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Legal system a mess for gun owners

February 23, 2014
The Leader Herald

The workings of the legal system are complex and complicated. It is impossible for citizens to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted, and you create a nation of lawbreakers and then you cash in on guilt.

In New York state under Gov. Andrew Cuomo's N.Y. Secure Ammunitions and Firearms Enforcement Act, non-compliance means criminal issues that may or may not have been recognized before. Gov. Cuomo's six major implications on gun control laws create a legal nightmare.

Example, just driving down the street with a firearm in the car, any gun, creates dozens of unintentional felonies. The federal Gun Free School Zones Act makes it a felony to be in possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school - that's about two blocks. People with a permit to possess the firearm are exempted from the 1,000-foot rule, but only if the permit is issued by the state they are in at the moment. Permits for other states, even if they're recognized by the state you're in, do not qualify you for an exemption. So you can be in full compliance with all state laws regarding possession of the firearm, but still violate federal and state law. The Gun Free School Zones Act is just one example of a law that's "already on the books" that is thankfully almost never enforced.

Now Congress with state legislators are looking at criminalizing all private firearm transactions from common as you can get - garage sales, lawn and house sales and more - which don't go through a dealer. They would make felons of lifelong friends who swap guns between themselves without the additional costly steps of traveling to a licensed firearms dealer or local authorities, paying a fee and completing several steps only to have them have to wait up to three days for the federal government to get around to approving the transfer. If it's flagged, beware; the firearm is held until cleared. Unbelieveable ramifications exist.

They call it universal background checks; it's just plain criminalizing selling your stuff.

ALFRED PETTIT JR.

Meco

 
 

 

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