Gun News of the Week: Biden Says Obama Administration's Gun Control Campaign is Dead

Obama Administration gives up delusional gun control charade

The Washington Times on May 24 reported that Vice President Joe Biden has proclaimed the Obama Administration’s gun control campaign—seven years of dithering cluster-hooey—officially dead.

Speaking at a Washington D.C. forum on preventing gun violence, Joey B. said, “We’re probably not going to get much more done in the next nine months” on gun control.

With the Administration’s initiative doused by bubble-popping questions—tough ones like, “Will this work?”—Biden encouraged state and local officials to continue adding more gun laws to the nation’s matrix of 150,000-plus local and state gun laws because, as a dyed-in-the-wool liberal, he believes the best way to deal with ineffective gun laws is to pass more ineffective gun laws.

Biden blamed everyone but the blundering Obama Administration for its inability to effectively lobby for its gun control agenda, prompting Obama to twice resort to executive actions rather than risk legislative rejection, reserving spiteful bile for the Republican-controlled House and Senate, the National Rifle Association and, of course, you, me, and the nation’s other 100 million gun owners.

Those executive actions imposed new requirements for the expansion of background checks to include more private sales, and the groundwork for a future “smart gun” mandate. The controls also co-opted the gun ban for some social security beneficiaries.

Biden doesn’t understand why the NRA and other gunners’ groups oppose imposing mandatory “safe gun” technology.

“It’s amazing how the NRA and some gun-owner organizations have gone ballistic, no pun intended, about the notion we should be looking at safe gun technology,” he told Scott Mason of Western Journalism Review.

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State AGs seek federal funding for CDC to research gun violence

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey on May 24 dispatched a letter signed by 12 state attorney generals and the District of Columbia’s AG demanding Congress fund research into gun violence.

Healey’s letter seeks direct funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the “causes and prevention of gun-related injuries and death” for state AGs to develop “evidence-based strategies to combat the epidemic of gun violence” which, she added, kills more than 33,000 people each year in the U.S.

Healey says federal funding for gun violence research by the CDC has been cut by 96 percent since 1996. Attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state and the District of Columbia signed Healey’s letter.

Healey was in Washington, D.C., on May 24 along with other state and local officials to attend The White House State and Local Gun Violence Prevention “Convening.”

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Hawaii may be first to put gun owners in FBI ‘Rap Back’ database

Hawaii could become the first state in the U.S. to place gun owners’ names into the FBI’s ‘Rap Back’ database, which automatically notifies police if a state resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.

Most people entered in the FBI’s ‘Rap Back’ database are those in “positions of trust,” such as school teachers and bus drivers, FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division officer Stephen Fischer told the Associated Press on May 25.

Proponents say the law will make Hawaii a leader in safe, effective gun control laws. Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence attorney Allison Alderman told the AP that the bill was “groundbreaking” and other states should adopt similar measures.

Many Hawaii gun owners oppose the proposal. “I don’t like the idea of us being entered into a database. It basically tells us that they know where the guns are, they can go grab them” Jerry Ilo, a firearm and hunting instructor for the state, told the AP. “We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us.”

Gun owners shouldn’t have to be entered in a database to practice a constitutional right, legal scholars note. “You’re curtailing that right by requiring that a name be entered into a database without doing anything wrong,” University of Hawaii’s law professor said Kenneth Lawson said.

The bill will undergo a legal review by the state’s Attorney General’s Office, which supported the bill, before Gov. David Ige decides if he will sign it into law.

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Only need to be charged, not convicted, of crime to lose Constitutional rights in New Jersey

A New Jersey appellate court on May 24 upheld a state Superior Court ruling that local law enforcement officers had the Constitutional authority to confiscate a man’s guns and ammunition following a domestic violence arrest and charges that he had high-capacity magazines and hollow-point ammunition.

According to the ruling, Arthur Vinogradsky was no longer qualified to be a gun owner because he was charged with these crimes — even though the charges against him were eventually dropped.

“It’s the latest example of New Jersey’s gun-control laws, which are among the strictest in the nation,” writes Dan Alexander in his May 24 NewJersey101.5 blog. “In New Jersey, residents must apply to their local police departments to obtain permits to buy, own or carry firearms and must meet a list of criteria before they can be approved. Few residents are granted carry permits.”

Alexander notes in April, the same appellate court denied a Middlesex County man’s application for a gun permit because he had a terrible driving record and in early May, a Superior Court judge in Monmouth County denied a soldier’s request for a carry permit because he couldn’t prove “justifiable need,” even though he worked on a military facility that had faced terrorist threats.

“Even a soldier working under terrorist threats can’t get gun carry permit in NJ,” Alexander lamented.

According to the Associated Press, in June 2013, Vinogradsky’s wife got a temporary restraining order against her husband. As police were removing guns from the home, they arrested Vinogradsky for possessing high-capacity magazines and hollow-point bullets.

Vinogradsky’s wife later dismissed her complaint and he completed a pretrial intervention program, which spared him a criminala conviction on the weapons charges. The judge, however, stripped him of gun ownership rights, finding that he assaulted his wife and committed a crime.

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