Wednesday, May 21, 2014

David Codrea: Vigilantes’ with ‘illegal guns’ do to Boko Haram what government cannot

Good article by David Codrea

“Residents of three villages in northeastern Nigeria took security into their own hands this week, repelling attacks by Boko Haram insurgents and killing more than 200 of them, residents and officials said,” CNN reported last Thursday. “When news of the attack filtered out, people trooped out from nearby villages carrying arms.”

Where did they get the arms from? As documented in this correspondent’s recent Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership report, not only is there no “legal” right to private gun ownership, but "civilians are not allowed to possess machine-guns, military rifles and handguns … private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons [and] private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is prohibited."

Add to that licensing, background checks and registration for what they are allowed to own, a prohibition on concealed carry and stiff criminal penalties for gun law violations, and Nigeria is one of those places where the "law-abiding" are at extreme disadvantage.

More Here at Gun Rights Examiner

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