Resisting government intrusions: Top DHS Checkpoint Refusals
Last evening over beers I spoke with our town’s Mayor and tried to impress upon him the utter impotence of any kind of universal registration law that wasn’t attached to a gun registry. My concern is that a State Trooper, eg., can pull me over on my way to or from the gun range — for, say, a busted tail light — and, seeing a rifle bag or weapons bag in my truck, claim he has a right to inspect my weapons for illegal magazines.
As there is no way to prove when I purchased the magazines — either pre or post ban (unless I’m henceforth required to carry receipts with me) — it is then his discretion that determines if he will seize my weapons, my magazines, and my ammo, forcing me to prove (somehow) that I owned them before the ban took effect.
Remember: he has no way to check this if in fact the magazines came standard with the weapons and background checks are being destroyed after 24 hours as is required by law; and with any other aftermarket magazines he has no way of determining when they were purchased: just because Colorado is demanding Magpul microstamp new mags (which they won’t do) doesn’t mean that I couldn’t have purchased older magazines post ban, or newer magazines legally in, say, Utah or Wyoming.
The point being — and this was illustrated time and again during the Colorado House assembly debates — this is a law that is unenforcible save by sheer police-state tactics that violate 4th, 5th, and 2nd Amendment protections; and it is a law that gives unconstitutional powers to police, should they determine that the weapons or magazines that I have a natural and Constitutional right to own can be seized until I’m able to prove my innocence, often at great expense in time and treasure, having first been presumed guilty for owning what is legal to own.
So what we need to be doing now, as citizens being greeted by the emergence of a police state, is to know our rights and be able to articulate them when confronted by bald police-state powers. Refusal to grant searches, or demands for identification, etc., — having a gun in your vehicle is not probable cause to require you to show papers, I don’t believe, if discovery of the weapons is the result of some sort of checkpoint stop — will be crucial in teaching law enforcement, be they local, state, or federal, that there are limits on what they can and cannot demand of us.
Resist we much. And we must. Because fuck them.