Where Things Stand In The States

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Across The USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- While Second Amendment supporters face significant challenges at the federal level, the states offer a wealth of chances to take the offensive, especially when it comes to two of the biggest threats faced to our freedoms. This chance should not be missed.

Even though Joe Biden was inaugurated, Second Amendment supporters are not helpless in the fight against corporate gun control and Silicon Valley censorship – and the reason is the control of both the state legislature and governor’s mansion in 24 states by Republicans, who are generally pro-Second Amendment, with several other states where anti-Second Amendment governor can be placed in a tough spot.

Corporate gun control via the financial sector might be the easiest thing for these state legislatures and governors to attack, with a modified version of the Freedom Financing Act. While states can’t deny access to the Automated Clearing House Network, they could impose fines on financial institutions that collude with Moms Demand Action or other anti-Second Amendment groups to “unbank” FFLs or pro-Second Amendment groups. Such laws could also make it easier for affected businesses and organizations to sue for restraint of trade or tortious interference.

The second front that could be opened would be actions by state attorneys general on consumer protection grounds. There are 25 Republican state AGs who could stand up as well on the consumer protection front. This could address actions like those of Salesforce, where a bait-and-switch leaves a FFL in the lurch. State legislatures could also work up legislation that could address this as well, making it easier to sue for sudden changes in terms of service.

Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida is seeking to pass legislation that would address Silicon Valley censorship. Second Amendment supporters should be urging their state and local lawmakers to do so as well. In addition, they should also urge their state attorneys general to investigate Silicon Valley’s politically-motivated censorship and de-platforming. While this might seem antithetical to those who believe in small government, the problem is that these big tech companies put their thumb on the scale in 2020. A Media Research Center poll found that had Big Tech not censored the New York Post’s reporting about Hunter Biden’s laptop, Biden would have lost one-sixth of his voters.

The fact is, the states offer a lot of chances to not only take the offensive to protect our Second Amendment rights, they can also potentially help to re-level the playing field for 2022 and 2024. Second Amendment supporters just need to act, politely urging their state legislatures and statewide officials to act to address corporate gun control and Silicon Valley censorship, then support the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action and Political Victory Fund to protect those state officials which stand with us.


About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

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Ansel Hazen
Ansel Hazen
3 months ago

Honestly, what planet is Harold from? Acting politely is what has gotten this country torpedoed.

Ej harbet
Ej harbet
3 months ago

The fed gov is now under control of foreign and domestic enemies.
Its up to the individual states and county governments and if they fail us

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
3 months ago

“A Media Research Center poll found that had Big Tech not censored the New York Post’s reporting about Hunter Biden’s laptop, Biden would have lost one-sixth of his voters”. This alone should have been enough to have some big tech executives brought up on election tampering charges! EVERY state should reinvigorate the first 13 words of the 2nd amendment and tell the feds to go pound sand. They should also DEMAND that the Feds follow Article 1 Section 8 of the Constituiton so that the states could follow Article 1 section 10. NO STATE SHALL MAKE ANY THING but GOLD… Read more »

TEEBONE
TEEBONE
3 months ago

Our focus on state legislatures should not be so narrowly tailored. There is broader change that should happen, and can happen. While the Democrats attack the foundations of our republic, most acutely by rigging the election system to ensure permanent power, we have missed (and continue to miss) the opportunity to fight them on their own terms. They wish to ultimately eliminate the Electoral College. Restructure state systems to mirror the principles of the federal Electoral College system, that is, eliminate the political shenanigans of the blue population centers in those states. We do this by changing state election law… Read more »

ras52
ras52
3 months ago
Reply to  TEEBONE

To restructure sounds good, but it will never happen in VA., demoncrats control gov. house, and senate. If we had electoral system in the past VA. would still be a red state.

dg
dg
3 months ago

Here’s a link to SB5717. Scary what they want to do. Molon Labe
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/5717/all-info

Last edited 3 months ago by dg
Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
3 months ago
Reply to  dg

That’s a House Bill, i.e., HB not SB, from the 116th Congress, i.e., the last Congress. It went nowhere in the Democrat-controlled House of the 116th Congress. This just shows you how many bills are introduced for pure grand standing and go nowhere!

gooder12
gooder12
3 months ago

I have been lucky enough to vote for 51 years and counting. I have never joined a so-called party, and I have always voted for the person or the issue. That means I have voted left and right, but this is becoming harder to do as the parties have become more like gangs with strong beliefs (or talking points as some speak with Forked Tongue) that they are correct and the others are wrong. Sad place we are at today. Yet I still pay attention to both of our major parties as sometimes one will outshine the other, or at… Read more »

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
3 months ago
Reply to  gooder12

Amen on God bless America because it is headed to the shitter with the first day this POS is in office. What you write is a dam shame. I was thinking of moving to Custer simply because they state stayed open during all of the covid. I tried to find a range there and the nearest one I can find is where the mastodon is and they don’t have a 1,000 yard range. Can’t remember the name of the town but it was really interesting including the town that was made from red clay close by. Never have I seen… Read more »

Dee
Dee
3 months ago

I’m not much of a fiction reader but obviously some of you are. LOL

Stocks
Stocks
3 months ago

Indiana has a house bill for constitutional carry introduced. ALL Hoosiers need to get on the phone to your rep and PUSH!

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
3 months ago

Over the past 20 years, we have GAINED gun rights at the federal level and in most states. This didn’t happen because we sent money to the NRA or elected a Dear Leader. This ONLY happened because we fought for those rights!

Stop with the defeatist attitude! Stop believing in con artists, charlatans and grifters! Stop with the hyperboles! Stop being part of the controlled opposition!

Knute
Knute
3 months ago

IOWs, stop thinking that there is some “savior” gonna come do it FOR you. Any saving of you to be done. YOU will do it, or it won’t get done! Wake up and get with the program. There’s my 2 cents.

Bozz
Bozz
3 months ago

We are fighting just to maintain the status quo, while the dems charge full speed ahead with new anti gun bills daily. We are always playing defense. Our Congressmen and Congresswomen should be introducing pro gun bills at the same rate they are introducing anti gun bills. And like the dems, go for the home run, like repeal the NFA and GCA. Push the Hearing protection act, national constitutional carry, etc. Repeal the NCIS check.

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RoyD
RoyD
3 months ago
Reply to  Bozz

All you deserve is: LOL!

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
3 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

Agree!

Dee
Dee
3 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

My Boy RoyD!! Yep it’s pretty funny!

ras52
ras52
3 months ago

Losing 1/6 of his voters is no big deal to demoncrats. They just steal Trump votes to make up for it!

Dee
Dee
3 months ago
Reply to  ras52

LOL…Thank RoyD for this comment.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
3 months ago

That petition has been there since 2017… hasn’t done a damned thing yet.

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
3 months ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

You clearly haven’t paid any attention to what is going on! David Dell’Aquila just threw a wrench into Wayne LaPierre’s run and hide strategy of the NRA filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, relocating to Texas, and escaping the corruption and mismanagement charges in New York. Dell’Aquila is asking the court to exclude a significant amount of debt from the Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jan/16/nra-donor-bankruptcy-dave-dellaquila-wayne-lapierre

Dave in Fairfax
Editor
Dave in Fairfax
3 months ago

CF and everybody else,

I hate to bang a drum, but let me say this once again.
If you have anything on loan to the NRA Museum, you might want to recover it.
If things go into any sort of custodial situation,You stuff might end up with inventory marks put on it, Or it could be stored improperly, OR LOST.
Your decision.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
3 months ago

“… re-level the playing field,” Harold??
While your suggestions would result in small – very small – improvements, correcting the real issue of federal overreach (in order to actually achieve “level”) is impossible to accomplish in any peaceful, political way. Sorry.

Arizona Don
Arizona Don
3 months ago

A ban on any gun has NEVER reduced crime if anything it has increased crime. For anyone who does not understand that it takes guns out of law abiding citizens hands but NOT the criminals (outlaws) hands. People who do not obey laws will not start obeying them just because they are gun laws. They are the laws they mostly do not adhere to. So it emboldens them and makes their job (murdering, robbing, stealing and burglary) much easier because “they WILL be armed,” when only the law enforcement can have guns. Don’t we know by now law enforcement cannot be everywhere at the same… Read more »

cav2108
cav2108
3 months ago

Harold, you are a weasel. Constantly apologizing for the left and telling us that “there is so MUCH that we can do” and that “our rights WILL be secure”. You are part of the coverup, Harold. You GAINO (Gun-owner Advocate In Name Only). When is AmmoLand going to stop publishing your crap articles? You are nothing more than a shill for the gun grabbers.

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
3 months ago

The con must go on! There I thought the Q universe collapsed at noon today. LOL

Dee
Dee
3 months ago

Right…lol

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
3 months ago

Maybe, just maybe we can stop the NRA from fucking up our efforts in getting constitutional carry in TN?

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
3 months ago

Man you don’t know how much i wish what you are saying would happen but I doubt it. I would buy tickets to it though.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
3 months ago

My legislators in Oregone welcome this form of censorship and I am sure they will support obidens acts to take away or make us pay for our 80 percenter fire arms and enforce his mandates because it would mean federal money. So now, not only blumberg has bought out Kate shit stain brown our governor, obiden or kamalatoe will be doing it too. Right now she is working on a property seizure bill that says if there is an emergency we can come take your property so long as she says it is temporary and they don’t have to pay… Read more »

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J Gibbons
J Gibbons
3 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

I would hope the little bit of sanity left at SCOTUS would toss a property seizure law like that.

Arny
Arny
3 months ago
Reply to  J Gibbons

What little bit would you be referring to ? Clarence Thomas is the only Justice that makes rulings according to the Constitution as written. Alito denied Pa ruling, even though it had Constitutional grounds. Election laws were broken. We are done as a nation to get fair, honest Justice.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
3 months ago
Reply to  Arny

Democrats have completely destroyed the election process as we knew it, wiping out any chance of a peaceful, political settlement of issues. As hard as it is to accept, or even to simply believe… without civil war, we are “done as a nation,” period!

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
3 months ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

So, you are ready to shoot your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers and fellow Americans in the head? Because this is what civil war looks like! Chest thumpers like you with little-to-none training and experience won’t survive it anyway!

Quatermain
Quatermain
3 months ago

Just vote harder, right? Fool.

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
3 months ago
Reply to  Quatermain

Civil war vs. vote harder? False choice, fool!

The Ammoland comment section always has been strong in the chest thumping department. Mostly Boomers who could not carry a .50 cal box full of 5.56 from their basement to the car without getting a heart attack! Yet, they are yelling “civil war”! LOL

Dee
Dee
3 months ago

LOL…true!!

Knute
Knute
3 months ago

So now you’re insulting everyone of a certain age and above? I’ve news for you, fighting is about a whole lot more than just humping ammo.

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
3 months ago
Reply to  Knute

Nope, I am not insulting everyone of a certain age and above! Reading comprehension is essential!

As for humping ammo, I could have used numerous other examples! How about doing the Rittenhouse mile?

Knute
Knute
3 months ago

No matter how you try to wriggle out of it, you wrote: “Mostly Boomers who could not carry a .50 cal box full of 5.56 from their basement to the car…”
Are you truly so far gone as to think that ISN’T an insult?
Try reading the Ammoland terms of service. That is a violation of the “personal insults” variety. Just for once, could you stick to facts and leave the insults out of it?
Reading Comprehension is, indeed, a thing. You should try it.

RoyD
RoyD
3 months ago
Reply to  Knute

I don’t have a basement, where does that leave me? I do remember the 20mm can filled with 5.56 ammo that our Alert Force had to take with them when they responded to the Exclusion Area. Normally it stayed on the Duce. One night we responded to the X-Area to an outside threat and we set up on the south side about fifty yards from the exterior fence. As a very fit 20 year old I could barely lift the can. It had 5000 rounds in it. There was a carrying handle on each end of the top of the… Read more »

Knute
Knute
3 months ago
Reply to  RoyD

The closest I’ve ever came to humping a .50 cal can full of 5.56 is when a steel quansit building we were assembling came with its nuts and bolts in them. THAT was heavy. No way for one guy to hump it alone. The one full of nuts was far worse than the one full of bolts. I think the lesson was: nuts are denser than most things. 🙂
5.56 doesn’t even come in .50 cal cans, that’s what 5.56 cans are for. I’m guessing this is all Greek to wil, though…

RoyD
RoyD
3 months ago
Reply to  Knute

In Basic we were down on one of the ranges by the beach (Ft. Ord) and they brought chow out to us for lunch. One of the Drill Sergeants told me to take a footlocker full of metal food trays to a table about twenty yards away. So I went over to the footlocker and picked up by the handles on each end and proceeded to carry it over where he wanted it placed. Just as I was setting it down he came running up shouting “What the hell are you doing?” I said, “You told me to carry the… Read more »

Charlie Foxtrot
Charlie Foxtrot
3 months ago
Reply to  Knute

Did I, according to you, “insult everyone of a certain age and above?” Nope, I did not! You saying so is a lie! Just for once, could you stick to facts and leave the insults out of it?

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
3 months ago
Reply to  Knute

Remember in the military that if you had a toilet seat you wouldn’t be shooting in a fire fight if your mags were almost depleted of ammo? You would be designated to humping ammo and loading mags for the rest of us that qualified as expert. LOL. He probably couldn’t even hump ammo or load mags and would designated to digging our latrines’.

Knute
Knute
3 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

But only if he knows how to run a shovel… 🙂

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
3 months ago

I’ve seen war, you sanctimonious ass… and no sane human being wants it anywhere near US soil (hell, the Founders did not actually want the Revolutionary War). But, while Might never makes Right… Might is always required to enforce Right. And that force is occasionally a justified conflict – it has happened in history, and is about to happen again. Learn to live with reality, and stop demeaning people you simply don’t agree with.

Last edited 3 months ago by JoeUSooner
musicman44mag
musicman44mag
3 months ago
Reply to  JoeUSooner

God I hope not.

JoeUSooner
JoeUSooner
3 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Like you, musicman, for years I have hoped (and prayed, diligently) that civil war could be avoided – without losing our Constitutional Republic, that is. Sadly, my hopes and prayers have not come to fruition.

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
3 months ago
Reply to  J Gibbons

Right now Kate shit stain brown our governor has made it a rule or law or whatever that of the millions of dollars of covid relief that we are getting from the federal government, 86 million dollars is guaranteed to go to black owned businesses only. In addition our legislature is working on a law that if you are black and can prove that you are descendant of a slave, you will get retributions. That in my book is racist and a transfer of funds that is based on race only. I am of German decent and my family was… Read more »

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
3 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Where is Scotus on anything? Having orgies in the back room. They are USELESS. They wouldn’t take that 21 state lawsuit because there was “no standing”? What PLANET was I transported too?

BigJim
BigJim
3 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Electronic voting is the problem in Oregon.

Arizona Don
Arizona Don
3 months ago
Reply to  BigJim

Electronic voting may be the problem everywhere!

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
3 months ago
Reply to  Arizona Don

It is a problem along with no voter ID to vote and not clearing the voting roles but now with joe kamalatoe obiden they are going to fix all of that so we don’t have to worry about who can and can’t vote anymore. If you receive a ballot or two or three or even 15 at your address, you just fill them all out and mail them in. It worked out very well this year for the left..

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
3 months ago
Reply to  BigJim

We don’t have electronic voting in Oregone, we have vote by mail. We are the example of what happens to all of Amerigone when you have mail in ballots where votes can be manipulated by the left.

Dee
Dee
3 months ago
Reply to  musicman44mag

Obidens?!?! Boomer you’re not even close to being an American. You have no respect for the USA!

musicman44mag
musicman44mag
3 months ago
Reply to  Dee

I don’t think you know who I am and your analogy is left typical of someone who is missing the (ogy) and a perfect representation of a specific part that you are. Hope you are smart enough to get that but I doubt it.