Thursday, April 4, 2013

Presented In Its Entirety

I don't normally do this, but I'm going to post an entire press release:

NSSF Statement on Passage of Connecticut Legislation
NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, issued the following statement today:
Gov. Dannel Malloy today signed into law a package of gun-control legislation that was assembled in secret by a small group of state legislators and that never received a public hearing. Most legislators had little time to even read the actual bill language.
The unfortunate results of this process, which made it appear that all points of view were being heard when in fact true expertise was shut out when it was most needed, means that mistakes in what is now enacted law will have to be corrected.
For example, language in the new law specifies a procedure for licensed firearms retailers to perform mandatory "universal" background checks on private party transactions that is not permissible based on federal law and regulations governing the National Instant Criminal Background Checks (NICS) system. As we read it, this mistake in lawmaking means that all private party transactions in the state now cannot be accomplished legally.
We share the goal of wanting to make Connecticut safer for our citizens following the unspeakable tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the end, however, public safety has not been enhanced and the unintended consequences of behind-closed-doors lawmaking will cause considerable confusion until the General Assembly corrects its mistakes.
Here is where we stand today. Law-abiding citizens of this state now have greater restrictions on their Second Amendment and state constitutional rights while Connecticut's firearms manufacturers will be forced to seriously weigh the impact on their businesses and their employees of the state's double-standard of you can build it here, but not sell it here, public policy formulation.
We will be carefully studying all provisions of the law for possible challenge in the courts.
This is what happened in NY three months ago. They met under cover of darkness and passed a bill with no debate, rushed into law items which affect hundreds of thousands of good, honest people who never harmed anyone. Just like in NY, they're going to have to amend, append, and otherwise mend this broken bill. Just like in NY, not a single criminal will pay this any heed. Just like in NY, it's going to force gun owners to choose between their passion for the shooting sports and self-defense and their residence. Only peaceful, honest gun owners will be affected by this new law - because they will either have to jump through hoops to keep the items they already own, or they will become criminals.

That's "common sense gun control" for you...

That is all.


Mopar said...

There are several other apparent issues/wide open loopholes, but I'm not going to discuss them in public yet. The bill was 138 pages long, and most legislators only saw it a few hours before the session started. Please, if have some scratch to spare, consider donating some to CT groups like the CCDL. This WILL be going to court, and that's damn expensive. If you want to read more about this gawdaweful new law, just click over to my blog.

Michael in CT said...

We in CT got screwed. From what I heard the 94 page gun bill (the rmainder of the pages added the next morning were the mental health & school safety) was given to the rank & file legislators at about 11pm Tuesday night and they convened in the Senate at about 11am the next day. While some pro-gun Democrats & Republicans tried to amend the bill, it go rammed through the House someday late Wednesday night. A LOT of NRA A and B rated legislators voted FOR the bill.
I wish you luck Jay, but I think the fix is in, because it looks like nothing we did made a damn bit of difference to change their minds.

Daniel in Brookline said...

Just like in NY, not a single criminal will pay this any heed.

I'm not sure that's accurate, Jay. I'm sure many Connecticut criminals are paying close attention... and laughing their heads off.

And, unfortunately, other criminals are rubbing their hands eagerly.

Ed said...

Passage of bills without reading the bills, without holding public hearings, appears to the Democratic Party method of government. Who would let these people persist in government office?

Old NFO said...

One more state that refuses to actually allow open and public comment... sigh...

acairfearann said...

I've strongly suggested to several CT teachers that they ought to take a good long look at the thing too...there's some sections that have immediate ramifications in budget planning. (or at least appear to, given that nobody talked before or after about what those clauses mean, who am I to say...)
Now wouldn't That be an odd alliance?!
I'd really, really like to know what 'Interference with the Legislative Process' means, there in Table 1 listing Deadly Weapons Offenses.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

"As we read it, this mistake in lawmaking means that all private party transactions in the state now cannot be accomplished legally."

To the apparatchiks that pushed this through, that's a feature, not a mistake.