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  • slim jim

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    Mar 18, 2008

    Gun-rights activists up in arms

    Berkeley lawmaker pushes local ban on handguns
    By Josh Richman, STAFF WRITER
    Article Launched: 04/08/2008 02:35:14 AM PDT

    An East Bay lawmaker's bill to clear the way for local handgun bans has a committee hearing today, delving into issues now pending before the state and nation's highest courts.
    Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, authored Assembly Bill 2566 in reaction to a state Court of Appeal ruling in January which upheld the voiding of San Francisco's Measure H of 2005, approved by voters to bar city residents from owning handguns or from making or selling firearms or ammunition in the city.
    The California Supreme Court is mulling whether to review this ruling, which found state law leaves no room for cities and counties to ban handgun ownership; Hancock's bill, to be heard today by the Assembly Public Safety Committee, seeks to create that room by removing the state pre-emption entirely.
    Washington, D.C.'s handgun ban is now the subject of the biggest gun-rights case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in almost 70 years. The high court will rule by late June on whether the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to gun ownership, rather than just a collective right to guns for the common defense as part of a state militia. Richmond activist Andres Soto said the Legal Community Against Violence — a San Francisco nonprofit that helped draft the bill — believes that case won't directly affect this bill because of Washington's status as a federal district, distinct from the states. Soto said he sees this as "a domestic disarmament" crucial to the
    East Bay's gun-plagued communities.

    Hancock said the bill is inspired by victims such as an Oakland boy hit by a stray bullet and paralyzed while at his piano lesson and a Richmond woman shot and killed in her doorway by a gang member.
    Handguns are "weapons of mass destruction in some of our inner cities," she said, and local governments need this tool at their disposal to quell the violence.
    "Many times when enough individual local governments take an action, state action follows and federal action follows," Hancock said. "It's the people on the ground experiencing the problem every day that tend to be innovative and want to push the envelope, and I've seen the communities I represent staggering under the burden of gun violence for too long."
    Gun-rights activists disagree.
    "Aside from the fact that, obviously, disarming civilians and depriving them of the most effective tool there is for self-defense or defending their families, its not a good policy decision," said California Rifle and Pistol Association attorney Chuck Michel of Long Beach.
    "The law is confusing enough as it is right now," he said, with the California Law Revision Commission already studying the need to simplify and reorganize Penal Code sections dealing with deadly weapons; that panel's report is due by July 2009.
    "The reason they passed pre-emption in the first place was so people wouldn't have to worry about violating a different set of laws every time they drove across a city line," Michel said. "Uniformity is very important."
    Soto said that's "a red herring," as this bill wouldn't affect existing state laws on handgun transportation but rather would let cities bar residents from owning handguns.
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office said Monday he has not yet taken a position on this bill.
    Josh Richman can be reached at 510-208-6428 or Read his Political Blotter blog at
    Texas SOT


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    The governator needs to grow a pair and tell these antigun lawmakers to grow up.


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    Mar 11, 2008
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    "Hancock said the bill is inspired by victims such as an Oakland boy hit by a stray bullet and paralyzed while at his piano lesson and a Richmond woman shot and killed in her doorway by a gang member."

    And I'd bet both bullets came from guns held by someone that could give a rats ass about the law and 99% chance they are prohibited from buying or owning one because of their own past actions.

    These idiots don't stop and look at each of these kinds of incidents to see that no law of any kind that takes guns out of the hands of responsible citizens would have prevented the shooting. These kinds of senseless shooting are done by pieces of shit that couldn't care any more about the person they shot than the law that said it was illegal for them to do what they did.

    How about the 21 year old piece of shit in Ft. Worth that opened fire on a 5 year olds b-day party last weekend killing a little girl and a 48 yr; old women and hitting others? He's got a record which prohibits him from even having a hand gun let alone buying one. He didn't get it through a legit sale.

    But he also shouldn't have been put in jail. He came out of his car with a gun in his hand. LEO's should be free from fear of prosecution so that POS could have been picked up off the ground by his car by the Medical Examiner and his Momma and Daddy sent the bill for the clean-up, if they could find Daddy.

    He's charged with Capitol Murder. What they hell is that going to do buy waste 100's of thousands of $$$ for his trial, appeal and free room and board. And if he gets the chair, even longer feeding him and caring for him in Prison while the system burns up more $$$ prior to finally giving him his final vaccination. $1.25 for 1 round and a some paper work and desk time for the hero that stopped the craziness ahead of time.

    Think of what all could be done with that money to disarm the ones that should be unarmed, like this rodent.
    Every Day Man


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