This past week Florida Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, signed a new Florida “school-safety” bill that bans bump stocks, extends a three-day waiting period for handgun purchases to include long guns, and raises the minimum age to buy long guns from 18 to 21. This was all in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018.
Wouldn’t Have Believed Gun-Friendly Florida To Enact Restrictive Legislation
If you had told me years ago that a state like Florida with “gun-friendly Republican lawmakers” would enact such legislation, I would not have believed you. Since you already needed to be at least 21 to buy a handgun in Florida, the most intolerable part of this law is the fact that you now have to wait until you are 21 to buy any firearm in Florida. Apparently, at eighteen, you are considered enough of an adult to be drafted into military service and sent halfway around the world to die in service to your country, but you are not enough of an adult to have full Constitutionally guaranteed rights at home.
A Lot of Us Have Rested On Our Laurels
Since Trump got elected, a lot of us have started to rest on our laurels. Many were so relieved that Hillary Clinton wasn’t president that they thought they deserved a vacation. I wasn’t one of those people. You see, I live in the Peoples Republic of Corrupticut. I live in the state where the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre took place on December 14, 2012.
Media Blitz Leftists Ran Against Gun Owners in Corrupticut After Sandy Hook
You would not believe the one-sided media blitz that the Leftists ran against guns and gun owners in this state. When the Sandy Hook tragedy occurred, Corrupticut already had in place a state law that partly emulated the Clinton assault weapons ban that the rest of the country discarded in 2004. We were already severely restricted in 2012, as to what guns we could buy. But it wasn’t enough for our Democrat-dominated legislature and Democrat Governor Dannel Malloy.
Statists Capitalized on Blood of Children
Instead of waiting until our state had time to grieve for the lives lost, the Statists capitalized on the blood of children, just as they have now done in Florida, and just as they plan to do nationally through federal legislation. An emergency session of the legislature was convened, and they wrote a new law without any input from the public. The House started voting on the bill in the middle of the night when Corrupticut residents were literally asleep. They had to act quickly before the public had a chance to see what was really happening.
On April 4, 2013, Governor Dannel Malloy, in a signing ceremony orchestrated by these traitors for the media, smugly signed SB1160 into law, “An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention And Children’s Safety”– the most sweeping draconian changes that you can imagine. I remember how sick I was that day when I saw the people we elected to protect our rights gleefully celebrating their dictate over us.
Cannot Buy Many Firearms Now Classified as “Assault Weapons”
Today, you cannot buy any centerfire semiautomatic rifle with a detachable magazine that has a pistol grip, collapsible or folding or thumbhole butt stock, a forward pistol grip, a flash suppressor, or a grenade or flare launcher. Such firearms are now defined as “assault weapons”, and all such these currently owned firearms needed to be registered with the state government. So all AR, AK, FN/FAL, HK, and Saigas are gone. Just about any rifle that would be good for defending your home, your community, or your country you can no longer buy.
Bayonet Lugs- Bone Thrown To Gun Owners
As a bone thrown to gun owners, they changed the previous law to let us have bayonet lugs. I guess the number of drive-by bayonetings in Hartford had gone down below a certain threshold. Various pistols and shotguns were also redefined as “assault weapons” and banned. I won’t go into that. It’s too depressing.
What’s Left For Our Defense?
So what was left for those of us that wanted to defend ourselves? Well, we still have Ruger Mini-14s, M1 Garands, and SKSs. I think you can get a M1A, if the flash suppressor has been removed. I think the semiautomatic Ares Defense System SCR rifle that accepts AR-15 mags is legal here. Of course, we now have a 10 round magazine limit, and to buy a long gun requires an “eligibility certificate”, which entails having a mug shot taken and fingerprinting. Buying ammunition or magazines also requires an “eligibility certificate”, and they banned the private sales of firearms.
Required Purchase Through FFL with Background Check
All sales of firearms must now go through a FFL and require a background check. Although federal law prohibits the registration of firearms, Corrupticut had long required the results of all dealer transactions to be stored in the databases of the local and state police agencies.
No State Statue That Gives This Authority
I cannot find a single state statute that gives them this authority, but they do it anyway. It is impossible now to legally give a firearm to your children without that transaction being recorded. It is obvious that, over time, they want to determine where every firearm in the state resides.
State Has Deprived Militia of Best Firearms
These laws that were put into effect in my state have deprived the Militia of its best firearms, and I believe that was the intention. Our law here is basically that which Senator Diane Feinstein has been trying to put into effect at the federal level for years, and it’s not a coincidence that our legislature was able to write a 138-page law so quickly. They just adapted her bill for Corrupticut.
Warning of What’s Coming in Your State
I am not giving you this history of what happened in my state to garner sympathy from you but rather to warn you of what is coming to your own state. One might almost expect these crazy laws in a deep blue Socialist state, like Corrupticut, but did you expect to see that in a red state like Florida? Since Trump got elected, I have been telling people that now is not the time to relax.
AR-15’s Drop In Price, Time To Buy is Now
AR-15s have dropped dramatically in price, because of the glut produced during the Obama years. If you have ever wanted one or any other firearm that may be potentially banned, now is the time to buy it. It is a lot harder for the government to confiscate what you own than it is for them to just prohibit its sale in your state. In Corrupticut, only 4% of “assault weapon” owners registered their firearms with the government, even though not complying is a Class D felony punishable by time in prison. Although the Left screamed for the dissenters to be arrested and their guns seized, our police refused that mission. So, if you can legally buy these firearms in your state, sell that motorcycle or Jet Ski, and use the money to buy them. Do all transactions through private party sales and pay cash.
Can’t Find Private Parties to Buy From
If you can’t find private parties from which to buy, build up firearms from eighty percent lowers. Make sure that you secure a black rifle and magazines for every one of your children and grandchildren. If I lived in Florida, I know what each of them would be getting on their eighteenth birthday.
Outrageous Statements By President Donald Trump
As if we did not have enough to worry about with state governments restricting rights, then there are the outrageous statements made by our current president, Donald Trump, like he wants to ban bump stocks for rifles, raise the age to buy an AR-15 from 18 to 21, universal background checks, and that the police should confiscate firearms from people they think are a danger to the general public before affording such people their due process rights. Now I hear he is considering raising the age to buy all long guns, shotguns, and rifles, from 18 to 21.
I hope that he is only saying these things to curry favor from the Democrats in Congress. I hope that he is just playing these deluded fools, who are drunk on their own power and self-importance, so that their agenda will be exposed for all Americans to see. Because this is the type of rhetoric I would expect to hear from a New York City Socialist, not an American who believes in freedom and sovereignty. It’s hard to believe that he would so completely disregard his base, a base that he’ll need to get reelected in 2020. I really hope that what I’m seeing is a clever President playing rope-a-dope and not a flip-flopper. But I’m not sure.
Learn and Keep Freedom Alive
Learn from our mistakes and keep freedom alive. In Corrupticut, we waited too long to buy an AR-15 or similar type firearm, and now it is too late for us. For us, the SHTF moment came in 2012. You might be next. It is only a matter of time before someone uses a Mini-14 here in a shooting like Anders Behring Breivik did in Norway to murder 77 people in 2011, and then that will be banned too. Because the goal is not about keeping anyone safe. They want to banish firearms one by one, make ammunition and magazine purchases more difficult and expensive, require gun owners to carry expensive insurance, limit how many guns you can own, require guns at home to always be unloaded, et cetera.
Gun Controllers Want To Make Second Amendment Meaningless
Gun controllers know how difficult it would be to get the Second Amendment repealed and confiscate over 300 million privately-owned firearms. So, instead, they want to make the Second Amendment meaningless. Their goal is to disarm Americans incrementally by whatever means. They would like to make it so expensive that you turn in your firearms because you can’t afford them anymore, or paint you as a social pariah so that you willingly give up what you own just to fit in. Don’t do it!
Won’t Desert Family to Leave Hellhole; Standing Ground
I have been told I should vote with my feet and leave this hellhole. But I have family here that I will not desert. And to tell you the truth, I don’t want to be driven out by this Leftist rabble. It is only a matter of time before the Statists determine that the firearms I own are now contraband, and I must “voluntarily” turn them in to law enforcement. I have read on SurvivalBlog that we should bury guns that the government now says are illegal to avoid confiscation. I say that if the time has come when there are state approved enforcers going door-to-door confiscating firearms, then it is not time to bury those guns. It is time to use them.
Because if you don’t, that is the last time the government will recognize your right to own them. I refuse to obey any current or future gun laws that infringe on my right to defend my family, my community, and myself. But I would ask those of you who still live in free states to buy an extra AR-15. One day, it may get so bad here that I can’t take it anymore. Just look at Florida.
SurvivalBlog Writing Contest
Today features another entry for Round 75 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:
- A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
- A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
- A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
- DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 NATO QD Billet upper. These have hammer forged, chrome-lined barrels and a hard case, to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR-type rifle to have a quick change barrel. This can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools. It also provides a compact carry capability in a hard case or in 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
- Two cases of Mountain House freeze-dried assorted entrees in #10 cans, courtesy of Ready Made Resources (a $350 value),
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- A Model 175 Series Solar Generator provided by Quantum Harvest LLC (a $439 value),
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- A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $275 value),
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Round 75 ends on March 31st, so get busy writing and e-mail us your entry. Remember that there is a 1,500-word minimum, and that articles on practical “how to” skills for survival have an advantage in the judging.