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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Virginia governor wants to monitor ammunition "caches"?

I read this morning that Virginia Governor Tim "Kaine wants lawmakers to change Va's gun laws," by overcoming the General Assembly's "affection for firearms." The article was pretty short on specifics, but this part certainly stood out:

In general, Kaine said, he is troubled that Virginia law allows any individual to stockpile ammunition with no way for authorities to monitor the cache. Seung-Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech gunman, began his rampage with 377 rounds of ammunition, according to police.
I don't know how many rounds constitute a "cache" of ammunition, to Governor Kaine's way of thinking, but I do know that if I had only 377 at the house, I would consider it a shortage of crisis proportions. I sure as hell would have a serious problem with "the authorities" considering it any of their business.

As I said, the article is short on specifics, so I have no idea how Kaine proposes to "monitor" every resident's ammunition supply (and that's before we start discussing people who load their own--a practice that would inevitably grow in popularity as soon as the government stuck its intrusive nose into acquisition of the finished product). I can't help but have nightmarish visions of mandatory "arsenal licenses," laws against "stockpiles" beyond a given size (a size, no doubt, that I would find trivial)--basically, the government pushing the people toward a Lexington and Concord moment.

Oh, by the way, Kaine also commented about lifting universities' victim disarmament zone status:
He also said college presidents and police chiefs have told him that allowing students and faculty to carry weapons on campus “would be a disaster.”
A disaster? What the hell do they call the outcome of not permitting peaceable citizens to carry the means to defend themselves effectively? Am I to understand that the university policy-mandated defenselessness that contributed to many of the deaths of thirty-two good people is something other than a disaster?

The disaster is the criminalization of the exercise of the Constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms.


BobG said...

377 rounds is a cache? Hell, there are more than that in a brick of 22's, and I always have at least a half dozen of those sitting around. You sure this jackass isn't from the UK? They think two single shot pistols and a box of ammo is an arsenal.

Anonymous said...

Hmm.. I have 500 rounds of .22, just made 107 rounds of 10mm last night, have nearly 200 .357 Magnums ready to go, and literally thousands of bullets and pounds of powder waiting to be put together.

And I'm just a friggin' amateur.

John R said...

Don't forget they tried this on the federal level in '98.

Brady II would have required an "arsenal" license to own more than 1000 rounds of ammunition. Licensees would be subjected to three unannounced police inspections per year.

The more idiotic measures like this are mentioned, the closer they become to reality