Gun Owners In This State Are Taking A Big Stand Against Harsh New Bill

Despite the fact that gun owners in Oregon are now facing new legislative Second Amendment roadblocks, a coalition of activists are determined to stand up for their constitutional rights. As the Gateway Pundit explains, state Senate Bill 941 – which mandates background checks for all private firearms sales – was recently signed into law, provoking the ire of gun owners who already feel their liberties are under attack.

One way these pro-gun advocates plan to make their displeasure known is through a demonstration set for May 30 at the capitol building in Salem.

The ‘I Will Not Comply Demonstration’ is being promoted on Facebook; and, as of this writing, nearly 1,000 individuals have expressed interest in attending.

“We will form up on the capitol steps in Salem to make sure she [an apparent reference to Gov. Kate Brown] knows just how many people she made into criminals in one stroke of a pen,” an event description states.

The social media posting has already attracted dozens of supportive comments.

“Everyone that likes their freedom should go to this,” one Facebook user wrote. “I don’t prefer to be a disarmed sheep. And that is what they want!!!”

Despite the event’s name, there is no overt push to get attendees to disobey the new law. Instead, the rally’s organizer left any such decisions to the individuals who participate.

The description encourages attendees to “do what you think befits an i [sic] won’t comply rally” while practicing “proper weapons safety” at the location.

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New Jersey Democratic Congresswoman Introduces Invasive Bill On Online Gun Sales

A freshman Democratic congresswoman has introduced legislation that would restrict online sales of ammunition.

05132015_Bonnie Tweet_TwitterRep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., unveiled the Stop Online Ammunition Sales Act of 2015 at a press conference Monday in Trenton. The Times of Trenton explains what the legislation would do:

The bill would require that federally licensed ammunition dealers confirm the identify of their customers by verifying a photo identification and if those customers purchase more than 1,000 rounds within five consecutive days, their identities would be passed along to the U.S. Attorney General.

“This bill would take the most basic steps to slow the proliferation of guns and ammunition, helping to prevent events like what we saw in Aurora, Colorado three years ago. Congress can, and must do more to keep our families safe, and we’re urging them to do just that,” Watson Coleman said.

Watson Coleman has the support of her Democratic colleague in the House, Rep. Frank Pallone, who is also from New Jersey. Pallone, also at the press conference Monday, is an original cosponsor of the bill.

“Far too many times, we have seen the shocking images of unspeakable gun violence that could have been prevented,” Pallone said. “Our bill to limit the online sale of ammunition is a long-overdue common sense reform that I am hopeful will spark Congress to put aside party difference and come together to help prevent such senseless tragedies.”

The Hill pointed out that Watson Coleman was one of several Democrats to boycott the speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress earlier this year.

h/t: Bearing Arms

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Mississippi Cop Killer Suspects Supposedly Banned From Gun Possession

Four people have been charged in the shooting deaths of two police officers in Southern Mississippi over the weekend.

Officers Benjamin J. Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 25, were gunned down Saturday night during a traffic stop in the town of Hattiesburg.

The four suspects were arrested after a manhunt that went into the early hours of Sunday morning.

NBC News reports:

Marvin Banks, 29, was charged with two counts of capital murder, and counts of grand theft auto and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Joanie Calloway, 22, was charged with two counts of capital murder, while Curtis Banks, 26, was charged with accessory after the fact of capital murder.

Cornelius Clark was arrested later and faces obstruction charges, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree told NBC News. Clark, 28, was allegedly a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.

Marvin and Curtis Banks are brothers, and both are barred from gun possession thanks to prior felony convictions.

AWR Hawkins, writing for Breitbart, noted:

Felons, like the Curtis brothers, face 100 percent gun control and are completely barred from gun possession. But the deaths of Deen and Tate show that even this level of gun control does not curtail the actions of persons with alleged criminal intent.

We saw this same thing on May 4, when NYPD Officer Brian Moore died after being shot with a stolen gun. New York has an “assault weapons” ban, a “high capacity” magazine ban, a universal background check requirement, and firearm registration, but none of it stops criminals.

Hattiesburg Mayor DuPree said the loss of Tate, who had an “infectious smile,” and Deen, who was a married father of two, was “a tragedy for all Americans.”

“It’s not an easy thing to deal with,” Yolanda Ross, Tate’s mother, said. “He was a wonderful son. A mother couldn’t ask for anyone better.”

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant issued a statement on Sunday, “Mother’s Day,” saying “all Mississippians this morning in mourning the death of our two police officers in Hattiesburg. This should remind us to thank all law enforcement for their unwavering service to protect and serve. May God keep them all in the hollow of his hand.”

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Designer Of 3-D Printed Gun Sues Federal Government Over Restrictions

Cody Wilson, the creator of a 3-D printed gun design, is taking the federal government to court over its decision banning his company from posting the design online.

The “Liberator” is the nation’s first pistol built exclusively on a 3-D printer with twelve separate parts all made of plastic (except for the weapon’s firing pin, which is made of metal). Within two days of Wilson posting the plan for the gun online on May 5, 2013, it was downloaded over 100,000 times.

Wilson told Fox News, “The technology will break gun control. I am for freedom.”

In May of 2013, Wilson’s company, Defense Distributed, posted the plans to the Liberator on the company’s website. Within a week, he received a letter from the State Department informing him that his company was in violation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The State Department argued that because the Internet is available worldwide, distributing the gun’s design fell under its provisions. Wilson could spend up to 20 years in prison and be fined as much as $1 million per violation.

Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation sued the federal government Wednesday, claiming violations of the First Amendment right to free speech, Second Amendment right to bear arms, and Fifth Amendment right to due process under the law.

Defense Distributed’s lawsuit seeks damages from the State Department for years of blocking its activities. “But first, it seeks to have a judge place an injunction on the State Department that would prevent it from continuing to censor Defense Distributed’s files. If that injunction is granted, the group could immediately publish a slew of gun blueprints it’s developed over the last two years even before any resolution is reached in the lawsuit,” according to Wired.

Image credit: Wikipedia/Kamenev

Image credit: Wikipedia/Kamenev

The federal government sought to use the ITAR in the 1990’s to threaten cryptographers with prosecution for posting free encryption tools online. Cryptographer Dan Bernstein sued the State Department for violating his First Amendment free speech right and won. The Justice Department subsequently dropped the investigations.

The 3-D printing of guns is likely to change the gun market and gun control dramatically. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said, “The government is not going to be able to ban magazines for guns, or ban guns themselves, and the notions of background checks would be even more impossible to do. Anyone with access to a 3-D printer can make guns functionally and indistinguishable from a gun that can be bought in a store. I don’t know how the government will stop people from obtaining a printer.”

Defense Distributed’s Wilson points out that, using his company’s technology, “the AR15 community, gun owners can now make the capacity magazines for themselves and there is no need to serialize them. People don’t like to register their firearms any more. They don’t trust the government.”

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‘Open Season For Gang Members’: Texas Police Chief Blasts New Open Cary Law

The same Texas police chief who encouraged his constituents last year to alert authorities of any “gun enthusiasts” they might know is back in the news this week with another anti-gun rant.

After Texas legislators passed a new provision allowing citizens to openly carry firearms, Austin Sheriff Art Acevedo responded by posting a rambling, error-filled screed against the amendment. He titled his post, published Tuesday on Twitter, Open Season For Armed Criminals and Extremists.

In his attempt to convince Texans that expanded freedom for legal gun owners would somehow translate to more dangerous communities, Acevedo wrote that the legislation “is beyond belief and Aiken [sic] to open season for gang members, drug cartels, outlaw motor cycle [sic] gangs and any other criminal or extremist to defy the law with impunity, just brilliant [sic]!”

He went on to assert that if these criminals “had a seat at the policy writing [sic] table they couldn’t have come up with s [sic] better Amendment.”

Acevedo envisioned a nightmare scenario in which government buildings are overtaken by gun-toting criminals who were just waiting for an open carry amendment to pass in Texas.

“Here is a scenario,” he wrote, “next time groups face off in our Capital City at the Capitol, Klan with their hoods on, Panthers with their faces covered, ISIS sympathizers with their faces covered and just about any other extremist group, armed with firearms authorized by Open-Carry, law enforcement will have absolutely no authority to ensure the people who are armed as they wish……….why bother [sic] common sense has officially died and writing any further would be fruitless.”

While a few gun control activists supported Acevedo’s position, a clear majority of social media responses sought to clear up perceived misconceptions in his depiction of the law.

“The assumption that criminals aren’t already carrying is just stupid!” one user wrote. The sentiment was echoed by many others.

One supporter of the law indicated that criminals carried firearms long before it was legal, adding that now “honest people can, too.”

h/t: BuzzPo

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