In the wake of the tragedy in Aurora, CO this past week there have been an ubiquitous call by firearm control advocates for the either the ban on large capacity magazines, the AR-15 rifle itself, and tighter restrictions on guns in general. The most gun restrictive mayor in the county, Mayor Bloomburg of New York, is calling on President Obama and Mitt Romney to do something about it.
Here in Ohio there is no law against Open Carry. Ohio Revised Code 9.68 protects individual rights to open carry, and provide that uniform state laws regarding open carry supersede local ordinances on the ban of open or conceal carry.
Unfortunately, in the aftermath of such a tragedy where an individual decided to cause mass casualties, everyone is super-sensitive and it makes a prime political opportunity for gun control activists to try to get people to react on emotion and not reason. Continue reading Arming the Victims…
Rep. Don Pridemore, R-Hartford, has put forth a bill in Wisconsin that would allow people to conceal carry with a minimum of “requirements”. These requirements are a minimum of two hours of training and also acquire certificates from certified instructors.
In a coup for privacy groups is that there would be no maintained database of those who would conceal and carry in Wisconsin. This means that there wouldn’t be any incidents such as the Toledo, OH newspaper that published a list of conceal carry permit holders, their age and county of residence – even though it was illegal to publish the list in the first place.
In other guns news, the Ohio House of Representatives just this week passed HB 45 which would allow for the conceal and carry of handguns into establishments that serve alcohol as long as the permit holder was not consuming alcohol. This bill would eliminate many of the “victim zones” that the current laws in Ohio fail to address. The bill awaits a full Senate vote.
I am sure that the gun rights activist are urging Rep. Pridemore speed and success in getting his bill pushed through the legal bureaucracy. And I am sure that those who believe guns kill people will do everything they can to suppress the right to self protection.
Last month, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told an interviewer that Mexican drug lords are “what we would consider an insurgency.” Diplomatically enough, the State Department immediately rescinded her remark. But Mrs. Clinton is right. To wit: So far this year, the cartels’ henchmen have assassinated 10 Mexican mayors.
Clearly, the drug lords are subverting the rule of law, obliterating northern Mexico‘s political infrastructure. And why not? The cartels have bought off the Mexican military, surviving politicians, judges and the police. As we learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, it takes a village to stop an insurgency. Too bad the Mexican people can’t own guns.
According to Article 10 of the Mexican Constitution, our neighbors to the south have the same right to bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution:
“The inhabitants of the United Mexican States have the right to possess arms in their homes for their security and legitimate defense with the exception of those prohibited by federal law and of those reserved for the exclusive use of the Army, Navy, Air Force and National Guard. Federal law shall determine the cases, conditions and place in which the inhabitants may be authorized to bear arms.”
There’s your trouble. When it comes to personal protection, the Mexican government gets the last word. Or, in this case, the first. And that word is “no.”
Read more at the Washington Times
2 years in jail also possible for agent enforcing U.S. regulations on firearm
Wyoming has joined a growing list of states with self-declared exemptions from federal gun regulation of weapons made, bought and used inside state borders – but lawmakers in the Cowboy State have taken the issue one step further, adopting significant penalties for federal agents attempting to enforce Washington’s rules.
According to a law signed into effect yesterday by Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal, any agent of the U.S. who “enforces or attempts to enforce” federal gun rules on a “personal firearm” in Wyoming faces a felony conviction and a penalty of up to two years in prison and up to $2,000 in fines.
WND reported just days ago when Utah became the third state, joining Montana and Tennessee, to adopt an exemption from federal regulations for weapons built, sold and kept within state borders.
A lawsuit is pending over the Montana law, which was the first to go into effect.
But Wyoming’s law goes further, stating, “Any official, agent or employee of the United States government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule or regulation of the United States government upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Wyoming and that remains exclusively within the borders of Wyoming shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be subject to imprisonment for not more than two (2) years, a fine of not more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00), or both.” Continue reading State plan fines feds $2,000 over gun rules