In encouraging news, several local guns rights groups are raising funds to fight back against the state of Connecticut’s recent passage of gun laws that strip law-abiding citizens of their right to own certain firearms and instantly turns regular citizens into criminals (New York, anyone?). The National Rifle Association has joined forces with these groups to add some fire power to the cause of second amendment freedom and liberty.
The groups include the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen and Disabled Americans for Firearms Rights. Gun shops and other firearms clubs from the state are helping to raise money by donating to a legal defense fund to help the group wage legal challenges against the new gun-grabbing laws. The first lawsuit was filed this week by the group.
The new Connecticut gun laws include a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and prohibits the use of high capacity magazines, two provisions that have demonstrably little effect on preventing gun crimes.
Despite claims that the rich are not “paying their fair share” and government spending that now exceeds the median income for all Americans, the federal government is projected to take in a record amount of revenue this year, exceeding the CBO’s estimates. By the end of the fiscal year, the government is expected to confiscate from Americans a whopping $2.712 trillion in taxes.
The previous record was set in 2007 when the feds swam in more than $2.5 trillion.
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.
According to a survey from PoliceOne.com, more than 15,000 police officers resoundingly believe that the gun controls being discussed in Congress and passed in several states are meaningless to public safety and will not reduce violent crime.
Asked what effect the White House’s position on gun controls would have in improving police officer safety, more than 60% said “none”. Asked if the assault weapons ban would reduce violent crime, more than 70% said “none”. 95% of officers surveyed said that magazine limits will not reduce violent crime.
Once again, those most intimately involved in stopping violent crime and experienced in the lawful use of firearms resoundingly believe most of the proposed gun controls to be ineffectual on their face. The majority of officers believe that stiff penalties for those who commit a crime with a gun would do more to curb violent crime than trying to remove guns from the hands of law-abiding citizens, something I wrote about recently.
Although you probably would not have known it by watching your local news or reading blogs on the Internet (including this one), more states have eased their restrictions on guns and gun ownership than strengthened them since the Newtown, CT shooting December 14th of 2012.
For example, Arkansas now allows carrying guns in places of worship. South Dakota has extended its concealed carry license expiration from 4 years to 5 years – and residents can now carry a firearm (with a permit) while riding a snowmobile. Several states, like Mississippi and Virginia, have officially made their concealed carry registration list confidential, preventing prying eyes from locating and marking residents who carry a concealed weapons permit (hello, New York?).
Other states have sent several easements on gun regulations to their respective state governors for signature, like the ability to carry weapons without a permit (Utah and Montana). Bills in the states of Oklahoma and Kansas would create an automatic concealed weapons permit reciprocity with other states’ licenses.