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Sorry for the lack of a roundup last week, I had failed to properly send it in. Mea culpa. Luckily though it wasn’t a tremendously active week for the controllers either. Last week’s events at the end of this post. This week, though, we’ve had some interesting developments.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Washington State is Scared of Ghosts

This week Washington state governor Jay Inslee signed a package of bills clamping down on guns. It includes yet another red flag provision, restricts possession of firearms by minors, and banned “3D-printed and other ‘ghost’ guns.” Oh boy.

Governor Inslee said his measures would “not only reduce preventable gun violence,” but also “serve as a model for the rest of the United States.” I’ve written extensively on the topic of homemade firearms, and their presence in violent crime is… await for it… undetectable. Not because of their spooky qualities, but because they just aren’t used that way.

Banning homemade firearms only restricts ambition. Nothing more.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Booker’s Big Blunder

Okay, that’s enough forced alliteration for one roundup. This week Cory Booker made headlines for pushing for the most “ambitious” gun control mechanisms we’ve heard of in years. This includes mandating licensing to buy and own firearms, and a universal registry.

The concept of a universal registry was snubbed the first time it was tried in the 1930s because, even then, it was clear firearm registries had an overwhelming potential to cause government to respond with excessive force when interacting with gun owners. A national registry is so repulsive that even when federal background checks came into existence, the government had to destroy all records at the end of each working day to prevent the existence of a registry.

Anyone who thinks registries a safe solution to any problem should think about how much they might agree with Joseph McCarthy.

Last Week:

Damned Minnesota Public Safety Omnibus Passes House

Last Monday, the Minnesota House passed a public safety omnibus bill that includes two gun control provisions. Expanded state background check requirements and another incantation of “red flag” law. The bill passed 70-64.

This passage was largely symbolic as the Minnesota Senate has indicated it has no interest in taking up any gun-related bills. Still, the growing practice of including contentious gun control provisions in larger bills – this one including everything from a ban on private prisons to the establishment of a marijuana legalization task force – is hugely troubling.

Most states have single subject rules for exactly this reason: we want bills to pass because they’re good ideas that stand on their own, not because they come packaged with other things we like.

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Senate president Bill Galvno R-Bradenton, shakes hand with Gov. Ron DeSantis at the end of session Saturday May 4, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

Florida Buffs Armed Teachers

The Florida House voted 65 to 47 for a bill enabling armed classroom teachers on Wednesday, buffing up a program that was originally intended to do the same in the aftermath of parkland, but was stripped down to only enable the arming of a handful of school personnel. The new measure adds classroom teachers to the program, an opt-in program requiring many hours of training before teachers can participate.

Governor DeSantis has since signed the bill into law.

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Colorado Red Flag Lawsuit

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a Coloradan gun rights group filed a lawsuit on Thursday, alleging that state House Democrats violated the state’s Constitutional legislative process. Colorado’s red flag law is pretty typical, but this lawsuit focuses on a procedural defect, rather than a Constitutional challenge. Democratic lawmakers failed to intelligibly read the bill aloud in the state House, despite requests from House Republicans. Certainly an interesting twist on the question.

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Ohio Picks up the Red Flag

As is often the case, as more states manage to pass “red flag” laws, it becomes increasingly attractive to lawmakers seeking to seize on the ever-valuable gun control political capital. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said on Friday that he is considering “red flag” legislation “in the wake of mass shootings that target places of worship.” This is not to say that red flag laws are calculated to prevent such shootings in any way, but it still seems the impetus to “do something” lies there.

I’ve never been one to say that “red flag” laws are defective as a class of themselves, but they pretty universally lack sufficient procedural due process protections before the order to seize firearms is granted. A spokesman for DeWine said that “robust due process” would come before seizure. As the bill is yet to be drafted, only time will tell whether Ohio will manage to actually incorporate a proper hearing before confiscation as the rule, rather than the exception.

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  1. Robust due process?

    Assuming it’s even possible to write such a red flag law, it’s not possible to make judges follow such a law.
    Remember the guy in Vermont who had his safe cleaned out by the cops even though he was never accused of being a threat under the law?

  2. Robust due process is what we already have regarding seizure of guns, and exactly what so-called red flag laws seek to remove.

    When the number of progtards in a state reaches critical mass, Jay Inslee and Bob Ferguson are what happens.

    I wonder if they really think everyone who already has an unserialized, self-built AR is going to jump in line and beg for the governor’s approval. And what makes them think they can prevent anyone who feels like it from going to Idaho and buying a simple hunk of aluminum to go with all the other parts they already own?

    Progressivism is a progressive disease.

  3. All democraps MUST be on a Federal registry. Failure to register is a class 1 felony.
    We as a country, are doomed. Rome fell from corruption and mass non-roman immigration. Took 1000 years with out facebook. We will manage it in 250+ with the help of “big tech”.

  4. Turn in state legislators, mayors, their bodyguards, movie “stars” and their bodyguards to “Red Flag” agencies just for shits and giggles!! And Cory’s people in Newark. If they aren’t armed they’re nuts.

    • I’m surprised this isn’t happening already. As a form of malicious compliance, or process torture it’s ingenious. If the question is simply “do you honestly believe the person in question is a threat…?” I can answer yes for a great many politicians and others. Not only does it harass the deserving, it ought to tie up the courts with garbage. Also, it might become really interesting to learn just how many anti gun politicians are closet gun owners, and red flag laws provide a means for this…

  5. . The ghost of ironicatbest lives in Washington? Why would it move from a State that permits manufacture of any fartgunm to Washington. Spectral entity’s just ain’t to bright.

  6. “I’ve never been one to say that “red flag” laws are defective as a class of themselves,”

    Huh… Never heard of “shall not be infringed” then? Red flag laws are defective from the outset.

  7. Come on ! The “Red Flag Laws ” are an Authoritarian conjob! Is everyone blind! If you have an out of control government making laws to circumvent our very Constitutional-Bill of Rights…You might just say that Liberty and Freedom are in serious trouble !

  8. I’d be careful with the McCarthy comparisons after Russia released classified USSR documents that prove McCarthy was correct about hundreds of communist spies in the Federal government

    • 100% agree. Pointing to the honorable Sen. Joseph McCarthy as anything other than a warning about how effective propaganda and historic revisionism of the Left can be, even against some who was both noble in their actions and correct in their assertions, is foolish. If gun registries didn’t work, every single democidal and genocidal dictatorship would not have employed them. McCarthy was right about Soviet agents, and gun registries are an effective tool for disarming a populace.

    • Hurrumph, McCarthy was right, as history bears out, and had we listened to him the republic would be the better for it. I, for one, am sick of hearing the great man maligned!

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