Do We Need A One-Editorial-A-Month Law?

posted on April 4, 2017

In an uninformed rant about a one-gun-a-month law proposed by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the dailypress.com completely ignored the fact that it is already illegal for straw purchasers to buy handguns in Virginia and then sell them on the streets in New York. 

The editorial, headlined “How Many Guns Do You Need?” concludes, “An ordinary citizen shouldn't need to buy more than 12 guns in a year, and a dangerous one shouldn't be able to.”

Limiting the number of guns law-abiding people can buy doesn’t actually have anything to do with straw sales, which already break federal laws. In truth, one-gun-a-month laws set a bad and unconstitutional precedent, namely, that government can limit the frequency with which a law-abiding citizen may exercise a constitutionally protected right. The delay between purchases that the laws impose has been arbitrarily set at 30 days, implying that the limit on the exercise of that right could, in an equally arbitrary fashion, be changed to “one per year,” “one per lifetime” or “none ever”; and/or extended to rifles and shotguns. By the same logic, similar limits could be imposed upon the exercise of other constitutionally protected rights, such as attending organized religious services and publishing political commentaries. 

Perhaps the Daily Press would advocate just as strongly for a one-editorial-a-month law?

Latest

gun show
gun show

2022 NRA Annual Meetings And Exhibits In Houston, Texas

From entertainment to special events, it’s all happening in the Lone Star State, where NRA members will gather at the George R. Brown Convention Center May 27-29 to celebrate freedom and honor those who have served our country.

On Freedom’s Frontlines

In Ukraine, a vivid and inspirational example of the need for the right to keep and bear arms could not be more apparent.

The Armed Citizen® May 20, 2022

True stories of the right to keep and bear arms.

25 States Have Now Gotten Out of Our Way

Just over three decades ago, only on state had constitutional carry. Now, half the country has gotten out of the way of Americans' right to carry concealed.

From The Editor: Will More Europeans Go Pro-Gun Rights?

It is an open question whether, as everyone sees Ukrainian citizens picking up rifles to defend their lives and liberty from Russian troops, more Europeans will come to the conclusion that this is a right every law-abiding person needs.

President’s Column | Ukraine’s Example

For anyone who ever needed proof of how crucial gun rights are to our survival and our safety, I have just two words of advice: Remember Ukraine!



Get the best of America's 1st Freedom delivered to your inbox.