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California Looking to Expand “Gun Violence Restraining Orders”

They haven’t even been in place for four months, and already the rest of the camel is coming under the tent. Via the Firearms Policy Coalition:

Authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), the bill massively expands a controversial law that has only been in place for 4 months. At present, current law permits family members and peace officers to petition a court, in secret, in order to restrain an individual from possessing firearms. AB 2607 compounds this measure by adding, to the list of qualified petitioners, employers, coworkers, mental health workers, and employees of a secondary or postsecondary school.

There’s way too much potential for abuse with this, and as FPC has pointed out, it would put gun owners in fear of seeking any kind of health treatment for fear an anti-gun doctor will report them to the authorities, causing them to get raided.

They are showing their cards. They want to be able to deny you a fundamental, constitutional right on the flimsiest of evidence with no due process, and if Hillary wins in November, they will almost certainly get away with it.

Bad News for Hillary

Polling done by the NSSF shows that 72% of Americans disagree with Hillary Clinton on repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. Even a plurality of “Strong Democrats” favor PLCAA. Independents and voters who lean Democrat overwhelmingly support PLCAA.

Ultimately, I think people get that you don’t sue Seagrams from Drunk Driving accidents, and don’t sue McDonalds over the obesity epidemic. Culturally, I think we’re very well off with the right to keep and bear arms, despite an overwhelming cultural campaign over the past few years to try to consign us to the dustbin of history. Unfortunately, I think over the past several, gun rights politically is being swept along by winds from a brewing political storm of historic proportions, and our destiny is now well beyond our control.

Clinton stands a very good chance of winning in November, not because she’s popular, but because the Republican Party is not united, and may be in the process of completely cracking up. Obviously, with the court the way it is, we won’t have a Second Amendment if Hillary picks the next few justices on the court.

Not Good News for Bloomberg

Millennial women seem to care about protecting gun rights at least as much as abortion, despite having an uncomfortable leaning toward the assault weapons banning kooky socialist from Vermont. As I’ve said before, it doesn’t really matter whether the Millennials don’t have the gun banning fervor of those that came before them. If they care enough about the issue, they’ll vote on it. If they keep voting for people like Hillary and Bernie, they’ll soon find they don’t have any gun rights. How much do they really care then?

New Jersey Eases Gun Regulations

I’ve seen some talk around gun blogs that the Christie Administration’s recommendations on reforming New Jersey’s gun regulations is a token gesture. I will agree the permit to carry reforms could have gone farther, and I wish they had. But given what New Jersey folks have had to put up with, I think Governor Christie’s new guidelines, if not resisted by underlings and local powers that be, represent fair progress towards making the state not quite as hostile to gun owners.

They are permitted “reasonably necessary” deviations – but those have not been clearly defined, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

The office listed a number of permissible stops, including “collecting and discharging passengers; purchasing fuel, food and beverages, medication, or other needed supplies; using a restroom; contending with an emergency situation; or driving around a traffic jam.”

 

The “reasonable deviations” clause has always been a favorite in New Jersey to trap unsuspecting gun owners, and it’s good to have clarity. I don’t know to what degree local authorities have to follow what the Attorney General and Governor’s office say, so it remains to be seen whether this will be an improvement in reality, but in theory it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

Mississippi Passes Constitutional Carry

By a vote margin of 85-35, the Mississippi House voted to concur with the Senate and send their Constitutional Carry Bill to the governor, who is expected to sign. Mississippi will become the 10th Constitutional Carry state, on the heels of Idaho. We have made the 1/5th mark!

I really like the good news. But we’re showing we can improve states that were already pretty solid in. Bloomberg, meanwhile, is using his fortune to nibble at the periphery. As a great man once said, we have to punch back twice as hard. Bloomberg needs to be dealt an epic defeat in one of the states he’s got his eye on, like Oregon, Washington, or Nevada.

Now, I better end this post before I have to make my fingers type “Mississippi” again :)

Magazine Ban Repeal Up in Colorado

NRA is asking Colorado members to call their Senators. It’s up for a vote today. I don’t know what the numbers look like, but we have to keep trying. This is not a compromise bill that raises the limit to 30, it’s outright repeal. If politicians start thinking the anger over the 2013 bill is diminishing, Colorado will be stuck with this forever.

Oregon Dems, Defeated on Gun Control, Vow to Fight Next Year.

Looks like most of the gun control bills the Dems were pushing in Oregon have died for this year, but they are vowing to come back for another try in 2017. The article notes the failed recall petitions against representatives who voted for it. That tactic isn’t going to work everywhere and in all circumstances. Colorado’s recalls had the added boost that the magazine ban mobilized a lot more people than would have been had it just been the private transfer ban (which I don’t think a lot of the rank and file really understand well).

Looking back to a decade ago, the big anti-gun states were California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. Maryland and Hawaii were somewhat unfriendly, but they had a ban on “assault pistols” and a magazine law that was relatively meaningless. I would now put Maryland in the hard anti-gun column, and to keep Hawaii company, we now have Colorado, and maybe Oregon if we don’t stop it there.

This is why I think federal preemption is going to be important going into the future. We can’t fight a war of attrition with Mike Bloomberg state-by-state until we lose enough ground to lose federally as well. We have to solidly and decisively deal him a blow so hard he’ll find other things to spend his time and money on. Unfortunately, the party we need to accomplish this is currently a train wreck.

Carry at GOP Convention Was Never Going to Happen

The media has been going nuts over the story that a petition is being circulated to allow carry at the GOP convention. This was in the realm of “never going to happen,” and the reason why has just revealed itself. Even at the NRA Annual Meeting, where despite media lies you can actually carry, when the Secret Service comes to a venue with a candidate under their protection, there’s no carry and there’s security checkpoints at the entrance to the venue. You’ll almost certainly see that at work in Louisville this year.

Idaho Becomes 9th Constitutional Carry State

The Governor of Idaho, Butch Otter, has signed Constitutional Carry into law. It’s worth noting that this only applies to residents. So it’s really almost-but-not-quite constitutional carry. Still, it’s an improvement over the status quo, so I’ll take it. We’ve shown we can go back and improve things later. Bloomberg pulled out all the stops to defeat this bill, and we schlonged him. Pennsylvania was one of the pioneering states in shall-issue carry with a license, and we’re quickly being outdone by other states in this area. Arizona was the first big state with a big city to pass Constitutional Carry. We probably need another one, like Florida or Texas to pass it. Texas lagged behind the shall-issue licensed concealed carry movement, while Florida was a leader. Virginia wouldn’t be a bad pickup either.

The Cradle and Grave of Liberty

Without apparently any sense of irony, a busybody in Lexington, MA is pushing the town to enact a sweeping gun ban. I guess in the end, General Gage wins. The yankees have gone and disarmed themselves! At the very place where eight patriots gave their lives trying to prevent exactly what this naive man wants to do. Fortunately, there is at least some sense left in Lexington:

Many of the approximately 30 who spoke in opposition to the proposed ban mentioned Lexington’s history at the dawn of the American Revolution, saying the community that has a Minuteman holding a rifle on its town green should not be the place leading the charge to toughen weapons laws.

There’s no legacy or patriot grave these people wouldn’t piss all over to accomplish their gun free utopia. They have no concern for the history and traditions of this country at all.

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