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Weston Ordinance Talking Points

  • Storage requirements are unenforceable per District of Columbia v Heller.
    • "Simply put, the State of New York and its agencies are no longer in a position to require that a handgun be stored in an inoperable condition or otherwise locked up if it is otherwise legally present in the owner's dwelling." - Judge Gary H. Weber - Colaiacovo v Dormer 2008
  • How can a magazine ban with arbitrary limits on the number of rounds be enforced?
    • One magazine can hold either 30 .223 rounds or 10 .458 SOCOM rounds. (http://olegvolk.net/blog/2013/01/04/what-if-my-30rd-magazine-is-really-a-10-rounder/)
    • A magazine that 'looks like' a 30 round magazine can hold more or less.
    • If a spring on a magazine is wearing out and one more round can be stuffed in, does that violate such a law?
    • Does the Town of Weston plan on paying for a fair value for every magazine banned? Otherwise, all existing magazines must be grandfathered. The Town of Weston does not have the power to enact ex post facto laws.
  • How can the Town of Weston enforce a ban on any weapons?
    • The Town of Weston cannot enact ex post facto law, so therefore must purchase all firearms or grandfather all firearms.
    • District of Columbia v Heller says 'those [firearms] in common use for lawful purposes' may not be banned.
      • "It may be objected that if weapons that are most useful in military service – M16 rifles and the like – may be banned, then the Second Amendment right is completely detached from the prefatory clause. But as we have said, the conception of the militia at the time of the Second Amendment’s ratification was the body of all citizens capable of military service, who would bring the sorts of lawful weapons that they possessed at home." - District of Columbia v Heller (2008)
    • The Town of Weston is preempted from stopping state pistol permit holders from possessing and carrying firearms in their town. The State of Connecticut has clearly 'occupied this area of law'.
    • Simple logic dictates that banning these items in town makes the residents of the town less armed than the people who will be entering the town.
  • Stated purpose is that the 'use' of firearms or weapons might be dangerous, but goes on to ban possession. Why not an ordinance just against 'unlawful discharge' (which Weston already has)?
  • Automatic firearms are already heavily regulated by state and federal law. What would a $500 ordinance accomplish that those laws are not already accomplishing?
  • Registering all firearms in town puts a huge workload on the police department, and a huge liability on the town to defend such laws.

Helpful violent crime facts:

Compiled by Tiffany Madison of Washington Times Communities Digital Media

  • In 2011 - the latest year for which detailed statistics are available - there were 12,664 murders in the US. Of those, 8,583 were caused by firearms, excluding two reporting states for which information is not available. Down -3% from the previous year. [1]
    • This includes statistics of gang violence, violent crimes in the drug war or gang violence, justified homicides by police officers, and justified homicides of self-defense. [2]
  • Nationally, violent crime last year fell 3.8 percent for the fifth consecutive year.
    • The nation is getting safer, but metro/urban areas still struggle with high rates of murder, rape, and assault. Particularly in cities with the strictest gun control or a high rate of gang associative violence.
    • Yet, still there were 77 firearms murders in DC in 2010, down 22% on 2009.
    • California - a state with high gang violence and strict gun control - had the highest number of gun murders last year - 1,790, which is 68% of all murders that year and equivalent to 3.25 per 100,000 people in the state. Big as that figure is, it's still down by 3% on the previous year. [3]
  • Per the FBI, you are more likely to die by hands or feet than shotguns, rifles which "gun control advocates" state should be banned because they're "scary looking". [4]
  • There are roughly 300+ million citizens citizens in this country. There are 200+ suspected firearms in this country. Given the firearm-ownership-to-citizen ratio and associated crime, the justification based on isolated violent (though highly publicized) incidents in which pharmaceutically-medicated psychopaths utilized firearms to commit mass murders seems to me irrational and denotes an underlying issue: the desire to control others regardless of the consequences.
  • Instead of disgustingly advocating that the "state" violate my inherent right to self-protection by attempting to confiscate 210 million firearms or "banning" 120 types of firearms of which tens of millions are in the possession of legal firearm owners so gun control advocates can feel good about about themselves, should we be discussing:
  • [1]: https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/violent-crime/murder

    [2]: https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/fbi-releases-2011-crime-statistics

    [3]: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/10/03/murders-in-chicago-what-can-stop-the-heartlands-bloodbath/1611679/

    [4]: https://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8