Fresno Bee Editorial Board Calls for Gun Control in 2018, Opposes ‘Nutty’ Reciprocity Bill

The Fresno Bee is anti-gun. Are you surprised by that? LOL.

The Editorial Board of the Fresno Bee made a pitch this week to entice readers to support gun control in 2018. More specificially, it shined a light on the debate over national reciprocity.

Calling the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 a “nutty bill,” the Board lamented its passage through the House this month.

“The Republican-controlled House did approve the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, a bill that would make California and other states that have sensible gun laws to honor concealed carry permits from states with loose laws,” it said.

“All 14 House Republicans from California voted for this nutty bill, rebuking the notion that states have the right to govern their own affairs, so long as they follow the Constitution,” it continued. “We hope the bill dies in the Senate, although it remains a priority of the National Rifle Association, which spent $50 million-plus on campaigns in 2016 and will spend again in 2018.”

The Board goes on to urge voters to oppose candidates who supported the bill. Including those 14 Republicans in the House.

SEE ALSO: Pocahontas on Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act: ‘We have to fight back’

Interesting.  The board believes that denying folks their right to keep and bear arms is sensible.  Because that’s exactly what California’s May-Issue standard leads to in counties like Los Angeles.  Millions of Americans are prevented from carrying a firearm for self-defense. Because a local sheriff feels that the best way to keep citizens safe is to prevent them from protecting themselves.

That makes absolutely no sense!  The Board is right that the states have a right to “govern their own affairs.”  But as it relates to the 2A, the Constitution is really clear.  Shall not be infringed.

While the Supreme Court has said that some long-standing limitations on gun ownership are Constitutional, e.g. banning firearms in sensitive places like government buildings, the notion that a municipality can outright prevent one from bearing arms directly contradicts the spirit and the letter of the Second Amendment.

National Reciprocity, while not perfect, attempts to restore what our founders and framers had intended.  One’s right to self-defense shouldn’t stop when they cross state lines.  Hopefully, the Bee’s readership sees through the Editorial Board’s B.S.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Dwane January 6, 2018, 12:33 pm

    If I were to travel to Kalifornia, I would like to feel secure in my safety. Since Kalifornia has a warning issued against it by the Second Amendment Foundation, I will write a letter to the Gov. requesting personal protection prior to traveling there.

  • liquidators1 January 6, 2018, 10:56 am

    It seems to me that everything that comes out of California is nutty.

  • Artur S January 6, 2018, 12:42 am

    In the last few cases in Fesno, criminals used criminal weapons illegally imported by illegal emigrants through a leaky border. Unarmed people were killed. Need to move the other way.

  • joefoam January 5, 2018, 9:22 am

    Ever been in Fresno? Don’t let the sun set on you there without and armored vehicle to get you out. Shame on the citizens there to believe the BS promoted by the media. I say we cut off CA as a whole from federal funding and let the chips fall where they may.

  • MIks S. January 5, 2018, 8:58 am

    What we have here is the liberal, Democrat press. Bought and paid for. Wholly and solely owned by unthinking, emotion-driven pea-brains.

  • Ram6 January 5, 2018, 8:31 am

    “…rebuking the notion that states have the right to govern their own affairs, so long as they follow the Constitution,”

    The telling words in this statement are “…as long as they follow the constitution.” The fact is anti-second amendment laws are NOT following the Constitution. They are substituting the judgement and opinions of legislators for the founding document of the country. Maybe if they read what they actually pledged allegiance to when the took office there would be less of this nonsense.

  • Cam January 1, 2018, 12:08 pm

    The Fresno Bee is populated by a bunch of loons. I was banned from posting on their website with no explanation of why and they still keep sending me emails trying to get me to subscribe to their pay site.
    Sure let me jump on that, they don’t want my comments or opinions, just want me to pay them for theirs!

  • Mark N. December 31, 2017, 8:02 pm

    It isn’t exactly “shall not be infringed.” As originally enacted, the Bill of Rights applied only to the federal government, and staes were free to infringe all of those rights without recourse. That changed with the 14th Amendment, which incorporated the BOR against the states. Why it took so long for a case to get tot he Supreme Court that explicitly applied the Second to the states, after many states, including California, held that it was not applicable, is a mystery. (Maybe it is time for the California Supreme Court to revisit the issue in light of McDonald v. Chicago.)
    In any event, the Fresno Bee is wrong. There is no interference in “states’ rights,” there is only a requirement that each state respect the rights of citizens with CCWs from all other states. Each state can keep whatever regulations it has for its own citizens/residents. Will this be a problem? It doesn’t seem to have been a problem at all based on the reciprocity agreements that are in effect all over the country. No blood in the streets, no increase ein crime, no negligent shootings or homicides all all or to speak of. All we see is poor travelers getting stopped in NJ and threatened with long prison sentences for having the temerity–or ill-luck–to have crossed the Jersey state line.

  • loupgarous December 31, 2017, 5:00 pm

    “All 14 House Republicans from California voted for this nutty bill, rebuking the notion that states have the right to govern their own affairs, so long as they follow the Constitution,” and yet the Fresno Bee‘s Editorial Board cannot see the problem with their stance – enumerated civil rights granted under that Constitution include those guaranteed under the Second Amendment.
    The Second Amendment of the sole Article of the Bill of Rights which expressly states that it “shall not be infringed”. If the editorial board of the Fresno Bee gave a damn for the Constitution, they’d see that the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 does no more and no less that the Civil Rights Act of 1965 and is equally moral and necessary – it makes the right to keep and bear arms uniform across the nation.

    • liquidators1 January 6, 2018, 10:57 am

      There are no republicans in the California legislature only RHINOS who claim to be republicans so they can get elected instead of admitting they are the standard lying democrat.

  • IYearn4nARnCali December 30, 2017, 7:21 pm

    For all the Republicans we have in Fresno, this city is still overruled by the entrenched Democrat hegemony in Sacramento, whose perpetual gun rights advocacy and emotion based sleazy tactics are trumpeted by local media, like the Fresno Bee, and they have the audacity to claim their infringements are “sensible gun laws”. Vote for candidates who ACTUALLY support gun RIGHTS, and DON’T vote for Democrats EVER. They talk out of one side of their face but end up blowing that hot air out there…..you know what, all over our new laws every year. This is my last year as a Californian, I am so ready to leave.

  • Bobs yer uncle December 30, 2017, 4:55 pm

    I heard the 25 percent of the 12 million illegals live in Calif.I would guess the last thing Calif. Gov. wants is for them to be armed, if they were they would no longer need to vote, wouldn’t they just take it? I think if most Calif. residents knew how much it costs to turn their state into a damn good replica of a third world country they might wise up. free medical alone is a staggering number.

    • Mark N. December 31, 2017, 7:54 pm

      Free medical for all disappeared down the rabbit hole, and although I expect it to stick its head up again, the price tag of double the current state annual budget will keep it from getting very far.
      The migrant farm workers, many of whom are illegals, are critical to California agriculture. Without them, fields are not plowed, planted or harvested, fruit trees not pruned, irrigated and picked, vegetables rot in the fields. Agriculture is the second largest enterprise in the state (after pot) and employs more people than any other industry. So be careful what you wish for.
      Second, with its economy, California is hardly a third world nation. In fact, its GDP is the seventh largest in the world.
      Third, illegals cannot legally purchase firearms, nor will they pass the background check necessary to obtain a CCW. You have to be a legal resident to legally purchase firearms.
      Fourth, CCWs (much to the chagrin of LA, SF and San Diego, no doubt) are valid state-wide. Outside of the large urban areas, CCWs are often issued on what we call “virtual shall issue” basis. Which means you get one unless you are a total asshole at the interview. In fact, Fresno is one of those counties, so the paper, can moan and groan all it wants–no one is listening there.

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