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CT governor decides to unilaterally deny the Bill of Rights to innocent Americans placed on secret lists maintained by Washington's police state

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(NaturalNews) Feeling empowered, no doubt, by one of the most lawless of all U.S. presidents, fellow Left-wing politicians around the country are also pushing past the limits of their offices, upsetting many Americans along the way who are wondering how they can end the madness.

One of the most outrageous of these recent actions involves the unilateral action of Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who has signed the first gubernatorial executive order in the country that bans sales of firearms to any state citizen on a federal government watch list.

Gee, what could go wrong there?

"We intend to prevent, by executive order through my powers as governor, those on government watch lists from obtaining a permit to purchase a firearm in Connecticut," the Democratic governor said during a news conference just days ago.

Anyone who dares to exercise their Second Amendment right in a state that comprised one of the 13 original U.S. states, has to get permission from a government agency, and submit to a thorough background check, Malloy added.

Making residents more vulnerable

"The executive order would add an additional level of protection and require those who apply for a permit to be screened against government watch lists," he said, failing – as all liberals do – to explain how taking away a person's right to self-defense makes them safer.

As further reported by NBC Connecticut:

"It's not clear how many people this executive order would cover, but the governor said he has reason to believe people living in the state are on watch lists and the state should be in a position to deny permits to those individuals."

Malloy and the liberals who dominate state government are doubling down on stupid. Connecticut adopted some of the strictest gun laws in the country after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School – laws that banned so-called "assault" weapons, and likely added more "no guns allowed" signs at businesses, government offices and places of worship because, you know, an armed criminal will stay away if a "no guns" sign is on the door.

To implement his order, Malloy is venturing into truly dangerous territory, in terms of injuring constitutional rights – he wants access to federal watch lists, as if those are always up-to-date and accurate.

"I have been in touch with the White House directly on this matter and we are working with federal authorities to gain access to their lists for this purpose," Malloy said, adding that anyone denied will be permitted the right to appeal (as if that's going to be a real option for most people who 1) can't afford the legal fees to fight such a determination; and 2) will essentially be banging their heads against a wall because good luck getting a federal agency to change its designation).

Illusory security

NBC Connecticut reported further:

"He said his administration is working with the federal government to determine the appropriate lists to be included — from the no-fly list to a combination of those who should not have weapons.

"The governor said the executive order will take effect as soon as he receives federal approval to obtain the lists."

Given the underhanded nature of the federal government under Obama, this Connecticut proposal – which will no doubt be repeated by additional Left-wing governors in other Blue States – is fraught with problems. As The Guardian noted:

"...[T]he ease with which someone can be placed on US watchlists and terrorism databases contrasts markedly with the impact placement has. A long-withheld document published ... by The Intercept detailing the guidelines for placement shows that the standards for inclusion are far lower than probable cause, and the ability for someone caught in the datasets to challenge their placement do not exist. In 2013, the government made 468,749 nominations for inclusion to the Terrorist Screening Database, up from 227,932 nominations in 2009; few are rejected."

Obama set these courses of action in motion when he called for states to enact whatever measures they could to "improve public safety" and "make it harder" to buy guns. Too many governors and state legislatures that share Obama's ideological opposition to the Constitution and liberty will heed that call.

And in the end, more unprotected Americans will die because they will have voluntarily surrendered their liberty for illusory security.






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