Posted By FFL Dealer Network on 04/29/2019 in Firearm News

Gun Grabbers Not Welcome

Gun Grabbers Not Welcome

As gun grabbers push legislation to attack gun rights, others push back with legislation and even outright refusals to obey laws that take away gun rights.

The latest salvo comes from Burrillville, RI. The town council voted unanimously to declare itself a "sanctuary town" for gun owners. The non-binding resolution says in part "the Burrillville police department [has the right] to exercise sound discretion when enforcing laws impacting the rights of citizens under the Second Amendment.”

Donald A. Fox, the sponsor, said the resolution is a way to fight back against gun grabbers who seek to restrict gun rights. He told the Providence Journal, “I’m taking the sanctuary city status that’s been used by progressives and liberals around this country” and turning it on its head, Fox said. “We’re thumbing our nose at the federal government. We’re no longer going to be used as a punching bag for the left, for the anti-gun movement. Every spring, I have to put on my yellow vest and defend the rights that are afforded to me under the Constitution. I finally got tired of it. Maybe it’s time for the town to take a stand.” The yellow vest is worn by people going to the state legislature each year to protest what the state's governing body has planned.

CENTURIES OF PROTEST

Official protests against gun grabbing are, well, as old as the United States. One of the reasons for the Revolutionary War was the Crown attempting to restrict gun ownership of the colonies. "The Patriots of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, resolved: 'That in the event of Great Britain attempting to force unjust laws upon us by the strength of arms, our cause we leave to heaven and our rifles,'" writes David B. Kopel. To say that people in the United States have centuries of protesting gun rights restrictions is certainly accurate.

The modern era of protesting gun grabbers started in North Georgia in the early 80s. Kennesaw, GA, a metro Atlanta community, rocked the world back in 1982 when the City Council passed a law requiring residents to own a gun.

Really.

The law, which is still on the books, is not enforced which explains why it has never been challenged in court. In order to test the law in the court system, someone has to be charged with breaking that law. When it passed, the Kennesaw Council admitted it was mostly ceremonial. It was a response to 1981 Morton Grove, IL, law that banned handguns.

Unlike the Kennesaw law, the Illinois law was tested in court. The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal. Lower courts said the ban was Constitutional. That changed with the Heller decision that ruled owning a handgun is a Constitutional right. Morton Grove's Council repealed the law in 2008.

Kennesaw is not alone. Four other cities have similar laws.

RECENT RESISTANCE

More recent resistance comes as various states try to push gun restrictions. Washington State voters, voters on the west side of the state anyway, pushed through a measure raising the age to buy semi-auto rifles to 21, pass a firearm safety course, expand background checks and more. The rural parts of the state voted against the measure. In response, sheriffs from Grant, Lincoln, Okanogan, Cowlitz, Douglas, Benton, Pacific, Stevens, Yakima, Wahkiakum, Mason and Klickitat counties and the police chief in the City of Republic, announced they will not enforce the law. The National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation are challenging the law in federal court.

“I swore an oath to defend our citizens and their constitutionally protected rights,” Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said. “I do not believe the popular vote overrules that.” The Associated Press covered the news.

The march against gun restrictions is not just at the local level. Mississippi's state leaders changed state laws over the past decade or so to make the state more friendly to gun owners. The Clarion-Ledger recounts the march to restore gun rights, including the latest no permit needed concealed carry law that took effect mid-April.

The court system continues to be a place to seek change as well. Colorado is now a battleground over magazine bans, joint California as a place where gun owners are looking for relief from the judiciary. In the Centennial State, the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and the National Association for Gun Rights launched the challenge to the mag ban in a county court. It's now in the hands of the state Supreme Court with hearings set for September.

As the gun grabbers step up their efforts, gun owners will respond in kind. Fortunately, some in government support gun owners and their rights.

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