Alan Gottlieb, Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation told the Washington Free Beacon that President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and other Democrat Party leaders push to destroy Second Amendment rights.
What Gottlieb stated is raising serious concerns that the liberal left and Socialist’s may very well look for ways to make it harder to purchase a firearm of any type by pushing an alternative way of banning firearm ownership by adding a tax of $1000 for each purchase.
The reason is that the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands, a U.S. territory, just passed a $1000 tax on handguns in lieu of total ban, something that very well could happen in America as a way to override the Constitutional right to bear arms.
The tax was initiated because on March 28, 2016, Chief Judge Ramona Villagomez Manglona, of the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, ruled the territory’s 40-year-old total ban on handguns was unconstitutional.
Chief Judge Manglona stated, “Because the people of the Commonwealth are part of the American people who have overwhelmingly chosen handguns as their principal means of self-defense, the Second Amendment protects that right here as well.”
In order to get around the judge’s ruling, the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands, Sen. Paul A. Manglona expressed support for the House amendment that will impose an excise tax of $1,000 per handgun and stated, “This provision will go a long way toward reducing the number of guns coming into the islands.”
The issue of the gun ban was brought to the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands courts attention by U.S. Navy veteran David J. Radich and his wife, Li-Rong, who challenged the commonwealth government’s anti-gun policies, particularly its total ban on handguns and refusal to issue permits for long arms.
They filed the suit after he and his wife suffered from a home invasion that left Li-Rong severely injured. Following the attack, the Radich couple filed for Weapons Identification Cards (WIC) with the CNMI Department of Public Safety in July 2013, which are required to own one of the few long guns allowed in the territory. As their permit sat without approval, they filed the suit and claimed that their Second and Fourteenth Amendment rights were being violated.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands agreed.
“It will have a direct impact in the Ninth Circuit,” Second Amendment Foundation Executive Director Alan Gottlieb told Guns.com by phone, “It is another affirmation of the Second Amendment victories in Heller and McDonald. This ruling makes it harder for the gun prohibitionists to get around these important Supreme Court victories. This is one more Second Amendment Foundation victory in an unprecedented string of court victories. But we still must make sure that President Obama or a Hillary Clinton does not stack our courts with anti-rights judges.”
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