Gun rights advocates and even some law enforcement officials in the Northeast are beginning to defy state gun control measures to fight for their constitutional rights, says firearms expert Bob Harvey.
"What you're starting to see is folks are becoming tired of their constitutional rights being infringed. It's not just the individuals, they have over 300,000 people in Connecticut right now that are refusing to obey the law," he told Newsmax TV's John Bachman and J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Wednesday.
Connecticut passed legislation last April in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings that bans magazines carrying more than 10 rounds of ammunition as well as many types of weapons, including any that simply have the appearance of assault weapons.
"You probably have more than that in New York, we don't really know the numbers," Harvey said, referring to gun owners burning new gun registration forms to protest the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013.
"The constitutional sheriffs that are refusing to enforce the law are normally members of an organization called the Oath Keepers. They have sworn an oath, they're either ex-military or ex- or current law enforcement and they swore an oath to defend the Constitution."
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Harvey, an instructor on concealed carry in Florida, predicted the backlash could spread.
"You're seeing what our Founding Fathers had in mind. If they continue to try to infringe on the Second Amendment, if it does continue across state borders then you'll see the same thing there," he said.
Asked if federal authorities could step in, Harvey replied, "The current administration is the most unconstitutional administration that we've seen in the history of our country. I don't think that the federal government is going to be able to handle it at the state level."
Harvey argued that state gun measures create new problems without having their intended results.
"You look at a situation like this and you go, 'are any of these laws going to stop one murder?' Well, the strongest gun laws in the world, actually for sure here in the United States, are in Washington D.C. and Chicago, Illinois. Chicago has a higher murder rate than they have in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Criminals by nature don't obey laws. You can write whatever you want.
"Here's where the problem lies, what they did in New York criminalized 300,000 law abiding citizens." he said.
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