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Aurora theater shooting: Gun control (victim disarmament) an unwise response

Posted on: August 2nd, 2012 by Brian T. Schwartz No Comments

This originally appeared in the Boulder on Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Want safer theaters? Blogger Ari Armstrong suggests that theaters offer free tickets and popcorn to armed off-duty police officers, and publicize the policy.

Gun prohibitions won’t work. “At the very least, federal lawmakers ought to outlaw the high-capacity magazines,” argues a Denver Post editorial after the Aurora homicides.

After a mass shooting, England went well beyond “the very least” by effectively banning civilian gun ownership in 1998. Soon after, a Telegraph headline read “Gun crimes soaring despite ban” — a 40 percent increase. In the 2010 Cumbria shootings, a man killed twelve in northwest England.

Criminals ignore both gun bans and so-called “gun free” zones. Mass shootings have occurred in “gun free” zones such as schools and malls. And now movie theaters. The Aurora Cinemark theater “bans firearms on the premises,” reports the New York Times. Such “gun free” zones leave peaceful citizens defenseless against violent criminals. Hence the title of professor Dave Kopel’s law review article: “Pretend ‘Gun Free’ School Zones: A Deadly Legal Fiction.”

Kopel provides examples of heroic armed citizens stopping mass shootings.  In 2007, a man opened fire in a Colorado Springs church parking lot and entered the crowded church. A volunteer security guard shot him, saving many lives.  The Cato Institute’s “Tough Targets” study provides many instances of armed citizens thwarting criminals.

Regarding high-capacity magazines, Governor Hickenlooper is correct about the bomb-making Aurora killer: “If it was not one weapon, it would have been another.”

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Weapons Laws of the Russian Federation

Posted on: June 12th, 2012 by admin No Comments

IP-7-2012 (May 2012)
Author: Margot Van Loon

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The following is a translation into English of the weapons laws of the Russian Federation. The translation is not an official translation by the Russian government. Accordingly, if you intend to use or possess firearms in Russia, you should consult with a Russian Embassy or Consulate in order to ascertain the lawfulness of what you plan to do.

In general, this Issue Paper directly and closely translates the Russian statutes into English, rather than re-phrasing the statutes as if they had been originally written in English.

Colombia’s National Law of Firearms and Explosives

Posted on: May 8th, 2011 by admin No Comments

IP-3-2011 (May 2011)
Author: Jonathan Edward Shaw

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The year 2010 marked the bicentennial of independence for several Latin American nations, including Colombia. Colombians celebrated the bicentennial of their nation in Bogotá’s Plaza Bolívar underneath an inscription on the building that houses the Colombian Constitutional Court that reads “Colombianos, las armas os han dado la independencia, las leyes os darán libertad” Colombians, arms have given you independence, laws will give you liberty). These words, spoken by Colombian revolutionary Francisco de Paula Santander, express the important roles of arms and liberty in Colombia.1 Thus, it seems fitting to analyze one of the fundamental freedoms that Colombia adopted at its independence and has maintained throughout its turbulent existence: the right of the citizen to possess and carry arms.

This Issue Paper provides English translations of the current laws that regulate the possession of weapons in Colombia. Part I provides a brief overview of Colombian constitutional history and demonstrates how the freedom to possess weapons for personal and collective defense is an integral part of Colombia’s history. Part II offers an English translation of relevant articles from Colombia’s current constitution. Part III summarizes the present laws that regulate weapons in Colombia, the system of permits, and how the natural right of self-defense is viewed in Colombia. Part IV presents an English translation of the full text of the three laws that regulate the possession of weapons in Colombia.