In that case...."I have the Right, under Part of the First, Article 17, Massachusetts State Constitution, to own and carry a personal firearm without any undue burden placed on me by the State."
Don't do it.
In my state, registration is illegal. If you register a firearm, both you and the entity you register with are criminals. If a gun is used in a crime, the State should either destroy it or place it in auction. There shouldn't even be serial numbers on firearms in the first place.
Last edited by Jerry; 06-26-13 at 07:26 PM.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
I'm more than willing to work with people. Politics always trumps ideology.
Let's have Federal guidelines for a permit, and then that permit has national reciprocity. You want some fees, some NICS, passport photo, birth certificate, proof of residency, and a nice 40hr class which includes a practical exam and qualification? No problem. I'm on board with that. I don't necessarily like all that but I'm willing to deal.
In exchange, as I said, national reciprocity, no "approved gun lists", and most gun-free zones eliminated (most, not all. Keep ERs, court rooms, polls, jails, and similar, but not post offices, DMV, any school, or public events or places). I'm willing to let states decide for themselves how to handle the gun-buster issue so long as states are willing to let me decide how to handle the carry-concealed-or-open issue.
And yes, remove the machine gun ban, but I'll work with you there, too. Just like different classes of drivers licences we can have different classes of gun licenses. If someone wants to buy Class-3 firearms they get to pay another fee and take another class focusing on automatic weapons.
I'm willing to toss in some storage law (must store guns in a rated safe) if the Fed tosses in a national Castle Doctrine.
Last edited by Jerry; 06-26-13 at 08:04 PM.
I don't mind state's requiring a certain amount of training and licensing and background checks to issue CCW's. In fact, I hope they do since I wouldn't want an untrained individual toting a firearm any more than I'd want a person who had no training and experience driving a car.
That said, I find it ludicrous that CCW's issued in one state are not accepted in ALL states, like drivers' licenses and marriage licenses (oops, I guess some states are going to stop accepting certain marriage licenses nowadays). So yeah, I personally agree that legitimately-issued CCW's should be required to be accepted in all states, period. Since I'm no constitutional scholar, I shall refrain from opining on that.