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Drawing a Line. We Will Not Comply With Ridiculous Gun Laws

I will not comply with ridiculous gun laws

Our gun laws are crazy and I think legislators in gun-grabbing states made them that way on purpose. Their laws make criminals out of honest and responsible gun owners. These laws were never intended to stop violent thugs. In the last year, gun laws have become more onerous. Now we see a wave of deliberate civilian disobedience by honest gun owners. The government made it impossible to follow the laws, so gun owners don’t. Nowhere is this more evident than along the northeastern seaboard. This is what we find when we look state by state.

Washington, D.C. convicted a man for having lumps of lead that could only be used in an antique muzzle loading rifle. The accompanying rifle never entered DC. Yes, DC gun laws are that crazy. You can’t have a spent shell casing or gun jewelry in DC unless you’ve registered the appropriate firearm for that ammunition.

Oh, my God. My wife is such an outlaw.

As we head north, we find that cheap, iron-core ammunition is illegal in Maryland. So is the forty year old M1A rifle and any magazine that holds more than 10 rounds. The fate of the fifty year old tube-fed 22 caliber rifle is uncertain. Maryland gun owners don’t like it. I bet you didn’t know that as you were driving along I-95, did you.

New Jersey cops arrest gun owners, and then let judges decide if the law applies at all. Jersey legislators are in the process of restricting magazines to 10 rounds and outlawing many common tube-fed 22 caliber rimfire rifles. Tens of thousands of New Jersey gun owners will not comply.

New York outlawed many new firearms. They also required registration of common firearms and firearm components. Tens of thousands of New York Gun owners have refused to register their firearms and burned their firearms registration cards. As out of state residents, it isn’t clear how we’ll get our firearms and accessories from Pennsylvania to New England.

The Connecticut legislature now faces hundreds of thousands of firearms owners who refused to register their firearms and firearm components. A politician calls these outlaw weapons a “dangerous assault rifle” if a citizen owns them, but the same firearm is called a “common patrol rifle” when a law enforcement officer carries one. Yes, there are laws for them and laws for us. None of these restrictions apply to law enforcement officers protecting politicians.

There are good and simple reasons to defy these laws. The intellectual argument is that it is safer to oppose civilian disarmament than to comply with it. The emotional argument is that enough is enough, and this is the time and place to stop complying with injustice.

That is the beginning of an argument, not the end. Should we disobey, or strictly comply with crazy laws? There are political advantages to both. In either case, gun owners have to present their case to the public. The court of public opinion will determine the fate of tens of thousands of new, non-violent gun owning criminals the legislature created.

Image: DC’s Outlaw Jewelry

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Rob Morse

About the author, Rob Morse: Rob Morse works and writes in Southwest Louisiana. He writes at Ammoland, at his Slowfacts blog, and here at Clash Daily. Rob co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast, and hosts the Self-Defense Gun Stories Podcast each week. View all articles by Rob Morse

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