Obama’s executive order expanding background checks incensed many gun owners. But for some, it also inspired a sense of déjà vu, as former NRA President David Keene explained in a Washington Times op-ed.
The passage of the Gun Control Act of 1968 ushered in harsh punishment for those selling guns without a FFL, but didn’t bother to define “dealing.” Federal prosecutors could therefore target “anyone they arbitrarily decided was an illegal gun dealer.” The resultant abuses led to the passage of the Firearms Owners Protection Act, which established our current definition of “dealing.”
After Obama announced he would redefine “dealer” in order to expand background checks, many believed this meant a yearly limit on private sellers. But with the announcement that a “variety of factors” could result in prosecution—putting anyone who sold one or two firearms a year at risk—we might witness the same blatant and baseless persecution those who came before us fought so hard to end.
Wayne LaPierre To Issue Important Message TODAY!
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New Jersey Adjustment To “Smart” Gun Mandate Passes Assembly
In an attempt to salvage the disaster that has been New Jersey’s “smart gun” law, legislators have passed a bill that would require firearms retailers to offer such guns (alongside traditional firearms) within three years of the technology being developed and marketed. The version of this law currently on the books calls on sellers to only offer “smart guns” within the three-year timeframe.
While the weakened version of the law is less insane than its predecessor, the NRA firmly opposes any legal mandate related to the technology and wants to see the law scrapped altogether. The office of Gov. Chris Christie has not commented as to whether he plans to veto the bill.
Has Obama Crowned His Successor?
We’ve mentioned numerous times on this website how dangerous a Hillary Clinton presidency would be to our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Now some in the media are reporting that President Barack Obama is preparing to pass the presidential torch to Clinton.
A CNN news story, titled “Obama hopes to pave way for Clinton with farewell State of the Union,” states, “So his speech—likely his last opportunity to grab an hour of uninterrupted prime time—marks an important first step in a delicate and bittersweet yearlong process of handing over his legacy to the protective custody of his hoped-for successor, fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton.”
Speculation aside, reports like this should be a call to action for all who treasure the Second Amendment: Now is no time to take a break from telling everyone you know why Clinton shouldn’t spend the next eight years in the White House.
New York Politicians Call For Arming Cops With “Smart Guns”
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Democrat state Rep. Hakeem Jeffries have called for arming NYPD officers with so-called “smart guns.” “New York City, through the police department, is the largest municipal purchaser of firearms in the country—they have the ability to use its leverage to push the gun manufacturers to do the right thing and bring smart-gun technology to America,” Jeffries announced in a press conference on the steps of City Hall.
His argument is that forcing police to be early adopters of the technology will force manufacturers—or “merchants of death,” as he called them—to enhance the functionality of the technology as well. Unfortunately, the “smart” gun technology already on the market is highly unreliable—hardly what officers should be forced to use to confront dangerous scenarios. Bottom line: Stringer and Jeffries should not gamble with police lives for the sake of their political agenda.
Convenience Store Owner Stops Armed Robbery
Ms. Jessie’s Stop N Shop was intended to be just a quick hit—stop, rob and go. But one of the three armed men who rushed into the convenience store in South Philadelphia didn’t make it out alive—he was shot in the head by the owner of the shop.
The attempted robbery took place Monday morning around 8:30 a.m. A 22-year-old-man tried to flee the scene, but was apprehended a short time later. The third suspect, who may have been wounded in the shooting, remains at large. A search for that suspect caused police to put two schools in lockdown.
Two guns were recovered at the scene, and the store owner was brought in for questioning. A resident in the area, Louise Hanible, spoke up for the store owner, who’s well-known throughout the community. “They’ve been in the neighborhood all their lives and had businesses and restaurants in the neighborhood.”