Category Archives: assault weapon ban
Another attempt to pass the concealed-carry law in Illinois failed last week even though it captured the overwhelming majority of the vote 64-45, but needed a supermajority of 71 votes.
A supermajority vote was required because the bill would override the home-rule authority of some municipalities to establish their own concealed-carry rules, and the bill sets a state-wide standard.
The U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit stuck down Illinois’ last-state-in-the-nation ban on concealed-carry and ordered the state to pass some form of concealed-carry law by June 2013.
For all the gun control advocates who continually try to reassure gun owners that gun laws will not involve confiscation, take a look at the bill Democrats introduced in the Missouri legislature.
The bill would give owners of certain types of “assault” weapons 90 days to either turn them in to authorities, disable them or ship them out of the state.
According to House Bill 545, “assault” rifles are defined as any semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine that has one or more of the following characteristics:
a. A pistol grip or thumbhole stock;
The Constitution of the United States is not a “dynamic” document, subject to the whims of a 21st century government, unless it is amended in accordance with the process described in Article V of the Constitution, which the Supreme Court has twice reaffirmed with respect to the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
Presidents can’t simply sign an executive order, and voila’, the Constitution is magically amended. To amend the Constitution takes overwhelming majority support, because the Founding Fathers knew that governments would be tempted to bypass the amendment process, when the Constitution hindered them from assuming more power from …
Gun control laws shouldn’t be based on the emotional appeal of those directly involved in the Sandy Hook tragedy, or from Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, or the tragic events that occurred in movie theaters or schools, all perpetrated by madmen bent on destruction.
The proposed Congressional gun laws would not have prevented any of those incidents.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 in District of Columbia v. Heller (554 U.S.570) that individual American citizens have the right to keep and bear arms under the second amendment, unconnected to service in a militia - a popular argument used by those on the left.
According to the Washington Times, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is now resorting to a subtle form of extortion to force banks that loan money to gun manufacturers to change their way of doing business with the firearms manufacturers.
In a letter to TD Bank and Bank of America on Thursday, Mr. Emanuel asked the CEOs to force gun manufacturers they do business with to “find common ground with the vast majority of Americans who support a military weapons and ammunition ban.”
TD Bank provides $60 million in credit to Smith & Wesson; Bank of America provides a $25 million