Recent actions by the Buffalo Police Department should have every American gun owner concerned.
BELLEVUE, WA –-(Ammoland.com)- Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derrenda announced that his agency will dispatch officers to “collect guns that belong to pistol permit holders who had died so they don’t end up in the wrong hands.”
Under the law, when a permit holder passes, his or her estate has only 15 days to either dispose of the firearms or surrender them to authorities, who may hold onto them for as long as two years.
Cities and states have ordinances and laws buried deep in their records that could detrimentally affect gun owners. These measures may be very old and unnecessary or simply unconstitutional; either way, SAF is going to find a way to address them.
SAF is going state by state, going through every single ordinance of every city and county in every state finding where the cities and counties have ordinances enacted that are in conflict with state law ... and then contacting each one of them to remove the ordinances.
Our ultimate goal is to get as many laws that we feel infringe on gun rights off the books as possible. We usually give local governments time to do something unless they flat out stick it in our face.
Please continue to help our efforts; we are going to do everything in our power to protect all of your gun rights in every City and State throughout the country.
The idea that police would peruse the obituaries and compare the names of recently deceased persons with their pistol permit records, and then send officers to take those guns while a family is still grieving their loss is simply unconscionable.
This is tantamount to dancing on someone’s grave and it amounts to taking property without due process or probable cause.
This is the kind of behavior one might expect in a police state, but not the United States. But it proves that the anti-gun mindset knows no boundaries. From now on, no gun control zealot will be able to dismiss and ridicule the concerns of law-abiding firearms owners that there is no reason to fear gun registration, no matter what form it takes.
This explains why gun owners are opposed to registration and other forms of record-keeping and permit laws.
What’s worse is that this effort could forever drive a wedge between police and honest citizens whose only crime is that they exercised their Second Amendment rights.
The final insult is that 16 days after someone dies, his or her survivors could become criminals simply because they didn’t report a firearm, or maybe didn’t even know it existed. This is the most disgusting and disrespectful thing that someone could do to people who have just suffered the heartbreaking loss of a loved one. Derrenda should be ashamed.
SAF began this endeavor in Maryland and expanded it to Virginia, Washington, Oregon, Indiana as well as other states. So far we have forced the repeal of over 200 anti-gun rights laws!
For example, in Utah where we wrote to 49 local Utah governments demanding they repeal various ordinances that violate a state law reserving almost all gun-regulation power to the state Legislature.
A small community in Utah, West Point, was poised to replace one ordinance with another outlawing firing a gun in the graveyard, described in code as a sacred place.
A couple of weeks earlier, Draper amended its ordinance to say no one may fire a gun in its city amphitheater, parks, or trails. Cities still can outlaw discharging or brandishing weapons, but not possessing or carrying them.
I’d say, quite frankly, the cooperation we’re getting from jurisdictions in Utah to remove the ordinances that are offensive, so to speak, is much better than it has been in most other states.
Already, eight of the letter recipients have all agreed to review their ordinances and some confirmed that they would remove the targeted provisions. Many others have already confirmed their cooperation and will also agree to change the ordinances.
SAF’s record of legal victories on behalf of the right to keep and bear arms has set the bar for all current and future firearms civil rights litigation. This is not SAF’s last step, but only the latest, in our efforts to win back firearms freedom, one lawsuit at a time.
Without you, all our doors would be closed and who knows what rights we would have left.
Thank you. I know I can count on you.
Sincerely yours,Alan M. Gottlieb
Second Amendment Foundation
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