October 29, 2010
In New York, you may be denied your Second Amendment right to own a rifle if administrative officials decide you are not of good moral character.
|Handguns are illegal in the city. Now they’re going for the long rifles.
Andy Warhol, Guns, 1981-1982.
Under Sections 434(b) and 1043 of the New York City Charter, the New York Police Department intends intends to adopt amendments to its rules pertaining to Handgun Licenses, Rifle/Shotgun Permits and Organizations Possessing Rifles and Shotguns.
Handguns are illegal in the city. Now they’re going for the long rifles.
If a person submitting to the police for the right to exercise the Second Amendment to the Constitution is found to have a “history of one or more incidents of domestic violence” — no conviction required, only presumably the evaluation of an administrative official — gun ownership shall be denied.
If the applicant has a poor driving record, has multiple driver license suspensions or has been declared a “scofflaw” by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, he or she will be denied the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights.
A scofflaw is a person who habitually violates the law or fails to answer court summonses, according to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language.
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In New York, in order to have your natural right to own a firearm canceled, all that is required is an inappropriate attitude toward officialdom. “Other information demonstrates an unwillingness to abide by the law, a lack of candor towards lawful authorities, a lack of concern for the safety of oneself and/or other persons and/or for public safety, and/or other good cause for the denial of the permit.”
In other words, if the City of New York adopts the proposed amendments to its charter, police and other officials will be allowed to strip residents of their constitutional rights at any time for any arbitrary reason.
Fox News quotes Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign, who says: “Child support, taxes, fines and governmental penalties I think are legitimate things. Basically, if someone’s not complying with what the government requires of somebody, that’s usually a sign that you can’t trust them to follow the rules with something like a gun.”
Stalin would have loved Mr. Helmke.
Such power defines totalitarianism. Totalitarianism is characterized by pervasive authoritarianism where ordinary citizens basically do not share in state decision-making and the state strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible.
In authoritarian states, they come for the weapons first.
Kurt Nimmo edits Infowars.com. He is the author of Another Day in the Empire: Life In Neoconservative America.