Turning citizens into criminals

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New Jersey is the latest state poised to turn hundreds or thousands of law abiding citizens into criminals by a stroke of the governor’s pen.christieguncontrol

There’s a magazine limit bill awaiting Gov. Chris Christie’s signature, which would reduce the number of rounds allowed in a magazine from 15 to 10. There’s no grandfather clause either. If Christie signs the bill, all magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds instantly become contraband.

Unless they get rid of them, the owners will be violating the law.

My problem with mag limits is simple: I’ve yet to find a politician capable of telling me how many rounds I’ll need in a gunfight. I’ve been in a couple, you see, and have had rounds left over each time. It’s a pretty good feeling, and I didn’t lose any points.

Christie’s not talking about what he’s likely to do. However, my sources say if he still believes he’s got a shot at becoming the GOP’s 2016 presidential candidate, he’ll veto the bill. If not, he’ll likely sign the legislation into law.

New Jersey gun owners don’t have a great history of complying with draconian laws. When the state banned “assault weapons” in 1990, it’s estimated that only a fraction followed the law.

Gun owners in New York and Connecticut also balked when their modern sporting rifles were recently outlawed. Rather than selling them, rendering the rifles inoperative or turning them over to police, many simply ignored the new requirements.

It’s a bold move. Technically, they’re committing a felony.

There’s a word that describes the actions of politicians who turn good, law abiding folks into criminals: Tyranny.

Lately it’s a word I believe is used a bit too much. It’s certainly something I don’t use often.

It’s sad but somewhat ironic that all of these gun bans are occurring in New England, given its history of responding to tyrannical laws.

If Christie signs the bill, I’m sure most gun owners will thumb their nose at the Governor and his new rules.

On second thought, because it’s New Jersey, they’ll probably use another digit.

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Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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