According to a report from the Daily Caller, the New York State Supreme Court dropped two SAFE Act charges against a man who was convicted a few years ago for selling a semi-automatic rifle to an undercover cop.
The court ruled that the Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was not authorized to carry out charges against the defendant Benjamin Wassell.
Back in May 2014, Wassell was convicted of third-degree criminal possession of a firearm on top of a third-degree criminal sale of a firearm.
This is the first conviction of New York’s SAFE Act that has been overturned since the law was passed in 2013. In response to the Sandy Hook shooting, the SAFE Act enacted universal gun registration for all firearms purchases, broadened the scope of assault weapons, created a state-run database for handguns, and banned the sale or purchase of magazines holding more than seven rounds of ammunition.
This is another win in the courts for New York gun owners, who saw its stun gun ban struck down by the courts last month.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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