By Rob Morse
Southern California --(Ammoland.com)- Our gun laws are crazy and I think legislators in gun-grabbing states made them that way on purpose.
Their laws make criminals out of honest and responsible gun owners. Now what are we going to do about it?
These laws were never intended to stop violent thugs. They were designed to secure political donations and punish the political minority of gun owners during an election year. In this last year, gun laws have become even more onerous. Now we see a wave of deliberate civilian disobedience by honest gun owners. The government made it even more difficult to follow the laws so gun owners stopped trying. They couldn’t.. so they didn’t. Nowhere is this more evident than along the northeastern seaboard. Seeing is believing, and this is what we find when we look state by state.
Washington D.C. convicted a man for having lumps of lead that could only be used in an antique muzzle-loading rifle. The accompanying rifle never entered DC, and did not require registration in DC even if it had. Yes, DC gun laws are that crazy. You can’t have a spent shell casing or gun jewelry in DC unless you’ve pre-registered the appropriate firearm for that ammunition.
Oh my god. My wife is such an outlaw!
As we head north, we find that cheap iron-core ammunition is illegal to own in Maryland. So is the forty year old M1A rifle and any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds. The fate of the fifty year old tube-fed 22 caliber rifle is uncertain. Maryland gun owners don’t like these new laws. Did you know you were an illegal gun runner as you drove up I-95?
New Jersey cops arrest gun owners, and then let judges decide if the law applies at all. Jersey legislators are in the process of restricting magazines to 10 rounds and outlawing many common tube-fed 22 caliber rimfire rifles. Tens of thousands of New Jersey gun owners will not comply.
New York legislators outlawed many new firearms. They also required registration of common firearms and firearm components. A hundred thousand New York Gun owners refused to register their firearms and burned their firearms registration cards. They will not comply.
As out of state residents, it isn’t clear how we could comply and get our firearms and accessories from Pennsylvania to New England. The only solution I’ve heard is to ship them ahead of time.
The Connecticut legislature now faces hundreds of thousands of firearms owners who refused to register their firearms and firearm components. A politician calls these outlaw weapons a “dangerous assault rifle” if a citizen owns them, but the same firearm is called a “common patrol rifle” when a law enforcement officer carries one.
Yes, there are laws for them and laws for us. None of these firearm restrictions apply to law enforcement officers protecting politicians.
There are good and simple reasons to defy these laws. The intellectual argument is that it is safer to oppose civilian disarmament than to comply with it. The emotional argument is that enough is enough, and this is the time and place to stop complying with injustice.
That is the beginning of an argument, not the end. Should we disobey, or strictly comply with crazy laws? There are political advantages to both. Gun owners have to make their argument to the public in either case.
The court of public opinion will determine the fate of tens of thousands of new non-violent gun owning criminals the legislature created.
About Rob Morse:
By day, Rob Morse works in Southern California as a mild mannered engineer for a defense contractor. By night he writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Gun Rights Magazine, www.gunrightsmagazine.com/contributors/rob-morse/ and writes the SlowFacts blog. www.slowfacts.wordpress.com . He also loves the M1911 and shoots combat handgun on the weekends.