‘I Can’t Enforce That Law:’ Oregon Sheriff Promises To Ignore New Gun Control Measure

In an ostensible effort to reduce gun violence, Oregon lawmakers are advancing a bill that many Second Amendment advocates feel is not only inconsequential but places an additional burden on those wishing to purchase a firearm. One sheriff in the state agrees with those critics, coming out this week with an impassioned denunciation of efforts to mandate criminal background checks when guns are sold between two private citizens.

Eleven other states have already approved similar measures, though Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel contended that attempting to implement such a regulation would be an exercise in futility.

“I can’t enforce that law,” he declared, “so therefore it won’t be enforced.”

Aside from that concern, Daniel explained that he has bigger concerns than chasing down individuals engaging in a private sale.

“I have felonies going on daily in Josephine County,” he continued. “That’s my priorities.”

While background checks are already mandated prior to transactions at federally licensed arms dealers, many gun rights activists oppose extending those requirements to include all private sales. Earlier this week, presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz explained why he is against the idea.

He described “two guys in a duck blind selling their shotgun one to the other,” noting that “the federal government doesn’t have any business there; and if you ask the American people that, they don’t want the federal government getting in between private, consensual sales between individual citizens.”

Reader reaction to a BizPac Review article about the proposed Oregon law revealed many Americans agree with both Daniel and Cruz.

“Very few criminals buy weapons at gun stores,” one reader wrote. “The law is silly.”

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Tennessee Legislature Passes Bill Protecting Gun Rights

The Tennessee legislature passed a bill Monday with overwhelming support in both houses prohibiting the implementation of federal gun control laws which do not comply with the state constitution.

SB 1110 passed Monday in the state Senate 30-0. Its counterpart in the House, HB 1341, passed 74-20.

According to the bill’s summary, the legislation would prohibit the “use of any public funds, personnel, or property to enforce any federal law or regulation that regulates the ownership, use, or possession of firearms, ammunition, or firearms accessories” if signed into law. It is sponsored by state Sen. Richard Briggs (R).

As The Tenth Amendment Center noted, the bill is designed to offer consistency with Article 1, Section 26 of the Volunteer State’s constitution, which reads:

That the citizens of this State have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defense; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime.

“I’m from the cut that there is no need for Washington, D.C. to be the end all and be all with regards to the regulatory world,” said Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver, a Republican who sponsored the House bill, according to The Tenth Amendment Center. “We should respect our Tenth Amendment and shift the power back to the states and that’s what House Bill 1341 does.”

Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, opposes this measure, The Tennessean reported Saturday, along with 10 other gun-related bills. As for SB 1110, Haslam has ten days from passage to sign or veto the bill (not including Sunday), or it becomes law automatically.

h/t: Ben Swann

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You Won’t Believe How Scott Walker Was Just Attacked By The Dem He Defeated In 2012 Recall

The contentious recall election that Scott Walker survived in 2012 did a lot to elevate the Wisconsin governor’s political profile and position him for a possible bid to become the GOP nominee for president in 2016. The man Walker defeated in that high-stakes challenge was Milwaukee’s Democrat Mayor Tom Barrett, who’s apparently still aiming to bring Walker down.

Following a weekend shooting in Milwaukee that left two people dead, Mayor Barrett held a news conference in which he suggested that Walker and Republican state lawmakers are partially to blame for the shooting deaths.

According to Fox News, Barrett “blamed the shooting on recent gun laws championed by Walker and Republican state lawmakers.”

That set off a strong push-back from Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who said that Barrett was way off base in his criticism of the law and his attack on Walker.

You can see the Fox News report on the firearms firestorm in Wisconsin by clicking on the video below.

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Ted Cruz Schools Gun Control Advocates Everywhere On True Meaning Of Second Amendment

2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was interviewed by Guns.com at the NRA’s Annual Meeting and Exhibit in Nashville, Tennessee last Friday–and discussed what the Second Amendment truly means and how public opinion is trumped by the Constitution.

“When you asked about the role of public opinion polls, when it comes to constitutional rights, what matters is what the Bill of Rights says,” Cruz said. “It doesn’t matter what might be popular at the moment.”

Cruz commented that throughout history, various regimes have stripped guns away from their subjects; and while these actions were popular at the time, they were “an inevitable prelude to tyranny.”

Cruz went on to add that the United States was founded on a “radical proposition” that our rights don’t come from government, but from God. Adding to his point, he referenced Thomas Jefferson, who said that the Constitution acts as “chains to bind the mischief of government.”

“The entire reason for the second amendment is not for hunting, it’s not for target shooting,” Cruz said, while noting that those are great activities. “But that’s not what the second amendment is for.”

“The second amendment is there so that you and I can protect our homes and our families and our children and our lives,” Cruz said. “And it’s also there as a fundamental check on government tyranny. And that ultimately is not subject to public opinion polls, it’s subject to the express protections of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.”

h/t: Right Scoop

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Dem Rep Wants Feds To Purchase Americans’ Assault Weapons

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Representative Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., plans to reintroduce the SAFER Streets Act next week, which would provide a $2000 tax credit ($1000 for two successive years) to people who choose to turn their weapons into law enforcement.

“Assault weapons are not about hunting, or even self-defense,” DeLauro said. “There is no reason on earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in as short a time as possible, that anyone needs a gun designed for a battlefield.” She added that the bill would help “get more assault weapons off the streets.”

DeLauro first introduced the legislation during the last congressional session in 2013, following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December of 2012. The legislation did not pass the Republican-controlled House.

The congresswoman still supports a comprehensive assault weapons ban, as well as a ban on high capacity ammunition clips, closing the “gun show loophole,” and mental health background checks for those owning weapons. DeLauro said that assault weapons were used in Newtown, Aurora, and “countless other mass shootings across America.”

Senate Democrats introduced the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 in January of that year, seeking to implement some of the proposals DeLauro supports, including banning 150 different types of “assault weapons” and high capacity ammo clips. The measure lost 40 to 60 in the Senate, with 15 Democrats and all Republicans (except for Mark Kirk, R-Ill.,) voting against it.

The Democrats passed an assault weapons ban in 1994, which President Bill Clinton signed into law. The bill had a 10-year sunset provision, which lifted the restrictions in 2004. The ban was not renewed.

According to the Justice Department, with or without assault weapons bans, gun violence in the United States has dropped significantly since 1993. Gun-related homicides have fallen nearly by 50 percent, and non-fatal crimes involving guns have dropped by 70 percent.

National Review’s, Charles C.W. Cooke points out that during this time frame, the country has been flooded with up to 180 million new weapons, meaning the presence of more or fewer weapons does not correlate with the way people use them.

Reason’s J.D. Tuccille suggests that gun owners take up Rep. DeLauro on her offer, if her SAFER Streets bill ever becomes law, and “put that $2,000 tax credit toward a brand new assault weapon of your choice!”

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