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    examiner.com - Anti-gun movement runs out of steam in 2014

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    For gun policy watchers in 2014, the game has become a one-sided affair. Gun rights advocates continue to rack up political and legal victories, while the anti-gun movement “seems to have run out of steam entirely” says John Pierce, co-founder of OpenCarry.org, and a Virginia gun rights attorney specializing in ‘gun trusts’ and the restoration of gun rights under Virginia and federal law.

    2014 looked promising for gun rights from the ‘get-go’ when in February the Federal Ninth Circuit held that the Second Amendment does not permit states to require citizens to justify their need to carry guns. The Court struck down California’s “may issue” carry permit scheme, generally following the precedent set by the Seventh Circuit when it struck down the Illinois ban on carrying handguns in 2012.

    July 1st then brought clarity to open carry in Kansas when a law took effect to clearly preempt localities from banning open carry.

    And then on July 29th, Federal District Judge Frederick J. Sculin Jr. struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns in public. For several days thereafter, citizens legally carried handguns about the District without causing alarm or crime. Judge Sculin later stayed his ruling to allow the District time to enact a reasonable scheme of gun carry regulations. The District’s response so far has been to draft a draconian may-issue permitting scheme like the one struck down by the Ninth Circuit early this year, and, adding insult to injury, ban gun carriers access to public transportation, not even allowing gun owners to sit in the back of the bus.

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    I would agree entirely except for one thing; I have been through entirely too many hurricanes in my life to think that when things get calm, the storm is over.

    Yes, we have won a lot of victories in the firearms rights arena, but now is not the time to relax our vigilance. We must continue to both exercise our rights and bring the harsh light of publicity on those who would infringe on those rights.

    It is my firm belief that the critical period is between now and 2016. Those who would disarm us have not given up; never think that they have.
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    Didn't a federal court look at MD may-issue law and said that the restrictions were OK, also w/NY restrictions.

    So .. one has to understand that none of these courts are correct .. that all gun laws are, regardless of what they say, not proper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Gun rights advocates continue to rack up political and legal victories, while the anti-gun movement “seems to have run out of steam entirely” says John Pierce...
    It's not so much they've run out of steam, which indicates motivation. It's that they're running out of legal options. One court decision after another over the last five years has continued to uphold our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. It's always been clear to me, as our Constitution and Amendments weren't written to be an incomprehensible piece of legal mumbo-jumbo. They were written to be easily understood by everyone, regardless of station, or even country. It was meant to be universal, and it is. Thankfully, more courts than not are viewing it as it's written, instead of trying to legislate from the bench, thereby undermining our rights.

    Case in point:

    2014 looked promising for gun rights from the ‘get-go’ when in February the Federal Ninth Circuit held that the Second Amendment does not permit states to require citizens to justify their need to carry guns. The Court struck down California’s “may issue” carry permit scheme, generally following the precedent set by the Seventh Circuit when it struck down the Illinois ban on carrying handguns in 2012.
    The rest is just gravy, except for this key piece of information (emphasis mine):

    And then on July 29th, Federal District Judge Frederick J. Sculin Jr. struck down the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns in public. For several days thereafter, citizens legally carried handguns about the District without causing alarm or crime.
    That which the doomsday naysayers expected never happened. Law-abiding citizens behaved themselves as law-abiding citizens do.

    However, not all courts are waking up. In response to the "well, that was a non-event" result of allowing open carry in our nation's capitol, did things progress for the better?

    No. They did not. Yet another court judge either stuck his head in the sand or bowed to what history will probably reveal as the overstepping of Obama's presidential power:

    Judge Sculin later stayed his ruling to allow the District time to enact a reasonable scheme of gun carry regulations. The District’s response so far has been to draft a draconian may-issue permitting scheme like the one struck down by the Ninth Circuit early this year, and, adding insult to injury, ban gun carriers access to public transportation, not even allowing gun owners to sit in the back of the bus.
    Thus, ignorance and gross violation of routine statistical analysis, if not blithering idiocy, continue to prevail in uber-socialist/communist pockets of our justice system.

    The question is, how do we route our the lunacy?

    The answer is simple: Take a long, hard look at the party of Presidents who keep appointing anti-gun/2A judges, and stop electing people from that party.
    The First protects the Second, and the Second protects the First. Together, they protect the rest of our Bill of Rights and our United States Constitution, and help We the People protect ourselves in the spirit of our Declaration of Independence.

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