What gun laws to change?
I am as against the over-criminalization of law as the next guy. The proliferation of new felonies created out of thin air, and the expansion of misdemeanors and punishment for misdemeanors. The Weaponization of the law targetting ordinary people. For why? To control.
Catching an selling a lobster a quarter inch shorter in length compare to this OTHER lobster? Felony. Picking up a feather you saw on the ground on a nature hike because it looked neat? Eagle. Felony. Growing an orchid? Where did you get THIS particular one? Felony
And it is wrong for the feather picker upper and lobster catcher and flower grower to lose their civil right to arms forever because of a law from 1968.
I'm as small 'l' libertarian as the rest of you readers. I agree.
But to prioritize that for change in the gun laws? There are bigger fish to fry
We may only get a brief bite of this apple. In 2020 Majority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and President Cory Booker may have run on other things, but after the inauguration of 2021 they could easily do their true priority and ram through gun bans. We need to pick and choose now the best way to firewall against attack then. Proper judge picks. And legislatively we need to pass something.
Plus we may only get one or two thing before the GOP loses interest and moves on.
Later, I don't want to say "Well, at least people that were in jail for a year can buy a gun again. Well, not in restrictive states, but in others!"
Removing suppressor from the NFA so you 'only' need to NICS check to get one? That's also small ball. I'd trade that away to get federal pre-emption over the states, but that too can bite us in the ass. What the Feds give the Feds can take away. But imagine the outcry! Some Marylander get promoted to Senate and wants to make his state type gun regs apply to the whole county? Wyoming and Indiana and Alabama would scream! But it could also get Constitutional Carry nationwide, too. Eventually. Pass a NICS check, you can carry concealed coast to coast. And Alaska nd Hawaii. But that's far in the future, and just skylarking at this point
The most impactful legislation is the CCW portability one. Especially when the wording has 'permit issued by a State' in the language. If you have to choose one law to prioritize passage, and that CAN be passed now, a hurdle to clear before concentrating on the next issue, this is the law to pass.
What does that law give to someone living in Tennessee? Especially a person that doesn't travel much? The law gives them almost nothing. The potential for greater freedom. Because the law give that poor bastard in Hawaii a chance to get a Utah CCW, allowing him to fly to LaGuardia, and then tote about Times Square, maybe take in a Broadway show. He can carry in Honalulu and Manhattan. Where before he could not. The guy in Tennessee can carry there, too, where before he could carry in Tennessee and few more enlightened state, but not all. Now he gains all. And less worry when he has to take a trip to visit relatives in New Hampshire, passing through Jersey, New York Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.
Selfishly, it helps ME most, of course. It forces Maryland's hand. And we are surrounded by Shall Issue states.
And it moves the civil rights ball quite a bit down field. More so than delisted suppressors. More so than shoplifters and rattle-can-vandals getting guns. Because it normalizes the gun culture in areas that are hostile to the culture. Normalizing the gun culture makes it easier to pass the NEXT law. Or repealing the next outrage.
Anyway. Nothing against Smallest Minority or you and whatever you want to pass first. I just think you get more bang for your buck with the reciprocation, imperfect and federal overreachy as it is.
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