A 76-year-old Massachusetts man has been charged with multiple crimes after using his shotgun to kill a 7-foot, 350-pound bear that chased the man around his backyard. ”It just dropped,” the man said of the bear’s shooting.
For the crime of resisting death at the hands (paws?) of a man-killing wild animal, the state has charged the resident with multiple crimes including killing a bear, baiting a bear, illegal possession of a firearm and failing to secure the weapon. More or less, the state would rather this man have stood there defenseless to provide this bear with a fresh meal for the evening.
The police do not believe the bear was a threat to anyone. The resident, who was chased by the bear, feels differently.
The first week of March ushered in a variety of legislation that both threatens law-abiding citizens and their right to defend themselves and, in the case of Utah and some other states, offers a more promising future that cements the second amendment to state residents. Here’s a look at some of the more positive developments.
Utah passes 2nd Amendment Preservation Act
In a 49 to 17 vote, the state of Utah passed a measure that nullifies all federal gun control legislation that would restrict a state resident’s right to keep and bear arms, including firearm registration and senseless limitations of weapon capabilities (ie: magazine limits).
Colorado representative may withdraw his own bill banning weapons on campuses
In a strange turn of events in one of the more recent states to pass restrictive controls on guns and their capabilities, Democrat Senator Rollie Heath is said to be prepared to abandon his own bill that would have banned the use of concealed weapons on state college campuses. Others in the state legislature believe those reports to be rumors, but Republicans insist that even if the bill does go forward, it’ll be dead on arrival.
South Dakota passes law to allow teachers to carry guns into schools
State Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law this week a bill that gives school teachers the legal authority to carry weapons into class for protection. Although some other states allow teachers to be armed, South Dakota becomes the first state to explicitly authorize teachers to keep loaded weapons in their classrooms.
Maine town toys with requiring gun ownership
The small 140-person town of Byron, Maine is considering a proposition that would require city residents to carry firearms for their protection, a measure that will be discussed at next week’s town hall meeting. The measure is expected to pass. Proponents of the measure believe that “enough is enough” and wants the state, and federal government, to quit micromanaging the small town and their self defense capabilities.
Challenges mount for New York’s new SAFE Act
A group of plaintiffs from around New York state have filed a lawsuit against the state’s new gun control laws that restrict a law-abiding resident’s right to self defense, arguing the law is far too broad and bans too many weapons, including common pump shotguns and any gun that holds more than 7 rounds of ammunition. A state judge has taken the case and has required state lawmakers to show cause that the law does not violate the state Constitution.