We Prioritize Liberty Over Safety…And I Wouldn’t Want It Any Other Way

In response to Nick’s recent post about a negligent discharge by one of the civilians openly carrying an AR 15-style rifle to protect a military recruitment center, a commenter named Paul posted the following (slightly edited), beginning with a quote from an earlier comment:

“…[L]ast I checked, fundamental rights aren’t subject to capability tests.”

What other “fundamental rights” involve the capacity to kill lots of things quickly? . . .

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Christie’s Bullying Tirade Deflects from Having to Answer Tough Questions on Guns

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“Chris Christie tore into a gun rights activist who questioned his Second Amendment record in an Iowa town hall event Saturday night, displaying the fiery and confrontational style the New Jersey governor is known for,” CNN approvingly proclaimed in its “report” on the exchange. Other media, including The Huffington Post and The Des Moines Register were quick to portray it as “Christie fires back” and “Christie counters” respectively.

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Rick Perry Opposes Gun-Free Zones

GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Perry went on record this weekend opposing the general concept of ‘gun-free zones’ on CNN’s State of the Union. “I will suggest to you that these concepts of gun-free zones are a bad idea,” Perry said. “I think that you allow the citizens of this country, who have appropriately trained, appropriately backgrounded, know how to handle and use firearms, to carry them. I believe that, with all my heart, that if you have the citizens who are well trained, and particularly in these places that are considered to be gun-free zones, that we can stop that type of activity, or stop it before there’s as many people that are impacted as what we saw in Lafayette.” . . .

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New York Gun Owners Tell Cuomo to Pound Sand On SAFE Act Registration

Although TTAG has been reporting on the civil disobedience brewing among gun owners in New York to the ironically-named NY SAFE Act, the story is now spreading enough such that even elements of the mainstream media are unable to ignore it anymore. NPR reported on Friday that “it appears that many gun owners are refusing to comply with a key provision that requires the registration of so-called assault weapons.” Imagine that . . .

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Seattle Gun and Ammo Tax Supporters Using Bogus Revenue Projections

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(The following post is by Sergey Solyanik, owner of Seattle gun store Precise Shooter, and is reprinted here with permission. An anti-tax Facebook page has been set up here.)

As you may know, Councilman Tim Burgess is proposing a $25 tax per gun on firearms sales and transfers (excluding person-to-person sales) in the city of Seattle, and $0.05 tax per round on ammunition bought in Seattle. This is why this proposal is a really bad idea . . .

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NY Sen. Gianaris: Postponing Unconstitutional SAFE Act Ammo Mandate is Unconstitutional

A couple of years ago, New York Democrats rammed-through the ironically-named NY SAFE Act – an ill-conceived, hastily-written law designed to pander to the Dem’s anti-gun ideological base. SAFE Act enforcement has been spotty at best. County sheriffs simply refuse to act. Hundreds of thousands of AR-owning Empire Staters have ignored its provisions. Most recently, Gov. Cuomo “postponed” the Act’s ammunition purchase registration mandate. The New York Times reports that last bit has caused a few NY State Senate Democrats to howl that the constitution is being violated . . .

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UK and US Hoplophobes: “Only Cowards Carry”

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It started out with mild curiosity sparked by a SHTFPlan.com headlineWith Knife Murders Spiking After Gun Ban, UK Urges ‘Save a Life–Surrender Your Knife. After all, this is the country that developed blunted “anti-stab knives,” after “doctors … lobbied … for kitchen knives to be redesigned [because] it could help to save lives.” What new foolishness were they up to in Piers Morgan Paradise? Why not follow some links, pull some threads and find out?

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Constitutional Carry Fail in New Hampshire

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Yesterday, Democrat Governor Maggie Hassan vetoed New Hampshire bill SB116 which would have removed the licensing requirement for concealed carry. New Hampshire currently permits permitless open carry, but if you want to carry concealed, you must submit an application to your local CLEO (or Town Selectman if your town is too small for its own police force). SB116 had passed the New Hampshire Senate 14-9 in February on a strict party line vote – Republicans in favor, Statists Democrats opposed. It had gone on to the House in April where it had passed 212-150.  The house vote was more mixed with some Republicans voting against the bill and a few Democrats in favor of it . . .

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