(National Sentinel)Â Unconstitutional:Â Whenever we see the Left moving to implement a new rule or law governing the use, handling, or ownership of firearms we are reminded of the very simple language of the Second Amendment, which reads in full:Â A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
Liberal and conservative scholars and lawmakers have debated the meaning of â€œmilitiaâ€ and whether or not the founders meant that the Second Amendment applied only to organized state military forces. But others have noted that based on historical data and references such as the Federalist Papers, a series of published documents written by a few of the founders explaining every part of the Constitution, it is clear the amendment applies generally to â€œthe people.â€
Thereâ€™s another part of the amendment that is also crystal clear â€” where it says unequivocally that the â€œright â€¦to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.â€
Period. The foundersâ€™ statements and writingsÂ make it plainÂ that they intended for Americans to beÂ armedÂ â€” without impediment, without limitations, and without government interference.
So realistically, there can be no such thing as a â€œcommon sense gun lawâ€ or, certainly, no gun registration. And yet it appears as though a new ordinance in Boulder, Colo., could be a trial run forÂ nationalÂ gun registrationÂ if the wrong political leaders everÂ take power. (Related:Â The Second Amendment was made to protect people from their own government.)
AsÂ reported byÂ Townhallâ€™s Matt Vespa, Leftist Democrats in the city are singling out one firearm in particular: AR-15-style rifles.
Remember when Boulder, ColoradoÂ banned the ownership of AR-15 rifles? They also banned high-capacity magazines and bump stocks, giving gun owners with such magazines until July 15, 2018 to either sell them or dispose of themâ€”whatever that means. Most likely, youâ€™ll have to turn them over to the authorities. Now, there is aÂ grandfather clauseÂ allowing residents who already owned AR-15s to keep them as long as they get a certificate by the local sheriffâ€™s office. Well, that date is rapidly approaching. AR-15 owners have until December 27 to certify their weapons. If owners fail to do this, they wonâ€™t be allowed to own their rifles within city limits. So far, only 85 rifles have been certified.
â€˜Certificationâ€™ certainly rings of â€œregistration,â€ doesnâ€™t it?
Not so, according to local authorities.Â The Denver Post, quoting local police, reported:
Certification is not a registry; the department keeps no records or paperwork of any kind. The only information they have is a handwritten count, said Boulder police Sgt. Dave Spraggs. Eighty-seven certificates have been issued to date. Two of those were redundancies, for the same weapon shared between a husband and wife.
It stretches the imagination to think that Boulder Police areÂ notÂ keeping some sort of record; otherwise, how would the department know that, so far, only 85 rifles had been registered?
Whatâ€™s more, who else has access to those records? And how are local police going to find out who hasnâ€™tÂ
registeredÂ certified their rifles?
No matter what Boulder Police tell the local media, the fact is, based on the foundersâ€™ historical writings and the very plain language in the Second Amendment, this ordinance and all of those issued previously to the â€˜certificationâ€™ requirement amount to an infringement on a right that specifically prohibits infringement.
No matter what AR-15s are called â€” â€œassaultâ€ weapons, mostly â€” they are just another firearm,Â as the Supreme Court has ruled, and thus covered by the Second Amendment.
No â€œreasonable,â€ â€œcommon-senseâ€ restrictions are permitted, period. NoÂ infringementÂ whatsoever.
What is interesting is that human nature has not changed since the 18th century when the Constitution was ratified.
â€œThe laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimesâ€¦. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants,â€ Thomas Jefferson once wrote.
Those words are just as true today.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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