It's 2019 and our gun rights are in jeopardy in more states than ever before. It's my goal with this article to highlight some of the changes coming in 2019, and what it may mean for us as a country, at large. Keep in mind that these are just some of the laws we know will be going live in 2019, not those that are currently being talked about among the anti-gunners, or what may come to pass later on this year.
And, as always, as we hear of anti-gun laws being passed, we'll make sure we keep you updated.
We keep thinking things cannot get much worse in California but they always seem to surprise us there with their lack of Constitutional understanding.
Cali just raised the minimum age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21, among things like requiring at least eight hours of safety training for those wishing to get their CCW, and, starting in July, ammo dealers will have to check with government officials before selling ammo to make sure those people aren't banned.
To make matters even worse, if such a thing was possible, their Governor has vowed to re-visit old laws that were previously not passed and wants to “raise the bar on gun control.”
If you take Chicago out of Illinois what do you get? An actual decent place to live. Sorry, not sorry. However, Illinois just made it more difficult for gun owners with the Firearms Owner Restraining Act, where relatives or police can request to have firearms removed if an individual is deemed unsafe based on any merit, to include social media posts.
In addition, the waiting period to buy a rifle has increased from 24 to 72 hours and hospitals are required to report involuntary psychiatric admissions to the government, which could catch up to the gun owner, stripping them of rights.
Last year Vermont made “large capacity” magazines essentially illegal. However, that new law didn't apply to out of state folks visiting the Green Mountain State. Tourists have until July 1st to visit with their “large capacity” mags (if used for a competition), after which time they'll be in violation of state law.
Washington raised the minimum age to purchase a semi-auto rifle from 18 to 21 and gun owners can also now be convicted if someone else gets to their guns and hurts/threats another with their gun.
Can you imagine some nut job stealing your car and going on a rampage with it, and having you held responsible?
At the federal level, the Trump Administration essentially calls bump stocks machine guns. While laws failed to pass in congress, Trump found a workaround in rewording already written law, which is a dangerous endeavor to say the least.
Many people don't think that bump stocks apply to the Second Amendment or see how it will impact our 2A rights as a whole. But it does. I don't personally own one, but you can't just add stuff to an existing law banning something and expect that it will be okay. It won't be okay and the Trump Stock Ban is set to go live at some point this year.
We can expect 2019 to be a rough year for our Second Amendment with multiple states being controlled by people who hate guns and gun owners with a passion. And, when the people who are “on our side” don't actually help, it only gets worse.
How does this affect you if you live in a gun-friendly state?
You may be be saying, “who cares? I live in Texas!” Or, “I live in Georgia!” Or, “South Carolina!” Or, “Idaho!!!”
You should care what happens in these other states for a few reasons. First, there are people behind enemy lines in these states who are gun owners and are trying to do something to help. They are seriously out numbered and need whatever help we can give them.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, if you look at a map the landscape is changing. Anti-gun people are flocking to places like Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, the Carolinas, and the rest.
An anti-gunner almost unseated pro-gun Ted Cruz in the Texas senate race. If you don't think a fire was lit there, you're sadly mistaken. Same thing with the Georgia Gubernatorial race. In both races, the gap was just over 2%.
While a 2% victory is still a victory by any stretch, 2% sucks in the greater scheme of things and we need to wake up before we kiss our gun rights buh-bye for real.
The anti-gun folks are looking for a win in a state like Texas or Georgia which is why they're hammering it as hard as they can. A fire has been lit and our gun rights are in jeopardy.
And, if we sit idly by, gun control will be coming to your state, next.
What are your thoughts on this mess? Let us know in the comments below.