Gun Owners Shouldn’t Overlook Importance of State Attorneys General

Do you know if your state’s attorney general is supporting them? (Gun Owners of America/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “On Monday, Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against the Biden Administration’s ‘Ghost Gun’ and Gun Registry Final Rule, which will go into effect on August 24,” GOA advised members in a Thursday email. “Today, GOA and GOF were joined by the Attorneys General of 17 states in the filing: Arizona, West Virginia, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.”

“GOA and its millions of members continue to voice concerns that this is another attempt by this anti-gun administration to regulate what Congress never intended to regulate and eventually turn their partial gun registry into a complete registry of every firearm transferred,” the email explains. “Under current policy, when an FFL dealer goes out of business, the most recent 20 years of records are transferred to ATF. But under the new record-keeping policy in the Final Rule, every transaction record would eventually be entered into ATF’s digital and searchable national gun registry.”

“Attorney General Austin Knudsen and 16 other state attorneys general joined a lawsuit today against the Biden administration’s rules that threaten the long-held American tradition of private firearms assembly and put the livelihood of thousands of Americans at risk,” an email from the Montana AG’s office confirmed.

“This rule infringes on every American’s right to assemble firearms for their own use – a long-held tradition dating back to the founding of our nation,” the email elaborated. “Criminals will ignore this rule and it will not make Montanans safer. It will, however, shut down firearm companies, allow the government to end online sales of parts, and expand federal access to gun owner data – all without congressional approval.”

Other involved attorneys general have issued similar press releases that underscore an unstated but essential point: It’s not the first time states’ top lawyers have taken influential positions, made all the more important for federal legislators to pay heed to due to the potential to have their laws challenged and overturned.

Cases in point, just a cursory check on my old The War on Guns blog finds briefs and letters supported by multiple state attorneys general in support of Heller, in support of McDonald, against the “bump stock” ban, against semi-auto bans, and so on (note many internal links on older posts will no longer work). The bottom line is their support has been critically important, if not widely recognized. And their opposition has been critically destructive.

Conversely, a hostile state attorney general can make life miserable for all. I’m thinking about tyrants like past California AG Bill Lockyer, and the current one screwing things up not just for New Yorkers and NRA, but for everyone, Letitia James.

With all the pre-midterms maneuvering going on, the emphasis is understandably on representatives and senators running for national office, as they’re the ones whose actions can affect more lives the most. Most of the rest of the attention goes to governors and state representatives.

Here are some questions about another position that engaged and informed gun owners should be able to answer.

Who is your state’s attorney general? What party is he/she with? How are they on guns? Who is your next AG likely to be, and the same questions?

Do you know if yours is directly elected or appointed, and by whom?

Were you able to answer these questions without looking them up?

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you,” a quote widely misattributed to Greek statesman Pericles goes. And while that interest isn’t personal, it will sure feel that way to anyone running afoul of an edict being aggressively enforced by a state AG who gets off on crushing enemies.


About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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JLS

Soros, Steyer, Bloomberg and the other oligarchs have been funneling money into state elections for Secretaries of State, Attorneys General, Governors, DA’s and local elections offices. That paid off in 2020. Here in Arizona, Tom Steyer’s NextGen America was successful in registers tens of thousands of non-resident students to vote in 2020, swinging the state to Biden and putting Mike Bloomberg’s trained monkey, Mark Kelly, in the Senate. Get involved in your local elections. Volunteer to be a poll watcher and don’t be afraid to question the narrative.

USMC0351Grunt

David Codrea, just like I told Crump, WE, The People and especially those of us in the 2A trenches need you here, feeding us as much information as you can as quickly as you can. You guys are our front line COMMS!

Semper Fidelis, The guys

StLPro2A

Missouri has Eric Schmidt as AG. He just put Alphabet Boys on notice that there are not coming into Missouri to inspect CCW holder lists and documents. He is running for US Senator to replace cowardly Blunt. probably will win. Unsure who may follow him as AG. He has done well, being active in all these pro-2A multi-state actions.

Gdubb

I love the fact that my State AG always files injunctions and/or lawsuits against tyrannical leftist garbage. Mark Brnovich is always leading the pack of sensible AGs across the country. Unfortunately his term ends on 12/31/22 and we vote in his replacement here in AZ in November. Should be interesting. Fuck Joe Biden!

American Cynic

Will we be able to count on a new Republican administration to destroy the gun registry? Or will each sucessive Democrat administration continue the work of the one before it? Clearly, the Constitution doesn’t make mention of bureaucratic activities around gun ownership, and so we can’t say that a registry is unconstitutional. It’s what they will eventually do with it that broaches the subject. We could avoid that scenario, by destroying the registry. Stopping the data collection is one thing, but how many Republicans have you heard suggest that we destroy it outright?

HLB

This is a digital world. You will never be able to destroy a gun registry.

HLB

Wild Bill

You wrote that, “… the Constitution doesn’t make mention of bureaucratic activities around gun ownership, and so we can’t say that a registry is unconstitutional.”
A registry in an infringement. Infringements are proscribed in the Second Amendment. So now, let us recompute. Perhaps a gun owners’ class action against the federal government until the federal government destroys the registry, in all its forms and locations.

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USMC0351Grunt

WB, THAT would call for an “ALL HANDS ON DECK” and 100% gun owner participation.I hate to make this statement but that mass majority of THIS country’s gun owners don’t have the balls to do what it takes.Most would rather open their safes, look at their closet queens, close the safe and go to the lake to go fishing or sit on their ass and watch the big game. PROVE ME WRONG!

nrringlee

State nullification is a real thing. States can and must declare federal laws unconstitutional and prohibit the enforcement of the same within their borders. Local sheriffs backed by local militia is an effective deterrent to rogue federal agents.

Arny

And PA anti gun Josh Shapiro didn’t sign this ? I find that hard to believe.

MP71

Yeah I was (sarcasm on) totally shocked that CA AG Rob Bonta, handpicked by Gavin Nuisance to replace rabid anti gunner Xavier Becerra, didn’t sign in ad well.

masterlifter

Thankfully here in West Virginia, we have a Gun Rights “Champion” in our fine AG Patrick Morrisey. He has continually fought for Gun Rights in our state plus interacted with neighboring states on Reciprocity issues. Mr Morrisey also appears regularly at NRA Grassroots activities and is a signer on the GOA’s latest “Ghost Gun” action against the Biden admin. He is a strong advocate of the Pre-emption Laws our state has in force.
We are blessed indeed.

Straight-Shootr

Absolutely hit the nail on the head.
We are stuck with that piece of dog feces in Olympia for a governor, and ‘Sideshow Bob’ as our AG…

Wild Bill

Mr. Codrea is right about state Attorneys General. The Missouri AG just sent a letter to the Fat Boy Institute that the State would not cooperate with the FBI regarding the Missouri concealed carry records.

Ope

Bill,you got that right. Every state needs a good, strong, tough as pit bull AG. TX Gov. Greg Abbott easily saw those qualities in Texas AG Ken Paxton. He is definitely among the top AG’s in the country with many more years to come.

Russn8r

Ken Paxton’s great, but he’s elected, not appointed, so Abbott gets no credit for his being AG. Abbott’s a Kabuki-Cuck VichyCon who tested the water for banning private sales & “AWs”. He & Phelan sabotage efforts to ban “gun free” zones that left ~50 dead in El Paso & Uvalde. Sabotaged efforts to ban child sex change operations after taking BIG money from sex change mills. Cut vote fraud from felony to misdemeanor & refuse to call special session to put it make it a felony again, so now it’s safe to steal elections in TEXAS.

USMC0351Grunt

Supplying some facts and evidence along with all of this would be a smart move. Also explain what all may have been tagged onto those bills that they failed to support? What poison was in the pill that caused Abbott or Paxton to refuse moving forward on the legislation in question?

USMC0351Grunt

Yet there are so many self proclaimed “conservatives” that seem to hate these two. Gov Abbott and AG Ken Paxton have done nothing but bent over backwards for the freedom and liberty of the Republic of Texas. Those that cannot see this need to do their homework and wake the hell up!

john

March 20 2022 in 1854, what became the Republican Party was founded in Ripon, Wisconsin. The process that led from the collapse of the Whig Party between 1850-54 and the rise of the Republicans as their replacement between 1854-60 was a complicated one, and there were times when it appeared that the anti-immigrant American Party (aka the “Know-Nothings”) might become the chief rival to the Democrats instead. The 1854 midterms led to the election of a House majority opposed to the Democrats and their agenda, but nowhere close to a single, unified party caucus. Indeed, as is often true of… Read more »

Henry Bowman

GOA and FPC are the tip of the spear in the fight to preserve RKBA, unlike the AWOL NRA. We are gaining ground, especially thanks to Justice Clarence Thomas’ jurisprudence as exemplified in Bruen. Yet, we must press onward so the Karens Demanding Action don’t get a foothold. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance!!

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Russn8r

Sadly, GOA’s worse than useless on member lobbying tactics i.e. mindlessly tells us to waste time & “call your legislators” even committed grabbers in secure districts like DiFi & Schumer who laugh at such idiotic calls. Other than herd think & believing politician BS, there’s no good reason not to focus activists on potentially vulnerable & therefore potentially receptive pols in other states & districts. Presumably FPC is the same story. NRA’s worse.

CwC

I hate to have to say this, but I’m beginning to think you might be right.

USMC0351Grunt

You have to understand that not just the “Dirty Dozen” that read and respond here are the only ones that see what’s going on. Yet, those that are just tuning into informational forums like Ammoland may be just now sticking their feet in the water of this / these fights and may not yet understand the power of those phone calls and YES, there IS power in them. For each call, e-mail and hand-written letter to your city, county, state or federal representative carries the same concerns as 1,000 other of like minded constituents and is tabulated in many cases… Read more »

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john

Good News GOA GOF taken up the fight along with all Americans we can over turn Bidens & the elite from there abuse of power.

musicman44mag

I pray you are right. If obiden gets his way it won’t matter what state you are in, they will outlaw AR, AK and all semi autos especially that lung busting 9mm. Then I won’t need to move but I still will.

john

That’s their plan along with gas powered cars and a host of other items that fall under climate change agenda. How blind are those who are willing to lose their freedoms that so many died for in struggles in far away lands. Democrats the most un American political party in our country’s history. The Democratic Party defended slavery, started the Civil War, opposed Reconstruction, founded the Ku Klux Klan, imposed segregation, perpetrated lynchings, and fought against the civil rights acts of the 1950s and 1960s.  In contrast, the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an anti-slavery party. Its mission… Read more »

musicman44mag

I recognize everything you stated as fact and truth. What boggles my mind is how did the left turn it around where their people, demonrats, believe that everything you stated is that of the demonratt party and republicans are racist? I remember history in school and have watched documentaries about the civil war and the assassination of Lincoln and I don’t see how they are misled unless the saying that if you say it often enough it becomes the truth is true. That is about the only way it makes sense to me.

john

History is a elective in public schools they just touch on the basic. Most young democrats could not tell you anything even about 911. Most young folks know very little about a lot.

JSNMGC

When you write “most,” then, I think it is just a guess.

I encourage you to get out and meet a better class of young people.

I just got back from two days of fly fishing with some guys in their 20s. We had a great discussion around the campfire last night about statists in the Republican party.

Public schools have been bad for over 100 years.

JSNMGC

Henry “Hank” Johnson, born October 2, 1954
Mark Warner, born December 15, 1954
Gregorio Kilili Sablan, born January 19, 1955
Stephen Ira Adler, born March 23, 1956
Robin Lynne Kelly, born April 30, 1956
Jeff Merkley, born October 24, 1956
Jose Luis Correa, born January 24, 1958
Kirk Watson, March 18, 1958
Oscar Leeser, born May 7, 1958
Gary Peters, born December 1, 1958

USMC0351Grunt

ALL tyrants

JSNMGC

Bruce Todd, born December 17, 1949
Sheila Jackson Lee, born January 12, 1950
Debbie Stabenow, born April 29, 1950
Sylvia Garcia, born September 6, 1950
Patty Murray, born October 11, 1950
Chuck Schumer, born November 23, 1950
Mike Thompson, born January 24, 1951
Al Franken, born May 21, 1951
John Cornyn, born February 2, 1952
Robert Menendez, born January 1, 1954

Russn8r

Wish there were death dates on all those.

JSNMGC

Different types of totalitarians have been causing harm for a long time. It’s amazing how long some of them stay in office or cause harm in other ways.

USMC0351Grunt

Their length in office is equivalent to the amount of apathy amongst the REAL U.S. citizens in this country.

USMC0351Grunt

Be patient.

USMC0351Grunt

ALL tyrants.

JSNMGC

Sanford Bishop Jr, born February 4, 1947
George Kenneth Butterfield Jr, born April 27, 1947
Bobby Scott, born April 30, 1947
Peter Anthony DeFazio, born May 27, 1947
Jerry Nadler, born June 13, 1947
Al Green, born September 1, 1947
Hillary Clinton, born October 26, 1947
Raúl Manuel Grijalva, born February 19, 1948
Stephen Ira Cohen, born May 24, 1949
Elizabeth Warren, born June 22, 1949

USMC0351Grunt

ALL tyrants

JSNMGC

Janice Schakowsky, born May 26, 1944
Dick Durbin, born November 21, 1944
Richard Blumenthal, born February 13, 1946
Carolyn Bosher Maloney, born February 19, 1946
John F. Cook, born February 27, 1946
Marcia Carolyn Kaptur, born June 17, 1946
Barbara Lee, born July 16, 1946
Bill Clinton, born August 19, 1946
Lloyd Doggett, born October 6, 1946
Bobby Rush, born November 23, 1946

USMC0351Grunt

ALL tyrants

JSNMGC

David Howell Petraeus, born November 7, 1952

U.S. Army General David Petraeus and U.S. Navy Captain Mark Kelly announced that they are joining forces to create a new gun control group for veterans.

Petraeus is collaborating with Kelly to form “The Veterans Coalition for Common Sense”, an anti-gun group that appears to be a spin-off of the multi-state “Coalition for Common Sense” and “Americans for Responsible Solutions”, a series of control organizations propped up by Kelly and his wife, Gabrielle Giffords.

https://thewarhorse.org/military-veterans-advocate-gun-control-after-texas-shooting/

JSNMGC

Stanley McChrystal, born August 14, 1954 U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal: “I spent a career carrying typically either a M16, and later a M4 carbine, and a M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It’s designed to do that. That’s what our soldiers ought to carry. I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America. I believe that we’ve got to take a serious look — I understand… Read more »

Arny

They were told parties switched platforms. Given many examples over the last century. Whether it was people of a certain party or their platform. It’s not that hard to see how people are fooled with history by picking out a certain time & platform to sway a argument. There are many articles written on this. It only matters which one you read & believe as true.

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USMC0351Grunt

…and the (Democrats) give you a whole bunch of free stuff by using other people’s money! Just enough worthless crap to make you think they give a damn about your freedom and rights.

USMC0351Grunt

Yes, YOU of all people need to get the hell up out of there and move to FREE AMERICA… It’s just east of Mexico, south of New Mexico and Oklahoma and due west of Arkansas and Louisiana.

musicman44mag

Sounds to hot and muggy to me. I think either South Dakota or Wyoming are probably the free states based on the governor’s actions for both states and the republican to demonrat ratio. I know Cheny will never see another term from Wyoming unless they cheat. Kristi Noem gave the government the middle finger on so many different things and continues to do so even while taking an unfair wrap for her actions. I like Montana and Idaho too but Montana just came from purple to red and Idaho is getting more towards purple. I live in OrGONE. you wouldn’t… Read more »