Time to stop the stupid.
U.N. passes sweeping international arms regulation viewed by some as Second Amendment override
By David Sherfinski
The Washington Times
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Connecticut lawmakers announced a deal Monday on what they called some of the toughest gun laws in the country that were proposed after the December mass shooting at a school in Newtown. Some highlights from the proposal:
—Ban sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines;
—Background checks for private gun sales;
—New registry for existing magazines that carry 10 or more bullets;
—Statewide dangerous weapon offender registry, which lawmakers said is the nation’s first;
—Immediate universal background checks for all firearms sales;
—Expansion of Connecticut’s assault weapons ban;
—Safety training and other requirements to buy any rifle, shotgun or ammunition;
—Increases minimum age eligibility for purchase of some semi-automatic rifles to 21;
— Expands requirements for safe storage of firearms;
— Increases penalties for firearms trafficking and illegal possession offenses.
And it gets even more stupid…
California lawmakers consider regulating, taxing ammunition
By Josh Richman
Gun control advocates in Sacramento are putting a new twist on an old NRA slogan: “Guns don’t kill people — bullets kill people.”
Democratic lawmakers are pushing like never before to regulate or tax ammunition sales. They say the logic is simple: A firearm is nothing but an expensive paperweight without ammunition.
“We regulated gun sales because of our concern about safety, (so) by logical extension we should do so with bullets,” said state Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, whose AB48 will be heard Tuesday by the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
Gun-rights advocates are preparing a counter-offensive, arguing that ammunition-control bills are a not-so-back-door assault on the Second Amendment.
“It’s a way to red-tape the right to bear arms to death,” said Chuck Michel, the California Rifle and Pistol Association’s attorney, promising to sue if any such bills pass. “It’s all part of a campaign of shame, the fight to make it as difficult as possible for law-abiding citizens to make the choice to have a firearm for self-defense.”
As lawmakers mull how to curb gun violence in the wake of December’s massacre of school children in Newtown, Conn., some note that California and federal laws also forbid those who aren’t allowed to own firearms from owning ammunition — but there’s no way to tell who’s buying it.
Skinner’s bill would require all ammo dealers to be licensed and all ammo buyers to provide
identification information that would go to a state registry. The registry could then be compared with a state database of people prohibited from owning guns and ammo because of crimes, mental health issues or other reasons. It also would tip police to massive purchases. Another bill, SB53 by state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, would require a background check and an estimated $50 fee for a one-year permit to buy ammunition. Bills in Congress similarly would require dealer licensing or buyer background checks, but those are no doubt dead on arrival in the Republican-led House.
Only Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the District of Columbia now require some sort of license to buy ammunition. New York passed a law in January requiring background checks for ammo purchases, but it hasn’t taken effect yet.
So even in California, where guns are heavily regulated, you can walk into a store, show ID to prove you’re at least 18 (or for handgun ammunition, 21), plunk down your money and walk out with a box of cartridges. Easier yet, you can buy all you want online.
Gun shops report ammo is flying off the shelves as gun owners worry about proposed new laws.
Assemblyman Rob Bonta said his AB187 — a
10 percent tax on ammunition to fund crime prevention — might merge with another lawmaker’s proposed nickel-per-round tax to fund mental-health screening for children. Bonta, D-Oakland, said his tax is mostly about generating money to “combat the gun violence in our communities,” but could have the “secondary benefit” of stemming “rampant sales.” Yet he acknowledged it won’t be easy to pass, even with Democratic legislative supermajorities and recent Field Poll findings that 61 percent of California voters favor ammunition taxes and 75 percent favor background checks and permits for ammo purchases.
Because a new tax faces the hurdle of a two-thirds vote, “it’s a heavy lift,” Bonta said.
Some Democratic state lawmakers aren’t eager to discuss the bills. Of eight — five assemblymen and three state senators — who scored above zero on the National Rifle Association’s 2012 scorecard, only state Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would be interviewed for this story.
Beall said he’s not yet very familiar with the legislation but sees little reason for a state ammunition bureaucracy that would cost taxpayers money to create and maintain. “A lot of those bills probably won’t get through the Appropriations Committee” while education is a funding priority, he said.
California’s 2009 law requiring dealers to record all handgun ammunition sales remains in limbo after an appeals court ruled that it’s too ambiguous because some rounds can be used both in handguns and rifles. The bills now pending would affect all ammunition.
Mike Smith, co-owner of The Gun Works in Pleasant Hill, said the proposed bills would drown sellers in paperwork but have “zero” effect on crime because “criminals don’t buy ammunition; they steal it.”
As for the proposed ammo tax, he said, gun owners shouldn’t be compelled to pay extra for crime prevention.
“Bonta replied that firearms and ammunition taxes date back to 1919 and are “a perfectly responsible way to fund emergency services.”
“AB187 is on the right side of history.”
Proposed ammunition laws
In the California Legislature:
AB 48 by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley — Would require ammunition sellers to be licensed; ammunition purchasers to show identification; ammunition sellers to report all sales to the state Justice Department, which would create a registry of ammunition purchases. First hearing: April 2.
AB 187 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta, D-Oakland — Would impose a 10 percent tax on all ammunition sold in the state, with the revenue directed to a fund for crime-prevention efforts in the state’s high-crime areas. No hearing date set.
AB 760 by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento — Would impose a 5-cent tax on each bullet sold in California, dedicating the revenue to an existing program to screen young children for mild to moderate mental illness — and intervene with strategies to address their problems. First hearing: April 15.
SB 53 by state Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles — Would require anyone buying ammunition to first pass a background check and receive a one-year permit, for an estimated $50 fee, from the state Justice Department. First hearing: April 16.
S.35, the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2013, by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. — Would require face-to-face purchases of ammunition, require licensing of ammunition dealers and reporting of bulk purchases of ammunition. A companion bill in the House, HR142, is sponsored by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y.
S.174, the Ammunition Background Check Act of 2013, by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. — Would require an instant background check for the purchase of ammunition and would restore pre-1986 requirements that sellers track their inventory and keep records of their customers. Purchases of 1,000 rounds or more, or thefts of large amounts of ammunition, would have to be reported to law enforcement.
Mario’s note: The stupidity is not in the lawmakers. They already know that none of these laws will prevent another Sandy Hook, or Batman shooting. They know that they cannot waste a good crisis that can be used as an excuse to enlarge their control of the people.
Stupidity is in the willful ignorance of the general public on this and so many other power grabs that are going on right now. People can get the facts and arm themselves with information.
Stupidity believes the Government defends rights. Not a day goes by where we do not lose another right. Government has no other skill but to invent rights in order to take away even more rights and to make sure that the right they are defending is not a right at all. In the name of freedom, government takes away freedom and leaves a false freedom in its place.
Stupidity believes that government agencies today are looking out for our good. Obamacare will make insurance worse, doctors worse, patient care worse and add misery to the poor. From this point on everything that comes out of Washington is going to cost you more and give you less in return. The only condition that is going to improve is the power and control of government.
Stupidity is supposing that either political party today is committed to your welfare. Both sides of the aisle have caved into the larger momentum of government regulation of the everything we watch on television, hear on radio and soon they will tax and control the internet.
Stupidity is when Christians believe that a minister should not be speaking out because it is political . What is happening to America left the world of politics on September 11, 2001. At the very least a preacher of conscience would be calling the nation to repent and the believer to be strong against real enemies and not the imagined ones they blather about in their pulpits.
Wisdom gathers information, speaks up and fears not because God is in us and He will work through us. Wisdom demands that every Christian demand that their church confront the issue of America and what is happening to our freedoms.er