Gun Law Debate Continues

By: Capitol News Email
By: Capitol News Email

Legislation to stop local governments from enacting tougher restrictions on gun purchases is shooting through the legislative process. The legislation would create a five million dollar fine for city and county governments that pass ordinances to trump state and federal gun laws. The bill passed a house and a senate committee today. NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer says the bill is meant to send a message to cities and counties.

“Nobody wants to put local government officials in jail. Nobody wants to rip huge amounts of money out of county and city coffers, but it has to be a deterrent. If they want to break the law then they should have to pay like everybody else. They are not above the law,” said Hammer.

The legislation is the first of three high profile bills aimed at protecting gun rights. One of the bills would prohibit doctors from asking their patients if they own a gun. Another would allow people with conceal carry permits to take carry their guns in more public place, like college campuses.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:21 AM
    I think the bill should also include jail time for the city and county commissioners. The fine will be paid with taxpayers money, but the jail time will have to be served by those that break the law.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Feb 9, 2011 at 02:06 AM
    There's 10 Bill of Rights and not just the 1st. one folks. Package deal not there to pick and choose the ones liked or disliked. "America 1st. for a Changed" and armed to the teeth.
  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Feb 8, 2011 at 08:06 PM
    Absolutely. If this State follows California legalizing dope and closing Prisons , when everything goes to ... Firearms will be the Citizens only defense. Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition. Dark days are ahead.
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