Monday, May 21, 2007

Full Court Upholds Ruling Against DC Gun Ban!

Been busy lately, but had to post this one.

Remember the earlier blog where I discuss the DC Appeals court ruling on the DC gun ban. This landmark decision struck down the ban and ruled that the 2nd Amendment is an individual right. The city of Washington DC appealed this ruling to the full Court.

On May 11, the full court DECLINED to review this case. This means that the original panel ruling will stand! This is quite frankly a great day for America as the 2nd Amendment has once again been affirmed by the second highest court in the land.

At this point, if the city wishes to appeal, their only option is the U.S. Supreme Court. Apparently they have 90 days to petition the Court. If they do petition the Court, it will be very interesting to see what happens next. If the Court hears the case, it will be the first true Second Amendment case before the U.S. Supreme Court in decades. Alternately they could decline to hear the case and let the lower court ruling stand.

This one bears careful watching! Until next time!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Virginia Rebuffs Bloomberg

Look like Michael Bloomberg’s crusade to shut down legitimate gun dealers is starting to draw the ire of some state legislatures. At issue is the fact that Bloomberg sent “undercover” individuals to make “simulated straw purchases” at gun dealers in other states. Never mind the fact that the individuals in question were breaking several laws.

The Commonwealth of Virginia has written a letter to Michael Bloomberg informing the Mayor of new legislation which has recently been passed. The letter states:

“As you know, the U.S. Department of Justice recently wrote to you that such activity is counterproductive to legitimate law enforcement efforts to police illegal firearm trafficking, and has potential legal liabilities.”

I personally would love to see some of the businesses targeted by Bloomberg sue NYC. The Virginia AG continues:

“The new legislation... makes clear that such non-law enforcement activities related to undercover illegal firearm purchases will be punishable as a felony in Virginia.”

Sounds like the new law has some teeth, and that the Commonwealth intends to enforce it. Hopefully this will help put the brakes on Bloomberg’s thinly disguised effort to effectively ban handgun sales nationwide.

Until next time!