Category: Gun Control

The war on gun rights and privacy rolls on

Via Bearing Arms

Sutter County, California Sheriff Brandon Barnes is speaking out after being required to turn over information about the county’s concealed carry licensees to the San Francisco Chronicle after the paper filed a Freedom of Information Act request. Barnes posted to Facebook a copy of a letter he’s sending CCW holders in the county, informing them that while he personally declined to release the information, the county’s attorneys told him he had no choice.

Go read it all. This is disturbing, and anyone, no matter their ideological leanings, should support it

Good news! Virginia Democrat Senator says gun/magazine bans are a no go

Bearing Arms has the details

Sen. Lynwood Lewis, who represents Virginia’s Eastern Shore as well as part of Norfolk, says in a new editorial on the state of gun legislation that his focus is on what he deems “access issues” or, as he put it, “trying to make sure that the filter between those whom we all agree should not have access to firearms is a tight one.” That’s why Lewis says he supports the universal background check bill that cleared the Senate, as well as “red flag” legislation. Lewis says bills targeting guns and magazines are a different issue entirely.

To be clear, I am no fan of “red-flag” laws, mainly because of the likelihood there will be abuse by anti-gun zealots who will target gun owners. Also, any bill that mandates private sellers must do a background check on a buyer will do nothing to stop bad actors from illegally buying or acquiring weapons. But, right now it is very positive that a Democrat, and I doubt Sen. Lewis is the only one, is using common sense on actual bans. I also can safely assume that other Democrats are looking and listening to all the gun owners who are expressing their anger over these bills being pushed.

The bill which rightfully had everyone very concerned (SB16) never even made it out of committee. That is why I caution everyone who was so worried about the bill that anybody can introduce a bill — whether it passes or not is a completely different question. There is no Senate bill now regarding the banning of assault rifles. The Governor’s bill on this topic was introduced in the House of Delegates and is being carried by Delegate Mark Levine. As I stated publicly before the Session and as was reported in Eastern Shore news media I will not be supporting any type of ban legislation whether on a particular type of firearm or a particular type of magazine.

In addition Senator Howell has proposed SB581 which is very problematic and further highlights the cultural divide in our Commonwealth. That bill has an unintended consequence making it very difficult for our young people between the ages of fourteen and eighteen to have access to firearms for hunting and other purposes. Unless that legislation is amended in some significant way I will not be voting in favor of it.

As to the actual math here, Cam Edwards lays that out

Democrats have a 21-19 advantage in Virginia’s state senate, which means without Lewis’s support, the best Democrats could hope for would be a 20-20 tie with the tie-breaking vote to approve a gun ban coming from Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. At last report, however, Lewis has three other Democrat colleagues in the Senate who are also objecting to the current language of HB 961. If that voting bloc remains intact, Northam’s gun ban bill won’t have the votes to get to his desk.

Pray for these bills never pass folks, and yes keep calling your legislators, keep the pressure on

Virginia Democrats pass useless rule to fix problem that does not exist

Stuck on Stoopit!

For years, Virginians have been able to carry firearms at the state Capitol  in Richmond. So, in a bold move fraught with foolishness, the Democratic controlled legislature, has now banned such sinful acts

One wonders how Democrats in the Virginia legislature ever go to restaurants or movie theaters or grocery stores. Nine percent of Virginians have concealed handgun permits, and it is very likely that when they are out in public someone next to them is carrying a concealed handgun.

But as Democrats voted along straight party lines on Friday to ban people from carrying concealed handguns at the state Capitol, they worry, despite all evidence to the contrary, that there is a real danger to letting people continue carrying guns. This vote foreshadows Democrats’ opposition to allowing people to defend themselves and their loved ones.

Of course, I am sure Virginia House Speaker would channel her inner statist and tell is this is for our own good, right Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn?

While Democrat House Speaker House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn can’t point any problems in their state Capitol, she claims that this ban is necessary “to keep everybody safe.”

See, told y’all she has our best interests at heart, and has taken bold action to fix a problem that, not only does not exist in Virginia’s capitol, but any other state capitol either!

But it isn’t just that there hasn’t been a problem in Virginia where people have been able to carry for decades. There hasn’t been a problem in the other 22 states that allow legislators and/or civilians to carry guns on Capitol grounds.

Well, if you want to follow reason, I guess this is nothing but a band-aid on a cut that isn’t there. But, of course what Democrat would follow reason when they can pretend they are trying to “keep us safe”. Take Virginia Del. Dan Helmer who wants to ban gun ranges, yes, really.

Del. Dan Helmer, who represents parts of Prince William County, has introduced a bill to ban indoor gun ranges in buildings where more than 50 people work, a move that would likely affect the indoor gun range at National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax.

“Yes, this plan would affect the NRA, we also think it will save lives,” Helmer, D-40th, said about the bill in an email Tuesday.

Good grief the absurdity is dripping off of this foolish man. But, he digs deeper into the Pit of Foolishness

Helmer, a West Point grad and U.S. Army veteran elected in 2019, said his bill, HB567, is aimed at keeping Virginia workplaces safe in the wake of numerous workplace mass shootings throughout the country, including a mass shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal building in May 2019 that killed 12.

“This bill would make sure that we don’t have people bringing large quantities of firearms and ammunition into office builldings,”

The Virginia Beach shooting, of course occurred in a gun-free zone. But maybe Helmer thinks making gun-free zones, where the vast majority of mass shootings happen, will “save lives”. Being foolish does not make you a fool. Refusing to, at some point, grasp your foolishness and learn makes you a fool. Sadly, Virginia Democrats are on the road to being fools.

 

Once more the left pretends criminals obey laws

Stuck on stupid anyone?

St. Louis recently reclassified parks as child care facilities in an effort to ban guns there. It’s an effort to get around the state’s preemption law, and one that I seriously doubt will survive a legal challenge, but also a measure that’s not likely to have much of an impact on the criminals who are causing the problems.

Despite that, it seems some want Kansas City to pass a similar measure.

With state lawmakers throwing up roadblocks, both Kansas City and St. Louis leaders have been forced to get creative in their attempts to reduce the gun violence that has plagued Missouri’s largest metro areas.

In this anything-goes gun-rights state, cities have little wiggle room to enact even the most modest restrictions on firearms.

But Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has managed to pass ordinances that prohibit domestic abusers and minors from possessing guns.

Now, St. Louis has taken action to keep guns out of city parks. The St. Louis Board of Aldermen recently approved an ordinance that classifies the city’s parks as child care facilities, which state law mandates are gun-free zones.

Sooo, pass more laws for people that already break laws? Yes, minors talking a gun anywhere is breaking the law. Domestic abusers? Think those losers will follow such laws? Alas, this is how the left “thinks”

Sowing Chaos? No, we are defending liberty

Cam Edwards notes how the Cult of Gun Control are, again, needlessly smearing those who defend liberty

According to the editorial board of the Washington Post, the thousands of Virginians who’ve been packing county supervisors meetings across the state are either “mischief makers with an agenda” or are vigilantes who are “promoting chaos.”

The truth is, we’re neither. We’re ordinary average Americans who are taking time off from work, rearranging schedules, standing outside in the cold, or waiting patiently for our turn to speak to our local officials about the biggest threat to our right to keep and bear arms that we’ve ever faced at the state level. Apparently, to the Washington Post‘s editorial board, only opponents of Donald Trump are allowed to #resist.

Like gun control advocate Lori Haas, who recently attacked the state’s Second Amendment Sanctuary movement in an op/ed of her own, the Washington Post editorial board can’t decide if the movement in a threat to democracy or just empty rhetoric.

The idea – and the term itself – has gained traction in Western states and elsewhere, inspired by “sanctuary cities” that have adopted policies barring cooperation with federal immigration officials to deport unauthorized migrants.

The distinction between the two sanctuaries is basic. Localities that have passed resolutions declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuary jurisdictions are threatening to ignore laws passed by duly elected state legislatures and  signed by governors.

Immigration-focused sanctuary localities are breaking no law; rather, they are refusing purely voluntary cooperation in service to federal law enforcement.

Such anti gun laws are, frankly, unconstitutional in  my view, I would imagine most gun rights advocates would agree. Also, such laws never sate the left, rather they give them more momentum to write even more draconian laws. Certainly, laws that ban the sale, as well as the possession of semi-automatic rifles that are in common use trample liberty. And, as has been shown over and again, gun control does not reduce crime. And, the existence of Concealed carry  or constitutional carry does not cause any increase in violent crime. In fact the data show the opposite to be true

The number of concealed handgun permits has increased for the third year in a row. The figure now stands at over 18.66 million– a 304% increase since 2007.  It’s also an 8% increase over the number of permits we counted a year ago in 2018. Unlike gun ownership surveys that may be affected by people’s unwillingness to answer personal questions, concealed handgun permit data is the only really “hard data” that we have. Sixteen states are missing from the data because people there don’t even need a permit to carry.

Among the findings of our report:

  • Last year, the number of permit holders continued to grow by about 1.4 million.  Despite expectations that increases in permits were primarily driven by fears of Democratic presidencies, the growth has continued at a similar pace after the November 2016 election.
  • 7.3% of American adults have permits.  Outside of the restrictive states of California and New York, about 8.75% of the adult population has a permit.
  • In thirteen states, more than 10% of adults have permits, down from just fifteen last year.  Arkansas, Oklahoma, and West Virginia fell below 10%, but they are now all Constitutional Carry states, meaning that people no longer need a permit to carry. South Carolina’s concealed carry rate has now risen to above 10%.
  • Alabama has the highest concealed carry rate — 26.3%.  Indiana is second with 17.9%, and South Dakota — another Constitutional Carry state — saw its percentage decline to 16.02%.
  • Four states now have over 1 million permit holders: Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Texas.  Florida is the first state to have over 2 million permits.
  • Sixteen states have adopted constitutional carry, meaning that a permit is no longer required. Because of these constitutional carry states, the nationwide growth in permits does not paint a full picture of the overall increase in concealed carry. But some residents still choose to obtain permits so that they can carry in other states that have reciprocity agreements.

The left insists that the number one way to lower violent crime is to ban more and more guns. This rhetoric flies in the face of  common sense and reason. Such laws are only obeyed by good people, not criminals. Yet, the left has no other suggestions other than to pass useless laws that only affect law abiding people.

My first post as a Virginian

OK, I am not a Virginian, yet, but will be early next month, and it seems people like me are drawing the scorn of the Cult of Gun Control. Bearing Arms ha s a piece today that shows just how low the opinion of people who grasp liberty is among gun control zealots who are really bent out of shape because counties in Virginia are making clear they will not enforce any new draconian gun control measures the left is dreaming of passing

I think strategically, this was a bad move by gun control advocates. If, as they claim, these Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions are meaningless, it would be far better to ignore them than attack the movement as a “fairy tale” led by “a traveling circus of AR-15 toting white men”, which is exactly what Lori Hass, the executive director of the Virginia Coalition to Stop Gun Violence has done in a column for the Roanoke Times newspaper. For something that’s supposedly not a threat to her gun control agenda, she sounds awfully bothered.

The handful of counties in Virginia that have passed these symbolic gestures are mostly rural, conservative areas. They have been bombarded with Van Cleave and his followers, armed to the teeth demanding sanctuary from policies that are supported by 90% of Virginia citizens. Requiring universal background checks or establishing an Extreme Risk Protection Order in Virginia will do nothing to infringe on the rights of law-abiding, responsible gun owners in the Commonwealth. All of the bills in the governor’s package presented this past summer have been upheld by courts across the country.

None of them have been upheld by the Supreme Court, though the Court certainly hasn’t heard every challenge to a gun law that’s come before it. More importantly, Haas is wrong when she says that universal background checks and a red flag law won’t infringe on the rights of legal gun owners. That’s exactly who these laws target. It’s criminals who illegally possess firearms that are ignored by virtually every one of Ralph Northam’s proposals.

Haas also conveniently leaves out bills that would turn Virginians into felons if they hang on to their semi-automatic rifles. As the National Shooting Sports Foundation points out:

Virginia Democrat State Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, who represents portions of Alexandria, Fairfax County and Falls Church, all suburbs of Washington D.C., sponsored S.B. 16, which would prohibit the sale, transfer and possession of so-called “assault firearms” and certain magazines. Violating the measure would be a state felony.

The text of the proposed legislation goes further than the states with the strictest of gun control laws. If passed, Virginia’s lawmakers would instantly turn lawful owners of America’s most popular-selling centerfire rifle into instant felons, unless they dispossess themselves of their legally purchased modern sporting rifle. There are way more than 16 million modern sporting rifles in private ownership in America. While the exact number of these popular rifles in Virginia isn’t known as state-specific estimates don’t exist, it’s important to note there is no proposed grandfather clause to exempt the likely several hundreds of thousands of rifles already in legal possession or even to register them.

In short, Saslaw and his ilk seek to replace natural rights with their “values”. And, as Cam Edwards notes those values certainly do not include self-defense

State Sen. Dick Saslaw, who represents a blue district in the D.C. suburbs of Fairfax County, has introduced SB 18, a gun control bill that not only imposes universal background checks on firearms transfers, but makes it a “Class 1 misdemeanor for any person knowingly to authorize a child under the age 18 to use a firearm except when the person is under the supervision of an adult.”

When I was in Amelia County last night, I heard several folks in the crowd talking about their kids not being able to go hunting or plinking on their own property if this bill passes, and by my reading, that’s exactly right. In fact, the bill would prohibit juveniles from being able to access a firearm in self-defense, even if you’ve taught your daughter how to use a firearm and believe she’s responsible enough to use one if necessary. If she’s home alone, she better not have access to a gun. If she uses one in self-defense against a burglar, Sen. Saslaw wants the state to argue that the girl would’ve been better off not being able to protect herself, and to charge mom and dad with a misdemeanor.

Miscreants like Saslaw and Hass do not believe in liberty in any meaningful form. They are of the left, and, as such are Collectivists. Collectivists, are, of course, the mortal enemies of Individualism, which embraces natural rights. No natural right is more essential than a right to self-defense. Thus, no natural right more is detested by the left than that right. This is why we cannot sacrifice such a right, or any portion of it on the false altar of “common sense legislation”. Never forget this folks. 

Just another reason I will never reside in New York

Wheelgun looks at a homeowner facing charges for using an “unregistered” gun to defend his life

Lawyer: Charge dropped against homeowner who shot and killed 2 intruders.

– A charge has been dropped against an upstate New York homeowner who shot and killed two intruders who allegedly broke into his home, Syracuse.com reports.

Ronald Stolarczyk, 64, had been accused of criminal possession of a firearm after police say he shot and killed a woman and her nephew with an unregistered handgun, according to the news outlet.

Such laws that force “registration” do nothing to dissuade violent crime, and are, in fact evil. They can lead to good people getting prison time for simply exercising a natural right, a right that is protected by our constitution. But the left, of course despises natural rights