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NRA Lawsuit against Washington State

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Sinixstar, Nov 11, 2008.

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  1. 22lr

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    Personally I have no problem with this, the more people with guns the better. Heck what are they going to do go start a shooting war with semi ARs..;) Without knowing who is involved here id have to say im for this, no terrorist is going to buy a legal weapon for crying out loud and if some immigrant who is here legally but not a citizen wants a shotgun (or even a AR) why not let them.:)
     
  2. MD_Willington

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    Unless you have backgrounds checks for .GOV clearance, as a LPR I've probably had a more thorough check than anyone here... Local WA, Federal USA, RCMP (Canada), UK (yes I'm dual Canadian/UK citizen)...

    Besides, I have 3 American born children, don't they deserve to be protected by their Mother and Father... who happen to be Legal Permanent Residents?
     
  3. ilbob

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    I am not convinced it is a natural right. If it is a right, what about people who cannot afford one? Should one be provided at government expense?

    I do not believe it to be a natural right on par with freedom of religion and expression, and the general right to self defense.
     
  4. ilbob

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    I am opposed to the US allowing its citizens to be citizens of another country simultaneously.

    I am in favor of persons legally residing in the US having the same firearms rights as non-citizens.
     
  5. Rmeju

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    To clear up a few misnomers:

    I started the process of getting my wife into this country June of 2007. She got her LPR (legal permanent residence) last month.

    1. There is ample time to check out the criminal/terrorist histories. I believe these checks are being done

    2. At some point, as another poster said, we are relying on a foreign government. I know for a fact that an affirmative, notarized statement of a crime-free history is a required piece of paperwork in order to get LPR.

    3. In order to falsely pass this kind of check, the government in our theoretical terrorist's home country must be sponsoring his terrorism. We know who we believe to be state sponsors of terrorism. I highly doubt we rely too heavily on such government's word when deciding whether or not to issue an immigrant visa.

    4. I believe futher investigation is done beyond this good conduct certification. I don't have proof, but it is my belief based on the process as I've seen it.

    I understand that false paperwork can be a problem, and that it may be easier to get fakes some places than others. Again, I believe DHS is keenly aware of the problems in such places. What they do (if anything) to effectively combat the problem, I couldn't say. I can say that it is sufficiently difficult for that average person to fake their way through our system that we don't need to concern ourselves too much with it.

    Professional terrorists are just that, professionals. They are not the average person, and if they can't get a gun legally, but have the resources to fake their way through DHS, they can probably get a gun illegally if they want. In any case, it would seem guns aren't terrorists favorite weapons these days.

    My two cents.

    Rmeju
     
  6. expvideo

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    The constitution doesn't say that the bill of rights only applies to citizens. The right to self defense is a basic human right, not an American citizen right.
     
  7. armedandsafe

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    Some points to consider:

    1) Washington is the ONLY state to require such additional licensing.
    2) The FBI refuses to share background information with any non-judicial agency.
    3) The FBI told the Legislature how to fix the problem and the Legislature did so, following their specifications.
    4) The FBI refuses to share the background information with an agency designated the way they require such an agency to be designated.

    (Are you dizzy, yet?)

    Once again, we have the NRA taking sole credit for an action taken jointly with SAF.

    Pops
     
  8. user3214

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    Fear leads to more regulation and restrictions. So no fear – this is home of the brave.
    The case you make could be made against anyone. The Brady website has something along the lines to prevent criminals/terrorists getting dangerous weapons we need an assault weapon ban.


    On the other hand no one argues immigrants shouldn’t drive because on purpose they might crash into a group of people.


    Why don’t we have the same mindset toward cars as weapons?
     
  9. justice4all

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    So human beings have a general right to defend themselves, but no right to the tools to do so? So because a gun is man made you don't have a natural right to defend yourself with one? But you would with a rock...as long as it wasn't shaped or sharpened by a man or machine. And you could use a stick that fell off a tree in a windstorm, but not one that was purposefully cut and sharpened into a spear?
     
  10. Sinixstar

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    So again - the question that no one seems to be addressing...

    If we all agree that the constitution does not start and stop with citizenship - what effect does that have on other legal initiatives?
     
  11. MDW GUNS

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    One point nobody brought up is, that this law is only for those people who live by the laws anyway, because the "terrorist" and criminals will have their guns, no matter what nationality they are!
     
  12. expvideo

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    Just like rights, laws apply to everyone. Not just citizens. Am I misunderstanding your question?
     
  13. MD_Willington

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    I came into the country with dual citizenship already under my belt... who says I'll keep the others once I'm sworn in as a US citizen ??
     
  14. Sinixstar

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    So why then is it acceptable to wire-tap non-citizens, but not citizens?
    We can we suspend the rights of certain people in certain places, but not citizens?

    By your logic there - given some of the things that go on these days - we should all be very, VERY scared right now.
     
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    It's not. The bill of rights is supposed to apply to everyone.

    We shouldn't. The bill of rights is supposed to apply to everyone.

    Yeah. We should.
     
  16. Sinixstar

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    expvideo:

    So then why wasn't there more of an effort made at the time some of these policies went into place to stop them?

    If a precedent is set of suspending constitutional rights for the "greater good" of national security, could the same argument be applied to domestic policy?

    And just to reiterate, this isn't an attack on ideas or strategies or anything like that. Just a serious question to think about how we approach these issues.
    I think perhaps sometimes we look at gun laws in a bit of a vacuum, and in some cases may perhaps miss a bigger picture trend.
     
  17. justice4all

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    What policies, exactly, are you talking about? Do you have a link to a law that allows the government to wiretap permanent residents more easily than citizens?
     
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    I know about the so-called Patriot Act, but not in great detail. Are you saying it allows the government to wiretap permanent residents of this country more easily than citizens? I was not aware of that provision.
     
  20. Sinixstar

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    I'm still reading through all the text of the various bills, modifications, amendments, etc (this still will make your head spin from the sheer wordiness of it all).

    Some interesting things though. You want to talk about targeting foreign nationals? Check out the amendments to Title V of the Fisa act, under section 215 of the patriot act.

    Basically, as I read it - and as i've understood it to be in the past...

    If you're an American - you have a first amendment right to say whatever the heck you want. If you're not "A United States Person" however, now saying something that may be disagreeable - can get you investigated big time.

    Now, when you combine this with a few other privisions - such as what constitutes a potential threat? Well - any person discussing US Policy of State overseas for one. (read about that one a little bit ago, please don't make me go back and look it up - going cross-eyed as it is).

    So - there ya go. You're not a "United States Person" - and say something we don't like, prepare to potentially have your life run through - and oh btw, since this is classified intelligence gathering, we're not required to tell anybody about it...

    Imagine if they tried to do that to "A United States Person"?
     
  21. justice4all

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    What is the definition of a United States Person?
     
  22. mbt2001

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    Listen to the voices people. The above is what we were founded on and what we believe in. Don't buy the arguments of seperation. Here, we believe in Liberty. Freedom. WE need to get back to those principles.
     
  23. Sinixstar

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    That's a pretty good question huh? I didn't see that anywhere....
     
  24. Gray Peterson

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    Ok, let's make something clear. Some countries DO NOT ALLOW you to renounce your citizenship. For example, if a Canadian citizen becomes an American citizen, ICE will require you to renounce your previous country's citizenship. However, under Canadian law you are NOT ALLOWED to renounce your citizenship for such reasons. The law requires that you notify the previous country of your intent. If there's nothing in their law to allow the renunciation to have any legal effect, what would you want the new American citizen to do? He can go to the Canadian consulates or embassy and yell until they are blue in the face, but they will not allow you to lose your citizenship.
     
  25. MD_Willington

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    ! BINGO !


    This is what you get to look forward to if you renounce a Canadian citizenship:

    http://www.cic.gc.ca/ENGLISH/information/applications/renounce.asp

    And here it is for UK citizenship
    http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/givingupcitizenship/

    Bottom line, you cannot until someone gets their $100CDN in Canada and £385 in the UK, and all the paperwork is done.
     
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