Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Restrictions on rights

One of the interesting things about Heller v. DC is that the Court, in passing, found there was no problem in requiring that an individual right secured by the Constitution be subjected to a permitting process before being exercised.

So, in light of this ruling, I am asking every politician in the Congress to please introduce the following:

The Journalism Licensing and Record of Publishing Act of 2009 is introduced to amend the First Amendment by prescribing stringent requirements for license applications, issuance, and renewals. It prohibits a person from publishing an article unless they’ve been issued a license under the new Act, and forces journalists to report directly to the Attorney General regarding plagiarism or change of address. Every five years, journalists have to go through the complete renewal process for each article they publish, and failure to do so authorizes government searches without warrant.

Citizens for free speech will be up in arms about this bill, considering it a direct violation of their first amendment rights. But the bill does not violate our right to publish articles; it just makes it harder to do so — which isn’t that bad of an idea. Making articles more difficult to publish may just be the remedy to controversial writing this country needs.

Does this sound ridiculous?

Does this:
Blair Holt's Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009 - Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act to prohibit a person from possessing a firearm unless that person has been issued a firearm license under this Act or a state system certified under this Act and such license has not been invalidated or revoked. Prescribes license application, issuance, and renewal requirements.
Prohibits transferring or receiving a qualifying firearm unless the recipient presents a valid firearms license, the license is verified, and the dealer records a tracking authorization number. Prescribes firearms transfer reporting and record keeping requirements. Directs the Attorney General to establish and maintain a federal record of sale system.
Prohibits: (1) transferring a firearm to any person other than a licensee, unless the transfer is processed through a licensed dealer in accordance with national instant criminal background check system requirements, with exceptions; (2) a licensed manufacturer or dealer from failing to comply with reporting and record keeping requirements of this Act; (3) failing to report the loss or theft of the firearm to the Attorney General within 72 hours; (4) failing to report to the Attorney General an address change within 60 days; or (5) keeping a loaded firearm, or an unloaded firearm and ammunition for the firearm, knowingly or recklessly disregarding the risk that a child is capable of gaining access, if a child uses the firearm and causes death or serious bodily injury.
Prescribes criminal penalties for violations of firearms provisions covered by this Act.
Directs the Attorney General to: (1) establish and maintain a firearm injury information clearinghouse; (2) conduct continuing studies and investigations of firearm-related deaths and injuries; and (3) collect and maintain current production and sales figures of each licensed manufacturer.
Authorizes the Attorney General to certify state firearm licensing or record of sale systems.

If we're going to place restrictions on rights, lets go by the numbers and start with the first amendment.

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