Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Public Hearing In Hartford Regarding Banning 10+ Round Magazines

The anti-gun crowd at the CT State Legislature are looking to ban magazines which can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

Every single Gun Owner and Second Amendment Supporter from miles around needs to be at this public hearing by the Joint Judiciary Committee on Wednesday March 23rd at the Legislative Office Bldg., Room 2C at 10 a.m., 300 Capitol Ave in Hartford.

ANTI-GUN Bill SB1094
This bill will ban the possession of ANY magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds. If this bill passes, law-abiding gun owners will have to begin SURRENDERING their magazines by July, or face CONFISCATION by the state police and a FELONY CHARGE.

This proposal not only bans the sale of these magazines, but would make possession of one a FELONY. Own a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds, TURN IT IN or BE CHARGED WITH A FELONY!

Please make time to come to speak against this legislation - and please submit 40 copies of written testimony to Committee staff, preferably any day prior to the hearing, but no later than two hours prior to the start of the hearing in Room 2500 of the LOB. Testimony should clearly state testifier name and related bill number(s). Testimony submitted after the designated time may not be distributed until after the hearing. Sign-up for the hearing will begin at 8:00 A.M. and conclude at 9:30 A.M. in Room 2500 of the LOB. Speaker order will be decided by a lottery system. Anyone wishing to testify after the drawing is closed must sign up in the hearing room and be placed at the end of the list. The first hour of the hearing is reserved for Legislators, Chief Municipal Officials, Constitutional Officers and State Agency Heads. Speakers will be limited to three minutes of testimony.

If you cannot attend this hearing, you can contact members of the Judiciary Committee

Contact your legislators
and tell them NOT to support this legislation.

These are the Judiciary Committee Members emails:

Web email forms are indicated for members of the committee that are not on the above list. You have to go to their websites.. they must be too afraid to get real emails from people.

Anyway - this bill is totally unconstitutional. I am talking State and Federal.

Connecticut gun owners who own such magazines as are proposed to be banned by this bill are law abiding citizens. If this bill passes, they will become criminals overnight, without having done anything. This clearly falls under the definition of an ex post facto law. An ex post facto law was defined by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase in Calder v. Bull (1798) as “Every law that makes an action done before the passing of the law, and which was innocent when done, criminal, and punishes such action.” Ex post facto laws are expressly forbidden by the US Constitution in Article I, Section 9, Clause 3 – “No…ex post facto Law shall be passed”. This applies to the Federal Government. The prohibition of ex post facto state laws is found in Article I Section 10, Clause 1 – “No State shall…pass any Bill of Attainder or ex post facto law…”

This from Rep. Rob Sampson:
This proposal seeks to ban the sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 bullets, and it would require law-abiding citizens who already own such magazines to turn them over to authorities—or risk a felony charge and prison time.

The bill’s proponents will say their goal is to protect residents from gun-wielding criminals driven to commit murder. To make their point, they’ll resuscitate hysteria generated by headline grabbing police cases in other parts of the country—crimes driven by the perpetrator’s frame of mind and motivations rather than a gun.

People who commit such crimes are criminals and criminals, by definition, don’t care about laws. A person bent on shooting another won’t be deterred by an arbitrary—the 10 bullet limit—restriction shackled on the rights of law-abiding citizens who understand the responsibilities of gun ownership. If you think criminals will turn in their illegal weapons, then I’ve got a bridge I’d like to sell you.

How will this proposed ban make us safer if law-abiding citizens are the only people who dutifully march down to a police station to hand over their weapons?

It won’t, and the people who wrote and support this proposal know it. Their true target isn’t our guns, but our right to own them. Recent history shows us they’ll continue to attack that right—one proposed bill after another.

This country was built on the principle that its citizens—and not the government—hold the power to control their own lives. The 2nd Amendment clearly states that our right “to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” This is a key protection to our sovereignty as individuals, acknowledging our right to protect ourselves.

That’s a Constitutional right I’m unwilling to give up.

Rep. Rob Sampson
80th General Assembly District
Southington, Wolcott

Let's all make sure this bill goes no further than this public hearing - let's PACK THE ROOM and tell them this kind of legislation is unacceptable and unconstitutional!