The FBI has is reporting a record number of gun background checks in March, but millions of Americans are still being denied their right to acquire a firearm thanks to local or state governments. Jim Wallace of the Gun Owners Action League in Massachusetts joins me on today’s Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co to talk about the egregious infringement of the right to keep and bear arms that’s taking place in the state, where gun stores and ranges have been ordered closed and the state police are trying to stop even online training from taking place.
Gov. Charlie Baker’s anti-gun attitude has not only caused gun stores to close, but has imposed restrictions on firearms retailers that make the shuttered stores ineligible for financial aid from the state. At the same time, the Massachusetts State Police are mandating a halt to all firearms training, even those classes which are available online. The state’s attorney general, Maura Healey, meanwhile, is accusing law-abiding gun owners of posing a threat to law enforcement.
Gun shops and shooting ranges are NOT essential businesses during a public health emergency. We cannot undermine the safety of our police officers, first responders, and domestic violence victims. https://t.co/16Xunnd0mt
— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) April 1, 2020
Wallace tells Bearing Arms that the organization is examining their options, including a federal lawsuit, to ensure that anyone wanting to exercise their Second Amendment rights can do so in Massachusetts. As Wallace points out, not only are gun stores closed to new gun owners, but existing gun owners cannot purchase any ammunition in the state at the moment, which only furthers the infringement on the right to keep and bear arms taking place in the state.
What’s taking place in Massachusetts at the moment is as even more egregious violation of our right to keep and bear arms than what we’ve seen in places like New Jersey or California, frankly. Gov. Baker, a Republican, has come down squarely on the side of gun control advocates who are hoping to prevent any American from purchasing a firearm for the first time during the current state of emergency. In fact, the governor has taken the inexplicable position that online training for new gun owners needs to cease as well; an utterly asinine decision that is the antithesis of “gun safety.”
Make sure you check out the entire interview above, and stick around for today’s recidivist report, which features an armed robber in New Mexico sentenced to time served for his violent crime, an armed citizen story from Ocala, Florida, and a good deed involving a rookie cop and a single mom in Boston, Massachusetts.
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