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The Second Amendment Foundations’ (SAF.org) Alan Gottleib on the Gun Debate 2013-2014.

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Taking Aim on Gun Rights, State by StateForty-four of the states in our union join the Constitution in enumerating provisions for the individual’s right to bear arms. The remaining six states are:

  • Maryland and Minnesota, which have no references to the individual’s right to bear arms.
  • California’s constitution mentions the right to defend life and liberty; to possess and protect property ; and to pursue and obtain safety in Article 1, Section 1. The California Constitution also recognizes the US Constitution as the “supreme law of the land” in Article 3, Section 1.
  • Both Iowa’s and New Jersey’s constitutions contain language about defending life and liberty, possessing and protecting property, and obtaining safety.
  • The final state, New York, contains nothing about the right to bear arms in its state constitution, but does contain language in Article 12, Section 1 about maintaining an organized and unorganized militia. And, in Article 2, Section 4 of the New York Civil Rights Law which reads nearly the same as the Second Amendment.

To learn more about the provisions in the 44 State Constitutions, visit The Second Amendment Foundation’s website.

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) is locked in a heated battle in Pennsylvania against the Mayor’s of that states largest cities including Philadelphia. The NRA successfully defeated a statewide law requiring people to report lost or stolen firearms. Mayor’s of the 30 largest municipalities in Pennsylvania decided to push to get local ordinances passed to force the same issue despite the fact that Pennsylvania has a law forbidding local governments from “regulating the lawful ownership, possession or transportation of firearms”. Local DA’s admit that these local ordinances conflict with this state law. The question up for consideration now is, who gets to sue?

The NRA previously filed a lawsuit against the cities that had passed these local ordinances but the state courts ruled that they did not have standing to pursue the claim because no one had been prosecuted and so therefore no one had as yet been harmed. The NRA is now working to get a law passed in the Pennsylvania state legislature that would allow them to file claims challenging the local statutes anyway. This push in Pennsylvania follows the passing of a similar law in Florida in 2011 which would allow for the removal of local officials from office if they pass local gun laws. Kentucky also recently passed a similar state law. According to Richard Feldman a former NRA lobbyist and now the president of the Independent Firearm Owners association in New Hampshire, its an efficient strategy on the part of the NRA. “I’d always rather fight any battle in a state capital than in 15 or 50 county areas,” he said.

Lancaster, PA. Mayor Rick Gray agrees that gun control legislation is better left at the state level but claims that the NRA supported bill would leave cities open to “frivolous” lawsuits that would waste money. His position is supported by the group CeasefirePA and Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns. “This is one of the NRA’s top issues in Pennsylvania,” said Republican Senator Richard Alloway, an NRA member from Hamilton Township in northeastern Pennsylvania, who supports the bill. The Pennsylvania state legislature was due to pick up the measure when they resumed meeting in September. Check back on this blog for further updates…

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United States Court of Appeals
For the First Circuit

No. 11-2281

STACEY HIGHTOWER,
Plaintiff, Appellant,

v.

CITY OF BOSTON; EDWARD DAVIS, Boston Police Commissioner; COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS,
Defendants, Appellees.

The issue:

Does the second amendment prevent a concealed carry application from being denied if false statements are given on the application for the license?

The facts:

Stacey Hightower is a former Boston Police officer who, as a result of her service, had a Class A license to carry and conceal a large capacity firearm. Shortly after her resignation from the BPD, her license was revoked because the licensing authority determined that she had falsely answered a question on her renewal application. The question was whether she had any complaints or charges pending against her.

Background:

Stacey Hightower, a resident of Boston, served as a police officer for the City of Boston from June 1998 until August 15, 2008. Hightower’s Class A license lapsed in March 2008. In July 2008, Hightower filed an application to renew her Class A license. To renew the license, she had to fill out, in addition to the ordinary renewal form, a Form G 13-S, which was specific to Boston Police officers, who were required to fill out that form when applying for or renewing firearms licenses. Footnote One of the questions on the G 13-S form was “Are there any complaints or charges pending against you?” Hightower answered “No” to that question and her renewal was approved without restrictions on August 1, 2008. She resigned from the BPD effective August 15, 2008. On August 18, 2008, a “Police Commissioner’s Personnel Order” was placed into her file without her endorsement, stating that her resignation had been “presented with charges pending.” The Licensing Unit officer determined that Hightower had been untruthful in her answer on the G 13-S. and sent her a letter revoking her Class A license and stating the reasons.

On August 20, 2008, Hightower received the letter revoking her Class A license on the grounds that she “completed the application form untruthfully.” The parties agree that the basis for this conclusion was that, in the view of the defendants, Hightower in fact had “complaints or charges” pending when she filled out the license renewal form, contrary to her answer on the form.

Results:

The particular question Hightower answered inaccurately in the defendants’ view — whether Hightower had complaints or charges pending against her at the time she was a BPD officer — was a material question. A federal district court upheld the decision and now the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston has upheld that ruling, saying the Second Amendment right to bear arms is not absolute: There is no specific right to carry high-powered weapons that go beyond the needs of personal protection and authorities have the right to restrict who can carry them based on the answers on their applications:

A requirement that firearms license applicants provide truthful information, enforced by the revocation of licenses if the applicant provides false information, serves a variety of important purposes. For one, it helps ensure the integrity of the system of keeping prohibited persons from possessing firearms. Massachusetts’s licensing scheme prohibits certain categories of people from possessing firearms. See Mass. Gen. Law ch. 140, § 131(d)(i)-(vii). A licensing authority does not necessarily possess all of the information necessary to determine an individual’s eligibility. The submission of false information by an applicant could make it more difficult for the licensing authority to assess whether the applicant is eligible (e.g., submission of a false name would make it more difficult to perform a background check). Footnote The prohibition of the inclusion of false information in a license application is necessary to the functioning of the licensing scheme.

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I recently ran across an article from Feb. 2008 (old by today’s standards on the internet) in which it was describing how a New York city police officer had accidentally discharged his weapon while cleaning, through the floor of his apartment, into the arm of a toddler living below. His excuse was that the electricity was off due to his inability to pay the electric bill and so, this seemed like a good time to write an article about gun cleaning safety. So, despite the stupidity involved, this incident could have been prevented if the officer had simply followed some common sense rules when it comes to cleaning his weapon.

From the National Rifle association (NRA) gun safety rules we have these tips:

  • ALWAYS, keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. If you live in an apartment building or have neighbors close by, never point your gun in the direction where other people live or towards a space that they MAY be inhabiting.
  • ALWAYS keep you finger off of the trigger until ready to shoot. Now in this particular case, the officer should never have set his weapon down on the edge of a table where it could easily be knocked off and discharged.
  • ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use. Yes this goes without saying but these type of accidents occur all too frequently. ALWAYS check your gun to make sure it is unloaded before handling your weapon, especially if you are taking it down for cleaning.

Regular cleaning is important in order for your gun to operate correctly and safely. Your gun should be cleaned every time that it is used. A gun brought out of prolonged storage should also be cleaned before shooting. Accumulated moisture and dirt, or solidified grease and oil, can prevent the gun from operating properly. Before cleaning your gun, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded. The gun’s action should be open during the cleaning process. Also, be sure that no ammunition is present in the cleaning area.

  • Consult your owner’s manual before you begin.
  • Clean from the breech toward the muzzle if possible with a small amount of Firearm Protector.
  • Minimize the amount of contact between the cleaning rod and the barrel.
  • Avoid skin contact with any metal parts of the firearm. Perspiration causes rust.
  • If you discover a problem with your firearm while cleaning it, take it to a qualified gunsmith. Don’t attempt to repair a firearm yourself even if you think the problem is a minor one!

Your firearm should be protected and serviceable for a long time to come and you and your family should be protected and safe by following these simple common sense rules.
Happy shooting!

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