Monday, February 23, 2009

AL: House OKs bill banning seizure of guns during emergencies: "A bill to prevent state or local government from seizing lawfully owned guns during emergencies sailed through the Alabama House on Thursday and now heads to the Senate, where it was approved last year. Rep. Mark Keahey, D-Grove Hill, said his measure is aimed at ensuring the chaos that comes with disasters, such as hurricanes, is not made worse by overzealous government officials. `The Second Amendment gives us[sic] a constitutional right to bear arms, and this bill is just an effort, on Alabama's part, to help us maintain that right,' Keahey said. The bill was inspired by the events following Hurricane Katrina, when New Orleans police collected more than 1,000 firearms from residents."

TN: Bill filed to ban microstamping guns, ammo: "Sen. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, has filed legislation that would ban the sale of `microstamped' firearms and ammunition, calling them an infringement on the Second Amendment right to bear arms. California has passed a law mandating microstamping of firearms, `and I predict that Tennessee will pass a law banning it,' Sen. Jackson said. Called the `Second Amendment Protection Act,' the bill would outlaw sale of firearms and ammunition that are laser-engraved, or microstamped, to identify the buyer of the firearm or ammunition after it has been shot. `This process does little to track criminals, but it does a lot to eclipse our Second Amendment right to bear arms,' Sen. Jackson said."

An unarmed nation: "The Second Amendment guarantees citizens the right to keep and bear arms - period. It didn't put conditions or restrictions on that right. It simply guaranteed `the right of the people to keep and bear arms' and that that right 'shall not be infringed.' It didn't state that troops who were given guns and sent to war to fight for the freedom of America and the liberties guaranteed under the Constitution, would return only to be declared `a risk' for firearm ownership because the government decided war injuries had rendered them `psychologically unstable' and therefore, they would be denied gun ownership as civilians."

Gun control in churches: "This is why I write for non-gun owners: there is too much anti-gun disinformation floating around that sounds sensible at first, but which is untrue, and therefore not sensible at all. Most Americans are interested once they find how gun control interferes with their homes, families, workplace, personal safety and other civil rights. As Pericles put it, `Just because you don't take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.' For those claiming to be apolitical, politics definitely takes an interest in all of us. How gun control adversely affects each of us is in how various mandates begin to sweep into seemingly unrelated political issues, gun owner or not."

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