While everyone’s attention is on President Obama and the federal government’s attempt to strip Americans of the Second Amendment rights, politicians at the state level are trying to enact their own anti-gun laws without the general public knowing it.
Missouri Democrats have proposed a bill that would require everyone in the state who owns an assault weapon and/or high capacity magazine to turn them in within 90 days of the passage of the bill.
Sponsored by first term Democrat Rep. Rory Ellinger, from part of St. Louis County, House Bill 545 is a direct violation of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. Like every other screaming frightened liberal, Ellinger and his co-sponsors have no concept of what an assault weapon really is. His bill reads in part: [emphasis mine]
“To amend chapter 571, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale, or transfer of any assault weapon or large capacity magazine, with a penalty provision.”
“1. As used in this section the following terms shall mean:
(1) “Assault weapon“, any:
(a) Semi-automatic rifle that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and has one or more of the following:…
(b) Semi-automatic pistol, or any semi-automatic, centerfire or rimfire rifle with a fixed magazine, that has the capacity to accept more than ten rounds of ammunition;…
(c) Semi-automatic pistol that has the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and has one or more of the following:…
(d) Semi-automatic shotgun that has one or more of the following:…”
The accurate definition of ‘assault weapon’ refers to a fully automatic firing weapon. It does not apply to semi-automatic weapons that need the trigger to be pulled to fire each round which could be referred to as ‘assault-style weapons’ if they meet certain other criteria. This is typical of the ignorance of the liberal anti-gun agenda. They are so emotionally fired up about the whole subject that they fail to take time to actually learn anything about what they’re fighting against. It’s like the people that get so charged up at a concert or sporting event that they lose all sense of reason and act like complete idiots.
Provision 3 of the bill provides another example of a lack of knowledge of the law and of Supreme Court rulings. It reads in part:
“3. This prohibition shall not apply to:
(1) Any government officer, agent, or employee, member of the armed forces of the United States, or peace officer, to the extent that such person is otherwise authorized to acquire or possess an assault weapon or large capacity magazine, and does so while acting within the scope of his or her duties;…”
My first response to this is that according to the framers of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment was written with the intent that the citizens of the United States be as equally armed as the militia for the purpose of self-defense.
Secondly, police are not obligated to protect anyone other than themselves and someone in their custody per the United States Supreme Court. It is up to us to protect ourselves and the Second Amendment gives us the right to do so bearing the same weapons as our military and law enforcement use.
Thirdly, isn’t it the duty of every American to protect themselves, their family and their property? Therefore, they have as much of a right as any government agent, military or law enforcement personnel.
If you do own any assault or assault-style weapon and live in Missouri and this bill somehow gets passed, it spells out that you have 90 day to comply or face a class C felony. Parts 4 and 5 of the bill read:
“4. Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution:
(1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri;
(2) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or
(3) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations.
5. Unlawful manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale, or transfer of an assault weapon or a large capacity magazine is a class C felony.”
If you live in Missouri, you need to take action now and contact your state representatives and senators and tell them to fight this unconstitutional bill. If you know of anyone that lives in Missouri, you need to forward this on to them and urge them to join the fight to stop the destruction of our constitutional rights.