Skip to comments.Some Washington Mayors Are Gunning to Take Away Your Rights
Posted on 09/20/2009 9:36:39 AM PDT by Stoat
Yakima Mayor Edler recently announced that he joined Mayor Bloombergs Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG). Yakima is dealing with a string of gang-related shootings that have rocked the City of Yakima. MAIGs Mission Statement declares:
We support the Second Amendment and the rights of citizens to own guns.
The anti-gun mayors group does not support the right to bear arms, however. MAIG has stated that a policy that is appropriate for a small town in one region of the country is not necessarily appropriate for a big city in another region of the country.
Many of the positions taken by MAIG around the U.S. violate our Washington State Constitution and RCW 9.41.290 which fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms regulation within Washington State. Thus, our state firearms preemption law prohibits local laws and ordinances that are inconsistent with, more restrictive than, or exceed the requirements of state law.
Yakimas City Council recently decided to repeal two illegal firearms restrictions that violate state preemption law.
A nineteen year old man was shot dead during an argument yesterday (September 17, 2009) at the Federal Way Transit Center. There have been previous shootings there, including the death of an innocent bystander.
Mayor Edler, Pete Lewis of Auburn, and other Washington mayors presumably join Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) to combat violent crime and make cities like Auburn and Yakima safer.
According to MAIG, more than 450 mayors from big cities and small towns across the country have joined the coalition. MAIG claims that it just seeks common sense solutions that may vary for different localities but MAIGs real agenda (possibly unknown to well-intentioned mayors like Mr. Lewis- but that is unlikely at this point in time) is to restrict folks from exercising many of our gun rights, gradually removing the ability of citizens to stop violent crimes immediately by armed self-defense.
Legislation supported by MAIG includes repealing the Tiahrt Amendment which provides for trace data to be provided to law enforcement and prosecutors but prohibits providing firearms information for lawsuits aimed at closing down gun manufacturers and gun shops. The NRA and The Fraternal Order of Police oppose releasing such data as releasing some of the data could jeopardize officers lives.
Mayor Bloomberg would restrict people on the terror watch list from buying or owning guns. Earlier this year, Homeland Security warned that some of our troops returning from combat zones pose a potential terrorist threat.
Do we want our returning servicemen and women placed on a watch list and losing their right to keep and bear arms? Once on the list, many Americans have found that there is no way to get off of it- even where the government admits a mistake has been made.
Mayor Nickels of Seattle, a member of MAIG, has threatened to violate Washingtons firearms preemption law. Why not just punish violent predators to the maximum extent of the law?
MAIG is against HR 2296 and S. 941 which would clarify the standards and improve the process for imposing penalties related to intentional violations of federal gun laws. MAIGs opposition is apparently because the proposals are not hard enough on simple paperwork mistakes that can presently result in the BATF harassing and even closing down legitimate gun dealers!
MAIGs present goal in Washington State is apparently to remove the so-called gun show loophole. The argument (shown to be false by Department of Justice statistics) is that, since people can buy guns at gun shows without a background check, many criminals are purchasing guns at gun shows. The Washington Arms Collectors, the organization that hosts many gun shows in Washington, requires that only WAC members (all of whom have passed background checks) can purchase weapons at gun shows. Dealers still have to perform NICS checks at gun shows just like they do in their regular place of business.
Under present Washington law, private parties can presently buy or sell weapons away from gun shows without any background check. Will MAIG want legislation closing the private party loophole next?
Efforts to prevent the existence of any loopholes work better in totalitarian societies. Laws already enacted need to be enforced more strictly before we give up our freedom. Lets make society safer by making things harder for the predators, not for law abiding gun owners.
About the author:
Mark Knapp, a Federal Way lawyer, is an NRA member and member of Washington Arms Collectors. His law practice focuses on employment law, firearms and civil rights. A self described one-issue voter, he asserts that armed protection for our families is also a pro-life issue. He is currently writing a book on what the Bible teaches about armed self-defense and teaches on the subject of threat response planning for individuals and groups.
If you have ever taken an oath to defend the constution of the united states join oathkeepers. we will defend our country and our families against the communism that is slowly taking our liberties..
The cancer continues to metastasize.
IOW these mayors seek to balkanize the USA into small insignificant areas where the kooky free men live and the walls of the Urban Political Centers.
These mayors can not POLITICALLY afford to have citizens engaged in self help and independence. These mayors can even countenance ANY self reliance of people. It is all about mayors cultivating the culture of weakness.
The Second Amendment is not “optional.”
What does possession of guns by gang members, in ANY town, have to do with legal gun ownership? The two factors are totally uncorrelated. Now, if there is concealed carry in addition to legal gun ownership, the PERCEPTION that the next person the gang members attack may be carrying a weapon and would shoot back, tends to cool their ardor for thug behavior, and while they are still gang members, they may not ever graduate to being thieves, killers, and (sometimes) convicted felons, who may NEVER legally own firearms.
we can't help it if the govt allows these illegals in the country...they account for so much violance...how about making them register and taking their dna and restricting their rights to roam around...
why does the fringe control the mainstream?
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