SAFE act

The 2nd Circuit Court upheld the NY “SAFE Act 2013” last week. Bummer. They said that NY could ban certain arms, prohibit private transfers, etc. On the one hand, that really sucks for the people of NY, another in a long line of suckage. Oh, well, I don’t live there, and I’m never planning too. And it sets a circuit court precedent that specific guns can be banned. On the other hand, it was passed so fast, and is so broad, it’s likely to get appealed to the Supreme Court, and it’s also likely to get taken up.

High risk appeal. If we win, it’s big. If we lose, it’s HUGE.

Interesting times.

5 thoughts on “SAFE act

  1. Rights can be neither created nor destroyed by law-makers or judges. They can respect rights, or they can violate them at risk to themselves and risk to the peace and tranquility of society. What they canNOT do is plead ignorance.

  2. I choose not to look at this as a question of whether we (lovers of the American Principles of liberty) win or lose. If we love liberty we’ve already won in a sense. Rather it is whether the law-makers and judges win or loose, but I don’t suppose they’d know what I’m talking about. They’d think they know, certainly, but they’d likely get it wrong.

    Let me see if I can remember this. Posit;
    There is a king, a mercenary with a sword, a high priest and a rich merchant standing together in a room. Who has the power at that moment in that place? Well the answer, I guess, is that it mostly, or all, depends on the perception of the individuals present, their strengths, their weaknesses and their ability to discern.

    Once we realize that we hold the power, this sort of problem is easily resolved.

    • Gold is for the mistress, silver for the maid.
      Copper for the craftsman, cunning at his trade.
      “Good!” said the Baron, sitting in his hall,
      “But iron — cold iron — is the master of them all.”

      –from ‘Cold Iron’ by Rudyard Kipling

  3. The legal reasoning in that decision is so asinine it wouldn’t shock me to see SCOTUS remand it with instructions. In other words, do it again and do it right this time. It’s basically a decision that’s counter to Heller, McDonald AND Miller.

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