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In The Law, Bastiat says “each of us has a natural right – from God – to defend his person, his liberty, and his property”. The State is a “substitution of a common force for individual forces” to defend this right. The law becomes perverted when it is used to violate the rights of the individual, when it punishes one’s right to defend himself again a collective effort of others to legislatively enact laws which basically have the same effect of plundering.
The work has significance and importance today because the same situation that existed in the France of 1848, exists in practically every country today. The same socialist-communist ideas and plans that were then adopted in France are now sweeping the world. The explanations and arguments then advanced against socialism by Mr. Bastiat are equally valid today.
If you are interested in reading material which clearly and succinctly lays out the proper role of Government and Law, and how that law can be perverted to accomplish the exact opposite of what it was originally intended to do, this work is of great importance.
Olympia, Wa., February 17, 2014– State legislators in the Washington House of Representatives just voted unanimously (97:0) to approve HB1888, which effectively nullifies the federal ban on hemp within the state of Washington.
This legislation is very similar to my HB 1010, that will be heard tomorrow in Committee. I am hopeful that my legislation will be as successful as the bill just passed in Washington State. Will Maryland soon see the economic benefits of Industrial Hemp as other states have begun to see? If you would like to testify in support of HB 1010 please call my office at 410-841-3047. Hearing starts at 1pm in the Environmental Matters Committee Room. If you cannot make it to Annapolis, but support this bill I would encourage you to call or email the members of the Environmental Matters Committee.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling yesterday could have major implications on Maryland’s concealed carry law. The ruling opens the door for a potential Supreme Court Case regarding the Constitutionality of concealed carry permitting.
Last year, the 4th District Court of Appeals struck down a US District Court ruling that Maryland’s requirement to show “good and substantial” cause for a permit was unconstitutional.
California’s permitting requirements are similar to Maryland. It is a “may issue” state. Permitting depends on the local sheriff or police chief from county to county. The law says you have to show good moral character and in San Diego, you also have to show good cause to get one. As in Maryland, self defense is not considered “good and substantial” reason. In its ruling, the 9th circuit said the county’s narrow view of good cause violates the 2nd amendment right to bear arms for self defense. article
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The policies and actions of the Governor and Democratic Controlled State Legislature has resulted in not only loss of individual liberty, but also the loss of economic advantage. Businesses like Beretta USA which had plans to expand in Maryland, but scrapped it after last years gun ban was passed, have packed up and left town.
Below is the letter written by CEO and president of Beretta Holding S.p.A, Ugo Gussalli Beretta- it is well worth the read.
My family has operated our business from the same small town in northern Italy for 500 years. This means that when we make a commitment to a local community, our hope is to do so for decades, if not centuries, to come.
We apply this same philosophy to all of our factories and locations throughout the world. Such a commitment is not a one-way street, though.
In return for our investment in jobs, facilities and assistance to the local economy, we ask for respect and a supportive business climate.
We deserve such respect. We make the standard sidearm for the U.S. armed forces. We also make firearms that police and consumers use to save their lives and the lives of others.
We also make sporting firearms that are enjoyed by tens of millions of people worldwide, from Olympic shooters to weekend hunters.
Our business has grown in recent years, and because of that, we needed to expand production in our U.S facility, located in Accokeek, just outside of Washington, D.C., in the Maryland suburbs.
Unfortunately, as we were planning that expansion, Maryland’s governor and legislature voted in favor of new regulations that unfairly attack products we make and that our customers want.
These regulations also demean our law-abiding customers, who must now be fingerprinted like criminals before they can be allowed to purchase one of our products.
We have seen these types of legislative proposals in Maryland before, and they never seem to reduce crime. Maybe this is because the proponents of such legislation blame the product instead of human misconduct.’
But in any event, because of these new restrictions and the pattern of harassment aimed at lawful firearm owners we have seen in Maryland over the decades, we decided to expand our facilities in a state that shows more respect for citizens who exercise their Second Amendment rights.
We chose Tennessee for our new facility expansion. Our plans for that location are extensive and long-lasting.
We chose Tennessee because the governor and legislators in that state understand what it means to support businesses (such as through job recruitment and training programs) that improve employment in the state without treating companies as a necessary evil.
We chose Tennessee also because the vast majority of its residents and their elected officials have shown that they respect and honor the American tradition of personal freedoms, including the right to bear arms.
Ugo Gussalli Beretta
The following are summaries of gun bills introduced in the 2014 Legislative Session. If you feel strongly about any of them, please click on the link for the sponsor for their contact information.
This bill is a repeal of the requirement that the State Police determine “good and substantial” justification for issuing a Concealed Carry Permit.
This would require Maryland recognize Concealed Carry Permits issued by other states.
This bill would permit possession or transport by a nonresident of the State of an assault weapon or a detachable magazine that has been legally purchased outside the State for the purpose of using the assault weapon or detachable magazine to participate in an organized military activity, a target shoot, formal or informal target practice, or a sport shooting event, having the assault weapon or detachable magazine repaired at a bona fide repair shop, or traveling through the State for a lawful purpose. This bill intends to resolve the issues created by SB 281 which would make non residents engaging in military or sport shooting events in Maryland or traveling through Maryland “criminals” and subject to potential arrest.
This bill requires the Secretary of State Police to issue a handgun permit to a person who has been issued a handgun qualification license. The HQL is now a requirement for all purchases of handguns in Maryland as per the new assault weapons ban of last year.
This bill would prohibit a person from using any material to create or modify a detachable magazine and prohibits a person from using a 3-dimentional printer to manufacture a firearm receiver.
Would ban 8th day transfers, allowing the MSP to shut down handgun sales simply by not acting on applications. The 8th day release was implemented because of the risk that MSP would use the approval process to shut down firearm sales.
This bill creates a task force to study implementation of requiring GPS devices on every firearm. This would also open the door to a firearm registry. And expenses and compensations to the members of the task force would be funded by your tax dollars.
This bill would extend the prohibition of “deadly weapons” including firearms and knives on school property to include Private School property. While this exempts police and any potential school guards, it’s clear that such laws do not actually stop criminals from bringing weapons onto school property.
State legislatures have begun to decriminalize marijuana. This is very important, even if you don’t support marijuana use, personally. This issue goes beyond simple decriminalization of marijuana because it is not only about the freedom to make your own choices as to what you eat, drink or smoke, it is about liberty and the return to true constitutional governance. The result of the States’ refusal to accept unconstitutional federal over reach has positive implications on the future of Liberty and governance, which the Founders always intended to reside in the States.
The Federal Government has never had the authority to ban marijuana within the states. The clearest evidence of this is the simple fact that it took an amendment to the Constitution, (the 18th ) to prohibit alcohol and another amendment,(the 21st) to repeal the alcohol prohibition. To date there have been no such amendment to prohibit marijuana.
To further support my argument, The 10th Amendment to the Constitution states, “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.” This means that any prohibition, regulation or other law regarding marijuana is left to each state to enact, by means of their legislative process supported by the citizens of that state.
What we have instead, is decades of unconstitutional federal “Law” and regulation that has gone unchecked because of the misrepresentation of the Supremacy Clause by the courts. The Supremacy Clause has been used as an argument against nullification. The Supremacy Clause states “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof…shall be the supreme Law of the Land” The power lies within the states, by way of the elected legislature to determine if a law is pursuant to the Constitution. On the other hand, if the law is indeed unconstitutional, nullification is not only justified, but the duty of the individual states to ignore.
Nullification under the Doctrine of Interposition is the rightful remedy for unconstitutional Federal “Laws” as clearly intended and argued by Thomas Jefferson.
“…but where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy: that without this right they would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whosoever might exercise this right of judgment for them”
Let’s be clear, nullification is not an act whereby a state simply refuses to comply with a Federal law it does not like, it is the claim that the law is not a law at all because it is unconstitutional.
Individual States all over the US are currently exercising this right by considering a number of legislative actions that would nullify illegal, unconstitutional Federal “laws” such as obamacare, any federal firearms ban, registration or limitations, and the prohibition of marijuana. The debate is not simply about marijuana legalization; it is a debate whether or not to return our country to true Constitutional governance.
In an effort to address this issue, I am proposing a number of Nullification bills the bill pertaining to Marijuana is entitled the”cannabisfreedom2014
The 2014 Legislative session is underway. I will be using this site to post updates and track bills of special interest to the cause of liberty and constitutional governance in Maryland.
To kick things off I’d like to highlight a couple of bills that have already been introduced in the MD House of Delegates by Delegate Frank Conaway
This bill states that you have no right to respond to violence with anything other than retreat and that self defense can only be used as a defense if you can prove that you had no means of escape.
In other words, it does not matter that a violent criminal is in your home with a gun threatening you, your wife and your children, you may not defend them so long as you can crawl out the window, climb down a fire escape and run down the street for” help”.
This bill makes it illegal for you to not follow the orders of a 9-11 operator.
This bill establishes a task force to study the “feasibility, utility and costs” of using GPS technology to track every firearm sold and possessed in MD. You read that right, it lays the ground to potentially put gps devices on every legally owned firearm in MD. The bill also establishes that state money (your dollars) be spent conducting this “study”
If you have any questions about these bills you can contact Delegate Conaway by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 410-841-3189
Regretfully, Maryland refuses to recognize the legitimate Constitutional right to Keep and Bear Arms under the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. There is no Constitutional provision that supports Maryland’s position that all firearms must be registered with the State and that you must hold a State issued permit to lawfully carry a firearm. I have always held and voted that every Law-Abiding citizen has the right to own and carry a firearm without a permit. After all, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Vermont, Wyoming and Oklahoma, do not require a permit to carry a firearm in public. Click Here for additional information on Constitutional Carry states.
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There is a great cry from many well intentioned citizens to petition to referendum, SB281. Although well intentioned, this would be the wrong thing to do.
Maryland stands at a crossroads of an epic issue. Will we govern as a Constitutional Republic or simply a hyper-democracy? Unfortunately, the mere act of taking SB281 to referendun would send the wrong message. It would suggest Constitutional rights are subject to elimination at the whims of a simple majority… and it would fuel the ambitions of democratic majorities to continue their attacks on our freedoms.
We must not and cannot give any semblance of authority to an “unconstitutional act” or “pretended legislation” disguised as “law”. Taking SB281 to referendum would do exactly that.
Consider the implication if voters were to support SB281. A constitutionally protected right would be forever lost, and by “buying in” to a referendum process, we would be implicitly endorsing and condoning the misconception that our unalienable rights are subject to majority vote. This is unacceptable, because in a Constitutional Republic, THE MAJORITY HAS NO AUTHORITY TO TAKE AWAY GOD GIVEN CONSTITUIONAL RIGHTS FROM THE MINORITY .
We must never send the message that our God-given constitutional rights are subject to popular vote.
Some may ask, “If not referendum than what?”
We will be holding a series of meetings with distinguished leaders, officials, industry experts, scholars, activists, and constitutional attorneys to propose details of alternate actions designed to (a) restore our Second Amendment Protections; and (b) motivate and organize the sovereigns in Maryland (the people) to reaffirm our government’s commitment to the Constitution.
Thomas Jefferson said. “What county can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance.”
Therefore, we the undersigned will not encourage, promote, or participate in any referendum of SB281.
Delegate Don Dwyer, Jr.
Comissioner Richard Rothschild
More to come…..
AR-15 and AK-47 RAFFLE
AR-15 is a Palmetto Arms, 16″ barrel with collapsable stock
AK-47 is from Arsenal Inc., 16″ barrel with a side folding stock
Both guns are currently at Pasadena Gun and Pawn if you would like to view them and see what other goodies they have!
If you would like to purchase raffle tickets, Please mail a check for the total number of tickets to: Supporters of Don Dwyer , P.O. Box 667 Glen Burnie MD 21061. Your stubs will be mailed to you.
If you would like to sell tickets for me, Simply email me at email@example.com and let me know how many you are willing to sell. I will mail you the ticket and the stub. After all are sold mail the checks ( Payable to Supporters of Don Dwyer) and the stubs to the P.O. Box above.
Or click here: GUN RAFFLE to purchase or to get tickets to sell.
The winning tickets will be drawn Saturday July 6th. Independence weekend. Location TBD
Raffle Rules: You must be able to lawfully purchase and own a firearm- you must be willing to assume the transfer fees.
Out of State winners must have an FFL from their state to handle the transfer and must be willing to assume shipping costs.
Taxes and associated costs other than transfer fees will be covered by Supporters of Don Dwyer.
Proceeds will benefit Supporters of Don Dwyer and will also used in an effort to unseat the Legislators who worked to support, vote for and pass SB 281.
Thanks so much for your support
Delegate Don Dwyer
Press Release: Citizen Delivers over 20,000 Pages of Testimony in Opposition to O’Mallys Gun Grabbing Agenda
Today, Delegate Don Dwyer received and delivered to the House Judiciary Committee, about 20 thousand sheets of written testimony submitted by Mr. Mike Endzel of Easton on behalf of citizens opposing the many gun ban bills being heard on Friday March 1st, including HB 294 the Governor’s so called “Firearms Safety Act”
Mr. Endzel and Chris Dingler created a website www.nationalbands.com to provide a venue for people who are not able to come to Annapolis in person, to submit written testimony for what has become a galvanizing issue for many Marylanders.
Mr. Endzel had not previously participated in the Legislative process, but was moved to do so because of this issue and had come to Annapolis on February 6 along with close to 4,000 other citizens. He said that his inspiration for the idea came after he stood in line to sign up to testify for over 5 hours but in the end was not afforded the opportunity to speak. Mr. Endzel said that he received emails from disabled veterans who stated that they would not be physically capable of coming to Annapolis to testify in person, thanking him for providing a means to have their voice heard. Mr. Endzel committed to printing the required 70 copies at his own cost and delivering the testimonies to Delegate Dwyer.
“I think it is a wonderful thing he has done. The Legislature has never before seen the amount of emails, phone calls and people out in opposition to these “gun control” bills. I commend Mike for what he has done to help give people a voice in the process.” Said Delegate Dwyer