There’s dumb and there’s dangerous. And then there’s dumb and dangerous.
Nowhere is the convergence of dumb and dangerous so dynamically eccentric than in the nation’s 50 state legislatures. If you subscribe to the theory that government is an administrative science, then state lawmakers are its mad scientists, concocting legislative mayhem in laboratories of intrigue, innovation, and ideological insanity.
Not surprisingly, a raft of dangerously dumb gun control bills have been submitted in state legislatures across the land since the Dec. 14 Newtown shootings, including 14 proposed semi-automatic firearms bans and 21 proposed magazine capacity limits.
Below are eight of the most dangerously dumb gun control proposals that have either been adopted or are currently being pondered by state legislatures this year:
1.) New York: Gov. Cuomo’s SAFE Act makes it illegal to possess a magazine that holds more than seven bullets beginning April 15, turning thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens into felons by limiting legal use to a magazine that doesn’t exist.
The law is dangerously dumb, as Cuomo conceded on March 21, because, “There is no such thing as a seven-bullet magazine.”
Cuomo said he now supports making “technical corrections” that include lifting the ban on high-capacity magazines and, instead, making it illegal to have more than seven bullets in a magazine at one time.
2.) Colorado: Democrats in this traditionally gun friendly state pushed magazine capacity limits and universal background checks for all firearms sales through the legislature in bills signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper in mid-March.
Fortunately, an attempt in the House to impose a dangerously dumb “assault weapons” ban was thwarted by proponents’ own firearms ignorance when they inadvertently proposed banning widely-owned semi-automatic shotguns, leading to the bill’s demise and endless ridicule.
3.) Connecticut: House Bill 5112 requires the state to make the names and addresses of 170,000 Connecticut handgun owners public. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Stephen D. Dargan, D-West Haven, and has been referred to the legislature’s Public Safety and Security Committee.
HB 5112 is unlikely to proceed further because it serves no purpose. Equally purposeless, but even more dangerously dumb, is a vow by Sen. Edward Meyer, D-Guilford, to propose a bill that would make it a class C felony to own any gun made to fire more than a single round.
4.) Florida: On March 2, Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) introduced SB 1678, which would require a three-day waiting period before concluding any firearm transaction, but what is really dangerously dumb about her bill is it would also require anyone wanting to purchase ammunition to go through a three-day waiting period unless they have completed at least two hours of anger management training.
The bill, which would mandate that ammunition buyers take an anger management course every 10 years, was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 7.
5.) Washington:** Senate Bill 5737, sponsored by Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray, proposes “banning the sale of assault weapons,” any semi-automatic pistol, pump-action rifle or shotgun that can accept a detachable magazine with the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds. Any magazine that accepts over 10 rounds itself will also be banned.
Unfortunately for Murray and other gun control proponents, in their zeal to impose an “assault weapons” ban on legal semi-automatic firearm owners, they obligated county sheriffs to conduct annual safe-storage inspections in the homes of registered semi-automatic rifle owners, promptly leading to the dangerously dumb bill’s demise and Murray’s ridicule.
6.) California: Not surprisingly, there are many, many dangerously dumb things in the dozen anti-gun bills before the Democrat-controlled Senate and Assembly. They include banning the sale of all semi-automatic rifles that accept removable magazines, requiring every gun owner to take a yearly safety course and allowing the potential confiscation of the state’s 166,000 legally registered semi-automatic rifles.
But perhaps the most grating is a proposed 5 cent tax on each bullet purchased “for the purpose of funding crime prevention.”
7.) Wisconsin: Four Milwaukee-area Democrats proposed a joint Senate-House bill banning civilian possession of hollow point or frangible ammunition, the very ammunition that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources requires that deer and bear hunters use.
A spokesperson for one of the lawmakers later admitted he “had no clue” that the proposed dangerously dumb ammunition ban would affect law-abiding hunters and gun owners.
8.) Missouri: House Bill 545, introduced by Rep. Rory Ellinger (D-University City in mid-February, would require gun owners to hand over their legally purchased so-called “assault weapons” to “the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction” within 90 days of the bill being signed into law.
In a state Legislature dominated by a two-thirds Republican majority, it is unlikely that the dangerously dumb and draconian HB 545 will even get a hearing.
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