Archive for category Constitutional Issues

Why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is “Banned” from Conducting Firearms Research

Tongue-in-cheek, click-bait title aside, the CDC is not in fact “banned” from conducting such research.  The institution is only banned from using public funds to push a preconceived agenda: “Provided further that none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to […]

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The Rule of Law or Rule of Man? (Redux 2.0)

The more things change, the more they stay the same. President Trump, that supposed protector of the Constitution, bulwark against Leftist encroachments, Clinton-slayer, and Drainer of Swamps, recently rejected the notion of Fifth Amendment Due Process protections while simultaneously appearing to embrace a Second Amendment-infringing position, in declaring “I like taking guns away early.  Take […]

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The Parkland School Shooting: A Colossal Model of Government Failure

Obviously, debates (if they could truthfully be called that) regarding the Second Amendment are routinely and fervently reignited every time a new tragedy makes the media’s bloodlust cutline.  This is, of course, no different in light of the Parkland school shooting in recent days. In my many discussions with gun control advocates, be they civil […]

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Why Massachusetts’ “Bump Fire” Stock Ban is Illegal

The Massachusetts legislation, which was signed into law in November, allows current owners a “grace” period of 90 days from its effective date – 1 February 2018 – to get rid of the items in question.  The State recently sent notifications to this effect to all of its registered licensees and owners. This letter states […]

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Alleged Patterns of Gross Federal Law Enforcement Misconduct

The reader may recall some time back that the Bundy family, led by its patriarch Cliven Bundy, engaged in intense standoffs with several local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.  I do not wish to dissect all of the nuances and details of these incidents or the events leading up to them, as they are […]

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Why DACA Is (and Was) Unconstitutional

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an executive policy governing immigration enforcement which then-President Barack Obama signed into effect via executive order in 2012 (later expanded upon in 2014).  This policy protected so-called “Dreamers” from deportation, so named after the special class of alien residents identified in the Development, Relief, and Education for […]

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Scathing Injunction Ordered for California’s “Large-Capacity Magazine” Possession Ban

Although only a temporary victory, in the court case Duncan v. Bacerra (3:17-cv-1017-BEN), Federal Judge Roger Benitez issued an injunction on enforcement of California’s extension of its so-called “large-capacity magazine” (LCM) ban, heretofore otherwise set to go into effect 1 July 2017.  This particular statute, passed by public proposition in 2016, expands upon California’s existing […]

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