Editor note: Halfway down the article, you’ll find examples of how states are restricting gun rights of law enforcement officers. At the bottom of the article you’ll find the link for the petition.
We’ve received countless emails from law enforcement, veterans and patriotic Americans all over the country.
And they all have one thing in common.
A deep concern over legislation passing all over the country that’s severely restricting gun rights. So we’re going to start in a very simple place. The Constitution.
We’ve launched a petition to provide NATIONAL Second Amendment Sanctuary for Americans.
If states can pass “sanctuary status” to prevent law enforcement officers from upholding the law pertaining to immigration status, President Trump can direct the Justice Department to do the same to protect the second amendment.
It’s not without precedent.
In New Mexico, 21 of 33 counties have already declared themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuary” counties against the current gun control push in their state.
Now it’s happening in Colorado and other states as well.
For those who aren’t up to date on the Second Amendment, it reads:
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
History shows that when you disarm a population, you control it. And as time has shown again and again, nothing good follows.
That is why we launched the petition and we need your help in signing it and making sure it circulates around the country.
The petition reads:
“On behalf of LEO’s, Veterans, and law-abiding citizens of the United States of America, we ask that President Trump direct the Justice Department to provide Sanctuary for the Second Amendment.
We The People do not authorize or appropriate government funds, resources, employees, agencies, contractors, buildings, detention centers or offices for the purpose of enforcing law that unconstitutionally infringes on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
The Second Amendment specifically prohibits governmental power and protection of individual liberties. Gun control laws infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens, veterans, and don’t help LEO’s in their jobs against criminals, who obtain guns illegally. The 2A belongs to the people not the government.”
Why We Are Launching The Petition
Simply put, we have a duty. We also have a right that’s guaranteed by The Constitution and being trampled upon by politicians.
With the start of 2019, states started ushering in new restrictions on the sales, purchases, transfers, ownership and use of firearms and ammo.
And this isn’t even considering the rash of “red flag” laws that are popping up all across the country.
Let’s break it down and take a look at some of what you should know. And keep in mind, these are only changes that kicked off in 2019. Many states already had other restrictions. These are just some of the new laws with a focus on their impact on law enforcement.
Vermont residents are subject to new laws limiting long guns to 10 rounds and handguns to 15 rounds.
In New Jersey, retired officers will continue to be permitted to have 15 round magazines. Active officers who are off duty will be allowed to possess magazines that hold up to 17 rounds of ammo.
Originally, the law that passed in 2018 in New Jersey prohibited the possession of magazines that held more than 10 rounds for off-duty and retired LEOs, but it was changed at the very end of the year.
That doesn’t mean it’s totally clear.
The status of retired officers who aren’t New Jersey residents is still unclear, as it pertains to LEOSA carry in New Jersey. The state’s statues allow retired officers who are residents to apply for the 15 round carry, but the process for a non-resident who is a retired officer isn’t clear.
Not only that, but the law gives an exemption for off-duty officers to have magazines with more than 17 rounds if it’s issued by the department. That obviously creates a potential problem for an officer who has to buy their own weapon, which isn’t uncommon. The law wouldn’t cover magazines for personally-owned weapons that aren’t duty weapons if the magazine capacity is greater than 17 rounds.
BUMP STOCKS AND TRIGGER ACTIVATORS
Those who live in California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Washington will face new restrictions on the purchase, ownership or use of bump stocks along trigger activating devices.
Many of the laws are specifically written in a way that places restrictions on commonly used aftermarket replacement triggers, which are upgrades to stock factory triggers.
There’s now a federal man on similar devices, passed down as an ATF rule change.
California, Florida and Vermont now restrict adults under 21 years of age from buying firearms. Previously, you could buy long guns after age 18.
In Washington State, adults under the age of 21 cannot purchase semiautomatic or rimfire rifles or possess them in public.
It’s not clear if the exemptions apply to firearms purchased or possessed for duty use.
Those who live in Washington are now subject to new laws that penalize those who store guns in a way that they remain accessible to prohibited persons. Similar legislation is being considered in Connecticut, including on ammunition.
Who needs to be particularly concerned? Officers or service members with children at home under the age of 21, as young adults are now considered “prohibited persons” in respect to semiautomatic rifles.
Some of the new laws have specific exemptions for law enforcement officers. Others do not.
In cases where there are exemptions, it’s not always clear if they apply to firearms and ammunition that are used for duty, or if they also extend to firearms and ammunition that are kept for personal use.
Keep in mind, even if it’s determined that a law enforcement exemption applies to the personal property of the individual officer, that doesn’t extend to their family.
A spouse, child, parent or other relative would still be subject to the same restrictions as any other citizen.
That of course creates a problem for officers wishing to gift or transfer a firearm or ammunition or allow access to them to family members.
It’s a bigger problem than you think.
Many officers want to carry their firearms in other states under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as H.R. 218.
But now different states are passing different restrictions on LEOSA. Take, for example, Vermont or Connecticut. There are laws in those states that prevent armed persons who aren’t law enforcement officers engaged in law enforcement duties from entering into schools.
And of course the magazine capacity and specific firearms restrictions could run counter to LEOSA, because the federal law doesn’t provide a specific exemption to these restrictions.
Then there are states that doesn’t actually recognize LEOSA. Take, for example, Hawaii. The Attorney General said off duty or retired law enforcement officers aren’t covered or considered a ‘law enforcement officer’ in the state of Hawaii. That is, of course, the exactly reason why LEOSA was signed into law.
In December, a police officer submitted an article to Law Enforcement Today called “I Will Not Comply”. His words hit home for many Americans. Here’s what he had to say:
I WILL NOT COMPLY.
The New Jersey Attorney General has banned large capacity magazines. They have refused to rule out door to door enforcement and wide spread confiscation.
There’s something residents need to know.
I WILL NOT COMPLY.
Liberal politicians ARE coming for our guns and ammunition. It starts slowly, like forcing you to turn in magazines that you paid for and have been legal until now.
Do they really believe we’re going to knock on doors and disarm our fellow citizens? Do they expect us to put our lives on the line to enforce unconstitutional orders?
I WILL NOT COMPLY.
I might be an officer in New Jersey. But you will never know my name… because if you did, I would lose my ability to provide for my family.
The truth is that I could be an officer anywhere. In your town or city. In your state. You will never know who I am… but you know me. I am your neighbor. I am your friend. I am your protector.
All you need to know is one thing. No matter how many anti-gun orders you decide to make… no matter how you use the media to get your message out… no matter how you try and politicize police departments…
I WILL NOT COMPLY.
My oath isn’t to politicians. It’s to serve and protect. It’s to defend the Constitution. It’s not to be a pawn. My oath is to the country and Her people.
Last week, New Jersey banned active police officers from possessing their duty weapons while off duty. Apparently they’re going to change that thanks to media and union pressure.
The union. A collection of those who, in many cases, have traded their spines for a few pennies. They never should have allowed this to happen.
New Jersey “leaders” have also made it clear they don’t recognize the provisions of the federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA). It’s an act that allows retired officers to carry our weapons or hollow point ammunition.
Our Attorney General says it applies only to those who carry firearms in interstate commerce, and that if we aren’t leaving the state immediately, it doesn’t count. That’s NOT why it was created.
But you can’t expect these liberal elitists who have never been shot at to understand that.
The point of it was to protect us and our families from criminals looking to get revenge and to protect those of us who have become targets thanks to the war that was launched on us by liberal politicians. It was to allow us to be able to respond quickly. Because unlike those who sit on their high horses, we actually run TOWARDS gun fire and danger.
Now New Jersey officials they won’t recognize that law.
I WILL NOT COMPLY.
New Jersey’s law over gun magazines with a 10 round limit went into effect on December 10 and there’s no exception for law enforcement, meaning that we’re all breaking the law by carrying our assigned duty weapons while off duty.
Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo issued a memorandum to us as a reminder that the prohibition of the possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines didn’t just apply to our neighbors… it also applied to us when we are off duty.
I WILL NOT COMPLY.
In May, the city council in Boulder, Colorado voted to ban possession of high capacity magazines, bump stocks and so-called assault rifles. They grandfathered in people who already own the rifles. But they said in order to continue legally owning them, residents are required to “certify” their guns with the police by December 27.
Residents have been told there is no database of gun owners being made (like anyone buys that).
But they ARE keeping a record of the number of rifles reported.
So far… the number reported is 87. Officials say there are duplicate certificates in that count, making the true number even lower.
There are more than 100,000 people in the city, and CBS News puts gun ownership in Colorado at more than 34 percent.
That means there’s still somewhere around 34,000 firearms that aren’t certified.
It’s worth pointing out that Colorado has about 5,300 uniformed members of the Army National Guard.
Does anyone think patriots like me are going to truly just hand over or report our weapons to be listed on a database?
Do these officials believe officers like me are going to ultimately go to war with our own neighbors over confiscation?
I WILL NOT COMPLY.
My brothers and sisters, please don’t confuse those of us who hold the thin blue line with those who are trying to destroy it.
I am not alone.
We are with you. We will stand shoulder to shoulder with you in the streets.
WE WILL NOT COMPLY.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
Here’s the petition. If you believe we should be providing second amendment sanctuary status, we highly encourage you to sign it and pass it around.