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Chuck Pinkey

February 26, 2013

Government really is trying to take your guns

On Feb. 16, our editor, Sam Pollak, wrote a column titled, “No One Is Coming To Take Your Guns.” In my circle of conservative, pro-gun friends, Sam Pollak is a Darth Vader, if not worse! Sam and I will never agree on any political issue, and our most volatile area of disagreement is on firearms, but he is my friend, and I respect a man who puts his name on his opinion for all to see, no matter how wrong he may be.

“No one is coming to take your guns.” Although no one is currently kicking down our doors and forcibly removing our firearms, if one looks at the laws regarding guns and firearm accessories over the last 20 years, even a blind man could see a “slippery slope.”

Most boxing matches are not won by landing “haymakers.” They are won on the scorecard; so, too, with the fight over the Second Amendment, and we, the gun owners, are losing. Let us review some recent laws and proposed legislation that leads guns owners to believe that we are standing on a banana peel, aka the “slippery slope.”

Should you pass through the state of New Jersey with a 30-round magazine in the trunk of your car and get caught, you will become a felon, spend five years in prison and lose all your firearms. Seems rather harsh, doesn’t it, but “No one is coming to take your guns.”

A bill was introduced in the state Assembly by Democratic Assemblyman Felix Ortiz requiring the state’s residents to acquire liability insurance as a condition for gun ownership. It reads: “Any person who has not purchased insurance in compliance with the law within 30 days of its passing would be in violation of the law. Such an occurrence shall result in the immediate revocation of such owner’s registration, license, and any other PRIVILEGE (emphasis applied) to own such firearm.”

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