July 22, 2009
New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine has joined other Democrat gun-grabbers — Frank R. Lautenberg, Robert Menendez, Diane Feinstein, Charles Schumer, Jack Reed, and Sheldon Whitehouse — to denounce the Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009. The bill will amend chapter 44 of title 18, United States Code, and allow citizens who have concealed carry permits from the state in which they reside to carry concealed firearms in another state that grants concealed carry permits. In February, the bill was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
On July 20, Sen. John Thune, R-SD, added the bill as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. “It is not uncommon for stand-alone bills on a very narrow issue to have a tougher time passing Congress and being signed into law. With that in mind, Thune made the move to advance his concealed carry legislation by adding it to the National Defense Authorization bill as an amendment,” reports Land Line, the official publication of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. A large number of truckers have concealed carry permits and the issue is of vital importance to them because they cross state lines in the course of their work.
Corzine and a number of other governors, however, would deny truckers and others the right to protect themselves. Corzine has asked New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram and his Chief Counsel to be prepared to file a lawsuit to have the provision declared unconstitutional in the event that this proposal becomes law, according to a press release posted on the State of New Jersey’s Office of the Governor website.
Responsible citizens exercising the Second Amendment, according to Corzine, endanger “the safety of law-abiding Americans throughout New Jersey, and throughout this great nation by effectively nullifying state laws.” Corzine believes states have the right to strike the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights and deny residents the right to protect themselves from marauding criminals.
“The statement exposes the Governor’s fundamentally misguided view that anyone who chooses to exercise the Constitutional right to bear arms for personal protection, even with government sanction, is a potential criminal from whom the public needs to be protected,” writes Scott Bach. “In an era where vicious criminal predators prey upon the weak and vulnerable, the U.S. Supreme Court has surprisingly held that police owe no duty to protect individual citizens and cannot be held accountable when they fail to do so. This means that from the time you dial 911 until the police arrive, you’re on your own. Right-to-Carry helps level the playing field in the gravest extreme, and offers victims a fighting chance while they wait for help to arrive.”
Corzine’s attack on the Second Amendment and the right of New Jersey’s citizens to protect themselves comes as Democrats have proposed a number of anti-Second Amendment laws. The election of Obama was viewed as a victory for the gun-grabbers. The Brady Campaign said Obama “consistently supported common sense gun laws in the U.S. Senate and in the Illinois State Senate. Senator Biden not only has supported, but also has been a leader for strong gun laws throughout his career in the U.S. Senate,” Susan Jones reported for CNSNews after the election.
[efoods]In June, New Jersey Democrat senator Frank R. Lautenberg said he would introduce legislation designed to cancel the Second Amend rights of well over a million U.S. citizens. “Mr. Lautenberg plans to introduce legislation on Monday that would give the attorney general the discretion to block gun sales to people on terror watch lists,” the New York Times reported. Lautenberg’s bill, allowing AG Holder to block gun sales to “terrorists” on the federal no-fly database, was floated in 2007 by Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, at the time a House member from Illinois.
Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, told ABC’s Good Morning, America in April the Second Amendment would not “stand in the way” of administration plans to crack down on alleged gun trafficking to Mexico, since revealed as red herring. “We want them registered. We don’t want them crossing state lines,” said the Democrat.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat and member of the so-called Blue Dog Coalition, announced a plan to introduce an assault weapons in May. Gillibrand, the junior senator from New York, was at one time highly rated by the NRA for her advocacy of the Second Amendment. Since her Senate appointment, Gillibrand has “passed just about every test on guns set by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy,” who reintroduced a bill closing the so-called gun-show loophole. McCarthy is the poster child of gun-grabbers.
Democrats are on the offensive in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Heller decision affirming the principle that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, and that the right it thus protects is a fundamental right. A number of states — most notably Texas, Tennessee, Alaska, and Montana — have proposed laws designed to protect the rights of gun owners. More than a dozen others are considering such laws, and more general declarations of state sovereignty have been introduced this year in more than 30 legislatures.
Earlier this month, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said in an open letter sent to Tennessee that federal laws apply to the state. A law signed by the state asserts that “federal laws and regulations do not apply to personal firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition that is manufactured in Tennessee and remains in Tennessee.” ATF assistant director Carson W. Carroll wrote that ‘Federal law supersedes the Act’, and thus the ATF considers it meaningless.
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