Laws And Sausages

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Feb. 17, 2010


Laws And Sausages
Here at The Outdoor News Hound, we tend to disagree with the premise put forth
by the 19th century German Prussian politician Otto von Bismarck who said, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” We prefer
watching both in the making, especially laws dealing with hunting and the
shooting sports, and making sausage ground from our own venison. Good stuff!


J.R. Absher

Legislatures In Full Swing
With state assemblies and legislatures in full swing this third week of
February, here’s a look at some of the more interesting firearms-related
measures that have been introduced, moved forward or died in committee in
recent days.

-Virginia Gun-Show Bill: What has become a perennial effort aimed at
requiring prospective buyers at Virginia
gun shows to undergo criminal background checks before buying a firearm from a
private seller was killed in committee last week.

HB1234, sponsored by Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), was defeated 4-1
by a House Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee. Similar measures
have died in the same panel in recent years.

-Utah CCW
Clarification:
Friday, the Utah House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
Committee OK’d a bill clarifying that the legal carrier of a concealed weapon
may reveal it or mention it in an effort to keep a quarrel from escalating.

The measure now heads to the full House for consideration.

Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R-Orem), sponsor of HB78,
said the measure could help stop fights before they start and keep gun carriers
from feeling they must point a weapon at an aggressor.

-N.M. CCW In Restaurants: Last week, the New Mexico Senate Corporations and
Transportation committee voted 8-1 to advance Senate Bill 40, which would allow
those with valid state concealed carry permits to
bring their guns into restaurants or bars that serve alcohol. The measure now
moves to the full Senate.

Another bill of interest in New
Mexico
would eliminate the current requirement for a
two-year refresher course for those successfully passing the state’s safety
course and receiving a permit valid for four years.

Indiana CCW Privacy: In Indiana last week, the House of
Representatives voted 85-11 to prohibit public access to the database
containing the names and addresses of Hoosiers who possess a valid concealed
carry permit. The measure was the direct result of the controversy arising in
2009 when two newspapers obtained the database and made it available to their
readership.

House Bill 1068 now moves to the Senate, where a similar bill has already
passed.

Firearms Sovereignty Expands
In recent weeks, legislation to exempt domestic manufacturers of firearms and
ammunition from federal regulations — known individually as the Firearms
Freedom Act — has been introduced or moved out of committee in Virginia, Alaska, Wyoming, and South
Dakota
.

Across the country, more than 20 states are currently considering some form
of “firearms sovereignty” legislation, based on rights granted under the 10th
Amendment, which declares, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution,
nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or
to the people.”

The sponsors and supporters of the measures are following last year’s lead
of Montana and Tennessee, where the genesis of the
grassroots state sovereignty movement began with the passage of the first of
two Firearms Freedom Acts.

As a result of its measure’s passage last year, Montana is presently embroiled in a legal
battle with the federal government over the legality of its law.

Last week, Kansas
became the 21st state to have a firearms sovereignty measure in its legislative
hopper. Crafted with assistance from The Kansas State Rifle Association, HB
2620 was introduced Thursday in the Kansas House by Rep. Ray Merrick and
several other co-sponsors.

Firearms Sales Tax Holidays
Legislation introduced in Mississippi, Missouri, Kentucky, and Oklahoma this year would
create various types of “sales tax holidays” on the purchase of firearms,
ammunition and other outdoor and hunting-related gear.

Mississippi House Bill 1207 would exempt firearms and ammunition sold over
Labor Day weekend from state sales tax, similar to a measure that became
effective in South Carolina
last year.

Last year, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal put his signature on a trend-setting
law that creates an annual 3-day reprieve from state sales tax on hunting gear
in The Bayou State, when the 4 percent tax will be waived on purchases of a
wide variety of guns, ammunition, ORVs, and other outdoor gear.

As defined by Louisiana Senate Bill 52, the tax break only applies to
consumer purchases and defines hunting supplies as “any tangible personal
property for the use of hunting.”

The list includes such things as archery supplies, off-road vehicles and
vessels such as ATVs, airboats and pirogues, accessories, animal feed, apparel,
shoes, bags, float tubes, binoculars, tools, rangefinders, treestands, blinds,
chairs, and holsters.

Quote Of The Week
“It’s great to be the American father of an American boy in autumn! What
zestier joy has any man the right to ask, than, with his son at his side, to
hear brown partridge rumble off through radiant October woods to the boom of
gunfire? What finer recreation could fall to the lot of any boy than to tramp
with his dad, gun in hand, through forests ablaze with autumn leaves; over
pungent marshes where swift-winged quacking waterfowl await his coming?”
-Raymond S. Deck
“Take Your Boy Hunting”
“Parents Magazine,” October 1942

J.R. Absher is a freelance outdoor writer whose articles and columns appear
in numerous national publications. He offers his unique perspective of the
outdoors weekly for sportsmansguide.com. You may contact him at
jrabsher@outdoorpressroom.com.

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