Nationwide gun sales are increasing because (1) people believe they’ll lose gun rights under Obama’s administration, and (2) there’s growing concern the police cannot adequately protect us in the wake of a deepening recession. The recent gun slayings in New York and Washington add to people’s nervousness.
My opinion? Well . . . it’s mixed. On the one hand, I’m a staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment. However, I’m concerned people’s reasons for purchasing guns stems from unreasonable fears. For example, there’s no proof the Obama administration wants to curtail gun rights. Indeed, I’m sure Obama doesn’t want to make enemies with the NRA. Additionally, there’s no proof violent crime is increasing as a result of the recession. Again, fears.
As an attorney, I hope citizens diligently check whether they can lawfully/legally own handguns. I once represented a client who was convicted (adjudicated) for Residential Burglary years ago when he was a juvenile. The adjudication barred him from owning or possessing a firearm unless his rights were restored by court order. Client did not know this. He was not orally advised by the juvenile court he was losing his gun rights.
Years later, client is shooting guns with friends on a larger piece of property. Nearby neighbors made a noise complaint. Client was arrested for unlawfully discharging a weapon on city property. No big deal, it was only a gross misdemeanor. Unfortunately, the County Prosecutor gets a hold of the case; and charges client with two counts Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Second Degree. Felony charges. Each felony was punishable up to five years jail and $10,000 fine. Harsh consequences, especially for someone who didn’t know they were prohibited from possessing guns. Fortunately, the case resolved favorably.
My advice? Make sure you’re legal if you’re going to own, possess and/or fire guns! Get your Concealed Weapons Permit! It’s worth the trouble.