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Inverness gun store declares itself 'Muslim-free'

Yes. According to an updated article, the ATF is quoted as follows: "As a store owner, if that is his wish that he doesn't want to conduct a transaction with an individual, that is his wish," ATF spokesman Kevin Richardson said. "ATF spokesman Kevin Richardson says gun shop owners are regulated by the gun control act of 1968. Those rules are meant to tell gun sellers who they are not allowed to sell to. For example if the purchaser is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance they cannot make the sale. Another example would be if that person is illegally or unlawfully in the United States. These are rules gun sellers must follow, however it also leaves a large amount of interpretation on the part of the seller. Essetially allowing the shop owner to deny sale for any reason, including if he suspects they will do harm to others. Which in this case, attorney's with CAIR say Hallinan feels is the Muslim community." The Brady Campaign and other related organizations time and again say FFL's should not sell guns to people they are not comfortable selling to and the ATF appears to agree. Since there is still major disagreement over the SCOTUS ruling that owning a firearm is a Civil Right and various circuit courts continue to deny there is such a right, I fail to see how there is a Civil Right's violation for something that is not considered to be a Civil Right by most of the courts. If the courts rule against this store owner and say there is a Civil Rights violation then it will affirm the SCOTUS rulings, much to the dislike of various gun control groups.  (Jul 31, 2015 | post #10)

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Inverness gun store declares itself 'Muslim-free'

That has yet to be determined by the courts. If I refuse to sell a car to an African-American, a Jewish person or a Muslim, to name a few groups, then I am committing a civil rights violation. That has been affirmed though the waters are still muddy with regards to a bakery refusing to sell a wedding cake to a same sex couple based on First Amendment religious issues (that will need to work its way through the various courts). I am not aware of any ruling with regards to refusing to sell firearms to any person or persons for any reason. In fact, gun control groups and the BATFE have pushed for sellers to refuse to sell to people that they feel uncomfortable selling to or have any questions about. It will be up to the courts to decide if a civil rights violation is occurring due to violation of Second Amendment rights or if the store owner is within his rights to refuse to sell based on the overly broad guidance BATFE has put forth.  (Jul 27, 2015 | post #8)

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Inverness gun store declares itself 'Muslim-free'

This could be interesting. If a court rules that this is a civil rights violation then it will affirm that owning a firearm is a civil right and demand strict scrutiny in future firearms cases. Those of us in New York are constantly reminded that despite SCOTUS rulings, owning a firearm is not a civil right and New York has full discretion as to who may enjoy the privilege of owning a firearm. If it is declared a civil right (again) then New York is going to face a blizzard of lawsuits.  (Jul 21, 2015 | post #1)

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New gun control demand: Photos, fingerprints, background ...

""States require licenses to drive a car or even to fish in local rivers, so requiring a license to buy a deadly handgun is a commonsense step that could save countless lives." Strange, I opened a copy of the U.S. Constitution and nowhere did I see any right to drive a car or fish. For that matter, of the rights enumerated in the Constitution, I do not need a license to buy a newspaper, borrow a book from the library, protect me from unwarranted searches, protect me from cruel and unusual punishment, protect me from self-incrimination or make a public speech. Licensing drivers, fishermen and hunting, to name a few, is well within the rights of granted the states under the 10th Amendment. However, the 10th Amendment does not grant states the right to license any of the activities in the first nine amendments. I try to imagine what it would be like to need a license in order to be granted a trial by jury, not be subject to cruel and unusual punishment or invoke your 5th Amendment rights. "Sorry, you have no license. We will beat that confession out of you." Now lets say for the sake of argument that this legislation does pass. Will that license now be recognized by all 50 states and the District of Columbia? Will I then be allowed, since I am now "licensed ", to take my firearms to any state I want, just like a car, and purchase firearms in any state I desire because I am licensed? I can pretty much assume the answer will be a resounding "NO".  (Jun 13, 2015 | post #1)

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BOOM: DC Forced to Issue Concealed Carry Permits Immediately

If I lived in a state where it was allowed, I would not open carry either. I would definitely prefer CCW so as not to draw attention to myself. Besides, if I were in a situation where I needed to defend myself, would I want to be the one the criminals seek out first because they know I am armed or would I prefer to blend in with everyone else looking for the right moment?  (Jun 2, 2015 | post #3)

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BOOM: DC Forced to Issue Concealed Carry Permits Immediately

Not going to happen. Citizens must obey the law and court orders. Governments do not and have an infinite amount of taxpayer money to keep fighting for a decision they agree with or challenging each and every plaintiff until the plaintiffs go broke. It will be a cold day in heck before DC capitulates and becomes "Shall Issue". You are certainly not going to see the U.S. Marshals deployed to DC to enforce such a court order and no DC politician is going to jail for ignoring the order either. Should DC even feel the slightest inclination to obey the court order, the next step will be to drag out the application process so long that it takes years to get a permit instead of weeks (similar to how Westchester County, NY and Nassau Count, NY handle it now). Then the court battles start all over again buying even more time for DC. The question is, will DC take a chance and try to run this past the Supreme Court, hoping for a favorable ruling? A negative SCOTUS ruling would make New York, New Jersey and Maryland very unhappy since DC's law is modeled on the worst of New York, New Jersey and Maryland making them vulnerable to being struck down. Had DC not pushed back against Mr. Heller, there would have been no landmark SCOTUS ruling on the Second Amendment and no subsequent incorporation under MacDonald.  (May 29, 2015 | post #1)

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City's Denial of Gun Dealer's Concealed Carry Bid Upheld

One needs to realize that New York State, and by extension New York City, is a part member of the United States of America. We only follow those parts of the U.S. Constitution we agree with and ignore the rest with zero consequences from the federal government. There have been lawsuits at the federal level upholding New York's position on many unconstitutional issues and they will continue. Those of us that live in this state have come to realize that on the freedom scale, we sit somewhere between New Hampshire with its "Live Free or Die" attitude and Cuba, leaning more and more towards Cuba every day.  (May 22, 2015 | post #1)

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Sharyl Attkisson: Docs indicate ATF was using Fast and Fu...

I 've been reading her book titled "Stonewalled ". Truly scary stuff.  (Dec 28, 2014 | post #2)

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Shoot Down the Stupid Second Amendment

Why stop with the Second Amendment? If we repeal the entire Bill of Rights we will be soooo much safer than we are now. People would not be able to spew hate speech and the media could be forced to report only news the government agrees with causing people not worry as much as they do now about scandals and special interests controlling the government. The police could search our bodies and property any time they wanted without having to trouble themselves with getting a warrant which would turn up much more contraband and criminals. Eliminating double jeopardy, cruel and unusual punishment, and the prohibition against being forced to testify against yourself would allow for swifter and more certain conviction of criminals as well the deterrent effect of knowing novel punishments could be dreamed up for various crimes. So yes, lets repeal the Second Amendment but do it in conjunction with a complete repeal of the first 10 amendments. (NOTE: this sarcasm for those too challenged to grasp the concept)  (Dec 28, 2014 | post #12)

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N.J. Prosecutor, Judge Throwing The Book at Single Mother...

In this case, I have to agree. The law is BS but it is the law right now and if you are going to carry a firearm then you should know where you can and cannot carry. Heck, if she had done this here in New York, she would probably be facing even more serious charges than New Jersey is piling on her. It cannot be stressed enough, If you enjoy your Second Amendment freedoms, stay the hell out of NY, NJ, CT, MA, RI, MD, IL and CA. You will be happier that you did and your wallet will have more spendable cash due to the lower taxes.  (Aug 18, 2014 | post #2)

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Our Opinion: Vermont needs common sense gun control

I'm glad Vermont is not on my short list of states to escape to from New York. It looks like New England is on the verge of going total "retard" with New Hampshire next I imagine.  (Jul 5, 2014 | post #2)

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You're Probably Investing In Gun Companies And Don't Know It

Kewl! I wish I knew which companies I was invested in so I could invest even more!  (May 3, 2014 | post #2)

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Gun Control Groups Fear Setback from Yee Indictment

They need not fear. In fact, the gun control groups can shorten their search by trolling gang hangouts and prisons in order to find suitable candidates for their cause. It would certainly eliminate the embarrassment of finding out after-the-fact their next chosen savior was a closeted crook. Better to start with a proven crook.  (Mar 29, 2014 | post #1)

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Virginia Dem. says guns need to be titled, registered, gu...

Mike Dickinson sounds like he would have been right at home in the old Soviet Union. Perhaps he aspires to create the U.S.S.A.  (Mar 13, 2014 | post #1)

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Illinois Democrat congressional candidate wants to ban bo...

"...those who would ban purely defensive measures like body armor, who would demand that we the people be perforated by every bullet that comes our way, occupy a level of loathsomeness all their own." You never allow the sheep to protect themselves. Their job is to go to work, pay taxes and die if necessary on principle.  (Mar 7, 2014 | post #1)