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Sun., Oct. 4
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State gun control law raises questions


Well, it seems our esteemed governor and his dutiful minions have been able to make a giant step forward in their efforts to repeal the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment one step at a time.

Our assemblywoman (Addie Russell) had all of 20 minutes available to make an “informed” decision before deciding to support the governor in his tirade against lawful gun owners. If for no other reason than the governor using a “message of necessity” to ram the legislation through, it should have been voted against by everyone in the Legislature. Note to our local legislative representatives: You are supposed to be a “check and balance” to the governor, not his lapdog!

Some immediate questions arise:

1) Since concealed carry licenses will now apparently expire every five years, are pistol owners now expected to turn in their previously lawfully held guns or will the sherriff just stop by to confiscate them right in our homes while we wait for the backlog of license renewals to clear? Perhaps the legislators themselves should be required to confiscate those guns.

2) Will CCL renewals require an entirely new application process or will there be an expedited process for those who have already passed the extensive background investigation? Must I pay another $100-plus for the renewal? Seems like civil rights were the ones we did not have to pay to invoke.

3) If I have a double-action revolver (technically a semi-automatic weapon) that holds eight rounds, will I be allowed to sell it out of state, or am I expected to just turn it over to the “authorities”?

4) Now that I must dispose of my 10-round magazine, and no one that I know of makes a replacement 7-round magazine, my rifle is now worthless as anything other than a club. If I use it to club an armed intruder in my home before he can shoot me, am I guilty of using an “assault weapon”?

5) If the magazine ban is not effective, what will come next? Perhaps the governor will consider emergency legislation to remove triggers,but we can keep our guns then?

6) Must the owner of a .22-caliber rifle that is tubular fed and capable of holding more than seven rounds turn that gun into the authorities since the magazine itself is not removable? Or will the authorities come knocking on every citizen’s door to check for themselves that free people are following their laws?

7) Should legislators who do not even understand the above questions be trusted to guard our constitutional rights?

Not a single criminal will feel compelled to obey a letter of this ill-considered (or should I say nonconsidered) legislation, but leave it to our rulers to criminalize those things done peacefully by the already law-abiding.

John Bosworth


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