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Once again, a Republican has said something outrageous.

WJZ, a television station in Baltimore, has reported this statement by State Senator E.J. Pipkin.

“We think the governor’s bill, this licensing proposal, is the equivalent of a poll tax,” said Pipkin.

Apparently, Pipkin reached this ridiculous conclusion because under Governor O'Malley's gun control proposal

Anyone buying a gun in Maryland would have to pay a $100 licensing fee, in addition to other costs and training

Someone should tell Senator Pipkin that it costs more than $100 to register a car in Maryland.

Pipkin was previously the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 2004.  Fortunately, for those of us who live in Maryland, he lost the race to Senator Mikulski.  Senator Mikulski received 65% of the vote.

Originally posted to night cat on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 07:11 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA and Maryland Kos.

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  •  I continue to be amazed at how "over the top" (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Lujane, Miggles, Glen The Plumber

    the rhetoric is by those opposing gun control.  

    •  night cat - this guy may be a jerk (0+ / 0-)

      but on this point he is correct. If implemented the Maryland law will be challenged in court and under Heller could be struck down and the plaintiffs will use the poll tax as one of their arguments. No tax, fee, or insurance requirements can be proposed if the intent is to limit access to individual gun ownership. That's not to say that reasonable licensing and safety rules cannot be implemented, but the costs must be nominal.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 06:04:00 AM PST

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  •  The GOP in Maryland is totally irrelavent (5+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Lujane, dharmafarmer, JML9999, Miggles

    The only way for them to get on the news is to be ridiculously over the top

  •  if owning a car was protected by the Constitution (3+ / 0-)
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    you might have a leg to stand on.

    Any government financial barrier to exercising a right that is guaranteed by the Constitution is is a fair comparison to a poll tax.

    I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful. Unfortunately, it is not.…We're better than this. We must do better. Cmdr Scott Kelley

    by wretchedhive on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 09:21:46 PM PST

    •  Guns are NOT guaranteed by the Constitution (0+ / 0-)

      I am sick and tired of the lies of the NRA and their historical revisionism, and I frankly don't give a damn about what 5 right wing hacks in black robes say.  Hopefully one or more will be gone and Supreme Court will examine the original intent of the framers of the Constitution and the Second Amendment and not a bunch of crap about Blackstone and the arming Protestants to overthrow a Catholic king, and decisions from slave state courts post Nat Turner rebellion.  The historical record from 1787 to 1789 is clear, a record that Scalia didn't bother to examine.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

      by Navy Vet Terp on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 05:17:01 PM PST

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      •  over 200 years of jurisprudence (0+ / 0-)

        outweighs your simple opinion.

        talk about revisionism.

        I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful. Unfortunately, it is not.…We're better than this. We must do better. Cmdr Scott Kelley

        by wretchedhive on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 06:31:28 PM PST

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  •  I'm an extremely strong gun-control advocate but (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm not sure this one would hold up in the courts.  You're essentially being required to pay for the right, aren't you?  (on top of paying for the actual weapon)  Do any other states have a law like that?

    I'm find with mandatory licensing should be mandatory but at least at a nominal cost ($100 isn't nominal for a lot of people)

  •  Not the same thing at all (0+ / 0-)

    Once again, Pipkin has run his mouth before engaging his brain.  A poll tax is designed to prevent a segment of the population from exercising a right that directly affects democracy.  A gun registration fee affects only the individual buying the gun.  If the person can afford a gun, he/she can afford the additional fee.  If they cannot, they have no business owning a gun.
    A poll tax would deliberately prevent a constructive activity.  A licensing fee is just a fee, the same as in buying a car.

    •  pete - cars aren't the same as guns (1+ / 0-)
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      See my longer comment above. If this law is passed it will be challenged and, under Heller, may not be constitutional. There is no correlation between owning a car, and the need to register it with the state and buying a gun. No one has a constitutional right to own a car. Pipkin has a valid point, and lots of lawyers who agree with him.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 07:41:14 AM PST

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  •  You can't tax a constitutional right. It would be (1+ / 0-)
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    stuck down when it inevitability makes it to the courts. The 2A is just as much as a right to the individual as any right under the Bill of Rights and just as important and should be treated as such.

     If we will argue that a 10 dollar voter ID card is unconstitutional and should be rightly kept free...then we must agree that you can not tax the right to own a gun.

    Cars, businesses or any other item not protected by the Constitution are a non factor in this discussion.  They are not rights, you are not guaranteed ownership of them by anything, and so there is no comparison in that regard.

     I agree that it is an adequate and equal comparison.

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