Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Only in the Free State!

Expand Messages
  • Tim Condon
    FOUND AT http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/huston/060110.... Bill to prevent feds from confiscating guns Warner Todd Huston Warner Todd Huston January 10,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 10, 2006
    • 0 Attachment
      FOUND AT http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/huston/060110....

      Bill to prevent feds from confiscating guns

      Warner Todd
      Warner Todd Huston
      January 10, 2006

      CONCORD, N.H. -- In the January session of the New Hampshire
      legislature, a bill has been introduced to prevent officials from
      confiscating legally owned guns from the citizens of the state during a
      state of emergency. (See text of bill -- House Bill 1639-FN)

      During the Katrina disaster, attempts were made by Federal Marshals to
      sweep certain areas free of guns. Naturally, there was no way to discern
      legal guns from illegal in the midst of the crisis, so it was assumed
      that all guns would be confiscated by Federal officials.

      Now, as a gun rights advocate, I must stand against this abuse of
      Federal power. Though, I must say that I can certainly understand the
      desire that FEMA officials had to assure the safety of rescue workers
      who were trying to help the citizens of a devastated area. It is
      certainly not an unreasonable assumption to make that rescue workers
      should expect not to be shot at as they attempt to save people's lives,
      after all.

      However, tromping on the Constitutional rights of everyone in an
      affected area is not the best way to settle this matter. Gun
      confiscation sweeps should not be made as a matter of course in an
      emergency under any circumstances.

      It should go without saying that if such sweeps are made as a matter of
      course in an emergency we will not only leave the citizenry with no
      means of self-protection during that very crisis, but we are handing to
      the government the kind of power that could easily be abused and
      expanded to the point where just any reason can be offered as an
      "emergency situation" where private guns might be confiscated. This is
      not an unwarranted fear, but one very real to which the people in the
      Katrina hurricane area can attest.

      Furthermore, it would be foolish to assume it will be common from this
      point forward that rescue workers will be fired upon while carrying out
      of their duties in emergencies. Unfortunately, that it happened once is
      enough for certain Federal agencies to make the wild assumption that
      this isn't an isolated incident. To their great credit, the sponsors of
      the New Hampshire bill are aware that the government will jump to the
      conclusion that in the future gun confiscation should be a part of every
      response to an emergency and the Granite Staters wish to prevent a
      future overextension of Federal police powers.

      The bill is sponsored by Rep. Paul Hopfgarten at the urging of an
      organization called The Free State Project
      <http://www.freestateproject.org/> in an effort to guide New Hampshire's
      laws in a more Libertarian direction. (This group is attempting to
      encourage like-minded, Libertarians to move to New Hampshire to gain
      political influence.)

      Now, I don't know how much support this bill has in the New Hampshire
      legislature and have no idea of how sanguine its supporters are of
      passage. But it is a bill that should be introduced in every single
      state of the Union and I hope it sees passage in New Hampshire.

      In any case, all who are reading this who are interested in the great
      American tradition of self-protection and 2nd Amendment rights should
      contact their state representatives and urge a replication of New
      Hampshire's efforts.

      /Warner Todd Huston is a freelance writer and graphic designer. His work
      ranges from historical essays to popular culture and has been published
      in several magazines and on many websites. He is the editor for Publius'
      Forum website at http://www.publiusforum.blogspot.com/

      © Copyright 2006 by Warner Todd Huston

      [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.