Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Fourth Amendment, Anyone?

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

-Amendment IV

Not content to defecate all over our Second Amendment rights, the state of Massachusetts is taking a crack at the Fourth Amendment as well. You see, in the latest installment of "Me too! Me too", our intrepid governor has proposed the following changes to the already-draconian MA gun laws. Among these changes is this little gem, which I will highlight for the purpose of this post:
SECTION 25. Said section 131M of chapter 140 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by adding the following paragraph:-

Any large capacity feeding device that has or can readily be restored or converted to accept more than ten rounds of ammunition that was legally possessed by an individual prior to the enactment of this act must be sold or otherwise lawfully disposed of within one year of the act’s effective date.  Such large capacity feeding devices may only be sold or disposed of to a purchaser authorized to possess such weapons.

Got that? In other words, all of these:


Will be illegal for me to possess within one year of the enactment of this law. Even though for the past eight years I have paid an inflated value for "pre-ban" (read: old and busted) magazines, with one proposal Governor Deval would take them all away from me, with no compensation other than an "up yours, pal". You see, these magazines have little worth outside of Massachusetts. No one's going to give me the $30 the gun store charges for a pre-ban AR magazine when they can buy a new P-mag for $15.

I calculated last night that I have in excess of $3,000 worth of pre-ban magazines.

All of that, rendered worthless - stolen from me at the point of a gun - because our governor wants to "me too" New York. In a state with some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation, they're going to strip me of items I have legally obtained - all the while, they are completely unable to control from driving under the influence of alcohol for the fifth or sixth time. But it's okay, you see - if I load more than 7 rounds into my ten-round magazine, I can go to jail for up to 10 years. Which, of course, is longer than most are sentenced for rape or manslaughter.

Makes perfect sense, right? I mean, Forcible rape or killing someone through your own negligence is much better than loading eight rounds into a magazine, right? That's what they're saying with this legislation. If you drive while intoxicated in Massachusetts for a fourth offense you can be punished by jail time of up to five years - half as long as that eighth round.

I can only assume that the punishment for owning a new 30 round magazine is summary execution.

So, yes. The state of Massachusetts, not content to force her residents to pay several hundred dollars to exercise their constitutionally enumerated right to keep and bear arms, is poised to make life even more onerous for law-abiding gun owners. In order to comply with these new regulations, I will lose multiple thousands of dollars of gear, gear that I was forced to pay extra for because of the machinations of the state in the first place.

New Hampshire looks more and more desirable by the second...

That is all.

23 comments:

libertyman said...

Border towns such as Pelham and Hudson are near you in NH. Come a little farther west to Hollis, Amherst and Brookline. Good schools and the scent of freedom is in the air.

ASM826 said...

Flee Massachusetts, while it is still permitted.

JD said...

If you move can I rent some garage space to store a few guns till I can escape? = )

Mopar said...

So what are you doing to try and prevent this from happening?

Brad_in_MA said...

Jay,
The fourth is already dead. See the Kelo scotus decision.

Brad

JD Rush said...

Did he remember to exempt his minions and the police from the magazine requirements? Is there a David Gregory exemption?

wfgodbold said...

Given the panicked magazine market, you actually might be able to sell those for $30+ each.

PMAGs are $15 each, but if no one has them in stock, that doesn't do you a whole lot of good.

Stithjim said...

Don't just hop over the border, come out west of the Missouri and enjoy.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

Jay, I believe the phrase you're looking for is "Eject! Eject! Eject!"

Anonymous said...

Flee while you still can. I scaled the barbed wire and dodged the watch towers in 1996 to escape Kalifornia for the great state of Georgia. Have not looked back.

Unknown said...

I am headed to NH as soon as we can find a place. I am sending letters to all my current reps in MA and future reps in NH stating I am moving because of these laws against the 2A. Moving with me is my small business that generates income for your constituents which will be moving to NH. Congrats. You just made your unemployment lines bigger. I am done with MA. Freedom awaits.

eiaftinfo said...

Just a couple thoughts here . . .

Already I am reading many comments like above of folks trying "work arounds". These will not work simply becuase it provides encouragement to their acts - more will surley follow.

As citizens of our country, living under the Constitution - there is no need to obey such blatently criminal laws - period. The only thing that is going to turn this tide is flat out resistance.

There is a simply word to be used in this case . . .

NO!

The quicker we all start using it, the quicker we resolve this issue.

Trost Osler said...

I am watching this coming with considerable trepidation. I will not turn in the many thousands of dollars of precious firearms and accessories. If this passes and comes to enforcement, I will definitely be moving. Uproot, new friends, new job, hopefully my family will come along as well.

I'm willing to abide by the assinine AWB and EOPS lists, but this is beyond the pale.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Time to make a road trip up to Wally's Place and pay him some Storage Fees, methinks.

Trost Osler said...

Inside Albany: Gun owners plan boycott of Cuomo laws - NYPOST.com:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/hit_us_with_your_best_shot_andy_5rxZg0gYBJJhkLBtiTPMfJ

soapboxnh.com said...

Two things:

1. Let Massachusetts sink.

2. Move.

OK, three things.

3. Meet up at Stateline on Saturday?

Tam said...

Hey, one of our state reps proposed gun legislation here in Indiana, too: The "Indiana Firearms Freedom Act"

The differences between the two Americas grow by the day, my friend. :(

Mopar said...

Jay, my friend, you have it far easier then almost anyone else. You could move into a free state, and while the kids would have to change schools/sports teams, not much else would have to change. You'd still be able to keep the same jobs, still close to family and friends. Still on your home turf.
My closest shot at freedom involves moving another 2-300 miles away from family that is already 120 miles away. I totally started over at 40yrs old. I'd hate to do it again at 50. But that's the plan for the near future. In the short term I will probably make arrangements to remove "contraband" from this state, until I can follow.

Scott_S said...

Oklahoma sir is only a few states away. (like 12 but who's counting)

We even let you keep your old busted mags and sell you new pmags :)

Just for my own knowledge - If I were to move to ma with my truckload of pmags and a couple of sound suppressors would I be a felon right away or is there a grace period?

Wolfman said...

While part of me says, "get the hell out, while they still let you keep your legs," for your own sake, part of me wants you to stay put and fight the good fight, for my sake. If all the gunnies flee the blue states, they'll only continue their march, now unopposed. So the question is, where do we want the front lines? Are we better off adding our opposition in areas where we know we are winning, or should we keep battling in the state we know we are winning? Retreat, and fortify our strongholds, or stay on the field?

TOTWTYTR said...

We need to fight the fight while we still live here.

Use the blog to get the word out to MA residents to write their State Reps and Senators.

Get the word out about the upcoming rallies.

We can defeat this, but not if we lie down and let them run us over.

Farmee said...

Once a state has devolved this far, is there a straw that weighs enough? Or has the MA camel been working out so long it can put up with anything?

GAWD the captcha sucks.

Mopar said...

Speaking of using blogs to get the word out, anyone in the (tear up the)Constitution State of Connecticut, feel free to follow the Connecticut Citizens Defense League blog to stay on top of things. I hear the guy who writes it is awesome! :P
http://ccdl.us/blog