“Stand Your Ground Law” Sponsor says law does not apply in the Zimmerman-Martin case.
“Stand Your Ground Law” Sponsor says law does not apply in the Zimmerman-Martin case.
Not surprisingly, the City of Chicago has pushed back on the SCUMUS 5 Majority ruling on the Second Amendment. This one ought to provide fodder for the courts for the next 20 years.
Another bad decision leading to a Draconian response.
The Chicago City Council on Friday approved what city officials say is the strictest handgun ordinance in the United States.
The 45-0 vote came four days after a Supreme Court ruling made it almost certain that Chicago’s handgun ban would be overturned. The high court ruled Americans have a right to own a gun for self-defense anywhere they live.
The new city ordinance bans gun shops in Chicago and prohibits gun owners from stepping outside their homes, even onto their porches or garages, with a handgun. It will take effect in 10 days.
The ordinance also:
_ Limits the number of handguns residents can register to one per month and prohibit residents from having more than one handgun in operating order at any given time.
_ Requires residents in homes with children to keep them in lock boxes or equipped with trigger locks.
_ Requires prospective gun owners to take a four-hour class and one-hour training at a gun range. They would have to leave the city for training because Chicago prohibits new gun ranges and limits the use of existing ranges to police officers. Those restrictions were similar to those in an ordinance passed in Washington, D.C., after the high court struck down its ban two years ago.
_ Prohibits people from owning a gun if they were convicted of a violent crime, domestic violence or two or more convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Residents convicted of a gun offense would have to register with the police department.
_ Calls for the police department to maintain a registry of every handgun owner in the city, with the names and addresses to be made available to police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders.
Those who already have handguns in the city — which has been illegal since the city’s ban was approved 28 years ago — would have 90 days to register those weapons, according to the proposed ordinance.
Residents convicted of violating the city’s ordinance can face a fine up to $5,000 and be locked up for as long as 90 days for a first offense and a fine of up to $10,000 and as long as six months behind bars for subsequent convictions.
Though Monday’s Supreme Court ruling did not specifically strike down Chicago’s handgun ban, it ordered a federal appeals court to reconsider its ruling.
Mayor Richard Daley moved quickly to get a new ordinance in place and has indicated that he expects legal challenges to the new restrictions.
17 years ago, then Virginia Governor Doug Wilder put a stop to the high volume illicit gun trade in the state which was supplying handguns used in up to 60% of the murders and mayhem along the Eastern Seaboard. Much as gun dealers in Texas supply the arms to the Mexican Cartels which result in over 2,000 deaths a year in just one Mexican border city…
Virgnia is ready to step in as the armaments capital of the East Coast, and perhaps steal a bit of the carnage business from Texas.
This isn’t about the ability to buy a gun in the state – this is about the ability to buy mass quantities of guns. The ability to purchase quantities of guns suitable to mayhem on a small war scale.
RICHMOND, FEB. 14 — A little more than a year ago, Virginia gun owners joined millions of Americans who began stockpiling weapons for fear that Barack Obama would win the White House and push for new gun controls.
Now that the former Illinois senator is president, the prophesied gun control measures have not come to pass, and Virginia’s gun advocates are feeling almost giddy about their chances to loosen restrictions on buying and carrying firearms.
With a new Republican governor, attorney general and Republican-led House of Delegates, pro-gun legislators in Virginia are pushing a raft of bills, including some that would have had little chance in previous years.
Among them is a bid to fend off federal regulation of firearms and ammunition made and sold only in Virginia and a proposal to repeal the 17-year-old ban on buying more than one handgun a month, a signature achievement of former governor L. Douglas Wilder (D).
The repeal sailed through the House on Monday, despite opposition from law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church, and delegates also passed the bill on federal regulation. Both measures face an uphill climb in the Senate.
“You shouldn’t have your constitutional rights rationed. Do we ration the First Amendment? Why not one church service a month?” said Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter (R-Prince William), who is sponsoring the repeal of the one-gun-a-month law.
Other bills are designed to swell the ranks of Virginia’s approximately 214,300 concealed-weapons carriers and open more doors to them. On Friday, the House approved a bill, HB505, that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in establishments that serve alcohol, as long as they refrain from drinking. On Tuesday, the Senate is expected to take up a similar bill, SB334, sponsored by Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr. (R-Augusta).
In previous years, the guns-in-bars bill cleared both chambers but was vetoed by then-Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D). Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has expressed support for the measure.
Similar efforts to loosen gun restrictions are underway in Arizona, Mississippi, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Among a dozen pro-gun bills under consideration in Arizona this year is a measure to allow residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit, effectively abolishing existing training and certification requirements. Wyoming’s House overwhelmingly passed a similar bill last week.
The Supreme Court this session is considering a Second Amendment case which, considering the “5-4″, will eliminate the ability of state and local authorities to regulate guns in their municipalities.
(The Supreme Court)…will hear the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago, and decide whether the right to keep and bear arms secured by the Second Amendment protects Americans from overreaching state and local governments.
At issue is a 27-year-old Chicago law banning handguns, requiring the annual taxation of firearms, and otherwise interfering with the right of law-abiding individuals to keep guns at home for self-defense. The case was brought on behalf of four Chicago residents, the Second Amendment Foundation, and the Illinois State Rifle Association.
Last year, in the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to keep and bear arms. However, as that case concerned the actions of the District of Columbia government, a federal entity, the high court was not called upon to decide whether the right bound states and local governments. Over the years, almost the entire Bill of Rights has been held to apply to state and local governments by operation of the Fourteenth Amendment.
It would seem “Big Gub’ment” is bad for conservatives except where it is overriding local and state attempts to restrict guns within their jurisdictions. Notice, that is the Fourteenth Amendment, an Amendment originally passed to protect newly freed slaves from persecution and re-enslavement by former confederate states which is being utilized as a basis to establish primacy of federal over state and local laws.
The State of New York, and New York City have found that over 30% of the guns confiscated in crimes come from Gun Shows…
Despite the fact that the vast majority of gun owners in this country are law abiding citizens, outside of major urban areas, you have a far better chance of getting shot by a “law abiding citizen” than a career criminal or gangbanger.
BTx3 is nominally pro-gun. I grew up in a “gun culture” of hunters and sportsmen. But the reason I, as a black man own weapons whose usefulness would fall strictly into the range of self defense has nothing to do with the statistically nonexistant chance that some gangbanger is going to drive 25 miles outside the city to conduct a home invasion to steal my computers or big-screen (which with street prices for used computer equipment might even – just barely – cover the gas to drive from the city and back)…
It has to do with the right wing (sometimes racist) gun crazies, like the guys toting their armament to Town Halls.
One needs to wonder, what the death toll from this one is going to be.