WASHINGTON February 23, 2015 — This week there are few things gun owners should keep their sights on. Gun Free Zones, the Body Armor Ban, and the BATFE ammunition scare are all brewing in the pot at the moment. Below are short, incredibly short, summaries of those issues for you to take a look at. Happy hunting.
Gun Free Zones: In the wake of an onslaught of measures, most of which were defeated, to curb gun ownership and restrict conceal carry across the country, lawmakers and gun rights groups are pushing back. The “gun free zone” is in the sights of gun rights groups, and much of their energy is being thrown into tearing down restrictions on carrying concealed around the country. On the legislative side, states such as Florida are attempting to pass laws which would allow for students and teachers to carry on college campuses. To gun rights groups, this is the fight of fights. Gun free zones, they argue, do nothing but create victim zones by disarming people and then advertising that people in this particular location are not armed. It seems somewhat counterintuitive, does it not? Either way, this fight has been ongoing, but it has received a significant boost since the Newtown and Aurora shootings.
Body Armor Ban: HR. 378, introduced by Michael Honda (Ca-17-D), would make it illegal for “a person to purchase, own, or possess enhanced body armor.” Well, Mr. Honda, what’s this all about? It is not as though middle income individuals are going out and dropping two thousand dollars on body armor, but if recent history has shown us anything attempting to ban anything to do with home protection will only cause a buying frenzy. But why does the government want to ban body armor? That is what many concerned citizens should be asking themselves. As the government supplies police forces with unprecedented amounts of firepower and protection such as MRAP’s and other armored personnel carriers, it seems they do not seek to extend the protection of those devices to their citizens. How does the government justify this? If criminals are so bad out there that the police need MRAP’s then perhaps the government should allow for citizens to defend themselves with the best methods available.
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