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How important is this next election for gun enthusiasts .

Discussion in 'Legal' started by marine 97-03, Oct 4, 2012.

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  1. marine 97-03

    marine 97-03 Well-Known Member

    Like the title says....anyone hearing anything on upcoming laws or bills??
  2. marine 97-03

    marine 97-03 Well-Known Member

    And to clarify bills can become law determining what is legal and the next election may play a part in that
  3. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    Anything anyone says at this point is largely speculation, but I honestly don't think it matters that much who wins the election. According to what I've read, Cabelas and other gun retailers have two ordering plans for who wins: if Obama, then order lots of guns and ammo, if Romney, order more camo and hunting gear. (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444433504577651393759726660.html)

    Based on what happened in 2008-09, an Obama win would be a sales victory for gun retailers.
  4. 1911 guy

    1911 guy Well-Known Member

    Since Obama has openly stated that he'll try another gun control push or ban reminiscent of the "94, I think it'll have an impact on us.

    Romney may not be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but the RNC platform this time was pretty pro-gun worded.
  5. lemaymiami

    lemaymiami Well-Known Member

    The answer to your question isn't very obvious - but it is there.... There is one power that any president has, which can actually outlive him/her.... That is the power to appoint both federal judges and those that will sit on the Supreme Court.

    Even the possibility that our current president gets four more years of judicial appointments should keep you up at night. I expect that if Romney is elected we'll still have lots of occasion to complain but I believe that we'll be in a far better position.

    November.... it just can't come soon enough.
  6. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Well-Known Member

    Stock up either way.
  7. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    There are no bills or amendments to bills in the federal legislative pipeline that have any impact on us at this time so the answer to your question about upcoming bills is, NONE.

    Your question about the upcoming election is political and can't be answered meaningfully unless you're focused on Congressional races. The answer there is whether the individuals vying for Congress have individual RKBA/2A stances as part of their campaign since we've see Congresscritters from both parties support or undermine the 2A in their voting. Party affiliation isn't a reliable guide and using it is simpleminded, only the individual voting record or the campaign platforms can tell you if any of the candidates will help, hurt or be neutral on the issue important to us there. The RKBA organizations can help us evaluate the individual candidate's stance on gun owner's rights, but it is ultimately OUR individual responsibility to evaluate the candidates for political office instead of following others like sheep.
  8. marine 97-03

    marine 97-03 Well-Known Member

    Ok I posted below after I seen your post...... I know that Massachusetts was a not to gun friendly state correct ?? When mitt was governor and Obama and mrs clinton share similar views on guns I'm just worried that neither one will be easy on the 2nd amendment ..... and with 1 or 2. Supreme court seats coming up that could be HUGE ....correct

    Is there any bills on the house floor that will be voted on before the election ?
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  9. Frogman

    Frogman Active Member

    Just something to think about, 5 of the Supreme Court justices are 72years old and older.
    Two have said they will step down if Obama is reelected. The liberal side of the Supreme Court has said that the Constitution is a ( Living breathing document ) that needs up dating not one that needs interpreting. The question is do you think a reordered Supreme court is on even ground with the framers of the Constitution. Your vote will change the country!!!!
  10. AlexanderA

    AlexanderA Well-Known Member

    One thing is sure: this election is not the Armageddon the NRA is making it out to be, with their usual scare tactics.
  11. smalls

    smalls Well-Known Member

    Supreme court Justices being appointed against our views is our biggest threat, I believe.

    As far as an AWB, Obama has stated he will try for another one. Romney has already Put on in affect in his home state. I don't trust either one, but at least Romney won't appoint liberal justices.
  12. heeler

    heeler Well-Known Member

    Those that realize the next President will be appointing one to several Supreme Court Justices understand the gravity of this coming election.

    Remember Heller went 5-4.
    Remember please.
  13. Jeff H

    Jeff H Well-Known Member


    and this!

    The NRA came out a month ago or so and had good things to say about the RNC's platform and how pro gun it was. This can only be a good thing, even if Romney is only so so. The biggest thing that worries me if Obama gets elected again is the possibility of a justice being appointed by him. That could truly be devastating to the gun community. I don't think that the current make up of congress is going to change much, so I don't think Obama would be very successful pushing any tough legislation through.
  14. Colonel

    Colonel Well-Known Member

    Remember that McDonald vs. Chicago (the other recent Second Amendment Supreme Court case) was also a 5-4 split decision.

    In other words, if just one justice had voted the other way, we would have LOST.

    In light of that, consider that the next president will likely get to appoint THREE new Supreme Court justices (to replace the three that will be above the age of 80 before the next president finishes his term).

    To say that this presidential election will have no bearing on the 2A is to be pretty un-informed or naive, IMHO.

    It could – and very likely WILL – profoundly affect the 2A for generations to come.
  15. marine 97-03

    marine 97-03 Well-Known Member

    The constitution seem clear on the 2nd amendment .....how can they refute that...
  16. smalls

    smalls Well-Known Member

    Apparently not, people have been arguing over it for some time now.
  17. heeler

    heeler Well-Known Member

    How you ask??
    Just look at the two above sited major rulings that went 5-4.
  18. AlexanderA

    AlexanderA Well-Known Member

    Even if the makeup of the Supreme Court changes, the Heller and McDonald cases are highly unlikely to be overturned. All the Justices are big believers in precedent (stare decisis) and they don't like to make big changes too quickly. This has to do with the "institutional bias" of the Court. On the other hand, they're unlikely to extend the rationale of those cases.

    Anyway, because of age and health, the next retirements are most likely to be on the liberal side. Thus, an Obama appointment would not change the overall ideological alignment on the Court.

    The next big "gun rights" battles are likely to be in Congress.
  19. tuj

    tuj Well-Known Member

    This is an excellent point. Look at Roe V. Wade; we've had conservative courts not want to touch that one because of the issue of judicial precedence. And as for the idea that liberals are the only ones to interpret the Constitution as a 'living document', consider that Heller essentially disregarded the entire first portion of the 2A, namely "A well regulated Militia...". Heller says no militia context is necessary for the first time ever, although Cruikshank and Presser implicitly suggested an individual right.

    Not only that, but Heller suggested for the first time a 'natural right to self-defense' that is 'entangled' with the right to firearm ownership.
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  20. gfanikf

    gfanikf Well-Known Member

    Personally I think that unless Obama was replacing a liberal member the Senate will not take someone anti 2a. I think thats the only reason he got leeway on the last ones. For Kennedy or the others, not a chance.

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