Posts Tagged civil disobedience

Texas Bills Introduced To Refuse Compliance With Federal Gun Laws

From The Tenth Amendment Center:

House Bill 110 (HB110), filed by Representative Matthew Krause, (R-Ft. Worth), would deny state material support and enforcement of many federal gun control measures, past, present or future. Experts have noted that the federal government lacks the resources to enforce such measures without participation on the state level and passage would help eliminate enforcement in practice. It reads, in part:

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Idaho Residents Face Down Feds Over Second Amendment

From The Tenth Amendment Center:

Although the federal government likes to gives off the impression that its authority is supreme, all it takes is a small group of folks saying no to them to show that’s not the case. ABreitbart report elaborates on how resistance effectively worked in Idaho:

On August 6, residents and Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler lined up outside the Priest River, Idaho, home of veteran John Arnold to prevent the Veterans Administration (VA) from taking away his guns…

Roughly “100 people” showed up, including Sheriff Wheeler. Those assembled waved an American flag, a Gadsen flag, and sang patriotic songs. Wheeler said: “I took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and uphold the laws of Idaho. This seemed appropriate to show my support. I was going to make sure Mr. Arnold’s rights weren’t going to be breached.”

 

I wonder why I haven’t seen this on the national news? Maybe because the media doesn’t want The People to get the idea that they can effectively nullify federal overreach just by saying “no”.

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NY SAFE Act Registration Numbers Indicate Mass Non-compliance

From TimesUnion.com:

Since New York’s SAFE Act gun control law went into effect in January 2013, a total of 23,847 people have applied to register their newly defined assault-style weapons with theState Police.

Those individuals have registered a total of 44,485 weapons.

New York State has a population of just under 20 million.

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SF Gun Laws Don’t Trump My Safety

From David French of National Review:

If I lived in San Francisco, I would violate that law. San Francisco’s anti-gun ideology is simply not worth risking my family’s safety. I do not have confidence that — even with practice — my wife and older children would be able to unlock a safe as quickly as necessary, under extreme stress (nor am I completely confident that I could do it). In fact, it’s hard to see a clear downside to violating the law. Yes, there are criminal penalties for noncompliance, but San Francisco isn’t doing house-to-house searches for gun safes. It simply doesn’t have the resources to systematically enforce this law, and it never had any intention of systematically enforcing the law. Instead, it’s counting on the least dangerous gun owners in America (the law-abiding cohort) to voluntarily render themselves more vulnerable. I would dissent. In fact, I have dissented in other, similar jurisdictions in years past.

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NY Sheriff Tells Citizens To Throw Pistol Permits In The Trash

From The Washington Free Beacon:

Three counties—Fulton, Albany, and Schenectady— were chosen in January to take part in the pilot program for pistol permit renewals. Five hundred “invitations,” as the state government dubbed them, are being sent to residents in each of the counties.

“I’m asking everybody who gets these invitations to throw them into the garbage—that’s where they belong,” Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey said at a meeting with Second Amendment supporters.

 

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Civil Disobedience in Olympia Over I-594

From Townhall.com:

As the RSVPs in advance of the rally grew to over 6,000, the police – most who probably detest I-594 – decided not to enforce the law. The Washington State Patrol announced there would be no arrests for exchanging guns – not even for selling guns. Seim refused to obtain a permit to hold the rally, citing the right of people to peaceably assemble.

If you can choose when to enforce or not enforce laws then what is the point of having laws in the first place?

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Civil Disobedience To Take Place In Washington After Gun Restrictions Passed

The Facebook group “I-594 I Will Not Comply” was created to organize a civil disobedience rally at the capitol.

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New Yorkers Burn Gun Registration Forms

From The Times Union:

And if you were with the NY2A at their Sunday afternoon forum here at a city Elks lodge, you could have used a small charcoal grill to set ablaze a blank assault weapons registration form in protest. Wayne Denn used one to light a cigar.

“Tastes even better,” said Denn between tokes on a La Gloria Cubana, an ersatz Cuban cigar.

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The Increasing Police State and Backlash

From Reason.com:

The hidden secret of law enforcement is that it’s largely dependent on public cooperation. When laws have less than near-universal support—when they’re a majority preference jammed down the throats of the minority—they beg for defiance. Cops then are “forced” to become arm-twisters, trying to intimidate the minority into submission through increasingly brutal tactics, or else they just give up.

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Mexican Civilians Defy Gun Ban To Defend Against Cartels

From TribLive.com:

Eight months after locals formed self-defense groups, they say they are free of the cartel in six municipalities of the Tierra Caliente, or “Hot Land,” which earned its moniker for the scorching weather but whose name has come to signify criminal activity.

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Vet, Adam Kokesh Arrested For Carrying Shotgun in D.C. in Act of Civil Disobedience

From Military Times:

Libertarian gun rights activist Adam Kokesh — who canceled plans to lead an armed march into Washington from Virginia on July 4th — has been arrested at his home in his northern Virginia on charges related to a video he made showing him loading a shotgun in downtown Washington in violation of strict local laws.

Here is the video that led to his arrest:

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Colorado Civil Disobedience

A small group of gun rights activists broke the law in front of the capitol by swapping magazines.

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