This is some absolute bullshit
If you are in NM, from NM, or ever thought of moving to NM, click this and raise some hell. This is absolute bullshit, that we need worry about that here. Let me give you the gist:
Senate Bill 48/ House Bill 50 prohibit you from selling or gifting your firearms to any distant relatives, friends, neighbors, business associates, or fellow gun club members without government permission. The legislation would criminalize nearly all private firearm sales between individuals unless they are conducted through a licensed dealer involving extensive federal paperwork, background check and payment of an undetermined fee. Licensed dealers maintain this paperwork recording these transfers for twenty years and turn it over to the government if they ever go out of business.
SB 48/ HB 50 similarly restrict temporary firearm transfers or loans — not just gun sales. There are a limited number of exemptions, including transfers taking place exclusively at shooting ranges, while hunting or trapping, or during an organized competition or performance, or any time the transferor remains present the entire duration of the transfer. These exemptions are confusing, raise serious questions about the bills’ scope, compliance and enforceability, and highlight the overreach of the measures. Activities that could be criminalized under the bills without going through an FFL and obtaining government permission:
Click the link, raise some hell. Then this from the Tenth Amendment Center:
A strong movement to end state conceal carry permit requirements has blossomed in the U.S. over the last couple of years. Supporters dub the idea “constitutional carry,” and often argue, “The Constitution is my gun permit,” or a variation on the theme, “The Second Amendment is my gun permit.”
While I fully support the idea of permitless conceal carry, this insistence that the Second Amendment counts as some kind of gun permit makes me want to stab an icepick through my eardrum. Not only does the idea fundamentally misrepresent the purpose of the Second Amendment, it actually assumes a fundamental change in the American constitutional system that a vast majority of “gun rights” advocates would likely reject wholesale if they really thought about it.
The first problem with the “Second Amendment is my gun permit” mantra lies in the fact that it implies the amendment creates a right.
It does not “give you” the right to keep and bear arms. It merely prohibits the federal government from infringing on a right you already had.
The right to keep and bear arms flows from a more basic right – the right to self-defense. This falls within the umbrella of “natural rights.” You have them “naturally” simply because you exist. The right to defend yourself and your property makes up part of what it means to be human. In other words, it’s natural to human existence.
No government can bestow natural rights – and no government can take them away. But governments can “infringe” on natural rights. Or to put it another way, interfere with them.
St. George Tucker wrote the first systematic commentary on the U.S. Constitution and stood as one of the preeminent constitutional scholars through the 18th century. Tucker called the right of self-defense the “palladium of liberty.”
“The right of self defence is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible.”
The Second Amendment was drafted and ratified to prevent the federal government from doing just that. But it was not meant to apply to the states.
AH! But the Tenth Amendment does state the whole “If it’s not here, it’s up to you. If it IS, you must abide by it”. Click and read the whole thing, see if you see what I see.
And all this crap was promulgated by EX-NYC Mayor Bloomberg. Didn’t we just have a YUGE turnout by NRA members for a PRESIDENT that promised to work on this? Fix this shit? 2A, 10A, 14A.