What Constitution? Police department blames virus, ‘safety concerns’ for suspending issuing gun permits.

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NANTUCKET, MA – Nantucket Police suspended acceptance of applications for Firearm Identification Cards (FID) and License to Carry (LTC) permits from residents on Wednesday, November 18, citing coronavirus concerns related to a “fingerprint-based criminal records checks.”

A tweet from the official account of the Nantucket Police Department announced the suspension:

“(The decision to suspend application acceptance came) after employees responsible for obtaining… fingerprints expressed their concern that they could not safely do their jobs with the workplace safety procedures that we have in place.”

According to the State of Massachusetts’ official website, it is illegal to own a gun without an FID card. It is also illegal to transport a firearm under specific conditions or carry for self-defense without an LTC permit.

Therefore, Nantucket residents could be blocked from legally owning or carrying a gun, resulting in the shutdown preventing law-abiding citizens from legally exercising their Second Amendment rights.

This policy decision has drawn criticism, especially from those citizens in the Nantucket area, but also from Second Amendment and gun rights advocates all over the nation.

Ryan Fournier, Students for Trump founder, commented on Twitter:

“COVID-19 is not a reason to infringe on our Second Amendment right to defend ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities.

“More firearms in the hands of law-abiding Americans make everyone more safe.”

Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms opined:

“This is why your rights should never require a license in order to exercise them.”

Many upset and angry residents and Second Amendment supporters responded to the police department’s Tweet:

@peegu36 reacted:

“(We have not suspended issuing licenses, we (just won’t issue new licenses or those needing fingerprints). Nonsense, straw argument:  that is tantamount to abridging the rights of citizens who seek this (ultimately unconstitutional) license.

“Come on now:  Chief Pittman’s arguments are nonsense.  ‘What if the clerk tests positive and the whole department has to quarantine.’ Straw argument:  appropriate safeguards are available to handle these effectively. Do them offsite. Outsource them.” 

@NickolesRick also responded:

“Absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Citizens of Nantucket, move to the South but vote Republican when you get here!” 

Bossmoves88 tweeted:

“I’m sure if someone’s arrested, they’ll get fingerprinted. Also – every store you go to has a keypad on the credit card machine. They all have the clear plastic guard on them that everyone touches (which) is not sanitized. With PPE you can take fingerprints. This is insane.”

@1776PM said:

“So instead of waiving permit requirements, you are going to deprive your citizens of their Constitutional rights?”

@DropOutVision reacted in a tweet:

“Will you also be letting criminals run away since you can’t apprehend them while staying 6 feet away? Piss poor excuse for pushing a leftist agenda on law-abiding citizens.”

In other Second Amendment news, citizens in Virginia are angry that a large gun show scheduled in Fairfax County this weekend was canceled.  The same type of show was held at the same venue in August, drawing 12,500 people, and had no after-effects related to the pandemic.

According to The Washington Post:

“The three-day Nation’s Gun Show was scheduled to begin Friday at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly but would have had to operate under new capacity restrictions – limiting the crowd to 250 people at a time – that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) implemented in response to a surge in infections.”

Showmasters, the show’s organizer, filed a lawsuit last week expressing that with the tighter rules, gun owner’s rights were being violated and the cancellation would lead to financial hardships for vendors who were coming from as far away as Texas, also indicating that these shows take months of scheduling and financial planning 

David G. Brown, an attorney for Showmasters argued that the center should be classified as a “brick and mortar establishment” per Virginia law which has no capacity limits and is required to follow only physical distancing and mask-wearing mandates under Northam’s pandemic plan.

Brown argued during a hearing on Thursday:

“Isn’t a Walmart just a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week exposition of goods to be sold?  There’s no difference.”

Unfortunately for Brown, Showmasters, and gun show vendors and attendees, the arguments were not effective.

The Washington Post reported:

“Fairfax Circuit Court Judge Brett A. Kassabian disagreed. He ruled that Northam has the authority to regulate crowd sizes during the pandemic and that the restrictions would not prevent the gun show from going forward if its organizers abide by them.”

They could not run the event with the 250 people the restriction would permit, so it had to be canceled.

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Oklahoma Senator wants to turn his state into a ‘sanctuary state’ for the Second Amendment

November 16, 2020

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Republican lawmakers are rushing to ensure that the second amendment is protected for those living in Oklahoma.

Why?  Because of the fear that current Democratic Presidential Candidate may be elected president. 

Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have made it quite clear that they intend to enact new gun control laws, which is something that does not bode well for Americans who believe in the Constitution.

Republican Oklahoma State Senator Nathan Dahm is concerned that Biden and Harris would, either through legislation or executive order, enact several gun control measures that both have spoken about on the campaign trail.  Some of them, as noted by News 9, would be to:

“Ban the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, similar to the assault weapons ban of 1994;

it would regulate possession of existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act;

the plan would also buy back the assault weapons and high-capacity magazines already in our communities;

and require background checks for all gun sales and end the online sale of firearms and ammunition.”

Dahm’s plan may include language that would prevent law enforcement from enforcing any gun control policies enacted by Biden.  He said:

“A lot of how the feds try to implement these things is through local law enforcement, whether it’s county sheriff’s, local police departments, and they try to attach funding to that to force those cities and counties to do that. 

So what we could do is make sure that those cities and counties don’t accept any federal funding to implement any gun control measures.”

It does not appear that a piece of legislation such as this has come before in the state of Oklahoma.  Don Spencer, the President of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, says that similar bills have been written before, and none of them have passed.  He said:

“The fact is, Sen. Dahm and Ok 2A have introduced this bill at least four, five or six times…The Republicans have killed it in the State Senate each time. 

The Republicans are the problem of why you cannot get pro-Second Amendment legislation done in the state of Oklahoma. 

We have a supermajority in the Senate, a supermajority in the House, and we have the Governor’s office, so there is no one else to blame.”

The bill has failed numerous times in the past, according to Spencer, because the higher education lobby does not want to see any pro-2A legislation passed and the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce lobbies against these moves. 

As such, the bill gets assigned to a committee in which will not consider the bill, thus killing it before it can reach any type of vote.

Although bills like Dahm’s have failed each time they have been attempted, this time may be different, if for nothing else that gun enthusiasts are untrusting with the results of the election and the civil unrest the country has seen since the death of George Floyd in May. 

These concerns might create pressure on state lawmakers to push forward with the plan.  Spencer added:

“You can call it anger, or you can call it fear.  I think the possibility of it getting some traction and moving is better now than before.  But again, if it doesn’t move it’s because of the Oklahoma State Senate leadership.”

However, those who agree with Biden and Harris enacting more gun control measures believe that a move like this from a State Senator would be deemed unconstitutional.  Cacky Poarch, who is with Moms Demand Action, said:

“He [Dahm] is known for being an extremist.  As a senator, he has proposed unconstitutional legislation and that’s what this feels like right now.  Frankly, it feels like a political ploy.  He wants attention because the president he supported just recently lost.”

 

 

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