A few days ago I wrote about a meeting between Obama and Michael Bloomberg—where they worked on creating new ways to deny us our Second Amendment right to own a gun—and Valerie Jarrett’s promise that Obama would be issuing a series of Executive Orders designed to impose additional restrictions on our ability to buy and/or sell firearms.
But while these things were being worked on at the federal level, the assault on the Second Amendment is spreading like wildfire at the state level as well:
- In Illinois, a bill introduced by a Democratic state lawmaker in late December would revoke a citizen’s firearms owner ID card and result in the seizure of the individual’s firearms, if the person’s name is added to the FBI terror watch list.
- A Nevada Democratic state senator announced a similar bill on Dec. 14 that would “prohibit those on the Federal No-Fly List from purchasing firearms in Nevada.” The bill echoes legislation that recently failed to pass Congress.
- Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s operatives are also pushing to get an initiative on the 2016 Nevada ballot that would criminalize private transfers of firearms. Bloomberg-funded groups are heading to other states like Maine and Arizona to propose similar gun control initiatives.
- Similarly, a New Mexico Democrat state representative pre-filed a measure for the new year that would criminalize non-licensed dealer firearm transfers at gun shows.
- In New York state, two Democratic lawmakers proposed a bill last week that would limit ammunition purchases. The legislation would cap ammunition buys to twice the capacity of the firearm during a 90-day period.
- Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s move to revoke the commonwealth’s concealed carry firearm reciprocity with 25 different states goes into effect on Feb. 1.
But perhaps the most troubling piece of legislation from the states comes to us courtesy of the land of fruits and nuts, California, where a new law takes effect on Jan. 1, 2016 that allows the police to seize the guns of law-abiding citizens without charges, notice or due process.
The assault on our constitutional rights continues, and it’s likely to get worse before it gets better.
So, as we greet 2016, perhaps a New Year’s resolution to join the NRA or some other gun rights organization is in order. But if you choose not to do that, at the very least, commit to staying informed on the threats we face to our constitutional rights, and then vote accordingly in the 2016 elections.
Our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness depends on it.
David Leach is the owner and publisher of The Strident Conservative, where you will find news and opinion that’s politically-incorrect and always “right.” He is also a frequent contributor at RedState.com.
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