Guns on Business Premise

Should you have a gun at your small business to defend yourself or blast a criminal who tries to rob you using their gun? More and more criminals using firearms are likely to shoot and kill their victims to eliminate the chance that they might get caught later due to the key witness being alive? But if you have a gun on the property you might also find yourself in a lawsuit from the robbery victim’s family. Stating you should not have shot Johnny as he robbed your store, because he is only 17 years old and didn’t know any better?

Either way you lose. Often when you are robbed or your car is stolen in a larger city the crimes end up with just a number. You can try to collect on your insurance but as a small business person that simply means your insurance goes up and if you do not have insurance on your business premises then the bank will cancel your loans and the land lord will find you in default of your lease. The criminals know that the police will not or cannot do anything about it. If you try to protect yourself the criminals have more rights than you do and you can lose your entire business from a junk lawsuit in some liberal court?

Sounds bad doesn’t it? It gets worse, some franchise attorneys are now advising their clientele to not have guns on the property of franchisee locations, thus the franchisor is writing this into the contract, to protect them selves from being named in the lawsuit in case the franchisee shoots someone? Go figure; you cannot win. But if every business owner had a gun and shot all criminals, then no criminals would exist anymore, because they would have been shot or afraid to get shot and of course this would be the best for all concerned?

There are so many ways to get sued or screwed in business and you cannot even defend yourself anymore. If you have a gun and some crazy employee goes nuts with your gun, you get shot or sued. If you shoot someone who threatens to kill you, you get sued. If you threaten someone who has harmed you; then you get sued or go to jail or both. You cannot win, this game. I recommend every business owner have a gun on the property, tell no one and know how to use it. When a criminal robs you with a weapon; kill them. If everyone did this, no one would be ripping off America’s small businesses, think about it. Pro Business, Pro Gun, Pro Freedom; anti lawyer and anti criminal.

Connecticut Gun Confiscation Law Will Not Be Enforced, Police Say

Gun rights advocates have been up in arms (pun intended) over a new gun control law recently passed in Connecticut. The law, which is hugely controversial, requires that certain weapons be registered with the state. Gun owners who fail to comply with the registration must either get the guns out of the state, surrender their weapons, or face confiscation with a felony arrest. Opponents of the bill seem to have found support from an unlikely place.

Torrey Grimes, a retired twenty-five year police veteran, is the chairman of the Connecticut Peace Officers Association. He penned an open letter opposed to the legislation on behalf of his organization. The letter’s defiant tone threatens that Connecticut police will not, “be party to the oppression of the people of the state by enforcing an unconstitutional law.” Because Grimes is retired, he will have minimal repercussions for his stance on the bill.

“I believe in the Second Ammendment,” Grimes said in a phone interview. “I took an oath to uphold the Constitution, and that comes before my duty to enforce an unconstitutional state law.” Apparently Connecticut law enforcement agrees, as the letter already has over 250 signatures from police refusing to enforce the law.

Not everyone is happy to hear about the letter, however. One Hartford resident, a gun control advocate who asked to remain anonymous, had this to say, “I am outraged that the police would suggest that they do not have to enforce the law. Our elected officials have created legislation, and it is the cops’ job to enforce it!”

There is no doubt that the situation is unique. It is not often that those charged to enforce the law refuse to do so, and the case raises a myriad of ethical and legal questions. John Porshboll, a lawyer who specializes in representing cops in disciplinary trouble with their departments, seemed supportive of the officers. “In every profession employees have the right to refuse to act against their personal beliefs. Law enforcement is no different. When these officers refuse to enforce this law, it is because they genuinely believe it to be in conflict with their oath. These guys are idealists, nearly every cop I know is.”

What will happen moving forward remains unclear. Enforcement of the law would likely require sending law enforcement to the homes of known violators, but if the police refuse then state lawmakers may be forced to rethink the bill.

Defining Machine Guns

As a controversial issue in the American legal landscape, gun control has multiple manifestations across the country. While certain states prefer a significantly more tight interpretation of Second Amendment rights, others allow largely any type of firearm with major exceptions being made for military-grade weapons systems. What does seem more widely agreed upon is the machine gun ban that is currently in place in America.

For many Americans, the precise definition of a machine gun remains elusive, even though these weapons are specifically prohibited from public ownership and use without very specific requirements being met. In the broadest, simplest sense, these guns are fully automatic guns. This means that when a person fires the weapon, a single press on the trigger can cause multiple rounds to shoot from the gun. Instead of civilian guns, which require multiple pulls on the trigger to produce multiple shots, a machine gun can provide an automatic stream of firepower with a single motion.

To speak generally in this way, most Americans might picture large, stationary guns or massive rifles as seen in action movies or war footage featuring heavily entrenched soldiers. In reality, this is an incomplete image of machine guns. As any automatic firearm can be in violation of the current laws, this can include what are known as machine pistols, which are regular sized pistols that shoot with an automatic rate of fire. In addition, weapons such as larger rifles that are modified to fire more than one round per trigger squeeze can be considered automatic guns.

Considering the wide definition American lawmakers have provided for these kinds of guns, it is possible that a person could currently own one, whether it was from a purchase made prior to the current ban or because of a manufacturing mistake. If you are confused about a gun in your collection or would like to learn more about how gun laws work in your state, contact a criminal attorney.