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Bloomberg’s Multi-State Assault on the Second Amendment

from – polizette.com – by Mary Lou Lang-Byrd

Well-funded gun control measures are on the ballots of four states this fall.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun control groups promised back in August, as reported by The Hill, to take their fight to the ballot box. And they have succeeded in four states. They have gotten anti-Second Amendment measures onto the ballot in four states and have financially backed initiatives boosting the measures.

Nevada voters face Question 1, which would require a background check by a licensed gun dealer for any sale or transfer of a firearm. California voters will decide on Proposition 63, which would ban the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines and also require background checks for ammo purchases. Voters in Washington State will decide on Initiative 1491, which would allow for temporary suspension of firearm access if a person is deemed harmful to himself or others, and Maine’s Question 3 would require background checks for even private gun sales or transfers.

Numerous law enforcement officials have come out publicly in opposition to the measures, claiming they will be ineffective in curbing gun violence and will potentially make law-abiding gun owners criminals.

Opposition to Nevada’s referendum continues to grow and includes 16 of the 17 elected sheriffs in the state, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, and Gov. Brian Sandoval. The one sheriff who did not oppose the measure has stayed publicly neutral.

Sheriff Chuck Allen of Nevada’s Washoe County told LifeZette in a phone interview that this measure would do little to stop gun violence and would also would put a strain on law enforcement who would have to respond to calls of potential gun transfers.

“It would overwhelm the agencies that are going to have to respond and take them away from responding to real emergency calls,” Allen said.

In an op-ed piece published Wednesday, Allen wrote: “I’m concerned about Question 1 on the November ballot. Largely bought and paid for by billionaire gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg, it would do nothing to stop criminals while criminalizing the commonplace activities of many Nevada gun owners.”

Allen called the referendum an “anti-freedom measure,” and indicated if Question 1 passes, “Nevada’s gun control laws on private transfers would be even more restricted than the outrageous laws in California. The measure would force anyone who loans or sells a firearm to a friend, or even a cousin, to go through a government background check, paying a fee each time.”

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“A lot of big money is being spent to support the initiative,” and “a lot of commercials are being run against it,” said Allen. He himself has fielded numerous calls from residents who were seeking “clarity on the measure.”

“I’m really hung up on the transfer,” Allen said. “The language is written in a way that it could potentially make criminals out of law-abiding citizens.”

Eureka County Sheriff Keith Logan also said in a phone interview he believes the measure if passed would be ineffective. “It’s a mix of federal and state law, which is usually a problem,” Logan said. “It doesn’t solve any problems.”

“We have existing laws that obviously don’t work,” Logan said. “Nobody believes it’s going to be more effective. It doesn’t actually solve anything in the long run.”

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Logan recalled that he had two officers shot in his 30-year-career by someone who purchased an antique gun at a pawn shop — who should not have been able to purchase it because of his record. “The same scenario would still happen today and if this measure passes. The two fine young men — who survived — if this passes it wouldn’t change the scenario for them. In my opinion, it is not, as it is written, the solution.”

“Bad people are finding ways to get guns,” Logan said, adding he believes loopholes should be closed. However, he said, “We have to do it in the right manner.”

Law enforcement groups are also opposing California’s measure, including the California State Sheriffs’ Association, the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County, California Correctional Peace Officers Association, California Fish & Game Wardens’ Association, and the California Reserve Peace Officers Association, according to the California secretary of state’s website.

The California State Sheriff’s Association did not respond to a request for comment.

Numerous groups joined forces in the Coalition for Civil Liberties to oppose what they call a “deceptive ballot initiative that threatens to criminalize law-abiding Californians and restrict their ability to protect themselves and their families.”

“Proposition 63 is opposed by all major law enforcement groups in California, with none in support. This is because Prop. 63 goes too far and will only result in punishing law-abiding citizens and law enforcement while doing nothing to prevent crime or another terrorist attack,” said David Matza, communications manager of the California Rifle & Pistol Association, part of the Coalition for Civil Liberties, in an email.

“As the California Police Chiefs Association stated, ‘Proposition 63 fails to meet the adequate balance between safety and individual gun rights,” said Matza.

Sheriffs in Maine came out publicly against Question 3, appearing in a video posted Monday to voice their strong opposition to the background check measure. Twelve of the 16 elected sheriffs there are urging a “no” vote on the referendum.

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Don

Interesting Facts About Gun Control: There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. U.S. population 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Do the math: 0.000925% of the population die from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant! What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death: • 65% of those deaths are by suicide which would never be prevented by gun laws • 15% are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified • 17% are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons – gun violence • 3% are accidental discharge deaths So technically, “gun violence” is not 30,000 annually, but drops to 5,100. Still too many? Well, first, how are those deaths spanned across the nation?… Read more »

eagle-eye

If Hilary wins…it’s totally over folks…the beginning of total gun controls…then the rest of her agenda of taking over America.

I have fought for this country, so, taking my country back from the elitist with force, will not be a problem. I may be retired, but not retarded to see what condition my country is in.

If Hilary wins my fellow AMAC seniors over 50-ish…retirement will be least of your problems. She doesn’t give a sh*t about or anything about you. I don’t remember the number of retired military veterans in this country, but I know, it’s over the total of the active forces current serving. She will have a fight on her hands…if she wins!

Sharon H

The uber wealthy want to destroy the second amendment because that will put them in total control. As long as we are armed, it is much more difficult for them. These people are globalists who would love to be in control of the entire planet….the Bloombergs and Soroses of the world can never have enough. This includes the Clintons. What happened to the 6 billion dollars that disappeared from the State Department under Hillary’s
Watch? It’s hard for that much money to disappear without a trail! That’s $6,000,000,000.00! She should be
Held accountable for this. I wonder if this is why her computers and phones were destroyed with hammers and
Wiped out with bleach bit…she obviously has much to hide! I don’t think we need a president with a poor memory!

SML

When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns!

Tempest Tom

Why? Are you actually going to turn your firearms over to anyone representing the federal government. The first act is to slow walk, ignore, any laws she may place upon us by executive order. Just make sure you have enough ammo in a safe place. It won’t take a lot. After she is ignored for a sufficiently long period there will be plenty laying around to pick up unless you have an offbeat caliber.
At least that’s what I read on the internet, Mr Government.

Gordon

I’m surprised President Obama hasn’t tried to use an executive order to force gun control on the people of this country. He is not concerned about the constitution of this country just what he can get away with. Sadly we have a spineless bunch of politicians who only care about getting elected and think only of themselves and not those who they are supposed to represent. Their constituents and the US Constitution are an afterthought and they would be hard pressed to go against anything their party would want. It’s time to clean house, do it in this election cycle before its to late.

Mike

I know this is a old saying but when guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns is a true statement. Don’t these fools release there will always be a black market for criminals to get any weapon they desire? How has the war on drugs worked out? Our politicians say they want to stop drugs coming in, but don’t want to secure the borders. Then they try to tell us how much they are looking out for us. What makes them think banning guns will stop criminals from getting guns? Remember when you see politicians spewing this kind of crap, just follow the money trail and see who is paying them thousands of dollars for a speech.

Paul

Despite the fact that liberals like to use two other English speaking countries as proof of how population control (excuse me) gun control works, Britain and Australia – two countries that effectively removed guns from the hands of civilians – are the poster children of how gun control does not actually work. In the late ’80s and early ’90s (following a 1987 killing spree by one man who killed 15 people) 200,000 guns and around 700 tons of ammunition were removed from society. And then gun violence REALLY got bad peaking at 24,000 during 2013 to 2014. Gun violence (but not violent crime itself) has mostly been on the wane since, but it is completely disconnected from any gun control laws, being more than 20 years after the fact, and didn’t end killing sprees by violent criminals (2010 lone gunman kills 12 people in 4 hours). Australia confiscated and destroyed… Read more »

WILLIE RYAN

yea we need to take guns away from some people why don,t we start with the people that are protecting Obama and hilary and if that works then we can see what else we can do.

Paul

Like Rome, Bloomberg is spreading himself too thin, without actually gaining real ground (more tax paying subjects i.e. more donations from lame-brains). And like Rome, he will over-extend and overspend himself to oblivion. Just can’t happen fast enough.

Shadow64

This is going to be a never ending battle. So dig in gun owners, and God bless…….

Robert Lindsey

They the socialist keep chipping away at the constitution and second amendment these people call there selves democrats but there gone or want open there eyes we our about to lose america for good.

disruptive element

They take an inch, they will take a mile. Fact is, you cannot trust them to keep the Second Amendment. They are communists aka Democrats. They are glib talkers and we are seeing they are against we the people. Trump is the only chance so get out there a vote or you can welcome yourself to communism Hillary style.

J Lee Johnson

I hope the politicians know that many Americans, especially those military, law-enforcement, and even union members, have taken Oaths of Service. I have on two occasions, (not to include the unions I’ve belonged to), for the US Navy and the Dept. of Corrections. The most critical part of my Oath is to uphold the Constitution of the United States. The Second Amendment wasn’t included in the Constitution for its “hunting” component. It is there because our Founding Fathers knew that big government would do exactly as it’s doing today – absolutely defying the restraints that are part of the Constitution. Armed revolution is the last thing we want. An option you should look to is the Convention of States. We know that Congress will not call for a Constitutional Convention because of the power they will lose. However, there is an ALTERNATIVE: the Convention of States is that alternative. To… Read more »

Don

We The People should understand what Bloomberg is and how he made his money.Our Constitution was put in place to control people like him.Our Laws do not stop people from doing bad things.Having no job to go to gives us reason to revolt against the system.Laws are ignored but when caught doing what ever will cost you and then you are on the expense of the State.Prohibition did not work and it sure did make some rich.Our next president will have to abide by our Laws and put God and Country First.

E. Williams

This is just another civil rights violation by our so called elected Officials who need to be voted out of office for violating the Constitution of The U. S.

EAA

This underscores the importance of having a President who will appoint judges that affirm the second amendment. Unconstitutional state laws can be challenged all the way to the supreme court. Like Trump or not, he is the best bet to stop erosion of our Constitutional rights. Without the second amendment the others are indefensible.

Ron Williams

Very happy and proud to live in Wyoming. We do have crime, but firm believers in the the 2nd Amendment and an open carry state tends to discourage a lot of criminal activity…..

Gary Fanning

Nanny Bloomberg is a dangerous man. He thinks of himself to be much smarter than his fellow Americans. He thinks he needs to save us from ourselves. In doing so he helps to perpetuate the dependency on government by those in need! The assault on the 2nd amendment is just another example of that!

Allen

Some years ago there was a news article in the paper in San Diego that told about some LA gang members who managed to get through high school without criminal records. They were selected by the gangs to join the US Army and eventually worked their way into positions in the Quartermaster’s Corps at Fort Irwin, CA. In the supply warehouses, they were able to steal a never determined number of rifles and pistols and smuggle them off the base to take to LA for the others in the gangs. Two of them were caught when the guards at the gate checked their vehicle and found anti-tank rocket launchers in it, The Army has such a poor inventory control system that they were never able to find out how many weapons were stolen or even which types were among the missing. They never recovered any of them. At the same… Read more »