Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Second Amendment - #4433 - Proposed Bill Would Force Gun Owners in NY to Buy at Least $1 Million in Liability Insurance or forfeit 'Privilege' to Own a Firearm - The Blaze (2) VIDEO: Petition to Remove Dumler Garners Enough Signatures (3) Police Seek Out Dumler to Investigate Incident and Death Threats (4) Scottsville Town Council Takes Up Dumler Issue - Daily Progress (5) Virginia Legislative Update: Voter ID Bills (6) Missouri GOP Rep. Turns the Tables on Democrats: Introduces Bill That Makes Proposing Gun Control Laws a Felony - The Blaze

Proposed Bill Would Force Gun Owners in New York to Buy at Least $1 Million in Liability Insurance or Forfeit 'Privilege' to Own a Firearm - The Blaze - The anti-gun bills continue to roll in. The latest bill, introduced in the New York State Assembly by Democrat Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, seeks to force all gun owners to purchase at least $1 million in liability insurance to cover any damages caused by firearms. It would be a mandatory requirement for anyone who owns a gun, as those who refuse to comply within 30 days would have their firearms confiscated. “Any person in this state who shall own a firearm shall, prior to such ownership, obtain and continuously maintain a policy of liability insurance in an amount not less than one million dollars specifically covering any damages resulting from any negligent or willful acts involving the use of such firearm while it is owned by such person,” the bill, S2353, states. “Failure to maintain such insurance shall result in the immediate revocation of such owner’s registration, license and any other privilege to own such firearm,” the bill adds. Further, even if a New Yorker’s gun is stolen, they are still responsible for any damage incurred until a loss or theft is reported to the police. The bill has been reportedly been passed along to the Assembly’s Insurance Committee, according to the Washington Times. The Examiner estimates that simple liability insurance for $1 million would cost gun owners about $1,600-2,000 annually. Lawmakers in California, Maryland and Massachusetts have introduced similar bills aimed at forcing gun owners to purchase liability insurance.  Read more.......

(2) NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather  - Petition to Remove Dumler Garners Enough Signatures. The man leading the petition to remove Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler from his seat says he's collected enough signatures. Earl Smith started the recall vote petition after Dumler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery last month. The petition requires 10-percent of voters who cast ballots in the last election for Dumler's seat - totaling 372 needed signatures. "Nobody's questioning what he's done before this incident happened, it's just how much is not going to get done because of the reputation and the sexual crime whether it was a misdemeanor or a felony," Smith said. "It doesn't matter, it was a sexual crime." Smith says Dumler's cancellation of an appearance at Saturday's democratic breakfast is an example of how the accusations are deterring him from doing his job. Smith wants to get double the signatures required before turning the petition into the circuit court. 

(3) Police Seek Out Dumler to Investigate Incident and Death Threats - NBC29 News -  After more than two weeks of waiting, Albemarle police will finally meet with Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler concerning a recent undisclosed incident and death threats. The same department that led the criminal charge against him now has to help him. Chris Dumler will talk to police Tuesday night or Wednesday about two issues - an undisclosed incident that happened more than two weeks ago, and alleged death threats. Police won't say specifically what the undisclosed incident was, but say they had to search him out to get the story. Investigators say they learned about the incident through the grapevine and reached out to Dumler. Dumler canceled an appearance at a Charlottesville-Albemarle Democratic Breakfast last weekend, citing an alleged death threat as the reason. When asked last Friday about the potential death threat, Dumler stated, "I can't comment about an ongoing investigation." We're told police learned about the death threats against Dumler through the media.  Read more.......

(4) Scottsville Town Council Takes Up Dumler Issue - Daily Progress - In response to the recent conviction of Albemarle County supervisor Christopher J. Dumler, the Scottsville Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to ask the General Assembly to study whether misdemeanors ought to be added to the list of grounds for removal from elected office. Dumler pleaded guilty in late January to misdemeanor sexual battery, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. “This Town Council is not authorized to actually do anything,” said Mayor Jesse B. Grove III before a public forum on the Dumler situation. “… One could even say that it’s really none of our business.” After the discussion, the Town Council adopted the resolution after most members spoke, but there was relatively little debate. 

(5) Virginia Legislative Update - Voter ID Bills - HB2331 - The Senate took up House Bill 2331, which would empower the Attorney General to directly prosecute voter fraud in Virginia. (Right now he has to be invited by election officials or the local prosecutor.) During the debate, Democratic Senator Donald McEachin proposed a floor amendment that would have undermined the whole bill; this was rejected on a 20-21 vote (with the Lt. Governor voting no to break the tie). Thereafter, HB 2331 passed, and was sent to Governor McDonnell.
HB1337 - House took up Delegate Mark Cole’s House Bill 1337, which would prohibit voters from using certain forms of ID for voting, including utility bills, bank statements, and government checks. I am the Chief Co-patron for this bill. HB 1337 had passed the Senate by a 21-20 vote, (with the Lt. Governor again breaking the tie). Because the Senate had amended the bill, it came back to the House, which could accept or reject the Senate amendments. After a discussion, given the closeness of the vote in the Senate, the House agreed to accept the Senate amendments and send the bill to the Governor. The final vote in the House was 64-36, largely along party lines.

(6) Missouri GOP Representative Turns the Tables on Democrats: Introduces Bill that makes Proposing Gun Control Laws a Felony - The Blaze - Last week, Missouri Democrats introduced a bill that would ban semi-automatic rifles and give law-abiding gun owners 90 days to turn in their firearms to law enforcement or become felons. This week, a GOP state representative has turned the tables to make a point. Rep. Mike Leara (R-St. Louis) introduced legislation Monday that would make “any member of the general assembly who proposes legislation that further restricts an individual’s right to bear arms” guilty of a class D felony. The entire bill, HB 633, can be read on the Missouri House of Representatives website. While his opponents will surely argue that his position is extreme, Rep. Leara told TheBlaze on Tuesday that he is under no illusion that the bill will pass. He says he introduced the legislation to make a point after Democrats proposed an alarming gun confiscation bill last week. “It’s outrageous,” Leara said. “I have received an overwhelming response of about 100 to 1 to stop this legislation.”  Read more......

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