You’ve probably heard about the travails of one Shaneen Allen, the Philadelphia Mom who drove into New Jersey with a gun. When Garden State cops pulled her over for a traffic stop (DWB), she told them about her gat. They arrested her for illegal firearms possession. Allen was looking at three years behind bars – until NJ prosecutors decided that former NFL star Ray Rice didn’t need to go to jail for punching his fiancee unconscious in a hotel elevator (don’t ask). Ms. Allen should have known not to bring a gun into the Garden State “gun-free zone.” Anyway, her case highlights the problem of living in or near a disarmed populace: you get arrested for the stupidest sh*t. Case in point . . .
A 66-year-old man, who was helping his 94-year-old mother-in-law do some cleaning, turned in three 38-caliber pistols he found in the home last week. Two of the guns did not have serial numbers meaning they are fairly old, police said. The firearms likely belonged to the woman’s late husband. Police took possession of the guns and ammunition. The son-in-law let police know he was coming.
Yes gun guys and gals: there’s a lot of fail in there. .38 not 38. The lack of serial numbers doesn’t necessarily indicate age. Giving police guns to destroy isn’t the best possible end for any firearm. Anyway, the cohasset.wickedlocal.com article hails from Massachusetts, a state lousy with gun control laws. And here’s the thing: the 66-year-old dutiful son could have been arrested for turning in the guns.
Police will accept unwanted firearms and have them destroyed. They ask that they be notified first rather than have someone just walk into the station with a firearm, police said. Police also warned that possession of a firearm without a license to carry a gun is a criminal offense.
In other words, if you’re carrying a gun to a Bay State police station without a concealed carry license, even if the cops tell you to come on down, you’re committing a felony. By the same token, even if you’re transporting a gun unloaded in a locked container (with the ammunition stored separately) on the back seat of your SUV in Massachusetts – rather than the furthest part of the vehicle away from the driver…boom! Felony.
I’m sure TTAG’s Armed Intelligentsia living in so-called “slave states” can list plenty of stupid gun laws that seem carefully designed to do nothing more than trip-up Americans exercising their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. No matter how you slice it, fewer gun control laws mean that fewer otherwise law-abiding people get caught-up – unnecessarily – in the criminal justice system.
An armed society is, at best, a legally armed society. In fact, I’m of the opinion that the “shall not be infringed” bit of the Second Amendment to the United State Constitution is a prohibition against ANY gun laws – sensible or not. Penalties for illegal use, yes. Gun control, no. But what do I know? I live in a state where openly carried handguns are illegal.