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The Two Americas Of The #2A

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We have already seen how the special treatment granted to Hillary Clinton and other high-profile liberal miscreants has created two systems of justice in America. But few seem to recognize that the Democrat Party’s radical attempts to infringe upon the liberties guaranteed by the Second Amendment is rapidly creating two systems of gun ownership; one where the letter and spirit of the Second Amendment is honored and one where governments work to undermine it, if not repeal it.

This year three more states have passed “constitutional carry” legislation: Kentucky, Oklahoma and South Dakota joined Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming, all now have legislation that “fully recognizes the constitutional right of law-abiding gun owners to carry a concealed firearm.”

It will surprise no one that Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt are all three Republicans and all three states have Republican legislatures.

The right to bear arms, as protected by the federal constitution, makes no distinction about the manner in which the arm is carried. That much was summed up in a remark from Chris Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

“This law is a common-sense measure,” said NRA-ILA executive director Cox in a prepared statement, “that allows law-abiding citizens to exercise their fundamental right of self-protection in the manner that best suits their needs.”

Dave Workman of Liberty Park Press reports that other states, such as Washington, are moving in the opposite direction, where there is legislation pending to mandate a training requirement for the first time since 1935 to obtain a concealed pistol license.

And reports Mr. Workman, there’s a new move in New Jersey by anti-gun Gov. Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal to release information about the manufacturers of “crime guns” found in the state. The term “crime gun” may be a misnomer since no firearm is manufactured to be used in a crime.

The Murphy-Grewal effort will reveal the number of guns recovered by counties and cities, including the type and caliber of those firearms, and the source state of those guns. The story estimated some 80 percent of guns used in crimes come from other states, suggesting that they entered the state illegally, and there was no background check when those guns changed hands.

Maryland is also moving aggressively to infringe upon the Second Amendment, with two especially egregious bills moving through the legislature.

Senate Bill 737, sponsored by Senator Susan Lee, would create “Long Gun Qualification Licenses (LGQL).” Similar to Handgun Qualification Licenses, SB 737 wants to impose the same unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles on purchasing a long gun that Maryland requires for purchasing a pistol.  Further, those seeking an LGQL would have to attend 4 hours of training and fingerprinting from the State Police and still have to wait 7 days before acquiring a long gun from a dealer.

House Bill 612, sponsored by Delegate Julian Ivey, would place popular Colt AR-15 H-BAR rifles on the list of “Regulated Firearms” in Maryland.  However, only those rifles owned before October 1, 2013 would be grandfathered into law.  Those who purchased or took possession of all other H-BAR rifles after that date would need to remove these firearms from their possession.

New York lawmakers have approved the most restrictive set of gun bills in the state in six years, including measures that would ban bump stocks, prohibit teachers from carrying guns in schools and extend the waiting period for gun buyers who do not pass an instant background check.

In total, six gun bills passed easily through the State Senate and Assembly, and obtained Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature.

No Republican senators voted to extend the waiting period for completing background checks to 30 days from three. Just one voted for the proposal to ban arming teachers, according to reporting by the New York Times.

The most debated item was a so-called red flag bill, which would allow family members, school officials or law enforcement to ask courts to temporarily block someone from buying or owning a gun, if the judge decided that person posed a potential risk.

Republicans suggested the bill would allow people to randomly curtail Second Amendment rights for many New Yorkers.

“Today’s actions infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens,” said Senator Pamela Helming, from Central New York.

The bill ultimately passed the Senate 42-21, and the Assembly 83-32.

A similar law in Maryland led to the shooting death of Gary J. Willis when police officers showed up at his door at 5:17 a.m. to confiscate his guns. Mr. Willis objected to the confiscation order and attempted to resist and in the process his firearm discharged, and he was shot to death by Anne Arundel County Police officers.

As Charles C.W. Cooke noted in an article for National Review, the great late Nineteenth Century legal scholar Thomas Cooley all but anticipated the growing division between those states that recognize the liberties guaranteed by the Second Amendment and those that do not when he wrote, “It may be supposed from the phraseology of this provision [the Second Amendment] that the right to keep and bear arms was only guaranteed to the militia,” Cooley noted in his General Principles of Constitutional Law. “But this,” he explained, “would be an interpretation not warranted by the intent.”

The militia, as has been elsewhere explained, consists of those persons who, under the law, are liable to the performance of military duty, and are officered and enrolled for service when called upon. But the law may make provision for the enrolment of all who are fit to perform military duty, or of a small number only, or it may wholly omit to make any provision at all; and if the right were limited to those enrolled, the purpose of this guaranty might be defeated altogether by the action or neglect to act of the government it was meant to hold in check. The meaning of the provision undoubtedly is, that the people, from whom the militia must be taken, shall have the right to keep and bear arms, and they need no permission or regulation of law for the purpose. (Emphasis ours.)

As Prof. Nelson Lund observed in “The Right to Arms and the American Philosophy of Freedom,” the Second Amendment is not just a dangerous residuum from a bygone era in which successful armed resistance to an oppressive government was a living memory.

Today, as in the time of Blackstone and our Founding generation, it is an indispensable aid to securing the fundamental rights of personal security, personal liberty, and private property. If we relinquish it, we will take a significant step away from the Founding principles of our nation. When we permit the courts to erode it, we take a significant step away from genuine self-government. And, as we here at CHQ see it, when we allow Democrats to infringe upon the liberties guaranteed by the Second Amendment or otherwise curtail it in the states where they rule, we add another wedge dividing the country into free and unfree states.

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Constitutional Carry

When all the conservative states have armed all the peaceable, lawful citizens, all the criminals will move to Maryland or some other gun-free state.