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Old 01-06-2013, 06:50 PM   Topic Starter
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URBAN LEGEND/OUTDATED: Vermont Rep. Maslack Proposes Bill: Register Non Gun Owners

Vermont to Require NON-Gun Owners to Pay a Fine? http://2012thebigpicture.wordpress.c...to-pay-a-fine/


HOW ABOUT VERMONT? … register “non-gun-owners” and require them to pay a $500 fee to the state


Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack has read the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as Vermont ‘s own Constitution very carefully, and his strict interpretation of these documents is popping some eyeballs in New England and elsewhere.

Maslack recently proposed a bill to register “non-gun-owners” and require them to pay a $500 fee to the state. Thus Vermont would become the first state to require a permit for the luxury of going about unarmed and assess a fee of $500 for the privilege of not owning a gun.

Maslack read the “militia” phrase of the Second Amendment as not only the right of the individual citizen to bear arms, but as ‘a clear mandate to do so’. He believes that universal gun ownership was advocated by the Framers of the Constitution as an antidote to a “monopoly of force” by the government as well as criminals.

Vermont ‘s constitution states explicitly that “the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State” and those persons who are “conscientiously scrupulous of bearing arms” shall be required to “pay such equivalent.” Clearly, says Maslack, Vermonters have a constitutional obligation to arm themselves, so that they are capable of responding to “any situation that may arise.”

Under the bill, adults who choose not to own a firearm would be required to register their name, address, Social Security Number, and driver’s license number with the state. “There is a legitimate government interest in knowing who is not prepared to defend the state should they be asked to do so,” Maslack says. Vermont already boasts a high rate of gun ownership along with the least restrictive laws of any state. It’s currently the only state that allows a citizen to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.

This combination of plenty of guns and few laws regulating them has resulted in a crime rate that is the third lowest in the nation. ” America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards.”

This makes sense! There is no reason why gun owners should have to pay taxes to support police protection for people not wanting to own guns. Let them contribute their fair share and pay their own way. Sounds reasonable to me! Non-gun owners require more police to protect them and this fee should go to paying for their defense!


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Old 01-06-2013, 06:52 PM   #2
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I thought this was pretty funny. It's an interesting interpretation of the second amendment, and an oddity of the Vermont constitution that I was unaware of.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:58 PM   #3
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This makes sense! There is no reason why gun owners should have to pay taxes to support police protection for people not wanting to own guns. Let them contribute their fair share and pay their own way. Sounds reasonable to me! Non-gun owners require more police to protect them and this fee should go to paying for their defense!
Damn right!

Make them pay their fair share!
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Damn right! Make them pay their fair share!
You just know that there has to be a politician somewhere in Texas furiously taking notes right now.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:03 PM   #5
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Damn right!

Make them pay their fair share!
Oh shoot, that last paragraph you quoted wasn't mine, it was written into the article. Sorry if I did not make that clear due to poor formatting of the OP.
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I'll take a guess that he was/is furious about Obamacare's individual mandate.
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I'll take a guess that he was/is furious about Obamacare's individual mandate.
I looked at the site that the article is linked from. I can't actually find the article but there seems to be a lot of Obama hate going on in there. I found a "Jews are Satan worshipers" article and a "the government did Sandy Hook" one too. Pretty wild stuff.
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I looked at the site that the article is linked from. I can't actually find the article but there seems to be a lot of Obama hate going on in there. I found a "Jews are Satan worshipers" article and a "the government did Sandy Hook" one too. Pretty wild stuff.

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Yeah, I saw that. I briefly checked out the thread and came away unimpressed.
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This isn't going to help the cause. Maybe they are going for the "Combat the absurd by being absurd" angle.
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Awww...I am seeing articles that state that this isn't current news at all.


In fact, Maslack introduced the bill in January 2000, and the proposal quickly died. Maslack has not been a Vermont lawmaker for a decade now.


http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/a...n-the-Internet
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Awww...I am seeing articles that state that this isn't current news at all.


In fact, Maslack introduced the bill in January 2000, and the proposal quickly died. Maslack has not been a Vermont lawmaker for a decade now.


http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/a...n-the-Internet
I was thinking it wasn't current because you can legally carry without a permit in Arizona, Alaska and IIRC Wyoming joined the ranks.
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