The date of the ban was known in advance, at the time i was an instructor at a range and we organised for our members to leave their sidearms at the centre and we’d handle dealing with the police so our members didn’t have to go through that experience. We worked with the police from the start and thought we had a good relationship and understanding on how the process would go but on the actual day it was a team of armed officers that turned up. As i put my two sidearms into the case i had a very twitchy officer holding his mp5 a few inches from my head that was repeated for the other instructor’s which we felt very angry about as it was completely unnecessary as we’d shown the sidearms were cleared and safe before going to place them in the case.
To this day when i think of it i get angry and would never wish that on anyone. It’s often said we just surrendered our rights but it really wasn’t that simple we had gun rights groups and influential individuals working closely with a number of politicians and it was never even suggested that it would be a total ban. We were told repeatedly that there would be a magazine limit and a more thorough annual inspection as well as tighter conditions for obtaining a firearms certificate that was the message right upto the government announcement of the ban.
We were lied too and betrayed by many of the politicians we had worked with who said one thing to us and then voted for the ban our fault was we treated them with respect and took them at their word when more cynicism might have been more apt. I am hoping the anti gun agenda in the states is defeated before it becomes a confrontation but that’s being very optimistic given the force that agenda is progressing and the seeming willingness of the people who won’t be directly in that confrontation pushing for it.
My knowledge of law in the U.S is very limited but as i understand it all public servants take an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the united states so how is anyone allowed to take that oath one day and work to dismantle that constitution the next is there no legal or legislative process to hold them to account?. I nearly spat my coffee out when pelosi said with a straight face that the democrats were the custodians of the constitution such a public example of total hypocrisy.