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Chuck Pinkey

February 26, 2013

Government really is trying to take your guns


This liability insurance for $1 million in coverage is estimated to cost between $1,600 and $2,000 annually, but “no one is coming to take your guns.”

In Missouri, if HB545 gets passed into law, it would give owners of so-called “assault weapons” 90 days to turn them in to authorities, disable them, or ship them out of the state. Those who fail to do so could spend seven years in prison, become felons, and lose all their firearms. Are we standing on a “slippery slope,” Sam?

In Iowa, state Rep. Dan Muhlbauer said that the government should start confiscating semi-automatic rifles and other firearms. “We should ban those in Iowa,” he said, adding that such a ban should be applied retroactively. “We need to get them off the streets and even if you have them, I think we need to start taking them.”

In New York, Gov. Cuomo said: “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option.” Couple that arrogance with the NY SAFE Act that bans the sale of new and mandates registration of existing semi-automatics, deemed “assault” type, and “no one is coming to take your guns?” By the way, Sam, what follows the registration of firearms? In the 20th Century, gun registration led to confiscation in New Zealand, Canada, the U.K., Australia, California and Chicago. 

How many states have laws mandating firearms be uniquely compliant? In other words, to sell a certain firearm in California, it has to have a myriad of “safety” and cosmetic features that other states don’t require. This adds greatly to the price, reduces availability in that state, and in smaller, less-populated states a manufacturer may not make the changes, and just forget that market for economic reasons. Voila! They have a gun ban without a nasty vote that may anger their ignorant electorate.

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