Skip to comments.Registration and Gun Tax Bill Would Dismantle Gun Ownership in Rhode Island
Posted on 02/26/2013 8:39:21 AM PST by EXCH54FE
Charlotte, NC --(Ammoland.com)- Legislation introduced in Providence last week represents one of the strongest attacks on the Second Amendment in Rhode Island in years.
House Bill 5573, sponsored by representatives Linda Finn (D-72), Edith Ajello (D-1), Maria Cimini (D-7), and Christopher Blazejewski (D-2), would require all firearms in the state of Rhode Island to be registered both pistols and long guns.
Current law specifically prohibits the keeping of such a list, and this legislation would directly overturn that law. Criminals do not use registered guns, and this bill would do nothing to address crime or public safety. Registration is a dangerous and costly practice that has proven to be a failure in other states and countries.
The bill would also require fingerprinting, and incredibly, gun owners would be required to pay a $100 fee for each gun registration! This amounts to a tax on a constitutional right. And because registration schemes typically cost much more than proponents claim, those fees will undoubtedly increase significantly. Failure to comply would result in a prison term up to 3 years and a fine up to $3,000. HB 5573 also requires that sold guns be equipped with a safety device designed to prevent the unintended discharge or discharge by unauthorized users. This vague requirement would put dangerous obstacles in the way of self-defense.
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“The bill would also require fingerprinting, and incredibly, gun owners would be required to pay a $100 fee for each gun registration! This amounts to a tax on a constitutional right.”
How in the world would this be any different than charging a fee to a person or group for the Constitutional right to speak freely, or to go to church, for that matter?
What they are proposing is, without question, unconstitutional. They should be taken to task by their constituents for even proposing such legislation.
What a strange Century we live in where the Northeastern States wantonly seek to re-instate “Jim Crow Laws” and the Southern States Embrace Liberty.
I’ve been talking about this for a couple of months now. This is how “legislators” are going to circumvent the accusation that they are dismantling the Second Amendment - by making buying, owning and using a gun one of the most difficult things we can do.
If they load it up with paperwork, regulations and taxes, they can claim that they haven’t affected the Second Amendment and, technically, they are right. But, as we all know, the whole point is to make exercising our Second Amendment rights an exercise in futility.
Our country is being separated up, much like it was before the Civil War.
“How in the world would this be any different than charging a fee to a person or group for the Constitutional right to speak freely, or to go to church, for that matter?”
Or for not buying health insurance. No doubt they’re using the Roberts Obamacare ruling to try and justify this nonsense.
This would only bring RI up to the same level where Massachusetts is now. $100 fee. Fingerprinting. Registration at point of sale after a background check. Locking devices. The whole nine yards.
infringe - to encroach upon in a way that violates law or the rights of another.
encroach - to enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another.
there is a reason the NE is going the way of the lost city of Detroit.
If you have ever been to RI, you will notice it hasn’t much to lose. The place absolutely sucks.
The left deliberately takes guns from the hands of honest, law-abiding non-violent citizens and intentionally leaves them in the hands of violent criminals.
I will not back down from this statement.
“If you have ever been to RI, you will notice it hasnt much to lose. The place absolutely sucks”
That is not true. Rhode Island has some really wonderful places. There are miles of gorgeous coastline , tranquil country villages, and some of the best food in the world on Federal Hill
The political climate, I admit, has taken a very sharp turn to the left in recent years. When I was growing up in RI most of the southern and northern counties were Republican strongholds with only the cities being controlled by Democrats.
Several years ago I left RI and moved to Texas to be closer to my son and his family. Unfortunately while everyone consideres Texas the bastion of conservatism there are signs that here too liberals are trying to change the poltical landscape. It may not happen overnight but if people are not alert to this sad scenario it will eventually happen. I mention this because that is what happened in RI. Please don’t kick them aside as a lost cause. Hope that the remaining conservatives in RI can turn things around.
Introduce a law taxing “journalist” $100 for every word they print or speak on tv and see if the moan about the 1st amendment.
“back down from this statement.”
Why should you back down? Your statement is 100% correct.
“Introduce a law taxing journalist $100 for every word they print or speak on tv and see if the moan about the 1st amendment.”
Right. I envision the future when efforts to demonize certain populations or groups coincide with efforts to reduce their ability to function—kind of like what the smoking reduction campaign was like—only directed towards various groups to make them unpopular or disliked. When the group has been attacked to the point that they are sufficiently disliked, those in the ‘majority’ will remain silent (or may even cheer happily) when rights are somehow diminished for the unpopular.
When considering in the larger sense what the proposed RI legislation would actually achieve, it would essentially allow for the targeting of any and all of the Constitutional rights with the sole purpose of curtailing freedom.
Lessee - I’ve been a professional writer for ~25 years and have 3 college degrees and you feel the need to provide me dictionary definitions?
BTW, they are neither infringing nor encroaching. They are enveloping the Second Amendment with so many policies, procedures, taxes and paperwork as to make obtaining a gun next to impossible.
Perhaps the best solution for these corrupt “representatives of the people” is:
1. A rope.
2. A tree.
3. Assembly required.
I know it takes longer, but it saves ammo for other serious “social” occasions.
Start charging poll taxes again. See how long that lasts. Yet half of today’s voters are way more dangerous than guns.
No, they aren't right. "...shall not be infringed." means just that, and loading up a fundamental right with paperwork, regulations, and taxes is an infringement. Just because people haven't realized that such onerous bureaucratic crap is an infringement, does not make it any less so.
Wowsers, you got me. I’m a leftist.
From a technical standpoint, the Second Amendment hasn’t been infringed. What they are doing is making the path to exercising the Second Amendment virtually impossible, but, the Amendment, itself, has not been infringed or touched in any way.
This is the game they are playing. It’s semantics and trying to pull the wool over our eyes because they think we won’t figure it out.
Gun owners need to fight.
if unsuccessful, they need to move.