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New Yorks SAFE ACT is shredding the US Constitution, so why not shred gun registration forms?

That was the premise of hundreds of Second Amendment supporters in Buffalo, N.Y., who were symbolically protesting the requirement to register so-called assault weapons, the deadline in the state for which was Tuesday. The event occurred outside the Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building in downtown Buffalo. See embed below.

Said one protester, We will not register our firearms, any firearms whatsoever. Its been done before, historically. And historically, registration has always led to confiscation.

Last month, about a thousand gun registration forms were burned in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., by gun rights advocates.

The the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act was rushed through the state legislature in January 2013 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his allies after the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The law has withstood several constitutional challenges so far, although additional legal actions filed by gun rights advocates are still pending in federal and state court.

Under the April 15 deadline, Gun owners who lawfully possessed guns that are now on the banned list were allowed to keep their weapons, but had to register them with the state police. They were also given the option of selling their guns to a licensed New York dealer or out-of-state buyer by Jan. 15 of this year. Those who fail to comply could face a misdemeanor charge or if they were already disqualified from owning a gun because of a prior criminal conviction or other reason a potential felony.

As The Inquisitr has previously reported, the state of New York has 62 counties, and at least 52 counties have already passed resolutions opposing the SAFE Act.

Last year at this time, the Albany police union, in the backyard of the state capitol, formally condemned the SAFE Act and called for its repeal.

In what could be another form of protest against the SAFE Act, apparently perhaps only about 3,000 assault weapons have been registered so far out of several hundred thousand or more owned in the state.

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at Uber’s headquarters March 23, 2014 in Washington, DC.Getty

Sen. Marco Rubio is questioning why a key State Department position that promotes religious freedom around the world has been left vacant for months, calling the delay a concern.

In a letter to President Obama Tuesday, Rubio, R-Fla., said he finds it troubling that no new ambassador-at-large has been appointed for the Office of International Religious Freedom since Suzan Johnson Cooks resignation six months ago.

The office within the State Department develops policies regarding religious freedom and monitors religious discrimination and persecution worldwide. The department also releases an annual report on international religious freedom, which discusses the state of religious freedom in every country in the world.

Rubio said these important tasks require a highly-qualified individual be appointed to the post as soon as possible. He told Obama it is essential that the U.S. continue to be a beacon of hope for all persecuted religious minorities.

In your speech to the National Prayer Breakfast you explained that promoting religious freedom is a key objective of U.S. foreign policy because it is in Americas interest to promote universal human rights, including with our allies, Rubio said. In order to display the United States dedication to religious freedom, we must have an Ambassador-At-Large in place to lead our efforts around the world.

At the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 6, Obama said is he looking forward to appointing a new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, but gave no indication when he may do so.

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Arizona lawmakers just gave approval for four major pro-guns laws in the state senate. The state house of representatives approved Second Amendment related bills which allow concealed carry permit holders to take their firearms into government buildings which do not have security measures.

HB 22339, the gun bill which would allow concealed carry permit holders to ignore the no weapons signs posted on public buildings, was reportedly premised on the fact that permit holders are law-abiding citizens which have undergone state training.

Steve Gallardo, a Democratic Arizona State Senator from Phoenix, opposed the concealed carry permit exception for public buildings. Gallardo feels that the bill is based on a faulty premise. According to the Yuma Sun, the state lawmaker does not necessarily feel that permit holders have gone through extensive training on either weapons handling or how to determine when it is appropriate to use deadly force.

State Senator Gallardo had this to say about his opposition to the proposed concealed carry provisions:

I would not have such a big argument on this bill if we had a strict [concealed carry permit] requirement where folks are required to have proper training. Not only do we have a bill that allows pretty much anyone to obtain a CCW permit, we now have a bill thats really costly to government.

Arizonas concealed carry permit process appears to be at least as comprehensive as similar programs in a host of other states. Gun rights supporters feel that if trained law-abiding citizens are armed in public buildings, they are better able to protect themselves and others should another mass shooting tragedy or other criminal incident occur.

One of the Arizona pro-gun bills mandates fines on both municipalities and officials who enforce gun laws which are stricter than those passed by the state. HB 2517 would allow a court to administer a fine of up to $5,000 against elected and appointed officials, as well as the heads of administrative agencies, if a gun control law is knowingly and willfully enacted that exceeds weapons restrictions permitted under state law. The pro-Second Amendment legislation also makes it illegal to use taxpayer funds to defend or reimburse any government official found guilty of violating the statute.

Arizona HB 2517 also grants permission for gun rights groups and individuals to sue local lawmakers and agency officials for attempting to approve or enact a local gun law which exceeds limitations imposed by the state. If successful in such a legal endeavor, the injured gun rights group or individual can be reimbursed for actual damages up to the tune of $100,000.

Another of the Arizona gun laws would allow law enforcement officers to charge an individual who wrestles a gun away from another person with aggravated assault doing so is already a felony offense. Nothing in the law appears to inflict such a penalty on an individual who is defending themselves or others from an active shooting.

The fourth Arizona pro-gun bill would prohibit municipalities from restricting the shooting of guns on private property. Currently more than 200,000 Arizona residents possess concealed carry permits. All four of the Arizona gun rights laws must now be approved by the full governing body before being placed on Governor Jan Brewers desk for signature.

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Nation Flips Its Wig Over Georgia Attempt to Legalize Second Amendment
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SANANTONIO — Dozens of Texans, armed with their guns, came together in support of their Second Amendment rights Sunday. They did this in front of the San Antonio Police Department’s Westside Substation, just one week after a local man said he was arrested for exercising his right to carry a loaded firearm.

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms. That’s what Henry Vichique says he was doing last Sunday night, before police saw his weapon as a threat.

Vichique used his cellphone to record the moment when police used a taser on him before taking him into custody.

Early Sunday afternoon, gun owners from cities across the state gathered in San Antonio to bring attention to the cloudy issue of open carry laws.

CJ Grisham of Open Carry Texas says there is a big problem with a current city ordinance.

“San Antonio is the only city that we’ve encountered, that we found, that has an ordinance that violates the state law about how you can keep firearms loaded,” Grisham said.

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SANANTONIO — Dozens of Texans, armed with their guns, came together in support of their second amendment right Sunday. They did this in front of the San Antonio Police Department’s Westside Substation, just one week after a local man said he was arrested for exercising his right to carry a loaded firearm.

The second amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms. That’s what Henry Vichique says he was doing last Sunday night, before police saw his weapon as a threat.

Vichique used his cellphone to record the moment when police used a taser on him before taking him into custody.

Early Sunday afternoon, gun owners from cities across the state gathered in San Antonio to bring attention to the cloudy issue of open carry laws.

CJ Grisham of Open Carry Texas says there is a big problem with a current city ordinance.

“San Antonio is the only city that we’ve encountered, that we found, that has an ordinance that violates the state law about how you can keep firearms loaded,” Grisham said.

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U.S. Mississippi

Mississippis Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that would allow residents to sue over laws they believe impinge on their free exercise of religious beliefs.

Supporters say the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which will become law July 1, will guarantee freedom of religion without government interference, but opponents believe the law will permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. A similar bill that would have allowed Arizona residents to deny service to gays and lesbians on religious grounds was vetoed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer last month.

This is a victory for the First Amendment and the right to live and work according to ones conscience, said Tony Perkins, the president of the conservative Family Research Council and an attendant at the signing ceremony, in a public statement. This commonsense measure was a no-brainer for freedom, and like the federal [Religious Freedom Restoration Act], it simply bars government discrimination against religious exercise. The legislature gave strong approval to a bill that declares that individuals do not have to trade their religious freedom for entrance into public commerce.

Similar bills are pending in Missouri and Oklahoma, according to the Washington Post, and eighteen other states have already enacted religious freedom laws. Civil rights advocates have opposed the bills, including in Mississippi, despite the state government removing some of the strongest original language.

We remain hopeful that courts throughout the state will reject any attempts to use religion to justify discrimination, Morgan Miller, communications director of Mississippis ACLU chapter, said in a public statement. Nobody should be refused service because of who they are.

The bill will also add In God We Trust to the state seal.

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Supporters say the bill would bring millions more in tax revenue to the state and level the playing field for small businesses, but some Republicans say it would discourage business investment.

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April 2 (UPI) — Supporters of Mississipppi’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act say its aim is to protect believers, not to discriminate against gays.

The bill, after two re-draftings, passed both houses by large margins Tuesday. In the House, the vote was 79-43 and in the Senate 37-14.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant must now decide whether to sign it.

Two other states have rejected similar bills. In Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a measure that passed the state legislature, while in Oklahoma a bill passed one house, only to be killed in the other.

This has been passed by 18 other states, and has been in federal law for years and years with no issues, no discrimination, Andy Gipson, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said. It does not discriminate, but what it does do is protect people from discrimination, religious people in the state of Mississippi.

Senate President Philip Gunn, a Republican, said the bill is modeled on a 1993 federal law that limits the power of government to use zoning or other legal measures that restrict religious activity.

But Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones, a Democrat and head of the Legislative Black Caucus, suggested the bill is the latest chapter in Mississippi’s history of discrimination.

You saw what that does, he said. If you dont think this bill does what I know it does, you go make a fool out of somebody else.

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Acouple of weeks back, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed described as a fiscally conservative Democrat gave up his fight to qualify a petition for the November state ballot which would empowered local governments to change future pension benefits for current workers.

He gave up by refusing to challenge state Attorney General Kamala Harriss summary of the petition after Sacramento Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner ruled that he found “nothing false or misleading” about how Harris described Reed’s measure.

The disputed sentence in Harris summary reads that the proposed measure, Eliminates constitutional protections for vested pension and retiree healthcare benefits for current public employees, including teachers, nurses, and peace officers, for future work performed. What upset Reed was that Harris named the three most publicly appreciated categories of workers teachers, nurses, and peace officers who would be affected, and Reed felt that would unfairly influence voters. Thats difficult to argue with, so we wont.

But theres another reason Reed gave up. He couldnt find enough financial backers willing to challenge the tremendous clout unions have, using their dues kitties, to spend millions (literally) on advertising and get out the vote drives to defeat the petition.

What Reed wanted, of course, was a way to keep San Jose from bankruptcy. Thats something thats already happened to San Bernardino, Stockton and Vallejo, and theres no reason to doubt that, without some reform, it will continue to happen, not only to San Jose but to other cities across the state that have overcommitted to employee pensions.

But Wednesday the United States Supreme Court handed down a ruling that, over time, may help break the Democrats hold on California. The court declared, 5-4, that contribution limits imposed four decades ago violated the First Amendments free-speech protections. Though individual donations may still be limited, the ruling frees donors to spread their wealth across as many candidates as they can find.

That means a wealthy individual could start contributing more than $3.5 million to party committees and candidates over two years.

Why is this a good thing? Because it threatens the power wielded by California unions through those huge pots of funds generated by dues. In this state, union dues have been used over and over again to defeat conservative office seekers and conservative ballot measures (such as Reeds attempt to limit pension costs, school vouchers and the like). The unions were never subject to the same restrictions as individual donors, and thus were able to spend lavishly to keep their pawns Democrats in power.

It may be a long time coming, but it’s a start. Mayor Reed would no doubt say that its about time. And perhaps even about financial survival.

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The Connecticut Citizens Defense League, a group supporting the Second Amendment, will be hosting a gun rights rally at the State Capitol in Hartford, Saturday, April 5, 12-3 p.m.

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New legislation is being introduced to the Legislature by Rep. Adam Goode, D-Bangor. LD 1120, An Act To Improve Maines Tax Laws, would amend the law to reduce the use of so-called offshore tax havens, which cut revenue to the state. The bill has made it to the taxation committee but has ended in a divided report. There is the possibility it may go to the floor for a vote soon.

As it stands currently, multinational corporations can take advantage of a tax loophole called waters edge election, which, in simple terms, allows the corporation to apportion out its tax burden by allocating or shifting its profits to a location with a lesser tax rate.

Lets say Corporation XYZ, which incorporated in Maine, has offices in 10 different countries and is conducting business there accordingly. Corporation XYZ has made a majority of its profit here in the state of Maine. When it comes time to file taxes, the corporation would show that it shifted its profits gained in Maine to one of its offices in a country that provides little or no taxes, thereby lessening the tax burden to the corporation.

I own a small business, and I pay income taxes. As a business person, I understand wanting to maximize my profits, by looking for things that are affecting the bottom line. I am not an international corporation, but I have made international sales. I would love to be able to show that I made profits in a place that I didnt have to pay income tax, but I would be lying.

I live in Maine. My business is in Maine. Therefore, I pay my taxes in Maine. That is fair. If you are conducting business and netting a profit in this state, you should pay taxes in this state. LD 1120 is intended to do just that.

However, one potential concern with this bill is whether it will provide the anticipated $5 million to $7 million in revenue. Or will it lead to corporations leaving Maine for other states with a less stringent tax code?

This may not be a big concern, according to reports. Montana reported an increase in business and filings in the state in the years after its implementation. Oregon is estimated to gain just over $18 million this year.

It appears fears that closing the tax loophole are overblown. Maine should claim what rightfully belongs to the state by altering the existing code to better define tax havens and close the proverbial door to the unabated looting of our state treasury. The additional revenues gained from this restructuring and redefining would help offset the need currently seen in our state budget.

Whether or not we restructure or alter our tax code, our state government needs to take a look at all successful business and learn something. We must live within our means, which would be done by balancing the budget and sticking to it. If I continually ran a deficit like our federal government, I would eventually end up bankrupt or in jail. Now that is not fair. But in the eyes of fairness, we should level the playing field so that larger multinational corporations pay their fair share, as smaller corporations and businesses do.

My plea for all Mainers is to become more knowledgeable about the legislative process and get involved. In regards to bill LD 1120, perhaps by contacting your legislator we can get this bill noticed and up for a vote, so it can be discussed and talked about. Increasing the states revenue stream could mean the difference between programs being saved or cut.

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DENVERColorado’s new gun restrictions went on trial Monday as Second Amendment advocates seek to overturn the laws on grounds that they violate constitutional rights to keep and bear arms.

An attorney for the state defended the ammunition magazine limits and expanded background checks, saying the measures were a suitable response to high-profile shooting rampages.

In his opening statement, Deputy Attorney General Matthew Grove noted Colorado’s tortured history with mass shootings, from the Columbine High School attack in 1999 to the Aurora movie theater massacre in 2012. He also mentioned the shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012.

Responding to such events last year, “Colorado’s elected representatives made a policy decision to pass two pieces of legislation that appropriately balances the state public’s safety concerns with the respect of the Second Amendment rights of citizens,” Grove said.

Attorney Richard Westfall, representing gun rights advocates, countered by saying the laws “were passed with almost no evidence or data” that they would make people safer, and he criticized lawmakers as trying “to legislate for the sake of legislating in the wake of the Aurora theater shooting.”

The arguments in Denver federal court kicked off a two-week trial on an issue that’s been among Colorado’s most politically contentious in recent memory.

The laws in question took effect July 1, limiting the size of ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and expanding background checks to firearm sales online and between private sellers.

The laws passed last year without Republican support, and two Democrats who favored the gun restrictions were booted from office in Septemberthe first state lawmakers in Colorado ever to lose their seats via recall.

Republicans this year tried unsuccessfully to repeal the laws, but ruling Democrats rejected their proposals.

Relatives of mass shooting victims outnumbered gun rights supporters at the state Capitol this year in testifying in favor of the laws. Last year, when lawmakers were considering the bills, gun rights advocates packed the Capitol and drove for hours around the building, honking their car horns as the bills were heard. A small plane flew overhead with a banner in opposition of the bills.

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Armando Ramirez (November 13, 2013)

Osceola Clerk of Court Armando Ramirez received advice this week from the First Amendment Foundation on upholding the states public records laws.

The letter from the state watchdog was written in the wake of Orange-Osceola State Attorney Jeff Ashtons critical review last month of Ramirezs commitment to the publics right to review and obtain government records.

These are extremely worrisome allegations, Mr. Ramirez, and it would appear the only reason criminal charges werent filed is because there wasnt sufficient evidence to move forward, wrote Barbara A. Peterson, president of the First Amendment Foundation.Like Mr. Ashton, we are very concerned with the gravity of these allegations which suggest, at the very least, a lack of education and training of your staff on the requirements of Floridas public records law, in not a disregard for the publics constitutional right of access to government records.

The letter came less than a month after Ramirez fired staff attorney, Adam Alvarez, after Alvarez warned against breaking public records law. Ramirez, a Democrat, took office last year and has fired six top aides while two others resigned.

On Wednesday afternoon, Ramirez did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the First Amendment Foundation letter.

In it, Peterson also wrote, You should be aware that, while State Attorney Jeffery Ashton has decided existed evidence is currently insufficient to bring criminal charges against you, we will continue to monitor your office and its compliance with the public records law. “Moreover, we strongly encourage you and your staff obtain additional public record and sunshine law training to ensure compliance with our constitutional right of access and governmental oversight.

Ramirez has not responded to a public records request filed last week by the Orlando Sentinel seeking information about the public record training he, Chief Deputy Clerk Jennifer Soto, and Human Resources Director Natalie Bryan have received since taking office.

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