Current Gun Control Laws1
As a law enforcement officer and former Marine, I have been around guns for the past twenty years. I have witnessed numerous deaths and serious bodily injuries as a result of both the legal and illegal use of firearms. Although a society free of any weapons would be ideal, an ideal society is far from the one we live in. Many proponents of our right to bear arms lean on the 2nd amendment, while some have no idea what an amendment is and simply like guns (for more information on the 2nd amendment and what it really means for gun owners and gun control laws, please read Marc Rubin’s post at Newsvine). Regardless of the legal or personal reasons one might choose to justify his or her right to possess a firearm, the bottom line is “if the bad guys have guns, the good guys must have them too”.
Current gun control laws are primarily based on the Gun Control Act of 1968. Although individual states may have a wide variety of laws and regulations that govern an individual’s right to carry a firearm, we all have the right to own a firearm. The Gun Control Act of 1968 was primarily drafted to provide for better control of the interstate traffic in firearms. The act also provides for us a list of those who are prohibited from owning or possessing firearms. According to the National Rifle Association (NRA), “The following classes of people are ineligible to possess, receive, ship, or transport firearms or ammunition:
- Those convicted of crimes punishable by imprisonment for over one year, except state misdemeanors punishable by two years or less.
- Fugitives from justice.
- Unlawful users of certain depressant, narcotic, or stimulant drugs.
- Those adjudicated as mental defectives or incompetents or those committed to any mental institution.
- Illegal aliens.
- Citizens who have renounced their citizenship.
- Those persons dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces.
- Persons less than 18 years of age for the purchase of a shotgun or rifle.
- Persons less than 21 years of age for the purchase of a firearm that is other than a shotgun or rifle.
- Persons subject to a court order that restrains such persons from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner.
- Persons convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
Persons under indictment for a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year are ineligible to receive, transport, or ship any firearm or ammunition. Under limited conditions, relief from disability may be obtained from the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, or through a pardon, expungement, restoration of rights, or setting aside of a conviction.”
If any changes need to be made to our current gun control laws, it would be to get the guns out of the hands of individuals who qualify to be ineligible to possess a firearm. As a cop I know that well over 85% of the gun related incidents I respond to involve a convict, an illegal alien, drug abusers, fugitives, the mentally unstable and teenagers. Seldom do I have to lock up a law abiding citizen for misuse of a firearm. On the contrary, I wish more law abiding citizens would use their firearm to better protect and safeguard themselves and their family members.
So what will the current administration do to change our current gun control laws?
According to www.rightpundits.com, Barack Obama’s anti-gun record is long and informative:
- 1994 to 2001 – Obama was on the board of the anti-gun Joyce Foundation. This foundation is the largest funding source for radical anti-gun groups in
- 1996 – Obama supported a ban on the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.
- 1999 – Obama proposed a 500 percent increase in the excise taxes on firearms and ammunition. This tax would effectively punish gun owners for buying guns and ammunition.
- 2003 – Obama voted in support of legislation that would have banned privately owned hunting shotguns, target rifles and black powder rifles in Illinois.
- 2004 – Obama voted against legislation intended to protect homeowners from prosecution in cases where they used a firearm to halt a home invasion
Not a favorable record for those of us who believe we should have the right to protect ourselves!
Everyone has asked over and over again, “how are we going to pay for the stimulus package?” How much money do you think could be raised if every gun in America was confiscated by the Democrats and sold abroad to the highest bidder? More on our government and it’s socialist platform can be found at www.nakedgator.com.
President Obama has been quoted as saying that the Constitution is fundamentaly flawed. He has remarked that small-town Americans are “bitter” and “cling to their guns. Yet he promises not to take shotguns or handguns out of the hands of the citizens. Based on his record outlined above, I don’t believe him. And the 25% increase in gun sales since January proves a lot of other Americans don’t believe him either.
As for our current gun control laws, we can only hope that in the near future rapist, robbers and murderers aren’t the only ones with guns.