A ‘Mayor Against Illegal Guns’ picks on some new parts of the Bill of Rights

Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (let’s see–how many are in jail, under indictment, or under investigation for crimes–seven–oops, no–eight?) have made their hostility to the Second Amendment pretty clear.

Charleston SC’s Mayor Joe Riley, though, wants to take a bite out of the Fourth Amendment, as well.

Among other things, the city wants the state to:

Allow police to conduct warrantless searches of offenders on probation or parole.
• Deny bail for repeat offenders charged with new crimes.
• Bar anyone convicted of a crime carrying a sentence of two years or more from possessing handguns or military-style rifles.
• Create a separate offense for anyone caught with a gun while selling, manufacturing or possessing drugs for distribution.
• Increase the punishment for those convicted of assault and battery with intent to kill to a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison. The current law carries no minimum penalty and has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
• Expand current laws governing the illegal use and possession of firearms to include military-style rifles, such as AK-47s.
• Require all criminals to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences before they are eligible for parole or release.

“Warrants? We don’t need no steenking warrants!”

That one about barring people convicted of a crime carrying a sentence of two or more years from possessing handguns or “military style rifles” seems a bit odd, too, because I thought any such crimes were felonies, and thus the convicts were already so barred by federal law.

Mayor Riley seems to have it in for people charged with crimes–hardly a nice way to treat his fellow Mayors Against Illegal Guns.


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