constitution I assume, is outdated. The Constitution after all, was written back in the eighteenth century by a bunch of guys who aren’t around any more, back when they still used muskets and black powder pistols. How could this Constitution they put together apply today? It does not speak to today so how can it still be relevant?
Well, I suppose that is correct in one sense that the Constitution does not speak to today. For that matter it did not speak to the late eighteenth century either. It speaks to men, man if you will, acknowledging that we are imperfect, and that whenever power is given to one man, say a king, emperor or dictator, it corrupts. Power will turn the ambition of most men who achieve power to that of personal enrichment, just as we see what is happening in our government today, unfortunately. That is why so many of the Republican leadership do not want Trump to become President, even if it means electing Hillary. Trump represents someone who could upset their gravy train and ruin the good thing they have going for themselves. He could be their spoiler. But I digress.
The Constitution tries to limit the corruption of power by allowing us to chose the ones who will govern us, from the people – not a ruling class or family (So what about Hillary?, you say – again I digress – sorry). It further sets out to limit Continue reading
Someone stopped by looking for information on “Open Carry in Arizona”. I often get people curious about this from other States as well. So I am posting a list of States that currently allow “Open Carry”.
Currently most states do allow “Open Carry” in some form. Arizona does allow Open Carry without a permit. Some states require a permit to Open Carry, while others do not. Some States allow the open carry of Long Guns whereas many do not. And best of all, some States are what the call Continue reading
A bill has been filed in the Massachusetts State Senate that will remove power from the State Attorney General. Bruce Tarr (R) Minority Leader of the Senate filed the bill which he calls an “act to protect due process and strengthen public safety” 12 days after State Attorney General Maura Healey announced that she would outlaw Continue reading
I came across a new Gun Law that has passed the Mississippi Legislature and has been signed by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, that may actually save lives. One of the things that I am always complaining about is that of the more than 22,000 gun laws on the books now, none of them has ever saved a life. But alas, we may now have one, and it goes into effect immediately.
Of course, this law would not even be necessary if they hadn’t previously passed a Gun Control law that made it illegal in the first place, but this new law now makes it legal for a Continue reading
The Governor of the State of Wyoming recently signed a law effectively making the State of Wyoming the fourth state to adopt what is called a “Constitutional Carry” law, which means that citizens are not required to obtain a special, government issued permit or license to carry a concealed weapon. Governor Matt Mead signed the legislation into law after the state’s House of Representatives passed the bill in a 48-8 vote several weeks ago.
While there have been no significant developments in concealed gun carry laws in most other states, Wyoming now has joined the ranks of three other states who already have constitutional carry laws including, Arizona, Alaska and Vermont. A few other states, such as California, are actually looking to make their carry laws more restrictive in the wake of the horrific Arizona shooting that killed a Federal Judge and five other people. Gun law extremists miss no opportunity to exploit a terrible tragedy such as that to ramp up and advance their liberal agendas.
However, Colorado and Montana are currently considering similar proposals to Wyoming’s in their state legislatures. House Bill 1205, currently in Colorado’s legislature has passed the House of Representative in a 40-25 vote. It has now gone on to the Senate where it has been endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee by an 8-3 margin. Colorado’s bill will make it legal to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
In Oklahoma, voters have an opportunity to approve an “open carry” law that would allow citizens to carry a weapon whether it is concealed or unconcealed, if they go through an approved state sponsored concealed weapons program. This bill was unanimously approved by the House Public Safety Committee which put it on a statewide ballot where its future will be decided by the citizenry.
The push to expand permit free gun carry laws is coming from a increasing number of people who are concerned about being able to defend themselves in the face of a growing armed criminal element that would otherwise have an extreme advantage over unarmed citizens. It is driven by law abiding citizens who want the government to stay out of their face as they exercise their fundamental and civil right to own and carry property. Arms, by the way, are the only enumerated property in the Constitution or Bill of Rights that you are guaranteed the right to possess.
The recent rise of the Tea Party and other constitutional conservatives has fortified a movement to bring “constitutional carry” to other states, giving push back to the sense that many Americans have allowed gun control activists to steadily erode their liberties for many years. Legislators are recognizing that restrictive gun laws so far enacted have been unsuccessful at reducing violent gun crimes and more often exacerbate the problem. When faced with statistics that show violent crime rates fell in less restrictive gun law jurisdictions, they realize that taking the guns away from law abiding citizens is not the answer.
In a recent interview, Florida State Senator, Greg Evers (R-Dist.2) stated, “I’ll feel safer around a law-abiding person openly carrying a firearm because criminals will stay away. Criminals do commit crimes”, he said, “but they’re not all stupid: most criminals will avoid armed citizens because they don’t want to be shot.”
People who neglect the exercise of their constitutional rights, may soon find those rights have been usurped by the State. First Arizona and now in Wyoming, the people are pushing back.