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Old March 18, 2013, 11:16 AM   #96
Frank Ettin
Join Date: November 23, 2005
Location: California - San Francisco
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Originally Posted by jimpeel
...So to remain legal you must forego your right to arms which is a punishment in and of itself. If you possess a firearm, you will be punished. Yes, there will be charges, trial and even more punishment meted out but the restriction of rights is a punishment.
It is what it is, and the Lautenberg Amendment remains under attack in court. Furthermore, there are over 70 lawsuits on RKBA issues currently ongoing in federal courts around the country.

Ex post facto is not the only basis upon which to challenge Lautenberg. It's merely one that won't work. A law can be vulnerable to constitutional challenge even if it's not an ex post facto law. And it's certainly worthwhile to understand this so as to avoid wasting time and resources pursuing challenges on bases that can't succeed.
"It is long been a principle of ours that one is no more armed because he has possession of a firearm than he is a musician because he owns a piano. There is no point in having a gun if you are not capable of using it skillfully." -- Jeff Cooper
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