A forum conducted by government officials and law enforcement concerning gun rights turned combative as citizens angrily confronted the officials over what they perceive as a frontal attack on their Second Amendment rights.
But the confrontation did not take place in areas one might associate with such defiance, such as Texas, Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona, or Utah. The combative exchange took place in Buffalo, N.Y. And the issue was the new gun and ammo bans the state legislature approved with the blessing of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
A video of the verbal exchange between citizens and government officials, titled New York State Resistance, can be viewed in the left column below.
New York passed the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation in response to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Not only are semiautomatic rifles such as the popular AR-15 banned, but citizens who own handguns are limited to only seven bullets. Other draconian restrictions were passed, which gun rights activists say are a clear violation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
But citizens who live in central and western New York state are fighting back. They vow to disobey any of the new laws, such as the requirement that all guns be registered and that anyone who owns a newly banned gun turn them in.
If such civil disobedience is widespread in the state, the new laws will fail due to the fact that government will have no way of knowing who has semiautomatic rifles or who has hoarded large amounts of ammunition.
One citizen who spoke at the forum, a war veteran, rose to his feet and declared to the officials on the platform that the new laws are tantamount to Communism. He stated that he fought against Communism overseas for his country and returned home only to find Communism embedded in his own state.
The controversy over New York's new gun and ammo restrictions has also been heightened by a statement released from the attorney who successfully argued in favor of individual gun rights before the U.S. Supreme Court, resulting in the striking down of the District of Columbia's gun bans.
Alan Gura, the winning attorney, stated that New York's new gun laws are clearly unconstitutional. Gura also successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court that Chicago's gun bans were unconstitutional.
But in the New York case, apparently citizens have no plans to wait for a Supreme Court case to claim their Constitutional rights. One citizen asked if law enforcement has enough space in jail to put all of the persons who will defy the new gun laws.
The question itself indicates that the civil disobedience that is about to ensue in New York will be massive.
(Hat tip to David Codrea).
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