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Wyoming Is Now a “Constitutional Carry” State

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.

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Our Second Amendment Rights May Be In Jeopardy

Liberal Incrementalism Creeps Into Our Lives

As a Gun Enthusiast, it’s hard to imagine this country ever actually becoming a socialistic state, living in this great country that we do, but I sometimes wonder how far we will allow our elected officials to go.  It just seems that we may take our Freedom, or what we call Freedom, way too much for granted, the way we keep giving it up more and more.  Take, for example, what we have allowed to happen to smokers, and compare that with what is now going on with the new calls for more gun legislation.  Now, I am not a smoker, do not like smoking, and do not like being around someone who is smoking, but just the same, we have all but made it illegal to smoke in America.  Also, I recognize that smoking is not a right granted to us by God or the Constitution as is our right to own a gun.  It is merely a choice, freely made every day, by millions of people in America.  But let’s review the smoking issue for a minute.

Originally, many people in this country enjoyed smoking, unaware of the health risks.  I grew up in a home where both of my parents smoked quite a bit, with no ill effects, although, one of my brothers did suffer from asthma as a child.  As the health risks became better known, we began to look down on smoking to the point that the government started placing warning labels on cigarette packages.  Finally, in the 90’s the first of the laws was passed banning smoking in restaurants.  Government officials knew that it would not be possible to outlaw smoking all together, so they started with a small restriction to which most people could agree.  Gradually, and incrementally, more and more laws and restrictions were passed banning smoking in bars, and public buildings, as we became more complacent about giving up just a little bit more of our liberty.  After all, it was for our own good.

Now more recently the City of L.A. enacted a law that bans smoking even at outdoor dining establishments.  One would think that if you were outdoors it would be alright to light up.  But the mayor of L.A. explained that, “L.A. and California have always led the way when it comes to anti-smoking”.  He just as well could have said that L.A. and California have always led the way in limiting our Freedoms.  Last month, the city of Laguna Beach, CA banned smoking on residential patios – one’s own home – outside no less.  The slippery slope gets steeper and steeper.  The more success liberals have, the more outrageous the ideas they produce to further restrict our liberties.

But this not so much about smoking as it about the attempts to remove our rights as gun owners.  The techniques described in restricting smoking, are the same techniques they are using to legislate against law abiding gun owners, with the ultimate goal of banning guns outright.

This is supposed be America where we are Free.  People from all over the world are clamoring to come this country to experience Liberty, which we all seem to take for granted.  Freedom is the one thing of which we are most proud.  Yet we continually allow liberal factions of our country to chip away at those freedoms, taking them away, incrementally, one at a time, under the guise of compassion or enlightened thinking.  And they have a more than willing accomplice in the main stream media to help them, who will pick up a story on the latest complaint du joir, and popularize it through emotional news stories that are designed to make you feel like you are not ‘with it’ or not compassionate if you don’t agree with the story.

Now in the wake of the Arizona shooting that critically wounded a United States Representative, and killed six others including a Federal judge and nine year old child, the liberals and the media have resumed the chant for more gun control and restrictions on the size of magazines.  But here again, if we allow these types of legislation to be passed, we will be giving up some more of our Freedom.  Only this time they are attacking a right given to us by our Founding Fathers and guaranteed us by the Constitution.  Granted, the Constitution says nothing about the size of magazines our guns can have, but it is implicit that our right to bear these arms is for us to be able to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government.  If that tyranny ever comes at us with machine guns, how effective will we be with six shooters, or even ten rounds?

To many liberals, the Constitution is merely an obstacle to them – it gets in their way of imposing their will on the rest of us.  Thank God it is in their way, but make no mistake, if ever they think they can side step the Constitution, they will try it.

He Would If He Could and Will If He Can

This administration is already trying to side step the Constitution with executive orders, and decisions to outright ignore enacted laws, simply because they feel it is ‘unconstitutional’.   Excuse me, but isn’t that up to the Judicial branch to decide.  How unconstitutional is that?

So the drum beat continues.  And it is especially loud now as the anti-gun extremists seek to exploit the Arizona tragedy to resurrect and advance their political agendas.  Today, it is smaller gun magazines.  Tomorrow it could be ballistic fingerprints, or licensing gun owners, or banning mail-order ammunition sales (the latter has already been tried in California), all the way out to banning guns altogether.  The ‘enlightened ones’ won’t be happy until their ultimate goal is achieved.  In the mean time, they will incrementally chip away at our freedom with what seem to be small, innocuous regulations and restrictions that they hope nobody will notice.  Already we have a ten day wait period and ten round maximum in California.  They have a whole wish list of them already prepared and they’ll simply pick the next one on the list.

We all knew that when they banned smoking in restaurants, that bars would be next, then public buildings, then all workplaces.  We scoffed at the idea that they would eventually ban smoking at home, but even that has happened in Laguna.  They have a plan mapped out for gun control and think we won’t notice the little attacks if they make you think that it’s for your own good.  However, unlike smoking, banning guns is not for our own good.  It only works to make us less safe.

In every jurisdiction that has less restrictive personal carry laws, violent crime is down.  Take the guns away from law abiding citizens, and the crime goes up.  When criminals don’t need to fear the possibility of being shot themselves, they are freer to commit crime, and do so.  As it is now, U.S. gun owners use firearms for protection as frequently as 2.5 million times a year.  While it’s impossible to know how many lives it saved out of those incidents, it still equates to a lot of innocent lives saved because a gun was in the right place at the right time.

An earlier Federal ban on assault rifles and large gun magazines that expired in 2004 was an abject failure.  Additionally, a congressionally mandated study released in March 1997 found that the banned weapons and magazines “were never involved in more than a modest fraction of all gun murders.”  The study also “failed to produce any evidence that the ban reduced the number of victims per gun homicide incident” and found that “the average number of gunshot wounds per victim (about two) did not decrease” after the ban.

Liberal incrementalism is a slippery slope that keeps us sliding away from Freedom as a way of life.  It is incumbent upon us all to be aware of our shrinking Liberties and fight to maintain them.  If ever we allow ourselves to lose the right to keep and bear arms, we will no longer be Free.

GE

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Connecticut Introduces SB 1094 to Ban Large Gun Magazines

For more recent news on this legislation see:  Update on Connecticut SB 1094

A Joint Committee on Judiciary introduced Tuesday, Connecticut Senate Bill 1094, an act banning large capacity ammunition magazines, which would prohibit gun enthusiasts from possessing firearms that accept magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.  If passed and signed into law, any person in possession of any magazine greater than ten round capacity, who has not already surrendered the magazine prior to enactment or ninety days after enactment, will be guilty of a class D felony.

In spite of the recent rhetoric coming out of the recent shooting incident in Arizona, there is no correlation between the arbitrary size of gun magazine and gun violence.  No law of this kind would have altered the outcome of the horrible shooting in Phoenix.  It takes less than a second to drop an empty magazine and insert a full one.

SB 1094 is a law starting off looking to be overturned or deemed unconstitutional.  This law also does not give exception to ownership prior to passage the law (grandfather clause) as does the California law but is an ex post facto law.  So your ignorance of the law could land you in jail – you, the otherwise law abiding citizen  who has owned guns for years with no intent of ever committing an atrocious act.  Hundreds of thousands of law abiding citizens and gun enthusiasts will suddenly become criminals.

Residents of Connecticut need to stand up, make noise and be heard to block this legislation. It has happened in California and Massachusetts and other states are thinking about it.  The Los Angeles Police Chief and Mayor also recently announced their support for a Federal law that would limit the size of gun magazines.  Our Second Amendment rights continue to be under attack.

GE

See Also: Update on Connecticut SB 1094

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Should Guns Be Allowed in Our Society?

I read a blog article today lamenting the Arizona shooting  in January, the deaths of the six people who died and the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.   I agree, that day will live on as a tragedy of our societyhat will be

Gabriell Giffords

regretted for many years to come.  But the conclusion of that blog post was that guns should not be allowed to be a part of our society and that the Constitution is being misinterpreted.  I admire the author’s bold exclamation but feel that it is woefully lacking in understanding of the intent of our Constitution.  Jared Loughner was an unbalanced crazy person.  No law will ever protect us from crazy.

To say that guns should be outlawed as a logical result of this horrible shooting is like saying that when the jilted wife uses her car to run over her cheating husband repeatedly in a parking lot, that we should outlaw cars.  It is like saying we should outlaw kitchen knives when one is used to kill someone.

The right to keep and bear arms is not a misinterpretation of the constitution.  That right was deliberately written into the Constitution because our founding fathers recognized that it was needed to keep us free as a society.  It was pretty high on the list of rights too – like number two.

In order to completely understand and interpret our Constitution, you must try and understand the intent behind it, the temperament of the writers and social condition in which our founding fathers lived.  Thomas Jefferson, writer of the Declaration of Independence, contributor to the writing of the Constitution, and third President of the United States wrote that, “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”  He further wrote, “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” 

Those statements are not ambiguous and certainly seem unlikely to be “misinterpreted”.  These words have only one meaning.  It is thinking such as this, which was common for all of our founding fathers and authors of the constitution, that caused the provision for we the people to keep and bear arms, to be specifically written into our Constitution.  Some people like to point to the line about the right to a militia as the intent for the ones who would bear the arms.  But it is the militia from who we should forever be able to protect ourselves, because as soon as we give up our arms, that militia will have little trouble leading us into tyranny and removing our freedom forever.  Take, for example, what is happening right now in Libya where the dictatorship is shooting its citizens who are dissenting against it.

So more and more, anti-gun extremists, chip away, a little bit at a time, at our rights to “bear arms” and own guns every time one is used to commit an egregious crime.  They use tragedies such as the Arizona incident to cry for more regulation and call for banning guns, ammunition, and large ammo magazines.  Incrementally, they remove a little bit more of our freedom, until one day, we will wake up to hear the local authorities tell us to bring our guns down to the police station and watch as they throw them away. 

These same anti-gun extremists ignore the fact that millions of people own guns safely and only rarely is one used to commit such a horrible crime.  They immediately cry for stricter gun laws and restrictions. 

Guns are used more frequently in the inner city by lawless criminals who obtained their guns illegally.  No law will ever take the guns from their hands.

The problem with this kind of extremist thinking is that, you can never legislate away mentally disturbed or unbalanced people by passing laws against guns.  You cannot ban guns and expect them to go away from our society.  People will always find a way to obtain them.  If it was possible to legislate them away, we would be able to also get drugs out of our society.  Drugs are illegal, but they’re still there.  The only people who have drugs are the ones who are getting them illegally – criminals.   The same would be true of guns.  If guns were made illegal, the only ones who would have them would be criminals.  Do you think they will willingly give up their guns?  I think not.  Frankly, I would prefer to protect myself from criminals with guns. 

Another problem with banning guns is that every time it has been tried, violent crime has risen in that population.  Criminals find it much easier to commit horrible crimes if they think their intended victims cannot defend themselves.  On the other hand, where guns are more prevalent, crime statistics are lower – significantly lower as a result.

Guns actually work to keep our society safe, especially when they are in the hands of law abiding citizens.  It is the law breaking citizens that we need to control – not guns.

GE

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